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Michael T. Motley, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
3748 Repton Way
Santa Rosa CA 95404
USA
phone: 530-304-6462
fax: 707-528-2946
Michael T. Motley, Ph.D. has over thirty-five years of experience in the fields of Communication & Psycholinguistics. Dr. Motley serves as an expert witness for opinions on the clarity, lack of clarity, and most likely interpretation of common messages such as warning labels, instructions, advertising, contracts, waivers, and so forth. He has served on over 30 cases; about 2/3 for plaintiff and 1/3 for defense.

Dr. Motley is a Professor Emeritus of Communication at the University of California at Davis. He has authored almost 200 books, articles, and research papers in communication and psycholinguistics. He has won eighteen excellence awards for his research and was recognized as among the "Top 1%" of communication scholars of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Communication Messages: Meaning, Ambiguity, Likely and Alternate Interpretations, Communicative Intention
  • Adequacy/Inadequacy of Messages: Product Warnings, Instructions, Waivers, Advertisements
  • Male / Female Misunderstandings: Sexual Consent/Resistance, Date Rape
Services Offered:
  • Expert testimony & Consultation
  • Opinion on Adequacy of Communication Messages
  • Opinion on Likely Consumer Interpretation of Warnings, Instructions, Advertising
  • Opinion on Likely Intrepretation of Sexual Resistance/Consent Messages and Behaviors
  • Social-scientific testing of expert opinion (his and others')
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5/29/2012 · Warnings & Labels
My first expert witness case involved a man who was injured using a chinup bar designed to fit within a door frame. The bar has rubber suction cups at each end, and its length is adjusted by twisting its two sections together or apart for a telescoping effect.

Michael T. Motley, PhD
In this volume, recognized scholars discuss ways they have applied communication research to court cases as an expert witness or consultant in such areas as jury selection, pretrial publicity, sexual consent, warning adequacy, hindsight bias, jury decision making, document authorship identification, graphics and simulations and several others. For attorneys, the volume may provide an introduction to ways that communication scholarship can inform their future cases.
Michael T. Motley, PhD
This book offers solutions for communication problems that erupt in our daily lives. By focusing on socially meaningful applied research in communication, this book offers a new direction for interpersonal communication studies. Featuring original studies that are practical and relevant, chapters provide readers with a balanced combination of rigorous research with pragmatic application.
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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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Dr. Daniel B. Kennedy C.P.P., C.C.S.
President
1664 Rolling Woods Drive
Troy MI 48098-4385
USA
phone: 248-641-0988
fax: 248-641-0788
Daniel B. Kennedy, Ph.D., is FCA’s principal consultant and is Board Certified in Security Management. Dr. Kennedy has had extensive specialized training in various aspects of Criminal Behavior, Policing Operations, Corrections Operations, and Private Sector Security Management. He specializes in crime foreseeability issues, appropriate standards of care in the security industry, and analyses of the behavioral aspects of proximate causation.

Dr. Kennedy has testified in cases involving the appropriate standards of care for the use of deadly force, vehicle pursuits, emergency psychiatric evaluations, prisoner health care, prevention of prisoner suicide, positional asphyxia/excited delirium, and “suicide by cop.” He also evaluates numerous lawsuits concerning premises liability for negligent security in the private sector involving properties both in the U.S. and overseas.
4/21/2014 · Criminology
As is probably true for many of us in the workplace, my career has not turned out quite as I envisioned it would some 40 years ago. More specifically, as a beginning graduate student in sociology, I had no idea I would eventually practice forensic criminology or be in a position to write about what follows. In fact, I had never heard of forensic criminology (FC) until years later and, I believe, neither had my academic colleagues. It was only after I began to practice as a forensic criminologist and to identify myself as one that the parameters of this fascinating area of expertise began to reveal themselves more fully to me.

3/10/2014 · Criminology
Social scientists play an increasingly important role in the prosecution and defense of both criminal and civil matters before the courts. An expanding area of forensic sociology and criminology involves the analysis of crime foreseeability and security standards of care as they relate to the question of liability for negligent security. Criminologists analyze prior crimes at a location and consider the totality of circumstances in order to determine foreseeability.

4/12/2012 · Criminology
Criminal or offender profiling in one form or another has existed for many centuries. In more recent history, profiles have been constructed for such notorious criminals as Jack the Ripper, the Boston Strangler, the Unabomber, the Beltway Sniper, the Railway Rapist, the Mad Bomber, and the Green River Killer, all with varying degrees of validity.

4/6/2009 · Criminology
In ancient Rome, a forum was a public place where important governmental debates were held. Sometimes it was a town square or even a marketplace. Gradually, the forum also became a sort of public ‘courthouse,’ where various trials of importance to the citizenry were held

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Jane Gray, PhD
Premises Liability Expert
6045 Kentigern Ct N
Dublin OH 43017
USA
phone: 614-975-1997
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Jane Gray, PhD has over 25 years of experience in the fields of Sociology and Criminology. Dr. Gray has consulted with a number of public and private sector agencies as well as numerous attorneys on matters concerning social science with criminal behavior in particular.

As an expert witness, her expertise resides in identifying the foreseeability of crime by evaluating the environment as would a criminal offender. Her extensive experience and research with prison inmates provides the necessary framework for determining how offenders estimate their risk of apprehension and the likelihood of a successful criminal outcome.

Dr. Gray has worked in the legal industry for over 20 years. She been retained as an expert in over 60 cases and has qualified to testify in federal and numerous state courts. Dr. Gray represents attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Premises Liability
  • Negligent Security
  • Negligent Hiring and Retention
  • Wrongful Death
  • Professional Associations:
    • Member, American Society of Criminology
    • Member, American Sociological Association
    • Member, Board of Trustees, Alvis House Community Corrections Center, Columbus, Ohio 2004 - 2007
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    Gary Foxcroft
    24 St Leonard’s House
    St Leonard’s Gate
    Lancaster Lancashire LA1 1NN
    GBR
    phone: 0845-313-8391
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    Gary Foxcroft has wide-ranging expertise working with Children Accused of Witchcraft. Mr. Foxcroft practices his specialty principally in Nigeria and the UK, but is available for consultation internationally. With degrees in Social, Cultural, Environmental and Developmental Studies from Derby and Lancaster Universities, he is uniquely qualified to detect the signs of Child Abuse linked to witchcraft accusations.

    Mr. Foxcroft has in-depth knowledge of the belief system itself, the factors that lead to the belief, the signs of child abuse, and UK and Nigerian policies in particular that relate to witchcraft accusations. He founded Stepping Stones Nigeria after first coming across the Child Witch Phenomenon in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria in 2006. Stepping Stones Nigeria has helped rescue and rehabilitate over 500 children accused of witchcraft since that time.

    Mr. Foxcroft has appeared on two UK documentaries, "Saving Africa's Witch Children" and "Return to Africa's Witch Children" both of which received critical acclaim winning BAFTA, EMMY and Amnesty International Film Awards. He continues to present papers at UNHCR and the UN Human Rights Council. Mr. Foxcroft also participates in various conferences and works closely with numerous news agencies around the world to raise awareness of the issue.