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How to Be an Effective Expert Witness, December 2-3, 2017, Naples, FL


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The #1 way to grow an expert witness practice is to build the reputation of being an effective witness. This is a small group, hands-on, fast-moving interactive workshop covering deposition, direct examination, and cross-examination skills. Attendees will learn how to become markedly more effective and significantly more valuable expert witnesses. Instruction will utilize four methods: lecture, questions & answers, videos of experts actually testifying in real cases, and mock trial demonstrations using student volunteers. The mock trial demonstrations are based upon a C.V. and sample report submitted in advance by volunteer attendees. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in demonstrations and to receive constructive feedback as to how to improve their performance. In addition, each attendee will be provided with a content rich seminar manual. This is SEAK’s most popular testifying training seminar.

December 2-3, 2017, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Naples, Florida

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Notice Regarding Hurricane Irma:  Hurricane Irma will NOT impact SEAK’s meetings scheduled for November 30-December 3, 2017.  The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club fared very well overall as did the City of Naples. The hotel reopened on September 25, 2017 – the same day as local schools.  We look forward to seeing you in Naples.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: A limited block of rooms will be available at special rates at the site hotel, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club (www.naplesbeachhotel.com) ($189 Resort View/$239 Gulf View). To make your reservations please call 1-800-237-7600 and mention that you are with SEAK, Inc. or click here.  Rooms are limited and this rate expires Wednesday, November 8, 2017 so you are strongly encouraged to make your reservations as soon as possible.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Tuition is $1,295 on or before September 30, 2017; $1,395 October 1, 2017 – November 8, 2017 and $1,495 after November 8, 2017. Register early and save!

GROUP DISCOUNTS: Group discounts are available for two or more persons registering from the same organization. Discount prices depend on the size of the group. Our programs can also be brought on site to your organization. Please call 508-457-1111.

CANCELLATIONS: Conference cancellations received in writing on or prior to November 8, 2017 will receive a full tuition refund. Persons cancelling after November 8, 2017 will receive a full tuition credit.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, you should be able to:
• Discuss the strategies and goals of opposing counsel at deposition and during cross-examination
• Describe how to properly prepare for deposition and trial
• Discuss strategies that can be followed when giving an expert deposition and when testifying at trial
• Explain techniques for excelling at videotaped depositions
• Explain opposing counsel’s deposition and cross examination tactics and how to defeat each tactic
• Describe techniques you can use when testifying at deposition and trial
• Discuss methods for responding to trick and difficult questions at deposition and trial
• List teaching methods that can be used to improve the persuasiveness of your expert testimony
• List techniques for developing powerful, memorable language and analogies
• Describe how to best insulate yourself from attacks by opposing counsel
• Discuss techniques to make a positive impression on the jury

Continuing Education Credits: Note: If your specialty does not appear below and you desire credits, please contact Karen Cerbarano (781-826-4974 or Karen@seak.com). We can often obtain desired credits upon request, but unfortunately, obtaining some types of credits are not feasible. Please register early, as we can only apply for credits after your registration form has been received and it can take time to get the requested approvals back from the accrediting agencies.

Accident Reconstructionists: SEAK will apply for credits through ACTAR upon written request at the time of registration. Accountants: Earn 16.5 CPE credits in the field of study of Specialized Knowledge and Applications. SEAK, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org. For SEAK’s complaint and program cancellation policies please call SEAK, Inc. at 508-457-1111. All attendees should have the education and experience that would qualify them as an expert witness. This is an intermediate group-live program. Advanced Preparation: None. This program was reviewed in September 2016. To register, please follow the instructions above. Appraisers: Credits from the The American Society of Appraisers will be applied for on written request at the time of registration. Arborists: SEAK will apply for Continuing Education hours through The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) on written request at time of registration. Attorneys: Credit varies by state. Continuing legal education credits for attorneys will be applied for if requested in writing at the time of registration. Engineers: 14 PDHs. The acceptance of this course is dependent upon your state(s) of registration. The vast majority of states do not require preapproval of either courses or course sponsors. Life Care Planners: SEAK will apply for credits through The Commission on Health Care Certification (CHCC) upon written request at the time of registration. Physicians: SEAK, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. SEAK, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. NOTE: SEAK does not accept commercial support for its programs and does not use faculty members with conflicts of interest.

Distinguished Faculty:
lawson-thumb.jpgThe Honorable David Lawson is a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. He was formerly a member of the Detroit law firm of Clark Hill, PLC (Birmingham office). He received his BA degree magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and his JD magna cum laude from Wayne State University. Judge Lawson is a former Special Assistant Attorney General and Special Prosecutor, and is currently on the faculty of the Michigan Judicial Institute. Prior to taking the bench his practice included both civil and criminal trial litigation, and he was actively involved in the trial of medical malpractice, negligence, and product liability cases. Judge Lawson has written and lectured extensively on scientific evidence and trial techniques.


