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Legal Malpractice Ethics Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Legal Fees, Civil Litigation, Arbitration, Arbitrator, Legal Malpractice, Antitrust Arbitration, Standard of Practice of Law, Appropriateness of Legal Work Conduct, Legal Ethics, Legal Malpractice, Attorney Fee Disputes, ABA Code of Ethics, Legal Ethics, Abuse of Process, Binding Arbitration Testimony, Fiduciary Duties of Attorney, Standard of Care, Reasonableness of Attorney Fees, Reasonableness of Attorney Conduct, Professional Conduct, Litigation

Expert Witness No.3085

California based, practices Nationally

Expert 3085’s trial testimony as a legal expert has been praised by
juries and judges for his unique ability to distill complex legal issues
into understandable concepts.  A graduate of Stanford Law School (Order
of the Coif, Law Review), he has consistently qualified as an expert
whenever his testimony has been offered.  His 30+ years of experience
and knowledge are reflected in his assignments: he has supervised and
coordinated billion dollar litigation and has arbitrated or testified in
over 250 legal fee, legal ethics, and malpractice disputes (with
hundreds of millions of dollars at issue) in Federal and State Courts.

Legal Experience

2002 – Present Private Practice in California
1994 – 2002  Partner, Shawn Coulson (International Practice)
1990 ‑ 1994  Partner, Solomon, Ward, Seidenwurm & Smith
1980 ‑ 1989  Associate and Partner, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps
1979 ‑ 1980  Law Clerk, Honorable Howard Turrentine (So. Dist. Cal.)

Practice

Civil litigation.  Admitted to practice before all Courts in State of California, U.S. Supreme Court.

American Arbitration Association arbitrator since 1980s; selected by parties to be lead arbitrator on $250 Million legal malpractice/antitrust arbitration held in Pittsburgh in February 2009.

Appointed Special Master to Orange County Superior Court in murder prosecution, March 2009. 

Arbitrator for State Bar of California since 1980s; Arbitrator for San Diego County Bar Association since 1980s; Vice-Chair SD County Bar Fee Arbitration Panel; issued or approved over 200 awards in fee arbitrations. 

Education

Stanford Law School, Juris Doctor, 1979

Honors: Order of the Coif
Stanford Law Review
Class Rank: Top 3%

University of Georgia, B.A. in Journalism, 1976

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Summa Cum Laude Graduation
Blue Key

Expert Witness Trial Testimony

Available upon Request

Legal Education Courses Taught

Adjunct Professor, Thomas Jefferson Law School, Legal Ethics (Ethics Credit)
CNA Malpractice Insurance Carrier: The Minefields of Practice
Continuing Education:  Evidence for Business Lawyers
Continuing Education:  Evidence, Laying the Foundation
California:  Engagement, Disengagement, and Conflicts Waiver
Agreements-Practical and Ethical Considerations of Forming and Terminating (Ethics Credit)
California:  Getting In, Getting Out, Getting Paid (Ethics Credit)
California:  Getting the Work and Keeping It
California:  How Lawyers Screw Up (Ethics Credit)
San Diego:  Trial Advocacy
San Diego:  Workshop on Evidence
San Diego:  Ethics of Trial Advocacy (Ethics Credit)
American Arbitration Association:  Effective Advocacy
San Diego:  The CPA as an Expert Witness
San Diego:  Evidence and Advocacy
San Diego:  Effective Retention Agreements
San Diego:  How Experts Screw Up
San Diego:  Retention and Withdrawal (Ethics Credit)
San Diego:  Federal Practice
San Diego:  Doing the Job Right (Ethics Credit)
San Diego:  Getting In, Getting Out, Getting Paid (Ethics Credit)
San Diego:  Substance Abuse: A Clinical and Ethical Perspective

Law Related Activities and Honors

Available upon Request

Community Involvement

President, Mt. Helix Toastmasters
Humorous Speech Contest Winners, Toastmasters Area 4 & Area 41
St. Thomas More Society, Vice‑President
Eucharistic Minister, St. Martin of Tours Church
Director and Treasurer, Community Preparatory School

Author

Available upon Request


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