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General Specialties:

Defamation and Communications

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EXPERT WITNESS for economic damages, malicious or negligent causation of emotional distress, and issues relating to social media, SM, mainstream media, blogging, online, internet defamation, libel review, public/private figures, the right to privacy, slander, libel, and cost of defamation repair.


BS Technology Management, University of Maryland; Lecturer, UCLA GSEIS (Graduate School of Education and Information Science)

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Additional Information

Expert witness reports and/or testimony in defamation of character cases, including both libel and slander, as well as portrayal in a false light and right to privacy cases. This leverages 29 years of experience as a credible journalist and one of the first practitioners of search engine optimization, as well as 19 years of consulting directly with end-clients on emotional distress issues. More experience comes from the study of defamation law; 25 years in programming and online forums; being a CFO, financial software designer, and digital analyst; and hundreds of consultations with victims of defamation, most of them readers of my book Fighting Slander, originally published in 2003, with the 5th Edition published in 2022 and available at I am familiar with most aspects of defamation, from gossip campaigns to online defamation and reputation management. Particular areas of expertise: • Economic damages resulting from defamation and harm to reputation. • Online defamation, whether via social media, anonymous complaints to rating web sites, word-of-mouth (slander), or head-on SEO attacks. • Maliciously, negligently, or recklessly inflicted emotional distress. • Traditional mainstream media libel. I've been an editor, journalist, and author for 30 years, and know the aspects from fault to hot-button words. Conflicts: very few. I'm not inherently a plaintiffs' or defendants' expert witness; I deliver opinion based on the facts, and whether I feel I have significant expertise in the issue. For further information please download my CV from this website, see a broader bio at , or contact me by phone or email for a consultation or fee schedule.