Dr. Edward F. Dragan

School Liability Expert Group
201 S. Main St.
Lambertville , NJ 08530
Office: 609-397-8989
Introduction

Education: Doctor of Education Administration and Supervision, Rutgers University; Masters in Education Law, University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce Law School; Masters in Special Education (Administration), The College of New Jersey; Bachelors in Education, The College of New Jersey. Professional experience: Superintendent of Schools, Principal, Private School Director, Program Manager with the NJ State Department of Education, Residential Treatment Center Administrator and Teacher, Federal Head Start Director and Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Resident Assistant Director, and Assistant Adjunct Professor. I have provided expert witness services and consultation to both plaintiff and defendant attorneys in more than 400 cases in the US and Canada. I have testified at deposition and trial more than 40 times. Qualified expertise includes: administration of programs for children and youth-serving organizations; school and agency liability; Title IX, Section 1983, sexual harassment/abuse, disability and discrimination, daycare and camp administration and liability, school review in custody matters and other areas.

School Liability Expert Group provides services from case inception through resolution. Determining the merit of a case, conducting file review and analysis, compiling expert reports, and offering testimony at deposition and/or at trial are but a few of the services provided. Through the experience of its founder and principal consultant, Dr. Dragan, and with the support of a highly competent staff, including other experts, trained paralegals, and others, School Liability Expert Group provides quality comprehensive services.


Areas of Expertise
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Custody
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Education & Schools
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Playground Safety
  • School Safety
  • School Security
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment/Discrimination

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Education: Doctor of Education Administration and Supervision, Rutgers University; Masters in Education Law, University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce Law School; Masters in Special Education (Administration), The College of New Jersey; Bachelors in Education, The College of New Jersey.

Professional experience: Superintendent of Schools, Principal, Private School Director, Program Manager with the NJ State Department of Education, Residential Treatment Center Administrator and Teacher, Federal Head Start Director and Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Resident Assistant Director, and Assistant Adjunct Professor. I have provided expert witness services and consultation to both plaintiff and defendant attorneys in more than 800 cases in 42 states, plus Washington D.C., U.S. Territories, and Canada the US and testified at deposition and trial more than 50 times.

Court qualifications have included: administration of programs for children and youth-serving organizations; school and agency liability; Title IX, Section 1983, sexual harassment/abuse, disability and other discrimination, daycare and camp administration and liability, school review in custody matters and other areas.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Association of School Administrators, Education Law Association, American Bar Association, International Association of School Safety Professionals, Council for Exceptional Children, The Bully Project Advisory Board.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Secondary Education, The College of New Jersey. Instructed graduate-level course in education administration and supervision.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education and Elementary Education. Instructed graduate and undergraduate-level courses in the teaching and supervision of students with behavioral and learning problems. Supervised student teachers.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, International and Overseas Studies, The College of New Jersey. Developed and taught graduate-level courses for teachers in international schools including the International School of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria and the International School of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Administration, Seton Hall University.

Speaking and media presentations include more than 100. Subjects include legal and administrative analysis of high profile cases on national TV, international and US radio interviews. Subjects included sexual harassment, legal issues of educating students with disabilities, risk management in schools, school safety, school bullying and suicide, and many other topics. For a full listing please request my 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: More than 400.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Sexual harassment/abuse, Title IX, Section 1983, wrongful death, bullying, bullying/suicide, special education, school reviews in custody matters, and other areas. These cases involve public and private schools, daycares, camps, residential programs, colleges and universities, and other child and youth-serving organizations.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Plaintiff retention: approximately 60%.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Defendant retention: approximately 40%.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: More than 50 times.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: May 2021.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: More than 25 times.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: More than 25 times.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Twenty eight (28).
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Document review and analysis, development of expert opinions and reports, site inspections, consulting.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: The firm bills at an hourly rate of $585.00 for my services.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: The firm billa at an hourly rate of $285.00 for the services of its trained paralegals.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Deposition testimony is billed by the firm at $2,800.00 for a maximum of four (4) hours.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Trial testimony is billed by the firm at $5,600.00 for a maximum of eight (8) hours in one day, including travel, review and preparation.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel and other expenses are billed on a cost basis.

References

Ryan C. Carson, Esq.
Taylor & Anderson, LLP
1331 17th Street
Suite 1050
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 551-6654

Will Techmeier, Managing Partner
The Cochran Firm - Wisconsin LLP
309 North Water St., Ste 160
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(800) 242-1050