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Coatings expert witness candidates typically have an advanced degree and experience and expertise in materials science, polymer science, and/or chemical engineering. The selected expert could be a member of an industry organization such as the American Coatings Association (ACA), the World Paint & Coatings Industry Association (WPCIA), and/or the World Coatings Council (WCC). A coatings expert witness must have a deep understanding not only of the target technology, but also of the market and competitive landscape. It is also essential that an expert witness possess the ability to provide expert testimony in such a manner that a jury and judge can understand the forensic evidence. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a coatings specialist with prior expert witness testimony experience.
What types of legal cases require an expert in coatings?
A coatings expert witness often provides his or her expertise in intellectual property matters, such as a patent infringement litigation or a trade secret dispute. A coatings scientist could also be called in on a product liability case or an accident investigation. Litigation support by a coating specialist could include expert report preparation, failure analysis, deposition testimony, expert opinion, and courtroom testimony. In addition, clients may seek a paint industry expert for pre-litigation consulting services. Cahn Litigation Services has been approached by numerous attorney clients to locate expert witnesses, on behalf of either the plaintiff or defendant, that can support coatings technology matters. Whether the case involves:
- a coating failure,
- laboratory testing,
- premature failure of a coating substance,
- chemical exposure, or
- protective coating patents,
Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn an expert witness search around quickly and provide the right balance of expertise and testimony to support each unique project and its nuances.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Coatings experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Coatings landscape.