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As a leading provider of services to the legal and insurance professions, we occasionally learn of educational products and tools that may be of interest. As a service to our valued experts, we mention the following items.

Listing these products does not constitute The TASA Group’s endorsement of them. We did not participate in their preparation, authorship, or production.


How to Market Your Expert Witness Practice: Evidence-Based Best Practices
By James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq. and Steven Babitsky


The Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Blue Chip Expert Witness Practice

Learn how to dramatically grow your expert witness practice. How to Market Your Expert Witness Practice is based on the authors’ immense experience assisting expert witnesses and their first of its kind research collected from both expert witnesses and the trial lawyers who select and pay them. 



Included: 

  • 8 proven techniques to obtain additional referrals through networking.
  • How and where to advertise, including evidence-based data from over 250 expert witnesses and numerical rankings of 20 advertising choices.
  • 23 easily implementable steps to make yourself more attractive to lawyers.
  • How to identify, fill, and exploit a lucrative niche within your field.
  • Best practices in positioning yourself, including 32 ways to improve your image and reputation.
  • What every expert can do to obtain more repeat and word-of-mouth business based on extensive research data from practicing trial attorneys.
  • Where to speak and publish and how exactly to best leverage speaking and writing into additional assignments.
  • The most and least effective marketing techniques as reported by your colleagues.
  • 7 techniques for identifying and reaching the specific lawyers most likely to hire you.
  • Evidence-based data regarding exactly what trial lawyers believe should and should not be on an expert witness’s web site and statistical data on the cost and efficacy of an expert witness web site.
  • What your minimum budget of time and money toward business development should be, what your colleagues are budgeting, and their return on investment.
  • How to properly value a new client and analyze and evaluate your business development efforts.
  • Evidence-based statistical data on advertising, including statistics on likelihood of success and backlash.
  • The 10 steps to follow to grow your expert witness practice.
  • Much, much more.

Price: $109.00 (Order online or see ordering information below). 

 


How to Be an Effective Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial: The SEAK Guide to Testifying as an Expert Witness
By James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq., Steven Babitsky, Esq. and Nadine Nasser Donovan, Esq.


How to Be an Effective Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial teaches you how to testify far more effectively as an expert witness. Expert witnesses who testify effectively generate positive word of mouth and often see their expert witness practices expand exponentially. In addition, effective experts enjoy the process of testifying much more and suffer far less testifying stress and anxiety. 

In writing How to Be an Effective Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial, the authors have brought to bear their combined experience of over 56 years of training expert witnesses. During this time, they have trained over 10,000 expert witnesses including experts at the FBI, Secret Service, FAA, DoD, IRS, numerous professional associations, and countless high-stakes consulting firms

YOU WILL LEARN 

  • How to testify more effectively as an expert witness
  • The steps to properly and effectively prepare for your testimony
  • How to reduce the stress and anxiety of testifying
  • How to effectively reduce and  prevent successful attacks against you
  • Techniques to increase your credibility when testifying
  • 35 techniques to help you bullet-proof your opinions 

Price: $159.00 (Order online or see ordering information below). 

 


How to Be a Successful Expert Witness: SEAK's A-Z Guide to Expert Witnessing
By James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq., Steven Babitsky, Esq. and Nadine Nasser Donovan, Esq.


Now in its third edition, this is SEAK’s perennial best-selling text on expert witnessing. How to Be a Successful Expert Witness:  SEAK's A-Z Guide to Expert Witnessing is the standard desktop reference of experienced experts and the perfect starting point for less experienced expert witnesses. Newly updated and expanded to reflect the latest developments in expert witnessing, this is the comprehensive resource which every expert witness should have on their desk.



The Comprehensive, Yet E
asy to Use Guide includes: 

•    Hundreds of easy to understand examples with explanatory headnotes
•    We don’t just tell you, we show you by including sample CVs, sample reports and sample cross examination and deposition questions.
•    Simple to use checklists
•    626 Pages, Hardbound
•    Detailed index and table of contents
•    22 Concise chapters which can each be read as a stand-alone so that you can focus on the areas of most interest.

Price: $159.00 (Order online or see ordering information below).

