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How to Make More Money as an Expert Witness, December 5-6, 2019, Naples, FL


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This course will teach you how to dramatically increase the profitability of your expert witness practice. It is taught by a thought leader in expert witnessing. The fast moving interactive presentation addresses revenue enhancement strategies from many perspectives including marketing, sales, fee setting, collections, practice management, branding, and positioning. You will leave with a personalized action plan describing the concrete steps you should take in order to make vastly more money through your expert witness practice. SEAK will not be offering this course at any other times in 2019.

December 5-6, 2019, The Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, FL

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:A limited block of rooms will be available at special rates at the site hotel, The Naples Grande Beach Resort (www.naplesgrande.com) ($205 single/double Tower Guest Room). To make your reservations please call 1-844-210-5931 and mention that you are with SEAK, Inc or group code GSEAK19 or click hereRooms are limited and this rate expires Wednesday, November 13, 2019 so you are strongly encouraged to make your reservations as soon as possible. 

Other lodging alternatives include:
Hilton Naples
5111 Tamiami Trl N.
Naples, FL 34103
0.8 miles from site hotel
Rates: from $250
Phone: 239-430-4900
Staybridge Suites Naples
4805 Tamiami Trl N.
Naples, FL 34103
1.1 miles from site hotel
Rates: from $155
Phone: 239-643-8002
Park Shore Resort
600 Neapolitan Way
Naples, FL 34103
1.1 miles from site hotel
Rates: from $124
Phone: 855-658-4285
Residence Inn Naples
4075 Tamiami Trl N.
Naples, FL 34103
1.7 miles from site hotel
Rates: from $155
Phone: 239-659-1300
Inn of Naples
4055 Tamiami Trl N.
Naples, FL 34103
1.8 miles from site hotel
Rates: from $95
Phone: 239-649-8858
Inn at Pelican Bay
800 Vanderbilt Beach Rd.
Naples, FL 34108
3.6 miles from site hotel
Rates: from $160
Phone: 239-597-8777 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Tuition is $1,295 on or before September 30, 2019; $1,395 October 1, 2019 – November 13, 2019 and $1,495 after November 13, 2019. Register early and save! 

GROUP DISCOUNTS: Early bird tuition discounts are available as specified under “Registration Information”. Group discounts are available for two or more persons registering together from the same organization. Discount prices depend on the size of the group. Our programs can also be brought on site to your organization. Please call 508-457-1111 for additional information. A special 50% conference discount is available on all new and renewal SEAK Directory standard listings placed by attendees while at the seminar. 

CANCELLATIONS: Conference cancellations received in writing on or prior to November 13, 2019 will receive a full tuition refund. Persons cancelling after November 13, 2019 will receive a full tuition credit. 

Continuing Education Information: There are no continuing education credits available for this program. 

You will learn how to:

Make yourself far more attractive to potential clients,

Get new clients to come to you,

Optimize your fee structure and minimize collection difficulties,

Convert more case leads into paying clients,

Position yourself in a lucrative niche,

Data mine your old cases and case inquiries,

Maximize repeat and word of mouth business,

Cost effectively market your expert witness practice,

Reduce non-billable time,

Leverage yourself, and

Make far more money through your expert witness practice. 


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. 


DAY ONE, Thursday, December 5, 2019 


8:00 – 8:45 What Potential Clients are Looking For in Expert Witnesses
The faculty will detail what attorneys are looking for in expert witnesses. Questions & Answers. 

8:45 – 9:30 How to Recognize and Showcase What Makes You Most Attractive To Potential Clients
A first step in developing a business development strategy is creating and refining your “elevator speech,” —i.e. a concise summary of what potential clients would like about you. Building upon the previous segment, the faculty will explain a protocol for developing your ideal elevator speech and provide examples of effective elevator  speeches. Questions & Answers. 

9:30 – 10:15 Finding Your Niche and Utilizing it to Increase Your Income
The potentially enormous benefits of finding a good niche will be explained and attendees will be provided with numerous successful examples as well as a protocol to identify/develop their lucrative niche. Questions & Answers. 

10:15 – 10:30 Break (Networking Opportunity) 

10:30 – 11:15 Positioning Yourself in the Best Possible Light
The faculty will explain how to make yourself as attractive as possible to potential clients, including: how to project a positive and professional image (and the biggest mistakes experts make in this area), how case selection influences your image, which cases/law firms to seek out and which cases/law firms to avoid, how to demonstrate effective communication skills, how and when to fill in gaps and build your CV, why you should keep a low profile, and how to gain hands-on and relevant testifying experience. Questions & Answers. 

