Expert Witness Client Testimonials

“Just finished my cross in my [location] trial.  The course was unbelievably helpful in surviving the cross…my lawyers were very happy.”

“Good morning Jim and Kelly – I hope you are both doing well! Just wanted to update you on my expert witness journey since we last talked virtually. Since taking the SEAK online courses at the beginning of this year and with your virtual mentorship, I’ve gotten four cases. I continue to utilize the SEAK materials (handbooks and videos) as references with great confidence and am beginning to hone a systematic approach to case vetting. I haven’t yet had to write a formal report or be deposed but I look forward to the challenge and know SEAK will be there for me when I need them. I’m having fun digging into the medical literature more intensely than I have been able to do in a long while and it also makes me a better practicing physician for it as well. I hope to get to an onsite SEAK workshop in the months ahead to grow even further and to meet you and the SEAK team. Thank you and have a great weekend!”

“A month ago I testified at a med-mal trial during which I demonstrated to the jury the effect of loss of binocular stereopsis by view the courtroom with one eye covered and then with both eyes open. My attorney won the case with an award of millions. I learned the value of demonstrable evidence at a SEAK conference several go. The training is well worth it”.

“Jim,  This is my report prepared for the plaintiff’s attorney.   The 3 defendants settled within a week of my deposition. I owe you a lot for your training courses and guidebooks. Thanks.”

“Hi Steve. One of my nurses and I want to come to your course in Florida. I have not been in a while. Have huge legal practice because of you. I Just got back from testifying on a wrongful death case in [State]. Was a record jury award. Looking forward to seeing you. Busier than ever.”

“Nadine, I wanted to write to thank you so much for all the great info in the deposition prep class. Worth every penny. I just finished my first deposition and it went really well. The attorney had nothing negative to say at all and he didn’t add, “for your first deposition.” I am grateful for the advice to list and bullet point your opinions and the lockdown words. After 3.5 hours, the main attorney finally got to the pinnacle question and I caught the “common” he threw in and I nailed it. All thanks to you and SEAK! I will certainly be recommending courses to everyone I know. Thank you again.”

“Kelly & Nadine, I can’t thank you both enough. I am rapidly turning into a SEAK junkie. This is my third course and I keep being impressed over and over with the volume of knowledge and content that is helpful in each one. Thanks for what you do. You have a truly unique gift to offer assistance to folks like myself who are early in the Expert Witness world and I feel like I’ve already made huge leaps and bounds in confidence and it has helped my business dramatically.”

“I want to thank you again for all that I have learned from your books, seminars and consulting sessions.  While this has been extremely helpful in our expert witness work, it has been even more beneficial in helping us prepare better reports for clients.  As our reports for assessment projects can run up to 20,000 pages (a report for each of a couple hundred schools plus a variety of strategic reports), your expertise has helped us help our clients to prevent tragedies and better prepare for and recover from them.  When we have exceptionally challenging projects like the tragedy at MSD High School, being able to more accurately articulate, document and justify our opinions has been incredibly important.  Thanks again for all that you do.  I can tell you without reservation that you have helped us save lives using the knowledge you have provided.”

“Thank you for everything you and your company have done to help us develop and prosper in our respective fields as experts. Yesterday, I was asked by an Agent who is leaving the FBI, “where is the best place to learn about being an expert,” and without hesitation I told him that SEAK is the 800 pound gorilla in that space and sent him the company link.”

“Originally, you sent me a brochure and I was VERY impressed with your response time, honesty and understanding of the expert witness realm. You’re not just a listing service you are a grad school and trade association all in one.”

“Jim, I was finishing my business taxes and just felt I needed to send you a small thank you. My Expert Witness revenue was $435K for last year and I am on pace to way outstrip that this year. Thank you very much for providing me with the secret sauce. Stay safe.”

“Back in 2015, I took all of the SEAK classes, and I want to thank you and all of the staff for the tremendous quality of your presentations. Because of these classes I have been able to expand my expert witness practice to where I am now retained by major firms, and doing larger and more complicated cases. I have attached a photo of one of my latest completed reports, all 4,211 pages from an international case. Keep up the great work.”

“When signing up for your SEAK expert witness classes I was told yours is the best there is. I was not disappointed. Could only stay the first 2 days then back to the office. Jim, Kelly and the Judge were quite the show stoppers. See you in fall at Clearwater Beach. Thank you for showing the way.”

“Hi Nadine! I wanted to follow up with you to let you know the jury gave a no cause verdict yesterday on the case I testified in on Friday. I know that my testimony was better because of your help. The cross examining lawyer was very aggressive with me and he was clearly agitated and shaking when I wouldn’t back down, it was a solid fight. I kept seeing you in my head saying… listen to what is being asked.  He asked questions that you predicted. Thank you very much for everything. Until next time!!! Take care.”

“Thank you for your insightful and excellent seminar.  I learned a lot and feel more confident for the upcoming deposition this month.”

“The program was great! I found it very valuable and look forward to incorporating techniques discussed in the training.”

“Jim – Thanks for a very interesting session with you and Judge Lawson.  Your preparation and familiarity with your audience background allowed you to connect with us in a way that was very useful and relevant.  My work is almost 100% expert work and while I have not yet authored my own expert report or been deposed, I have drafted many reports and assisted experts through depo prep, sat in on opposing expert depo and sat through district court trials.  Even with that background, your presentation with all those examples really brought things home for me.”

“Made a tremendous impact on my ability to perform as an expert witness.”

“James and Kelly, Thanks so much for the excellent seminar. It was just what I needed.”

“Very insightful information!”

“Thank you so much Jim. You are a master teacher, I learnt so much. I am your student whether you want me or not – I have 4 of your books and 2 of the DVDs – and want to learn all I can. I am so sorry I could not stay for the Saturday and Sunday Expert Report Sessions because of family commitments. Next time then, or Cape Cod or Florida. Looking forward to seeing you again, Jim”

“Great event!”

