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Douglas W. Dal Cielo
1503 Grant Road
Mountain View CA 94040-3270
USA
phone: 650-327-2672
fax: 650-688-8333
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Douglas W. Dal Cielo is a partner at the prestigious law firm of Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP, and serves as an Expert Witness in Legal Malpractice lawsuits. He offers his services to counsel representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants in cases involving Real Estate, Business Torts, Employment Litigation, and Elder Abuse matters. Specifically, Mr. Dal Cielo has testified on issues relating to:
  • Professional Negligence
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Breach of Contract
  • Promissory Estoppel
  • Fraud
  • Negligent Misrepresentation
  • Unjust Enrichment
  • As an attorney, Mr. Dal Cielo specializes in general Business Litigation, Real Estate, and Family Law. Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1991, he possesses significant trial experience, including eight jury trials and over 12 court trials. He has taken over 300 depositions, and served as a court appointed arbitrator and mediator. He has been admitted to the United States District Courts for Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern California.

    Mr. Dal Cielo's recent accomplishments include a $12 million jury verdict for his client in Santa Clara County, a $2 million jury verdict for his client in Sacramento County, and representation of several families in a CC&R claim in Santa Cruz County (see case studies as part of the attached CV for more detail). He has also testified as an expert in numerous jury and court trials, as well as binding arbitrations on the issue of the standard of care in legal malpractice cases.

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    James E. King
    Attorney At Law
    11440 West Bernardo Court, Suite 300
    San Diego CA 92127
    USA
    phone: 858-753-1737
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    James King'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), Mr. King 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 and malpractice claims (with hundreds of millions of dollars at issue). Superior Court Judges have chosen Mr. King to work confidentially with them as a Special Master in a number of serious criminal cases, including homicide and judicial bribery. He has testified extensively in Federal and State Courts, and also has appeared as an expert before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the High Court of Kenya.

    james King Video Photo How to Pick legal ExpertMr. King's areas of expertise include:
    • Legal Ethics
    • Attorney Fee Disputes
    • Standards of Practice in Litigation and Trials
    • Legal Malpractice and Professional Liability
    • Attorney Professional Responsibility
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    5/14/2015 · Legal Issues
    A Swiss Verein is an alliance between autonomous business entities that have separate organizational structures and independent financial operations. A verein is usually formed for the purpose of sharing a common brand name and unified marketing strategy. Law firms have recently begun to use this business structure and verein members currently engage thousands of attorneys.

    6/6/2013 · Attorney Fees
    Two recent decisions underscore the court's duty to fully scrutinize the reasonableness of a fee request. In Best Med. Int'l, Inc. v. Eckert & Ziegler Nuclitec GmbH, 11-2089, 2013 WL 221968 (4th Cir. Jan. 22, 2013), the district court awarded fees in the amount sought by applicant, finding the amount requested was reasonable.

    5/10/2013 · Legal Issues
    In a legal malpractice matter, an Ohio state appellate court affirmed a trial court ruling granting summary judgment to defendant attorneys on the basis that...

    4/10/2013 · Attorney Fees
    Central District in California Relies on Jim King's expert witness testimony to make a 50% reduction in requested fee award.

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    Guy O. Kornblum
    1388 Sutter Street
    Suite 505
    San Francisco CA 94109
    USA
    phone: 415-440-7800 x2226
    fax: 415-440-7898
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    Guy O. Kornblum has specialized as a Trial and Appellate Lawyer for 40 years. He has handled over 4,000 litigated matters to conclusion and has several million dollar cases to his credit. Mr. Kornblum has represented hundreds of clients, small businesses, individuals, and large Fortune 500 corporations during his 40 plus years of practice. He is highly regarded for his courtroom and appellate skills, and his representation of his clients in mediations, where he has a strong track record of successful settlements.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Kornblum serves as a mediator and expert witness and has qualified as an expert in federal and state court. His testimony on insurance claims handling was cited by a California Court of Appeal in upholding a jury verdict in favor of a plaintiff in an insurance bad faith case.

    Expertise Includes:
    • Insurance Company Claims Practices - personal and commercial, property and casualty, employment coverage, director‘s and officer‘s coverage, professional liability coverage, general commercial coverage, life, health and disability insurance, bad faith, serious personal injury, professional liability, real estate, employment matters, and fraud claims involving employee welfare benefit plans, wrongful death, and actions claiming punitive damages
    • Standard of Care in Legal Malpractice Cases Involving Civil Litigation Issues
    • Case Settlement Value
    Mr. Kornblum is Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the prestigious National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is a Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys. He is also a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar and Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, for those attorneys who have achieved multi-million dollar awards or settlements for their clients.

