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Validation Badge Credential Enters Production Phase

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May 1, 2020 – Hartford, Connecticut

The Expert Witness Exchange has completed testing and coordination with its technology partner, Evident ID, and has entered the production phase. In result, the high demand of many hundreds of Validation Badge (“VB”) applications that have been held in pending status will now begin to be processed. 

Evident ID is a technology company based in Atlanta, Georgia, which has modernized the way personal data is shared. Evidence is simple; secure Identity Assurance Platform is a comprehensive solution that enables accurate, up-to-date identity and credential verifications. 

How It Works

When a Validation Badge processing request is initiated, an Expert Witness with a pending validation application or when initiating a new application, will receive an email that will collect identity information including an image of drivers license or passport document uploaded directly from a mobile phone. The process takes under two minutes and enables a trust and identity verification check. This process includes a relevant criminal and civil background check. The balance of credentialing attributes derived from the expert’s curriculum vitae are then processed once the expert identify and safety check are completed, which may happen instantly or take a period of several days.

In order to streamline the process and save time for busy professionals who may not want to take the time to complete a validation badge application directly in the Exchange’s Marketplace , the Exchange is inviting experts to sign up directly on its Payments Page. Here, they may pay for the badge credential and send along a copy of their most updated CV, the relevant input of which will then be uploaded and verified. 

Code of Ethics

Finally, the Exchange has adopted a Validation Badge “Code of Ethics” which all Validation Badge applicants will be provided a copy of and expected to honor as a condition of VB issuance and maintenance. The Code of Ethics covers all of the following: avoidance of conflicts of interest, contingency fee engagements and other ethical guidelines that are meant to protect all participants involved in the judicial process. The Code of Ethics also protects participants from missteps that may adversely impact the proceedings and unwittingly prejudice the outcome of the litigation.

Click here to visit the VB Code of Ethics


Melinda Sungenis Black

Industry Leader Named CEO of Expert Witness Exchange

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Melinda Sungenis Brings Three Decades Of Experience To Role

The Expert Witness Exchange, LLC, a technology company developing an expert witness discovery and recommendation platform that connects attorneys with independent subject matter experts, announced today that Melinda S. Sungenis has been named chief executive officer.

Sungenis has more than 30 years of experience in the expert witness referral industry. Most recently, she was the chief executive officer and president of The TASA Group, Inc. of Blue Bell, PA. She joined TASA, an expert witness provider, in 1984 and held a variety of positions before becoming CEO in 2010. Under her leadership, TASA introduced new products to assist the legal industry while maintaining a reputation for personal service.

Sungenis will now lead The Expert Witness Exchange as it dramatically changes the way attorneys search for and retain expert witnesses. The company leverages legal technology, data, expert witness analytics ™ and the legal community to supply attorneys with the best selection of vetted experts through its software platform. Experts listed with the exchange are subject to a vetting process, which greatly reduces risks for both expert witnesses and attorneys who hire them.

“Mindy has the vision and the experience necessary to help us transform legal expert search,” said Paul Levin, a practicing trial attorney and Expert Witness Exchange Director of Product and Services Development.

The Expert Witness Exchange platform is functional and undergoing further development by technology experts based in London and San Francisco. Pre-beta versions will be showed selectively at Legaltech, the leading industry technology show, this week in New York. Demonstrations are available by contacting Expert Witness Exchange at info@expertwitnessexchange.com.

“Our platform will give attorneys the power to research and retain the best experts out there,” Sungenis said. “We will always be there to assist with a custom search but a smart platform and recommendation engine that puts the power in the hands of the legal community is overdue.”

The Expert Witness Exchange platform will benefit attorneys and experts, Levin said.

“Attorneys and experts will quickly realize Expert Witness Exchange is not a traditional expert witness brokerage or directory model,” he said. “Instead, an attorney will be able to set parameters with greater precision, transparency and control of the search and retention process than ever before.”

The Expert Witness Exchange is the only expert witness referral service offering The Expert Witness Validation Badge ™, a credential that establishes to a high degree of certainty that an expert is a valid participant in the judicial process.

“Expert witnesses who have the credentials, the background and the expertise to back up their claims should embrace the Validation Badge because the vetting process will reinforce their credibility to attorneys, juries and their peers,” said Mike Clark, a former FBI Special Agent, expert witness, and member of The Expert Witness Validation Committee.

The Expert Witness Validation Badge ™ was created in 2015 by The Expert Witness Exchange. Expert witnesses can apply for the badge by uploading their current curriculum vitae to the Expert Witness Exchange website (www.expertwitnessexchange.com). An advisory validation committee comprised of distinguished members from both the legal and expert witness communities have recommended the criteria and procedures that apply which have been adopted by the Exchange.