“It was super helpful and I appreciate your hard work.”

“Jim & Kelly, Thank you both for all of the great information provided at the SEAK training. I took extensive notes and will be implementing many of the things I learned at the conference into my daily practice. The conference was amazing! I love the open platform with spontaneous questions and “life-like” question prose – targeted at the various individuals who attended the conference. I was impressed with “spot-on” name recollection and the many person-specific particulars that were remembered (i.e., specialization, home state). Thank you for your encouragement, advice about increasing my rates, and answers to questions that were given. I look forward to attending the next SEAK conference. Have a wonderful week!”

“Jim, You Rock!  Nobody out there like you.  Honored and grateful to work with you.”


“Definitely worth the time and money.”

“Excellent in every respect.”

“Lots of pearls.”


“Fantastic course.”

“Good prep for depositions and trial.”

“Lively, informative, encouraging.”

“Overall excellent.”

“There is no better expert training in CA, the US or likely the world.”

“Two excellent, outstanding teachers.”

“Very knowledgeable instructors & very flexible to handle various subjects.”

“Faculty interaction create[d] infectious energy.”

“It really reduced my anxiety.”

“The sense of humor mixed in was delightful and kept us on our toes.”

“[Most useful was] the ‘on the spot’ practice”

“Jim- you rock!! The judge was awesome!!”

“Absolutely loved it!!! Thank you so much!!”

“It was an amazing experience.”

“The needle was moved!  Thank you all for your efforts and time in bringing the various topics alive and making them pertinent.”

“Jim, I really liked your “style” and THE Judge was great at explaining the legal process and procedures. You two make one hellava team.”

“James – Thank you for the 2 Day informative and entertaining training in San Diego.  You are a crazy gifted cross-examiner and teacher.”

“Fantastic! Truly excellent!”

“Loved it! Should have attended years ago.”

“The trainers made the material understanding and interesting and were accessible at breaks.”

“Nadine and Rich did an excellent job- both are great speaks who are persuasive.”

“I really had a great learning experience! You and Richard make a good teaching combo and made the class fun and entertaining as well. I find myself more enthused about engaging in this difficult and necessary work.”

“Thank you for a great session Nadine! Lots of takeaways to improve my work, and I am so appreciative!”

“Thanks for presenting such a great class!  I REALLY learned a lot!”

“You and Dr Parker made what is intimidating to us more “user friendly” , Thank you so much for the course.”

“Thank you and Richard for a job well done and for being so receptive and attentive to your students. I came back with a number of initiatives for my expert witness practice thanks to you and Richard.”

“Thanks so much.  You were terrific.  I really received a great deal of information, in a memorable and entertaining way.”

“The instructions and training were amazing!”

“Mr. Mangraviti, you were terrific.  I really received a great deal of information, in a memorable and entertaining way.”

“Thanks so much Jim. I loved your presentation and your humorous style [and] well -honed presentation.”

“Thanks so much for an excellent course!  It’s not often I give all “5-stars”, but you and the judge certainly deserved them.  Greatly enjoyed your presentations!” 

“Hi Jim, The course was terrific! You and Judge Lawson did an awesome job: professional, informative, entertaining, thorough, and effective. Tough act to follow! It was worth every penny. Looking forward to continue working with you and Steve in the future. Thank you.”

“Attorney Jim and Judge Lawson were informative and highly entertaining-like a comedy team. Jim was quick on his feet and kept it lively.”

“[The presenters were] Amazing! Very engaging. Clearly sharp.”

“[The presenters were] very knowledgeable. A very valuable course. I learned things that never crossed my mind. You guys made it fun as well”

“I appreciated that you made the course not only informative, but fun.”

“[The presenters] made the lectures easy to follow & understand!”

“Thank you for the toughness & thoroughness in a friendly setting. I appreciate that each presenter is approachable.”

“Excellent interactive format, humor made it fun and engaging.”

“Very satisfied. Well worth the money.”

“Very useful, enjoyable, with moments of freak out.”

“Outstanding prep for depo & trial”

“Enjoyed the interactions. Somewhat intimidating if you have not done depositions or trials.”

“Excellent! Presenters did the best of theory & practice”

“Case examples from the participants were very helpful!”

“Practical tips about how to present & depos. Videos very helpful.”

“[Most enjoyed the] specifics on what to do/not do, deconstructing the videos, and showing us how you can destroy us.”

“My first full year in business was a success in part to the knowledge I’ve obtained from SEAK.  In 2019, I worked on 7 cases as an expert witness.  Four of the cases are still ongoing.  Your books, seminars, and network are worth every dollar.  The information and knowledge gained has allowed me to excel with my expert witness practice.  The attorneys I’ve worked with have given me great praise over the quality of work and the quality of reports.  Your conferences are invaluable.  The “tricks of the trade” learned at the conferences allow me to do an even better job for my clients.  Having protocols in place to help me vet a case and the attorney has allowed me to say “no” and not take on a shoddy case.”

“Well worth it, and very well done.”

“Jim, You were excellent and I appreciated your ability to know each student and their situation, not to mention your approach, wit, role-playing, etc. I feel much more prepared now!”

“Very helpful, but also quite challenging…a challenging course is the best way to encourage us all to reach for excellence in our deposition skills.”

“Absolutely great seminar. A pleasure to meet you. Learned quite a bit (even after having been deposed > 600 times over 35 years).”

“Great job Jim. You are worth your weight in gold.”

“I wish I had taken this seminar earlier on. The interactive sessions had ever lasting impact, and I just hope it “sticks” when I am up there on the stand. My whole outlook, with how I talk and listen to what others say, has gained a whole new perspective never thought imaginable. I will be looking for your future courses. Thanks again for a wonderful weekend.”

