Members of the American Business Appraisers National Network offer a wide range of litigation support services. While some litigation support services involve the business valuation, many do not. As an expert we can assist counsel from the inception of cases in determining if there are sufficient damages to justify litigation. We often work throughout cases to assist in identifying documents to request in discovery and assisting in formulating questions for interrogatories and depositions.
In general, litigation support services can be divided into two categories: testifying expert services and consulting expert services.
As a testifying expert, our purpose is to provide objective evidence to assist the trier of fact, be it judge or jury, in reaching a decision in a trial.
As a consulting expert, we are in a position to advise and assist our clients on achieving the best outcome. This is distinctly different from the testifying expert who must maintain objectivity throughout the case.
Ligation cases involving valuation or damages can include:
- Antitrust ligation
- Breach of contract
- Discrimination cases
- Patent infringement
- Personal injury
- Professional malpractice
- Securities litigation
- Shareholder disputes
- Theft of trade secrets
- Trademark infringement
- Wrongful death
On the other hand, if your attorney wishes to retain us as a consultant, we will not be permitted to testify in court and our work, and possibly even our identity, does not have to be made available to (“discoverable by”) the opposing parties.