Business valuation expert witnesses can have a significant impact on the outcome of a litigation matter or an arbitration or mediation hearing. The importance of selecting the right expert witness is often underestimated – but it can be the most important decision an attorney makes in a case. Business valuation expert witnesses and consultants are often used in divorces, business dissolutions, economic losses, contract breaches, partner disputes, dissenting shareholders, and bankruptcies. Before selecting a business valuation expert witness or consultant, the attorney should consider whether they have experience as an expert witness, what professional designations they hold, their continuing education in areas such as business valuations, and their reputation as a valuation analyst. A valuation expert’s greatest asset is their reputation for objectivity. In large, complex cases, the valuation expert can provide an objective view, help find the relevant facts, strengths, and weaknesses of the case, and manage the disputing party’s expectations. For these reasons, hiring the right business valuation expert early on can be incredibly beneficial to building a strong case. VSI has extensive experience in assisting attorneys through all phases of litigation: pre-litigation planning, discovery, mediation, and trial/arbitration.