“It was a pleasure for me to be part of such an outstanding course. It was a great learning experience.”


“As a newer expert witness this was a huge eye opener and very valuable in information.”

“Extremely useful.”

“Fantastic – “everything you should know about depos but were afraid to ask”

“Fantastic value!”

“Provides great skill and strategies to engage in high level conversations/deposition skills.”

“The format was perfect.”

“This was a really excellent seminar. Mr. Mangraviti was excellent! He really delivers.”

“Very high value.”

“Very well organized. Effective examples of each area.”

“I believe the interactive nature of the seminar was excellent! I really enjoyed it and I am sure it really helped all the attendees.”

“The interactive process Jim uses is great!”

“Loved every aspect of this seminar. Wish I would have known ‘then’ what I have learned with this seminar.”

“This was very helpful. Thank you for helping us laugh at ourselves and learn from our mistakes/bad answers.”

“Very engaging, funny and comprehensive, thanks!”

“Excellent job! Thank you for sharing your experience and skill with us.”

“The interactive process challenging the individuals to “role play” [was] so very helpful. I wish my attorney/counsel would have prepped me in this way.”

“An exceptional class. Thanks to you and your staff for a great experience and valuable resources that were well worth the time and effort.”

“Thank you, Jim! I got so much out of the class and have already seen an impact”

“It was terrific – as usual!”

“Thanks for an excellent course.”

“Excellent value.”

“Very informative, helpful, friendly and to the point.”

“Great job!”

“Very engaging, knowledgeable and funny. Thanks!”

“Very engaging, pretty high energy.”

“It was great Jim. Thanks for being a great teacher.”

“Worthwhile and enjoyable.”

“The training was awesome! I really enjoyed your insight and I will incorporate some of the things that I learned into my practice.”

“The seminar was extremely beneficial.”

“I enjoyed the course very much, Jim!  You’re a great teacher!”

“A very useful two days. I am glad I attended.”

“Thank you for a very educational seminar to increase business as an expert witness. I walked away with a tremendous amount of information and tools for me to advance as an expert witness. Many thanks to you and SEAK for an amazing workshop.”

“Hi Steve, Yesterday was incredibly useful. I actually found it very interesting, and also fun, to have you identify all the potential weaknesses in my report and possible testimony, and to figure out together what to do about them.”

” Jim, I just gave a 6 hour deposition as plaintiff’s expert.  Retaining counsel openly stated that, in his 40 years of practice, I was the best prepared and composed expert witness he has ever had. Thanks for the great training and guidance.”

“Steve, thanks for all your help and encouragement! Your training and teaching gave me my confidence.”

“4 DAYS OF EXCELLENCE, You and the team did an outstanding job. Thank you for your insights, encouragement and patience.”

“Thank you!. I found the courses (all four days) excellent-in terms of content, written materials given out and the quality of teaching. Apart from being really interesting and informative it was also so enjoyable. Great to have so much laughter while learning some serious stuff! Well done to you and Chip and the Judge! I am so glad I have attended and look forward to putting as much of what I have learned into practice as possible. I will definitely be back!”

“Jim, it was a pleasure to learn from you. You are a bit scary (hahaha) but an amazing teacher! Well, all of you (Chip, the judge, and you ) were excellent teachers. I have never deposed but feel now have great tools, when the time comes. Again, thank you so much! The pleasure was mine.”

“The seminar was top notch.  I am really looking forward to my next one!”

“Jim, What a great course. Really appreciate the content and you are clearly the right guy to present and teach it.”

“Amazing training course, Jim.”

“Jim – Thank you for two great days!  I learned new issues, which to assist my work and business.  You and Chip did a fantastic job with the material/ presentation.”

“Jim, What an excellent course! Like drinking from a firehose. Time to reflect and put it all together. Thanks so much.”

“Jim, I enjoyed the seminar.  Your illustrative stories, case reports and sense of humor made it go by quickly.  I have already begun updating my CV and website using what I learned.  I look forward to the next one.”

“A ‘must attend’ for anyone interested in this line of work”

“Fantastic. Far exceeded my expectations.”


“Outstanding- reality based presentation of “those things to be expected”. For me (in law enforcement) the principles reinforced.”

“Outstanding seminar.”


“Very impressed with level of expertise of Jim & Chip.”

“Very nice set-up. A high-quality training experience from beginning to end. Very knowledgeable expertise and insightful program. Straightforward advice. Delicious breakfast & lunch included. Worth every penny!”

“Very well put together & informative.”

“A useful combination of stories from the front lines & practical advice.”

“Exceptional presenters.”

“Awesome presentations.”

“Excellent job, very engaging!”

“Excellent pace, energy, interactive.”

“Dear Jim, I wanted to take a minute and thank you for the excellent information that you provided at the SEAK conference. Since I am brand new to expert witnessing, I came away with my brain very full (and appropriately paranoid), but more than a bit excited about learning more and diving into this work.  Thankfully there are two attorneys at the firm who are willing to work with me— one to prep me on the art of deposition before they turn to the “closer” [someone who has a slightly sadistic side similar to your own] on me to see how rattled I will be on [cross] examination. The conference –and your examples—gave me much food for thought and some practical tips on how I can protect myself.  For all of those things, thank you!”

“Jim – Thanks for another great class!  How to Be an Effective Expert Witness was very informative, interactive, and entertaining.  I plan on attending How to Bulletproof Your Deposition in the near future.”

“Great program, thank you !!!”

“A great experience. Thanks!”

“Jim, Thank you very much for checking in and for your work on this workshop last week.  I will strongly recommend it to my colleagues and let them know it’s worth the money.”

