Expert Witness & Litigation Services

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Click here to read an interview with Brett A. Sokolow, Esq. in the April 2018 Expert Witness Quarterly.

TNG's experts represent leadership in the field of education through professional associations, as practitioners and as consultants. We are frequently called upon to serve as expert witnesses and litigation strategists for PreK-12 and college cases in state and federal courts, in government investigations (OCR, program reviews, etc.), and internal investigations.

"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."

Examples of our recent work include:

  • John Doe v. Confidential University. 2018.
    • Plaintiff's expert Title IX federal lawsuit against university.
    • Ongoing. Complaint filed.
  • John Doe v. Quinnipiac University, et al. 2017.
  • Mikolas v. University of Idaho. 2018.
    • Plaintiff's expert Title IX lawsuit against university.
    • Ongoing. Complaint filed.
  • Ciaran McKenna v. Duke University. 2017.
    • Plaintiff's expert for student accused of sexual misconduct in fundamental fairness/negligence lawsuit against university.
    • Ongoing. No report, no deposition to date.
  • Doe v. Mazo; Clark County School District et. al. 2017.
    • Defense expert in Title IX lawsuit against public school district.
    • Ongoing. Expert report completed.
  • Jane Doe v. Dardanelle School District. 2017.
    • Plaintiff's expert in Title IX lawsuit against public school district.
    • Ongoing. Expert report completed.
  • John Doe v. Regents of the University of California. 2017.
    • Defense expert in First Amendment and civil rights federal lawsuit against university.
    • Ongoing. Complaint filed.
  • John Doe v. Confidential University. 2017.
    • Plaintiff's expert in federal court in a negligence and Title IX suit by a student accused of sexual assault.
    • Ongoing. Complaint filed.
  • Estate of Olivia (Ao) Kong v. University of Pennsylvania. 2017.
    • Wrongful death action in state court on behalf of a plaintiff. Assessment of the school's behavioral intervention team and suicide response program.
    • Ongoing. Complaint filed.
  • Jane Does v. La Vernia School District. 2017.
    • Plaintiff's expert in state court negligence action on behalf of minor students alleging sexual assault.
    • Ongoing. Complaint filed.
  • Spangler v. Alachua School District. 2017.
    • Plaintiff's expert in state court negligence action on behalf of a former minor student sexually assaulted in school by another student.
    • Settled. Complaint filed. Expert report completed.
  • Dougherty v. LaSalle University. 2017.
    • Plaintiff's expert in state court for the family of a student who died from a drug overdose.
    • Settled. Complaint filed. Expert report completed.
  • Ketchens v. Cornell College. 2017.
    • Defense expert in state negligence action by former student impacted by frostbite at off-campus fraternity activity.
    • Dismissed.
  • Jane Doe v. The Wellington School. 2017.
    • Defense expert for school in federal court in negligence and negligent supervision action by former student related to sexual harassment by former teacher.
    • Complaint filed. Expert report completed. Summary judgement awarded to defendant.
  • Jane Doe v. Aspire Public Schools TN, LLC, d/b/a Aspire Hanley 1 and 2. 2017.
    • Plaintiff's expert for minor student suing school in state court for negligence related to sexual assault.
    • Ongoing. Compliant filed.
  • John Doe v. University of Pennsylvania. 2017.
    • Plaintiff's expert in state court lawsuit.
    • Settled.
  • John Doe v. St. Mary's College of Moraga. 2016.
    • Plaintiff's expert on a Title IX and negligence claim filed in federal court by a student suspended for sexual misconduct.
    • Ongoing. Complaint filed, stayed pending state court action.
  • Lewis McLeod v. Duke University. 2016.
    • Plaintiff's expert in state court lawsuit alleging negligence.
    • Settled. Report completed. Deposition.
  • John Doe v. Brown University. 2016.
    • Plaintiff's expert on Title IX erroneous outcome claim filed in federal court by a student suspended for sexual misconduct.
    • Ongoing. Injunction granted. Title IX claim survived motion to dismiss. Complaint filed. Expert report completed. Deposition.
  • Jane Doe v. Miami University of Ohio. 2016.
    • Plaintiff's expert for a victim of sexual misconduct suing university in federal court for negligence.
