The smartest expert witnesses take up residence in cities that lawyers like to visit. Imagine a lawyer who has to choose between a cardiac pathologist living in Des Moines and one living in Las Vegas. Which one do you think he'll choose?
I'm joking, of course. There are no cardiac pathologists in Des Moines. And experts don't move around to popular travel destinations in order to attract lawyers. On the other hand, as I think about my business adventures over the past two days--traveling to Austin, Texas, with a co-counsel friend to meet with an expert--I'm glad the expert happened to be living in an interesting city I'd never seen before.
As it happened, Austin lived up to its reputation as a music-centric, hip city, a blip of blue in a sea of red. Along 6th Street on Sunday night, there were still bands setting up near midnight when my friend and I decided we'd had enough. Although we'd imagined earlier we'd be sticking around for closing time, we got started a little too early. And there was a lot more happening than we'd expected for a Sunday night. Most of the bars on 6th Street, though not packed, were thriving.
So Austin got the best of us. And though there's plenty more to say about the experience, the press of business prevents me from turning in a longer report. Maybe next time. For now, I'm up to my neck in experts, depositions, motions, arguments, etc.--four paragraphs has to be today's self-imposed posting limit.