“Jim, Thank you so much for teaching.  Personal experience has taught me that well prepared material requires extensive auxiliary time and attention for success. You and judge Lawson were successful. This course was very helpful. I appreciated the high standard of ethics included in the training.  In my profession (Civil Engineering), ethics are emphasized.  I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss scenarios with a mixed group of professionals, who include some of the brightest minds in our Country.   Taking expert witness training allows us to elevate the level of justice for our communities, for every state, municipality, and everyone within…”

“Exceptionally helpful and practical.”

“High level training I feel like I’m leaving here way ahead of others starting this line of work.”

“Lots of great information, fast paced, experts are teaching information they know like the back of their hand.”

“Terrific – it’s easy to follow along.”

“Very useful & entertaining.”

“Very well-done intro to expert testimony”

“Was practical and highlighted the important aspects of being an EW.”

“Worth every little penny for how it’ll help my work.”

“Very helpful to have people practice testifying, have questions asked throughout the room, feedback on responses is very helpful.”

“Excellent presenters, for a long day, their presentations and dynamics kept my attention 100%.”

“Keep up your amazing work.”

“[Instructors] were very knowledgeable, excellent at teaching ,– appreciate the variety of teaching styles.” 

“Steve, our session was very valuable and helped me to organize my opinions in a useful format for verbal presentation. I will definitely let you know how things go on Monday.”

“Jim, it went very well! I followed your advice and had so much fun. I got to use two analogies! (Road map and cardiac arrest with late script.) [Retaining Counsel] approved for me to bring visual aids and she let defense counsel know beforehand. I got the posters done 16×20 this weekend. Worked!  Thank you so much for the prep. You are the superb master. Will share the videorecording later. :))”

“Ciao Paisan, This will give you a chuckle – remember Mr…. of the … video [deposition I gave]? Well, the *opposing* counsel that took my depo in that case has just retained me for an injury case involving a very large and well-known corporation.  They are paying a $20k retainer for me to review 1600 pages, perform the IME and write a report.  This is now the 5th case where I was retained at the new $900 per hour rate.  I wasn’t sure if it would be accepted, but nobody has protested yet. Tomorrow I am interviewing for my third patent case. Many thanks for all your help and guidance over the years!  Hope [my spouse] and I will have the opportunity to see you again before long.”

“Jim, My expert witness “sideline” is now starting to overshadow my surgical work.  In the past year I have taken on 7 cases and probably have turned down a like number as they were out of my field of expertise. I turned down another as the attorney wanted me to simply sign an affidavit that he had written in support of his case. The cases come from all across the country – Maine, Florida, South Carolina, Minnesota, Washington, California and New York. All this and my only “advertising” is through SEAK. Not too bad I’d say. To your credit, had I not participated in your courses … I would have been ill prepared and likely unable to provide adequate assistance to the defense team and the outcome in these cases might have been different.  I thank you for the knowledge and expertise you have shared. I think of you and thank you often. I trust all is well at your end and life is good. Thank you again for allowing me to participate in your classes. Stay well.”

“Steve, you were right. Your counsel was invaluable. I could have benefited from a full day of it. Thanks for your good counsel.”

“Steve/Jim:  I would like to thank you for all of your help and support in helping me to launch my expert witness practice. I just reached my 100th case with 24 depositions and 8 trial testimonies under my belt. Your training and expertise was incredibly helpful and practical and everything that I learned came into play at one time or another. I have sent many healthcare professionals to your seminars. Thank you again for everything that you do.”

“You and Chip were amazing.   Thanks for a great learning experience.”

“Jim, Thanks for a great seminar.  You and Chip were excellent!”

“A great learning experience.”

“Thanks, Jim. You [and Chip] were both enjoyable and informative. I especially appreciate the feedback on my first written report.”

“Instantly executable information.”

“Very enlightening- a big eye opener.”

“Very impressed with the speakers/instructors, great examples/advice.”

“Well organized and designed.”

“Excellent, practical.”

“Presenters did an incredible job.”

“The conference was excellent and provided both reinforcement of things I’ve done right but also a lot that I need to refine or change.”

“Jim, Thanks again to You and Chip for one of the best workshops/seminars/trainings that I’ve ever attended. Your advice is spot on.”

“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.”

“Thank you for hosting a great event!  We found the sessions helpful, packed with useful information, and well managed.”

“Thanks for a great conference in a perfect location. As always, very informative and well organized.”

“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.”

“It was as always, a life changing experience.  Thank you for everything.”

“Both the seminar and the conference were great! Very well planned, organized and executed! I learned a lot in both and I am very happy with my investment of time and money in this.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed this conference very interesting and informative, I will be back!!!”

“It was an exceedingly well run conference. I look forward to attending next year when you are in Clearwater again.“

“As always, the content is very valuable.  The location and hotel is probably the loveliest and most relaxing conference destination I’ve been to—”

“I have been doing life care planning for twenty years and I was skeptical that I could really get that much more out of additional training. I was so wrong. This was a huge benefit to me and my company. I appreciate the access to such wonderful and knowledgeable professionals. The presentations were extremely informative on every level. It was also a wonderful opportunity to network and meet so many wonderful people…..”

“It was great! Will hopefully see you in cape cod soon for more great education.”

“I really enjoyed the conference and learned a great deal from the high caliber speakers that you assembled. I look forward to attending another one of the SEAK conferences in the future.”

“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.”

“Thank you Steve! It was a fantastic experience and I will be at future events.”

“It was a truly impactful conference! I learned a lot. Thank you so much for offering this.”

“You are such a high class act … … … .. not only the presenters and presentation but now even a thank you note! I will be brining my entire office of physiatrists and support team to Falmouth MA (effective testimony).” 

“It was certainly a terrific conference, full of great speakers and information.  I thoroughly enjoyed the class you taught Thursday and Friday.  This conference will certainly make my list of future events to attend.”

“Congratulations on another successful conference! It is impressive that, given the limited number of topics, you keep the meetings fresh with new speakers and new ideas. It was a fun experience, and I look forward to many more stimulating SEAK experiences.”

