Julian Shields, CRC

Dr. Julian Shields, CRC

Blue Ridge Vocational Associates
1521 Martinsburg Pike Winchester, VA 22603
Winchester, VA 22601
Office: 256-541-3657

Blue Ridge Vocational Associates, LLC (BRVA) is a vocational expert practice that provides vocational expert witness services to litigants, plaintiffs / defense attorneys, and insurance companies on vocational issues pertaining to employability, earning capacity, and expert testimony. BRVA uses holistic approaches, rigorous techniques, and reliable methodologies to illustrate if the vocational impact of injury has affected individuals' vocational capacity. Attorneys use BRVA to document if damages have occurred as a result of injury.

Areas of Expertise
  • Disability
  • Employment
  • Family Law
  • Health/Medical/Disability Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Vocational Evaluation & Rehabilitation
  • Workers Compensation Insurance
  • Wrongful Death

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: PhD - Counselor Education and Supervision - Auburn University
M.S. - Rehabilitation Counselor - Alabama State University


CRC - Certified Rehabilitation Counselor #356082
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: International Associations Rehabilitation Professionals
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: REH 201 - Intro to Rehabilitation Science
This course focuses on the racial, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and sociopolitical factors as it relates to the context of disability. Emphasis on how disability is defined and understood within society will be discussed. Students will be exposed to legal issues, professional ethics, consumer advocacy, lived experience, and resources within the community.

RSED 5220 Placement Services in Rehabilitation
This course provides knowledge of the theories, strategies, and techniques for job development, accommodation, modification, and placement of people with disabilities with application skills needed to facilitate employment

COUN 5230: Assistive Technology
Students learn how people with disabilities can use assistive technology in the workplace and daily living activities.

COUN 5210: Occupational Information:
This course is designed to familiarize students with methods used by various rehabilitation practitioners to gather and analyze occupational information. Students will learn how to identify, locate, and use federal, state, and privately produced occupational data resources, incorporate client information into job accommodation, labor market surveys, and job placement of people with disabilities.
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: 13
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: All things related but not limited to illustrating if injury has impacted the vocational capacity an evaluee. I have been retained to conduct vocational evaluations, vocational assessments, loss of earning capacity assessments, etc.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 100% however, I offer my services to plaintiff and defense
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 0% however, I offer my services to plaintiff and defense
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 5
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 6/27/23
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: I have been qualified to give expert testimony in Social Security Administrative Law SSDI hearings
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 3
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, Vocational testing, Vocational evaluations, Transferrable Skill Analyses, Loss of Earning Capacity Assessments, Uses tailor made peer reviewed research for each unique case.


Available Upon Request