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Edward J. Priz, CPCU, APA
President
3230 S. Harlem Ave.
Riverside IL 60546
USA
phone: 708-945-7393
fax: 708-442-6010
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Edward Priz Workers Compensation Expert PhotoEdward J. Priz, CPCU, APA, has worked full-time in the Insurance Industry since 1976. In 1982, he also began consulting on Workers Compensation insurance issues, and in 1987 established his own consulting firm to specialize in this field, as Advanced Insurance Management.

Mr. Priz holds the professional designation Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) from the American Institute of Property and Liability Underwriters, as well as the designation Associate in Premium Auditing, from the Insurance Institute of America.

Litigation Support - Mr. Priz has been retained by policyholders, insurance agents and brokers, insurance companies, and a premium audit firm as an expert witness in his field, both as a consulting expert and as a testifying expert. He serves as an expert witness to counsel for Plaintiff and Defense and has testified in federal and state courts and arbitrations in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. He is a member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association, and currently serves as Vice-President of the Chicago chapter of that organization.

He is also a member of the Society of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, and the National Society of Insurance Premium Auditors.

Mr. Priz has also consulted on the drafting of legislation pertaining to Workers Compensation insurance in Illinois, and has testified on insurance regulation before the Illinois legislature. He is the author of three books on the subject of Workers' Compensation insurance.

Edward Priz Expert Witness Services
Areas of Expertise:
  • Workers Compensation
  • Insurance Premiums
  • Audits
  • Classifications
  • Experience Modification Factors
  • Retrospective Rating
  • Large Deductible Policies
  • Payroll Audits
  • NCCI Manual Rules
  • Insurance Agent / Broker Standards of Care
  • NCCI classification Rules
  • Experience Rating
  • NCCI Rules and Procedures
  • Retrospective Rating
  • Large Deductible Policies
  • Workers Compensation Appeals
  • Agent Errors and Omissions
  • Insurance Auditor Duties and Errors
  • NCCI Inspections
  • Independent WC Rating Bureau Rules
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    11/11/2015 · Insurance
    Employers generally realize that the initial premium they pay for Workers Compensation insurance isn't the final premium for that coverage-Workers Comp is normally subject to an audit after the policy ends, to adjust premium charges based on actual payroll amounts. When the policy starts, after all, payroll amounts can only be estimated for the coming year. So it's routine for employers of any size to undergo a Workers Compensation premium audit, and to receive an audit statement that often seeks some additional premium.

    8/20/2015 · Insurance
    A growing trend for many businesses has been for their customers and prospects to use their experience modification factor as a safety benchmark, requiring a modifier of 1.00 or 1.05 for those bidding on projects. A higher modifier can disqualify a firm from bidding on many projects, particularly governmental projects.

    7/10/2015 · Insurance
    Recently, a former Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance wrote an Op-Ed piece, decrying recently proposed legislation that would require insurers to file changes in Workers Compensation insurance rates with regulators before using those rates with insurers. The proposed legislation would also allow the Department of Insurance to disapprove rates if it was determined they were excessive.

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    An easy to understand guide, written for a general business audience, that explains in detail how Workers Compensation insurance is priced and audited. The Field Guide explains the classification system used by insurance companies, the audit process, experience modification factors, and how and why overcharges occur. Most importantly, it explains in plain language how employers can protect themselves from the common mistakes the insurance industry makes that cause Workers Comp premiums to be higher than they properly should be.
    Edward J. Priz, Scott Priz
    Everything business owners and managers need to know to understand Workers Compensation insurance for their company, including how to reduce premium costs.
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    Many of the rules which determine premiums are understood only by employees in the audit and underwriting departments of insurance companies. The result is a built-in bias in the system which favors higher premiums. CompControl was written by an industry insider -- a consultant who has saved clients more than $4 million in overcharges. His book reveals how the system really works and how you can make it work for you.
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    Dr. Robert H. Schram
    Executive Director/CEO
    4950 York Rd Buckingham Green One
    PO Box 231
    Holicong PA 18928-0231
    ALL STATES USA
    phone: 215-794-0800 x304
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    Dr. Robert H. Schram has over forty years experience as the Executive Director/CEO of a large community non-profit organization (BARC Developmental Services) supporting children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Illness, and Autism from birth through retirement since 1977. Dr. Schram's selected accomplishments include: A Doctorate in Public Administration and the appointment to Fellow in the American Association for Intellectual Disabilities and Autism for meritorious service. Decades of experience: policies, procedures, protocols, vocational issues, administration and management issues, employee issues, workplace safety, discrimination, wrongful death. Dr. Schram has successfully defended fourteen law suits and has provided expert testimony/assessments in a number of others. He has worked for both plaintiff and defense in legal matters and has consulted with both profit and non-profit companies. Author of the book "Company Management Policies, Procedures, Practices".