    • Case dismissed.
  • Elizabeth Shank v. Carleton College. 2016.
    • Plaintiff's expert in federal court on claims for negligence and violations of Title IX for female student sexually assaulted twice at college.
    • Ongoing. Complaint filed. Motion to dismiss granted 2017 on Title IX claims. Negligence and ADA claims survived.
  • Sylvia Angelini, et al. v. Spa Dogs, LLC, Massage Envy Franchising, LLC, et al. 2016.
    • Plaintiff's expert in a state court negligence suit by women suing a Massage Envy franchise and Massage Envy, LLC for sexual assault by a masseuse.
    • Settled. Complaints filed. Expert report completed.
  • John Doe v. the University of St. Thomas. 2016.
    • Plaintiff's expert in federal court in a due process and Title IX suit by a student accused of sexual assault.
    • Ongoing. Complaint filed. No report. No deposition to date. Negligence claim survived motion to dismiss.
  • Jane Does 1-8 v. the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 2016.
    • Plaintiff's expert in federal court in negligence and Title IX claims arising from sexual assaults and a hostile environment created by the athletics program.
    • Settled 2016, $2.48m. No report. No deposition.
  • B.A.L v. Laramie County School District, et al. 2016.
    • Plaintiff's expert in Title IX state suit against school and district for response to sexual abuse of a student.
    • Settled. Report. No deposition.
  • Sujata Singh, Administrator of the Estate for Arya Singh, dec'd v. Amazon. Inc., et al. 2015.
    • Plaintiff's expert for alleged University retaliation in response to student sexual assault report and alleged involvement in later student suicide.
    • Settled. Report. No deposition.
  • Jane Doe No. 55 v. Madison Metropolitan School District. 2015.
    • Plaintiff's expert for suit alleging sexual abuse of a minor by a district employee.
    • Settled. Report. Deposition, November 2016.
  • Herald v. Board of Regents, University of New Mexico. 2015.
    • Plaintiff's expert for alleged improper termination and retaliation.
    • Settled. No report. No deposition.
  • Bergman v. Rockhurst University. 2015.
    • Plaintiff's expert in state court in negligence action related to paralysis resulting from an orientation slip-n-slide activity.
    • Settled 2016. Expert report and deposition 2015.
  • Jane Doe v. Southeastern University. 2015.
    • Defense expert for university in state court negligence action by student injured during a tug-of-war orientation activity.
    • Settled. No report. No deposition.
  • Jane Doe v. Susquehanna Twp. School Dist. 2015.
    • Defense expert to a PA school district in a Title IX claim involving an inappropriate relationship between a school official and a student.
    • Ongoing. Report, October 2015.
  • Jane Doe v. University of Arizona. 2015
    • Plaintiff's expert for victim in state court Title IX sexual harassment/assault/negligence lawsuit (employee coach perpetrator).
    • Ongoing. Complaint filed. Affidavit submitted.
  • Jane Doe v. Baylor University. 2015.
    • Plaintiff's expert for victim in federal court in Title IX sexual harassment/assault/negligence lawsuit.
    • Settled. No complaint filed.
  • John Doe and Richard Roe v. University of Findlay. 2015.
    • Plaintiff's expert in federal court for two students expelled from university in a Title IX sexual assault/negligence/defamation lawsuit.
    • Ongoing. Complaint filed.
  • Jane Doe(s) v. Rust College. 2015.
    • Plaintiff's expert for victim in state court in Title IX sexual harassment/assault lawsuit (faculty perpetrator).
    • Settled. Report August 2015. Deposed September 2015.
  • John Doe v. Reed College. 2015.
    • Plaintiff's expert for accused student in sexual misconduct/Title IX lawsuit
    • Settled. No report. No deposition.
  • Ross v. University of Tulsa. 2014.
    • Defense expert in suit alleging university refused to consider past sexual assault allegations against responding party in current sexual misconduct hearing.
    • Resolved. Report. Deposition.
  • Chelsea Godfrey v. Ferrum College. 2014.
    • Defense expert to the college in a federal Title IX lawsuit by student victim of sexual misconduct.
    • Settled. No report. No deposition. Affidavit.
  • Jane Doe v. Virginia Wesleyan College. 2014.
    • Defense expert in state court negligence lawsuit by sexual misconduct victim against university.
