Expert witness discovery is governed by Alabama’s Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 26. ALA. CODE § 5-26 (2017). This rule allows discovery into fees and expenses regarding expert witnesses “as the court deems appropriate.” Id. While case law does not specifically state whether financial information or tax returns of experts are discoverable, it does note that any discovery disputes are to be settled by the discretion of the trial court. Ex parte Pitts, 822 So.2d 418 (Ala. 2001). Further, when presented with issues, courts are to construe the discovery rules to promote the “broadest discovery.” Ex parte AMI West Alabama General Hosp., 582 So.2d 484 (Ala. 1991).

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