    Areas of Expertise: Discrimination; Abuse; Wrongful Death; Molestation-Sexual; Harassment; Exploitation; Workplace Policies and Procedures; Company Policies and Procedures; Workplace Safety; Workers' Compensation; Vocational Training; Vocational Rehabilitation; Profit and Nonprofit Management; Guardianship; Drugs and Alcohol issues; Employment Handbooks; Employment Conduct; Workplace Issues; Wrongful discharge.
    Robert H. Schram, DPA
    Company Management…Policies, Procedures, Practices is written as a guide for both entrepreneurs initiating their own business and top managers of more established companies. It covers all the critically important aspects of governance and supervision necessary for success including: meeting management techniques; fiduciary and financial responsibilities; strategic planning; legal and risk management; initiating and embracing health and safety committees; developing and utilizing an effective human resources department; creating and implementing a position rating manual; fostering public relations; crafting updating, and employing employee handbooks.
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    Brian H. Kleiner, Ph.D., MBA
    Brian H. Kleiner
    Professor of Human Resource Management
    at a prestigious Cailfornia university
    551 Santa Barbara Avenue
    Fullerton CA 92835
    USA
    phone: 714-879-9705 or 714-595-1891
    fax: 714-879-5600
    Dr. Brian H. Kleiner was a former human resource manager for Ford Motor Company. He has had over 100 private and public consulting clients and has trained thousands of employees. Dr. Kleiner taught three 36-hour courses on KLCS-TV, has over 500 publications, and has given trial / arbitration testimony in over 70 cases, including one resulting in a $12.5 million plaintiffs verdict in 2014 concerning disability discrimination and wrongful termination. He has been profiled in Bender's California Labor and Employment Bulletin in 2007 as a result of his overall forensic expert successes and other achievements.

    Degrees Include:
    • B.S. in Business Administration, Drexel
    • MBA, UCLA
    • Ph.D. Management, UCLA
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    Garson M. Caruso, MD, MPH, PA
    647 East Siddonsburg Road
    Mechanicsburg PA 17055
    USA
    phone: 717-691-5409 or 717-968-0576 (Cell)
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    Garson M. Caruso, MD, MPH, PA, is a board certified Occupational Physician in private consulting practice with extensive clinical and administrative experience in emergency and occupational medicine, including:
    • Case Review, Analysis, and Management
    • Impairment Determination and Disability Rating
    • Medical Direction
    • Industrial Illness and Injury Care
    • Medical Review Officer functions
    Dr. Caruso has performed occupational health services and consulting for organizations including Lockheed Martin, Bechtel Aberdeen, PepsiCo, Dean Foods, The New York Transit Authority, and multiple Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He has very broad and in-depth case management and file review experience involving complex disability and workers’ compensation claims. He is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators (IAIME); a Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME; 2009-2014); and a Certified Medical Review Officer. He has also held numerous leadership roles in ACOEM, and both published and presented at national, state, and local conferences in his areas of expertise. Dr. Caruso's primary professional interests are worker disability prevention and management, with a particular focus on the psychosocial aspects of occupational medicine and workers compensation, and prevention or minimization of unnecessary work disability.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Caruso's expertise is available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include Independent Medical Evaluations, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. Dr. Caruso is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland, New York, Virginia, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Occupational Medicine
    • Causation Analysis
    • Disability Prevention and Evaluation
    • Workers Compensation
    • Impairment Evaluation and Rating
  • Fitness for Duty
  • Return to Work
  • Drug Testing
  • Work Capacity
  • Work Life Expectancy
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    Craig D. Gunderson, DC, QME
    9450 Ming Ave.
    Bakersfield CA 93311
    USA
    phone: 661-861-1000
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    Craig D. Gunderson, DC, QME, has been a Board Certified Chiropractor in the State of California and Oregon since 1977. After earning his Bachelor's Degree in Biology, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, from Western States Chiropractic College in 1977.

