Carol Bauss, a Senior Litigation Consultant with NJP Litigation Consulting is highly sought after for her expertise in juror attitudes and jury decision-making, and the art of communication in the courtroom. She is especially adept at designing and analyzing mock juror research projects in complex commercial disputes, including intellectual property and white-collar criminal cases. Her specialties include commercial litigation, intellectual property, white collar crime, personal injury, and employment discrimination. She is a frequent and popular presenter and trainer on subjects such as Communication Skills for Women in the Courtroom and Factors Driving Jurors’ Decision Making in Intellectual Property Cases, and for state and local trial lawyer and bar associations, including San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, San Mateo Bar Association, California State Bar Association, California Employment Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California College of Trial Arts, and American Association for Justice.
Judy Melinek, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard University. She trained at UCLA in medicine and pathology, graduating in 1996. Her training at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York is the subject of her memoir, Working Stiff, which she co-wrote with her husband. Currently, Dr. Melinek is CEO of PathologyExpert Inc., and works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland. She also travels nationally and internationally to lecture on anatomic and forensic pathology and she has been consulted as a forensic expert in many high-profile legal cases, as well as for the television shows E.R. and Mythbusters.
T.J. Mitchell graduated with an English degree from Harvard and worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad and screenplay consultant in 2000. He co-authored the New York Times bestseller Working Stiff with his wife, Dr. Judy Melinek, in 2014. He and Judy are currently collaborating on First Cut, the debut novel in a medical examiner detective-fiction series, while raising their three children in San Francisco.
Larry Dunville is the owner/president of Overhead Crane Consulting, LLC, a consultant for crane projects as well as an expert witness for crane related legal cases. Overhead Crane Consulting, LLC services all North America. He is also the Executive Director of the Crane Certification of Association of America, a non-profit association of crane inspection professionals. The CCAA helps define the standards for the crane inspection industry through establishing policy, training, inspector certification and lobbying.
Larry accepted the position of Executive Director of the CCAA after 35+ years as the owner/president of Dearborn Crane and Engineering Company, a nation-wide designer, manufacturer and installer of overhead cranes and crane runway systems.
During his tenure at Dearborn, he sat on the AISE/AIST Committees #6 and #13, that wrote the crane specifications for the American steel industry, authored a crane operator training and safety program used on the Alaskan Pipeline, periodically taught portions of the OSHA 10 and 30 hour safety program and contributed to the re-writing of US Space Program crane specifications for SpaceX at Cape Canaveral.
Through Overhead Crane Consulting LLC, Larry provides competitive advantage to lawyers using his 35+ years crane experience. This experience provides a nuanced understanding of “OSHA 1910.179 Overhead Gantry Cranes” and the other 200+ specifications incorporated by reference (OSHA 1910.6, Incorporation by Reference) that defines the legal requirements of the Crane Industry including crane design, installation, operator training, inspection and safety.
Alison Buchanan is a Shareholder in Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel's Silicon Valley office, where she focuses on business litigation, professional liability/professional malpractice, and legal ethics. Alison is a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Her additional experience in employment and real estate litigation makes her a valued resource for her clients. Alison is a sought-after speaker on attorney ethics.
Alison was named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” for 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, as chosen by her peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine. She was named a Northern California “Rising Star” in 2012.
Stephanie Shaterian is an engaging speaker known for her signature presentation “Reel Talk: A Process for Creating Unique, Creative and Compelling Videos”. She’s a founder and owner of fLO Content, a creative agency specializing in video and multi-platform storytelling for small businesses. She is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and went on to obtain her BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at Depaul University. She has an extensive background in performing and developing original theatrical productions as well as many years as a corporate trainer. She strives to create immersive and valuable presentations that encourage the audience to think outside of the box.
Roger Honey is a twenty-three-year trial attorney and the owner of the Law Offices of Roger G. Honey, APC, with offices in both the Los Angeles area as well as the San Francisco Bay area. Mr. Honey has focused his trial work in the areas of real estate law, corporate disputes, lender liability and general business law.
Over the years Mr. Honey has taken over 20 jury and bench trials to verdict or judgment dating back to his second year in practice. In 2011 Mr. Honey has tried cases throughout California – from Redding to Riverside and many counties in between. Virtually every case he has tried involved the use of expert testimony. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Honey is an expert witness in the areas of real estate standard of care and attorney standard of care.