“I found it very useful and will certainly continue to attend future sessions. Thanks to you and your team.”

“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!”

“Very helpful!”

“Very informative.”

“Very well organized, with effective and knowledgeable teaching.”

“Very well planned & executed.”

“You guys do such a fantastic job that any comments on improving would be Monday morning quarterbacking GREAT JOB! Thank you.”

“Jim, I gave myself a $100 raise after the conference to $600 per hour and the lawyer from VA that called me Monday after the conference sounded very happy to hire me! Thanks for the raise!”



“Excellent, Steven is really effective at sharing his wisdom with the audience.”

“Good stuff: lots of good information.”

“Material was excellent & Steve was excellent presenter.”

“Outstanding, as always!”

“Very informative, educational.”

“Very interactive!”

“Very well done!”

“Great workshop!”

“It was very informative & interesting.”

“Thank you again! Your expertise and experiences provided invaluable insight and ideas. Worth every penny!”

“Steven, 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.”


“Excellent as usual.”

“Excellent! Held attention throughout.”

“Extremely well organized. The faculty has at heart the quality training of expert witnesses.”

“Eye opening to the pitfalls of report writing.”

“Great content, effective, knowledgeable speaker.”

“Very aligned to what I needed.”

“It was fantastic.”

“It’s really good because it helps you to develop the skills in report writing.”

“Outstanding – Nadine is an outstanding lawyer and teacher- maybe the best teacher at any conference I have attended.”

“Practical & immediately implementable concepts & lessons.”

“SEAK offers the best CE programs I have ever attended- this was no exception.”

“The seminar was put together very well. Content was relevant & presented well.”

“Very interactive and kept me engaged. It’s a long couple of days so this isn’t easy to accomplish.”

“Well organized, informative.”

“Great interaction with the class.”

“Practical, real life, examples.”

“The real life work product examples, both positive and negative, were very good learning experience & tools.”

“Great job by Nadine. She makes a dry topic come alive.”

“I very much enjoyed my time in your course and learnt so much!  Both my husband and I came away invigorated by the knowledge we gained and are determined to put it all into practice.”

“I have to let you know that as the two day course evolved the more I thought about the report we do, the more I was cringing at how rubbish it was!  As soon as I have caught up on all my work having been out of the office for almost two weeks I am going to be preparing a new draft report based on everything you spoke about (we also bought the book!).”

“Thank you for what you do, and particularly the workbook and your sincere efforts to help all of us who are expert witnesses.

It was an amazing course, and you did a fantastic job.”

“This was the best SEAK conference I ever attended and I have been to a few now.”

“A great class, I learned a ton, very practical and useful.”

“From my listing in the SEAK Directory alone I generated over $100K last year and I’m on track to do at least that much and probably more this year. I also highly recommend the SEAK retention contract which is airtight and has saved me from unwanted hassles in collecting payments. If you’re new to expert witness consulting or have been doing it for a while, SEAK is the only directory you’ll ever need to start or grow your expert witness consulting practice”

“Steve, I just wanted to drop a quick note to personally say that I appreciate you occasionally sending a very relevant article on my area of expertise. It is just another example of the great work you and Jim do to develop and support us.”

“Can’t believe how much I learned! After years in this business, I realize I’m a novice!”

“Excellent and more entertaining than I expected”

“Excellent- gave valuable “inside” tidbits and pointers that can be practically applied”

“Excellent, this course was crucial in understanding about expert witness”

“Very well done (as was the last SEAK course I attended)”

“It was wonderful. I actually put the information into practice right away with an attorney who tried to bully me into starting work before the contract was signed. Once I spoke with him, I was extremely confident to back him down and do it my way. I’ve already revised my CV and it looks great. THANKS MUCH!”

“Nadine, One of the best courses I have attended in many years. Well executed.”

“I have personally done a lot of courses, gone to many as well and I certainly can recognize a good one. One of the best courses ever!”

“Thank you. Your class has already prepared me better for my upcoming cases. I have ten active cases going and I really needed the SEAK conference to help me out.”

“Very much enjoy the seminar, and felt the material provided was very helpful. I have already integrated your suggestions in my materials.”

“Thank you! I found the seminar very helpful. In fact, I now really regret not taking it when I started doing this work over a year ago. As an example of the help I received: during the Thursday session I was contacted by an attorney to take on a new case. Prior to attending your seminar, with such a call I would essentially stumble and scamper, like a puppy on hardwood floors, while eagerly agreeing to take the case and start immediately. However, after attending Thursday’s session, I calmly (like a trained pro) replied that I would need to understand the case before I could agree and that I’d be happy to discuss the matter further over the phone. I greatly enjoyed the training and I look forward to attending more in the future.”

“Thanks for the prompt follow up. you were a well prepared, energetic, and engaging speaker. Much appreciated!”

“I also want to thank you for the A+ job you did presenting the material. You and Dr. Baker exceeded my expectations for the training. I particularly enjoyed your candor and perspective coming from the legal side. So, again, thank you and well done!”

“I really enjoyed the class and am working on implementing the ideas I got in the course. I came home with some great ideas about how to move forward. I’ve been working on my list of cases which I really hadn’t put together until now. It’s pretty interesting to go through and see how my perception of what I’ve done differs from reality!”

“A really great two days. You were great. I feel like my ability to do good work was transformed.”

“Thank you for an amazing two days. I learned an immense amount and the training truly exceeded my expectations. I am grateful for your energy and knowledge.”

“Phenomenal – the combo of the book with the speakers is fabulous. Steve and Nadine are exceptional (obviously) natural, interesting, organized, funny, human, quick on feet… could go on – made us (audience) feel safe and ‘no judgement’.”

“Very pleased with the program. My first SEAK experience was in 2015 and this was a great seminar.”

