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29th Annual National Expert Witness Conference, June 5-6, 2021, Clearwater Beach, FL


Product Description

SEAK, Inc. is pleased to present its 29th Annual National Expert Witness Conference. Experts from all disciplines and with all levels of experience will benefit from multi-disciplinary advanced techniques. Nationally recognized presenters will discuss all aspects of expert witness testimony, ethics, and trial techniques. Conference participants will be presented with practical suggestions for succeeding as expert witnesses. This highly acclaimed two-day program will include intensive breakout sessions.

Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL, Saturday–Sunday, June 5-6, 2021

Originally Scheduled Dates: This program was originally scheduled for November 21-22, 2020 and was rescheduled to June 5-6, 2021 because of the coronavirus and CDC’s guidelines.

Location/Hotel Accommodations: The 2020 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 $224/night. Rooms are limited and this rate expires on May 11, 2021. To make your reservations, please click here or call 1-855-335-1087 and refer to the SEAK National Expert Witness Conference.

Special Early Registration Savings: Tuition for each course is $1,295 on or before March 31, 2021, $1,395 April 1, 2021–May 11, 2021; $1,495 after May 11, 2021. 

Group Discounts: Group discounts are available for two or more persons registering together from the same company. Discount prices depend on the size of the group. Our programs can also be brought onsite to your organization. 

Attendee Discount - SEAK Directory: A special 50% Conference discount is available on all new and renewal standard listings in the SEAK Expert Witness Directory placed by attendees while at the seminar.  

Conference Cancellations: Conference cancellations received in writing on or before May 11, 2021 will receive a full refund. Conference cancellations received after May 11, 2021 will receive a full tuition credit.

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. If you have any additional questions please contact Karen Cerbarano at 781-826-4974 or Karen@seak.com 

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. A special 50% Conference discount is available on all new and renewal standard listings in the SEAK Expert Witness Directory placed by attendees while at the seminar. 

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 (via video conference or in person). 

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 smaller 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. 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 2019. To register, please follow the instructions on page 2. 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.

DAY ONE: Saturday, June 5, 2021


8:00am – 9:00am A View from the Bench: How Experts Can Improve Their Credibility with the Judge and Jury
The Honorable Victoria A. Roberts
Judge Roberts will explain why some experts are more credible than others. She will discuss how the expert’s candor, demeanor, language, presentation skills, and the content of their testimony impact their credibility and effectiveness.   

victoria-a-roberts.jpgVictoria A. Roberts was commissioned by President William Jefferson Clinton on June 29, l998 to serve as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Prior to that, Judge Roberts was in private practice and served as the managing partner of the Detroit law firm of Goodman, Eden, Millender & Bedrosian. At the Goodman firm, Judge Roberts' primary areas of practice were personal injury cases, with an emphasis on general negligence, product liability, housing discrimination and medical malpractice. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan.  Judge Roberts has served as a faculty member for numerous legal education seminars, both in the United States and abroad.

9:00am – 10:00am How to Prepare for and Excel at Trial
Charles E. “Ted” Bain, BEng, MD, CCFP (EM)
Dr. Bain will explain best practices for preparing for trial including mastering the record, last minute challenges, and developments. He will discuss scheduling, large case loads, and the effective use of demonstratives. Dr. Bain will offer practical suggestions for how to prepare for and excel at trial.  

bain-circle.jpgCharles E. “Ted” Bain, BEng, MD, CCFP (EM) is an accident reconstruction, impact biomechanical, and medical expert at BRC. Dr. Bain joined BRC in 2003 after a 19 year clinical medicine career in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. Prior to his medical career he was a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Since joining BRC, he has been retained in more than 2500 cases and has testified in more than 160 trials in 26 states, including Florida, Texas, Louisiana, New York, and Colorado. Dr. Bain has degrees in Medicine and Engineering and his consulting practice focuses on biomechanical analyses in cases involving motor vehicle (automobiles, tractor-trailers, motorcycles and ATVs) collisions, industrial incidents, amusement park rides, railroad incidents, workplace injuries, elevator incidents and slips and falls.  


