Preparing Your Damages Expert for Trial

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: September 27, 2017
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  • Differentiating Trial and Deposition Testimony
  • Educating Your Expert
  • Framing the Story
  • Effective Use of Demonstratives
  • Preparing For Cross
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: September 27, 2017


Although many cases are ultimately resolved prior to trial, quite a few proceed all the way to verdict. This webinar panel will discuss the importance of preparation with your retained damages expert for examination at trial. Having a strategy and being prepared can very well make the difference between winning and losing your damages case.

This program was recorded on September 27th, 2017.

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American Bar Association


Brent Bersin

Managing Director
Duff & Phelps, LLC

Brent Bersin is a managing director for the Disputes and Investigations practice. His practice is focused on providing financial and economic consulting, damages quantification, valuation, and expert witness services to clients in the context of intellectual property and commercial disputes.

Based in Houston, Brent has over 20 years of intellectual property experience, which includes market assessments, valuation, licensing, and the calculation of reasonable royalty, lost profits, unjust enrichment and price erosion damages in matters involving unauthorized use of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade dress and trade secrets.

He has also assisted attorneys, investors, management and other stakeholders in assessing the value of early stage technologies, latter-stage technologies, patents, and intellectual property portfolios for various purposes including taxable transfers, sales transactions, licensing, intercompany transfers and collateral for financing transactions.

Brent also possesses substantial experience providing economic analysis and expert testimony in complex commercial disputes, which have included issues of lost profits, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, tortious interference, fraud, alter ego, post-acquisition and purchase price disputes, “ability to pay” disputes, business interruption and valuation.

Brent has been designated and testified as an expert witness in Federal Court, State Court, Bankruptcy Court, and arbitration matters. He has also presented and been published frequently on the topics of economic damages, and valuation, financial, and forensic accounting issues.

Brent earned his B.B.A. in Accounting from the Bauer School of Business, University of Houston.

Brandon Renken

Locke Lord LLP

Brandon Renken is a Partner in Locke Lord's commercial litigation department with considerable trial and courtroom experience. Brandon focuses on maintaining a broad-based commercial litigation practice concentrating on all types of complex commercial disputes, both as plaintiff and defendant.

Brandon received his JD, with honors at The University of Texas School of Law in 2006.

Christina Maccio


Christina Maccio advises domestic and foreign energy companies—including state-owned oil companies, privately owned exploration and production companies, oilfield services firms and oilfield suppliers—as well as financial institutions, consultancy firms and other multinational clients across a range of industries in high-stakes commercial litigation and cross-border disputes involving business torts, foreign sovereign immunity, contractual disputes of all kinds, trade secret protection, enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation provisions, admiralty and multiparty disputes.

She has experience in all stages of litigation, including first-chair trial and appellate practice. Christina also has extensive experience in original proceedings seeking mandamus relief.

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