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, SEC, IRS, NYPD, Secret Service, and Department of Defense. He is a former litigator with experience in defense and plaintiff personal injury law and insurance law 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. He is the co-author of 31 books, including: How to Write and Expert Witness Report; How to Be a Successful Expert Witness: SEAK’s A-Z Guide to Expert Witnessing, How to Be an Effective Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial: The SEAK Guide to Testifying as an Expert Witness. Mr. Mangraviti was the co-founder in 2000 of SEAK’s Expert Witness Directory www.seakexperts.com. 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 can be reached at 978-276-1234 or jim@seak.com.

Verdict against Expert Witness Sued By Client For Breach of Contract Upheld

The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma (Ellison v. Campbell, Case # 108468, March 11, 2014) has upheld a $408,000 verdict against an expert witness for breach of contract.  The expert was accused of and admitted at deposition to substandard performance in preparing expert materials in the underlying litigation.  The damages were calculated as [...]

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11 Most Common Abuses of Expert Witnesses by Retaining Counsel

Experienced expert witnesses recognize that most of the challenges and programs they face is in fact with retaining and not opposing counsel. Attorney Steven Babitsky, president of SEAK, Inc. has identified the top 11 abuses that experts need to be aware of. These include: Failure to pay Refusal to prepare you Refusal to protect you [...]

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How a College Professor Can Become an Expert Witness

Expert witnessing can be an excellent way for professors to supplement their incomes.  Expert witnesses earn hundreds of dollars per hour for their time (I recently had a marketing professor in my class who billed his time out at $650/hour).  Best of all, most expert witness work consists of research, document review, report writing and [...]

By |2013-10-15T06:15:33-04:00October 15th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Qualifying as an Expert Witness: The 4 Biggest Myths

Expert witness qualifications are governed by Federal Rule of Evidence 702 which states: 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 scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will help the trier of fact to [...]

By |2013-04-26T06:25:16-04:00April 26th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

If I Retire Can I Still Work As An Expert Witness?

We are often asked if retired people can do expert witness work.  The short answer is, yes.  Expert witnesses in Federal Court 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 [...]

By |2013-04-24T08:11:33-04:00April 24th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

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 |2013-12-20T08:28:17-05:00March 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 |2013-01-09T10:07:59-05:00January 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 [...]

By |2014-12-26T06:59:53-05:00January 9th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

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 |2013-01-09T09:11:03-05:00January 9th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments
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