10:10am – 11:10am How to Increase Your Credibility, Persuasiveness, Likeability, and Effectiveness When Testifying
Rick Fuentes, PhD
Dr. Fuentes will explain and demonstrate with video, what jurors are looking for from expert witnesses. He will discuss communication, presentation, how jurors “see” experts, the era of empowerment, teaching, and connecting with the jury.  

fuentes-circle.jpgDr. Fuentes will offer practical advice on the steps experts can take to increase their credibility, persuasiveness, and effectiveness. Rick Fuentes, PhD is a founding partner of R&D Strategic Solutions, LLC. He has specialized in jury behavior and decision-making and the evaluation of complex evidence for over 30 years. Dr. Fuentes has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia, and a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from Texas A&M University. He has worked with trial teams on hundreds of civil and criminal cases involving issues of tort, contracts, anti-trust, intellectual property, product liability, and professional malpractice.  

11:10am – 12:10pm How to Excel at Your Direct Examination: Working With Counsel
Stephen Malouf, Esq.
Attorney Malouf will explain why an excellent direct examination is crucial. He will discuss and demonstrate the use of a conversational tone, story, theme, everyday examples, visuals, and technology to assist experts to convey complex information in a memorable persuasive way. Attorney Malouf will offer practical suggestions on how to work with counsel to achieve powerful direct testimony.  

malouf-cirlce.jpgStephen F. Malouf, Esq. is a highly experienced Texas trial lawyer who specialized in commercial and personal injury litigation. Attorney Malouf received his B.A degree in Political Philosophy from The University of Dallas and his J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law. He is a member and Life-Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates and Texas Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Dallas Bar Foundation. He has been selected a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine and recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D-Magazine. His cases have included representation of 17 families killed in the Air France Concorde crash and vehicular design defect litigation against automobile manufacturers and oil and gas clients. 


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

Getting Retained After the Initial Contact by Counsel
Steven Babitsky, Esq.
How experts deal with an initial contact by counsel often determines whether they will be retained. In this session, Attorney Babitsky will explain why many experts are not retained after the initial contact. He will review what attorneys are looking for, preparation, giving counsel a “taste”, asking the right questions, and the biggest mistakes to avoid. Attorney Babitsky will offer practical suggestions on how to impress counsel and get retained after an initial inquiry.  

babitsky-larger-circle.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 to testify 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. He is the co-author of the text How to Be an Effective Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial: The SEAK Guide to Testifying as an Expert Witness. Steve trains hundreds of experts every year. He may be contacted at 508-548-9443 or stevenbabitsky@seak.com 


Writing the Excellent Expert Report
Neil Beaton
Mr. Beaton will explain and demonstrate, with examples, how to write an excellent exert witness report which will be the basis of your direct examination. He will discuss the essentials that need to be included in your report, what should be avoided, and how to anticipate and deal with anticipated cross-examination. Mr. Beaton will offer practical suggestions for writing the excellent expert witness report.

njb-cv.jpgNeil Beaton is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Valuation Services in Seattle. He has valued companies in most major industry groups including manufacturing, utilities, telecommunications, oil and gas, transportation, wholesale, retail and service industries both domestically and internationally. In addition, he has also testified on valuation issues in federal and state venues across the U.S. as well as in international arbitrations; he has been involved in more than 300 depositions and has testified in state and federal court more than 75 times. Mr. Beaton earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and a master’s degree in finance from National University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA). Additionally, he is accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF).



How Not to Get Disqualified from Testifying
Dyanna Ballou, Esq.
One of the worst fears of expert witnesses is being challenged and disqualified from testifying. Attorney Ballou will discuss what experts need to know about challenges to their qualifications and methodologies. She will explain and demonstrate, with examples, the actions and inactions that can lead to disqualification. Attorney Ballou will offer practical suggestions on how experts can protect themselves from successful challenges and what to do if you are challenged.  

ballou-circle.jpgDyanna Ballou, Esq. is a first-chair trial attorney with numerous jury trials in state and federal courts across the county. She is a partner in the Kansas City law firm Rasmussen Dickey and Moore, where she has served as the firm’s CEO. Her practice has included the defense of product liability, premises liability, and commercial matters involving asbestos, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, aviation, tobacco, food products, and many others. Atty. Ballou is admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.  


