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, April 23-24, 2022
Click here for the full conference brochure and details (pdf)
Registration/Tuition/Discounts: Tuition for each course is $1,295 on or before February 20, 2022, $1,395 February 21, 2022–March 20, 2022; $1,495 after March 20, 2022. 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. Please call 508-457-1111. 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 conference or pre-conference workshops.
Location/Hotel Accommodations: The 2022 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 March 20, 2022. To make your reservations, please click here, or call 1-855-335-1087 and refer to the SEAK Group rate and National Expert Witness Conference.
Conference Cancellations: Conference cancellations received in writing on or before March 20, 2022 will receive a full refund. Conference cancellations received after March 20, 2022 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. Please see page 4 for more details and 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 James J. Mangraviti Jr., Esq. (978-276-1234) 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: State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. SEAK will provide each attendee with a certificate of attendance. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: SEAK does not accept commercial support for its programs and does not use faculty members with conflicts of interest.
DAY ONE: Saturday, April 23, 2022
7:00am – 8:00am REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:00am – 9:00am A View from the Bench: How Experts Can Improve Their Credibility with the Judge and Jury
The Honorable Joseph N. Laplante
Judge Laplante will explain why some experts are more credible than others. He will discuss how the expert’s candor, demeanor, language, presentation skills, and the content of their testimony impact their credibility and effectiveness. Judge Laplante will share feedback from jurors and offer practical suggestions for experts.
Hon. Joseph N. Laplante of the US District Court for the District of NH was appointed as a U.S. District Judge in 2007 (serving as Chief Judge from 2011-2018) after a career as a trial lawyer and litigator in several capacities: private practice in both commercial and tort litigation, the US Attorney’s Offices in Boston and Concord, NH working primarily for the New England Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and as both Assistant and First Assistant US Attorney, as well as the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice in Washington and Los Angeles, and the NH Attorney General’s Office Homicide Unit. He earned both his A.B. cum laude (1987) and his J.D. cum laude (1990) from Georgetown University. Judge Laplante teaches law (Statutory Interpretation) at Georgetown Law, Boston College Law, the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and Suffolk University Law School. Awards he has received include the American College of Trial Lawyers Golden Gavel Award (2018), the NH Bar Association’s Distinguished Service to the Public Award (2017), the NH Bar Foundation’s Robert E. Kirby Award (2001), the Edward “Ted” Jordan Humanitarian Award (Nashua Bar Association 2008), and the Thomas More Award.
9:00am – 10:00am How to Prepare for and Excel at Trial
David Wilshaw, MS, PG
Mr. Wilshaw 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. Mr. Wilshaw will offer practical suggestions for how to prepare for and excel at trial.
David Wilshaw, MS, PG is a licensed professional geologist with over 35 years experience. David has lived and worked in Florida since 2004. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the University of London in 1984 and obtained his Master of Science (Engineering) degree in Foundation Engineering from the University of Birmingham in 1987. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a Chartered Geologist and a licensed Professional Geologist in Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Mr. Wilshaw has been recognized as an Expert Geologist at trial by circuit civil courts in Hillsborough, Hernando, Miami-Dade, Pasco, Pinellas, Lake, Seminole and Volusia Counties in Florida and has testified at jury trial 40 times since 2012. He has also provided testimony at deposition in circuit civil and Federal court cases over 150 times since 2012. He is a great communicator (Science Channel, et al.) and is Adjunct Professor in Earth Science at Valencia College in Orlando, FL.
10:00am – 10:10am BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
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.
Dr. 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.
Stephen 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.
12:10pm – 1:10pm LUNCH (PROVIDED WITH FACULTY)
1:10pm – 2:10pm Breakout Session: Choose One
Getting Retained After the Initial Contact by Counsel
James J. Mangraviti Jr., Esq.
How experts deal with an initial contact by counsel often determines whether they will be retained. In this session, Attorney Mangraviti 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 Mangraviti will offer practical suggestions on how to impress counsel and get retained after an initial inquiry.
James 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 email@example.com.
Writing the Excellent Expert Report
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.
Neil 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).
2:10pm – 2:25pm BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
2:25pm – 3:25pm BREAKOUT SESSION: CHOOSE ONE
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.
Dyanna 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.
Weston 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.
3:25pm – 3:40pm BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
3:40pm – 4:40pm BREAKOUT SESSION: CHOOSE ONE
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.
Nadine 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Kenneth 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.
4:40pm – 6:00pm NETWORKING RECEPTION
DAY TWO: SUNDAY, April 24, 2022
6:30am – 7:00am NETWORKING BREAKFAST
7:00am – 8:00am A View from the Bench: The Biggest Mistakes Experts Make and How to Avoid Them
The Honorable Beverly Cannone
Judge Cannone will discuss the maintenance of one’s integrity, credibility and reputation when testifying at trial. She will explain the importance of preparation, clear, concise, and understandable testimony and how best to connect with the jury. Judge Cannone will offer practical suggestions that experts can adopt to improve their effectiveness at trial.
The Honorable Beverly Cannone is an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Prior to assuming the bench, Judge Cannone served for 24 years as a public defender – being on the murder team for 19 years and as Attorney-in-Charge of the Dedham office for 3 years. Judge Cannone has 20 years of experience training expert witnesses through her teaching at Harvard Law School’s Winter trial advocacy workshop.