    • Report November 2015 and deposition, December 2015. Trial May 2016. Defense verdict at trial.
  • Pi Kappa Alpha v. Florida State University. 2014.
    • Expert for Pi Kappa Alpha in hazing/sexual assault allegation.
    • Resolved. No report, no deposition.
  • Amanda Linna v. Delta Upsilon Fraternity. 2014.
    • Plaintiff's expert in state court domestic violence/alcohol/fraternity duty negligence case.
    • Settled. Report. Deposition.
  • Andrew Caero v. Lambda Chi Alpha. 2014.
    • Plaintiff's expert to hate crime attack victim in state court negligence case against fraternity; national.
    • Settled. Report. Deposition.
  • Keifer Johnson v. Western Colorado State University. 2013-2014.
    • Plaintiff's expert to student accused of sexual misconduct in Title IX/negligence/defamation federal lawsuit against university.
    • Report. Dismissed.
  • Erica Kinsman v. Florida State University. 2014.
    • Plaintiff's expert in Title IX federal lawsuit against Florida State University and OCR complaint by campus sexual misconduct victim.
    • Settled. No report. No deposition.
  • John Doe v. Drexel University. 2014.
    • Plaintiff's expert to a student accused of sexual misconduct in preparation for a campus conduct process in Pennsylvania.
    • Resolved.
  • John Doe v. Moravian College. 2014.
    • Counsel to a student accused of sexual misconduct in preparation for a campus conduct process in Pennsylvania.
    • Resolved.
  • John Doe v. Skidmore College. 2014
    • Counsel to a student accused of sexual misconduct in preparation for a campus conduct process in New York.
    • Resolved.
  • John Doe v. SUNY Brockport. 2014
    • Counsel to a student accused of sexual misconduct in preparation for a campus conduct process in New York.
    • Resolved.
  • John Doe (2) v. Skidmore College. 2014
    • Counsel to a student accused of sexual misconduct in preparation for a campus conduct process in New York.
    • Resolved.
  • John Doe v. Beloit College. 2014
    • Counsel to a student accused of sexual misconduct in preparation for a campus conduct process in Wisconsin.
    • Resolved.
  • Jane Doe v. A New York university. 2014
    • Plaintiff's counsel to a victim of sexual misconduct in filing an OCR complaint.
    • Complaint denied by OCR as untimely.
  • John Doe v. Pitzer College. 2014
    • Counsel to a student accused of sexual misconduct in preparation for a campus conduct process in California. 2014.
    • Resolved.
  • Jane Doe v. Delta Upsilon Fraternity. 2014
    • Plaintiff's counsel to a victim of sexual misconduct.
    • Resolved.
  • John Doe v. University of Northern Colorado. 2014
    • Counsel to a student accused of sexual misconduct in appeal of a campus conduct process in Colorado.
    • Resolved.
  • John Doe v. University of Alabama, Birmingham. 2014.
    • Counsel to a student accused of sexual misconduct in appeal of a campus conduct process in Alabama.
    • Resolved.
  • Confidential Client. 2014.
    • Defense Counsel to college in OCR Title IX investigation.
    • Resolved.
  • Confidential Client. 2014
    • Defense Counsel to college in OCR Title IX investigation.
    • Resolved favorably.
  • Confidential Client. 2014
    • Subject matter defense expert to college in OCR Title IX investigation. 2014.
    • Resolved.
  • Eichorn v. Sigma Nu, 2014.
    • Plaintiff's expert in a lawsuit regarding a non-fatal fall in a fraternity house.
    • Settled. Report. Deposition.
  • Dezmine Wells v. Xavier University. 2013.
    • Defense consultant to university in federal lawsuit by student expelled for sexual misconduct. Title IX/negligence/defamation.
    • Settled. No report. No deposition.
  • Plaintiffs v. University of Colorado, Denver. 2013
    • Subject matter expert to Perkins Coie, LLP in its investigation of the James Holmes shooting for the University of Colorado, Denver.
    • Resolved. Report. No deposition.
  • Crozier v. Phi Sigma Kappa. 2013.
    • Plaintiff's expert in state lawsuit involving a fatal fall in a fraternity house.
    • Settled. Report. Deposition.
  • Crabtree v. Tres Settle, et al., McLean (KY) Circuit Court. 2013.
    • Plaintiff's expert in state court school negligent injury case.
    • No report. No deposition. Settled.
  • Hobbs v. Gonzaga University. 2012.
    • Defense expert on behalf of Gonzaga University in a federal Title IX lawsuit.
    • Settled. Report. No deposition.
  • Caption Omitted by Confidential Settlement. 2012
