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 expert witness

Richard Polsky, Ph.D. is a dog expert witness was been retained by attorneys in dog bite litigation on over 300 occasions. He welcomes inquiries from attorneys in Idaho.

Summary of Qualifications
Assignments in civil cases
  • 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.
Canine forensics in criminal matters (partial listing)
  • 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, San Luis Obispo, CA.
  • 2020  People v. Almond. San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo CA.
Assignments and K-9 litigation
  • The number of occasions retained by plaintiff counsel:  Approx. 12
  • The number of occasions retained by defense counsel: 1
  • The number of occasions qualified in court as an expert on police dog behavior: 5 (approx)

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