8:00am – 9:00am How to Effectively Prepare to Testify at Deposition and Trial
Gary DiMuzio, Esq.
Attorney DiMuzio will provide a systematic approach to successfully preparing yourself 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 DiMuzio will offer practical suggestions for motivating retaining counsel to spend the time and effort to properly prepare you for deposition and trial testimony.
Attorney Gary DiMuzio is a shareholder in the Asbestos Department at Simmons Hanly Conroy. He joined the firm in 2019, bringing 25 years of experience helping victims of mesothelioma and other environmental and workplace hazards. During his career, Gary has represented plaintiffs in cases involving mesothelioma, lung cancer, leukemia, liver cancer, silicosis, plant explosions and environmental contamination. Based in the firm’s New York office, Gary has been litigating mesothelioma cases since 1998. As a trial attorney, he handles every aspect of the litigation process, from client intake to discovery, to motion practice through trial verdict, working to achieve justice for his clients, anywhere in the country. In addition to handling asbestos cases, Gary has experience litigating cases involving hydrofluoric acid, PAHs, crude oil wastes, TCE, vinyl chloride, styrene tars, creosote and silica. Gary received a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from Texas A&M University in 1986. He received his J.D. from University of Houston Law Center in 1992.
9:00am – 9:10am BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
9:10am – 10:10am How to Leverage Technology to Help Your Expert Witness Practice Succeed
Chip Darius, OHST, CIT, CSHO
Mr. Darius will share ideas for taking advantage of technology to assist in report writing, opinion formation, case management, and practice management. Included are tricks & tips with Word, photos, scheduling/deadlines, documents/files, and invoices/payments. Mr. Darius will also discuss keeping your data safe and secure and making sure your technology works for you, not against you.
Chip Darius, OHST, CIT, CSHO, is an OSHA / Safety Consultant and Trainer with many years’ experience serving clients in general industry, construction, utilities and emergency services. In addition to his consulting and training business, Mr. Darius is an Instructor for the OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center, where he has been teaching courses on OSHA regulations for nearly two decades. Mr. Darius is a well experienced Forensic Expert Witness and Litigation Consultant in catastrophic injury, fatality and personal injury matters. He has experience in both plaintiff and defense cases, in state and federal matters. He has significant testimony experience in depositions and at trials. Mr. Darius has conducted training at international, national, regional, state and local conferences and seminars. He earned BS and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut. Mr. Darius has also been a certified Emergency Medical Technician for over 40 years.
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.
Frank 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.
11:10am – 11:20am BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
11:20am – 12:20pm How to Prepare for and Excel and 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.
Charles 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.
12:20pm – 1:20pm LUNCH (PROVIDED WITH FACULTY)
1:20pm – 2:20pm BREAKOUT SESSION: CHOOSE ONE
Testifying Tips for Experts: With Video Examples
Kelly J. Wilbur, Esq.
Attorney Wilbur 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.
Kelly J. Wilbur, Esq., is a Trainer and Consultant for SEAK, Inc – The Expert Witness Training Company. She was an insurance defense and commercial litigator for five years prior to joining SEAK. 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. While at St. Mary’s, Kelly was a member of the nationally ranked varsity sailing team and was a two-time All American. Kelly has taught, trained, and consulted with hundreds of expert witnesses and is the co-author of SEAK’s 2021 Survey of Expert Witness Fees. She may be contacted at 781-491-6802 or email@example.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.
Susan 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 Nova‐Southeastern 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.
2:20pm – 2:35pm BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
2:35pm – 3:35pm BREAKOUT SESSION: CHOOSE ONE
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.
Matthew 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.
How to Excel as an Expert Witness at Mediation and Arbitration
Honorable Paul Chernoff
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is likely to continue increasing nationwide as a response to the enormous post COVID-19 backlog of civil cases. Judge Chernoff will provide a primer on the various forms of ADR including mediation, arbitration, advisory summary juries, MED/ARB, case evaluation and conciliation. Judge Chernoff will explain the roles of experts in each of these processes and how these may differ with the genre of litigation, for example, contract disputes, tort litigation, and statutory causes of action such as consumer protection claims and environmental actions, The expert’s role in settlement may differ with the facet of the case most vulnerable to a party, In a tort action the focus may be on Fault or on Causation, or on Assessment of Damages. Judge Chernoff will give practical advice and pointers for excelling during ADR.
Hon. Paul A. Chernoff (Ret.) Judge Chernoff heads the Mediation and Arbitration Group in the Boston Law Firm Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, LLP. where he conducts arbitrations, mediations, and other ADR procedures with a goal of resolving litigation short of trial. Judge Chernoff served as an Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Superior Court for 28 years and the Newton District Court for 8 years. Before his judicial service, he served three years as Chairman of the MA State Parole Board. Judge Chernoff has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, teaching Trial Practice over the past twenty plus years and has taught many seminars for SEAK. He is a proud veteran who provides pro bono legal services to disabled veterans at monthly legal clinics at area veteran facilities for Veterans Legal Services.
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.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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“Informative and effective. I picked up a wealth of techniques that will change my business practices.”
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“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.”
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“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 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 with a focus on practical knowledge”
“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.”