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Harold Nemetz, D.D.S., A.M.Ed.
Call: 707-465-1453

Dr. Harold Nemetz is a dental expert witness assisting both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys with General and Prosthetic Dentistry matters.

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Category: Qualifying an Expert


An expert witness is someone who is recognized by a court as an authority on a topic who has knowledge beyond that accessible to the average person. In order to be accepted as an expert witness, the witness must generally present his or her qualifications on the stand so that the judge and jury understand what sets the witness part from other witnesses. Rather than testifying on legal matters, expert witnesses provide factual information and analysis which may be beneficial to a case.

Expert witnesses will have experience, training, skills, and education which are not common to the general public. A dentist, for example, is usually treated as an expert witness on the stand because not everyone has the benefit of a dental education and experience in practice as a doctor. Many expert witnesses provide scientific and technical information.

Some  expert witnesses provide testimony, which is usually given after the witness has reviewed the relevant material and assembled factual information. These witnesses can be questioned by both the defense and the prosecution, and the opposing side may opt to bring in an expert witness of its own to rebut the testimony of the original witness.

Other expert witnesses may offer fact finding services without testifying.

Generally, the more qualified someone is, the more desirable he or she is as an expert witness. Example: a Dentist held in high esteem and a professor at a University dental School or institutions which set the standards in the area of expertise are generally more sought after, as are witnesses with ample publications to their names

Qualifying an Expert

The attorney offering testimony of an expert witness follows certain legal formlisms to have the expert’s testimony accepted in court and, must first establish that the expert witness has the proper (‘specific’) qualifications.  The expert witness must assert familiarity with the treatment of patients with the plaintiff’s complaint by dentists. The testimony must be tailored for the situation whether testifying against a generalist or specialist and whether any competent dental generalist  or specialist should have avoided the defendants error or if the general had a duty to refer the patient to a more skilled dentist e.g., board certified specialist.  The expert should have an extensive background.

RETRIEVING INFORMATION:  The information I can retrieve from my memory and wisdom banks allows me to make succinct accurate decisions concerning the areas of dentistry I have experienced.

The following is where I retrieve a lot of information:

  • For the past 12 years: I have been a working dentist and Director of two Rural Health Clinics (one of them ‘Federally Qualified’) treating 20-30 patients per day (400-600 patients/month) and “managing other dentists and staff.”
  • A Private Clinical Practice 30+ years limited to operative, restorative, and prosthetic dentistry with multiple Dentist associates  and staff in my office.
  • Continually referring to, working with, and consulting with all Dental Specialties’
  • Achieved an Advanced Master’s Degree in Professional Education, USC 1977 [AMEd]
  • Post Doctoral Teaching at Universities & Continuing Education [Approximately 6000 hours]

Teaching: Post Graduate (post-doctoral) ‘Residency Teachings’:

  • College of the Redwoods, Dental Health Center, Eureka, California (2009->)
  • University of California, San Francisco; (2006->)
  • Loma Linda University: Professor: Teaching Advanced Operative Education/Restorative Dentistry (post-doctoral students) 10+ years. Teaching International Dentistry (students were graduate Dentists). 10+ years post-doctoral teaching
  • University of Southern California: Associate Professor: Teaching Advanced Prosthodontics’ Education 15+ years while concurrently being Director of Product Evaluation

Choosing A Dental Expert Witness

Dental Expert Witnesses come in “many shapes an sizes.”  Your choice must depend upon the nature of the medico-legal case that you are involved in.

Any registered/licensed dentist can be an ‘expert’ witness but, some dentists are more qualified and have more experience, both clinically and legally than others.

Here are SOME TIPS:

  1. Check Qualifications
  2. Consider effect on Jury
  3. Assess Capability
  4. Ensure Independence
  5. Confirm Availability
  6. Consider Compatibility
  7. Confirm Acceptance of Position
  8. Consider Experience or Inexperience

Client Testimonials

You were so very helpful during my trial and I am grateful to you for it.
- Sheri A. Cooley

You may shred the records.
You were very very helpful and also fun to work with.
- Lori M. Bencoe,
Bencoe, LaCour & Wood Law, P.C.

Your knowledge and comments in reviewing this matter are the type of honest approach we appreciate in an expert witness. Moreover, the research material you forwarded is quite interesting in light of the facts of this case.
Again, thank you for reviewing the case and agreeing to serve as an expert.
- Pieter Teeuwissen,
Danks Teeuwiessen & Associates

I retained Dr. Harold Nemetz as a dental expert in _ v.USA. The case hinged on whether Mr. Unin's dentist exercised the degree of care ordinarily exercised during a tooth extraction. Dr. Nemetz took pains to educate me on the nature of teeth and gums and relevant standard of care, all of which helped immensely. And during his trial testimony, he presented as professional, knowledgeable, unbiased and forceful.
I would recommend Dr. Nemetz to other personal injury attorneys as he is very approachable, engaged and knowledgeable. He was an asset to our case.
- Michele Brown,
Power & Brown, LLC

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Harold Nemetz, DDS, AMED
P.O. Box 328
Crescent City, CA 95531
Phone / Fax: 707-465-1453

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