Expert Witness Client Testimonials

“Good afternoon Jim and Kelly –  As the new year begins, I wanted to wish you and yours a happy and blessed 2023! I also wanted express my gratitude for the SEAK courses (live, online), SEAK books and the first couple opinion reviews you did with me over the last two years. Just today I received a letter from an attorney regarding a case I’m working on (attached). I have learned some much in the last two years, I’m honing my expert witness craft (currently 25 active cases, 13 expert reports, 4 discovery depositions, and 1 probable trial (in June ’23)) and truly enjoying the work and challenges it provides me beyond day to day clinical practice.  Again, thank you for all your help and support over the past two years. I look forward to attending another conference in the months and years ahead.”

“Really well organized and grounded on experience.”

“This was a great course. I would recommend it to others looking to do this type of work.”

“Very informative and ‘eye-opening.’ I certainly appreciated the hard-line ‘this is a combat sport’ approach, because I would rather hear it up front then be caught off guard later. I thought the instructors did a great job of sharing pitfalls of experience to which we would not otherwise be exposed other than by life experiences and years, and frankly, by getting burned.”

“Very well put together and professional. Gets right to the point.”

“I think the concrete items of 1) documents needed, 2) script for interviews via phone, 3) financial management strategies, and general expectations setting around file review vs. depo vs. testifying were incredibly helpful.”

“Both Jim and Chip were extremely knowledgeable, experts in their respective fields. And were adept at passing that knowledge on.”

“Great job! They were awesome! Informative, incredibly knowledgeable and added humor to keep the participants engaged. I especially appreciated the fact that the presenters really got to know each participant to best meet their individual needs.”

“It was a great program that was rich in content that can be utilized to make changes to my current practice.   The SEAK conferences are life changing!”

“Really enjoyed the course and was engaged the entire time. Found all the info to be very useful.”

“Jim and Chip are a great duo and fantastic teachers.”

“Outstanding.  It’s obvious that the material has been honed over years.”

“Time and money well spent.”

“Very practical and directly applicable to EW practice.”

“Everything, from the real-life examples shared by Nadine and Kelly, including the feeling they created when engaging students, helped give some context to the atmosphere experienced in Depositions and trials. Attendees’ input was extremely helpful in getting tips and other points of view.   I hate that I registered late and was unable to submit documents for review as the feedback provided would have been invaluable.”

“Thank you for your excellent teaching and availability.”

“Thank you very much. This helped me focus my assignment and upcoming report.”

“You were both GREAT!  You are a true team and you worked so well and smoothly together.  I love your genuineness and your obvious desire to help us improve and learn this craft.” 

“Jim is superb. He is obviously knowledgeable and also engaging and approachable. A great teacher.  Chip is also quite knowledgeable and does incredible work at a high level. It will be difficult to be as thorough as he is. That said he was mesmerizing!” 

“I tell all my friends that SEAK course is mandatory to anyone who wants to do expert witness work. I can tell you that SEAK courses not only taught me a lot of things but changed the way I think and behave.”

“I wanted to say thank you for such and engaging, informative and highly educational course. Having been in practice for 16 years I learned more about this area in the last 2 days than in an entire career. I do feel this will greatly help me in my expert work.”

“Thanks Kelly and Jim for the great training you guys gave. I learned a lot and will work to enhance my testifying skills.”  

“Excellent course.  What I thought I knew would only fill a thimble when compared to the tips learned this week.”

“I loved it!  It was engaging, fast-paced, everything I hoped for!”

“I wanted to say thank you for such and engaging, informative and highly educational course. Having been in practice for 16 years I learned more about this area in the last 2 days than in an entire career. I do feel this will greatly help me in my expert work.”

“This course is mandatory for anyone who wants to do expert witness work.”

“The role plays and interactions during the training were useful/interesting – even using introductions as a teaching tool were brilliant!”

“Excellent immediate feedback was very helpful, as were the real-world examples.  Great communicators.”

“Excellent!  Having Judge David Lawson’s insight from the bench greatly enhanced the training provided by James and Kelly.”

