Beryl Vaughan / ForensicExpertPro
For 20 years Beryl Vaughan was captivated by law, working for San Francisco powerhouse law firms like Howard, Rice (now Arnold Porter), and renowned boutique firms Sideman & Bancroft, Green Radovsky, Maloney and Share, and Dinkelspiel, Donovan & Reder (she is not an attorney). High profile clients in the arts, film, and finance made the work all the more interesting. Until it wasn’t.
Forensic Psychiatry–Behind the Scenes
In 2007 Beryl began work with Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. & Associates – a veteran Forensic Psychiatrist, helping to manage and market the practice. Dr. Raffle was an excellent mentor and the more she learned about Forensic Psychiatry, the more interesting it became.
More Work for Expert Witnesses in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
In 2017 Ms. Vaughan began ForensicExpertPro, a private consultancy in the area of marketing and best-practices in business management to Forensic Psychiatrists, Forensic Psychologists, and uniquely qualified experts in associated mental health fields.
Education and Background
Ms. Vaughan received two Bachelor of Art Degrees Magna Cum Laude from San Francisco State University, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Women’s Studies. She received a post-graduate Teaching Credential in Secondary Education. She has also conducted research on impact of liberal arts education on women-owned small businesses.
Ms. Vaughan’s interests include photography and digital art. She lives in San Rafael, California, and clients are across the US.
Cases circle the negotiating table or go to Court, usually in that sequence.
Whatever the outcome, everyone benefits from a more thorough understanding of what the jury will learn.
Attorneys need to find Experts that can shed that light.
Many attorneys don’t know how to find a Forensic Psychiatrist or Psychologist or even how to describe what they need in their search.
Attorneys tell me there are more cases than qualified experts in Psychiatry and Psychology. The doctors tell me they don’t have enough cases or the right kind of cases.
Sanjay Adhia, M.D.
The first year Ms. Vaughan set a marketing plan and my forensic income quadrupled. My income in the first half of this year is already equal to all of 2018 and I expect my practice will continue to thrive as a result of Ms. Vaughan’s expertise. My practice can no longer be considered a side-gig.
Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.
Ms. Vaughan tailored a marketing strategy to the needs of my clientele. Many potential clients were “pre-sold” on retaining me as a result of her techniques. My billable forensic hours increased more than 50%. She developed a highly successful website. Ms. Vaughan has unusually diverse skills and developed practice procedures which improved efficiency and results.
I work with Forensic Consultants and Expert Witnesses across the US.
Experts in Mental Health fields are the majority of my clients, and the occasional financier and attorney.
We work together closely so you can own with pride how you are perceived.
The Highest Standards of Professional Conduct
I am a supporter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and donor to the AIER. I am committed to the practice of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology at the highest level of ethical and professional practice.
I only accept clients who take these values as seriously as I do.
Growth in billable forensic hours and cases, maintained year after year, even if an existing client base fluctuates.
Almost all clients report at least a three-fold increase in calls from those seeking their services such as attorneys (private, military and DAs) or employers (e.g. FFD, TA).
Whether a 20% increase in billable hours or 300%, my clients report my strategies produce income and expand their professional reputation.
The People Have Spoken
Premier websites consistently outperform my clients' (you) competitors, by attorney report and analysis of the data.
Attorneys have given firsthand feedback about how well the site communicates about the expert and ease of use. We'll send you an example--just ask. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forensic Psychiatrists and Psychologists are specialists, often practicing in a niche. They can be hard to find.
Attorneys Google. Being there: 1st and 2nd page results are reported by many clients. Others get website traffic tailored for different results. (Being on page 4 is just fine if you're the very first bona fide expert in your field to be listed, following Scholarly articles and NIH abstracts.) Google, Bing and Yahoo search results from our focused Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy. (Check out the Glossary)
We develop bios, experience profiles, and graphics. These are developed specifically to the marketing platforms we recommend --because they are known hunting grounds where attorneys find experts.
New work, the old-fashioned way
Your existing clients can be your best resource. We have generated repeat business from “Real World” strategies we assemble to invigorate your dormant relationships with attorneys. We work with you to make a renewed personal connection with the clients-your clients- that you already know.
Goodwill & Repeat Business
Repeat business, goodwill, and client loyalty is promoted by a case management system and best business practices in med-legal. Business consultation helps improve your attorney relationships and work smarter.
Internet = Lifeblood
Attorneys tell my clients (and me) firsthand: 90% of new attorney inquiries originated from the internet.
Do you know the most effective and client-rich environments? I guide my clients in the thoughtful use of Expert Witness Directories, and free online platforms to communicate with attorneys.
My clients tell us about the financial benefits they enjoy supported by the free online advertising we know works. Not just any advertising: Expert Witness promotion. It's more conservative and specific.
Websites are Like Books
Check your name online. Can you find your phone number, address and the basics of your practice? Vitals, WebMD and the NPI database should not be the only source for attorneys.
Do you have a website and, if so, is it showing up? Many clients have no website and their phone number cannot even be found online.
Others have sites that are simply not helpful to attorneys or visually unappealing. (Hint, font that's too small to read is ubiquitous and fixable.)
If your site isn't helping get you cases, it isn't doing its job.
Teaching You to Teach Attorneys What They Want to Know
Writing and speaking are excellent forms of public education. Attorneys will enjoy learning what you have to say, once we identify the intersection with your expertise. And then they call. For example:
A client is an expert in non-traditional families, I identified a niche for attorneys to understand atypical loss of consortium.
Another client is a Board-Certified in overlapping specialties including Psychiatry. I developed a focus on two specific medical conditions and a psychiatric condition, firmly in this expert's wheelhouse.
One client turned his interest in psychopharmacology to writing about a particular type of drug-related crime. He got his first case in 2 weeks.
Forensic Psychologists who practice in the Workers Comp. system are feeling the pain. Fees are dropping like flies. EEOC and ADA cases are climbing. I developed a deeper exploration by the expert into Psychiatric Disability as a matter of damages in civil litigation.
Sideman & Bancroft; Arnold & Porter; Dudnick, Detwiler, Rivin & Stikker, LLP; Greene, Radovsky; Shartsis Friese. Case Manager and Paralegal. Special experience in probate litigation, personal injury, estates, trusts, and tax, civil litigation, real estate, contracts.
Digital Photography and graphic design mastery with Photoshop. Software guru. Data-mining. Training experts for profitable use of software. Educator. Bona fides can be found in my CV.
BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.
BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Women’s Studies.
California State Secondary Education Teaching Credential. San Francisco State University.