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About Jim Mangraviti

James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq., has trained thousands of expert witnesses through seminars, conferences, corporate training, training for professional societies, and training for governmental agencies including the FBI, IRS, NYPD, Secret Service, and Department of Defense. He is also frequently called by experts, their employers, and retaining counsel to train and prepare individual expert witnesses for upcoming testimony. Mr. Mangraviti assists expert witnesses one-on-one with report writing, mentoring, and practice development. He is a former litigator who currently serves as Principal of the expert witness training company SEAK, Inc. (www.testifyingtraining.com). Mr. Mangraviti received his BA degree in mathematics summa cum laude from Boston College and his JD degree cum laude from Boston College Law School. Mr. Mangraviti has designed dozens of expert witness training programs and has personally taught experts in a group setting over 200 times since 1997. He is the co-author of thirty books, including: How to Be an Effective Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial: The SEAK Guide to Testifying as an Expert Witness, How to Be a Successful Expert Witness: SEAK’s A–Z Guide to Expert Witnessing, How to Write an Expert Witness Report, How to Prepare Your Expert Witness for Deposition; The Biggest Mistakes Expert Witnesses Make, and How to Avoid Them; and How to Market Your Expert Witness Practice: Evidence-Based Best Practices.

SEAK Expert Witness Training to Be Offered on Cape Cod – September, 2013

  SEAK has announced that its highly acclaimed interactive training program, How to Be an Effective Expert Witness, will be offered on Thursday and Friday September 19-20, 2013 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, MA.  How to Be an Effective Expert Witness is a small group, hands-on, fast-moving interactive workshop covering deposition, direct [...]

By |2013-12-20T08:28:17-04:00March 26th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Expert Opinion

Expert Opinion Normally, witnesses in a trial are limited to testifying to what they have perceived.  That is, what they saw, smelled, tasted, heard, etc.   An expert witness is a special kind of witness.  An expert witness can offer an expert opinion when testifying.  Expert witness testimony is governed by Federal Rule of Evidence 702, [...]

By |2013-01-09T10:07:59-04:00January 9th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Expert Witness Qualifications – Who is Qualified to be an Expert Witness

Expert Witness Qualifications The qualifications required of an expert witness are governed by Federal Rule of Evidence 702, which states: Rule 702. Testimony by Expert Witnesses A witness who is qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education may testify in the form of an opinion or otherwise if: (a) the expert’s [...]

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Expert Witness Preparation

Expert Witness Preparation for Depositions Attorneys should understand how to prepare an expert witness for deposition. Proper expert witness preparation is critical and is your job as retaining counsel.  We recommend the following protocol for preparing an expert witness for a deposition: Obtain past deposition transcripts of your expert witness and opposing counsel. Schedule the [...]

By |2013-01-09T09:11:03-04:00January 9th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Expert Witness Liability

What is the legal liability of an expert witness The law generally affords certain immunities to an expert witness from civil liability stemming from testimony or communications made in the course of litigation.  The law on this subject is somewhat sparse and varies from state to state, but the expert witness should note the following [...]

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The Ideal Expert Witness Report Format

There is no such thing as a one-size fits all, ideal expert witness report format.  Every case is different and every expert witness is different.  Indeed, in many cases, retaining counsel may not even want their expert witness to write a report at all.  That said, below is a sample expert witness report example outline: [...]

By |2014-12-26T07:03:17-04:00December 13th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

What Should be Included in an Expert Witness Retainer Agreement

What Should be Included in an Expert Witness Retainer Agreement All expert witnesses should have a well-drafted expert witness retainer agreement before providing expert witness services. The expert witness retainer agreement is a contract between the attorney that is retaining the expert and the expert witness.  The well drafted expert witness contract should of course [...]

By |2012-12-28T08:10:25-04:00December 7th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

How to Draft Your First Expert Witness Report

How to Draft Your First Expert Witness Report One of the key functions of an expert witness is to draft an expert witness report.  There is generally no strict requirement for a particular expert witness report format.  A typical expert witness report example may contain: 1.       The expert witness assignment (i.e. the role of an [...]

By |2014-12-26T06:58:05-04:00December 7th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Book Review: How to Prepare Your Expert Witness for Deposition

Book Review:  How to Prepare Your Expert Witness for Deposition James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq. and Steven Babitsky, Esq.,  SEAK, Inc. 2012, 359 pp. Book Review by Michael D. Pakter As medicine, technology, finance and industry have become more complex, taking in 21st century thinking and advances, the use of experts in litigation has become [...]

By |2012-12-28T08:11:47-04:00November 26th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on Book Review: How to Prepare Your Expert Witness for Deposition