How Much Are Expert Witnessess Paid….. Answer “A Lot” – See Charge Out Fees

Fantastic article from The Hustle Newsletter

The lucrative world of expert witnesses

In the waning days of the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, Dr. Shannon Curry was called to the stand.

Curry, a California-based psychologist, had been hired by Depp’s legal team to offer her opinion on Heard’s alleged personality disorders.

But during cross-examination, Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, had a different line of questioning for the doctor:

“You are being paid by Mr. Depp’s legal team to be here, correct?”


“How much have you charged so far?

“I actually don’t know.”

“Over $100k?

“I don’t do my own books.”

“Over $200k?”

“I don’t know.”

“Over $300k?”

The exchange provided a rare glimpse into the economic underbelly of the expert witness industry, about which little is known to the general public.

To learn more about this gainful microeconomy, The Hustle spoke to expert witnesses, legal consulting firms, and attorneys.

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