"You Said What?!"....Effective Tools for the Expert Witness

1.0 Ethics CLE Credits and 5.25 Other CLE credits| WSBA Activity ID #1054635

Expert Witnesses are a critical component of many cases. In partnership with the Pacific Northwest Network of Forensic Expert Witnesses you will receive a comprehensive and in-depth program on the use of expert witnesses, issues in credibility, ethics and how to have your witnesses be most effective.


Recorded:  10/27/2017
Credits:  1.0 Ethics CLE and 5.25 Other CLE credits| WSBA Activity ID #1054635
Length: 6 hours, 38 minutes

Featured Speakers:
Judge Jack Nevin, Mark O'Halloran, Drew Paris, Ken Rice, Charley Brooks, Celeste Stokes, Dan Bugbee, Edward Daher, Roy Umlauf, Stan Perkins, Rhonda Laumann, Andrea Blount Hunter, Kristin Baldwin

Seattle University School of Law and the Pacific Northwest Network of Forensic Expert Witnesses have come together to create a remarkable program on the use of Expert Witnesses. Topics include: Ethics presented by Judge Jack Nevin; Marketing & other Sensitive Client Control topics; Writing a Killer Report with Mark O'Halloran, Drew Paris & Ken Rice; Undermining a Witness/cross examination with Dr. Charley Brooks and Celeste Stokes from the Office of the Attorney General. Discovery & Difficult Questions; when should the expert hire their own personal attorney with Dan Bugbee & Dr Dagher; Traps and Tricks of the Other Side with Roy Umlauf and Stan Perkins; and How to be Likeable with a judge and jury with Rhonda Laumann and Dr. Andrea Blount Hunter. If you ever need an expert witness, will act as an expert witness or the opposing side has expert witnesses this is a must see program.


8:00 - 8:25 a.m.
Registration and Coffee Service
8:25 - 8:30 a.m.
Introduction by Kristin Baldwin
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Ethics: Deviation from Your Lane - Where Can You Go and When

Judge Jack Nevin, Pierce County Superior Court

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Marketing & Other Sensitive Client Control Topics

Kristin Baldwin and Al Donohue, Wilson Smith

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Writing a Killer Report

Mark O'Halloran, PLLC;

Ken Rice and Drew Paris, CASE Forensics, a JENSEN HUGHES COMPANY

  • Don't ignore your records review; use the records as a basis for your opinion
  • cite to Credible authority, make sure the conclusion fits the case
  • Don't kgnore bad facts; use them to gain credibility
11:30 - 1:00 p.m.
LUNCH (on your own)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Undermining a Witness/Cross-Examination

Dr. Brooks & Celeste Stokes, Office of the Attorney General

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Discovery & Difficult Questions - When to Hire Your Own Personal Attorney

Dan Bugbee, DBS Law, Dr. Edward Dagher, Center for Musculoskeletal Evaluations

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Traps & Tricks of the Other Side - Defense/Plaintiff Attorney Panel

Roy Umlauf, Forsbeg & Umlauf; Stan Perkins, Dean Standish Perkins

  • Preparation Tips
  • Use of Video/Demonstratives
  • Daubert/FreyChallenges/setup
3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
From Opinion to Persuasion: Getting Decision Makers to Trust You

Rhonda Laumann, The Laumann Firm; 

Dr. Andrea Blunt Hunter, Mind Matters Jury Consulting

  • The factors of credibility: who is believable and who is not
  • What matters most to judges and jurors in expert testimony
  • Why the how you communicate can be much more important than what you have to say
  • Learn how to use different strategies when testifying at a deposition versus a trial
4:45 p.m.
Evaluations and Closing


Kristin Baldwin is the founder of the Pacific Northwest Network of Forensic Expert Witnesses (pn2few.org) and the former Executive Director of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers. After Leaving the WDTL, she created a marketing consulting firm that specialized in marketing the legal community including law firms, attorneys, and expert witnesses. She realized that her expert clients needed to talk to each other more than they needed her assistance, so she launched the Pacific Northwest Network of Forensic Expert Witnesses to provide networking opportunities, continuing education, and support for experts. She and the board of directors are all volunteers who dedicate their time to furthering the professionalism of experts in the Pacific Northwest. She recently joined CASE forensics, a JENSEN HUGHES company as a business Development Manager in the Washington, Alaska and Idaho markets as well as manage the vendor relationships.

Daniel J. Bugbee co-founded DBS Law in Seattle. Several years ago, as part of his commercial litigation practice, he began defending expert witnesses confronted with overreaching discovery requests, particularly those that presented concerns related to confidentiality. Dan is currently retained by several Forensic Medical Consultant Panels to provide legal services to them and their consultants.

Edward I. Dagher, MD is a board-certified physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation physician) in active, office-based outpatient practice in Olympia. He specializes in non-surgical neuro-musculoskeletal medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine (NCS/EMG), and forensic medical evaluations. As a physiatrist Dr. Dagher's expertise is where orthopedics and neurology overlap, with emphasis on injury, function and rehabilitation.. Dr. Dagher is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR), fellow in the the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), and fellow in the International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators (IAIME) where he serves on the board of directors and currently serves as secretary and treasurer. He is also Certified in Evaluation of Disability and Impairment Ratings (CEDIR) by IAIME, and serves as vice president of the Washington Association of Independent Medical Examiners (WAIME).

