Clifton T. Hutchinson is a partner in the Dallas office of K&L Gates where he specializes in complex litigation and scientific expert issues, and is a frequent speaker and author on expert evidence and Daubert challenges. Mr. Hutchinson handles a variety of litigation matters, including significant products liability and toxic tort claims in state and federal trial courts around the country. He has argued complex procedural issues before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state courts of appeal.
Mr. Hutchinson helped pioneer the use of gatekeeping to exclude or limit unreliable expert testimony. He was the lead defense counsel in Christophersen v. Allied Signal and successfully argued the case before the en banc Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Christophersen established stringent expert reliability rules for federal courts in the circuit, predating the Daubert decision.