11:15 – 12:00 How to Develop and Implement an Income Maximizing Fee Structure
Faculty will provide suggestions and a “litmus” test attendees can use when reconsidering their fee and retainer structure. Emphasized will be techniques to make sure that you are not undercharging. Questions & Answers. 


12:45 – 1:30 How to Minimize Collection Difficulties and Write Offs
Simply put, every billed dollar that is not ultimately collected comes right off your bottom line. In this segment the faculty will provide practical advice for minimizing both collection losses and write-offs. Questions & Answers. 

1:30 – 2:15 How to Convert a Higher Percentage of Inquiries into Paid Assignments
Faculty will share with attendees: how to prepare for calls, what counsel are looking for, key “talking points” and numerous strategies and techniques for excelling during the call and its aftermath and converting the inquiry into a paid expert witness assignment. Questions & Answers. 

2:15 – 3:00 How Much Are Your New Clients Worth?
Attendees will learn how to consider the true worth of a new client. Such an understanding is critical in order to accurately assess the cost-effectiveness of the business development techniques discussed later in the course. Questions & Answers. 

3:00 – 3:15 Break (Networking Opportunity) 

3:15 – 4:00 Fundamentals of Expert Witness Business Development
Faculty will discuss and explain the art and science of business development for expert witness practices. Emphasis will be placed on cost-effective techniques that attendees can immediately use to increase their income without creating a backlash or fodder for cross examination. Questions & Answers. 

4:00 – 4:30 How to Track Your New Client Development
Faculty will explain techniques for tracking inquiries and cases. A model tracking form will be provided. Questions & Answers. 

4:30 – 5:00 How to Data Mine Your Old Cases and Inquiries to Make More Money
Maximizing your revenue requires a periodic analysis of your past cases and inquiries. The faculty will provide a protocol and form to conduct this analysis and will demonstrate through examples the highly valuable and actionable data that may well be within your easy reach. Questions & Answers.

DAY TWO, Friday, December 6, 2019 

6:30 – 7:00 Continental Breakfast with Faculty 

7:00 – 7:30 How to Identify and Reach the Attorneys Most Likely to Hire You
Faculty will discuss and demonstrate how you or your staff can easily locate the particular attorneys most likely to hire you for new expert witness assignments. Questions & Answers. 

7:30 – 8:30 How to Maximize Repeat and Word of Mouth Business
By far the most valuable and cost effective business development technique for expert witnesses is generating positive word of mouth. The faculty will provide dozens of suggestions and strategies for increasing repeat business with resulting increased income. Questions & Answers. 

8:30 – 9:15 How to Develop a Comprehensive and Effective Internet Strategy
An effective internet strategy goes far beyond just putting up a web page. The authors will provide advice for developing a comprehensive and effective internet strategy involving URL selection, web site design, blogging, social media, search engine optimization, pay per click, inbound marketing, and calls to action. Questions & Answers. 

9:15 – 9:30 Break (Networking Opportunity) 

9:30 – 10:15 How and Where to Advertise: Evidence Based Best Practices
Research and evidence suggests that advertising and listing in expert directories can be remarkably cost effective and that, for most experts, there is little if any backlash from tasteful, factual ads. The faculty will specifically explain what should and should not be in expert witness advertisements, how specifically to maximize the effectiveness of your ads, and how and where to test advertising. Questions & Answers. 

10:15 – 10:45 Advanced Networking Techniques for Expert Witnesses
The faculty will explain and provide examples of six specific techniques for staying in front of clients and how specifically to implement each. The faculty will further describe methods for networking with one’s colleagues and how this can lead to case referrals. Also discussed will be which professional organizations to join, how to leverage your personal relationships, why you should serve as a mentor, which conferences you should attend, and how to use online networking through LinkedIn to boost your expert witness practice. Questions & Answers. 

10:45 – 11:00 Break (Networking Opportunity) 

11:00 – 11:30 How to use Public Speaking and Writing to Increase Your Revenue
Speaking and writing can be very good for your bottom line. The faculty will explain and demonstrate the subtle nuances that need to be navigated to get the most out of your speaking engagement. The faculty will explain where to talk, how to get invited, when the best time to talk is, and how to get invited back and will offer advice on risk management so that the expert’s presentation does not come back to haunt the expert. In regards to writing, the faculty will explain how to choose the correct topic to write on, the various types of writing that experts can do (white papers, articles, peer review articles, blogs, books, etc.), how to calculate the cost of writing, risk management considerations influencing your title, content, and where to publish—all with the aim of generating lucrative cases. Questions & Answers.

11:30 – 12:00 Direct Outreach
The faculty will explain how to draft an effective communications piece and who to target this piece to. Also included will be tips and advice on how to make your outreach cost-effective. Questions & Answers. 