    Dr. Gunderson is an Examiner for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. His is a Past President and Fellow of the Academy of Forensic Industrial and Chiropractic Consultants and Past Vice-President of the California Chiropractic Association. He also served as an instructor for the Board of Chiropractic Examiners and Division of Workers Compensation Medical Unit.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Gunderson uses his 40 years of Chiropractic experience to provide expert witness services for Chiropractic and Occupational Medicine cases. He is Certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia, Certified AMA Guides 5th Edition, and CA-MTUS Practice Guidelines. He uses nationally recognized evidenced-based treatment guidelines for Chiropractic Malpractice, Chiropractic Defense Peer Review, and Chiropractic court testimony. Dr. Gunderson has testified over 20 times since 2015.
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    Malcolm S. Cohen, PhD
    President
    305 E. Eisenhower Pkwy., Ste 316
    Ann Arbor MI 48108
    USA
    phone: 734-846-0549
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    Malcolm S. Cohen, PhD, President of Employment Research Corporation, has over 30 years of experience in the field of Economics and Employment specializing in Labor Markets and Statistical Analysis.

    Dr. Cohen founded the firm in 1997, after retiring as the Director of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Michigan, which he directed for 13 years. With a PhD in Economics from the MIT in 1967, his research interests include labor market information, labor turnover, employment forecasting and labor shortages. He has directed several major studies to identify national shortage occupations and measure labor turnover using administrative records.

    Dr. Cohen's book, Labor Shortages as America Approaches the Twenty-first Century, was published by the University of Michigan Press. His most recent book, Global Skill Shortages, written with Professor Mahmood A. Zaidi, is published by Edward Elgar Publishing. He has had articles published in a large number of journals, including: Journal of Human Resources, Monthly Labor Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Statistics, Journal of Economic Theory, and The American Economic Review.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Cohen has either testified or been a consultant in over 1,000 audits or cases and has testified over 150 times. He has also served as an expert to the EEOC and U.S. Department of Labor in discrimination cases, and has directed many research projects sponsored by government agencies.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Employment Discrimination
    • Economic Loss
    • Personal Injury
    • Statistical Analysis
    • Wrongful Death
    • Affirmative Action
    • EEOC
    • Compensation
    • FELA
    • FLSA
  • Labor Economics
  • Mitigation of Damages
  • Wage and Hour Issues
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Earnings Analysis
  • Damage Analysis
  • Reduction in Force
  • RIF
  • OFCCP
  • Class Action
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    Malcom S. Cohen, PhD
    As the world entered the twenty-first century, global skill shortages in many occupations were evident throughout the world. While these were mitigated by a global recession, there is no generally agreed upon method for measuring these shortages. This book discusses various theories for measurement. Using data collected from 19 developed countries in North and Latin America, Europe, and the Pacific region, the authors explore various aspects of skilled labor shortages, develop a methodology of measuring shortages by occupation, and provide estimates of the likelihood of the occurrence of such shortages.
    Malcom S. Cohen, PhD
    Predicting labor shortages is of great importance for planning education and training of the nation's present and future labor force. Malcolm Cohen has developed an innovative approach to measuring labor shortages. Originally sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, his work is presented here, updated for 1994.
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    IU Health Arnett Hospital
    5177 McCarty Lane
    Lafayette IN 47905
    USA
    phone: (765) 838-7480 / cell: (616) 644-6348
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    Eric M. Orenstein, MD, is a board-certified fellowship-trained Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery. In practice for 32 years, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthopedic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine, teaching residents and medical students.

    Dr. Orenstein has been an active member of Indiana University Hospital's Surgery Standards Committee for several years. He is ABIME certified for Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs). Dr. Orenstein has been on several state review panels for potential medical malpractice claims and has performed over 100 file reviews including disability reviews and utilization reviews. Dr. Orenstein has provided opinions, deposition testimony and trial testimony in a number of medical malpractice cases.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Hip & Knee Replacements
    • Forensic Orthopedics
    • Workers' Compensation
    • Impairment Evaluations
  • Medical / Legal Evaluations
  • Causation
  • Utilization Review
  • Peer Review
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    Erin O'Callaghan BS, MA, JD, CRC, NCC, LPC, CLCP
    145 S. Livernois #102
    Rochester Hills Michigan 48307
    USA
    phone: 248-312-9597
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    Erin O’Callaghan BS, MA, JD, CRC, NCC, LPC, CLCP, is a Life Care Planner, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, and Licensed Attorney with over 13 years of experience as a Rehabilitation Professional.

