MD109 How To Write a Bulletproof Expert Witness Report

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Class Date/Time

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
10:00am - 6:00pm Eastern US

Class Registration Includes

  • One registrant log-in to the live session on May 24, 2022
  • Downloadable course materials*

*All course materials included with your registration are PDF Download Only items made available to students prior to the start of the class and are not for resale or distribution. All downloadable materials are accessible via your education dashboard (login required). Once eMaterials have been posted for download, the class is no longer refundable.

Registration Discount

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Class Format

This class will be presented online over the internet and will be taught by a live instructor. Students will meet virtually with the instructor for the entirety of the class and will engage in discussions and exercises.  The class includes a total of 1 session. 

Class Schedule

Class Times are Eastern US

10:00am - 11:30am
How To Protect Your Report, Yourself, and Your Opinions from Daubert and Other Admissibility Challenges

11:30am - 11:45pm

11:45am - 1:00pm
How To Draft a Powerful, Persuasive, and Understandable Report
How to Excel When Drafting Rule 26 Reports for Federal Court

1:00pm - 2:00pm

2:00pm - 4:00pm
How to Best Describe Your Document Review, Research, and Investigation
How to Make Optimum Use of Charts, Graphs, Timelines and Photographs

4:00pm - 4:15pm

4:15pm - 6:00pm
How to Best Deal with Confounding Data and Studies and Alternative Explanations
How to Best Rebut Opposing Experts’ Opinions
Discovery, Ethics and the Influence of Retaining Counsel
Quality Control and Editing Techniques for Expert Witness Reports
Questions and Takeaways

Please Note: Partial credit will not be awarded for this offering. Students must participate in the entire online session to complete the course and receive full credit. The sessions will not be recorded and/or made available after the class.

Continuing Education (CE)

Class provides 8.4 ASA CE Instructional Hours.

 The course has not been approved in any state for real property continuing education hours.

Course Description

This interactive workshop teaches you how to draft superior expert opinion reports. You will leave the course with an extensive, customized set of action steps to follow to help you write more powerful, persuasive and defensible reports. The course is taught using six methodologies: lecture, questions and answers, well-written report excerpts, report writing exercises, report critique exercises, and mock cross examination exercises. Each attendee will be provided with a detailed 200+ page course handbook containing practical and specific bullet-point advice along with numerous examples of both poor and effective report language.

Learning Level 


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Prepare appraisals in full compliance with the current Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice
  • Utilize the new definitions in USPAP in appraisal preparation
  • Recognize how the changes in USPAP will affect appraisal reporting
  • and Identify many of the current problems faced by personal property appraisers and how to use USPAP to solve and/or better handle them

Continuing Education and Contact Hours

Class provides 8.4 ASA CE Instructional Hours

The course has not been approved in any state for real property continuing education hours. 


All course materials included with your registration are PDF Download Only items made available to students prior to the start of the class and are not for resale or distribution. All downloadable materials are accessible via your education dashboard (login required). Once eMaterials have been posted for download, the class is no longer refundable.

Accessing eMaterials

eMaterials are provided electronically in PDF format and posted to the class within the Education Dashboard for all registrants to securely access prior to the start of the class. Attendees should come to class prepared with an electronic or printed copy of all eMaterials to use as a reference. OnDemand course registrants receive access to materials immediately following registration.

PDF course materials are presented in color, are bookmarked, and comment enabled. When opting to print downloaded materials, it is recommended that personal print settings be adjusted to print in black and white (or grayscale) and consider printing double-sided on recycled paper.

Certificate of Completion

Please allow 5-10 business day following successful completion of the course or final exam to receive a formal status notification and access to a certificate of completion. The certificate will be available to view and/or download from within the class listed in your Education Dashboard.

Nadine Donovan, Esq.

SEAK, Inc.

Nadine Nasser Donovan, Esq., is a former trial lawyer with extensive litigation experience. She is a senior SEAK trainer and consultant, and has been on the SEAK Faculty since 2002, having trained hundreds of experts via SEAK’s scheduled courses, customized on site expert witness training programs, and one-on-one consulting. Nadine is the coauthor of the SEAK texts, How to Be an Effective Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial: The SEAK Guide to Testifying as an Expert Witness; How to Write an Expert Witness Report and How to Be a Successful Expert Witness: SEAK’s A-Z Guide to Expert Witnessing. She is licensed to practice law in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. In addition, Nadine is a Legal Writing Instructor at Boston University School of Law. Nadine also serves as a Dispute Resolution Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Nadine previously practiced litigation for 21 years. She spent 18 years in the defense of medical professionals in medical malpractice actions and before medical licensing boards. Nadine started off her legal career in New York City, first as a prosecutor in Queens, and then as counsel for the City of New York. Nadine received her J.D. cum laude from Boston College Law School. She graduated from Fordham University summa cum laude with a B.A. in French Literature.

Financial Assistance

ASA’s Educational Foundation recognizes students who choose to invest their time in appraisal studies by providing assistance to students demonstrating a financial need. Please visit the Educational Foundation's webpage for more information and to download an application.


Zoom Session
05/24/2022 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  480 minutes
05/24/2022 at 10:00 AM (EDT)   |  480 minutes Zoom passcode: 306709
Course Wrap-Up
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