“So impressed – great teachers, humorous and serious, you personally looked at my needs, materials, and questions, and attending to the group at large was impressive.  Made it fun, and above all – I feel ready and prepared and have a plan to do this work.”    

“Jim, My expert witness work has been a fantastic addition to my full-time clinical practice.  Since my introductory course, in Falmouth, September 2021 and advertising through SEAK exclusively, I’ve been involved in over 20 cases, deposed 5 times, but have yet to testify, at trial.  The work has added substantial income and is professionally rewarding, requiring me to review the literature about topics in general surgery that I enjoy reading about, generate reports, prepare for deposition….and now getting paid to do it!  I’ve met many attorneys and paralegals throughout the country on both sides of the aisle and have gotten some secondary referrals. Thanks again to you, Kelly and the GOYA philosophy.”

“The value of attending SEAK’s training seminars cannot be understated. As experts, we practice deep into our respective fields- and that is not what makes a great expert witness in the world of litigation. What Nadine and Kelly offered at the report writing workshop was truly how to take our most reviewed work product and get laser sharp with our focus and prevent problems from happening down the road with testimony. I regret not taking this course sooner, and am grateful for the opportunity to learn from and with them.”

“I will be renewing my listing when this comes due as I have experienced a number of referrals directly from SEAK.  I have also suggested to other colleagues to join and/or attend one of the workshops.  I still look back with fond memories of a workshop that I had attended a number of years ago in Chicago with I believe Jim Mangraviti, Esq at the time,  and how helpful this proved to be.  I am now seeing between 50 to 75 forensic cases a year, and I am selective in the cases I decide to take on.  The conference really helped to give me the knowledge base to understand that which I was getting into.  I am now enjoying referrals from attorneys on both sides.  I have also found on a number of occasions that following my involvement in depositions, that the opposing attorney is later contacting me with regard to a case that they want to retain me for.  This had again recently happened just three weeks ago where I had two depositions, one for the defense and another for the plaintiff.  Within days of each of these depositions I was contacted by the opposing attorneys.  Again, thank you for the services that you provide.”

“I refer other experts that I meet to your seminars on a regular basis.  I don’t believe that there is any better training.”

“I have been trying to get a moment to call to tell you how big an impact all I have learned from you has had on a major case I have been working.   I will never be able to thank you enough for all you and your firm have done to prepare me for a massive and complex case.”

“I have attended a couple of your courses and have found them very useful and informative. My expert witness practice has exponentially grown since and I attribute that to what I have learned from the courses. Although I had been doing reviews for many years prior, taking the courses allowed me to increase not only my earnings but my exposure (through SEAK directories and subsequent word of mouth), my efficiency, and my business administration towards making it a viable practice on its own. Additionally it has increased my IME work.”

“Jim and Kelly, I wanted to take a moment to personally thank you both for the three incredible training classes I have taken over the last few months at SEAK.  The content, format and style was exactly what I was looking for and greatly improved my performance in a recent deposition regarding an employment matter for one of my consulting clients. In fact, the trial attorney who prepared me for the deposition later told the CEO that I “knocked it out of the park” and that I have a bright future as an Expert Witness. She also advised me to increase my hourly rate. I couldn’t have done this as effectively without you and your team. Your training prepared me to have confidence, listen intently, only answer what is asked, speak eloquently and to keep my emotions in check. The networking with other expert witnesses has also benefited my firm.”

“Jim and Nadine, I am excited to pass along that I have now been retained in 12 cases since May.  Possibly even more exciting, three different attorneys have used the words “new go to ER expert” after I provided them my case reviews. I greatly appreciate both of your mentorship and assistance.  I am really excited about how my practice has taken off in the past 3 months.” 

“Thanks for your time and previous guidance. I wanted to provide an update since I met with Kelly to revamp my CV. In the last 4 months the SEAK directory has provided 4 contacts with interested law firms for my expert witness services…3 have retained me for their cases:) I can feel the momentum building and have been able to utilize the expert agreement and other skills learned in the seminars.”

