article focuses on the practical considerations that an attorney should take
into account when making the decision to hire and to retain an accident
reconstructionist or biomechanical expert. While certainly not
exhaustive, the article covers the basic issues to consider when making such a
decision, namely how soon should an attorney hire an expert, how an expert may
assist with a case, factors to consider when making a hiring decision, and how
to vet a potential expert.
Recent decision expands scope of duty owed to third parties claiming economic loss from design professional malpractice.
In the absence of a contract, to whom do design professionals owe a duty, and what is the scope of that duty in the context of third-party claims alleging economic loss?
Fifth Circuit recently reversed a district court’s decision not to allow the
attorney-client privilege. In Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Hill, et al., No. 13-30830 (5th Cir. May 6,
2014), the Fifth Circuit permitted assertion of the attorney-client privilege
for a memorandum from an attorney to a client in the course of business
negotiations for a matter that had potential legal implications down the road.