Competency Expert Witnesses

Law & Legal Expert Witness Listings

Competency Expert Witnesses who are available to consult and testify can be found here. These competency experts found on this page, who may be psychologists, forensic psychiatrists, or other medical professionals, may consult on issues involving whether a person is mentally competent stand trial, or has the rational understanding to enter into a contract, agreement, deed, power of attorney, will, or trust. These experts found here may provide reports regarding an individual’s mental state, mental health, mental health evaluations, lucidity, mental incapacitation, or mental deficiency. Experts here may be familiar with probate issues involving a person’s sound mind, unsound mind, mental illness, and their conscious decision and factual understanding to perform a task.

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Park Dietz (Park Dietz & Associates, Inc.)
PD&A offers forensic experts in psychiatry, psychology, neuropsychology, neurology, pathology, nursing, social work, criminal behavior analysis, police, corrections, security, and toxicology. For the 25 years we've been operating as a group we've consistently... Learn More ›

Sanjay G. Adhia, MD (Adhia & Associates, Forensic Psychiatry)
Dr. Adhia is a triple Board-Certified Forensic Psychiatrist based in Houston, TX. He testifies nationally. He is uniquely Board-Certified in Forensic Psychiatry and Brain Injury Medicine in civil, criminal, and military jurisdictions. Adolescent &... Learn More ›

Leonard J. Weiss, M.D. (Leonard J. Weiss, M.D., Psychiatry Austin, PLLC)
Dr. Weiss is Board-Certified in Forensic Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, and Brain Injury Medicine based in Austin, Texas. He is uniquely qualified to address the complicated relationship between mental illness, physical... Learn More ›

Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. (Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. & Associates)
Stephen M. Raffle, M.D., Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist with 49 years' experience rendering his expert opinion in over 5000 cases and testifying at 700+ depositions and trials. A short list of Dr. Raffle's areas of expertise includes Emotional... Learn More ›