    Ms. O’Callaghan has consistently provided the highest standards of professional ethics while staying current with the needs of modern and complex litigation. Her experience and training gives a unique perspective as a forensic rehabilitation evaluator. She has an in depth understanding of the evidentiary requirements of an expert’s evaluation and conclusion, including the importance of following an accepted methodology in the process and preparation of an opinion.

    Ms. O’Callaghan is a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, International Academy of Life Care Planners, Michigan Rehabilitation Association, and the Michigan Bar Association. She is also a qualified Vocational Expert by the Social Security Administration.

    Erin O’Callaghan has been providing Litigation Support to counsel for Plaintiff and Defense for 11 years. She has provided over 1,000 cost projections and has testified in both Federal and State cases. Ms. O’Callaghan has specialized knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, Social Security issues, and Medicare Set Asides. Her services include case management, earning capacity evaluations, long term care evaluations, and personal injury assessments.

    Litigation Support Services for:
    • Tortious Injury / Negligence
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Worker's Compensation
    • Auto No Fault
    • Wrongful Death
    • Long Term Disability
    • Divorce
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    Henry Flores, PhD
    3111 Alamo Creek Circle
    San Antonio TX 78230
    USA
    phone: 210-846-8260
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    Henry Flores Employment Law Statistics Expert PhotoHenry Flores, PhD, has over 30 years of experience in Data Management, Data Mining, and Statistical Analysis. A Distinguished University Research Professor, he also teaches Political Science and International Relations at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

    Select Background Experience - A member of the Institute for Public Administration, Politics, and Public Policy, Dr. Flores has conducted national election exit polls and local telephone polls for numerous elections. He has provided consultations on environmental contamination issues and developed methodologies for enumeration of homeless communities.

    Dr. Flores has also served as outside evaluator to Nielsen Media Research on the construction of their sampling frames and population samples. He also assisted in the assessment of Nielsen’s household targeting methods and techniques.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Flores has served as an expert witness in more than 50 federal Voting and Civil Rights Lawsuits. He has acted primarily as a plaintiff witness in Election Law and Challenges and as a defense witness in Employment Law and Criminal cases. His services include data and statistics, depositions, trial testimony, jury selection, and change of venue. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Statistical Analysis
    • Data Mining
    • Employment Law
    • Workforce Analysis
    • Election Law / Voting Rights
    • Voting Rights Act
  • Racial Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Statistical Forensics Accreditation Cases
  • Economic Development Analysis
  • Wills and Estates Cost Analysis
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    Gary Young, M.Ed., CRC, CDMS, CCM, NCC, ABVE/D, FVE
    4 Trenton Ave.
    West Trenton NJ 08628
    USA
    phone: 609-883-9033
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    Gary A. Young has worked in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling since 1977. He has earned a Master of Education, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Disability Management Specialist, Certified Case Manager, Diplomate of the American Board of Vocational Experts, and Forensic Vocational Economist.

    Vocational Economic Expert - For over 35 years, Mr. Young has been evaluating Vocational and Economic Loss Projections and residual productive skills and value in cases focusing on employment related matters. His expertise is in determining future vocational options and economic loss projections. Mr. Young also provides catastrophic case management, performing complete Life Care Plans and economic projections for future medical costs.

    Litigation Support - Gary Young has completed evaluations detailing employability and lost earning capacity in State and Federal Courts. His vocational evaluation, life care planning, and economic analysis are combined in one report and one witness so that all of the facts and opinions are available throughout testimony. Mr. Young's reports have been used successfully in New, York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Federal jurisdictions for both plaintiff and defense attorneys.

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    Christopher A. Lowery, DHSc, CLCP
    13831 Northwest Freeway, Suite 171
    Houston TX 77040
    USA
    phone: 713-996-9200
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    Christopher A. Lowery is a qualified health and human service professional who serves as a Health and Rehabilitation Consultant. Having worked in the medical, vocational, and rehabilitation industry since 2002, he is committed to providing quality representation and assistance to meet the needs of every client.