James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq., has trained thousands of expert witnesses through seminars, conferences, corporate training, training for professional societies, and training for governmental agencies including the FBI, IRS, NYPD, Secret Service, and Department of Defense. He is also frequently called by experts, their employers, and retaining counsel to train and prepare individual expert witnesses for upcoming testimony. Mr. Mangraviti assists expert witnesses one-on-one with report writing, mentoring, and practice development. He is a former litigator who currently serves as Principal of the expert witness training company SEAK, Inc. (www.testifyingtraining.com). Mr. Mangraviti received his BA degree in mathematics summa cum laude from Boston College and his JD degree cum laude from Boston College Law School. Mr. Mangraviti has designed dozens of expert witness training programs and has personally taught experts in a group setting over 200 times since 1997. He is the co-author of thirty books, including: How to Be an Effective Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial: The SEAK Guide to Testifying as an Expert Witness; How to Be a Successful Expert Witness: SEAK’s A–Z Guide to Expert Witnessing; and How to Write an Expert Witness Report. He can be reached at 978-276-1234 or jim@seak.com.

DAY ONE, Saturday, December 2, 2017



8:00–8:30 Deposition Law and Procedure
You will learn what counsel can and can not ask, the extent of privilege protections, what objections may and may not be made, how to recognize and deal with abusive attorney behavior and whether you should read and sign the deposition transcript. Questions & Answers

8:30–9:00 Understanding the Strategies and Goals of Opposing Counsel
You will learn the general and specific goals of deposing counsel and how counsel will prepare to depose you. Questions & Answers

9:00–9:30 Preparing for your Deposition
You will learn how to prepare for your deposition, both alone and with retaining counsel. You will be provided with a detailed list of the likely areas of inquiry in an expert deposition. Questions & Answers

9:30–10:15 Deposition Strategies for Experts
You will learn a 4 step methodology for answering deposition questions. In addition, you will learn numerous strategies to truthfully and artfully answer deposition questions. Questions & Answers


10:30–11:00 Understanding and Defeating Counsel’s Deposition Tactics
You will learn over two dozen tactics that are likely to be used against you and will be provided with strategies to defeat each of these tactics. Questions & Answers

11:00–11:15 Videotape Depositions: Special Techniques
You will learn special techniques which are applicable when your deposition is being videotaped. Questions & Answers

11:15–12:00 Advanced Deposition Tactics for Experts
You will learn numerous techniques that will help you to excel during your expert deposition. Questions & Answers

12:00–12:45 LUNCH WITH FACULTY (Provided)

12:45–1:30 Pulling it all Together: Truthfully and Artfully Answering Trick and Difficult Questions at Deposition
The faculty will go around the room and ask difficult deposition questions. The attendees’ responses will be critiqued.


1:30–2:00 Introduction and Executive Summary of Persuasion Techniques for Expert Witnesses
You will learn the twelve key techniques to utilize in order to be a more effective expert witness during direct examination. Questions & Answers

2:00–2:30 Preparation
You will learn 15 techniques for how to best prepare to give persuasive expert testimony during direct examination. Questions & Answers

2:30–3:00 How to Best Put Forth your Qualifications
You will learn 14 techniques to more persuasively explain your credentials and to put your credentials in context. Questions & Answers


3:15–3:30 Commenting on the Opposing Expert and His Opinion
You will learn the special techniques to utilize when you are asked to comment on the opposing expert’s opinion. Questions & Answers

3:30–4:00 Developing a Harmonious Interaction with Retaining Counsel
You will learn how to make your testimony easy to understand and interesting to follow. You will also learn how to avoid making your testimony appear to be rehearsed and how to present non-traditional, “soft challenge” direct testimony. Questions & Answers

4:00–4:30 Creating and Using Powerful, Memorable Language and Analogies
You will learn 12 techniques for using more powerful, memorable and understandable language. Questions & Answers

4:30–5:00 Optimizing Your “Teaching” Skills
You will learn numerous techniques to more effectively “teach” the jury. Questions & Answers

DAY TWO, Sunday, December 3, 2017


7:00–7:30 Reading and Bonding with the Jury
You will learn 17 techniques to read and more effectively bond with the jury. Questions and Answers

7:30–8:00 Dealing with Problem Areas and Weaknesses
You will learn advanced ways to deal with problem areas during your direct examination. Questions & Answers

8:00–8:30 The Biggest Mistakes Experts Can Make that Can Turn Off Judge and Jury
You will learn how to avoid the 37 biggest mistakes that can turn off the judge and jury. Questions & Answers


8:30–9:15 Protecting Yourself from Attacks on your Credibility and Credentials
You will learn 8 techniques for protecting yourself from attacks on your credibility and credentials. Questions & Answers


