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Law for Experts: What You Need to Know to Succeed


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Law for Experts: What You Need To Know To Succeed “connects the dots” and shows experts how a practical understanding of law, procedure and legal terminology will make them markedly more effective and successful. This is a lively and intense interactive course. We have carefully condensed a huge body of knowledge into a very manageable program, thus allowing experts to learn what they need to know about the legal system. Experts will learn how to think and speak like the lawyers who retain them. Common “legalese” will be made comprehensible and experts will learn the procedural and substantive laws which impact them and govern legal disputes including: civil procedure, discovery, trial practice, causes of action, affirmative defenses, evidence, contracts, negligence, Daubert/Frye and the legal rules and concepts most relevant to expert witnessing.

7 DVD set containing 11.5 hours of instruction + 213 page written manual 

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You Will Learn: 

• What retaining lawyers need to prove, how they need to prove it and how experts fit into the process
• How to think and speak like a lawyer and how to understand “legalese”
• How to identify the high value cases which allow you to charge premium fees
• The scope and limits of discovery and your options to fight back against unreasonable discovery requests and abuse
• How lawyers exclude expert testimony and what you can do to prevent being excluded
• What lawyers can and cannot ask you at deposition and trial, and why
• The law of negligence, contracts, and damages, which are the areas of civil law that most commonly use expert testimony
• The ins and outs of how a lawsuit works and the ethical and other rules the attorneys must follow, which will help you more effectively manage your role as an expert witness at different stages of the litigation
• The anatomy of a civil trial, including: the role of the judge and jury, opening statements, burdens of proof and persuasion, summation, directed verdicts, judgments notwithstanding the verdicts, jury deliberation and decision and judgments, all of which will help you understand your role as an expert in the trial process and become a more valuable and effective expert witness
• The rules associated with depositions including fees, length, scope, reading and signing, instructions not to answer, objections, conferences, termination, and protective order
• Issues that give rise to expert witness liability and risk management strategies for experts

Disc One:
*Fundamentals of the American Legal System
*Thinking Like a Lawyer
     Part I—Elements of a Cause of Action 
     Part II—Affirmative Defenses

Disc Two:
*The Law of Negligence
*Damages, Valuing Cases, and the Economics of a Lawsuit

Disc Three:
*Anatomy of a Lawsuit
*Liability Insurance
*The Law of Contracts

Disc Four:
*The Discovery Process and Avoiding Discovery Abuse
*Legal Requirements for Expert Witness Report Writing

Disc Five:
*The Law of Depositions: In Depth
*Daubert and the 700 Series of Rules Dealing With Expert Witnesses

Disc Six:
*What Happens At a Civil Trial
*What Can and Cannot Be Asked of an Expert Witness At Trial

Disc Seven:
*The Hearsay Rule And How It Affects Expert Testimony
*Jury Trials: What Experts Need To Know
*Expert Witness Liability and Risk Management


donovan-thumb.jpgNadine Nasser Donovan, Esq. is a former trial lawyer with extensive litigation experience. She has been on the SEAK Faculty since 2002 and has trained hundreds of experts through SEAK’s scheduled programs forexpert witnesses, invited presentations, customized on-site expert witness training programs, and via one-on-one training. Nadine is the co-author of the SEAK texts,  How to Write an Expert Witness Report and How to Be A Successful Expert Witness:  SEAK's A-Z Guide To Expert Witnessing.  In addition to her work consulting and teaching for SEAK, Ms. Donovan is a Legal Writing Instructor at Boston University School of Law, and an Adjunct Professor at New England School of Law, Boston, where she teaches in the areas of medical malpractice and hospital law. Ms. Donovan also serves as a Dispute Resolution Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Ms. Donovan 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. In addition, Ms. Donovan started off her litigation career in New York City, first as a prosecutor in Queens, and then as counsel for the City of New York. 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.  

Here’s what your colleagues have to say about this course:

“Nadine, Thank you.  Without a doubt the best training I've had in preparing myself for being an expert on the stand.  Your class was my first SEAK training, and I'll be back to more SEAK courses. I appreciate the legal background and experience you bring to teaching your class. I appreciate your support, and I hope to truly be a good objective, truthful, prepared witness.  I will certainly be much better because of the training I've had the last few days. I hope you have a great day and thank you again for sharing your experience and skill with us.”

“The program was extremely valuable for context and perspective on our litigated assignments.”

“Amazing job!  That was the best conference I have ever attended!  (And being a doctor for 29 years, I have attended and spoken at a LOT of conferences.)”

“On the way home I wrote 8 full yellow-pad pages of action items from your class!  It'll probably take me a year to implement them!”

“Excellent! – lots of info presented in a short time”

“Great job. Quick moving and interesting”

“Awesome! The best, more entertaining, informative and useful seminar I have ever attended. Essential information for the serious and credible expert.  Should be a prerequisite for all experts.”

“Great! Nadine was a dynamic speaker, the course book is well done”
“Very informative”

“Nadine was fantastic – great instructor”


“Nadine is awesome! Witty, smart, tough, engaging”

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