My question involves expert witness practice in the state of: California primarily, although I regularly perform services for those in states other than California.
I have historically been engaged directly by the law firm, rather than directly by the client. Recently, it is as if the legal profession received a message from above indicating that they should avoid direct hiring of experts and instead ask the expert to accept being engaged directly by the client.
I am uncomfortable doing so, although my discomfort merely stems from the fact that it is inconsistent with my past practice.
Is anybody aware of strong arguments one way or the other?