My names is Donna B. Taylor, and I have been a Vocational Expert for over 35 years. i have a Master's degree in Vocational Counseling and Community Counseling from the University of Louisville. I also have attended nursing school. I am based in Southwest Florida near Fort Myers, but am willing to travel nationwide. My cases are usually 50% plaintiff and 50% defense in civil and federal courts, but most cases are court appointed. I am a Diplomate with the American Board of Vocational Experts, an International Psychometic Evaluator /Certified, and a Certified Vocational Evaluator, plus holding several other licenses and certifications. I evaluate employability and earning capacity in personal injury, medical malpractice, employment law, wrongful death, and family law matters. I may be contacted from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss your case.
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Disabled Access
- Drug Abuse
- Health/Medical/Disability Insurance
- Labor Law
- Sexual Harassment/Discrimination
- Vocational Evaluation & Rehabilitation
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: MEd - Vocational and Community Counseling
BS - Counseling and Guidance
American Board of Vocational Experts - Diplomate
International Psychometric Evaluator/Certified
Certified Vocational Evaluator
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Certified Case Manager Certified Disability Management Specialist
National Certified Counselor
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: American Board of Vocational Experts
International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: "Personality and Vocational Goal Selection" - Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Naples, FL.
"Comprehensive Vocational Evaluations" - Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Fort Myers, FL.
"Vocational Assessment of Individuals Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired" - Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services, Fort Myers, FL.
"Vocational Goal Development" - Florida Department of Educations, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Fort Myers, FL, and West Palm Beach, FL.
"Transferable Skills Analysis and the O*NET" Elliott & Fitzpatrick Publishing, New Orleans, LA.
"Assessment of Transferable Job Skills" - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC.
"Transferable Skills Analysis" - US Department of Veterans Affairs, Indianapolis, IN.
"Vocational Evaluation: Development," US Department of Veterans Affairs, Bloomington, IN.
"Certified Disability Management Specialists: Professional Accountability" - Elliott & Fitzpatrick Publishing, St. Kits.
"A Professional Partnership: Consulting with Government Agencies" Elliott & Fitzpatrick Publishing, St. Kitts.
"Vocational Evaluation of Veterans with service Connected Disabilities" - Department of Veterans Affairs, Indianapolis, IN.
"Personality in Occupational Selection" Community Mental Health Center, Lawrenceburg, IN>
"Permanent and Total Disability: A Vocational Perspective" - Indiana Self-Insured Association, Indianapolis, IN.
"Transferable Job Skills in the International Market" - National Association of Rehabilitation Providers in the Private Sector, Bal Harbor, FL.
"Design and Implementation of Rehabilitation Service Delivery Systems" - City of Moscow and Agency Consortium, Moscow, Russia.
"Lessons from a Labor Intensive Economy: Medical and Vocational Rehabilitation in the Peoples Republic of China, National Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector, San Francisco, CA.
"Rehabilitation in the Peoples Republic of China" - National Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector, Louisville, KY.
"Transferable Job Skills" - Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Columbus, IN.
"The Americans with Disabilities Act" - Southeastern Indiana Inter-Agency Round Table, Lawrenceburg, IN.
"Issues Related to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and How Attorneys Can Better Approach Vocational Issues at Hearings" - Cincinnati Bar Association, Cincinnati, OH.
"Vocational Evaluation and Job Placement of People with Disabilities" - Chinese Academy of Medical Services, Peking Union Medical College and The China Rehabilitation Research Center, Beijing, Peoples Republic of China.
"Why Did You Get Into Rehabilitation? Convictions and Responsibilities in Professional Ethics" - National Association for Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector, Atlanta, GA.
- 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: Thousand of times too numerous to count.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Personal Injury
Family Law (Divorce and Child Support)
Employment Discrimination (Age, Sexual, FEMA, and ADA)
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: Approximately 50%.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: Approximately 50%.
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: Hundreds too many to count.
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: 1999.
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: Thousands too many to count.
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: Thousands too numerous to count.
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 35.
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Vocational and Employability Evaluations.
Determination of Wage Earning Capacity.
Vocational and Psychological Testing.
Transferable Skills Analysis.
Job Development and Placement.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: Initial initial consultation is gratus.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $350.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $500.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $1,500 per half day. Additional time is $500/hour.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Travel Time - $200/hour.
Vocational Evaluations with Testing and Report - $1,500.
Professional Time - $350/hour (includes consultation, reviewing records, report preparation, telephone calls, labor market surveys, research, and report preparation.
Mileage $ 0.58/mile.
Expenses - Actual Cost (including airfare, lodging, meals, copies parking, and tolls).
Available Upon Request