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Dr. Stephen M. Raffle
Principal
35 Wolfe Grade
Kentfield (San Francisco) CA
USA
phone: 415-461-4845
fax: 415-461-4039
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Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. is double Board-Certified, in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Raffle has over 43 years as a clinical and forensic psychiatrist offering his expert opinion in Federal and State jurisdictions nationwide. In addition to serving as an expert witness, Dr. Raffle consults to attorneys, judges, insurers, and to employers regarding Fitness for Duty and Risk of Violence (Threat) Assessment:

  • 5000+ psychiatric assessments
  • Forensic testimony, 700 depositions and trial testimony
  • Successful clinical practice

    The job of an expert witness is to educate a jury, judge, attorney, trier of fact about the forensic psychiatrist's conclusions and how those opinions were derived, in a manner well-reasoned and skillful, easily understood by every person, not only another Forensic Psychiatrist. In short, an educator. Dr. Raffle’s experience as an educator extends well beyond a forensic venue, yet underpins the key to his ability to explain his opinions.

  • Prof. of Psychiatry, UCSF Medical School, 20 years
  • Hastings College of the Law postgraduate course "Trial and Appellate Advocacy" instructing seasoned attorneys about the direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, with special focus on mental health experts and licensed medical professionals, Psychiatrists (MD), Psychologists, LCSW, MFT, and physicians in other medical specialties, 11 years

    Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. & Associates' expertise is well-established in forensic assessment in the areas of:

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Dementia and Competency
    • Testamentary Capacity
    • Undue Influence
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Malingering
    • Emotional Distress: Intentional & Unintentional infliction
    • Emotional Distress: Forensic Evaluation to render medical-legal opinion
    • Diagnosis and Need for Treatment
    • Fitness For Duty
    • Risk/Threat Workplace Violence Assessment
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Discrimination (ADA, Title VII, EEOC)
    • Harassment
    • Employment Litigation
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Catastrophic Injury
    • Temporary and Permanent Disability
    • Medical Records Review
    • Assist in Preparation for Direct and Cross-examination of Expert Witnesses and Deposition of expert witnesses
  • 35 Wolfe Grade
    Kentfield, CA 94904 (San Francisco Bay Area)
    (415) 461-4845
    Licensed in California.
    12/3/2014 · Psychiatry
    In order for a medical opinion to be admissible as evidence in civil, criminal and administrative cases, the basis of the opinion must fulfill either the Daubert Criteria or the Frye test, depending on the jurisdiction. The judge of the court rules on the admissibility of the expert opinion. The effect of Daubert has been to limit expert testimony to opinions which are based on a scientific foundation. Daubert specifies that adequate scientific support and method and a known error rate must exist. The testimony of a mental health expert rendering an opinion using criteria which does not meet Daubert standards is weakened by the implication that it is not based on "sound science." In some instances, for example, a mental health expert uses an approach where there are no peer-reviewed studies or methods, such as when psychologists compose their own neuropsychological test batteries. In most cases where an attorney is considering a "Daubert challenge," a contemporaneous and up-to-date literature search is indicated. Also, extensive case law presently exists as to specific issues. Being familiar with the Daubert criteria enhances effectiveness in challenging a mental health expert's opinion, whether on voir dire or cross examination. On direct examination, the strengths of an opinion reached under Daubert criteria become a "teaching moment" for the trier of fact, because it will be founded on the science of mental health assessment.

    10/27/2014 · Psychiatry
    Undue influence occurs when the testator's freewill and freedom of choice in the disposition of the assets of his or her estate is replaced by the substituted judgment/wishes of another. This can apply to creating a will, codicil to amend a will, trust or other legal instrument.

    2/11/2014 · Psychiatry
    The medical expert cannot express an opinion about the ultimate question to the trier of fact: how much is the plaintiff's emotional distress (emotional injury) worth in dollars? Yet when the question of these monetary damages is put to a jury, their deliberations are better-served if considered in the context of a Forensic Psychiatrist's knowledgeable findings and testimony.

