How to Start, Build, and Run a Successful Medical Expert Witness Practice, February 10-11, 2022, Clearwater Beach, FL

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Excellent and ethical medical-legal consultants can easily double their clinical income by devoting one day a week to medical-legal matters. Time spent by physicians on such matters is commonly billed out at $500–$1000 per hour. How to Start, Build, and Run a Successful Medical Expert Witness Practice is an intensive, content rich workshop that is designed to show physicians in a step-by-step manner how to start, build, and run a successful expert witness practice. This course is appropriate for physicians with all levels of medical-legal experience including prospective, novice, and experienced expert medical witnesses. This course, which is especially for physicians, will only be offered once in 2022. Attendees will be ready to start serving as a physician expert witness immediately upon completion of this course. 

February 10-11, 2022, Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL

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Learning Objectives
At the completion of this course you will learn:

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

Registration Information: Tuition is $1,295 until November 15, 2021; $1,395 November 16, 2021–January 17, 2022; $1,495 after January 17, 2022 and includes continental breakfast and lunch with faculty each day and a detailed conference manual. Register early and save. A stream on demand online version of this course is also available from click here.  Attendee Discount — SEAK Directories: A special 50% discount is available on all new and renewal standard listings in any of the SEAK Directories placed by attendees while at the seminars.

Hotel Room Reservations
A limited block of rooms will be available at special rates at the site hotel ($254 + tax for single or double occupancy). Rooms are limited and this rate expires on January 17, 2022. To make your reservations please call 877.726.3111and mention that you are with SEAK, Inc. These rates are available for a limited time and only a limited number of rooms so you are strongly encouraged to make your reservations as soon as possible. To book your hotel room online please click here.

Cancellations: Conference cancellations received in writing on or before January 17, 2022 will receive a full tuition refund. Persons canceling after January 17, 2022 will receive a full tuition credit. 

Continuing Medical Education Information: 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. 

Distinguished Faculty: 

donovan-nadine100px.jpgNadine Nasser Donovan, Esq., is a former litigator who spent 18 years in the defense of medical professionals in medical malpractice actions and before medical licensing boards. She has been on the SEAK Faculty since 2002 and has trained countless experts through SEAK’s scheduled programs for expert witnesses, invited presentations, customized on-site expert witness training programs, and via one-on-one training ( and mentoring. Nadine also provides testifying training to medical malpractice defendants ( She is the coauthor 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 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. 

parker-richard-circle.jpgRichard A. Parker, MD is founder and managing director of Parker Healthcare Innovations, LLC and is CMO for Arcadia Healthcare Solutions—an EMR aggregation and analytics company. Formerly he was a practicing internist from 1988-2012; an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School since 2000; and from 2000 to 2015, he served as medical director and then chief medical officer (CMO) of the Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO). As a practicing internist for nearly 30 years, he was recognized by Boston magazine as one of Boston’s best internal medicine doctors and is a 2010 and 2012 recipient of the BIDMC Schwartz Center’s Compassionate Caregiver Award. Dr. Parker graduated from Harvard College in 1978 and the Dartmouth-Brown program in medicine in 1985. Dr. Parker is a highly experienced expert witness. His cases have involved both medical malpractice and hospital negligence. 


Day One (Thursday, February 10, 2022) 


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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Day Two (Friday, February 11, 2022) 


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


What past attendees had to say:

“Thank you so much for a fact filled, information loaded meeting. I am impressed with the quality and depth of your presentations and comments. I plan to attend more of SEAK’s meetings.”

“An eye opening view into expert witnessing, exactly what I needed.”

“Excellent! Filled in many gaps in my knowledge relative to report writing, billing, and deposition techniques.”

“I have taken a lot of training classes over the years, this was the only one where I was completely engaged over two days. In addition to your hand outs, I left with 10 pages of notes.

Can’t wait for additional classes!”

“The best meeting I’ve attended in several years.”

“Loaded with powerful information.”

“Phenomenal-did not want the seminars to end.”

“Can’t tell you how the course fired me up. Been working all day getting my business together.”

