This is a good PowerPoint by Lee Enterprises Consulting CEO, Wayne Lee, about hiring an expert witness in biofuels, biochemicals, biomaterials, biotechnologies, feedstocks, and other specialty areas within the bioeconomy. This type of litigation might include things like It covers areas such as bio jet fuels, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, advanced biofuels, biodiesel, renewable diesel, renewable natural gas, renewable and biochemicals, biogas, syngas, biochar, and technologies like anaerobic digestion, bio-oil extraction, enzyme technologies, fermentation, Fischer-Tropsch, gasification, pyrolysis, carbonization, synthetic biology, thermochemical conversion, torrefaction, water treatment and waste management. The ppt discusses what makes a good expert witness, where to find them, and how to evaluate their credentials. It discusses things like evaluating the expert’s competence, familiarity with legal proceedings and their ability to article in understandable terms.
The premise from which selection of an expert in the bioeconomy should begin is that these are highly specialized areas, not normally within the knowledge of the average person. While there are certainly quite a number of “experts” with backgrounds in chemistry, biology, engineering and related fields, these educational credentials are wholly insufficient to being a qualified expert in specific areas of the bioeconomy. Experts must have specific industry experience in the process, system, technology or bioproducts in question, and since many of these are new and emerging markets, this specific experience may be difficult to find. Even in the more “established” bioeconomy industries like ethanol and biodiesel, there are somewhat limited pools of truly capable experts. Effectively assisting and advising an attorney, and particularly in educating judges and juries as to what happened, why it happened, and what might have been done to prevent it, any good expert must have a working knowledge of the industry and specific experience to draw upon.
Our site contains many blogs and articles about the use of experts in particular types of cases, damages, intellectual property, and more. See also: Expert Witnesses in Biochemical Litigation & Hiring Expert Witnesses in the Bioeconomy,
Expert Witness in Bioeconomy Matters