Building Successful Relationships with Large Law Firms: Maintaining Your Integrity
Weston Anson, MBA
Mr. Anson will discuss how to foster and build long-term relationships with large firms. He will explain getting your first assignment, building and reinforcing awareness with firm attorneys, and attracting repeat business. Mr. Anson will discuss the challenges large firms can represent including “assistance” with report writing, multiple attorney input, ethics, and expectations of counsel. Mr. Anson will provide practical advice on building relationships with large law firms.  

anson-circle.jpgWeston Anson, MBA is a world renowned IP expert with testifying experience in the United Kingdom, Europe, and in state, federal, tax, bankruptcy and probate courts in the US; as well as in arbitration and mediation. In trial testimony, multiple depositions, and numerous rule 26 reports, his expertise has been established and reaffirmed. Litigation clients include roughly half of the largest 100 US law firms. Notable cases range from the largest trademark jury award in history to Adidas of $304.6 million, to the successful litigation of Woody Allen vs. American Apparel: a $5 million settlement in a right of privacy and publicity case, as well as Upaid Systems: a $70 million settlement in computer / telecom patent case. In addition Mr. Anson has been involved in other famous cases, such as the landmark Jesse Ventura case.  



SEAK Women Expert Witness Roundtable
Nadine Nasser Donovan, Esq.
Attorney Donovan will facilitate a frank discussion with the audience members of the leading challenges that women experts face. She will present and analyze the results of original SEAK survey research of women expert witnesses on topics such as marketing, billing, networking, and testifying skills. The survey results will serve as a springboard for advice, strategies, and support to help women experts thrive and succeed.  

donovan.jpgNadine Nasser Donovan, Esq., is SEAK’s Lead Onsite Trainer and is leading the SEAK Women Expert Witness Initiative. She has trained countless 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 Guide to Testifying as an Expert Witness; How to Write an Expert Witness Report and How to Be a Successful Expert Witness: SEAK’s A-Z Guide to Expert Witnessing. She is licensed to practice law in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. In addition, Nadine is a Legal Writing Instructor at Boston University School of Law. Nadine also serves as a Dispute Resolution Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Nadine previously practiced litigation for 21 years. She spent 18 years in the defense of medical professionals in medical malpractice actions and before medical licensing boards. Nadine started off her legal career in New York City, first as a prosecutor in Queens, and then as counsel for the City of New York. Nadine 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. She can be contacted at 617-791-4282 or nadine@seak.com 


How to Become a “Go To” Consultant and Expert Witness
Kenneth Trump, MPA
Mr. Trump will explain and demonstrate, with examples how to position yourself to become a “go to” consultant and expert witness. He will discuss gaining valuable insight, experience, and credibility as a consultant and the relationship to expert witness practice. Mr. Trump will review doing high quality work, media relations, carving out your niche, when and how to say no to assignments, and how to attract high level work. He will offer practical suggestions for becoming a “go to” consultant and expert witness. 

trump-circle.jpgKenneth Trump, MPA, is President of National School Safety and Security Services, a Cleveland-based national consulting firm specializing in school security and emergency preparedness training, school security assessments, school emergency planning consultations, crisis school safety communications, litigation consulting and expert witness support, and related school safety and crisis consulting services. Ken is one of the nation’s leading school safety experts with more than 30 years of front-line public and private urban, suburban, and rural school security experience working with school and safety officials from all 50 states and internationally. Ken is the author, co-author and/or editor of three books, five book chapters and more than 450 articles on school safety issues. Ken authored his first best-selling book, Practical School Security: Basic Guidelines for Safe and Secure Schools (Corwin Press) in 1998. His most recent book is Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning. He provides litigation consulting and expert witness services, and counsels state and federal lawmakers on school safety policies and crisis response nationally and internationally.


