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Dr. Caren Goldberg
Employment and Human Resources Expert Witness
9949 Corsica Street
Vienna VA 22181
USA
phone: 571-426-8325
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Dr. Caren Goldberg, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned professor of Human Resource Management. She provides expert witness and litigation support services in employment law cases.

Dr. Goldberg has written over 50 peer-reviewed papers and three book chapters on Diversity, Discrimination, Stereotypes, and Sexual Harassment. She has been quoted in numerous magazine and newspapers, and has appeared on Dateline, NBC, Voice of America, and numerous local affiliate news programs to discuss discrimination and harassment. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) honored Caren as one of 100 diversity thought leaders from business, consulting, government, and academia, based on her research contributions in this area. More recently, SHRM appointed her to a task force charged with developing professional standards in Diversity and Inclusion.



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Patricia Jeanne Howze, J.D.
20 Sunnyside Avenue
Suite A-120
Mill Valley CA 94941-341
USA
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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    James Christopoulos, JD, MA
    575 Anton Blvd
    Costa Mesa CA 92626
    USA
    phone: 714-442-8561
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    Christopoulos Economics Consulting Group is a full-service expert witness firm, providing highly capable and professional analyses, reports, tables, charts, and credible testimony on Economic Damages and related issues for attorneys throughout California.

    By specializing in litigation economics, Christopoulos Economics Consulting Group provides Forensic Analysis and Auditing, Economic Damage Analyses, Statistical Research, and Economic Loss Reports. They have the experience necessary to provide testimonies and produce reports which summarize and present opinions and conclusions in a manner that is clear and easily understood. They are consistently retained by both plaintiff and defense attorneys and are well versed in the calculation of present value past and future economic damages, including the calculation of future medical care costs.

    James Christopoulos, JD, MA, the founder of Christopoulos Economics Consulting Group, is an Economist and a Lawyer. His comprehension of complex legal issues combined with his many years of experience as an economist provides his clients with a unique set of abilities when calculating economic losses and communicating those opinions to both judge and jury.

    Mr. Christopoulos has testified as an expert witness economist in state and federal courts along with arbitrations, mediations, and depositions and has prepared and presented economic loss calculations for well over 1,000 cases.

    Areas of Litigation Expertise:
    • Personal Injury
    • Wrongful Death
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Product Liability
    • Tort Actions
    • FELA Cases
    • Minor, Multiple Plaintiffs
    • Breach of Contract
    • Unjust Enrichment
    • Interference
    • Interruption
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • Forensic Analysis and Audit
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Failure to Promote
  • Wage & Hour
  • Pay Equity
  • Class Actions
  • Income Loss
  • Health Benefits Loss
  • Pension, Retirement Benefits Loss
  • Wage Loss Differential
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Statistical Analysis of Data, Trends
  • Present Value Calculations
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    Dr. Palmer Morrel-Samuels
    210 Park Street
    Chelsea MI 48118
    USA
    phone: 734-433-0344
    fax: 734-433-0346
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    Dr. Palmer Morrel-Samuels is a Research Psychologist with extensive training and experience in Statistical Analysis and Assessment Design. He has done a considerable amount of research and applied work on communication, testified to the U.S. congress on employee motivation and its linkage to objective performance metrics, published several articles on survey design in Harvard Business Review, among others, and wrote several patents to assist in the administration and analysis of workplace assessments. Dr. Morrel-Samuels currently teaches graduate courses on survey design and research methodology at the University of Michigan.

    Litigation Services: Dr. Morrel-Samuels' education, practical experience, and distinguished authorship have made him a valuable resource for providing expert services in legal cases where workplace surveys or assessments are at issue, including:
    • Statistical analysis of very large datasets, measuring the impact of corporate culture on performance and race discrimination.

    • Analysis of a survey's validity, reliability, objectivity, fairness, accuracy, confidentiality, freedom from response bias, and conformance to The Uniform Guidelines pertaining to all workplace assessments.

    • Statistical analyses of performance-related and survey-related data.

    • Desiging and conducting employee and workplace surveys, including Electronic surveys.

    • Disparate Impact & Disparate Treatment litigation.

    • Careful job analysis using court-approved methodology in FLSA litigation.

    • Performance appraisals, job evaluations, skill assessments.

    • Program evaluations, especially when used in hiring, firing, or other job actions.
    Expert Witness Experience, includes: Assisted the NAACP in its amicus brief for the Ricci discrimination case. Was the sole statistician in a successful $100M breach of contract case (Tower Automotive v. UNOVA) that required analyzing 4 million rows of data. Testified for the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Has successfully withstood Daubert challenges - most recently from the City of Indianapolis in a large discrimination case involving the city's fire department.

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    This paper outlines a number of innovations that we have recently implemented in the Research Methodology Course at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health.

    3/29/2013 · Surveys
    THERE'S NO DOUBT that companies can benefit from workplace surveys and questionnaires. A GTE survey in the mid-1990s, for example} revealed that the performance of its different billing operations, as measured by the accuracy of bills sent out, was closely tied to the leadership style of the unit managers.

