Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.

Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.

Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. & Associates
35 Wolfe Grade
Kentfield , CA 94904
Office: 415-461-4845
Fax: 415-461-4039

Introduction

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 Distress across a range of psychiatric conditions, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Undue Influence, Testamentary Capacity, employment litigation and malingering. Dr. Raffle has testified nationwide in federal, state, administrative and military jurisdictions and consults to attorneys, insurers, employers and judges. His opinions by report and testimony reflect an educator's ability to present his well-reasoned path to his expert conclusions. Dr. Raffle has a unique background, which includes instructing attorneys about direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, with a focus on mental health experts, at Hastings College of the Law Trial and Appellate Advocacy Center for eleven years. In addition to a successful clinical practice, for more than 20 years he was on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical School in the Departments of Psychiatry and Orthopedic Surgery (as a Psychiatrist). Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. & Associates' expertise includes, but is not limited to, the following psychiatric issues which can arise in litigation:

Emotional Distress
Intentional and Unintentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
Pain and Suffering
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Chronic Pain
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other dementia
Malingering
Fitness for Duty
Testamentary Capacity
Undue Influence
Risk/Threat Workplace Violence Assessment
Wrongful Termination
Discrimination (ADA and Title VII)
Harassment, including sexual harassment, stalking, threat of violence
Wrongful Termination
Employment Litigation
Medical Malpractice
Catastrophic Injury
Disability
Medical Records Review

Dr. Raffle's associate, Shahla Chehrazi, M.D., a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, specializes in the forensic assessment of children.

Dr. Raffle's website (wwww.rafflemd.com) contains articles, case studies, and additional information about his experience in areas of expertise gained over an extensive career.


Areas of Expertise

  • Brain Injury
  • Competency
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Independent Medical Examinations (I.M.E.)
  • Malingering
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Military Mental Health
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Personal Injury
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Products Liability
  • Psychiatry
  • Sanity/Trial Competency
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment/Discrimination
  • Stalking
  • Suicide
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Undue Influence
  • Vocational Evaluation & Rehabilitation
  • Workplace Violence
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: 1966 Doctor of Medicine, The Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Doctor of Medicine
1977 Board- Certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Diplomate in Psychiatry
1994 Board- Certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Diplomate in Forensic Psychiatry
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Medical Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry (for 27 years), and Assistant Clinical Professor, Orthopedic Surgery (as a Psychiatrist) (18 years), University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.
Hastings Law School, “Trial and Appellate Advocacy" program for attorneys, instructing about the direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses (11 years).

Speaking experience is set out in my CV; it is extensive and addresses a number of topics.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: As an expert witness in litigation, many hundreds of occasions. I estimate I have conducted over 5,000 psychiatric evaluations and rendered opinions, including Fitness for Duty, Threat Assessments, matters in administrative jurisdictions, and testified in over 700 depositions and trials as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases in federal and state jurisdictions.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Over the course of 49 years, expert testimony and opinions include, but are not limited to Litigation, Personal Injury (psychiatric dimensions), Traumatic Brain Injury, Diminished Testamentary Capacity, Competency, Undue Influence, Chronic Pain, Emotional Distress, PTSD, and Employment including Fitness for Duty, Risk of Violence-Threat Assessment, Wrongful Termination, Temporary and Permanent Disability, Harassment, Discrimination; conducting Independent Psychiatric Medical Examinations (IMEs) and opining by report and testimony; reviewing records; and more.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50%, roughly
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50%, roughly
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Testimony in trial and deposition, roughly estimated at 700
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Last week.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: See above.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: See above.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 49
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: See above.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Write to us at rafflemd@rafflemd.com for a fee schedule.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Write to us at rafflemd@rafflemd.com for a fee schedule.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Write to us at rafflemd@rafflemd.com for a fee schedule.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Write to us at rafflemd@rafflemd.com for a fee schedule.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Write to us at rafflemd@rafflemd.com for a fee schedule.


References

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