Rule 702 and Daubert Standards for Expert Witness Testimony: Bringing and Defending Daubert Challenges

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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This CLE course will prepare litigators to meet the Daubert standards on admissibility of expert opinion testimony and outline effective strategies for bringing and defending Daubert motions.


Daubert motions are a critical pre-trial aspect of a case involving expert witness testimony. Exclusion of an expert’s evidence can effectively end a suit. A successful Daubert challenge can help win a case or put a party in a more favorable settlement position.

Counsel must thoroughly understand and consider Daubert standards prior to retaining any expert witness and in making strategic and tactical decisions on when and whether to bring a Daubert challenge.

Listen as our authoritative panel of experienced litigators discusses the Daubert standards and best practices for bringing and defending such motions.



  1. Overview of Daubert standard
    1. Theory tested
    2. Peer review and publication
    3. Potential error rate
    4. Standards and control
    5. General acceptance
    6. Other reliability factors
  2. Bringing a Daubert challenge
    1. Mechanics of a challenge
    2. Strategic and tactical considerations
  3. Defending a Daubert challenge
    1. Critical questions when hiring an expert witness
    2. Relevance and reliability
    3. Curing a successful Daubert challenge


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How can counsel effectively challenge an expert witness’ theories and whether those theories have been adequately tested?
  • Under what circumstances should counsel consider not filing a Daubert motion?
  • How can prior rulings involving an expert witness be used?
  • The perils of ipse dixit testimony


Cochran, Anthony
Anthony L. Cochran

Chilivis Cochran Larkins & Bever

Mr. Cochran represents individuals and businesses in a wide variety of matters. He has tried jury trials, bench trials,...  |  Read More

Fellows, Henry
Henry D. Fellows, Jr.

Fellows Labriola

Mr. Fellows represents corporations, partnerships and individuals in cases related to commercial contract disputes,...  |  Read More

John Lockett
John Lockett

Morris Manning and Martin

Mr. Lockett is a commercial litigator specializing in high-stakes, situation-specific disputes. He has significant...  |  Read More

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