Gabriele Goldaper has over 45 years experience in the Fashion, Garment, Textile Industry, as a retailer, manufacturer, consultant, and college instructor. Ms. Goldaper is a perceptive and articulate Expert Witness who has been involved in more than150+ Apparel Industry Legal Disputes. She has been deposed and testified in bench and jury trials and arbitrations, for both defendants and plaintiffs.
Ms. Goldaper has owned her own clothing manufacturing company and has held key executive positions in major public and private companies in Southern California. She has been a Management Consultant to over 200 new, failing or growing apparel companies, and completed assignments for USAID in Romania, Egypt, El Salvador, Moscow, Thailand and Bulgaria as an apparel expert.
Ms. Goldaper is a 30-year member of the faculty at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
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Rob Wallace has unique expertise in Trademark, Trade Dress, Copyright, Brand Identity and Package Design Infringement. For 35+ years, Rob ran one of the nation's top Brand Identity Strategy and Package Design Resources providing global branding expertise to Fortune 500 companies in virtually all CPG categories. His clients include P&G, Nestle, Pepsico, Unilever, Kraft, Colgate, The Home Depot, Brown-Foreman, Novartis, J&J and more than 50 market leading companies. Manhattan-based, Rob has been an expert witness for important litigation involving:
Rob has commissioned literally hundreds of consumer surveys and is uniquely qualified to determine the results of all research. He has worked for attorneys on both the plaintiff and defense sides of his cases. He is effective and efficient with the average project report requiring between 10 and 12 hours.
Sameer Somal is the Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer at Blue Ocean Global Wealth and Blue Ocean Global Technology. Sameer is a CFA Charterholder, a CFP® professional, and a Chartered Alternative Investment AnalystSM. In May of 2017 he was named an Iconic Leader Creating a Better World for All by the All Ladies League & Women Economic Forum. Sameer is an internationally recognized speaker, educator and entrepreneur.
2016 - 2018 speaking engagements include, but are not limited to:
• The US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (McLean, VA)
• Women Economic Forum (Delhi, India)
• Dimensional Fund Advisors Conference (Chicago, IL)
• Mick Law Conference (Scottsdale, AZ)
• Legal Week 2018 (New York, NY)
• Betta Gamma Sigma Leadership Conference (Chicago, IL)
• Scotiabank Executive Strategy Retreat (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands)
• The LavaCon Content Strategy Conference (Las Vegas, NV)
• Global Digital Marketing Summit
• The Securities & Exchange Board of India (Mumbai, India)
• Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association (Mumbai, India)
• National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM), CFAI, & City of London (Mumbai, India)
• CFA Society Texas
Sameer is passionate about helping clients improve profitability, build brand equity, and adapt to the Digital Revolution. He oversees technology planning, consulting engagements, and key client relationships.
• Blue Ocean Global Technology serves clients and agency partners in 40+ countries.
• We have completed 3000+ web development, portal, eCommerce, and software projects over the past 15 years.
• We are Online Reputation (ORM) Experts, which includes building a positive reputation and mitigating a negative reputation on google for an organization or person.
Blue Ocean Global Technology proactively builds stellar reputations. We create and promote digital assets that accelerate the growth of brand equity. We provide comprehensive reputation management services, which often includes search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing (SMM), and web development. When an individual or organization faces crisis, legal or PR issues that reach the internet, we specialize in mitigating the impact of the defamatory content and repairing the negative reputation.
Blue Ocean Global Technology serves both clients directly and an exclusive group of PR, Law, Digital Marketing, and Web-Development agency partners.
Litigation Support - Sameer is a subject matter expert witness and frequent speaker on online reputation management, search engine optimization, digital marketing and the digital revolution. He helps clients build, monitor and repair their online reputation. Sameer also provide testimony in courts for client cases and expert consulting specific to the digital footprint of individuals, companies and governments. Blue Ocean Global Technology has completed over 3000+ SEO & Web Development projects. We serve clients globally.