“Mr. Babitsky is so persuasive I think he could convince a jury that the earth is flat! Nadine is also an excellent presenter. “

Great work! Engaging presentation – information delivered in a way where it is easy to apply to “real situation”

“I really enjoyed both of your presentations, explanations and examples – it was a truly entertaining, informative weekend.”

“Thank you very much for your great courses this weekend. I truly learned a lot and will use the knowledge for decades to come. Your lectures and examples were wonderful and I will certainty use these skills in my expert practice.”

“Thank YOU both for such an excellent, eye-opening, and continually invigorating conference. It is hard for me to find time in my schedule for these conferences, but I’m so glad I did. It was worth every moment. You both are fabulous speakers (as you know) and genuinely bring home these concepts in engaging, interesting, and often humorous ways! I appreciate the work you’ve both done to provide this opportunity for us experts. I have 3 trials coming up in the next month, and I look forward to using these techniques!”

“It was extremely useful and enlightening. All the crew from New Mexico toxicology greatly appreciated your fun and interesting presentation style.”

“Your classes are the best.”

“Thank you—-as always, I both enjoyed and benefitted from the training.”

“Had a depo this morning. Killed it! Thanks for the idea about the timeline of events— totally helped me nail the facts and testify smoothly. Have a great week!”

“Thanks Jim!!! You brought me into a world that is rewarding, exciting, and really really FUN!!!”

“Thank you very much for your great courses this weekend. I truly learned a lot and will use the knowledge for decades to come. Your lectures and examples were wonderful and I will certainty use these skills in my expert practice.”

“You provided me some excellent insight into how the “game” is played and took away some of my trepidation for going into this field.”

“Training was excellent. I know I can improve in depositions and testimony, and this certainly is the beginning of that improvement.”

“I got a ton out of it and look forward to applying what I learned.”

“Jim. Thank you so much for everything You and Judge Larson were fantastic…This was my 4th seak course !!! With every one I learn and take away so many new concepts. See you at the next one.”

“I wanted to thank you for an incredible 2 days of teaching. Probably one of the best courses I have taken. I love the way that you interacted with everybody in the class. I honestly feel that interactive and “hands on” teaching result in the best learning experience.”

“A wonderful, and really eye-opening experience. Your session with Judge Lawson was one of the most interactive presentations that I have seen!”

“Thanks for all the great tips and techniques!”

“I feel much more prepared to go and testify.”

“Wonderful, informative, interactive.”

“Jim is absolutely phenomenal- always sharp- excellent in every respect. Remarkable experience. Judge Lawson was very effective as well, but Jim is a true stand-out.”

“Wonderful! Having the Judge explain the overall court process at the beginning was very helpful.”

“Most enjoyable conference I’ve ever been to.”

“Both Nadine and Richard were rock stars! Much appreciated.”

“Excellent presentation, very approachable & willing to support students.”

“Excellent presenters. Made the hours go quickly.”

“Excellent teachers, positive attitude, engaging presenters.”

“Nadine: you did an amazing job! You made this course. I learned a lot from you. I appreciate your enthusiasm and energy. You were an excellent teacher and I really hope you continue what you do. Richard: you do have a great deal of knowledge & experience as a physician who does this work. It was good to hear your anecdotes and benefit from your field of knowledge.”

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

“Jim, It was a pleasure to meet you at the recent SEAK training in Cape Cod. I enjoyed the training and appreciated the practical nature of the content. I look forward to getting started.”

“I greatly appreciated the wonderful advice from Attorney Donovan during our Monday teleconference. The advice was comprehensive and will befit both my future revenue and professional credibility.”

“I wanted to thank you for once again delivering on an informative jam-packed-with-good info seminar! So glad I attended.”

“I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the course last week. It really is helping me prepare for my first deposition. If I would have known how beneficial it was going to be I would have signed up for the weekend class. Two others are now interested in taking the course based on my feedback.”

“I really enjoyed the two days which I attended the Start, Build, and Run sessions, which I found to be extremely informative. I also found the combination of your expertise along with Chip’s real world experiences to be a great way to present the subject. Kudos to you both. I’ve all ready begun making changes to my practice based on what I learned while attending, and look forward to further modifications as I move forward. I only wish that I had stayed for the second two days…next time.”

“The course and faculty could not have been better.”

“Great Seminar…Well worth it. Got much from it. Very well done.”

“Dear Jim, Your training in Cape Cod was an incredible experience for me. It inspired me to schedule time to grow my expert witness business and I plan to attend more trainings in the future. My only regret is that I didn’t make the time to attend your training before. My husband plans to attend the training in the next few months after seeing how excited I am to invest my free time in building my business. You and Chip are impressive and it was an unforgettable experience for me at such a beautiful location. Hope to see you and your team soon.”

“Absolutely, this was one of the most practical seminars that I’ve attended. Looking forward to building this practice and seeing you again soon.”

“Thank you, Jim. I was thoroughly impressed by your level of preparation (you actually knew who you were speaking with) and by SEAK in general. I am definitely a fan. I take this endeavor seriously as much hangs in the balance for patients and physicians and am glad to have found a credible educator and support network. I will certainly take more advanced training with SEAK in the future and hope to count you, personally, among my support network if questions arise.”

“I really did learn a lot at the training and totally enjoyed having my rear end handed to me in class vs at my first significant depo or trial! I’m a big believer in taking training opportunities wherever I can get it. You and Chip did a great job!”

“The CV/resume exam segment was very useful. Like many in the audience, I will be working to improve mine!!”

“The entire conference was interesting & tons of good information.”

“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).”

“The speakers made each and every topic easy to learn and fun.”

“Very comprehensive for a two-day course.”

“Entertaining and thought provoking.”

“Provided me with a plethora of information and motivation.”