“My deposition was today – all 4+ hours of it – and I’m feeling really good about how it went.  I so appreciate your showing me the ropes and helping to build my confidence. This first time out for me it was especially important to know how to best prepare and to not get rattled in the process. I’m proud  to say … I passed both tests.”

“James, thanks for connecting, I remember your training as pivotal in my expert witness training, and I still read SEAK books from time to time.”

“I killed it in my depo up against one of the toughest attorneys in the state. I could not have done that without your depo training. Absolutely made me 1000% better.”

“Jimmy and Nadine,  I wanted to let you both know that today I got retained on my fourth case since completing your courses. There is absolutely no way I could have been successful without the knowledge provided during these two sessions.”

“Jim, Just a quick note to thank you and the SEAK team for an invaluable service to our profession. Over the last several years, I have taken all the SEAK courses to enhance my expert witness business, and I now have almost as many  cases coming as I can  manage. With SEAK’s training, I have been fortunate to have been engaged in numerous national cases. Thanks again.”

“This is just a quick thank you note: I gave my 2nd-ever depo a few weeks ago. Post-game comment from retaining counsel: “You couldn’t have done better”.  The SEAK training and textbook were invaluable –“

“Seven hours, council said I was rock solid and seemed very experienced, said I was the best 1st time expert witness that they had seen!! They were very pleased. Thanks for your help.  I would had been screwed going in there with only what I knew before I took your course!! So glad I took the course.”

“Reading the SEAK book to prepare for trial tomorrow. It’s very well written, thankfully it’s quite intuitive but a good way to prep as I sit in the airport. I’ve come a long way in 5 plus years, surprised it took this long to get my first trial. Thanks for all your support.”

“I am one of your most active advertisers. I will see people who are not doing expert witness work that could and should be doing it, and I point them to SEAK. I told multiple people at the conference that they need to attend more of the two day courses. I tell others who are doing expert witness work that have not been to SEAK to participate in SEAK programs. I am a believer. You and the team do really great quality work and cut the learning curve by years.”

“I am exhausted with the overwhelming work, but it is exciting. I have nine depositions and four trials in the next two months. Thanks for your help getting me started! I wish I had time to attend the meeting.”

“The best part of it for me is that I feel I am a better doctor for seeing how things can and do go wrong.  Doing this work has changed my practice for the better as I am forced to research current best practices.  It has made me a better physician and as a doc who cares about patients first, I can offer no higher praise.”

“Outstanding work, thank you so much. Your passion, expertise, and decency all shine through. Very helpful to me and all the students to make us better experts.”

“One valuable piece was simply absorbing some of the “norms” of this wild west adventure of expert witness work, and hearing how many of the issues are viewed from the perspective of the attorneys and excellent instructors. Understanding better the expectations of attorneys who hire experts, talking clearly about the uncomfortable subject of fees and invoicing super helpful, and most everything that Jim and Kelly had to say was very valuable.”

“There is nothing like this anywhere! If you want to do medical-legal consulting, this is definitely your first stop, and don’t try without this information. The faculty is top notch, the course is fast-moving with practical, actionable information. This was my second course with SEAK and I learned so much more the second time out.” 

“Inquiry to retainer paid in 48 hours.  Thanks for having the directory and advertising opportunities available.”

“I just wanted you to know how much your courses, and your advice, have helped me start my Expert Witness business.  The SEAK listing got me 2 of the cases. So, thank you!   I’m enjoying the investigative process, my lawyers are terrific to work with, plus I have declined 3 cases.  One, since they did not have a case, in my opinion.  One, was not in my wheelhouse.  And third, the lawyer had a very bad reputation and was facing criminal charges (oh, yes, I looked all of that up and found it)”

“Thank you for the excellent expert witness training for depositions and report writing. I consistently have been told by attorneys that my reports and depositions are of very high quality, way above and beyond the what was expected. One of them even responded, ‘OMG! That was amazing!!’ Most of the attorneys that I’ve worked with have now given me several cases each and are willing to pay the increased rates that I requested.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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. :))”

“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.”



“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.”

“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!”

“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 th