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27th Annual National Expert Witness Conference, May 5-6, 2018, Clearwater Beach, FL


Product Description

SEAK’s 27th Annual National Expert Witness Conference provides expert witness training for all disciplines and levels of experience.  You will learn from top judges, attorneys and experts how to deliver higher quality opinions, reports, and testimony.  There will be numerous opportunities to network with your colleagues and faculty in a very collegial atmosphere.  You can earn continuing education credits while enjoying a gorgeous oceanfront venue.

Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL Saturday–Sunday, May 5–6, 2018  

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, 2018; $1,395 March 1, 2018 – April 11, 2018; $1,495 after April 11, 2018. 

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 11, 2018 will receive a full refund. Conference cancellations received after April 11, 2018 will receive a full tuition credit.

Location/Hotel Accommodations: The 2018 SEAK Expert Witness Conference will be held at the Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL. The Opal Sands Resort offers guests ultra-modern Gulf front accommodations on the Gulf of Mexico, right on Clearwater Beach’s lively promenade. SEAK has secured a special group rate of $209/night. Rooms are limited and this rate expires on April 11, 2018. 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 SEAK0518. 


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Edge Hotel
505 S Gulfview Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
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.1 miles from conference hotel (next door from conference hotel)  

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Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
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.1 mile from conference hotel  

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Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
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100 Coronado Dr.
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Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
400 Mandalay Ave
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
From $395+ per night
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater Beach
650 Bay Esplanade
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I am new to expert witnessing. Will this conference be appropriate for me?
A. Yes, although we also highly recommend that you sign up for our How to Start, Build, and Run a Successful Expert Witness Practice preconference if your schedule permits.

Q. What types of experts is your training conference appropriate for?
A. All disciplines and all levels of experience. Each year we have experts who have testified hundreds of times attend as well as brand new experts. The level of diversity in terms of disciplines who attend the conference is breathtaking and includes accountants, engineers, physicians, attorneys, psychologists, life care planners, chiropractors, fire investigators, arborists, nurses, computer specialists, patent experts, damages experts, security, investments, etc.

Q. Are there continuing education credits for my discipline?
A. If we reasonably can obtain your credits, we will. Please look below for more information on continuing education credits.  If you have any additional questions please contact Karen Cerbarano at 781-826-4974 or

Q. How many expert witnesses have attended this training conference?
A. Over 4,000 since 1990. SEAK has trained many thousands more experts through seminars, on-site training, and 1-1 training.

Q. Are there any discounts available?
A. Yes. You can save up to $400 by registering early ($200 for the main conference and $200 for a preconference). Group discounts are also available. Call 508-457-1111.

Q. I can’t make it to the conference, what are my other options?
A. SEAK Expert witness training is offered 3–4 times a year. For a complete upcoming seminar schedule please visit
www.seak.com. We also offer 1-1 training. Call 508-457-1111.

Q. Should I sign up for a preconference or is that information already covered in the main conference?
A. We highly recommend that you take advantage of the small group format preconferences and sign up for one if your schedule permits. The preconferences go into far more depth than what is covered at the main conference and allow you to drill down and perfect your skills. For example, we spend 14 hours teaching report writing in the How to Write a Bulletproof Expert Witness Report preconference, whereas report writing is covered in 1 hour at the main conference. A large percentage of attendees historically also attend a preconference.

Q. I am having trouble deciding on which preconference to attend. Can you offer any guidance?
A. Yes, please feel free to call Seminar Leader Attorney Steven Babitsky (508-548-9443) and he will evaluate your situation and make recommendations.

Main Conference Continuing Education Credit Information
Note: If your specialty does not appear below and you desire credits, please contact Karen Cerbarano
(Karen@seak.com or 781-826-4974). 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, Inc.’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 created in July 2017. 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.

For questions or more information call 508.457.1111 or email mail@seak.com. NOTE: SEAK does not accept commercial support for its programs and does not use faculty members with conflicts of interest.

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DAY ONE: Saturday, May 5, 2018


8:00am – 9:00am A View from the Bench: How Experts Can Improve Their Credibility with the Jury and Judge
The Honorable Stephen J. Murphy III
Judge Murphy will explain how the expert’s candor, demeanor, language, presentation skills, and the content of the testimony impact their credibility and effectiveness. He will share feedback from jurors on what they like and do not like about expert witnesses. Judge Murphy will offer practical suggestions for experts. Learning Objective: List ways to improve your credibility. 

murphy.jpgThe Honorable Stephen J. Murphy III is a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Murphy was the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Counsel for General Motors, an AUSA in Detroit, and a trial attorney at The United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC. Judge Murphy was an adjunct professor of law at University of Toledo College of Law, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and the Ana Maria School of Law. He received his BS from Marquette University College of Business and his JD from Saint Louis University School of Law. 