    Background Experience - Dr. Lowery served as the Managing Director and Senior Healthcare Recruiter for Outsource Personnel in Houston, TX. Prior to that, he served as a personal injury legal assistant, document review paralegal, and medical claims analyst. This experience, coupled with his education in Human and Health Services Administration and Health Sciences make him particularly qualified to provide expert testimony.

    Litigation Support - Christopher Lowery provides expert witness services to Attorneys, litigants and the courts for Plaintiff and Defense cases. He is available to evaluate clients to assist with Employment Capability, Earnings Capacity, Rehabilitation, Consulting, Evaluations, Life Care Planning, Disability Claims, Assistive Technology, and Health Education as a result of a health impairment. Please see below or website for more expertise areas.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Life Care Planning
    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
    • Social Security Income (SSI)
    • Personal Injury
    • Medical Malpractice / Medical Negligence
    • Counseling
  • Family Law / Domestic Relations
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Veteran’s Benefits
  • Labor and Employment Discrimination
  • Jones Act / Longshoreman Cases
  • Matrimonial / Divorce Matters
  • Health Education
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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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    Laurie J. Chua, SHRM-SCP
    HR Expert Witness
    P.O. Box 421259
    San Diego CA 92142
    USA
    phone: 858-705-3388
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    Laurie Chua, SHRM-SCP, is a highly skilled Employment Practice Professional with over 25 years experience in working as an HR Professional employed by Fortune 25 companies and nonprofit associations, including Dell Computers, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and California Employers Associations (CEA).

    Ms. Chua maintains an active multi-state HR consulting practice with in depth knowledge of California labor code, employment regulations, and opinion letters. She was previously employed by SHRM as an HR Knowledge Advisor, providing guidance and responding to resolve over 3,500 requests per year in HR compliance and best practices.

    Ms. Chua is Certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with emphasis in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations.

    With extensive teaching and public speaking experience, Ms. Chua presents onsite management training seminars, conferences, webinars on sexual harassment, discrimination, disabilities in the workplace, as well as other programs focused on compliance. She has presented the SHRM Certification course globally to prepare HR professionals to sit for the intensive SHRM certification exam. Ms. Chua is highly skilled presenting the required AB1825 California's Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prevention training.

    Litigation Support - As an HR Expert Witness, Laurie Chua has provided analysis for employment litigation cases. She is experienced and comfortable explaining California and Federal Employment Law to an audience, one-on-one, and over the phone. Ms. Chua has expert level knowledge in the areas of:
    • Employment Discrimination
    • Employee Harassment
    • Sexual Harassment
    • ADA Disability Accommodations
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Retaliation
    • Personnel Policies
    • Title VII Issues
    • Compensation
  • Employee Benefits
  • Duty of Care
  • Negligent Retention
  • Recruitment
  • Employability
  • Employee Screening
  • FCRA Background Investigations
  • Employment Law
  • Human Resources Policies and Procedures
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    Curtis E. Falany, PE
    President & Principal Engineer

    1003 S. Alexander Street, Suite 9
    Plant City FL 33563
    USA
    phone: 352-793-9300 (Office)813-716-2582 (Cell)
    fax: 813-793-9301
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    J. B. Shepherd & Company, Inc. has been very effective in litigation support by assisting attorneys in their evaluation of the merits of impending action, in testimony and in consultation with counsel during preparation for trial. We qualify as experts in many fields of engineering practice. We can also assist in locating an expert if the required areas of expertise are beyond our scope. We are available to counsel for either plaintiff or defense and as advisors and experts empaneled by the Court.

    Curtis E. Falany, PE, President and Principal of J. B. Shepherd & Company, Inc., has been a forensic electrical engineer and expert witness for over 25 years. Previously, he was the CEO of an electrical design build firm and a principal in a consortium of companies serving the electrical, computer, and communications industries worldwide. He has served as a member of the Florida Electrical Contractors Licensing Board and as the author of the Hillsborough County Florida Electrical Code.