DAY TWO: SUNDAY, June 6, 2021


7:00am – 8:00am A View from the Bench: The Biggest Mistakes Experts Make and How to Avoid Them
The Honorable Kenneth Fishman
Judge Fishman will discuss the maintenance of one’s integrity, credibility and reputation when testifying at trial. He will explain the importance of preparation, clear, concise, and understandable testimony and how best to connect with the jury. Judge Fishman offers practical suggestions that experts can adopt to improve their effectiveness at trial. 

fishman-circle.jpgThe Honorable Kenneth Fishman is an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. He was nominated by Governor Jane Swift in 2002 after a twenty-seven year career trying criminal and civil cases in federal and state courts around the country. He received his BS from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, and his JD from Suffolk University Law School. He is a co-author with his former law partner F. Lee Bailey of several texts published by Thomson West on criminal law topics. Their most recent book is Excellence in Cross-Examination. 

8:00am – 9:00am Effective Preparation of Expert Witnesses
Sean Wajert, Esq.
Attorney Wajert will provide a systematic approach to successfully preparing expert witnesses to give effective deposition and trial testimony. He will discuss honing in on key issues, qualifications, methodologies, and expressing opinions in an articulate and defensible manner. Attorney Wajert will offer practical suggestions for motivating retaining counsel to spend the time and effort to properly prepare them for their deposition and trial testimony.  

wajert-circle.jpgAttorney Sean Wajert, Esq. is a defense attorney in Philadelphia and the office managing partner for the national law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP. He focuses on complex commercial and products liability litigation. He has represented clients in the chemical, consumer product, pharmaceutical, medical device, food and fragrance, and industrial products sectors when they faced significant product liability and mass tort claims, including MDL’s and putative class actions. He has litigated cases in federal and state courts in dozens of jurisdictions. 


9:10am – 10:10am How to Run an Effective and Efficient Expert Witness Practice
Harvey Jacobs, PhD, CLCP
Dr. Jacobs will offer best practices and protocols for running an expert witness practice. He will discuss retention agreements, case intake, fees, billing, collection, vetting counsel, scheduling, depositions, and trial preparation. Dr. Jacobs will offer practical suggestions for running a successful and portable expert witness practice you can be proud of.  

harvey-jacobs.jpgHarvey E. Jacobs, PhD, CLCP is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Life Care Planner.  He serves on the joint editorial boards of The Rehabilitation Professional and the Journal of Life Care Planning, the International Academy of Life Care Planning Code of Ethics Task Force and he previously served on the academy’s Standards of Practice Revision Advisory Committee. Jacobs is a board member of the North American Brain Injury Society, the United States Brain Injury Alliance, the editorial board of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, and is one of 50 professionals helping the Brain Injury Association of America draft national treatment guidelines for adults with TBI. He is an experienced expert witness.

10:10am – 11:10am The 25 Ways Counsel Can Cross-Examine You: How to Excel
Frank Ramos, Esq.
Attorney Ramos will discuss the importance and power of cross-examination to lawyers and expert witnesses. He will review the 25 tips, rules, and commandments of cross-examination. Attorney Ramos will offer suggestions on how experts can prepare for and excel at cross-examination. 

ramos-circle.jpgFrank Ramos, Esq. is the Managing Partner of Clarke Silverglate, where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, drug and medical device, products liability and catastrophic personal injury. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his defense work in product liability matters. Frank has been with Clarke Silverglate for virtually his entire career. He has tried to verdict personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, and inverse condemnation cases. As a certified mediator, Frank has resolved numerous matters through alternative dispute resolution. Attorney Ramos is the author of Teaching Cross-Examination 


11:20am – 12:20pm How to Prepare for and Excel at Your Deposition
Charles Scott, MD
Dr. Scott with explain his protocol for preparing for his depositions from the receipt of the notice to completion. He will review note writing, what to bring, active listening, “gotcha” questions, setting boundaries, and dealing with challenging lawyers trying to get you to lose your cool. Dr. Scott will offer video examples of how to excel at your deposition while maintaining a high level of professionalism.  

scott-circle.jpgCharles Scott, MD is Chief, Division of Psychiatry and the Law, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Training Director, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. He is Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry, General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Scott is a Past-President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and is also Past-President of the Association of Directors of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships. Dr. Scott is one of four national AAPL Forensic Psychiatry Review Course Faculty instructors and in 2008 received the AAPL award as the most outstanding forensic psychiatry fellowship program instructor in the United States. He is an experienced expert witness in both civil and criminal matters.  



