Locating, Vetting & Working with Expert Witnesses

2.0 CLE (Substantive Including .5 Ethics)

Course Description

Those who utilize expert witnesses to offer opinions concerning liability, causation, damages, and/or valuation are often challenged with the task of finding the right expert and engaging his or her services on behalf of a client.Many times, this is no easy task even for the veteran attorney or paralegal.Through this seminar, attorneys and paralegals will understand the selection, location, vetting, retention, fee structures and preparation of expert witnesses and take away some practical nuggets in these and other areas such as creating an expert database, communicating with experts and conflicts of interest.

Meet Your Speaker

Paul Pelton, FRP, is a Senior Litigation Paralegal with The Maher Law Firm in Winter Park, FL and has over 25 years of experience in all phases of civil trial work.With a background in medical science, Mr. Pelton concentrates his practice in high-exposure cases involving medical malpractice, nursing home resident’s rights claims, product liability matters and complex BI claims.Mr. Pelton has handled cases for plaintiffs and defendants in State and Federal courts and in arbitration proceedings.He is a published author and a CLE provider to national audiences on paralegal practice.Mr. Pelton is a member of the Executive Council and is the 2017-2018 President of the Orange County Bar Association Paralegal Section; he also serves as Chair of the Paralegal Mentorship Program with that organization.In addition, Mr. Pelton serves the citizens of Florida by appointment to the Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law for The Florida Bar through 2020; he also serves the paralegal community on the 2018 Florida Bar Convention Planning Subcommittee of The Florida Bar FRP Standing Committee.

Course Information

This course is an recording of a live event which took place as part of the 2018 Paralegal Cruise.

This program consists of a video recording and powerpoint presentation. The recording may include some background noise or other interruptions typical of live events.

Please do not purchase this course if you have previously purchased the 2018 Paralegal Cruise package as this will be a duplicate. You can learn about the 2018 Paralegal Cruise Package here.

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Continuing Legal Education Credit (CLE)

NALA: This seminar is pre-approved by the Certifying Board of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

FRP: As approved by NALA, this seminar meets the requirements under Rule 20-6.1 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar for continuing legal education credit required to maintain the FRP credential.

NALS: This seminar is pre-approved by NALS, Inc. for continuing legal education credit required to maintain your NALS credential.

NFPA accepts substantive CLE hours bearing NALA accreditation.

South Carolina: This program has been approved by the South Carolina Bar for South Carolina Certified Paralegals. Approval is valid through June 30, 2020.

CLE Credits from this program are pre-approved by NALA and can be used for your CLE requirements with any other associations which accept credits that hold NALA's approval. A certificate of completion is awarded upon completion of this program. It is the students responsibility to ensure NALA approved credits will be accepted by the entity they report credits to before signing up. If you aren't sure, please e-mail [email protected] for assistance.