    • Defense expert on behalf of a private college in Pennsylvania in a state court negligence case involving the injury of a student.
    • Settled. Report. No deposition.
  • Caption Omitted by Court Seal. 2012
    • Defense expert on behalf of a private college in Pennsylvania in a state court wrongful death case.
    • Settled. Report. No deposition.
  • E.N. v. Susquehanna Twp. Sch. Dist. 2010-11.
    • Plaintiff's expert in federal lawsuit suing a Pennsylvania school district under Title IX for sexual assault/harassment and retaliation action.
    • Settled $600k. Report. No deposition.
  • John Doe et. al. v. Sewanee, the University of the South. 2010.
    • Plaintiff's expert witness in a student discipline and negligence action in federal court.
    • Jury verdict for plaintiff. Report, deposition and jury testimony.
  • Chaaya v. Anne Arundel County Bd. of Educ. 2011
    • Plaintiff's expert in fall from equipment; negligent supervision lawsuit in state court.
    • Settled. Deposition. No report.
  • Dylan Campbell v. Coe College. 2010.
    • Defense expert witness on behalf of Coe College in a state court premises liability negligence action against the college and the president is his personal capacity.
    • Settled. Report. No deposition.
  • Buccinio v. Rutherford Bd. of Educ. 2011
    • Defense expert witness in a K-12 school security and negligence action in state court involving the sexual assault of a student.
    • Settled. Report. No deposition.
  • Lanahan v. Chi Psi Inc. 2010.
    • Defense expert to Chi Psi Fraternity national and alumni chapter in a wrongful death, hazing and alcohol action.
    • Settled. Report. Deposition.
  • OCR v. Notre Dame College. 2009-2010
    • Defense team in the OCR Title IX Investigation of Notre Dame College.
    • Favorable resolution.
  • Lacey v. Widener University. 2009
    • Filed Brief as Amicus Curiae for AICUP, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania (www.aicup.org), on the question of off-campus liability for criminal assault of a student.
    • Defense victory at trial.
  • LoSchiavo & Stellwag v. Quinnipiac University. 2009
    • Defense expert in a challenge to student discipline and defamation matter.
    • Settled.
  • McGrath v. Dominican College of Blauvelt. 2009.
    • Plaintiff's expert in the Title IX, wrongful death and §1983 action.
    • Settled.
  • Jane Doe v. West Virginia Wesleyan University. 2007.
    • Defense expert in a campus security and premises liability negligence action in state court for a student sexual assault.
    • Settled. No report. No deposition.
  • Padiyar v. AECOM, Inc. 2005
    • Plaintiff's expert in state court appeal of a student discipline expulsion and allegation of sexual orientation discrimination.
    • Case dismissed on procedural grounds. No report. No deposition.
  • U.S. Department of Education v. LaSalle University. 2005.
    • Defense team in the US Department of Education and US Department of Justice Clery Act investigations of La Salle University.
    • No fine levied.
  • Candace Minear v. Sigma Kappa Sorority, Inc., Sigma Kappa Sorority Delta Upsilon Chapter, Sigma Kappa National Housing Corporation, Inc., 2004.
    • Plaintiff's expert in a state court negligence action for injuries resulting from a sorority initiation.
    • Settled. Deposition. No report.
  • Pico v. Kamehameha Schools.
    • Plaintiff's expert in a state negligence action.
    • Resolved via arbitration.
  • NCAA investigation of a Division I Program.
    • Defense team member.
    • Resolved.

 

TNG has assisted clients with issues of:

  • Anticipation of Litigation
  • Litigation Strategies
  • Litigation Support
  • Settlement Negotiations
  • Media/Public Relations
  • Standard of Care/Duty of Care Opinions/Affidavits
  • Expert Reports
  • Depositions
  • Trial Testimony
  • Amicus Curiae Briefs
  • Brief Preparation/Research

Our breadth and depth of expertise help you put your best foot forward in court. Our involvement in cases helps to bring them to quick resolution. TNG consultants have served as experts in cases involving:

  • Campus Security
  • Campus Conduct Codes/Due Process
  • Wrongful Death
  • Negligence
  • Premises Liability
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Title IX
  • Clery Act
  • Hazing
  • Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
  • Drug/Alcohol Overdose
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Sexual Assault
  • NCAA Violations
  • 42 USC §1983 Actions