    Mr. Kornblum is also a Charter Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary, a Platinum Member of The Verdict Club, recognizing his “professional excellence in litigation,” and a Legends Society “Top Lawyer” in the personal injury field, and a Silver Member of the Elite Lawyers of America. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer each year since 2006.

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    Guy O. Kornblum
    A Guide For Those Who Are Victims of Wrongdoing Resulting in Injury or Death
    Guy O. Kornblum
    This book serves as a comprehensive guide to effective settlement techniques in the context of personal injury litigation. It helps you determine a settlement amount, choose the most appropriate form of settlement, and work with clients, mediators, and others to get the best settlement.
    Guy O. Kornblum, William A. Cerillo
    Written by renowned experts, this practical book details analysis and litigation of causalty policies. Explains specific insurance coverage for intellectual property claims, advertising injury, environmental losses, personal injury in business claims and duty to defend. Contains step-by-step strategies for insurance litigation and discusses how to use experts and investigators. Includes a copious amount of useful checklists and practice tips from expert litigator
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    David Markowitz, Attorney's Fees Expert
    Shareholder
    3000 Pacwest Center 1211 SW Fifth Ave
    Portland OR 97204-3730
    USA
    phone: 503-295-3085
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    David Markowitz is a founding member of the firm, Markowitz Herbold PC. Considered by his peers to be among the best trial lawyers in the Northwest, his commanding presence and strategic thinking have made him a courtroom icon. Over the last three decades, Dave has guided Markowitz Herbold from its beginning as an ambitious two-attorney litigation shop to its present status as the premier business litigation boutique in the region.

    Attorney’s Fees Expert - Mr. Markowitz is an attorney fee expert and is frequently retained to testify at trial and attorney fee hearings. He has been retained to testify as an expert witness in more than 100 cases involving Legal Fee Award Disputes.

    Impartial Third Party - For more than 20 years, Mr. Markowitz has served as a mediator and arbitrator resolving complex commercial disputes. He also acted as a pro tem judge in Multnomah County, Oregon Circuit Court for nine years.

    Honors - David Markowitz has achieved the highest levels of recognition a trial lawyer can receive, and has been acknowledged by the world’s premier legal publications for his career achievements. In a statewide survey identifying the top five percent of attorneys, he is the number one ranked litigator in Oregon according to Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. In 2011, he received the "Leadership in Law" honor from the Daily Journal of Commerce. Oregon Business magazine, in their 2007 Power Book, recognized Dave for "Delivering Results," naming him one of 50 Great Leaders in Oregon.

    Lectures / Speaking Engagements - In addition to his active trial schedule, Mr. Markowitz shares his craft with lawyers of all levels. Mr. Markowitz is a frequent lecturer on litigation-related topics for the Oregon State Bar, the Federal Bar Association and the Multnomah Bar Association. He regularly presents a nationally-recognized training seminar on depositions. Trial Guides™ has produced a DVD of this popular deposition course, and it has become one of the company's best-selling products. As a follow-up, Trial Guides™ recently produced his "Mastering the Art of Persuading the Trial Judge" course on DVD and CD.
    11/11/2014 · Legal Issues
    Federal courts increasingly are cracking down on deposition misconduct through the imposition of sanctions under Rule 30(d)(2), which authorizes a wide array of sanctions against any person who impedes, delays, or frustrates the fair examination of a deponent. Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(d)(2). Sanctions are being imposed with greater frequency upon clients and their lawyers. As discussed below, sanctions may be imposed whether the disruption to the deposition was deliberate, or merely the product of a misunderstanding of the rules governing deposition conduct. For instance, courts have increasingly sanctioned lawyers under Rule 30(d)(2) for making speaking objections or improperly instructing witnesses not to answer questions. In addition, two courts have recently held that sanctions may be imposed for a lawyer's failure to intervene when a deponent client engages in deposition misconduct, on the theory that the defending lawyer's silence ratified and encouraged the bad conduct.

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    John D. O'Connor, Esq.
    Attorney Fee Dispute Specialist
    201 Mission Street
    Suite 710
    San Francisco CA 94105
    USA
    phone: 415-693-9960
    fax: 415-692-6537
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    John D. O'Connor has more than 40 years of experience dealing with complex Attorney Fee Disputes. He is a member of the National Association of Legal Fee Analysis (NALFA) and is recognized as one of the top legal fee experts in the country.