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.

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 over 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 


wilbur-kelly-temp.pngKelly J. Wilbur, Esq. joined SEAK in 2020 as Assistant Vice President/Associate Consultant. Prior to joining SEAK, she practiced for five years as a litigator. She specialized in personal injury defense and tried several cases in Massachusetts. Kelly received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts School of Law in 2015 and graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a B.A. in Political Science. Kelly has experience preparing experts for deposition and trial testimony. She can be reached at 781-461-6802 or kelly@seak.com.


Coming from AAA to Major Leagues: Lessons Learned from Building My Expert Witness Practice
Susan Skolly-Danziger PharmD, MS, CPh, DABAT
Dr. Skolly-Danziger will explain the lessons learned from mistakes made building her expert witness practice. She will discuss case selection, financial consideration, underfunded counsel, setting the boundaries of your expertise, effectively working with counsel, high profile cases, and building and maintaining your credibility and reputation. Dr. Skolly-Danziger will offer practical suggestions on how to prevent avoidable mistakes.  

skolly-danziger.jpgSusan Skolly-Danziger PharmD, MS, CPh, DABAT is an experienced expert witness in the areas of forensic and clinical toxicology and pharmacology. Dr. Susan M. Skolly-Danziger received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Iowa and Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD) from NovaSoutheastern University. She holds two Master of Science Degrees, one in Forensic Toxicology and a Master of Science Degree in Forensic Drug Chemistry. Dr. Skolly also provides standard of care reviews of behalf of the Florida Department of Health. These reviews concern matters in toxicology and pharmacy. Dr. Skolly enjoys applying scientific concepts in both civil and criminal matters. 



How to Exceed the Expectations of Counsel
Matthew Powell, Esq.
Matt Powell will share valuable tips to help you become invaluable to the attorneys you are working with. Matt will demonstrate organizational skills to keep you and counsel on the same page to avoid conflicts and difficulties from clear engagement agreements, to defined scope of work to be done, and the expectations to be met by everyone. Attorney Matt Powell will offer practical suggestions on how experts can assist counsel, solve problems and avoid creating new ones.  

powell-circle.jpgMatthew Powell, Esq. found his passion as a plaintiff trial lawyer and is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Matt has lectured internationally on expert witness presentation and preparation. He first practiced law with a prominent insurance defense firm in Tallahassee, Florida. The firm represented over 20 insurance companies. After learning these methods and techniques, he decided to stop representing insurance companies. He left the insurance defense law firm and opened his own law firm in Tampa in 1988.  


Making the Complex Understandable: What Works For Experts
Matt Calman, MBA
Mr. Calman will discuss and demonstrate with examples how to translate and explain complex scientific concepts, data and principles in an interesting and understandable way for juries, judges and the retaining attorney. He will explain and demonstrate the effective use of simple graphic illustrations, power points, other demonstratives and analogies to put concepts, explanations and calculations into context in way easily understood. Mr. Calman will offer practical suggestions on how to educate and work with retaining counsel to help make complex information come to life in the courtroom.  

calman-new.jpgMr. Calman has applied emerging technology to banking since the 1980’s. He was a pioneer at Bank of America in business transformation and led the Gateway Innovation Lab, where future solutions were explored and prototyped. He led R&D for mobile check deposits, mobile wallets, augmented reality, biometrics, and many more solutions before they were well-understood. He was a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab and ran the Center for Future Banking. At Microsoft, he was a director of the Innovation Outreach Program, uniting innovation leaders from dozens of Fortune 100 companies. He is a named inventor on 96 issued U.S. patents and has supported both Plaintiff and Defense teams as an Expert Witness before Federal Courts, the AAA and the PTAB.


What past attendees have to say:

“Great training. I could use several hundred more hours of it. I will be putting what I learned to work next week.”
“The sessions were definitely worth the time and expense. I would recommend it to anyone in this field.”
“A hearty “thank you” to you and the team for another amazing conference. This is my 3rd year and an already great event seems to continue to improve.”
“An eye-opening experience.”