9:00am – 10:00am The Expert Witness Deposition: How to Survive and Thrive
James J. Boland, Esq.
Attorney Boland will explain the process attorneys go through preparing to depose experts. He will review and demonstrate with video, the attorney’s goals, strategies, and tactics, including how attorneys sequence questions to trap experts into unwanted conclusions, jump from one topic to the other to sew confusion, and ask experts to opine about topics outside their charge to bolster their cross examination of those other experts. Attorney Boland will offer practical advice on how expert witnesses can survive, thrive, and excel at their depositions. Learning Objective: Describe techniques to excel at your deposition. 

boland.jpgJames J. Boland is a Partner at Freeborn & Peters, LLP focusing on complex commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration. Mr. Boland has extensive experience and has represented a variety of corporations, businesses and professional firms in matters involving reinsurance (life & health, property & casualty), antitrust, securities fraud, accountant liability, consumer protection, shareholder and derivative disputes, mergers and acquisitions disputes, including post-closing disputes, and a variety of other commercial matters. Mr. Boland also has extensive experience in class action litigation, representing corporations and businesses in matters involving antitrust, securities fraud, residential and commercial mortgage practices, commercial leasing and other retail sales and marketing practices, and has experience in SEC and other governmental investigations. Prior to joining Freeborn & Peters LLP, Mr. Boland was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP focusing on commercial litigation and dispute resolution.


10:10am – 11:10am The Excellent Expert Witness Report
Stephen Noffsinger, MD
Dr. Noffsinger will explain and demonstrate, with examples, how the excellent report can and should be a template for your effective direct examination. He will discuss anticipating and effectively dealing with cross-examination areas of inquiry, and expressing your opinions with the factual and scientific basis. Dr. Noffsinger will offer practical suggestions for writing the excellent expert witness report. Learning Objective: List strategies for writing a more effective report.  

noffsinger.jpgStephen Noffsinger, MD is a nationally known forensic psychiatrist and experienced expert witness. He is Associate Program Director, Forensic Psychiatry, UH Cleveland Medical Center and Associate Professor, Psychiatry, CWRU School of Medicine. Dr. Noffsinger is the developer and instructor for the law and psychiatry course taught at the University of Akron School of Law. He teaches expert witness testimony standards and excelling at direct examination and report writing. Dr. Noffsinger is board certified in psychiatry and neurology and has been chosen as one of the Best Doctors in America for more than ten years.  

11:10am – 12:10pm How Expert Witnesses Can Deliver and Defend the Truth
Stuart Simon
Mr. Simon will explain and demonstrate, with examples, how experts need to prepare and be prepared for their direct and cross-examination. He will address how to speak to facts, precision, context, narrative, and giving the truth meaning the jury can understand. Mr. Simon will offer practical suggestions for excelling during difficult questioning. Learning Objective: Describe techniques for preparing to testify.  

simon.jpgStuart Simon is President/CEO and a principal founding partner at AJC American Jury Centers TM, has assisted attorneys and corporations in the development of trial strategies and tactics since 1994. Mr. Simon is recognized for his ability to summarize complex technical data into simple, lay-friendly concepts that juries and other decision makers understand. He has consulted on some of the largest cases in the United States and abroad. Mr. Simon is the author of Witness Communication Training: Helping Witnesses Learn to Deliver and Defend the Truth Under Adverse Examination. For over 20 years, he has been a featured speaker at the national and international conferences. Mr. Simon holds a JD from Widener University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.  


1:10pm – 2:10pm Breakout Session: Choose One 

Business Development for Expert Witnesses
Steven Babitsky, Esq.
The goal of expert witness business development ideally is to obtain, in a cost effective professional manner, the specific types of case assignments you are seeking. Attorney Babitsky will explain, and demonstrate with examples, specific, effective, tested techniques and strategies he has used successfully with experts for business development. Particular attention will be paid to branding, reputation building, and obtaining interesting and lucrative assignments in a professional cost-effective manner. Learning Objective: List strategies for successful business development.  

babitsky-larger-circle.jpgSteven Babitsky, Esq. is the President of SEAK, Inc., the expert witness training company (www.testifyingtraining.com.) He trains and consults with expert witnesses and forensic companies on marketing, practice building, and deposition and trial preparation. He is the co-author of numerous texts on expert witnessing, including: The Street Smart MBA: 10 Proven Strategies For Driving Business Success, How to Prepare Your Expert Witness for Deposition, How to Market Your Expert Witness Practice: Evidence-Based Best Practices, Never Lose Again: Become a Top Negotiator by Asking the Right Questions, and The Biggest Mistakes Expert Witnesses Make And How to Avoid Them. He was a trial attorney for 20 years.  


