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Douglas W. Dal Cielo
1503 Grant Road
Mountain View CA 94040-3270
phone: 650-327-2672
fax: 650-688-8333
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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    Patricia Jeanne Howze, J.D.
    20 Sunnyside Avenue
    Suite A-120
    Mill Valley CA 94941-341
    phone: 415-290-5290
    Patricia Jeanne Howze, BS, MA, JD, is a member of the Illinois and California Bars. She has over thirty-five years experience in Labor and Employment Law. As the CEO of Century Corporate Counsel (CCC), Ms. Howze has provided a wide range of legal and management services to start-ups and multi-national Fortune 100 and 500 companies in various industries.

    Ms. Howze has been certified as an Expert in Human Resource matters by courts in Northern California and has worked with major law firms within the state. She has been engaged to review and analyze cases, offer opinions, write reports, and conduct research. Ms. Howze has consulted on cases and testified in depositions and at trial regarding the following topics:
    • Wrongful Termination
    • ADA Failure to Accommodate
    • ADA Failure to Engage in the Interactive Process
    • Retaliation
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Family Leave Notice
    • Family Leave Retaliation
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination
  • Racial Discrimination
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Adequacy of Investigation
  • Lay Off Procedures
  • Best Management Practices
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    Joseph A. Garofolo
    3443 Golden Gate Way
    Suite H
    Lafayette CA 94549
    phone: 415-517-5307
    fax: 415-981-8870
    Joseph Garofolo ERISA Expert PhotoJoseph A. Garofolo is well qualified to serve as an expert witness with regard to a wide range of issues relating to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended ("ERISA"). Mr. Garofolo has significant independent fiduciary experience and is a recognized employee benefits attorney. He has been retained as a testifying expert in federal and state court litigation.

    Some of the independent fiduciary engagements in which Mr. Garofolo has been involved include the following:
    i) transaction for the sale of closely held shares by an employee stock ownership plan;
    ii) acquisition of real property by a collectively bargained plan; and
    iii) evaluation of the reasonableness of plan expenses and expense allocation among related parties and service providers.

    As an attorney, Mr. Garofolo has advised clients regarding retirement and welfare plan issues. He has served as counsel for plan sponsors, service providers, participants, and others. He has represented clients involved in ERISA litigation in federal courts across the country. In 2012, Mr. Garofolo was selected by California Lawyer magazine as a recipient of the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award in the field of employee benefits and, in 2014, he was selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list.

    Mr. Garofolo's expertise extends to pension and health and welfare plans. He is particularly suited to serve as an expert with regard to issues associated with Title I of ERISA. He has extensive knowledge and experience relating to the fiduciary duty provisions set forth in ERISA § 404 and the prohibited transaction and self-dealing provisions of ERISA § 406. Mr. Garofolo is well versed on the standard for ERISA liability of fiduciary and nonfiduciary service providers as well as other parties often involved in employee benefits litigation.

    Joseph Garofolo ERISA Expert Video Ninth Circuit
    Excerpt of Oral Argument Before En banc Panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

    Mr. Garofolo brings his industry experience as a fiduciary, knowledge of employee benefit plans, and courtroom communication skills to the expert witness services offered by ERISA Expert Services, LLC.

    ERISA Expert Services, LLC provides expert witness and litigation support services for plaintiffs and defendants, including those involved in class actions and other complex cases.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Fiduciary Duties
    • Prohibited Transactions
    • Defined Contribution Plans
  • Defined Benefit Plans
  • Health and Welfare Plans
  • Reporting and Disclosure
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    Dr. Harold J. Bursztajn
    96 Larchwood Drive
    Cambridge MA 02138
    phone: 617-492-8366
    fax: 617-441-3195
    A senior clinical faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D., is active in patient care in medical, psychiatric and judicial education nationally. He is qualified in both state and federal courts and is nationally recognized as a distinguished impartial, clinical, ethical and forensic expert to P/D attorneys and institutions. Individual and multispecialty team consultations available.