“I am scheduled to testify at a jury trial tomorrow. Looking forward to utilizing the new tools in my toolbox, especially active listening, and answering the actual question in a clear, relevant and concise manner. The service you provide as a vocation is impactful.”

“It was awesome Jim! Thank you. Your presentation style is engaging and informative. You are a teacher at heart!”

“It was, predictably, great training. I came away with a number of tips and initiatives I will be using. I don’t think there is anyplace else expert witnesses could get that kind of exposure and the resultant confidence building.”

“It was a fantastic class and well worth the money.”

“The interactions with the students really made a difference in the experience. It also energized me to up my game to the next level.”

“Jim, I’m glad I never had to encounter you as an opposing attorney, but this experience has made me more prepared for just that.”

“The speakers were engaging, with very good grasps of what needed to be taught, and did so in what I thought was a very effective way.”

“Absolutely fascinating, very relevant, extremely useful”

“I learned so much, got fired up and want to take the next level course”

“Outstanding – Jim is great. A very effective teacher.”

“Very helpful, full of practical tips”

“Very impressed. Very informative”

“I really enjoyed watching all the videos of expert (and other) testimony. It helped put a point on the discussion.”

“Judge Lawson and Mr. Mangraviti were fantastic; who knew lawyers could be funny!”

“Jim: I really enjoyed the course in Clearwater last February and have been quite successful at increasing my fees from $600 to $750 per hour and doubling, if not tripling my referrals.  I believe that revenue has grown from $75,000 in 2017 to $110,000 in the first half of 2018.  I am seeing an increasing number of word of mouth referrals.”

“Our session definitely gave me some great pearls to get me ready for it! Thank you.”

“It went great, and our session was very helpful.  The defense attorney did not ask me questions that were nearly as aggressive as some of the ones you asked me, and I’d say he was actually pretty poorly prepared.”

“Thank you! Your wise counsel was very helpful for this case and the same lessons on another opinion I had to get out. I am going to create a document to review containing all of your suggestion to check all future opinions against. I can imagine there will be other specific opinions I may need your assistance on. Always a pleasure working with SEAK.  I have found our relationship to be invaluable.”

“I learned a tremendous amount and look forward to future courses.”

“Treasure trove of real world, practical information.”

“Extremely helpful to my practice.”

“Loved it. Great information, very helpful.”


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

“Jim. You are a great teacher. The course was invaluable. I will be back for more.”

“The training exceeded all expectations. You were great!”

“I learned a tremendous amount from your presentation combined with the manual.”

“Jim, Best conference I have attended. Really respect your style, the substance of the program and how you demonstrated dep questions/answers through interactions and not just lecture. Thank you very much for a A+ rated experience.”

“The SEAK training was excellent and Jim was very informative and entertaining – the days flew right by – as a trainer myself I appreciate the value delivered for the time and money spent.”

“Thank you so much for your wonderful conference this weekend! I learned so much and look forward to taking another SEAK conference! You were a great teacher!”

“It was highly informative, I learnt a lot, phenomenal.”

“This [was my 3rd SEAK seminar], it’s incredible. Every expert needs this course.”

“I learned too much to list. I learned enough by 9:30 the first day that would have preventer my disaster at my first depo several months ago.”

“Greatly appreciate this teacher. Very responsive to questions and flexible with schedule and yet moved through the agenda on time. Masterful. Greatly appreciate sense of humor. Hilarious!”

“Great job – outstanding instructor, good use of class participation.”

“Jim is awesome. He’s funny and quick at the draw!”

“The SEAK [expert witness] training delivered by Jim was the best training I have ever received in anything. I recommend you to anyone who will listen.”

“Thank you many times for this part of my professional life which has thus far resulted in 55 legal cases.”

“Hi Jim, Hope all is well. Gonna toot my own horn a little — but any success, I owe entirely to you and SEAK!  I’ve been in trial all week for a blockbuster [patent case]. The partner of the retaining firm said it was the first time ever that one of his experts’ cross was so clean that no re-direct was needed. Thanks for all your great teaching.”

“Hi Jim, Wow!  4 hours of deposition!! I’m a rookie so I don’t know exactly how it feels to do well versus not doing well but I think I did really well. Your advice, over the phone and in the references from SEAK, made a huge difference in my abilities and overall effectiveness.”

“Hey Jim – The testimony I gave last week (civil trial) for plaintiff was well received. Both of plaintiff lawyers thought best expert testimony they had heard in 20 and 31 years respectively. So all your training and the SEAK books are bearing fruit!”

“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 that I thought was possible in a weekend.”

“Jim, Thanks for a great four days at the courses down in Clearwater. I learned a good amount but, most of all, enjoyed meeting you and seeing you in action!  You are obviously great at this stuff and have a knack for making the whole game fun, funny, engaging and interesting.  I don’t think I’ve sat through 4 days of lectures/sessions since medical school and even my wife was impressed that you all were able to keep me in the lecture hall for as long as you did.”

“I want to express my gratitude for these great courses.  I had only intended to attend the first course Thur/Fri How to start, build etc. and had brought all my bags to Fri class to go to the airport.  I realized at the course how important it was to get all the training I could up at the start to do the best job how many sinkholes there are to step into.  I rearranged plans.   I’d strongly advise anyone seeking to do this work to take this course EARLY on as it’s impossible not to make faux pas which may come to haunt you or miss opportunities you can’t see when you are establishing a reputation.”

“Great course with first rate teaching as usual.”

“I enjoyed the conference and learned a lot. It was informative and entertaining – which I think is the best way to learn!   I will definitely use what I learned during my upcoming court appearance and depositions.  Also, I will highly recommend your program.”

“Jim, I want to say again how fascinating and useful your and Judge Lawson’s performances were this past weekend.”

“Excellent in all regards”

“Fantastic program!”

