Bernard S. Rappaport, M.D.

Bernard S. Rappaport, M.D.

3 Altarinda Road, Suite 207
Orinda , CA 94563
Office: 925-253-1990
Fax: 925-253-1993


Bernard S. Rappaport, M.D. has been in the private practice of psychiatry in the San Francisco (East Bay) area of California for more than forty years. Over the past thirty years, Dr. Rappaport has been retained as a consultant and expert witness in approximately 2,000 civil litigation cases, involving a broad range of issues -- including personal injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, aviation and automobile events, burn injuries, harassment/discrimination and other employment/workplace issues, toxic exposure, mold,dog bites, maritime, standard of care, landlord/tenant, suicide,police, medical board/malpractice, and other types of cases involving psychiatric/psychological injury claims. He has testified at approximately 100 trials, in both State and Federal courts, in various venues. Dr. Rappaport has four forensic psychiatry associates, which enables the handling of numerous cases -- civil and criminal, adult and child/adolescent, defendant or plaintiff -- including multiple litigants.

Dr. Rappaport received his Bachelors degree in psychology magna cum laude from Harvard University, obtained his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and was a psychiatric resident at the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute of the University of California San Francisco. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Dr. Rappaport was a faculty member for seventeen years at the University of California, Berkeley-San Francisco Joint Medical Program, teaching medical students courses in psychophysiology and doctor-patient relationship, as an Associate Clinical Professor.

Areas of Expertise

  • Brain Injury
  • Disability
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Malingering
  • Managed Care & HMOs
  • Pain Management
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment/Discrimination
  • Suicide

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Please see CV
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Please see CV
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Please see CV
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Many hundreds.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Personal injury, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, standard of care, psychiatric aspects of physical injuries, head injuries, wrongful death, harassment/discrimination/wrongful termination and other employment/workplace issues.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 25 - 30%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 70 - 75%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Over 200
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: November, 2015
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: About 100
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: About 100
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 25
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, record review, psychological testing, Independent Medical (Psychiatric) Examinations, reports, deposition and trial testimony.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $775
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $775
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $875, $925 for out-of-office depositions
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $875 (half-day minimum)
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: travel expenses


Many; available upon request -- case/issue specific.