How to Excel During Your Direct Examination
Michelle Hoffman, MS
Ms. Hoffman will explain and demonstrate, with examples, how to work with retaining counsel to make your direct examination both effective and memorable. She will show how to bring to life complex scientific concepts and testimony that is readily understood and appreciated by the jury. Ms. Hoffman will offer practical techniques and strategies for an excellent direct examination. Learning Objective: Describe techniques to deliver more effective direct testimony.  

hoffman.jpgMichelle Hoffman, MS is a forensic biomechanical engineer with over 25 years of forensic consulting experience in the area of injury analysis. She is an experienced expert witness who has conducted analysis of over 1,000 cases and has testified in both state and federal courts. She has both a BSE and MS degree in biomechanical engineering from Arizona State University.  



How Not to Get Disqualified from Testifying
Nathan A. Schachtman, Esq.
Attorney Schachtman will discuss and demonstrate, with examples, the types of actions and inactions by expert witnesses that lead to their disqualifications. He will explain the biggest mistakes that lead to experts being disqualified under Daubert and how to avoid them. Attorney Schachtman will offer practical advice to experts on how to avoid getting disqualified from testifying. Learning Objective: List strategies to avoid disqualification.  

schachtman.jpgNathan A. Schachtman, Esq. is a trial attorney who has focused on the defense of products liability suits. He has tried over 50 cases and over 12 Daubert hearings. He has been involved in some of the most prominent cases involving hormone therapy, PPA, Rezulin, and other oral anti-diabetic medications, anti-depressants, and silicone gel. Nathan’s expertise involves a heavy emphasis on the scientific and medico-issues that often dominate toxic tort litigation cases. He has challenged a wide variety of expert witnesses, including scientists and physicians, testifying on behalf of the claimants, on immunology, epidemiology, toxicology, polymer and analytical chemistry, rheumatology, neuropsychology, and other areas of clinical medicine.  


Surviving and Thriving During Cross-Examination
Richard S. Fechter, JD, CFE, CAMS and Daniel S. Hughes, CPA/CFF/CVA/CGMA
Mr. Fechter and Hughes will explain how to diagnose and defeat numerous cross-examination tactics such as impeachment with prior deposition testimony, insults and personal attacks, confrontation with learned treatises, taking previous statements out of context, closed-ended questions designed to box you in and misrepresent your position, staccato questioning, preventing you from talking to the jury, nitpicking for small contradictions, throwing documents at you, and insisting that you only answer yes and no. Learning Objective: Explain techniques for defeating counsel’s cross-examination tactics.  

fechterwebcircle-jan2018.jpgRichard S. Fechter, JD, CFE, CAMS, is an Associate Director with Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, LLP (“BPB”) and has been with the Firm since January 2004.  For more than 25 years he has served as a litigation consultant, expert witness, court-appointed expert, forensic accountant and financial investigator.  After spending three years as a Senior Assistant Attorney General, Department of Legal Affairs for the State of Florida, he joined a boutique consulting firm in Coconut Grove where he assisted in the defense and/or prosecution of international, national, and local high-profile cases involving allegations of tax, banking, insurance, securities, and money laundering violations.  Currently, as an Associate Director with BPB, his experiences include analysis of lost profits, damages, anti-money laundering compliance, tracing of funds, banking compliance, fraud inquiries, financial investigations, and analysis of fraudulent conveyances, preferences and other forensic issues involving insolvency cases. 

seakhugheswebcircle-jan2018.jpgDaniel S. Hughes, CPA/CFF/CVA/CGMA, is a Director at Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, LLP. Mr. Hughes focuses his practice in Forensic Services and has 25 years of experience with regional and international accounting and consulting firms.   His practice areas include economic damage analyses in commercial litigation, complex business interruption insurance claims, corporate transaction services, corporate investigations, and bankruptcy / receivership services. Mr. Hughes has provided expert testimony, expert consulting services, and litigation support services in such areas as lost profits and economic damage analyses, breach of contract, intellectual property, securities litigation, construction and real estate matters, and post merger / acquisition disputes, among others.  