Attorneys can visit www.expertwitnessexchange.com, register for free and request a discussion to learn how their practices can benefit. Experts can also register on the website and learn how the Exchange could lead to more business without advertising fees.

Database Offers Due Diligence, Background Checks, Vetting for Expert Witnesses

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New standard and vetting process for Expert Witnesses now available online

Hartford, CT: For more than two decades, former FBI Special Agent Mike Clark worked on a number of high profile public corruption cases in Connecticut, including the prosecution of former Governor John Rowland, three big city mayors and a former State Treasurer.

“I’ve seen numerous expert witnesses take the stand who gave outstanding testimony, and also some real hacks who did not belong on the witness stand,” said Clark, who during his 23-year career with the FBI was involved in numerous trials.

Clark is one of several people who, throughout the past year, have come up with the new criteria for a vetting process tailored specifically to expert witnesses. Mark Dubois, former Connecticut Bar Association President and Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Connecticut, is also a committee member.

“Just yesterday, I was reading a transcript of a lawyer’s deposition and his ‘expert’ forgot to tell him his medical license was revoked prior to trial,” Dubois said. “The result was, as expected, not optimal.”

Dubois said The Expert Witness Validation Badge™ will allow lawyers to quickly check expert witnesses’ credentials and will impact businesses and individuals involved in most any type of legal proceedings involving expert witnesses.

“This is the first of its kinds enterprise that uses big data resources and legal technology to bring due diligence for the expert witnesses industry,” Dubois said. “It no doubt, sets a higher bar without requiring a government mandate. We did it ourselves.”

Expert witnesses who apply for The Expert Witness Validation Badge ™ will have, among other things, their credentials verified, as well as their criminal backgrounds checked.

“Where the rubber meets the road is on the witness stand,” Clark went on to say. “That’s why I decided to be part of The Expert Witness Validation Committee. The amount of foundation work that has gone into this process if very impressive, complete, and honest. I would not stake my reputation on something that I did not believe in.”

The Expert Witness Validation Committee works as an advisory board to The Expert Witness Exchange, LLC which will issue the Validation Badge once the criteria for approval are met. Expert Witnesses can apply for their credential online by going to www.expertwitnessexchange.com.
“The Validation Badge fills a void in the expert witness industry, which should not have to function on caveat emptor,” said Robert Felsenthal, president of The Expert Witness Exchange. “It has proven unrealistic to rely upon retaining counsel to undertake due diligence, requiring the utilization of personal resources. The Validation Badge will substantially minimize credentialing and background verification risks at no added cost or work to litigants and/or legal counsel.”

Felsenthal, a passionate leader of content based community building platforms in the publishing and marketing industries, said The Expert Witness Validation Badge™ will change the industry standard, saving lawyers, witnesses, and clients both time and money. “Our validation gives expert witnesses the edge they need,” Felsenthal said. “By going through the vetting process, lawyers will know that their expert witnesses are everything they claim to be.”

Expert witness can apply online for the Validation Badge by uploading their current curriculum vitae. (CV) The online application will include fields meeting the following criteria deemed necessary by the Expert Witness Validation Committee in the verification of expert credentials and background information including:

  1. Professional Licensure and Disciplinary History
  2. Professional Certifications
  3. Education History and/or Degrees Received
  4. Malpractice History Related to Expert Witness Work
  5. Professional Work and Teaching Positions
  6. Criminal history
  7. Civil Penalties or Finding that Involve Misconduct

Clark said the guidelines were designed to take the guesswork out of the process for attorneys retaining expert witness, guesswork that very well may result in unfavorable outcomes as a result of an attorney’s oversight, such as an expert’s lapsed license or other clerical missteps.

“Expert witnesses who have the credentials, the background, and the expertise to back up their claims should embrace this concept, because the vetting process, the process that is in place, will reinforce your credibility both to your peers, clients, and the jury,” Clark said. “This will save an attorney’s clients a lot of time and money in vetting you as well. This will give you instant credibility.”

  • For the complete criteria and procedure of The Expert Witness Validation Badge got to our website at Expert Witness Exchange.com
  • Fees are $295 for validation badge, $60 for annual re-validation. · The Expert Witness Exchangewill maintain a validated expert registry containing the names of each recipient of an Expert Witness Validation Badge in format consistent with best practices, along with general limitations and criteria utilized in the validation process.
  • The names of all expert witnesses who have been issued a Validation Badge will be published quarterly in The Expert Witness Chronicle.
  • For a complete list of The Expert Witness Validation Committee and The Expert Witness Exchange leadership please visit our website.

For more information regarding The Expert Witness Validation Committee, The Expert Witness Validation Badge, or to set up interviews with Committee members/and or The Expert Witness Exchange leadership, please contact Shelly Sindland at ssindland@expertwitnessexchange.com