Dale E. Panzer (Dale E. Panzer MD, Psychiatrist and Expert Witness)
Dale E. Panzer, M.D. is among the select few experts double-board certified in Psychiatry and Brain Injury Medicine. During his decades-long career, Dr. Panzer has served as a forensic evaluator and expert witness in high stakes, high-value litigation.... Learn More ›
Pia Quimson-Guevarra
Location: Oregon
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Pia Quimson-Guevarra is Board-Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has expertise in psychiatric issues that in civil litigation, employment...
N.G. Berrill (NY Forensic)
Location: New York
Areas of Expertise: Dr. N.G. Berrill is a Board Certified Forensic Psychologist, Director of New York Forensic, specialty areas: Criminal and Civil matters including-- Competency evaluations, Criminal Responsibility, Sex...
Medical Advisors, Inc./Technical Network Consulting Service
Location: Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise: Your Link To Americas Most Qualified Experts! Get the right Expert and the right Service! Medical Advisors, Inc. provides top ranked Board Certified physicians and academicians in all medical specialties....
Mark I. Levy, MD, DLFAPA (Medical Director of Forensic Psychiatric Associates, L.P., a nationwide expert witness firm)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Forensic Psychiatric Associates, L.P. (fpamed) is a national consulting firm with offices in California, Nevada and North Carolina assisting litigating attorneys. The firm includes 15 board certified forensic...
Harold J. Bursztajn (Accredited Psychiatry & Medicine)
Location: Massachusetts
Areas of Expertise: Specializes in Forensic Psychiatry, Medical & Psychiatry Malpractice, Managed Health Care, Informed Consent, Professional Ethics, Addiction, Product Liability, Assessments of Workplace Violence and Dangerousness,...
Sasha Getty M.D., QME (Expedient Medicolegal Services)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Getty is a general adult psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He graduated from University of California Irvine School of Medicine and completed his residency training...
Samuel Miles (Samuel I. Miles, MD, PHD)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Miles provides consultations, reports, and expert testimony to both plaintiffs and defendants in litigated civil and criminal matters. He has qualified as expert in state and federal courts to provide...
Ronald H. Roberts, PhD, ABPP
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Roberts has been working in the field of psychology for 49 years. He has been practicing forensic psychology and neuropsychology for 39 years and has been involved in over 4500 forensic cases. He has...
Gary Freedman-Harvey
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Freedman-Harvey, a California licensed psychologist, has 25 years of forensic and courtroom experience with litigation related to cognitive impairment in older adults. (See list of selected court trials...
Pogos H. Voskanian, M.D. (General and Forensic Psychiatry)
Location: Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Voskanian is a Clinical and Forensic Psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, who specializes in applications of scientific and...
Michelle L. Vorwerk (Vorwerk Forensic Psychology, Inc.)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: For more than 20 years, Dr. Vorwerk, Board-Certified Forensic Psychologist (ABPP), has conducted over a thousand evaluations and testified in hundreds of cases. She conducts psycho-legal assessments, neuropsychological...
Sheryll M. Casuga, Psy.D. (Casuga Psychology Services, Inc.)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Sheryll Casuga is a California-Licensed Clinical Psychologist who serves an an autism and developmental disability expert. She has been in the field of autism since 2008. Dr. Casuga specializes in...
Tyler M Durns, MD (Forensic Psychiatric Associates, L.P.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Tyler Durns graduated with Honors from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minors in Psychology and Chemistry. He then went on to earn his Medical...
Suzanne Dupee (Suzanne M. Dupee MD, Psychiatrist, A Professional Medical Corporation)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Dupee is a triple board certified forensic psychiatrist in General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. She trained at Cedar-Sinai, Los Angeles (psychiatry residency),...
Gregory P Brown (Gregory P Brown, M.D., Prof. Corp.)
Location: Nevada
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Brown has conducted thousands of forensic evaluations and rendered expert witness deposition or court testimony more than 80 times in civil and criminal cases for over 20 years. Dr. Brown testifies...
Alisha Johnson (Bernatz Experts)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Alisha Johnson is the new proprietor and lead forensic psychologist at Bernatz Experts. Dr. Johnson received her doctorate degree at Pepperdine University, and has flourished in her career at Metropolitan...
Gil Lichtshein (Gil Lichtshein, MD, PA)
Location: Florida
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Lichtshein is board certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and his areas of expertise include disability, workers comp, civil and criminal cases, fitness for duty, competency and...
Roger K Pitman, M.D. (Harvard Medical School)
Location: Massachusetts
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Pitman has been practicing psychiatry for more than 50 years. He is Certified in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Brain Injury Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is...
Consolidated Consultants
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Consolidated Consultants (CCc) continues to deliver high quality expert witness and medical expert witness referrals nationwide since 1995. CCc is the only referral service where you can view the full,...
Richard J Frances MD
Location: New York
Areas of Expertise: Richard Frances, MD, is an expert in addiction psychiatry and psychiatry. He was the founding president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, Past President and Medical Director of Silver Hill...
Gloria M Kardong (Gloria M. Kardong, MD, DLFAPA, DABPN)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Gloria M. Kardong, M.D. is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who has been in full time private practice in Palo Alto, CA for the past 25 years. She is Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and...
Rhonda E Greenberg (Center for Forensic and Clincial Psychology of NJ LLC.)
Location: New Jersey
Areas of Expertise: *Request Overview of Services and Fee Schedule to: centerforforensicpsychology@gmail.com CENTER FOR FORENSIC AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY OF NEW JERSEY LLC Serving clients in outpatient and forensic...
Robert S. Brown (Forensicpsychiatry.com)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Unique Credentials - Enhanced Analysis: IME Doctor licensed in Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Dr. Robert Brown is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry....
American Medical Forensic Specialists