“As always, the content is very valuable. The location and hotel is probably the loveliest and most relaxing conference destination I’ve been to—”

“Awesome, I will be back”
“Congratulations on another successful conference! It is impressive that, given the limited number of topics, you keep the meetings fresh with new speakers and new ideas. It was a fun experience, and I look forward to many more stimulating SEAK experiences.”

“Engaging presenters who understood what was expected of them”

“Excellent content”

“Excellent seminar with a very interesting and diverse attendance”

“Excellent speakers and lecture content”

“Excellent, as usual (I am a repeat visitor)”

“Excellent, every session had some relevant information that will help me be a better expert witness.”

“Excellent, excellent use of speakers content areas that were all relevant but diverse with the whole variety of presenters with different style and information to share. Relevant, informative, interesting, and timely.”

“Excellent.  Lots of great speakers with relevant content and valuable experience”

“Excellent. One of the best I have attended”

“Extremely beneficial”

“Fabulous, exciting”

“Fabulous-I am new to the field and it has been a great foundation to use to build my skills”

“Fantastic as always!”

“Fantastic seminar, exceeded expectations”

“Fantastic, a plethora of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects relating to expert witness work.”


“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.”

“Great speakers, very helpful”

“High class and informative.”

“I appreciated all of the preparedness of the professionals speaking.”

“I would like to thank you for Saturday and Sunday at Clearwater Beach. Everything was seamless, and the speakers were on top of their game. It was a very enjoyable time, and I learned more than I had in the past. You and Jim put together a totally first rate performance, and I’ll be coming back again.”

“Impressive-true leaders in the field”

“Incredibly valuable”

“Informative and effective.  I picked up a wealth of techniques that will change my business practices.”

“It was a great seminar.  Thank you!”

“It was as always, a life changing experience. Thank you for everything.”

“It was great, Steve! Thank you for asking. Every time to go to one of your programs, I incorporate new concepts into my expert practice.”

“Jim, I gave myself a $100 raise after the conference to $600 per hour and the lawyer from VA that called me Monday after the conference sounded very happy to hire me! Thanks for the raise!”

“Once again the seminar was amazing.  Thank you for providing this service to experts.”


“Phenomenal, game changer!”

“Really enjoyed the event.  Very good group of speakers and a high level audience.  Look forward to working with you in the future.”

“Superb speakers! Great course.”

“Thank y’all for a great experience!  It was fun and very, very helpful.  I hope to do it again in the future.”

“Thank you Steve and Jim! As usual, you delivered a memorable and rich learning opportunity. I enjoyed the content, the location, and the networking immensely. Keep up the fantastic work!”

“Thank you very much. I found the conference to be extremely informative and well work my time and money.” 

“Thanks again for a wonderful conference. One of the best ever.”

“Thanks for a great conference in a perfect location. As always, very informative and well organized.”

“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!!”

“The meeting, exceeded my expectations. The only thing I regret was not taking these courses before accepting my first case. I appreciated the absence of commercial presence. The setting and services were fantastic.”
“The SEAK conference on a scale from 1-10 was an 11. Thank you to you and your team and the professionals who spoke!”

“This is exactly what I needed”

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

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

“This was my first SEAK conference and it will not be my last. I was hesitant on attending since I was unsure of the quality of the program. I was very pleased and will certainly be recommending it to colleagues.”

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

“Thoroughly enjoyed this conference very interesting and informative, I will be back!!!”

“Tons of helpful information and strategies for expert witnesses”

“Very good seminar — many excellent speakers”

“Very good, lots of useful information”

“Very helpful, informative. Wonderful speakers”

“Very helpful”

“Very informative, great speakers”

“Very informative-all presenters knew their stuff”

“Very smart presenters”

“Very well organized. High level of professionalism”

“Well organized with a nice variety of topic areas and targeting various levels of experience.”

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

“Worth every penny of my money.”

“You are such a high-class act … … … .. not only the presenters and presentation but now even a thank you note! I will be bringing my entire office of physiatrists and support team to Falmouth MA (effective testimony).”
“You guys do such a fantastic job that any comments on improving would be Monday morning quarterbacking GREAT JOB! Thank you.”

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

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