Professional training organization National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts has partnered with the American Institute for Expert Witness Education to offer AIEWE courses through its training affiliate, the Consultants’ Training Institute.
"Expert witness testimony can make or break a legal case," said Michael G. Kaplan, president of the AIEWE, in a statement. “Persuasive expert testimony is compelling and key evidence in court, and the decisive power of strong expert testimony is of critical importance to any business that may ever have a matter appear before a judge.”
After teaching expert witness boot camps to financial professionals for more than five years, the AIEWE became its own institution this year, aiming to serve a much broader business market.
The AIEWE will offer six courses, which will include three different expert witness boot camps and three specific courses on deposition skills, report writing and communication skills.
Boot camp participants are asked to provide detailed information about cases they are working on before serving as testifying experts in mock depositions and trials, where faculty members provide guidance and coaching.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re defending a business valuation, challenging the validity of an engineering model, arguing about a commercial construction implementation, debating the efficacy of healthcare service, negotiating a celebrity contract, or contesting a legislative act,” Kaplan said. “Too many cases that are strong on their own merits are destroyed in court by poor expert testimony.”
All of the AIEWE education, including webinars and workshops taught in six U.S. cities this year, will be offered through the Consultants’ Training Institute. Further information about the courses can be accessed here.
“Litigation preparedness is absolutely crucial to any business,” said NACVA CEO and co-founder Parnell Black in a statement. “Effective expert testimony matters, and AIEWE has a huge opportunity to provide incredible value to a market that’s vastly underserved today.”
NACVA, which offers the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), the Accredited Valuation Analyst (AVA), and Certified Forensic Financial Analyst (CFFA) designations, has trained more than 19,000 CPAs, IRS officials and other financial professionals through the 80 courses the association offers.
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