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: MEDICAL EXPERTS FOR MALPRACTICE & PERSONAL INJURY CASES AMFS is America's premier medical expert witness and consulting company. We are a trusted partner with the legal community and provide a superior method of retaining medical experts.
Martin H Williams (Williams Forensic Mental Health Services (Offices in Northern and Southern California))
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Martin H. Williams has offices in San Jose, Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento and San Diego. He has never failed to qualify as an expert in any Criminal, Civil or Administrative matter. He is...
Maurice Preter, MD (Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Neurology)
Location: New York
Areas of Expertise: Dr. med. Maurice Preter, MD is a psychiatrist, neuropsychiatrist, psychopharmacologist and neurologist based in New York City with close to four decades' worth of experience in the medical profession....
Leslie Dobson (Dr. Leslie Dobson )
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Leslie Dobson, a California licensed clinical and forensic psychologist, has 20 years of psychology experience. She is an expert in assessing the validity of alleged psychological damage for both plaintiff...
James Armontrout, MD (Forensic Psychiatric Associates, L.P.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Armontrout is a forensic psychiatrist who is a member of Forensic Psychiatric Associates Medical Corp (www.fpamed.com) a national forensic psychiatric and psychological consulting practice. Dr....
Alice R Berkowitz (A Professional Psychology Corporation)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: For over 20 years, Dr. Berkowitz has specialized in forensic psychology, neuropsychology and clinical/diagnostic assessment and court evaluations and trainings. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist...
Charles Saldanha, MD, FAPA (Forensic Psychiatric Associates, L.P.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Saldanha is a forensic psychiatrist who is a member of Forensic Psychiatric Associates Medical Corp (www.fpamed.com) a national forensic psychiatric and psychological consulting practice. Charles...
Mitchell H. Dunn
Location: Texas
Areas of Expertise: Mitchell H. Dunn, M.D. is a sub-specialty board-certified forensic psychiatrist who spends the vast majority of his time as the forensic director of a state hospital forensic psychiatry program. He has...
Andrew Levine (North Coast Neuropsychology)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Levine is a clinical neuropsychologist who is board-certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has been involved in clinical and medico-legal practice and consultation since...
Robert M. Gordon (Robert M. Gordon, PhD ABPP)
Location: Florida
Areas of Expertise: I have been practicing Forensic Psychology (civil and criminal) since 1976. I am double board credentialed in Clinical Psychology and in Psychoanalysis. Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology...
Lawrence S. Mayer, MD, MS, PhD
Location: Arizona and Maryland
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Mayer is an expert on the use of epidemiology, statistics and biostatistics in addressing issues of general causation in a clinical, regulatory or policy setting. He has worked on a wide range...
Ayesha Ashai, MD (Forensic Psychiatric Associates, L.P.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Ashai has performed numerous civil and criminal forensic psychiatric evaluations and has been qualified as an expert in the field of psychiatry in the Sacramento Superior Court. She has extensive training...
ForensisGroup, Inc. (The Expert of Experts)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: For over 30 years, ForensisGroup has provided the nation’s top law firms, businesses, insurance companies, government entities with highly qualified expert witnesses and consultants. Experts referred by...
Walter E.B. Sipe, MD
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Sipe, Board Certified in Psychiatry and Pediatrics, has an active outpatient psychotherapy and medication management practice serving adults and adolescents. He is on the clinical faculty at UCSF...
Kevin A. Domingos (Boston Neuropsychological Services, LLC)
Location: Massachusetts
Areas of Expertise: We have a team of neuropsychologists that uses a peer review process on all cases. Our staff was trained at Children's Hospital in Boston, Yale University Child Study Center, and Harvard Medical School,...
Jane K McNaught (Jane K. McNaught, Ph.D.)
Location: Minnesota
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Jane McNaught is a Clinical and Forensic psychologist. Dr. McNaught graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. in 1982 and has been in private practice for over 35 years. She has been...
Jorien Campbell, MD (Forensic Psychiatric Associates, L.P.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Jorien Campbell graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed...
Matthew J Steiner (Expedient Medicolegal Services)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: As a board certified psychiatrist and Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Steiner brings a broad range of experience and interests through his 11+ years of experience providing mental...
Debra S Borys, Ph.D., FABPF (Forensic & Clinical Psychologist)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Borys is a UCLA-educated forensic,clinical & health psychologist and diplomate in forensic psychology. She provides emotional damages assessment, case consultation on psych issues, lit review, & review...
Competency FAQs

What is a competency expert witness?

A competency expert witness is someone who is able to provide testimony about a person's ability to understand and agree to contracts, capacity to make conscious decisions, and factual understanding. This expert may also be able to provide testimony about a person's mental state, mental health, and mental illness.

What is the role of a competency expert witness?

A competency expert witness is qualified to testify on issues on a person's capacity to make decisions, understand the consequences, and act in their best interest.

How much can a person make as a competency expert witness?

Competency expert witnesses can earn anywhere from $175 to $450 or more per hour, depending on the case. Experts usually receive compensation for travel time, and more for deposition and trial testimony.

What are the qualifications of a competency expert witness?

A competency expert witness can assess an individual's mental or physical capacity to make informed decisions or take certain actions.

In legal proceedings, how is evidence gathered by a competency expert witness?

A competency expert witness gathers evidence through interviews, psychological tests, and observations of the individual's behavior and abilities. This evidence is then presented in court to assist in determining the individual's competency.

In what type of cases might require opinions from a competency expert witness?

Competency expert witnesses may be required in cases involving mental illness, intellectual disability, dementia, or brain injury, where the defendant's ability to understand legal proceedings or assist in their own defense is in question.