How to Bulletproof Your Methodology
Nadine Nasser Donovan, Esq.
The methodology an expert witness uses to develop opinions is the subject of intense scrutiny during testimony, and a frequent target of attempts to block an expert opinion. Attorney Donovan will explain how experts can develop bulletproof methodology that can withstand intensive cross-examination and Daubert challenges. She will offer practical strategies for developing your methodology protocol. Using examples, Attorney Donovan will demonstrate best practices for effectively explaining and defending your methodology when testifying on direct and cross-examination. Learning Objective: List strategies for bulletproofing your methodology.  

donovan.jpgNadine Nasser Donovan, Esq., is a former trial lawyer with extensive litigation experience. She is a senior SEAK seminar trainer and marketing consultant, and has been on the SEAK Faculty since 2002, having trained hundreds of experts via SEAK’s scheduled courses, customized on site expert witness training programs, and one-on-one consulting. Nadine is the co-author of the SEAK texts How to Be An Effective Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial: The SEAK Guides to Testifying as an Expert Witness,How to Be a Successful Experts Witness: SEAK’s A-Z Guide to Expert Witnessing, and How to Write an Expert Witness Report.She is also a Legal Writing Instructor at Boston University School of Law. Nadine previously spent 18 years practicing medicalmalpractice defense, and prior to that was a prosecutor and counsel for New York City. Ms. Donovan received her J.D. cum laude from Boston College Law School. She graduated from Fordham University summa cum laude with a B.A. in French Literature.  


How to Work With Counsel to Make Complex Information Understandable
Scott Wilkov, Esq.
Attorney Wilkov will explain and demonstrate, with examples, how counsel and the expert can work together to deliver complex scientific information in an understandable and interesting fashion. He will discuss the need for mutual education, preparation, development of demonstrative evidence, and careful use of analogies, to put the science into context for the jury in a fashion they can relate to. Learning Objective: Describe strategies for speaking in a manner that is more easily understood.  

wilkov.jpgScott Wilkov, Esq. is a trial counsel in the Cleveland, Ohio office of Tucker Ellis LLP where he defends product manufacturers in coal mine, dust, silica, asbestos and other toxic exposure cases. Prior to entering private practice Scott was the senior Air Force prosecutor for the Western United States. Through that assignment and more than a decade of military service he tried approximately 100 criminal cases. Attorney Wilkov’s knowledge of science is a key contribution in his cases as he identifies and develops the most appropriate experts to advance the theories of the case. Attorney Wilkov received his B.A. from American University and his J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law.

DAY TWO: Sunday, May 6, 2018

7:00am – 8:00am A View from the Bench: The Effective Expert Witness
The Honorable Janet L. Sanders
Judge Sanders will explain the characteristics that effective, credible, persuasive expert witnesses have in common. She will discuss the common mistakes experts make and how to avoid them. Judge Sanders will discuss what juries have told her about expert witnesses and will offer practical suggestions and advice for expert witnesses. Learning Objective: List techniques for presenting more effective testimony. 

sanders.jpgThe Honorable Janet L. Sanders is a Massachusetts Superior Court Judge serving since 2001. Following her graduation from Stanford University in 1976, she worked as a newspaper reporter for the Houston Chronicle covering criminal and civil courts for four years. Judge Sanders earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1982, graduating magna cum laude. After two federal clerkships, she worked at Hill & Barlow in civil litigation, and then at Zalkind & Sheketoff in criminal defense. Judge Sanders served as Regional Administrative Justice of Norfolk County from 2007 until 2011. She has also served on several Superior Court and Supreme Judicial Court Committees, including the Committee on Judicial Evaluations and Judicial Performance Enhancement. Judge Sanders is a frequent participant in MBA and MCLE programs, and teaches trial advocacy at Boston University Law School. 

