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.

Dr. Polsky is a Los Angeles based animal behavior expert specializing in the forensic analysis of dog bite  injury inflicted to people. He welcomes inquiries from attorneys throughout the USA.

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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