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Expert Witnesses

Locating an Expert Witness

Universities & Research Organization Directories

Expert directories list individuals available for consultation and testimony. Directories provide varying amounts of information about the experts, but often include areas of expertise, qualifications, and contact information.


ALM Experts
This online directory contains background and contact information for over 15,000 experts nationwide. The directory is organized by topic, and offers keyword searching capabilities.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association maintains this online directory of experts.
Users may browse experts by specialty, or search using keywords. 
This website provides free information about experts in a variety of fields,  including contact information, brief biographies, and links to the experts' websites.

This online directory of experts provides extensive information to locate and use experts in investigations, trial preparation, testimony and appeals. 

Expert Witness Network

This free service helps locate legal experts with particular expertise or experience. The database includes over 3000 full-length expert resumes.  

JurisPro Expert Witness Directory   
This directory provides information about experts' backgrounds and qualifications,
copies of their resumes, and links to their articles and other written materials. This website also includes sound clips of experts introducing themselves. 

National Directory of Expert Witnesses
This expert directory includes nationwide expert listings in technical, scientific and
medical fields. Users may search expert listings by subject, name, company and location. 

Northern California Register of Experts and Consultants
This online directory from the San Francisco Bar Association includes the profiles of over 600 expert witnesses and consultants in a variety of categories.

Many of the large legal portals also have online directories of experts:

Hieros Gamos


The Law Library keeps several expert directories at the reference desk for use in the library.

ALM Experts: National Medical Directory KF 195 .E96 N39
Electronic Access

California Directory of Attorneys KF 192 .C3 C325

Forensic Expert Witness Association Directory KF 195 .E96 F58
Electronic Access

Legal Expert Pages KF 195 .E99 L4
Electronic Access

Martindale-Hubbell Directory of Experts & Legal Services KFC 190 .M29

Sacramento County Bar Association Legal Directory KF 193 .S33


Many universities, think tanks, and other organizations publish online directories of their experts. These lists are typically intended for use by journalists rather than by litigants looking for expert witnesses. However, these types of resources may provide you with names of experts in hard-to-find specialties. California universities maintaining expert lists include:

California State University
Santa Clara University 
Stanford University
University of California, Berkeley 
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles 
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California 
University of the Pacific  

A list of links to additional university and think tank expert directories is available at:

Internet Sites for Journalists


Referral services maintain lists of qualified experts in a variety of specialties. These
services usually charge a fee for matching experts with litigants. 

American Medical Forensic Specialists (AMFS) 
AMFS matches cases with medical experts from every medical specialty. A retainer and administrative fee are required to begin the expert matching process.

Expert Research on Demand
With this service, Lexis performs customized searches of their databases to find appropriate experts for your case. You also can use this service to obtain copies of an expert's prior testimony, published work, disciplinary action, and other information. Pricing varies, depending on the services you request.

ForensisGroup assists clients in finding expert witnesses in technical, medical, construction, engineering and other scientific disciplines. No charges are incurred until an expert is retained. 

Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys (TASA) 
The TASA website allows free searching and referrals to expert witnesses in a  variety of fields. If you hire an expert found through this service, TASA will charge a $125 administrative fee.

Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Service
Thomson Reuters searches its network experts to find the best matches for your
needs. There is no charge for the service, unless you retain one of their recommended experts. 

MedQuest provides referrals to medical experts throughout the country. A retainer for case evaluation and telephone consultation with an expert is required.


Experts' names often appear in reported decisions, jury verdicts, and settlements. Many publishers provide easy-to-use tables of experts. These tables provide only names and areas of expertise. For additional information about the expert, try the directories listed above. For more detailed information on finding verdicts and settlements see the "Locating Jury Verdicts and Settlements" guide on our website at
This is a free online service that allows users to search for verdicts and settlements by parties, attorneys, case description, verdict, or experts.  

O'Brien's Evaluator KFC 57 .E93
Each annual volume of this reporter contains tables of medical and technical experts, with references to the cases in which they testified.  

VerdictSearch California Reporter KFC 57 .J87 
Each week's volume contains a list of experts. These lists are compiled in the semi-annual indexes,which provide tables of experts by name and by area of expertise.

Trials Digest KFC 57 .A75T7 
This publication indexes experts by name and area of expertise. These tables appear in each weekly issue of Trials Digest and are compiled to create an annual index.

The Law Library's WestlawNext subscription makes available a number of databases of verdict awards and settlements.  
Electronic Access:  On the Law Library's computers, using WestlawNext.


Many experts will belong to a professional organization in their field of expertise. The organization may be able to refer you to an expert. To find a professional organization in your desired expert's field, try some of these resources: 

AmJur Trials KF 8915 .A44 (Compact)
Chapters on specific case types include information on locating expert witnesses, including lists of professional organizations.
Electronic Access:  On the Law Library's computers, using WestlawNext.

California Expert Witness Guide KFC 1042 .K45
This book includes a directory of professional organizations in commonly litigated fields.
Electronic Access:  On the Law Library's computers, using OnLaw.

American Society of Association Executives

Internet Public Library – Associations on the Net


Many experts write articles and books in their areas of expertise. Finding written works on your topic may lead you to experts. You may also find articles in newspapers or popular magazines that refer to experts in a particular field. To find books and articles, try these resources:

Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides keyword-searchable access to scholarly articles and professional publications across a broad range of disciplines.

HeinOnline includes current and historical law review articles. You may find articles on topics related to your case that provide experts' names.
Electronic Access:  On the Law Library's computers, using HeinOnline.

WestlawNext provides access to texts, treatises, and practice aids on a variety of legal topics, as well as articles from law reviews, legal periodicals, and many other publications.
Electronic Access:  On the Law Library's computers, using WestlawNext.

Many professional and governmental organizations provide access to online databases of articles and reports. Some examples include:

Education Resource Information Center (ERIC)
ERIC is a database of articles, studies, and other resources on education-related topics. 

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
This service provides access to articles and reports on topics in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. 

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health -  MEDLINE/PubMed 
MEDLINE provides access to articles and reports on a variety of medical topics.

National Transportation Library  
The National Transportation Library indexes books, technical reports,
conference proceedings, journal articles and ongoing research in the field of

To find other organizations or databases that provide access to articles, try these websites:

This database from the University of California compiles internet resources such as databases, electronic journals and books, articles, directories, and many other types of information. 

Internet Scout
The creators of the Internet Scout search the internet for useful sources of information.  


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