Joe Samnik – Arborist Expert Witness
Joe Samnik, arborist expert witness, is a national leader in forensic arboriculture and “Green industry” consulting. For the past 57 years, Joe Samnik has dedicated himself to discovering causation, due diligence, and negligence matters for attorneys and insurance companies practicing civil, criminal, and federal matters in eminent domain.
Finding the Right Arborist Expert Witness for Personal Injury Cases
It is daunting if you are an attorney looking for an arborist expert witness in a personal injury, wrongful death, or contract dispute matter. The facts and science presented to the jury are done so through the expert witness, the subject of your search.
During your search for this specialist arborist, you may consider the credentials of the potential expert, such as Board Certified Master Arborist, Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, Registered Consulting Arborist with the American Society of Consulting Arborists, or one that enables them to be a qualified tree risk assessor. Any credential that gives credibility to tree risk assessments and the person who will present to the jury becomes a part of your investigation.
You seek a career-rich, credentialed arborist with experience in tree management, tree safety, and the ability to recognize the derivation of tree damage itself. This very tree damage injured or perhaps killed your client. You need an arborist with expertise in tree failure, plant pathology, tree care, and tree preservation to give expert witness testimony.
How I Can Help With Contract Disputes
Contract disputes are high on the list of litigated matters as owners of significant landscapes desperately seek a connection between decline and death as hundreds of thousands or million-dollar investments lie in the loss column of their balance sheets.
At that time, you need an expert who was a landscape contractor for 25 years to focus your attention on the parties’ real problems and negligent conduct. Such an expert should have experience and knowledge in landscape management, landscape appraisals, urban forestry, tree inventories, and tree valuation.
What Matters Most in Expert Witness Testimony
Because you are an experienced and seasoned professional with trial experience, you are aware that credentials, while very important, are very similar to Boy Scout or Girl Scout merit badges.
There is also a significant difference between demonstrating acumen to start a campfire versus the expert witness who has done it over a thousand times.
An expert who, as a professional courtesy before any retention as an expert is discussed or determined, will review your photographs and case documentation to let you know where they think you and your client’s case stands.
An expert who first understands and realizes that a perfect fit must exist between the requirements of your case and the expert’s expertise can guarantee the best service for your case.
Or the difference in the expert witness that has testified in federal, criminal, civil, and eminent domain courts of law with their qualified expertise, aiming to produce accurate and reliable results.
- An expert who understands and realizes that teaching is more important than opining.
- An expert who understands the ramifications of testimony as it relates to Daubert.
- An expert who has had 57 years of established hands-on experience in the field of arboriculture.
- An expert whose files represent approximately 50% plaintiff / 50% defendant at the end of any given year.
- A witness who has presented subject matter expertise at international tree conferences five times, and at state and regional seminars over 100 times.
- An expert who authored a formula for appraising the value of trees and vegetation that became a state Rule Chapter.
Learn How I Can Help With Your Case
You are welcome to call me or set up a Zoom/Teams meeting to discuss your case and my possible involvement.
This courtesy meeting would allow you to learn where you and your case stand, help both parties understand how I might fit into your litigation team as an arborist expert witness, get to know me better, and learn how I might assist.