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If You Are Thinking About Attending the Conference, Now is the Time To Register!

Registration is filling up for the FEWA 2019 National Conference, April 26-27 in San Francisco! This year’s two-day conference will provide advanced training skills for all levels and disciplines of experts and forensic consultants. The conference programming is strategically broken out to cover the nuts and bolts of being an expert (day one) and getting down to business and actually doing the job (day two.) Reserve your seat today before it’s sold out!

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New Member Spotlight - Mike Schultz, P.E.

Mike Schultz, P.E. is one of FEWA’s newest members and has joined the Houston Chapter. He is an environmental engineer and consultant based in Houston, Texas with more than 30 years of environmental experience in private practice.  He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from Superfund sites to permitted RCRA and municipal solid waste facilities to commercial retail properties and oilfield sites. To learn more about Mike, visit his FEWA profile. Please join us in welcoming Mike to FEWA!

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FEWA Announces Education Committee - Volunteer Today!

The Forensic Expert Witness Association is proud to announce the creation of the FEWA Education Committee. The Education Committee will ensure FEWA members receive programing that is engaging and relevant for expert witnesses. Contact the FEWA National Office to learn more about the Education Committee and to volunteer!

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New Member Spotlight - David J. Brotman, FAIA

David J. Brotman, FAIA, is one of FEWA’s newest members and has joined the Arizona Chapter. He is an accomplished Senior Executive with a proven career and solid experience in all aspects of Architectural and Engineering Firm Management, including project management, profit and loss, business development, mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing, and strategic planning. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, with fifty years of practical experience.

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FEWA Announces Virtual Academy Webinar

FEWA Members and Non-Members are invited to attend a FEWA Virtual Academy Webinar on February 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM PST. The webinar will be led by Kristin Baldwin of the Baldwin Network and will focus on marketing for even the most introverted expert.

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FEWA National Conference - Featuring Bobby Shukla, Esq.

The FEWA National Conference, April 26-27 at the Bar Association of San Francisco, is shaping up to be our best yet. The two-day conference will feature a wide range of dynamic sessions, designed with you in mind. It’s a conference for experts and attorneys, presented by experts and attorneys. Experts, forensic consultants, attorneys, paralegals, appraisers, and other legal professionals of all specialties and experience levels will benefit. First time attendees receive 10% off using discount code FirstConference; learn more and register at www.fewaannualconference.com.

Leading up to the conference FEWA will feature conference speakers in future eNewsletters. We’re excited to kick off with highlighting our conference closing speaker, P. Bobby Shukla. Bobby represents plaintiffs in employment litigation at Shukla Law in the Bay Area and will be presenting Answering Questions During Testimony Without Boxing Yourself In as well as Responding Skillfully to Questions You Don't Want to Talk About. Learn more about the conference, our speakers, and highlights at www.fewaannualconference.com.

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FEWA Members Earn Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant (CFLC) Credential

Paul Gentosi of the Orange County Chapter and William Acorn of the Arizona Chapter were granted the professional designation of Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant (CFLC)™. By virtue of their qualifications as a practicing expert witness, they met the minimum criteria required of Certified Forensic Litigation Consultants.

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Tune in for the Inaugural Installment of FEWA’s Virtual Networking Series

The Forensic Expert Witness Association is proud to announce a new member benefit launching in 2019. The Virtual Networking series will provide a platform for FEWA members to meet each other online and connect regardless of location. Experts will be able to discuss expert witness best practices, share experiences, provide referrals, and have the opportunity to build relationships with other members nationwide. The first installment of the FEWA Virtual Networking Series will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 1:00PM PT.

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New Member Spotlight - Dale Paegelow

Dale Paegelow is one of FEWA’s newest members and has joined the Florida Chapter. To learn more about Dale, visit his FEWA profile. Please join us in welcoming Dale to FEWA!

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Member Editorial Contribution

FEWA member, Rudy R. Robinson, III, MAI, shares his experience in this issue’s Member Editorial Corner. Rudy has over 40 years of experience in real estate and appraisal. Mr. Robinson became a real estate broker in 1971, a member of the Appraisal Institute in 1980, and he founded Austin Valuation Consultants in 1989.

What Does it Mean to be a Forensic Expert?

By Rudy R. Robinson III, MAI

Recently, I reviewed an expert’s report to opine whether it complied with his professional standards and ethics.  Unfortunately, the report did not, and I found his opinions were not credible, reliable and definitely not prepared forensically.  Examples leading me to this conclusion included:

  • Improper definitions, missing definitions, and unpublished terms
  • Improper methodology (the methodology could not be replicated)
  • Assumptions adopted were not supported by facts in the case (for example: lab reports, the actual nature of contamination contradicted the expert’s characterization, other documents from a government investigator proved the expert’s characterization to be false)
  • Opinions were inconsistent and were contradicted by prior opinions that the expert published in an earlier report on the same property for a different issue for the same client
  • No list of all prior expert testimony in compliance with the requirements of court in this cause (rules of civil procedure).
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