We have noticed an interesting new trend, i.e. more and more lawyers are acting as expert witnesses.

Some of these lawyers supplement their legal careers by also acting as expert witnesses while some have left their legal practice behind and are acting as expert witnesses on a full-time basis.

The most common areas for lawyers to act as expert witnesses include:

• Adoption
• Attorney fees
• Breach of fiduciary duty
• Drug investigation
• Fee disputes
• Judicial ethics
• Landlord/tenant law
• Legal ethics
• Premises liability
• Professional liability
• Real estate
• Rick management legal malpractice
• Standard of care
• Tax issues

Some attorneys have made a career switch from trial law to expert witness in a narrow niche.

For example, one of the most prominent expert witnesses in the area of damages in large patent cases was himself a trial lawyer before changing careers.