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How to Start, Build and Run a Successful Expert Witness Practice, May 4-5, 2017, Clearwater Beach, FL

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Excellent and ethical legal consultants can easily double their income by devoting one day a week to expert witnessing. Time spent by experts on such matters is commonly billed out at $200-$500 or more per hour. How to Start, Build and Run a Successful Expert Witness Practice is an intensive, content rich workshop that is designed to show you how to start, build, and run a successful expert witness practice. This course is appropriate for professionals with all levels of legal-consulting experience including prospective and novice expert witnesses. Attendees will learn from an experienced faculty in a step-by-step fashion how to start, build, and run a successful and ethical expert witness practice.

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.  

Learning Objectives: At the completion of this course you will learn:
• The role of expert witnesses in civil litigation,
• What attorneys are looking for from their experts,
• How to properly define your area(s) of expertise and practice areas,
• How to draft a curriculum vitae appropriate for expert witness work,
• How to get cases,
• How to avoid ethical problems and maintain your integrity,
• The essentials of expert witness report writing,
• How to set your fee and collect it,
• What to bill for and when,
• How to draft a retention agreement to protect your rights,
• How to form defensible opinions,
• Techniques for maintaining your independence and objectivity,
• How to exceed expectations,
• How to build a tremendous reputation,
• Ethics,
• Expert witness risk management techniques, and
• Much, much more.
 

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 course 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: 

mangraviti-james100px.jpgJames J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq., has trained thousands of expert witnesses through seminars, conferences, corporate training, training for professional societies and one-on-one training/mentoring. He is also frequently called by experts, their employers, and retaining counsel to train and prepare individual expert witnesses for upcoming testimony. His clients include the FBI, Secret Service, IRS and NYPD. Mr. Mangraviti is a former litigator with experience in defense and plaintiff personal injury law and insurance law. He 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. He is the co-author of thirty books, including: How to Be an Effective Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial; How to Be a Successful Expert Witness: SEAK’s A-Z Guide to Expert Witnessing, How to Write an Expert Witness Report; The Biggest Mistakes Expert Witnesses Make: And How to Avoid Them, and How to Market Your Expert Witness Practice: Evidence-Based Best Practices. He can be reached at 978- 276-1234 or jim@seak.com. 

darius-chip100px.jpgChip Darius, OHST, CET, CSHO, is an OSHA / Safety Consultant and Trainer with 25 years’ experience serving clients in general industry, construction, utilities and emergency services. In addition to his consulting and training business, Mr. Darius is an Instructor for the OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center, where he has been teaching courses on OSHA regulations for over a decade. Mr. Darius is a well experienced Forensic Expert Witness and Litigation Consultant in catastrophic injury, fatality and personal injury matters. He has experience in both plaintiff and defense cases, in state and federal matters. He has significant testimony experience in depositions and at trials. Mr. Darius has conducted training at international, national, regional, state and local conferences and seminars. He earned BS and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut. Mr. Darius has also been a certified Emergency Medical Technician for 36 years. 

DAY ONE: Thursday, May 4, 2017 

7:30–8:00 REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 

8:00–8:30 The Role of Expert Witnesses in Civil Litigation Attendees will learn the proper role of expert witnesses in civil litigation. Included is an explanation of Federal Rule of Evidence 702 and the types of specific assignments experts can expect from retaining counsel including forensic consulting, report writing, and where necessary, testifying at deposition or trial. Questions and Answers 

8:30–9:30 What Successful Expert Witnesses Have in Common Faculty and the attendees will analyze what some of the nation’s “go to” experts have in common and how they got to their position of prominence. Videotaped interviews of the experts will be reviewed. Lessons for the attendees will be drawn from these examples. Questions and Answers 

9:30–10:30 Finding and Developing Your Niche in the Expert Witness Marketplace Faculty will explain the advantages of identifying a niche for yourself. Attendees will be provided with a protocol for researching their niche, determining the proper fit and developing their niche to its fullest potential. Questions and Answers 

10:30–10:45 BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY 

10:45–12:00 Pulling Together a CV Appropriate for Expert Witness Work Anyone considering starting an expert witness practice needs to maintain a CV. Attendees will learn the importance of an accurate, up-to-date CV, what should and should not be on a CV, and how mistakes in preparing CVs can damage or destroy an expert’s credibility. Sample CVs will be provided. Questions and Answers 