    5/28/2009 · Human Factors
    All psychiatric reports evaluate something, but not always the same thing. For example, eligibility for benefits, or fitness to do a job. To make sense of the report, the reader must determine what is being evaluated and how it is being done

    5/28/2009 · Psychiatry
    In civil cases where emotional distress is alleged, it often occurs that the plaintiff’s attorney designates the treater as his expert. Usually the argument is that the plaintiff’s own therapist has spent many more hours with the plaintiff than the defense expert and therefore "knows" the plaintiff better. The treater often agrees with this reasoning

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    255 Avian Lane
    Madison AL 35758
    USA
    phone: 256-457-9782
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    Greg H. Parlier, PhD (Colonel, US Army, Retired), began his Army career as a section leader in an airborne infantry battalion and retired as the senior, most experienced Operations Research (OR) Analyst on active duty. A career Air Defense Artillery officer, Dr. Parlier was stationed overseas in the Far East, Europe, and Southwest Asia. A combat veteran with 5 operational deployments, he is the recipient of more than 35 decorations, foreign awards, campaign, and service medals.

    Dr. Parlier currently serves as a Defense Analyst and Systems Engineering Consultant. With over 40 years experience in leadership, management, strategic planning, and organizational innovation, his unique qualifications and expertise include building, developing, and leading multi-disciplinary teams confronting transformational challenges in large commands and complex organizations. He has been an advisor to: commercial firms ranging from small hi-tech start-ups to Fortune 100 consulting companies; US Government organizations, including senior OR advisor supporting US Forces in Iraq; and several foreign governments.

    Author of numerous professional journal articles and an award-winning text, Dr. Parlier has presented over 200 papers on Military Operations Research, Army Manpower and Officer Personnel Policy, and National Security Resource Challenges at a wide variety of national and international conferences during the past 25 years. A former West Point professor and Professional Engineer, he is adjunct professor of Operations Research at a top research university and member of several National Academies of Sciences and Engineering special studies.

    Dr. Parlier is Program Chair for the annual International Conferences on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems, Past President of INFORMS MAS, and Editorial Board Chair for Phalanx: The Magazine of National Security Analyses.

    Education :
    • PhD, Systems Engineering, Wesleyan International University
    • MS, Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School
    • MA, National Security Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
    • BS, Engineering, US Military Academy, West Point
      As I write this, the Middle East is ablaze with an Islamic caliphate gaining hold in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Humanitarian crises, barbarian acts and charges of genocide shock our senses. Iran marches on to a nuclear weapon and delivery capability. In West Africa, the largest outbreak of Ebola virus has now caused more than three thousand deaths of hemorrhagic fever, spreading fear and causing the director of the World Health Organization to declare an international emergency.

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      14 W. Rosemont Avenue
      Alexandria VA 22301
      USA
      phone: 703-888-2685
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      W. Patrick Lang is a Strategic Military & Political Intelligence Analyst. He is a retired senior officer of U.S. Military Intelligence and U.S. Army Special Forces (The Green Berets). Col. Lang served in the Department of Defense both as a serving officer and then as a member of the Defense Senior Executive Service for many years. He is a highly decorated veteran of several of America’s overseas conflicts including the war in Vietnam.

      Col. Lang was Trained and Educated as a Specialist in the Middle East by the U.S. Army and served in that region for many years. He was the first Professor of the Arabic Language at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. In the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) he was the “Defense Intelligence Officer for the Middle East, South Asia and Terrorism,” and later the first Director of the Defense Humint Service.” For his service in DIA, he was awarded the “Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive.” This is the equivalent of a British knighthood.

      A Retired U.S. Army Officer, Col. Lang is also a Media Consultant for many TV, radio and print productions, commentating on the Middle East, South Asia and Islam, among other issues.

      Col. Lang has in-depth knowledge of Special Forces, clandestine and overt HUMINT intelligence collection operations and executive management of the same, counterinsurgency, unconventional warfare and counter guerrilla operations. He is an Expert Trainer of U.S. and other personnel in Operations Requirements in Muslim Countries.

      Col. Lang is the author of several articles and books, including the most recent: "Death Piled Hard," (A Tale of the Confederate Secret Services). He is also a sought after Public Speaker.

      Expert Resource Available To:
    • Industrial
    • News
    • Security
    • International Business
    • Brokerage Firms in Threat
    • Risk Analysis
    • Strategic Planning
    • Negotiations with Government & Non-Government entities in Muslim countries
    • 3/15/2011 · Politics
      "Were we right or were we wrong?" This was Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) George Tenet's central question in his 2004 talk to the faculty and students of his alma mater, Georgetown University.

      2/21/2011 · Politics
      In Vietnam the theater army component intelligence collection architecture matured by the Spring of 1968.