9:30–10:15 Forming Airtight Opinions
You will learn 24 methods to make your opinions resistant to effective cross-examination. Questions & Answers

10:15–10:30 How Trial Attorneys Prepare for Cross-Examination of an Expert
You will learn how an attorney investigates an expert and his opinions and how an attorney maps out the questions that he will ask during cross. Questions & Answers


10:45–12:00 Advanced Cross-Examination Techniques
You will learn over 40 techniques to be a more effective expert witness during cross-examination. Questions & Answers


12:45–1:15 Staying One Step Ahead of Counsel During Cross-Examination
You will learn 34 tactics that attorneys will use during cross-examination and how to defeat each of these tactics. Questions & Answers

1:15–1:45 Going on Offense During Cross-Examination
You will learn numerous techniques for how to turn the tables on opposing counsel. Questions & Answers

1:45–2:30 How To Skillfully Answer Trick And Difficult Questions
The faculty will go around the room and ask difficult cross-examination questions. The attendees’ responses will be critiqued. Questions & Answers

Here’s What Past Attendees Had To Say:

“Incredible presenters.”

“I have found the specific topic trainings thru SEAK to be golden. SEAK really helps shorten the learning curve.”

“The witness work I became involved with in April of last year has been a STEEP learning curve . . . and your material has helped tremendously!”

“The training course with you and [The Judge] last week was fantastic.”

“Eye opening, frank, and utterly essential. No pulled punches.”

“More helpful than any other training I’ve ever received, I think due in large part that it was so engaging and packed with great examples.”

“Hi Jim, Can't say enough about how great the conference was.  Having Judge Lawson there was just incredible.  How else can you get an education from a judge on the do's and don'ts of how to do this stuff. Top notch information, entertaining delivery, and valuable insights. Terrific presentation, never a dull movement - particularly with the lingering threat of being called upon for a demonstration!” 

“Thanks Jim. Great sessions. I will encourage my associates to also attend. The judge was also very impressive. A tremendous amount of valuable information - well worth the investment. Also discussions with other participants was valuable and I made several good contacts. Fantastic!” 

“The course was fantastic.” 

“Jim,  The program was outstanding! Both you are Judge are very knowledgeable and are excellent teachers. The interactive program, the clips, etc were fabulous. The flow of the seminar was terrific! A+ to you both and SEAK.” 

“It was great, you two guys were great.... have you two thought of putting together a stand-up comedy act? I was VERY impressed how you had gone over every single participant's sample report or deposition transcript in so much detail.” 

“I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar.  I have already been touting SEAK to some of my partners. Thanks again for the info and entertainment. I never want to meet you in court!” 

“Thank you for the great conference.  I found it very helpful and packed with useful information.   You and the Judge had a great ability to connect with the group and this really made everything entertaining.” 

“Well worth the time and money.” 

“Great course.  You and the judge made a great team.  If I was looking for a  pearl or two, I got a necklace.  Thanks again.” 

“Absolutely amazing.” 

“Unbelievable experience”

“An excellent course. I only wish I had taken it years ago.”

“I found the program EXTREMELY useful.”

“That was a fantastic course and I look forward to others in the future.”

“This was a fantastic, top-notch seminar.”

“Well worth the cost and personal time.”

“The training was fantastic, and I will absolutely be attending future SEAK trainings. I also very much enjoy the books I have read of yours so far, and I intend to buy and read more of your books in the future.”

“Exceptional seminar. I attend continuing ed seminars regularly and this seminar was beyond all of those. It seemed that every word was productive.”
“Incredible presenters.”

“I have found the specific topic trainings thru SEAK to be golden.   SEAK really helps shorten the learning curve.”

“The witness work I became involved with in April of last year has been a STEEP learning curve . . . and your material has helped tremendously!”

“The training course with you and [The Judge] last week was fantastic.”

“Eye opening, frank, and utterly essential. No pulled punches.”

“More helpful than any other training I’ve ever received, I think due in large part that it was so engaging and packed with great examples.”

“Excellent – will surely lessen the shock involved in my first expert experience.”

“Plethora of information”

“Exceptional! Lots of content and great role playing”

“Active learning, excellent team teaching”

“Thoroughly enjoyed discussions from the presenters, great learning experience”

“Great advice on being an expert witness, but more importantly how to be effective as an expert as being relatable.”

“Tightly packed, well honed, very informative”

“The explanations by presenters were very clear and complete”

“Thank YOU!!  This course was RICH with information and I am much better prepared for the Daubert challenge now. I really appreciate what you and your colleagues are doing.”

“Great course. Learned so much. No expert should ever testify without attending this course!”

“It was a powerful, extremely useful training seminar, just as the first one I attended in April of this year.  You did a great job!  I'm working on a report today in which I am already thinking about (and looking forward to) the deposition I am going to give incorporating your suggestions and recommendations.”

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