Are you in need of an expert witness for a plaintiff or defense case involving sexual violence, abuse, Title IX, negligence, investigation standards, appropriate institutional response, foreseeable harm, or similar legal issues at colleges, universities, private high schools, charter schools, pk-12 schools, and other venues where sexual abuse and violence can occur?
Brett A. Sokolow, Saundra "Saunie" Schuster, W. Scott Lewis, and Daniel Swinton, partners in The NCHERM Group, LLC, are called on frequently to serve as experts in a variety of matters related to:
- Student-on-student sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking
- Sexual harassment
- Negligent hiring and retention
- Duty of care analysis
- Teacher-student relationships and sex abuse of minors
- Pattern and predatory behavior
- Duty to investigate, respond, and remedy
- Sexual abuse cases in industry, non-profits, religious organizations, clubs, cruise ships, massage/spas, medical facilities, etc.
- Title IX, negligence, premises liability
- Safety & security
The NCHERM Group is one of the largest specialized higher education law practices in the United States, representing the legal matters of 75 colleges and universities as outside counsel. The NCHERM Group consults with more than 400 colleges and schools each year and has served more than 3,000 since its inception. As such, the partners have acquired exceptional expertise about sexual violence and abuse, not just as attorneys, but as court-qualified expert witnesses.
Title IX cases are a specialty, and the firm has supported litigation, served as experts, or responded to government audits and investigations in more than 30 Title IX-related school and college cases. The partners invite your inquiries about evaluating your case and potentially serving you as expert witnesses and/or litigation strategists.
Click here to read an interview with Brett A. Sokolow, Esq. in the April 2018 Expert Witness Quarterly.
Brett A. Sokolow is the founder, President, and CEO of The NCHERM Group, and is based in the Los Angeles area. He is the author of twelve books and dozens of articles on campus and school district safety and liability issues. He has been qualified as an expert in federal court. He also serves as President of ATIXA, the Association of Title IX Administrators.
Saunie Schuster is a partner with The NCHERM Group, based in Columbus, OH. She is a past-president of the Association of Student Conduct Administrators and a founder and Advisory Board member of ATIXA, the Association of Title IX Administrators. She has served as General Counsel to a community college and as an Asst. Attorney General for the Ohio Education Division.
Scott Lewis is a partner with The NCHERM Group, based in Denver, CO. He is a past-president of the Association of Student Conduct Administrators and a founder and Advisory Board member of ATIXA, the Association of Title IX Administrators. Scott came to The NCHERM Group after serving as Assistant Vice Provost of the University of South Carolina and as a faculty member.
Daniel Swinton is the Managing Partner of The NCHERM Group, LLC. He is a past-president of the Association of Student Conduct Administrators and Vice President of ATIXA, the Association of Title IX Administrators. Prior to his work with The NCHERM Group, he served as Assistant Dean and Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at Vanderbilt University.
Anna Oppenheim is an Associate Attorney with The NCHERM Group, LLC. She advises colleges and universities on ongoing misconduct investigations and often serves as an external investigator for issues of complex sexual misconduct as well as employment matters, retaliation, and harassment. Anna also is responsible for drafting policies and best practices for educational institutions on a wide range of matters, in addition to assisting with policy implementation.
"Mr. Sokolow is a first-class expert for the big case. I suggest using his services when the stakes are high and only the best expert on college and university liability will suffice."
– Mark C. Nanavati, Midlothian, Virginia
Recently, a federal judge's written opinion stated the following in regard to Brett A. Sokolow's value and services as a federally admitted expert witness:
"As between the two potential expert witnesses, and based solely on the materials which are presently before the Court, Mr. Sokolow appears to understand the use and scope of his testimony better than [the opposing expert]. Mr. Sokolow's report begins with a substantial discussion of the [state] law governing and defining the standard of care and appears to reflect a thorough understanding of his role as an expert in the liability action alone…Mr. Sokolow analyzed the University’s compliance with its own procedures, he also discussed federal guidelines, procedures in peer institutions, and other sources from which the Court could draw upon the reasonable standard of care…Therefore, both the context of the opinions and their prefatory legal discussion might tend to support the belief that, as between the two, Mr. Sokolow would be better able to avoid testifying impermissibly…Given that [the opposing expert] apparently has nothing to add to Mr. Sokolow's standard of care analysis, it is not clear to the Court at this time what value his testimony would add."
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