Partner John J. Walsh III recently joined Illinois Appellate Court Justices Warren D. Wolfson (Ret.) and Stuart E. Palmer, and Cook County Circuit Court Judge James P. Flannery, Jr., in presenting a seminar and discussion at the Chicago Bar Association on Illinois law governing expert witness testimony at trial. Richard Burke of Clifford Law Offices was also a speaker, and D. Patrick Eckler of Pretzel & Stouffer was moderator of the CBA seminar, entitled “Expert Witnesses: From the Frye-ing Pan into the Fire.”
Mr. Walsh’s presentation, “Was That Really a Logical Corollary?”, examined Illinois case law over the past 15 years and the extent to which the courts have allowed expert witnesses to “elaborate” on their written opinions disclosed under Rule 213 in discovery, and where courts have drawn the line and barred expansion of stated opinions.
Mr. Walsh has been defending doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes in medical malpractice and Nursing Home Care Act cases for more than 20 years, in addition to his other areas of trial practice. He is also a past President of the Society of Trial Lawyers.