“Nadine, the course was fantastic and exceeded my expectations. You and Dr. Parker have the rare gift of being able to explain all of the nuances and details of the process of preparing to be a successful expert witness. I have already recommended and will continue to recommend this course to colleagues. Thanks again.” 

“Thank you, again, for conducting a lively and invigorating EW course along with Rich! I am very inspired now to pursue developing an EW practice, and, I have not felt this inspired for a while!”

“Excellent educational tool.”  

“It was excellent, informative and useful”  

“Very knowledgeable and engaging [faculty]. Impressed with Nadine’s preparation (reviewing participates materials) and interactive audience approach. Wonderful job fielding questions from the audience.”

“Very interactive and informative”  

“I found Ms. Donovan’s ‘pearls’ in response to questions especially helpful”  

“Nadine is an excellent presenter—real world examples really helped drive her point’s home. Even maintained her composer with my frequent opinions. Personable. Judiciously funny.”

“Thank you so much for the education and empowerment. I hope to take further classes in the future.”  

“I have taken a lot of training classes over the years, this was the only one where I was completely engaged over two days. In addition to your hand outs, I left with 10 pages of notes. Can’t wait for additional classes!”  

“Awesome course! I will keep in touch and look forward to another course.”  

“Excellent, well organized, engaging, and practical”  

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

“Loaded with powerful information”  

“You're awesome Nadine. Thanks!”

“Thank you for the wonderful seminar.”

“Deeply experienced presenters”

“Excellent – all questions answered”

“Excellent – recommend to anyone” 

“Excellent practical info”

“High yield professional seminar”

“Top notch!”

“Very informative”

“It was extremely high yield”

“The class was outstanding! It was presented in such an easy to understand manner. Thank you again for a great class!”

“Great seminar. The instructors shared several “real life” scenarios to put things in perspective and to help you avoid common mistakes.”

“Fabulous! Interesting, stimulating, very effective”

“I believe the seminar was truly impressive and very informative”

“A great learning experience presented with real world examples”

“Great! Very practical. Likely to make me money”

“Very well organized, very practical advice”

“Every part of the seminar was critical”

“Jim and Chip were very engaging and welcoming. They worked well together and I enjoyed their sense of humor. Great job!”    

“The presenters were very knowledgeable about the material and were able to present it in an interactive way with attendees.”

“Excellent presentation – going through CVs, websites was extremely helpful”

“Great job!”

“The program was top notch. No improvements needed.”

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

“Extremely thorough, professional and focused. Excellent.”

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

“Very informative, and great presentation.”

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

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

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

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

“Loved it!”

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

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

“I found your course highly informative, enjoyable and well run. After attending the course, I feel confident in my ability to serve as an effective expert witness. In my opinion, medical education is best delivered with the liberal use of case studies, anecdotes and Q and A, rather than simply reading bullet points off a slide. Your course made excellent use of that format. I will highly recommend this course to my colleagues. Bravo!”

“Thank you, Nadine. You and Rich were very informative, fun and encouraging.”

“Nadine, thanks for the time you spent teaching this course. I learned quite a bit and the course should pay for itself the next case I do as I got my fee schedule more in line with my credentials.”

“Thank you for a great, informative course. I have been working on my CV, changing the headings and eliminating unnecessary information.”

“I thought you were a fantastic instructor and loved how you were able to adapt to changing information and continue your line of questioning without a hitch. It was inspirational to watch! I hope to develop even just a fraction of that confidence if I make it to court. I came mostly to keep my friend company at this course, and to check things out - but left very interested to actually do this. I’m excited about starting to work on some cases and coming back for the advanced courses.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed your training and, while I still have much to learn, I feel much more confident in becoming an effective medical expert.”

“Nadine, both you and Rich were outstanding.”

“I truly enjoyed the courses I took this past week. I am very encouraged in my pursuit of this line of work, and am already starting to schedule discussions with my Clinic as to some appropriate changes to make in this regard. Thank you for all your advice. I hope to see you at another event in the future.”

“Fantastic lessons, I loved the interactive format! 2 days of sessions flew by!”

“I really liked the examples where Nadine called someone up to the ‘hot seat’