How to Start, Build, and Run a Successful Expert Witness Practice, April 21-22, 2022, Clearwater Beach, FL

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Excellent and ethical legal consultants can easily double their income by devoting one day a week to expert witnessing. Time spent by experts on such matters is commonly billed out at $250–$500 or more per hour. How to Start, Build and Run a Successful Expert Witness Practice is an intensive, content rich workshop that is designed to show you how to start, build, and run a successful expert witness practice. This course is appropriate for professionals with all levels of legal-consulting experience including prospective and novice expert witnesses. Attendees will learn from an experienced faculty in a step-by-step fashion how to start, build, and run a successful and ethical expert witness practice. This is SEAK’s most popular expert witness training program.

Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL, Thursday-Friday, April 21-22, 2022

Click here for the full conference brochure and details (pdf)

Registration Information/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. Your tuition includes continental breakfast and lunch with faculty each day and a detailed conference manual. Group discounts are available for two or more persons registering from the same organization. Discount prices depend on the size of the group. Our programs can also be brought onsite to your organization. Please call 508-457-1111. A special 50% discount is available on all new and renewal standard listings in the SEAK Expert Witness Directory placed by attendees while at the seminar. THIS COURSE IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO STREAM ON-DEMAND, VISIT WWW.SEAK.COM.

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.

Continuing Education Credits: Note: If your specialty does not appear below and you desire credits, please contact Karen Cerbarano (781-826-4974 or Karen@seak.com).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. NOTE: SEAK does not accept commercial support for its programs and does not use faculty members with conflicts of interest.
 

Faculty: 

chip-darius.jpgChip Darius, OHST, CET, 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 over a decade. 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 38 years. 

webcircles-kelly-wilbur.jpgKelly 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 kelly@seak.com. 

SCHEDULE 

DAY ONE: Thursday, April 21, 2022 

7:30–8:00 REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 

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 and 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 and 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 and Answers 

10:30–10:45 BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY 

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 and Answers 

12:00–12:45 LUNCH PROVIDED WITH FACULTY 

12:45–1:45 Bulletproofing Yourself – Your Qualifications, Marketing Activities, Website, 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, website, image and reputation. Questions and 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 and 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 and Answers 

3:00–3:15 BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY 

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 and 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 and 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 and Answers 

DAY TWO: Friday, April 22, 2022 

6:30–7:00 CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 

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 and 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 and Answers 

9:00–9:15 BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY 

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. A list of expected areas of inquiry will be provided. Questions and 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 and Answers 

10:45–11:00 BREAK AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY 

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 and Answers 

12:00–12:45 LUNCH (PROVIDED WITH FACULTY)

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 and 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 and 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 and Answers

 What past attendees have to say:

“The CV/resume exam segment was very useful. Like many in the audience,

I will be working to improve mine!!”

“Pearls of wisdom/experience [were] freely shared by presenters. I especially liked them saying what rate they recommend each type of expert charge (i.e. surgeon vs. engineer).”

“One of the most practical seminars that I’ve attended”

“Loaded with powerful information”

“Instantly executable information.”

“Very enlightening- a big eye opener.” 

“Superb experience.”

“Chip, Thanks for the tremendous amount of relevant and detailed info in this class. You did a terrific job. This class will make a big difference in my success and everyone who attended, I’m sure.”

“The course was wonderful and I am extremely grateful for all your insight and knowledge.”

“Chip, I participated in the recent How to Start, Build, and Run a Successful Expert Witness Practice event and wanted to express how beneficial I found the course to be. I thought you and Jim not only shared valuable information, but captured the attention of everyone in the room. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, I truly enjoyed the class.”

“Excellent! Well worth the time and money.”

“Great course, very detailed and helpful to jumpstart my EW practice. “

“One of the most applicable trainings I have been to in a long time (I attend multiple a year).”

“I liked that the speakers went individually through the class and told them a fee range that would be acceptable. As the owner of a small business in a very specialized field, I’ve struggled to know what fees are appropriate for me.”

“A++; Thank you for your feedback and time.”

“Absolutely loved the dynamic “no hold barred” disposition of both presenters. Great.”

“I found both presenters to be informative & captivating. A two-day seminar often involves glazed-over looks at some point, but the attendees of this course were attentive & hanging on every word.”

“The SEAK trainers were Stellar. I found the staff trainers to be the most informative.”

“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.”

“It was such a good course and well worth the time and money.”

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

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

“Excellent, well organized, engaging, and practical.”

“Loaded with powerful information.”

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

“The information provided during this conference was incredible. This was certainly an investment in my practice and not an expense for it.”

“Informative, inspiring and fun. I learned what I need to get started and be successful.”

“Thank you and thanks to the entire SEAK team....I attend a decent amount of seminars with my Civil Engineering degree...yours was top notch!!!!”