How to Hire a Forensic Expert - MCLE at the San Diego Law Library
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How to Hire a Forensic Expert - MCLE at the San Diego Law Library

How to Hire a Forensic Expert - MCLE at the San Diego Law Library

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1 Hour MCLE General Participatory Credit

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Have you or your attorney retained an expert witness who sounded great, knew the right words to get hired, then turned into a disaster? What happened up front that caused this result?

This seminar introduces the legal professional to methods for interviewing a prospective document examiner, or other prospective expert witness. You learn how to properly vet your prospective expert. These techniques are also valuable for preparing to cross examine an opposing expert.

After this seminar you will:

  • Know the questions to ask of your prospective expert
  • Learn why the low priced expert may be the most expensive
  • Why years of experience is no substitute for skill and knowledge
  • Always research the prospective expert to learn whether the CV is honest
  • Find out whether the prospective expert has told you the whole truth
  • Know what to expect in a properly written expert’s report and types of reports
  • Recognize the effects of bias on forensic examiners’ opinions


About the Speaker

Mike Wakshull is a court-qualified forensic document examiner located in Temecula, CA. He partners with attorney clients to deliver results that often lead to early settlements in favor of the counsel who retained him. When cases go to trial, he presents them in jury-speak rather than techno-geek to educate the triers of fact. He applies his technical and science training to present a science-based approach to his opinions—a court requirement.

Mike has authored two books on the topic of forensic document examination. He has presented at several international forensics conferences. A member of several industry-related associations, he serves of the board of two. Mike has had forensic document examination cases from fourteen states.

Mike was chair of the 2012 National Association of Document Examiners conference, the 2014 Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners Conference, and the 2015 Forensic Expert Witness Association conference.

He has been qualified as an expert witness in California Superior Courts and Federal District Court, testifying in cases involving will contests, contract disputes and others. Questioned documents discovered include an altered deed, cut‐and‐paste signatures, altered mortgage documents, altered handwritten documents, electronic documents, and many other types of questioned documents. Mike is one of a handful of forensic document examiners with a graduate school certificate in forensic document examination from an accredited university.

Mike is a member of the National Speakers Association. He was an invited speaker at the annual conference of the National Association of Document Examiners (NADE), Association of Forensic Document Examiners (AFDE), World Congress of Forensics in Chongqing, China, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and others.

For more information, check out Q9 Consulting, Inc.

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To cancel your registration, please call (619) 531-3900. To receive a refund, you must notify us 72 hours in advance. Refunds may take up to 2 weeks to process.

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This class may be recorded by LexVid and may be made publicly available online. Please note the release below.

Registrants for this class acknowledge that during the program their photographic or videographic images may be incidentally taken. Registrants agree that the submission of their registration for this class constitutes their written consent to the San Diego Law Library and LexVid Services, Inc. to such filming and/or recording to any use, in any and all media, of your appearance and voice for any purpose in connection with the video production of this class.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to us at (619) 531-3900.

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