    Mr. O’Connor has tried over 70 cases in federal and state venues throughout the country, with highly enviable success in complex, contentious disputes. Retained by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company as trial counsel in key cases, he has achieved a pretrial dismissal in each concluded action. He has held the highest Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating for over 25 years, and has consistently been named a “SuperLawyer” by his Northern California peers.

    A former Federal Prosecutor, Mr. O’Connor was chosen lead outside counsel in certain S&L crisis litigation, defended a California Attorney General in campaign-related litigation, and successfully represented Golden State Warriors basketball Coach Don Nelson in significant contract claims.

    Litigation Support - Since the advent in the late 1980’s of adversarial legal auditing, Mr. O’Connor has served extensively as an expert, litigator, and JAMS mediator throughout the country, analyzing audit criticisms, applying community standards, and construing applicable case law. Through written Declaration and oral testimony, he has consulted on hundreds of adversarial legal fee disputes over three decades. Mr. O'Connor's work has been widely lauded by clients, lawyers, courts, and arbitrators.

    Areas of Attorney Fee Dispute Expertise:
    • Billing Rates / Overbilling
    • Litigation Efficiency
    • Task Assignment and Staffing
    • Prevailing Party Determination
    • Litigation Skill
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    Mark I. Harrison, Esq.
    Attorney
    2929 North Central Avenue
    Twenty-First Floor
    Phoenix AZ 85012-2793
    USA
    phone: 602-640-9324
    fax: 602-640-9050
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    Mark I. Harrison, Esq. has been a civil and appellate litigator for over 50 years in Tort, Antitrust, and Commercial Cases. He has extensive experience litigating and testifying in cases involving Legal Malpractice, Legal Ethics, and Judicial Ethics. Mr. Harrison frequently serves as expert witnesses in cases concerning the Standard of Care, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, and the Reasonableness of Attorneys' Fees. His client representation includes lawyers, law firms, judges and other licensed professionals.

    Mr. Harrison has served as a consulting and/or testifying legal or judicial ethics expert witness in more than 160 cases and has been deposed or testified at trial in more than 20 matters in the past 10 years. He has been admitted to practice before all courts in Arizona since May, 1961 - United States District Court--District of Arizona, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He has also been admitted to practice in the state of Colorado since 1991.

    Areas of Specialization:
    • Judicial Ethics and Disqualification
    • Legal Malpractice
    • Attorney Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • Attorney Securities Fraud
    • Attorney Aiding and Abetting Clients' Torts
    • Partnership Disputes
    • Law Firm Dissolution Disputes
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    Israel Reyes, Esq.
    Managing Partner
    One Columbus Center
    1 Alhambra Plaza Ste. 1130
    Coral Gables FL 33134
    USA
    phone: 305-403-2272
    fax: 305-403-2273
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    Israel Reyes, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner of The Reyes Law Firm, P.A., has over 30 years of experience in the fields of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. He currently handles all types of civil and criminal litigation representing attorneys, receivers, commercial entities, and individuals.

    Background Experience:
    • Former Circuit Court Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida - Appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2003, Mr. Reyes retired in 2011, after approximately 30 years of public service.
    • Assistant State Attorney - Mr. Reyes served in the Racketeering / Organized Crime Unit, Civil Forfeiture Section. While there, he handled the litigation of civil forfeitures concentrating on illegal drug money laundering cases. He was one of the principal drafters of the revised state money laundering bill signed into law by Governor Bush in 2000.
    • Personal Injury Attorney - Mr. Reyes served as personal injury law associate handling the litigation of personal injury, wrongful death, and professional (medical malpractice) negligence cases, and civil actions.
    • Police Officer / Detective with the Miami-Dade Police Department - From 1980-1995, Mr. Reyes worked in the Homicide Bureau, Media Relations Section, and Special Investigations Division’s Criminal Conspiracy and Racketeering Squads. He served in the Organized Crime Bureau; U.S. Secret Service Task Force; Police Applicant Background Investigation Unit, Firearms Training Section, and Uniform Patrol Division, earning numerous commendations and awards.
    Litigation Support - With his extensive background in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, Israel Reyes offers wide ranging Alternative Dispute Resolution Services in civil, criminal, probate, and family law matters. He currently serves as an:
    • Arbitrator
    • Police Procedure Expert Witness
    • Attorney’s Fees Expert Witness
    • Private Judge
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Mediator
  • Special Magistrate
  • Insurance Umpire
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