  • Informed Consent & Malpractice
  • Employment Litigation: ADA, Disability, Sexual Misconduct Discrimination, Worker's Compensation
  • Emotional & Physical Damages: Conscious Pain & Suffering, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Neuropsychiatry & Pain Imaging
  • Standards For Experts
  • Product Liability: Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals, Toxic Tort
  • Criminal Justice & Public Safety: Diminished Capacity, Drug Addiction, Competency to Confess, Death Penalty Mitigation, Workplace Safety
  • Family & Custody Issues
  • Testamentary & Contractual Capacity
  • Professional & Organizational Ethics: Patient Care, Managed Care, Privacy
  • Psychoanalysis & Cultural Perspectives
  • 5/29/2003 · Expert Witnessing
    Recent Supreme Court decisions emphasize the need to regulate the admissibility of expert testimony by means of standards that require opinions going beyond ipse dixit; that is, that are based on more than the fact that the expert "said it him/herself

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    Roderick C. Stoneburner, MS, CRC
    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Evaluator
    23905 Clinton Keith Road
    Suite #114-509
    Wildomar CA 92595
    phone: 951-775-8811
    fax: 951-600-1214
    Roderick C. Stoneburner, MS, CRC has over 35 years of experience in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation with specific emphasis in the California Worker’s Compensation system. He has been retained as an Expert Witness for Worker’s Compensation, both applicant and defense, Personal Injury, Family Law, and the Social Security Administration, having testified in hundreds of court cases relating to Vocational Assessment, Residual Earning Capacity, and Employability.

    Mr. Stoneburner has worked with over 20,000 clients / injured workers. He has personally conducted over 10,000 on-site job analyses and has coordinated over 10,000 formal and informal return-to-work programs. Mr. Stoneburner's qualifications as an Expert Witness have been established in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and the Inland Empire for Superior Court.

    Vocational Expert Witness Services:
    • Vocational Evaluation Test Admin., Behavioral Observation, Assessment for Work Related Functional Analysis
    • Medical Aspects of Disability - Medical Conditions, Medications
    • Case Evaluation for Residual Employability and Earning Capacity
    • ADA Employment Violations, Accessibility in Work Place, Reasonable Accommodation
    • Expertise in Local and National Labor Market, Job Analysis for Skills Application, Exertional Demands
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    Jean L. Seawright, CMC
    140 N. Park Avenue
    Suite 250
    Winter Park FL 32789
    phone: 407-645-2433
    fax: 407-645-3923
    As a highly professional & credible Expert, Consultant, & Speaker, Jean Seawright has provided trusted advice & HR Consultation to thousands of organizations nationwide. As president of Seawright & Associates, a Human Resource Management-Consulting Firm, Ms. Seawright is widely respected for her knowledge of state & federal employment regulations including, but not limited to FLSA, ADA, FMLA, Title VII, & others.

    Since 1987, she has focused on engagements involving hiring, coaching, & terminating employees; regulatory compliance; charges of discrimination; performance management systems; internal investigations (including harassment); employee handbook development; compensation plan design; HR audits; hiring systems; job descriptions; & others.

    Ms. Seawright is a frequent speaker at state & national trade associations & is the author of numerous articles & publications in the field of human resources, including the popular book, The Employment Genie®, an exclusive hiring, coaching, & termination system for businesses.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Negligent Hiring and Retention
    • Discrimination and EEO Compliance
    • HR Policies and Programs
    • FLSA and Wage and Hour Compliance
    • Harassment
    • Expert Witness Services for Employment Law Matters
    • ADA
    • FMLA
    • Hiring Procedures
    • Title VII
    • Employee Handbooks
    Ms. Seawright is available for case analysis, case theory evaluation, expert witness reports, depositions, analysis of other expert testimony, and trial testimony.
    Jean Seawright
    Now you can own a complete human resource department ‘in a box!’ Worried about hiring, coaching, and terminating employees legally and effectively? As a business owner, you know that one bad hire or poorly executed termination can bring your business to its knees. Finally, there’s a solution! With The Employment Genie® system, you can hire smart, reduce turnover, limit liability, and implement consistent employment practices!
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    Israel Reyes, Esq.
    Managing Partner
    One Columbus Center
    1 Alhambra Plaza Ste. 1130
    Coral Gables FL 33134
    phone: 305-403-2272
    fax: 305-403-2273
    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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