Areas of Expertise - Search Engine Optimization • Online Reputation Management • Internet Defamation • Internet Consulting • Digital Marketing • Website Development • Online Review Management • Digital Reputation Repair
Dr. Thomas Maronick has provided both plaintiff and defense litigators with marketing and consumer expertise for over 25 years. Prior to that he was the in-house marketing expert at the FTC. Since leaving the FTC in 1997, Dr. Maronick has been qualified as an expert in numerous federal and state courts, providing expert reports, affidavits, and testimony on marketing, advertising, and consumer behavior matters. Dr. Maronick has designed and implemented over 300 consumer surveys for litigation and/or policy related strategies, using virtually every survey research methodology, including mall-intercept studies, telephone and mail surveys, and studies using the internet and consumer mail panels. Dr. Maronick has testified (deposition/trial) over 75 times in the past five years and is the author of research of the use of surveys in litigation. Areas of Expertise:
- False and Deceptive Advertising
- Deceptive Marketing Practices
- Consumer/Advertising Survey Research
Nevium’s experts are trial-tested IP custom & practice damages experts who take a hands-on approach with all their IP litigation assignments. Whether you are in need of an expert to calculate economic damages as lost profits / unjust enrichment, give an opinion on specific business clauses in a license agreement or to leverage Internet and Social Media analytics to prove or disapprove infringement, Nevium has the experience and expertise.
Litigation Support:Nevium works closely with C-Level executives, in-house and outside counsel to implement the best possible business strategy that intertwines with the legal strategy. Nevium is part of the team early on in the litigation process assisting with discovery requests and deposition questions. Nevium’s experience and expertise allows the managing attorney to focus on the legal issues knowing that Nevium is proactively taking care of the business side of the case. As experienced Intellectual Property Consultants, they have real-word, hands on IP management, monetization and valuation experience that plays out well in front of a judge and jury. Nevium professionals provide IP expert witness testimony related to economic damages in a range of lost profits, unjust enrichment, relief from royalty, reasonable royalty, relief from pay per click, corrective advertising and IP valuation. They author reports and provide testimony for federal and state court claims, arbitration, and mediation related to false endorsement, defamation, infringement and unfair competition.
Areas of Analyses Expertise
Past Law Firm Clients
Doug Bania, CLP, Founding Principal, has over a twelve years of expertise in managing, valuing and monetizing intellectual property and intangible assets. Mr. Bania has been a named expert in over thirty (30) cases, has been deposed seven (7) times and has testified at trial four (4) times. Mr. Bania was recently called upon to testify in the Pharrell Williams, et al. v. Bridgeport Music, Inc., et al., case as the Plaintiffs’ and Counter-Defendants’ Copyright Apportionment Expert testifying in the area of Damages and Apportionment. Mr. Bania’s industry experience ranges from apparel to automotive and publishing to music. Prior to founding Nevium, Doug Bania managed 100s of projects related to brands, intellectual property and the related intangible assets. He has assisted clients in intellectual property matters related to acquisitions, litigation, bankruptcy, tax, estate, family and marital disputes, and licensing.
Brian Buss, CFA, Founding Principal, is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over two decades of experience providing intellectual property and business valuation, expert testimony and transaction advisory. Mr. Buss provide solutions for IP owners, attorneys and licensees both in the United States and overseas. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Economics from Claremont McKenna College and completed the Executive MBA program at San Diego State University. An expert in valuation and economic damages calculations, Mr. Buss has valued copyrights, brands, patents and business interests across a wide range of industries from apparel companies to airports and from technology start-ups to global consumer products companies. Often engaged to analyze unique and proprietary assets and their economic impact and contribution to financial results, he works closely with clients and counsel to develop thorough yet clear and understandable analyses.
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"I very strongly recommend Rhonda. She’s great to work with, and her work product is absolutely top-shelf." Greenberg & Traurig, LLP
*FORTUNE 100 CMO * RESEARCH / SURVEYS * GLOBAL AGENCY LEADER * COURT TESTED * PROFESSOR* CLIENTS INCLUDE: GREENBERG & TRAURIG, O'MELVANY & MYERS, KIRKLAND & ELLIS, SHACKELFORD MELTON AND MCKINLEY
Federal and state qualified survey and testimony expert with 13 years experience. Deposition and courtroom tested. More than 95 law firms and 200 projects: Lanham Act, Misleading Advertising, Licensing, Defamation, Commercial Reasonableness, and more. The former Chief Marketing Officer for Walmart Sam's Club, Ms. Harper's experience also includes executive positions with UPS, Nabisco, Ketchum Public Relations, Johnson & Johnson, and VF Corporation. Harper provided C-suite consulting to Fortune 500 corporations including The Home Depot, Target, Tyson Foods, HSN, IBM, and more.
Harper also served as an adjunct Marketing Professor for American University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a sought after speaker: Harvard Business School, Lilly, American Marketing Association, and more. Services include: Surveys, Research, Consulting, Expert Report, Rebuttal Testimony, and Testimony.
"I worked with Rhonda Harper recently in connection with a trademark infringement matter. I am absolutely convinced that the strength of your report is a significant part of the reason that we were able to achieve a settlement that is very much in our client’s favor." Kevin O'Shea, Shareholder, Greenberg & Traurig, LLP