8:00am – 9:00am How Experts Can Use Demonstratives to Improve Their Performance and Win New Clients
Christopher Campbell, Esq.
Attorney Campbell will explain and demonstrate with examples how experts can, with the use of slides, models, animations, flip charts, and data visualization, make complex science understandable and memorable. He will discuss how experts can win new clients with the effective use of demonstratives. Attorney Campbell will offer practical suggestions for working with counsel to create and present effective demonstrative evidence. Learning Objective: Explain strategies for creating and using effective demonstrative aids.  

campbell.jpgChris Campbell, Esq. is a partner in DLA Piper’s Product Liability and Mass Tort practice group. Attorney Campbell serves as head of litigation in the Atlanta office, while also working out of the New York office. Chris is a graduate of Harvard Law School with experience in all phases of litigation. He is co-author of the book Expert Witnesses: Products Liability Cases, an in-depth guide to expert witness development in all types of product liability and mass tort matters, including pharmaceutical, toxic torts, automotive, industrial accidents and children’s and consumer products.  


9:10am – 10:10am Presentations and Communication Skills for Expert Witnesses
Jay Grossman, DDS
Dr. Grossman will explain and demonstrate, with examples, techniques for effective presentation and communication during expert testimony. He will discuss choice of language, visual aids, body language, confidence, passion, and delivering memorable, understandable and persuasive testimony. Dr. Grossman will offer practical suggestions for experts to improve their presentation and communication skills. He will also cover some basic techniques for maintaining your calendar and keeping track of your cases. Learning Objective: List techniques for being a more effective communicator.  

grossman.jpgJay Grossman, DDS is a professor of dental medicine at Western University College of dental medicine, a lecturer for the past 21 years at UCLA College of dentistry, a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy dental corp, general, cosmetic, laser, and implant dentistry in Brentwood, California for the past 26 years. As a dental expert, he has been involved in over 600 dental malpractice and injury cases, deposed over 100 times, in Superior Court over 40 times. He is qualified to offer an expert opinion in 42 states due to his 3 licenses and 1 expert certificate. Founder of the non-profit “Homeless Not Toothless”  (www.homelessnottoothless.org), he has made it possible for thousands of homeless people to receive over $3 million in pro-bono dental care.  

10:10am – 11:10am How Experts Can Be Prepared, Confront, and Respond to Effective Cross-Examination
Gary Burt, Esq.
Attorney Burt will discuss and demonstrate with examples, how attorneys prepare to cross-examine experts including: background research, prior testimony, methodology issues, analysis of the big picture and the details, and an expert’s failure to perform proper analysis and review all that must be reviewed. Attorney Burt will provide practical suggestions on how, with proper preparation, experts can effectively deal with their cross-examination, and turn it to the client’s advantage. Learning Objective: Explain techniques for being more effective during cross-examination.  

burt.jpgGary Burt, Esq. is a trial lawyer and director of the New Hampshire law firm of Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC. Attorney Burt’s trial experience includes bringing more than 200 jury trials to conclusion. He is known for his expertise advocating for clients in commercial and business litigation, toxic tort litigation, product liability litigation, defamation claims, and claims for personal injury. He has deposed, examined, and cross-examined experts in such varying fields as medicine, engineering, architecture, accident reconstruction, psychology, neuropsychology, economics, accounting, and toxicology. Attorney Burt has been honored as one of the best lawyers in America for the past seven years.  


11:20am – 12:20pm Practice Management Protocols for Experts: Best Practices
Susan R. Borgaro, PhD, ABPP-rp
Dr. Borgaro will explain and demonstrate the effective use of expert protocols for information requests, case intake, retention agreements, fees & billing, staff training, depositions, and trials. Dr. Borgaro will offer practical suggestions for the use of protocols to increase efficiency and a higher quality work product. Learning Objective: List strategies for running a more efficient and successful practice.  

borgaro.jpgSusan Borgaro, PhD, ABPP-rp is a Neuropsychologist, Board Certified in Rehabilitation Psychology. She is the Founder and Director of Neuropsychology Assessment Services in Phoenix, Arizona, where she conducts over 500 clinically referred neuropsychological evaluations per year. Dr. Borgaro is an experienced expert witness and provides expert witness services and consultation nationally to plaintiff and defense attorneys. She is an expert in forensic report writing and testifying at deposition and trial. Dr. Borgaro received her BA and PhD from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed her internship at Yale University Department of Psychiatry School of Medicine.  

12:20pm – 1:20pm LUNCH (PROVIDED WITH FACULTY)  


Testifying Tips for Experts: With Video Examples
James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq.
Attorney Mangraviti will explain numerous techniques which assist expert witnesses to deliver more powerful and effective testimony. Each tip will be demonstrated with a video example of experts testifying in actual cases. Questions and Answers. Learning Objective: Describe methods for being a more effective expert witness at deposition and trial. 

mangraviti-larger-circle.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. 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: The SEAK Guide to Testifying as an Expert Witness; 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.