12:00–12:45 LUNCH PROVIDED WITH FACULTY 

12:45–1:45 Bulletproofing Yourself – Your Qualifications, Marketing Activities, Web Site, Image & Reputation A mock trial demonstration followed by bottom line bullet point advice with numerous examples on how to avoid potentially devastating problems in an expert’s qualifications, marketing activities, web site, image and reputation. Questions and Answers 

1:45–2:15 Bulletproofing Your Opinions – Passing the Daubert Tests, Your Methodology An in-depth discussion of the legal requirements of Daubert and FRE 702 as they relate to how an expert forms and expresses his/her opinion(s) and the admissibility of the opinions. Numerous examples will be discussed. The lecture continues with practical advice on how to avoid being caught in a Daubert nightmare and how to use the Daubert criteria as a roadmap to bolster the persuasiveness of any opinion. Questions and Answers 

2:15–3:00 Bulletproofing Your Opinions – Research, Investigation, Chart Review and Examination An expert witness’s opinion will only be as strong as the facts, research and investigation upon which it is based. Attendees will learn how to conduct an investigation, perform research and collect data in a manner that bolsters an expert’s opinion. Questions and Answers 

3:00–3:15 BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY 

3:15–3:45 Bulletproofing Your Opinions – Managing the Potentially Damaging Influence of Retaining Counsel Expert Witnesses often severely damage or destroy the persuasiveness of their opinions by allowing retaining counsel to influence (or appear to influence) their investigation, assumptions, and opinions. In this segment attendees will learn how to insulate their opinions from the appearance of being under the influence of retaining counsel, for example through the information the expert witness relies upon, the modification of draft and preliminary opinions, and through the communications between the expert witness and retaining counsel. Questions and Answers 

3:45–4:00 Bulletproofing Your Opinions – Rebuttals and Commenting On Other Experts Commenting on another expert’s opinions is an area that gets many experts into unnecessary difficulty. In this segment experts will learn the right way and wrong way to comment on another expert’s opinions. Questions and Answers 

4:00–5:00 Best Practices in Forensic Office Management Attendees will learn myriad techniques that will help them run an efficient and successful litigation support consulting practice. These include optimum new case intake procedures, billing systems, document receipt and retention policies, support staff training and instruction, file maintenance, trial scheduling, procedures for keeping your CV up-to-date, how to account for all time spent on the case, responsibilities and boundaries, security and confidentiality protocols and developing and using forms, templates and checklists. Questions and Answers 

DAY TWO: Friday, May 5, 2017 

6:30–7:00 CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 

7:00–8:00 Best Practices in Dealing with Counsel A frank discussion of how to best deal with retaining and opposing counsel. Included is an explanation of the importance of maintaining boundaries, how to best communicate with retaining counsel, the importance of not giving away your theories or reviewing any confidential information until you have been retained, how to deal with non-responsive or incompetent lawyers, how to deal with failure to prepare you for deposition or trial, being pushed beyond your true area of expertise, how to handle “rush” requests for reports and opinions and how to avoid problems before they materialize. Questions and Answers 

8:00–9:00 Best Practices in Report Writing Faculty will review the most efficient methods for dealing with requests for preliminary, draft, and other written reports. Best practices for responding to input from counsel, formatting, editing, controls over release of the report, signing, and proofreading will be provided. There will also be an in-depth discussion on the use and misuse of computer templates to assist in report writing. A sample expert witness report will be provided. Questions and Answers 

9:00–9:15 BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY 

9:15–10:00 Deposition Best Practices Attendees will be provided with an in-depth look at scheduling, billing, postponements, cancellations, errata sheets, and retention/destruction of deposition transcripts. A list of expected areas of inquiry will be provided. Questions and Answers 

10:00–10:45 Trial Best Practices Attendees will learn more than twenty techniques to help them prepare for trial. These techniques deal with issues which include dress, logistics, travel, scheduling, payment, and visual aids. Questions and Answers 