 

How to Write An Expert Witness Report
By James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq, Steven Babitsky, Esq. and Nadine Nasser Donovan, Esq.


How To Write An Expert Witness Report sets the new standard for all expert witnesses who are called upon to write reports. The book is expert witness friendly and contains 14 in-depth chapters. The authors explain report writing best practices with the use of: color, hundreds of examples, numerous comments and practice pointers and suggested rewrites of language commonly used in reports. The authors have culled through thousands of reports and have presented seventeen expert reports as models for the reader. How to Write An Expert Witness Report is an invaluable aid for all expert witnesses who are tasked with writing high quality, defensible, expert witness reports.   

Price: $159.00 (Order online or see ordering information below). 



How to Prepare Your Expert Witness for Deposition
By Steven Babitsky, Esq. and James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq.


As a trial lawyer, one of the many tasks you face is preparing your expert witness to excel at deposition. With over 97% of civil cases settling prior to trial, the expert's deposition is playing an increasingly more important role in evaluating your case for settlement or trial.

This 376-page text provides you with:

  • Practical bullet-point advice.
  • What your expert will be asked & why.
  • Over 500 sample deposition questions.
  • Proven methodology for getting your expert ready to excel.
  • Over 35 Tactics your expert can anticipate with suggestions to defeat each tactic.
  • Dozens of trick & difficult questions to train your experts with.

Price: $139.00 (Order online or see ordering information below). 

 

The A-Z Guide to Expert Witnessing
By Steven Babitsky, Esq., James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq.,and Alex Babitsky, MBA


The A-Z Guide to Expert Witnessing is the comprehensive work on expert witnessing. The topics covered include civil procedure, evidence, qualifications, CV writing, forming and expressing opinions, report writing, testifying skills, marketing, fee setting, billing, collections, ethics, privileges, discovery, avoiding abuse and much more. It features 24 concisely written chapters, 26 appendices, hundreds of examples with easy to read summary head notes, priceless pointers and a detailed index. Hardbound. 626pp.

Price: $144.00 (Order online or see ordering information below). 


Cross-Examination: The Comprehensive Guide for Experts

By former litigators Steven Babitsky, Esq. and James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq.

 

Helps experts quickly and efficiently master the art of responding to each and every cross-examination question truthfully and artfully. This is the one book attorneys don’t want you to have. Contains hundreds of examples. Hardbound. 432pp.

Price: $108.95 (Order online or see ordering information below). 



Depositions: The Comprehensive Guide For Expert Witnesses

By Steven Babitsky, Esq. and James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq

 

This useful resource for experts is a companion to the best-selling text How To Excel During Cross-Examination. It explains what to do and what not to do during all phases of the deposition process, including scheduling, preparation, dealing with documents and subpoenas, answering counsel’s questions, avoiding abuse, and setting and collecting your fee. The authors teach by example and offer 150 question and answer exchanges from depositions, each with an object lesson. Also included are a deposition checklist and select Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Hardbound.

Price: $108.95 (Order online or see ordering information below). 

 

The Biggest Mistakes Expert Witnesses Make: And How to Avoid Them
By Steven Babitsky, Esq. and James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq

 

Successful expert witnesses go to great lengths to avoid making mistakes. SEAK's new text helps experts to quickly and simply avoid the frustration, embarrassment and humiliation of making mistakes. The reader is provided with over 200 of the most common mistakes expert witnesses make over and over again. Learn from the mistakes of other experts and avoid making the same mistakes yourself. The text is divided into ten separate and distinct chapters, each dealing with a major area of expert witnessing. Experts can quickly go to the chapter, identify the mistakes, and apply the bottom-line solutions. A 15-minute review can make all the difference. Hardbound. 336pp.

Price: $108.95 (Order online or see ordering information below). 

 

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  • TASA has always given me first-class service, but in a recent matter, TASA found the 'needle-in-the-haystack' expert witness we feared didn't exist. We needed an expert for a very narrow and limited issue in a very narrow and limited industry. Because TASA has an extensive expert witness database, it was able to give us a referral almost on the spot. It's why I always turn to TASA first."

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