Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness For Attorneys

Richard H. Polsky, Ph.D. CDBC
Los Angeles, California

“Bringing the science of animal behavior to attorneys”

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Meet Richard Polsky, Ph.D. | Dog bite expert witness

Here’s a snapshot of Dr. Polsky’s qualifications:

Education, experience & certification

 Expert witness work – Civil litigation

  • The number of occasions retained as an animal behavior expert witness in civil matters: Over 300.
  • The number of occasions retained as a cat behavior expert in civil matters: Approx. 7.
  • The number of occasions retained as a dog behavior expert in criminal matters: Approx. 20.
  • The division between work for Plaintiff vs. Defense: 50% plaintiff, 50% defense
  • Number of times testifying in Deposition: Over 75
  • The number of times testifying at trial: Approx. 50.
  • Counties in California where deposition or trial testimony has been given (partial listing): Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, Orange, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Alameda, Fresno, Merced, Sacramento, San Mateo, Tuolumne.
  • States outside California where deposition or trial testimony has been given: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Ontario Canada.

 Expert witness work – Criminal litigation

  • 1999. State of California v. Carter. Case # KA 044228. Pomona Division, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 1999. State of California v. Corral. Case # PA 029842. San Fernando Division, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2000. State of South Carolina v. Speagle. Case # F-945152. Fairfield County, South Carolina
  • 2000. State of California v. Graham. Case # SA 038179 Los Angeles Division, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2000. State of California v. Gomez Case # KA 046685 Pomona Division, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2000. State of California v. Bates. Case # BA 205430 Los Angeles Division, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2001. People v. Robert Noel. Case # SCN 181813-2. Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
  • 2008. People v. Moody. Orange County Superior Court (CA), Westminister Division.
  • 2019 People v. Geiger. San Luis Obispo County, SLO, CA.
  • 2020  People v. Almond. San Luis Obispo County, SLO, CA.

Expert witness work –  Police K-9s

  • The number of occasions retained by plaintiff: Approximately 15
  • The number of occasions retained by defense: 1
  • Courtroom testimony: Approximately 5

 

 

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