      2/17/2011 · Politics
      In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars Europe was a political shambles.

      Col. W. Patrick Lang
      When Claude Devereux's brother, Patrick, is killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, he's devastated. But there is little time for grief. Devereux, a Confederate spy, has worked his way behind enemy lines in the North to become a prominent adviser to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. If General Robert Lee and his comrades in the South have any chance of succeeding in beating the Union, Devereux knows that he must keep his cover at all costs. So he steers clear of danger even when he doesn't want to do so….Devereux must do all that he can to stop Grant in his tracks and help the South win its independence in Death Piled Hard.
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      The Devereuxs of Alexandria, Virginia were moderate people. The eldest son seemed the most moderate of all. Claude Devereux wanted no part of secession. None of his family wanted Virginia to leave the Union. This family of bankers owned no slaves and. . .
      Col. W. Patrick Lang
      This succinctly written, no-nonsense introduction to the business of espionage looks at the history of intelligence gathering from the Revolutionary War to the present, including brief information on specific agents who have affected history. Topics include methods of collecting intelligence, recruiting, "tradecraft" or operational methods, the future of spying, and personality traits and education needed for a successful case officer. This is a useful source for reports and debates, as well as interesting reading for fans of espionage novels and movies who want to know what it's really like. Some of the Web sites appended are difficult to access, but there are some fascinating resources included.
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      Captain/Colonel J. F. Joseph
      Colonel USMC (Retired)
      928 Easton Dr., Suite "A"
      San Marcos TX 78666
      USA
      phone: 24 Hour Cell Phone: (704) 905-2669
      fax: Business / Fax: (512) 667-7157
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      Joseph Aviation Consulting (JAC), offers over 47 years of worldwide aviation experience. This level of expertise includes over 28,000 flight hours in over 70 models of aircraft ranging from General Aviation to High-Performance Military and Air Carrier. Operational expertise includes more than 42 years experience as a flight instructor in the aforementioned aircraft types. In addition to flight experience, JAC offers 33 years of aviation accident reconstruction and analysis and has been involved with hundreds of aircraft accident/incident investigations. Further, JAC possesses over 36 years of aviation safety and standardization development.



      Because of our experience, JAC can provide Accident Analysis, Aviation safety Program Development, Safety Management Systems (SMS) Integration, Flight Department Management, Pilot Employment, IS-BAO accredited auditing and Expert Witness Testimony which refines, substantiates or frequently refutes prior findings. This concise methodological approach to accident analysis has proven time and again to be a formidable litigation tool.



      "J" Joseph is a retired airline pilot and retired United States Marine Corps Colonel. Currently, he is the Deputy Director of Aviation, Chief Pilot and Director of Flight Operations for the Texas Department of Transportation. He is an active member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators and International Business Aviation Council (IBAC/IS-BAO). Colonel J
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      Harry G. Direen, PhD, PE
      Consultant
      Colorado Springs CO 80921
      USA
      phone: 877-869-5201
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      Harry Direen, PhD, PE has over 30 years of experience as an engineer Designing and Developing Systems in the Electronics and Software Industry. He has taught engineering courses at the US Air Force Academy and at the University of Colorado. Dr. Direen currently works with a research group at the US Air Force Academy developing control systems and image processing using GPGPUs for UAVs. An inventor, he holds 3 United States patents.

      Litigation Support - Dr. Direen has significant experience as an expert witness supporting counsel and testifying in complex patent infringement cases. He has a broad base of knowledge in electronic and software systems gained from a long career developing a wide range of products and systems. His litigation experience also includes encryption / decryption methods associated with databases and signal processing.

      Dr. Direen has reverse engineered a variety of complex systems over the years, including: media players, modems, modem compression algorithms, coriolis mass flow meters, database systems, and a range of other products to support patent infringement cases generating detailed claim charts and writing expert reports to demonstrate infringement. He has successfully discovered and analyzed complex digital signal processing algorithms and pertinent operations within these products.

      Dr. Direen's expertise is available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. He is highly proficient in explaining complex systems to laymen.

      Areas of Expertise:
      • Electronic Systems
      • Control Systems
      • Embedded Systems Design and Development
      • Databases
      • Control of UAVs / Drones
    • Robotics
    • Software
    • Signal Processing
    • Product Reverse Engineering
    • Intellectual Property
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