Alfred E. Donohue is a shareholder with the Seattle law firm of Wilson Smith Cochran Dickerson, where his current practice focuses on commercial litigation, insurance extra-contractual claims and coverage, and product liability. He also represents clients in complex litigation involving personal injury and premises liability matters. Mr. Donohue is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Washington and Oregon. Before law school, he worked for Windermere Real Estate and served with the Marine Corps in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. During law school, Mr. Donohue worked in the criminal law clinic, conducting several successful criminal jury trials. After graduating from law school, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable William Baker on the Washington Court of appeals. Mr. Donohue has effectively represented clients in complex product liability and medical device litigation; multi-million dollar construction defect claims; and appellate matters concerning personal injury, intellectual property rights, asbestos, and construction defects. He has tried cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants concerning the Washington Product Liability Act, the Washington Consumer Protection Act, breach of contract, trademark infringement, and negligence. Mr. Donohue earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Washington.

Dr. Andrea Blount Hunter is a Principal and Senior Consultant with Mind Matters Jury Consulting in Seattle, WA (www.mmjury.com). Not long after receiving her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2001, Dr. Hunter started connecting the art and science of psychological insight to the litigation arena. As a jury consultant, she helps litigators persuade jurors and witnesses effectively communicate their truth. Dr. Hunter's background gives her a unique perspective into the jury decision-making process, and thus avenues to juror persuasion. She is skilled at identifying the emotional and personal connections of a case and translating that knowledge into juror-sensitive trial strategies. Often, this involves understanding in-depth, complex medical, product liability, or intellectual property case details and boiling them down to a story that resonates with the jury. She specializes in case strategy, focus group/mock trial research, witness preparation, and post-trial juror interviews.

Rhonda Laumann is the Co-Director of the Seattle Deposition Program for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), serves as faculty in the NITA Basic Trial Skills Program and the Esperanza Immitgration Program. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington School of Law in Trial Advocacy I. Ms. Laumann serves as a judge pro tempore in King and Pierce Counties and the City of Puyallup. She is frequently appointed as an Arbitrator for Mandatory Arbitration cases by the Superior Courts in King and Pierce Counties. Ms. Laumann is a certified Life Coach, refining her ability to communicate with diverse individuals, in meaningful and authentic ways. In mediation practice, Ms. Laumann briings a unique blend of experience, based on her representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and property damage lawsuits. Ms. Laumann began her legal career in 1992 as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Kitsap County, Washington.

Jack F. Nevin is a Superior Court Judge in Tacoma Washington. Judge Nevin is retired from the U.S Army where he holds the rank of Brigadier General. In his last duty position, he served as Chief Judge (IMA) of the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals and Commander, US Army Reserve Legal Command (Provisional). His Army career has included duty in Asia, Europe, Central America, South America, Africa, and the Balkan Peninsula. In 2009 he was awarded the Army's Distinguished Service Medal. A 1996 graduate of the Air War College and 1998 graduate of the Army War College, Judge Nevin currently serves on the board of advisors of the National Institute of Military Justice through which he provides guidance and assistance to both the legislative and executive branches of government on a host of military law issues. In this capacity, he also serves as a trial observer at the Office of Military Commissions, Military Tribunals in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Judge Nevin holds a BA from Washington State University and an MBA\J.D. from Gonzaga University.

Mark O'Halloran is a plaintiff civil litigation attorney and partner at the Mercer Island law firm of Gosanko & O'Halloran, PLLC. Mark has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts including claims for civil rights violations, nursing home abuse and negligence, insurance bad fairth, wrongful death, premises liability, and other personal injuries. Mark is the current chair of the American Bar Outreach Network. He has a long history of leadership and service to the American Bar Association, at large. Mr. O'Halloran is frequently asked to participate in substantive and ethics presentations for the American Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, Seattle University Law School, and other law and medical related associations.

Drew Paris is an Electrical Engineer for CASE Forensics, a JENSEN HUGHES company, who specializes in investigating and consulting on electrical fires and failures, electrical design and electrical safety. His investgative casework experience includes product failure analysis, residential, commercial, and industrial fire and explosion investigations, heavy equipment accidents and failures, personal injuries, electrocution and electric shock investigations, and appliance fire and failure investigations. In addition to his forensic and safety experience, Mr. Paris has worked as a manufacturing and design engineer where he designed and tested custom and replacement current transformers for a variety of industrial and utility customers. He provides litigation support and expert testimony to law firms, insurance companies and manufacturers.

Ken Rice is a NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator and IAAI Certified Fire Investigator for CASE Forensices, a JENSEN HUGHES company, with an extensive background in both criminal and civil fire investigations including, fire/arson origin and cause investigations, inspections, code enforcement, and plan review. He has over 16 years of municipal government experience in the fields of law enforcement, risk management, code enforcement, building inspection, and fire investigation. Prior to joining CASE Forensics, Mr. Rice served in the public sector, most recently as the Fire Marshal for the Sun City fire District. Mr. Rice has received extensive training, including interviews and interrogations, fire science, fire behavior, fire dynamics, fire chemistry, flammable and combustible ligquids, fire origin and cause determination, electrical fire investigation, vehicle fire investigation, courtroom testimony, and eveidence collection. Mr. Rice is knowledgeable about standard practices regarding fire scene excavation, evidence collection and chain of custody.

Roy A Umlauf Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S. Litigation Defense.  With over 30 years of experience, Roys broad litigation defense practice includes: personal injury defense litigation (emphasizing catastrophic damages cases), including vehicle accidents, premises liability, construction site claiims and product liability.  Litigation and advice regarding CGL, and automobile insurance policies (emphasizing UIM claims). Professional liability defense of lawyers, pharmacists, and medical providers.  Arbitrator (UIM/King County Superior Court) and Mediator.  Roy is a frequent CE/CLE speaker on risk management, litigation trial tactics, witness preparation and accident investigation and evidence preservation for professionals, fortune 500 companies and insurance claims professionals.


General Registration - $190

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