Most people tend to exaggerate when writing recommendations. Not so here. Loosely quoting Henry David Thoreau, my fear with Jarrod is that I might not exaggerate enough. Jarrod was the first expert witness I put on the stand in a major (multi-million dollar) automotive case. I had used other experts before, in small to mid-sized cases, but never before when the stakes were so high. I had heard great things about Jarrod, and I was intimately familiar with his then mentor, John, himself a great man, and one who didn’t suffer fools. But to me, Jarrod could have been a pig in a poke. Hardly.
Never (before or since) have I had an expert so completely prepared on the subject matter. Moreover, when it was finally time to face the jury, he came across like a 30 year veteran, leaving the entire room in awe. His interaction with the jury, his delivery, and his interface with a hostile opposing counsel was pure textbook. He somehow (only when appropriate) managed to show the right amount of righteous indignation without ever offending or losing his cool. He charmed the jury without being obsequious, and, most of all, even during the toughest of questions, he never let the jury see him sweat.
Our career paths have gone separate ways of late, so I have no motivation to push him like this. In full disclosure, I remain in touch with Jarrod often. Jarrod the friend – not Jarrod the expert. Few attorneys can say that about an expert last used some 15 years ago. Jarrod, however, is the exception. He won me and my family over from start to finish. Yes, he is a remarkable, gifted, A+ expert: if you are Defense counsel, you are making a mistake not hiring him. If you work for the Plaintiff, you underestimate Jarrod at your own peril. But much more than his remarkable skills, Jarrod is an extraordinary human being.
What you see in Jarrod is what you get: a throwback expert and a man utterly without guile. He possesses that rare combination: a bona fide expert and scholar, with a personality (i.e., lack of ego) typically inconsistent with those possessing copious amounts of talent. In sum, I count myself lucky to have used Jarrod on the stand, but even luckier to call Jarrod a true friend.