    This might come as a shock: Employees in large corporations sometimes mistakenly believe that they have been discriminated against. Admittedly, discrimination does occur, both in society and in the workplace. And as most attorneys know, many discrimination cases concern claims of either adverse treatment or adverse impact.

    Effective evidence-based managelnent requires analyzing data from a broad array of sources and conducting carefully designed pretest-posttest comparisons. However, our experience suggests that few businesses take that process to the next level by building merged datasets that can be used for rigorous pretest-posttest comparisons and meaningful statistical analyses.

    10/10/2012 · Surveys
    Companies are replacing paper surveys with Web-based versions that can dangerously distort the results.

    No contemporary guide exists for using statistics to prove causality in court. We outline a new theory explaining comprehension of causal graphs, and claim four hallmarks of causality are critical: Association, Prediction, Exclusion of Alternative Explanations, and Dose Dependence.

    4/23/2012 · Social Issues
    We distinguish between reverse discrimination and over-correction, arguing that the former should be used only to describe cases where well-qualified non-minority applicants are unjustifiably denied positions in organizations run by and/or staffed by minorities. Similarly, we argue over-correction should be used to describe well-qualified non-minority applicants who are unjustifiably denied positions in organizations run by non-minorities.

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    Mark Johnson, JD, PhD
    President
    1450 Hughes Rd
    Suite 120
    Grapevine TX 76051
    USA
    phone: 817-909-0778
    fax: 817-788-1399
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    Mark Johnson, JD, PhD, is a Pension Expert and an ERISA Benefits consultant with over 30 years of experience. He is also a licensed attorney in Texas and is a Board Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, as designated by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    Dr. Johnson served as a former Plan Administrator, Fiduciary, ERISA Compliance Officer, and Managing Director of Benefits and Pensions for American Airlines, a unionized Fortune 500 company. During this time, he managed ERISA plans covering more than $14 billion in assets and over 100,000 participants, as well as welfare plans covering 350,000 employees and their dependents. Mr. Johnson understands the nuances of ERISA because he made decisions every day regarding pension, life, health, long term disability, and other qualified and non-qualified benefits.

    Litigation Support - As an active ERISA litigation consultant, Dr. Johnson sees how disagreements ranging from individual benefit claims to class action fiduciary liability litigation are resolved in court. He serves as an expert witness for plaintiff or defense attorneys in litigation relating to:
    • ERISA
    • 401(k) Fiduciary Liability
    • Cash Balance conversion
    • Company Stock Drop
    • Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP)
    • FINRA Arbitration
    • Group Life & Health Plan Benefits
    • Health Plan Reimbursement Levels
  • Labor Union Pensions
  • Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits
  • Pension Benefits in Bankruptcy
  • Pension or 401(k) Plan Expenses
  • Retiree Medical Plans
  • Severance Benefits
  • Survivor Benefits
  • Third Party Administrator Disputes
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    Edward M. Foster, PhD
    4754 Fremont Ave. South
    Minneapolis MN 55419-5207
    USA
    phone: 612-418-5246
    fax: 612-823-6236
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    Edward M. Foster, PhD, is a Forensic Economics Expert with over 40 years of experience. Dr. Foster received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1961. He is professor emeritus and past chairman, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, where he taught from 1961 to 2008 and held several other administrative positions. He has been a consultant in forensic economics since the late 1960s.

    Dr. Foster has analyzed cases related to individual plaintiffs and to class actions for plaintiff and defendant, the U. S. Attorney’s office (Minneapolis), and the Minnesota Attorney General's office. Much of his consulting for the government was also concerned with valuing costs and benefits from government investment projects, including those in health and safety that require the valuation of human lives, and those that require evaluation of corporate investment opportunities. Much of his teaching, research, and research carried out under his supervision by graduate students has been in this same area of cost-benefit analysis.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Foster specializes in Loss Analysis in civil litigation. He advises both plaintiff and defense attorneys on cases involving Personal Injury / Wrongful Death, Employment Disputes, and Lost Business Profits cases.

    Dr. Foster has provided approximately 2,000 independent reports and evaluation of opposing experts' reports in the past 40 years, and testified often in Federal and State courts (AK, IA, MN, OH, ND, NV, SD, WI).
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    Dawn M. Adams, PHR
    W307 N6380 Shore Acres Rd.
    Hartland WI 53029
    USA
    phone: 414-659-4553
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    Dawn M. Adams, PHR, is a certified Professional in Human Resources, with 25+ years of experience in Human Resources, employment law, and Organization Development. She built her expertise in the professional services, manufacturing, health care, financial services, government, and construction industries. Dawn has held various leadership positions within organizations, including Vice President of Human Resources for a statewide, nonprofit healthcare organization and national HR manager for an international law firm.

    Ms. Adams built additional coaching and development expertise through the Center for Creative Leadership and Team Trek. In addition to her PHR certification, she earned several certifications through Lominger International. Ms. Adams was a member of SHRM and its national Employee Relations Expertise Panel. She is a former member and chair of MMSHRM’s Employment Practices Committee.