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch with Faculty (Provided-Networking Opportunity) 

12:45 – 1:15 Reducing Non-Billable Time
The less time you spend on non-billable time the more time you will have to bill, develop your practice, and increase your skills. The faculty will explain how to create large amounts of extra time by leveraging yourself through technology and proper staffing. Questions & Answers. 

1:15 – 1:45 Leveraging Your Name and Reputation to Earn More Money: Bringing on Additional Experts
Many expert witnesses work in firms or group settings. Expanding your practice to a group can allow you to greatly increase your billings and revenue as well as build residual sale value in your firm. The faculty will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of expanding beyond a one person firm and will give practical advice for doing so successfully. Questions & Answers. 

1:45 – 2:30 Personalized Action Plans
Attendees will work with faculty to pull together a personalized action plan to greatly expand the profitability of their practices. These plans will be discussed and critiqued. Questions & Answers. 

What past attendees had to say:

"Attended last year and have grown 5x since! Thank you, Jim!"

"Took [this course]. Business is up almost 100% over each of the last 2 years."


“Appreciated expertise, practical recommendations and dialog format.”

“Awesome! I will be coming back.”

“Engaging, relevant, practical, friendly, comfortable.”

“Excellent course in term of developing business aspect of my EW business.”

“Excellent job in giving practical things we can do!”

“Excellent job, I like your candor Jim, lots of excellent ideas.”


“Extremely helpful to my practice.”

“Fabulous! Very memorable.”



“Great tips”


“Highly value the information and assistance.”

“High-yield, inspiring and fun.”

“I thought it was great, I got new ideas, and it reminded me of other things I need follow up on.”

“Ideas from Jim and students of what is working and what items to not do.”

“Is it OK to say ‘f***ing awesome’!  Life changing event for me. Should have done this years ago.”

“Jim - I've already started employing some of your marketing strategies and received 2 calls yesterday and 1 today!”

“Jim is a great presenter”

“Jim was much more patient with participants than I would be, Jim’s approach is what I should be doing with my students.”

“Jim, I learned so much and have so many action items. I’ve already started implementing the suggestions given. I know that my investment in this course will be returned many times over!”

“Jim, It was truly a life altering experience!   Thank you. I will see you [at the next SEAK conference].”

“Jim, many thanks for your intense, wonderfully delivered and highly informative course.”

“Jim, Thanks for making the class extremely memorable. You did an excellent job teaching!!!!! I now have a large list of tasks I need to complete with my expert witness business.”

“Jim, thanks for the class on making more money!"

“Jim, Thanks for the class on making more money! It was VERY helpful!”

“Jim, thanks for the excellent course last week, which is changing my actions today and I am sure will have long term impact for the future. “

“Jim, you are definitely a great pioneer in this area. I love that you give a lot of great information, but you make it an interactive and personal experience. Where we all learn from one another.”

“Jim: The course was fantastic. It helped me immensely and allowed me to take the temperature of my expert witness practice. The tools and concepts that you suggested are so important. I am motivated to run this much more like a business, thanks to your guidance. I look forward to taking many other SEAK courses in the future. You are so very professional, insightful, and guidance driven. It is a pleasure to work with you.”

“Loved it. Great information, very helpful.”

“Money and time well spent! Returned [home] refreshed and reinvigorated with a long to-do list. My practice has so much potential. Appreciate all you do.”

“Practical teaching which is very important to me”

“Really enjoyed your excellent lectures this week!!! Worth their weight in well…gold.”


“Thank you for a great conference. John and I are motivated to move forward with vigor.”

“Thank you very much for presenting an excellent seminar last week in Falmouth.  I learned a great deal and am now at work on my plan.  Much to do but more motivated than ever.”

“Thank YOU, Jim, for an excellent course yet again. I am working on my 4 pages of to-dos and making progress. I am grateful for your guidance, instruction, and support in this exciting endeavor.”

“Thanks again so much for the course! Definitely gave me a number of great ideas to make my expert witness practice grow.”

“Thanks for a great seminar, Jim. I appreciated very much both your encouragement and direction.”

“Thanks for a very enlightening, motivating, and enjoyable program.”

“The course was fantastic. I think you offered some great suggestions and/or techniques to use when communicating with existing and potential legal clients verbally and in writing.”

“The course was great! Thank you!”

“The effect of this course on my business life will be extraordinary.”

“Treasure trove of real world, practical information.”

“Very helpful info, validated I’m doing a number of things well, but also showed me areas/opportunities for improvement.”

“Very helpful”

“Very interesting and informative”

“Very well organized.”

It was VERY helpful!”

“Very helpful info, validated I’m doing a number of things well, but also showed me areas/opportunities for improvement.”

“Thanks again so much for the course! Definitely gave me a number of great ideas to make my expert witness practice grow.” 

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