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Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. & Associates

8 Cooper Lane
Sausalito, California 94965

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Stephen M. Raffle, M.D., board-certified in Forensic Psychiatry and (general) Psychiatry, has conducted over 5,000 psychiatric evaluations and testified in over 800 civil and criminal trials as an expert witness. He has conducted thousands of Fitness for Duty and Threat Assessments for employers. He is skilled at describing psychiatric findings in a logical, articulate manner. His expertise in diverse cases strengthens the quality of service he provides; e.g.

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Articles Published by Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. & Associates

Link Who's on First: Allegations of Harassment, Discrimination and/or Wrongful Termination

Allegations of Workplace Harassment, Discrimination or Wrongful Termination are serious and have serious consequences. He said/She said usually produces a mixed understanding of what occurred. Evidence and expert testimony assist the jury in understanding the mental health of the "players" and emotional tenor driving the litigation.

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Link Direct and Cross-Examination of Mental Health Expert Witnesses including Psychiatrists and Psychologists

Direct and Cross-Examination of a mental health expert, whether a psychiatrist, psychologist, including a treating therapist who may have different credentials is most successful when questions are tailored to the nature of the opinion in the context of the expert's professional findings. Knowing your way around what jurors may interpret as "psychobabble" and redirecting them to a serious professional opinion will help solidify the nature and success of your examination or cross-examination.

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Link The Role of the Expert in the Courtroom, Choosing the Right Expert

It is absolutely necessary that the forensic expert is an impartial evaluator. The outcome of a case is not relevant to the forensic expert; it is not his or her job to win or lose cases. The job of the expert witness is to reach an impartial opinion and then defend that opinion within an adversarial context. If new information is provided that changes the weight of the evidence in such a way as to change the expert's opinion then the expert must be prepared to do so.

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Link When Therapists Aren't Experts

The therapist as expert witness: reasons the treating psychotherapist should not be the expert witness.

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