- I will almost undoubtedly learn something
- You can identify people you want to work with (reviewing the reviewer)
- They can save me from an embarrassing 'burning tree' scenario
Sometime politics enters the picture. That is never pleasant, unless you are a politician. I can do politics, but I tend to add fees when dealing with adversarial, politically-charged environments. In short, it is a complete pain in the ass, and I charge more if I have to deal with it on a daily basis.
In the context of something like a patent fight, I have an excellent idea of what tools I might need, and how to employ them, but no experience. On the other hand, I know of someone who does. Avi Rubin has a security track record dating back many years, as USENIX members know. His credentials are available at http://avi-rubin.blogspot.com/. Professor of Computer Science and Technical Director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and it goes back from there...
Avi has spun up another company that specializes in this sort of thing, and has a practical guide on how to procede: http://harborlabs.com/codereview.pdf. This is highly recommended reading.