Social Media Expert Witnesses
What is a social media expert witness?
Digital media expert witnesses have extensive experience in forms of media created and distributed using digital technologies such as websites, apps, games, and digital audio and video. Social media expert witnesses also have specific expertise in online platforms and technologies that enable users to create and share digital media content as a means of networking, communication, and entertainment. Both digital media and social media experts may also have an educational or training background in computer science, advertising, social media marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), ecommerce, online reputation management, and/or consumer behavior and/or experience working with digital and social media in a professional capacity. Social networking expert witnesses have specific skill sets related to Internet security, Internet protocol, and online privacy. Digital media experts have a solid understanding not only of the target technology but also of the market, market share of industry leaders, and the competitive landscape.
What types of cases require a social media expert witness?
Example social and/or digital media legal cases for which Cahn Litigation Services locates expert witnesses include:
- intellectual property (patent infringement and trade secret disputes)
- internet defamation
- social networking sites (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter)
- trademark infringement
- copyright infringement
- online blogs, forums, and business networks
- social gaming
- social media marketing, pay per click (PPC) marketing
- false advertising and/or fraud
- webpage design and domain names
- collaborative projects
- online photo and video sharing
- online product reviews
- computer forensics
Digital and social media expert witness case examples
Many of these cases are high profile and raise important questions about the legal and ethical implications of digital and social media technologies:
- The Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018
- The Twitter defamation lawsuit in 2017
- The YouTube copyright infringement lawsuit in 2016
- The Oracle v. Google Java copyright case in 2012
- The Napster copyright infringement case in 2000
- The Google Book Search settlement in 2008
What litigation support work might a social media or digital media expert witness be expected to perform?
Expert services could include social media investigations, social media content reviews, reverse engineering, prior art searches, conducting research and analysis on a variety of topics related to social and digital media, authoring expert reports and presentations which summarize their findings, arbitration, depositions, and expert witness testimony in a courtroom.
In addition, an attorney may seek a consulting expert for pre-litigation work. And, in high profile cases or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may require a digital media or social media expert with prior witness testimony experience.
A successful expert witness needs to have expertise as well as the ability to explain their digital and social media findings and electronic evidence to provide clear and concise explanations of complex technical concepts to judges and jurors.
Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for a social media expert witness around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony experience.
Social Media Expert Witness - Representative Bios
Please Note: All Cahn Litigation expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences. Attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.
The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Social Media experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Social Media landscape.