10:45–11:00 BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY 

11:00–12:00 Best Practices in Fee Setting, Fee Schedules & Agreements, Billings and Collections Experts will learn how to correctly value their time and set their fee. They will be taught the importance of not undercharging and how to determine exactly what their time is worth. Also included is a detailed discussion of the amount and frequency of retainers, whether retainers should be non-refundable, cancellation fees, expense reimbursement and proven techniques to improve collections of expert witness and consulting fees. Attendees will be provided with sample expert witness retention contract language that addresses 15 common problems faced by expert witnesses. Questions and Answers 

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

12:45–1:45 Advanced Marketing Techniques for Building an Expert Witness Practice Faculty and attendees will engage in a frank discussion and analysis of the utility of: search engine optimization, social media, networking, writing articles, speaking, directory listings, fees, advertising, referral services/brokers and 24-7 marketing. Questions and Answers 

1:45–2:15 Ethics and Risk Management Experts will learn how to deal with common ethical problems and will learn the potential civil and professional liability of experts. Numerous specific risk management techniques for experts will be explained including avoidance, maintaining the appropriate insurance coverages, due diligence, confidentiality protocols, anti-spoliation procedures, avoiding conflicts and the overriding importance of being 100% honest. Questions and Answers 

2:15–2:30 Conclusion and Takeaways Concluding remarks will be preceded by an attendee and faculty generated numbered list of action steps and takeaways from the covered material that attendees will be taking home to their practices to start, build and run a better and more successful expert witness practice. Questions and Answers 

What past attendees have said: 

“The class was outstanding! It was presented in such an easy to understand manner. Thank you again for a great class!”
 
“Great seminar. The instructors shared several “real life” scenarios to put things in perspective and to help you avoid common mistakes.”
 
“Fabulous! Interesting, stimulating, very effective”
 
“I believe the seminar was truly impressive and very informative”
 
“A great learning experience presented with real world examples”
“Great! Very practical. Likely to make me money”
 
“Very well organized, very practical advice”
 
“Every part of the seminar was critical”
 
“Jim and Chip were very engaging and welcoming. They worked well together and I enjoyed their sense of humor. Great job!”
 
“Jim is fabulous and fun. Chip – great practical help.”
 
“Very informative”
 
“Jim was very entertaining.”
 
“The presenters were very knowledgeable about the material and were able to present it in an interactive way with attendees.”
 
“Excellent presentation – going through CVs, websites was extremely helpful”
 
“Great job!”
 
“The program was top notch. No improvements needed.”

“Jim: All I can tell you is that I am in awe of the incredible job you and Chip did in conducting this course. I learned a huge amount and am working on digesting it all.”

“Thank you and thanks to the entire SEAK team......I attend a decent amount of seminars with my Civil Engineering degree...yours was top notch!!!”

“Jim, Thanks so much for the fantastic course that you and Chip taught.  I learned a great deal that is already helping me.”

“Jim: I thoroughly valued and enjoyed the seminar. Thank you for organizing it and for making it so beneficial.”

“I found the seminar to be most enlightening and informational.”

“ Jim, Thanks very much for the wonderful course in Chicago! It was fun and I learned so much from you and Chip. Both of you are great teachers. The program was very worthwhile. Now I have a much better idea of how to proceed with expert witness work. Thanks again and looking forward to seeing you at the next training!”

“Dear Jim, Thanks for a great how-to expert witness course. It was great to meet you and I appreciate your words of guidance and support in addition to the course material. I'm looking forward to putting my new skills to use.”

“Extremely thorough, professional and focused. Excellent.”

“Excellent how-to. Thanks for a great course!”

“Very informative, and great presentation.”

“Many thanks for the well-constructed summary of this field and the specific recommendations to proceed.”

“One of the best conferences I’ve attended.”

“Thank you!  I enjoyed the course and learned so much.  I want to thank you for your words of encouragement, too. You have helped me to move forward with pursuing this exciting experience.”

“Excellent, only wish I had taken the course when I first heard about it”

“Loved it!”

“Excellent. The faculty have taken so much great information and condensed it into an invaluable starter kit. I’m amazed at the things I’ve learned in just 2 days.”

“The training was excellent-very informative, engaging speakers, great teaching methods”

“You guys are great, very personable, honest, available and engaging, great job”

“Excellent, well organized, engaging, and practical”

“Loaded with powerful information”

“Phenomenal-did not want the seminars to end” 


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