    Litigation Support - Dawn Adams provides expert witness services to counsel representing Plaintiff and Defendant in cases involving human resources, employment law compliance, management practices, employee termination, and recruitment. Ms. Adams is experienced with sexual harassment and discrimination cases, FMLA, employment laws, leave laws, policies and procedures, and the American With Disabilities Act (ADA).

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Human Resources
    • FMLA / Leave Laws
    • ADA
    • Employer Responsibility
    • Employment Discrimination
    • Employment Investigations
  • Employment Termination
  • Background Investigations
  • Due Diligence
  • Employee Relations
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Termination
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    Beth De Lima
    2050 Gateway Place, Suite 100-177
    San Jose CA 95110
    USA
    phone: 209-728-8905
    fax: 209-728-8970
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    Beth De Lima, MBA, SPHR-CA. consults with Plaintiff and Defense attorneys in regard to human resource management, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), discrimination and related topics. Ms. De Lima is nationally certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources with a California specific certification (SPHR - CA) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and was appointed to sit on the Employee Health, Safety, and Security Special Expertise Panel, 2006-2010. She is a certified mediator, U.C. Berkeley, Extension Program and had been appointed to the Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne County Superior Court Mediation Panels.

    Specifically, Ms. De Lima can assist you in preparing responses and compiling evidence for existing cases. Her litigation support services may be used to:
    • Formulate questions for depositions
    • Conduct investigations and interviews
    • Evaluate the adequacy of personnel policies
    • Analyze evidence and presentation materials
    • Identify case weaknesses and alternative strategies
    • Document employee physical suitability for work
    • Determine "reasonable accommodation"
    Please visit her website at www.hrmconsulting.com for more details. Ms. De Lima has offices in Murphys and San Jose California and are available at your convenience to discuss cases on a confidential and complimentary basis.

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    Charles Trudrung Taylor
    Attorney
    5200 N. Palm Avenue, 4th Floor
    Fresno CA 93704
    USA
    phone: 559-228-6700
    fax: 559-228-6727
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    Charles Taylor is a partner at Lang, Richert & Patch specializing in federal civil litigation. He has represented clients in areas such as Civil Rights, Government Contracts and Leases, Insurance Coverage, and Business Litigation in various federal district courts around the United States, in adversary proceedings in the bankruptcy court, and before governmental administrative boards.

    Mr. Taylor specializes in all aspects of Employment Law, including sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. He has represented local and national clients on various employment issues before the Labor Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Employment Development Department. In addition, he advises employers on preventing employment relations problems and on developing personnel policies and procedures.

    Illustrative Case:
  • Engaged by bakery to defend against civil complaint filed by Department of Justice for alleged violations of Clean Air Act with over $3 million in potential penalties. Successfully negotiated dismissal of the case without penalty
  • Engaged by local concessionaire on government owned property after improper termination of lease. Actions litigated in both federal district court and before Contract Board of Appeals. Prevailed on entitlement issues after an 8 day hearing
  • Successful settlement on quantum before trial for in excess of $1.3 million
  • Successfully defended on summary judgment large grocery store chain by four female employees claiming sexual harassment and gender discrimination
  • Successfully defended regional employer for alleged wrongful termination in violation of public policy, fraud, tortious bad faith, and intentional infliction of emotional distress
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    Jean L. Seawright, CMC
    President
    140 N. Park Avenue
    Suite 250
    Winter Park FL 32789
    USA
    phone: 407-645-2433
    fax: 407-645-3923
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    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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    Maureen Clark, SPHR
    CEO
    356 Hedge Road
    Menlo Park CA 94025
    USA
    phone: 650-328-1165
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    Maureen Clark, SPHR,CEO of Three Sixty HR, Inc., began her Human Resources career in banking and Fortune 100 manufacturing. Ms. Clark has been consulting in Human Resources for over 27 serving over 200 clients in high tech, manufacturing, services, not-for-profit, education, and public sectors.

    Ms. Clark is particularly skilled at analyzing difficult workplace problems and creating win-win outcomes. Her practice has expanded to include HR investigations (PI#27972), litigation consulting, and expert witness testimony for both plaintiffs and defense. Ms. Clark is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, the Northern California Human Resources Association, the Association of Workplace Investigators, and the Forensic Expert Witness Association.

    Cases have included allegations of:
    • Age and Pregnancy Discrimination
    • Adequacy of Employer’s Response to a Complaint of Discrimination
    • Failure to Accommodate a Disability
    • Adequacy of Employer’s Response to a Complaint of Sexual Harassment
    • Negligent Hiring
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Constructive Discharge
    • Failure to Comply with Meal and Rest Period Requirements
    • Failure to Pay at Termination
    • Discrimination Based on Disability
    • Inadequate Procedures for Making & Investigating Complaints
    • Liability for a Tort Occurring During the Course of Employment
    • Whistleblowing, Retaliation
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