Toby Edwards is a Senior Recruiter at IMS Expert Services. He has been recruiting and placing experts since 2003, when he took a part-time gig at Round Table Group (RTG) to cover summer expenses during graduate school. His first case was to find the world’s foremost authority of Jewish gravestone carving for a dispute on a stylized menorah engraving, and he never looked back. Toby held a variety of positions at RTG, and worked up to VP of Operations in 2007. After Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services (TREWS) acquired RTG, Toby stayed on as Manager of Expert Services, providing professional development resources for the 40,000 members, managing the customer service team, as well as a variety of expert communications including a quarterly newsletter, training videos, expert satisfaction surveys, and a yearly national survey of expert witnesses.
Prior to 2003, he served as an instructor at the University of California's Washington DC Center, teaching advanced research design and methodologies, political science, and public policy.
Toby has been a vocal supporter of FEWA for many years, and has had the privilege of working with them on several occasions on national surveys, presentations at chapter meetings, and other areas.
James Woolever, Ph.D. is a published author, noted lecturer and consultant in the area of critical thinking, and business ethics. He has taught at such centers of higher learning as Boston College, Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco, St. Mary’s and Menlo College. He also served as Provost and Dean of Professional Studies for Dean at Menlo College for nearly a decade.
Presently, he serves as President of The Fordham Group, a non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote the benefits of social ethics and personal wellness for individuals and institutions.
Charles M. Louderback is a trial lawyer and founder of the Louderback Law Group. He specializes in all areas of employment law and business litigation. Mr. Louderback has successfully tried a wide range of employment issues in both state and federal courts including wrongful termination in violation of public policy, breach of contract, retaliation, harassment, discrimination based on race, age, national origin, religion and gender, together with wage and hour violations. His trial of business litigation matters is also extensive including all forms of business torts, contract actions, fraud, unfair competition, unlawful conversion of intellectual property and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Mr. Louderback's trials span counties throughout California and have produced consistently excellent results for his clients.
Mr. Louderback's trial record and relentless and successful pursuit of his clients' interests achieving victories before trial have produced the highest professional recognition and awards. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious group of trial attorneys allowing membership by invitation only based upon the trial experience of its members. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, resulting from the multi-million dollar trial verdicts obtained on behalf of his clients. Mr. Louderback has been a peer-selected member of SuperLawyers, recognizing the top lawyers in northern California, every year since its inception in 2002. He has for many years achieved an A-V rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest attorney rating possible, and is listed on the Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Christine Hartmann is currently the Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Program Development Support Office, which has helps scientists and engineers propose new technological ideas to government sponsors. In the past, Dr. Hartmann led the development of a hardware/software system that was successfully transferred to industry and provided the first FDA-approved device of its kind for cancer treatment planning. She has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the East Bay Business Times 40 Under 40, among other awards. Recently, she pioneered the development of LLNL’s first internal social media crowd sourcing tools, and has trained hundreds of LLNL staff members in value proposition, proposal, and presentation development.
Bob Zeidman is the founder and president of Zeidman Consulting, a research and development firm that designs hardware and software and also provides expert witnesses and engineering consultants for litigation. Bob is also the founder and president of Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corporation that develops and sells CodeSuite®, the leading software tool for comparing source code and object code to find theft and plagiarism. Bob has served as an expert witness in over 185 patent, trade secret, and copyright litigations resulting in several billion dollars in total awards. He is the author of The Software IP Detective’s Handbook: Measurement, Comparison, and Infringement Detection. Bob holds 22 patents and earned bachelor's degrees in physics and electrical engineering at Cornell University and a master's degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University.
Joel Halverson is a problem solver and trial lawyer who focuses his practice in the areas of professional liability, construction, real property and general litigation. A member of the firm's Construction and Insurance Groups, Mr. Halverson has been named among the "Best Lawyers in the Bay Area" for construction litigation based on a survey conducted by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine.
Mr. Halverson defends architects, engineers, attorneys, medical providers, real estate brokers and other professionals against allegations of errors and omissions and other claims. In the construction and design arena, Mr. Halverson represents design professionals, developers, owners and contractors in litigation as well as transactional and risk management counseling. Mr. Halverson is a frequent presenter and lecturer on legal topics and has made appearances as legal analyst on KRON 4 News, San Francisco. Mr. Halverson has over fifteen years of significant experience in ADR and as a neutral, having settled numerous civil disputes involving a wide variety of substantive issues through mediation, as Settlement Conference Officer with the San Francisco Superior Court and as Settlement Panelist with Marin County Superior Court. Mr. Halverson is available to private mediate civil disputes of all sizes and complexities.
Mr. Halverson is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California (ADC)
Mr. Halverson joined Severson & Werson in 1996 and has been a member of the firm since 2002. He obtained his J.D. (1994) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his B.A. (1990), cum laude, from Pomona College.