“Informative and honest”



“Well created and presented”

“Good job. It is great to get practice in a safe place.”

“Great content, experience, engagement, humor”

“Great interaction with class”

“I enjoyed the contrasting demeanor of the presenters and their interaction”

“You’re all very personable, thanks!”

“Jim, Thank you very much for putting on such a great program.  We both learned a great deal and we are eager to embark in this new role of expert witnessing.  Anyways, thank you again for all your great teaching, advice, and encouragement!”

“Thank you for offering this course.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  You and the judge made it informative, helpful, challenging and entertaining, which keep our attention and made the hours speed by. The location was wonderful. Keep doing what you do. Thank you again!”

“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.”

“You’re awesome Nadine.  Thanks!”

“Thank you for the wonderful seminar.”

“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!”

“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”

“I’d like to thank both of you Jim and Steve. I did a very good investment of my time by taking a total of about 30 days educations with you. (It might be that I got the record). I learned so much from you. As a result, I think that I have a return on investment of about 1,000X …..I have now a very good business, and I’m rejecting a lot of work. I don’t have time. This is good. Thanks “

“I [recently] had my first trial  – on a case involving a murder.  It was quite an interesting experience with 4.5 hours on the stand over two days Thanks to SEAK training, I felt very prepared and was confident on the stand with very positive feedback from retaining counsel.”

“I want to thank you for the great course on “How to Excel at Your Expert Witness Deposition” on 11/12-13 in Naples.  I appreciated how hard you worked to keep the course interesting and fast moving, and with lots of useful, practical tips on how to excel at depositions.  Excellent course.  I just finished reading thru the booklet you handed out, and find it to be a terrific resource.  I boiled it down to about 10 pages of key points that I will review before every depo I give in the future. Keep up the excellent work and look forward to participating in a SEAK course in the future.  I’ve taken 3 so far, and all have been excellent.”

“I just billed $50,000 for the trial in my patent case, making this case worth $85,000 to me.  They have also given me several other good cases.  I am happy to tell you that I reached my goal of billing over $200,000 this year (averaging around 100,000 the prior 3). Happy holidays, and thanks for everything you have done for me.”

“Dear Jim, I want to reiterate how grateful I am for all that I learned last month in Naples at the SEAK Conference.  It was high-yield, inspiring and fun as well.”

“Dear Jim and Steve:  Just wanted to let you know how valuable I found the two courses, How to Make More Money as a Expert Witness and How to Excel at Your Expert Witness Deposition.  You both did an excellent job in providing a wealth of information while making the course both interesting and entertaining.  Once again, thank you for going to the effort to put on an excellent four day program, I found every minute full of valuable information.”

“Jim, I really learned a great deal. You helped me with nuances that I could never have imagined. Your style of teaching puts the right edge on each of us to expose us to the rituals. I liked your expressions ‘christian and lions…telephone is best friend…no adult supervision…’ I look forward to taking expert testimony courses from SEAK in the future.”

“Since placing my standard listing earlier this year, I’ve  had several contacts citing the SEAK Expert Witness Directory and been hired by 3 in the past 2 months. In each case, I used a modified version of your retention agreement with retainer and fees set slightly above the mean for cardiology from your report, and not one of the lawyers has questioned them.  I am very grateful to all of the SEAK instructors (I think I’ve been to 5 SEAK courses, starting with the non-clinical careers course) for giving me the tools (which gave me the courage) to move forward in this field of expert witnessing.”

“Dear Jim & Steve, Thank you both for the extraordinary four days of SEAK Training in Naples. I learned so much & you are both fabulous educators! I really admire all the behind the scenes planning & work that went into making both programs I attended so valuable. I will look forward to seeing you both again in May for the SEAK Annual Meeting.”

“Jim and Steve, Thank you very much for your time and hard work over the past several days in Naples.  The seminars were informative and immediately relevant to my engineering practice, and will result in new and improved practices moving forward.  Looking forward to hopefully catching one of your seminars when you are in Clearwater next year.”

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

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

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

“Awesome! I will be coming back.”

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

“Great work, thank you!”

“You know your audience. Excellent job as always!”

“It was very informative.  Every time I’m able to find the time to attend [SEAK Training], I always make positive changes and new directions.”

“Jim, Thanks to you and Steve for an excellently executed program on How to Make More Money as an Expert Witness.  I left with more than four dozen concrete follow-up action items. I look forward to my ongoing relationship with SEAK.”

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

“The depo training was superb; you are a very good teacher, Jim.  Take it from a former medical professor and invited-to-be-a law professor.”

“Thank you for what you do and thank you for helping me be the best that I can be as an expert witness.”

“Jim,  This was an excellent seminar.  Extremely well organized and engaging presentation.  I learned a great deal, but specifically came away knowing that I NEVER want to be deposed by you!!”

“Jim is an excellent instructor. Great command of the subject.”

“Excellent, intense but lighthearted”

“Instructor extremely knowledgeable and very slick. I hope I am never deposed by Mr. Mangraviti.”

“Very knowledgeable, lots of information, real life simulations”

“Excellent – very well taught by being interactive and using effective videos to illustrate a point.”

“Great work. I appreciated Jim’s earnest and honest effort. I truly felt that Jim was interested in my success.”

“One of the best presenters I’ve met since moving to USA”

“I am grateful to Jim to help make me the best I can be.”

“Excellent presentation, very realistic”

“Very effective teaching method”

“Hard to improve on this one, Nadine is great!”

“This was one of the best seminars I have attended.”

“A fabulous conference”

“Nadine is a dynamic, extremely capable speaker!”

“Great job. Amazing command of knowledge and insights”

“[Nadine was] eloquent, animated, [and] informed”


“Very well put together”




“Having not being a lawyer, this opened my spectrum to understand the whole process in its entirety”

“Great information”

“Exceptionally good”

“Excellent, helpful and insightful”