Expert Witness Validation Badge

Like any form of regulation or standard setting, it is best to manage from within the industries that know their inherent issues best. This initiative has been carefully crafted taking into account the views of Committee members who have deep roots within both the expert witness and attorney communities. The aim is to implement these badges with widespread cross-industry support and to do so in the most efficient and cost-effective manner made possible by modern methods and technology. We invite you to read and consider the background and full rationale behind the initiative below. Meet your industry peers who grappled with these issues and unanimously recommended that these criteria and methodologies be adopted by the Exchange.

What is the Validation Badge?

The Validation Badge is a credential that establishes to a high degree of certainty that you are a valid participant in the judicial process.

Why was the Validation Badge created?

The Validation Badge is a credential that establishes to a high degree of certainty that you are a valid participant in the judicial process.

Who recommended the Validation Badge Criteria?

After conferencing on more than one occasion, sharing opinions, and finally reaching a consensus, the Expert Witness Validation Committee unanimously recommended the adopted criteria and procedures for the verification of expert witness credentials and background information.

Why should I apply for a Validation Badge?

Experts should apply for a Validation Badge as proof positive that you accurately represent your credentials, education, and work experience. With a Validation Badge, nothing in your background is likely to become a distraction from the qualitative opinions that you form and may offer into evidence. The Validation Badge distinguishes you from those who do not possess the credential, thereby removing doubt about the validity of what you say about yourself on your CV and in court testimony. This in turn provides increased assurance to the retaining attorney.

May I display the Validation Badge on my personal website and/or social media for marketing purposes?

Yes, but in order to comply with the FTC guidelines on the use of endorsements, you must maintain the electronic link back to the website, which will already be digitally embedded into each badge the Expert Witness Exchange issues.

How much does the Validation Badge cost?

The application cost for a Validation Badge is $350.00, although members of collaborative expert witness associations may be entitled to discounts. Inquire with any associations with whom you are affiliated, or ask us by sending your message to info@expertwitnessexchange.com.

Will there be an annual re-validation?

Yes, unless you ask the Expert Witness Exchange not to do so, or fail to pay the annual re-validation registry fee. Note that the Expert Witness Exchange reserves the right to conduct a re-validation on its own at the request of another person or entity who pays the required fee.

May an attorney request validation of an opposing expert?

While the technology to do this certainly exists, we are not offering this service to opposing counsel in the hope and expectation that the Validation Badge will be received as an important credential for an expert to possess and be voluntarily embraced.

May an interim re-validation be requested?

Yes, so long as the possessor of the badge, another person, or another entity requesting the re-validation pays the required fee.

How do I apply for my Validation Badge?

1. Click “Register your interest as an Expert” on our homepage. Upload your CV and a digital photo of yourself. In addition to your contact details, indicate that you would like to obtain the Validation Badge credential. Your photo is required in JPEG format at the time of application submission 2. Complete the online application at the Marketplace URL link you will be provided with. 3. Remit the Validation Badge application fee.

Mission Statement

The Expert Witness Validation Committee will recommend the credentials and background items to be verified and reviewed along with the criteria for approval or denial of a Validation Badge. The Expert Witness Exchange, LLC will issue a Validation Badge if the criteria for approval are met.

The Validation Badge will substantially minimize the credentialing and background verification risks which the Validation Badge addresses at no added cost or work to litigants and their legal counsel. A provision will be made for interim license and certification updating requests received from Counsel and/or a Validation Badge recipient in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The Validation Badge fills a void in the expert witness marketplace which should not have to function on caveat emptor; relying upon retaining counsel to undertake such due diligence utilizing their own resources has proven unrealistic. Limited to the criteria which are verified and reviewed, the Validation Badge is focused on assuring that the expert witness is a reliable and valid participant in the judicial process.

It is properly left to the Court to exercise its traditional gatekeeping role in determining the admissibility of expert testimony based upon an assessment of the methodology which the expert employs and/or the general acceptance of his/her analytical approach to the subject matter involved.

The Expert Witness Validation Committee serves only as an advisory committee to a private, for-profit entity known as the The Expert Witness Exchange, LLC, a Delaware corporation. The The Expert Witness Exchange, LLC is solely responsible for implementation of the adopted criteria and procedures set forth in the Validation Committee Charter, issuing or denying Validation Badges, and maintaining a Validation Registry. In support of the Validation Badge initiative, the The Expert Witness Exchange, LLC may form alliances and collaborations with industry association participants from both the expert witness and attorney communities at large.

Background

“Among the many burdens that attorneys face throughout the process of litigation, expert witness credential and background verification is often overlooked.”

Far-reaching court decisions and litigation case outcomes are substantially influenced by the testimony of expert witnesses from various fields of endeavor. Court systems rely on expert witnesses to bring to bear their expertise in both an objective and intellectually methodical manner, regardless of which side retained them. Perhaps due to the competitive nature of expert witness work, human nature, or the lack of a universal, standardized credentialing body overseeing who has the credentials, background, or experience to be offering such critically important opinion- based evidence, there exists a reoccurrence of instances where experts have been caught misrepresenting their licensure, academic credentials, or work history. In some instances, the circumstances may be more benign yet still troublesome. For example, licenses and certifications may have been surrendered or allowed to lapse and even when the expert witness is aware, it may not deem a material matter to bring to the attention of retaining counsel. For retaining lawyers who are unaware of such misrepresentations, non disclosures, or other damaging aspects of an expert’s personal history, this may cause significant angst. Such revelations may impact client relations and negatively influence case outcomes. A further unwelcome consequence may be the prospect of exposing legal counsel and their insurer to a professional liability claim premised upon the failure to retain a qualified expert witness.

Among the many burdens that attorneys face throughout the process of litigation, expert witness credential and background verification is often overlooked. This is unfortunate as the consequences of not verifying expert witness credentials and background may be devastating in all forms of litigation, presenting opposing attorneys with a set of circumstances that can often be leveraged in such a way as to all but guarantee a winning outcome or more favorable settlement than would otherwise have occurred. These sorts of occurrences have led to disruptions of trial schedules resulting in requests for continuances of trials and indeed the filing of appeals where matters had already gone to judgment based upon after-acquired evidence of expert witness impropriety.

An expert witness’ misrepresentation of credentials, deliberate or otherwise, is clearly harmful to our adversarial system of justice, in that it adversely impacts the interests of the parties involved and erodes confidence in the system itself.

The Validation Committee

Mark Dubois

Mark Dubois

Attorney Dubois is counsel with the New London firm of Geraghty & Bonnano. He was Connecticut’s first Chief Disciplinary Counsel from 2003 until 2011. In that position, he established...

Mike Clark

Mike Clark

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John Lentini

John Lentini

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Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan

Mr. Kaplan has more than thirty-nine years of experience in the areas of forensic accounting, business valuation, and litigation consulting. He is a co-founder of Kaplan, Abraham, Burket...

Cynthia Grimley

Cynthia Grimley

Ms. Grimley has been providing vocational evaluation, counseling, employability assessments, work capacity evaluations, and job placement services to individuals with physical and mental challenges...

Myles Levin

Myles Levin

Mr. Levin is the founder and CEO of the nationally recognized Daubert Tracker, widely regarded as an essential due diligence tool for attorneys researching both opposing and retained...