September 14, 2016 at 6:00 PM PST
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What a Trial Attorney Looks for in an Expert Witness: A Guide to Becoming an Effective & Compelling Expert Witness

This presentation will review the following topics:

  • Qualifications for an Expert - Education, Employment Background, and Previous Expert Experience
  • The Many Nuances of Previous Expert Testimony - A Balancing Act
  • The Steps in Preparation for Deposition and the Expenditure of Substantial Focused Time
  • The Steps in Preparation for Trial
  • The Written Report - To Prepare or Not to Prepare: That is the Question
  • The Amount and Hourly Rate for Expert Fees and Their Effect on a Jury
  • ....And More!


Charles M. Louderback is the founder of Louderback Law Group specializing in all areas of employment law and business litigation.  Mr. Louderback has successfully tried a wide range of employment issues in both state and federal courts including wrongful termination in violation of public policy, breach of contract, retaliation, harassment, discrimination based on race, age, national origin, religion, and gender, together with wage and hour violations.  His trial of business litigation matters is also extensive including all forms of business torts, contract actions, fraud, unfair competition, unlawful conversion of intellectual property, and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  Mr. Louderback has tried cases throughout California and has consistently produced excellent results for his clients.


Mr. Louderback’s relentless pursuit of his clients’ best interests has earned him the highest professional recognition and awards.  He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious invitation-only group of trial attorneys, and is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum based on the multi-million dollar trial verdicts obtained on behalf of his clients.  Mr. Louderback has been a peer-selected member of SuperLawyers, recognizing the top lawyers in northern California, every year since its inception in 2002.  He has for many years achieved an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed on the Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Lawyers.


Mr. Louderback’s trials have involved a number of widely publicized and high-stakes cases including Ericksen v. Los Altos Golf & Country Club, where he obtained a defense verdict on behalf of his client involving the First Amendment and the Unruh Act, KS&A v. Xebec, a case of fraud and malice wherein Mr. Louderback achieved a multi-million dollar award on behalf of his clients, and Hopkins v. Dow Corning which gained national publicity and recognition in the area of products liability after Mr. Louderback’s client received a $7.3 million award after a seven week trial.


In addition to his trial and litigation work, Mr. Louderback is a writer and teacher for lawyers and law students.  His law review article “Standards for Limiting the Tort of Bad Faith Breach of Contract” was cited as authority by the California Supreme Court in both the majority and dissenting opinions in the landmark case of Foley v. Interactive Data and in many subsequent decisions by California Courts of Appeal.  In addition, Mr. Louderback is a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), teaching new attorneys how to conduct jury trials and engage in pretrial discovery.  He has been a guest lecturer on trial practice and litigation strategy at Stanford University Law School, Hastings School of Law, University of Santa Clara Law School, and Golden Gate University Law School.


Mr. Louderback is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  He is a donor and participant in a number of charitable organizations including the YMCA of Marin County, Bay Club of Marin, Marin Abused Women’s Services, St. Vincent’s School for Boys, and the YMCA of San Francisco.


Prior to forming Louderback Law Group, Mr. Louderback was a litigation partner with Ongaro Burtt & Louderback from 2010 to 2012, a senior litigation partner for Payne & Fears LLP from 2006 to 2010, was the owner and managing partner of The Louderback Law Firm from 1998 to 2006, and a member and partner at the law firm of Ropers & Majeski from 1980 to 1998. 


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