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Dr. Pogos H. Voskanian
Medical Director
1240 Serota Place
Philadelphia PA 19115
USA
phone: 215-938-7227
fax: 215-938-7474
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Expertise: Specializing in applications of clinical psychiatry to legal issues in civil and criminal matters at the interface of Psychiatry and the Law. Has served as an evaluator or expert witness in about three hundred cases in State and Federal courts in matters relating to:
  • Mental State at Time-of-the-Offense Evaluations
  • Insanity Defense / Diminished Capacity
  • Civil & Criminal Competency Evaluations
  • Competency to Stand Trial / Competency to Waive Miranda Rights
  • Testamentary Capacity / Testimonial Capacity / Informed Consent
  • Capital Sentencing & Mitigation
  • Risk of Violence Assessments
  • Sex Offenders
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Independent Medical Evaluations / Psychiatric Disability
  • Personal Injury / Pain & Suffering / Emotional Distress
  • Workplace Violence Assessments
  • Discrimination
  • Evaluations under Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Fitness for Duty
  • Psychiatric Malpractice
  • Toxic Tort
  • Product Liability

  • Professional Background: Certified by ABPN in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatry and Law Program at MCP Hahanemann University. Director of Psychiatry & Law Program and Director of Correctional Mental Health Services Program/Provider of Mental Health Services for the City of Philadelphia Prison System. Formerly Director of Psychiatry & Law Program at the Medical College of Virginia. M.D. Degree -University of Massachusetts. Psychiatry Residency & Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship -Tulane University Medical Center.
    Wills are generally contested either on the grounds that the testator lacked Testamentary Capacity (was incompetent to make a will at the time of signing it) or the testator, because of his/her mental state, was subject to Undue Influence (i.e. if there is evidence of coercion, manipulation, deception, compulsion, intimidation, etc.) or an Undue Influence secondary to a thought disturbance (such as delusions affecting the testator's free will in making decisions).

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    Stephan Michelson, PhD
    Statistical Analysis Expert
    1430 Valmont Drive
    Hendersonville NC 28791
    USA
    phone: 828-696-2929
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    Stephan Michelson, PhD, has spent over 45 years working in the field of Statistics, analyzing complex legal issues, from developing data, to analysis, to presentation as an expert witness.

    President of Longbranch Research Associates (LRA), Dr. Michelson is responsible for staff and facilities administration and quality of product output. He is also the director of litigation analyses and research projects. He spent many years serving on the faculty at Reed, Harvard, the Brookings Institution, and the Urban Institute.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Michelson specializes in Statistical Analysis in Litigation. He and his team at Longbranch have worked for private attorneys and public attorneys in hundreds of cases, but their recent clientele consists only of public attorneys, state’s attorneys, and U.S. attorneys. This is because their policy is to pursue truth, independent of their client’s position.

    LRA is successful because they find the best statistical approximation to real world events, and can determine, within that model, if biased decisions are being made. They have found data when attorneys thought none existed. They pay attention to legal literature cases and law review articles, as well as to statistics literature. LRA understands the institutions involved in a case, so that their models are relevant, understandable, and correct. Their analyses speaks to judges, because they speak to the issues the judge has to decide upon.

    Methodologically sophisticated, Dr. Michelson specializes in complex legal cases, presenting methods and results honestly and clearly, with graphics to represent his data. He derives fact from data, and sometimes derives the data itself. See Connecticut v. Gibbs (state court), Rhode Island v. Tremblay (state court), Koger v. Reno (federal court), Coker v. Charleston School District (federal court), etc. Dr. Michelson has testified across the United States, in the state of Washington, Georgia, New Hampshire, and many others.

    Within the field of statistics in law, Dr. Michelson has special expertise and interest in certain subjects, including:
    • Class Certification: Fulfilling the requirements, especially after Dukes v. Walmart
    • Daubert and its Progeny: How should a judge determine who is an expert?
    • Discrimination - Administrative law, federal law, and state law, regarding many areas of employment, jury selection, and criminal penalty
    The economist who wants to work on legal questions needs to know something about law, but he does not need a J.D. Analysis of jury selection, from which some identifiable group of the population allegedly has been excluded, has historically established the statistical approach to discrimination in selection of all kinds. The leading article by Michael Finkelstein, to which analysts still today pay homage, was published in 1966, providing the basis for the Supreme Court's 1977 finding of jury discrimination in Castaneda.