    Litigation Support - As a forensic engineer and expert witness, Mr. Falany has assisted clients in the investigation and resolution of more than 500 cases, both in the USA and overseas. He has given expert testimony in both Federal and State litigation. Mr. Falany has consulted on matters of:
    • Electric Utilities
    • Property
    • Casualty
  • Fidelity
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Construction Disputes
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    Jerald L. Cook, MD, FACOEM
    President
    10425 Tierrasanta Blvd
    Ste 108
    San Diego CA 92124
    USA
    phone: 858-848-9052
    fax: 858-251-3041
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    Jerald Cook Occupational Medicine Expert PhotoJerald L. Cook, MD, FACOEM, is Board certified in Occupational Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

    With additional experience in Environmental Medicine and Toxicology, Dr. Cook has broad background experience, serving such industries as nuclear power, firefighters, healthcare workers, police officers, veterinarians, public service, transportation, military and veterans, warehousing and retail, environmental engineering, business services, and federal government.

    Dr. Cook is currently the Medical Director at a worksite health clinic providing primary and preventive care to warehouse workers. He also serves as a military commander advisor and provides direct acute care, primary care, wellness screening and health counseling to active duty Marines and Sailors.

    Previously, Dr. Cook held the title of Occupational Health Department Head at the Twentynine Palms Naval Hospital where he was the sole provider offering occupational health services to 660 hospital staff and over 5,000 civilians and service members. He provided OSHA compliant medical surveillance examinations, FMCSA certification examinations, and managed federal workers’ compensation injuries and illnesses.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Cook provides expert witness services for cases involving Occupational Medicine, Preventive Medicine / Occupational Environmental Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health. He has reviewed 10,000 medical records for medical necessity and standard of care. Dr. Cook's services include medical record review, causation analysis, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. He is also a Registered Nurse, and has testified as an expert on the training and expectations of nursing care. He is also an expert in conditioning and physical fitness, as an IRONMAN Certified Coach and endurance athlete himself for over 30 years.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Workers' Compensation
    • Neuromuscular / Musculoskeletal Injuries
    • Workplace Drug Testing
    • Psychiatry
    • Environmental / Work Stress
    • Service Animals
    • Exercise Science
    • Ionizing Radiation
    • Environmental Exposures
    • Long Term Disability
  • Peer Review
  • DOT / FMCSA
  • Travel Medicine
  • Mold
  • Organic Solvents
  • Metals
  • Heat Injuries
  • Impairment Ratings
  • Fitness for Duty Determinations
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    3/19/2018 · Toxicology
    Cocaine remains a popular drug of abuse, and per HHS (2008) of 6.5 million US Federal workplace drug tests, about 40,000 were positive for cocaine in 2007. Drug testing for cocaine is based on the metabolite benzoylecogonine which is detectable in the user’s urine for 24 hours, possibly even up to 72 hours. Non-metabolized cocaine may only be detectable for 4-6 hours following use, making it a less useful target in a drug testing program.

    2/12/2018 · Forensics
    In 2016 the White House reported that they were going to scrutinize some forensic sciences in the court room. The White House's scrutiny, however, over some forensic disciplines is probably justified. When the level of evidence required is very high, the expectations from the scientific community should also be very high. These are usually cases where consequences of decisions can lead to long imprisonments. Being speculative about what evidence means, or making decisions based on poor science is irresponsible. The public has high expectations from the scientific community, and when experts testify that there is scientific evidence which proves a case, there is trust involved in those statements. If judges allow experts to present themselves as such, and to express their opinions as the truth, errors involved making scientific conclusions may not be well understood by the layperson.

    1/17/2018 · Toxicology
    Presumptive tests, also known as preliminary tests or field tests, allow drugs to be quickly classified into a particular chemical group, but do not unequivocally identify the presence of a specific chemical compound. Preliminary drug test results are often included in a panel of tests, which then be used as a guide to an appropriate confirmatory test to determine and verify the chemical compounds present.

    11/16/2017 · Disability
    Fibromyalgia is considered a functional disorder with unknown etiology and unclear pathophysiology. It's not well understood because there is little objective information to support the physical and psychological impairment that affected individuals report. This often becomes a challenge for individuals that feel disabled by the disorder and try to prove that the disorder prevents productive and meaningful work, so they qualify for disability benefits. Fibromyalgia is characterized by complaints of widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and poor sleep, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms, headaches including migraines, and a variety of other symptoms. With or without psychosomatic symptoms, depression and anxiety are common in fibromyalgia (Ghiggia, et al. 2017) and should always be assessed when evaluating the presence of and effects of fibromyalgia. Individuals with fibromyalgia experience a heightened response to stimuli.

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