Dealing with Difficult Attorneys
Thomas Burtness, PE
Mr. Burtness will discuss and demonstrate with examples, how to effectively deal with attorneys who are uncommunicative, demanding, intimidating, withholding, coercing, manipulative, or slow in paying your invoices. He will explain how to utilize tact, diplomacy, and the ability to say no, in order to diffuse difficulties, keeping your relationship with the client while maintaining your integrity, credibility, and professional reputation. Learning Objective: List techniques to deal with difficult employees. 

burtness.jpgThomas Burtness, PE has been providing expert witness services to attorneys and forensic investigatory services for insurance companies in the fields of street and area lighting and electrical engineering since 1978. As a Licensed Professional Engineer in 14 states, and a former Licensed Electrician and Electrical Contractor, he has participated in cases involving industrial accidents, electrocution, personal injury, vehicle accidents, fire cause and origin, equipment and machinery failure, failure of safety circuitry, construction defects, design and specification disputes, and construction contract claims.  



Establishing Defensible Opinions
Christopher Janson, MS, CSP
Mr. Janson will explain and demonstrate with examples what attorneys are really looking for in the opinions of expert witnesses. He will discuss answering the questions posed, assumptions made, methodology, research, citing of literature, and structure of the opinions offered. Mr. Janson will offer bottom line advice on how to bullet-proof and inoculate their opinions from attack. Learning Objective: Explain strategies for developing more defensible opinions.  

janson.jpgChristopher Janson, MS, CSP is a safety and premises liability expert as well as an experienced expert witness. Mr. Janson has held safety management positions with several Fortune 500 companies. He has also worked with a variety of firms as a consultant for the insurance industry. Mr. Janson is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He is a member of the ASTM F13 committee on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear as well as the ANSI A1264 committee on Walking and Working Surfaces. Chris also serves as member of the board of directors for the St. Louis Safety Council.  


How to Prepare to Testify at Deposition and Trial
John H. (Jack) Hickey, Esq.
One of the major ways an expert witness builds a successful practice is to master the art of effectively and comprehensively preparing for depositions and trial testimony. Attorney Hickey will explain and demonstrate with examples how expert witnesses can and should properly prepare for their deposition and trial testimony. He will discuss the crucial role of retaining counsel, the materials to be reviewed, and how to deal with voluminous amounts of material. Attorney Hickey will offer practical advice, strategies, and techniques for successful preparing for deposition and trial testimony. Learning Objective: Explain techniques for properly preparing to testify.  

Jhickey.jpgohn H. (Jack) Hickey, Esq. is a trial attorney in Miami who has been trying personal injury, wrongful death, admiralty, malpractice, and products liability cases for over 36 years. He is Double Board Certified in Civil Trial and Admiralty and Maritime by The Florida Bar. He is also Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). Jack is the Past Chair of 7 DCBA committees, Past Chair of 3 Florida Bar Committees, has received 17 Certificates of Merit from the DCBA “for outstanding and constructive service to the bench, the bar, and the public,” has received 3 certificates from The Florida Bar “in recognition and appreciation of meritorious service to the public and legal profession.” 

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“Thanks to all of you.  As always, the conference was outstanding.”

“The conference always re-energizes my batteries”

“The Conference was AWESOME, as always!! Thank you so much for all your effort and I'll see all of you in Clearwater, FLA!!”

“Very helpful”

“Very informative, great speakers”

“You have a great program. So glad to be a part of it. The training is invaluable.”

“This weekend, my first exposure to SEAK, was extremely positive.” 

“Superb speakers! Great course.” 

“Worth every penny of my money.” 

“This is must know information for anyone doing expert witness work.” 

“This is my 10th SEAK course, always meets my expectations.” 

“Very helpful, informative. Wonderful speakers” 

“Very good, lots of useful information” 

“Well-crafted for relevance and a stellar cast of presenters” 

with a focus on practical knowledge” 

“This is exactly what I needed” 

“Very good seminar — many excellent speakers” 

“First and foremost, as a first year attendee I have to tell you the conference was AMAZING! I walked away with more real-world, directly applicable information than I thought was possible in a weekend. SEAK is an amazing organization and a fantastic resource.” 

“Very smart presenters”

“Very well organized. High level of professionalism” 

“Impressive-true leaders in the field” 

“Extremely beneficial” 

“The SEAK conference on a scale from 1-10 was an 11. Thank you to you and your team and the professionals who spoke!”

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