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How to Be an Effective Expert Witness, May 4-5, 2017,Clearwater Beach, FL


Product Description

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.

Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL
Thursday–Friday, May 4–5, 2017

Click here for the full conference brochure and details (pdf)

Special Early Registration Savings: Tuition for each course is $1,295 on or before February 28, 2017; $1,395 March 1, 2017 – April 12, 2017; $1,495 after April 12, 2017.

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 onsite to your organization. Please call 508-457-1111.

Conference Cancellations:  Conference cancellations received in writing on or before April 12, 2017 will receive a full refund. Conference cancellations received after April 12, 2017 will receive a full tuition credit.

Location/Hotel Accommodations: The 2017 SEAK Expert Witness Conference will be held at the Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL. Opal Sands Resort offers guests the newest Gulf front accommodations on the Gulf of Mexico, right on Clearwater Beach’s lively promenade. SEAK has secured a special group rate of $205/night. Rooms are limited and this rate expires on April 12, 2017. To make your reservations, please call 1-855-335-1087 and refer to the SEAK Group rate and National Expert Witness Conference or click here, select drop down box: Group/Block, enter arrival and departure dates, enter group code SEAK0517 to book online. 

Here is a list of closeby hotels:  

Pier House 60
101 Coronado Drive
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
From $248+ per night 

Sea Captain Resort on the Bay
40 Devon Dr
learwater Beach, FL 33767
From $159+ per night 

Clearwater Beach Hotel
504 S Gulfview Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727- 400-6980
From $114+ per night  

Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach
521 S Gulfview Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727- 447-6461
From $180+ per night  

Hyatt Regency Clearwater
301 S Gulfview Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727- 373-1234
rom $394+ per night  

Sandpearl Resort
500 Mandalay Avenue
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
From $422+ per night

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.learningmarket.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 August, 2016. To register, please follow the instructions above. Appraisers: Credits from 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:

babitsky-steven100px.jpgSteven Babitsky, Esq. is the President and founder of SEAK, Inc., the Expert Witness Training Company. He was a personal injury trial attorney for twenty years and is the former managing partner of the firm Kistin, Babitsky, Latimer & Beitman. Steve has helped expert witnesses and their attorneys prepare for deposition in a broad range of cases, including antitrust, patent, medical malpractice, wrongful death, computer forensics, and many others. He has trained the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Aviation Administration, and he has worked with numerous forensic and financial companies including Fortune 500 companies and has worked with numerous experts to help them expand and grow their practices. Mr. Babitsky is the co-author of the texts How to Market Your Expert Witness Practice: Evidence-Based Best Practices; How to Become a Dangerous Expert Witness: Advanced Techniques and Strategies; Writing and Defending Your Expert Report: The Step-by-Step Guide with Models; How to Excel During Cross- Examination: Techniques for Experts That Work; The A–Z Guide to Expert Witnessing; How to Write an Expert Witness Report; and How to Excel During Depositions: Techniques for Experts That Work. Attorney Babitsky is the co-developer and trainer for the “How to Be an Effective Expert Witness” seminar and has been the seminar leader since 1990 for the Annual National Expert Witness and Litigation Conference. Mr. Babitsky trains hundreds of experts every year. He may be contacted at 508-548-9443 or stevenbabitsky@seak.com.

Day One (Thursday, May 4, 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. Questions & Answers


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 (Friday, May 5, 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 

What past attendees have said: 

“The course was fantastic.”  

“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!”

  “Well worth the time and money.”

  “Absolutely amazing.”  

“Unbelievable experience” 

“Excellent – good take always!”

“It was fabulous”

“Excellent seminar and loved the information received.”

“Excellent, informative, real life”

“Steven was a great teacher and kept the class interesting”

“Highly recommended to others”

“Mr. Babitsky was excellent!”

“Steven was great. He is clear in his presentation and kept the class interesting.”

“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!”

“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.” 

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