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Assisting Attorneys — Helping Parents
Whether you are an attorney seeking more information from a legal and psychological perspective or you need cross-examining guidance with regard to expert witnesses, or you are a parent who wants his or her child back safe and sound, we are the firm to call.
We have built a reputation and a practice since 1993 on meticulous preparation, insightful, creative case strategizing, painstaking attention to detail, and thorough investigation. We do this with the goal of winning for our clients, point by point, case by case.
Our team members practice all over the United States and our team leader Attorney-psychologist Demosthenes Lorandos has been practicing law since 1993. In addition, he has been a clinical and forensic psychologist for four decades. We regularly assist other lawyers, serving of counsel, to law firms throughout the nation in case strategy, litigation strategies, behavioral science issues and cross examination of expert witnesses and more.
We Are Different, Very Different
Our team has a unique blend of education and experience in the behavioral sciences and the law. Unlike other law firms, we are capable of addressing challenges faced by both counselors and lawyers. Our founding attorney, Doctor Demosthenes Lorandos, is a renowned clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and litigator. As a psychologist and attorney, Dr. Lorandos specializes in contentious domestic relations actions and is an expert in Parental Alienation Syndrome. Dr. Lorandos was a contributing editor of The International Handbook of Parental Alienation Syndrome (a 2006 project completed with Dr. Richard Gardner and Dr. Richard Sauber). Dr. Lorandos was the executive editor of the new text Parental Alienation – The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals. This text was built with the additional editorial help of child psychiatrist William Bernet and clinical psychologist Richard Sauber. Drawing together researchers from around the world, this new text took three years to develop and includes over a thousand bibliographic entries and discussion of five hundred parental alienation cases. Dr. Lorandos is also the co-author of several books combining psychology and the law including Benchbook in the Behavioral Sciences, and Cross-Examining Experts in the Behavioral Sciences. Our legal team possesses degrees in almost all areas of the behavioral sciences: psychology, sociology, and anthropology.
Any child custody dispute involving PAS is going to boil down to a battle of expert witnesses. The court will rely on expert testimony to determine the existence of Parental Alienation Syndrome, and the court will rely on expert advice on what to do about PAS. You should not expect impartiality from the other side’s experts, and at the same time, you should not expect complete impartiality from court-appointed experts. What’s more, you should not expect real or deeply informed expertise, either. You will need a team of experts able to separate good science from junk science. Trials involving Parental Alienation Syndrome can be trials in every sense of the word, and the stakes are high. You will need specialists like the forensic psychologists and trained litigators at Joshi and PASattorney.com.
A Team That Works With Other Law Firms
Our team members regularly travel across the nation to serve “of counsel” or to associate with fellow lawyers who are knee deep in Family Court or are defending clients against serious criminal charges that primarily involve children, family, sexual matters and false allegations.
We work with law firms as a behind-the-scenes case strategy consultant, cross-examination counsel with Dr. Lorandos as an expert witness. Our team leader turned to the law in 1991, after decades as a forensic psychologist watching the courts destroy children and families through lack of an appropriate understanding or allowance for the behavioral sciences.
Today, he is a nationally recognized legal scholar and expert in
- Exposing parental alienation syndrome
- Protecting children involved in legal matters
- Explaining the psychology that leads to false allegations of sexual abuse
- Helping those involved in the case understand the state of mind that can result in a wrongful charge of child molestation
Trial Preparation And Case Strategy
Our litigators and psychologists offer skilled guidance to law firms across the country in matters concerning trial preparation and case strategy. We are a trial law firm, and have brought numerous cases through to jury trial. We know how to fight. We know how to win. We know how to share our knowledge with fellow lawyers, and have been doing so for many years. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan we serve clients throughout the nation.
Whether you are a team of lawyers in Hawaii handling a challenging criminal defense case concerning false allegations of sexual abuse, or you are a lawyer in Cincinnati whose client wants his or her children back and fears they are being harmed by the custodial parent, or you need coaching in how to address the psychology behind the domestic relations issue your client is facing: our law firm is here to help.
We Are Your Resource
From the moment that you retain our services as your counsel or as legal consultants, we are on the case, using all of our resources, skill, experience and knowledge to help you elicit a positive result. We are warriors for accurate behavioral science in the courtroom, and we are meticulous in our trial preparation, preparing every step along the way for a trial, delving into every detail and using our skill and creativity to build the strongest case possible. No matter where you are, we are prepared to respond to your need immediately. And we have all the resources that you need to enhance the quality of your presentation.
We have books and videos that include Dr. Lorandos’ two-volume set that provides step-by-step guidance on how to refute behavioral scientists’ conjecture and speculation in order to ensure favorable rulings under Daubert, Kuhmo Tire, Joiner and Frye standards.
We Can Help You Win For Your Clients
When you are representing a client who has been set up and is now looking at life in prison for a crime that he did not commit, or a client who is a good person caught in a very bad set of circumstances like losing her children, you want to use all your resources to protect his or her rights.
Effective case preparation in criminal law matters is essential to getting results. Skilled cross-examination is key to convincing the trier of fact. Lawyers, judges and juries are not trained in psychiatry or psychology. They may not even realize they are being railroaded, with innocent people going to jail and innocent children suffering because of inappropriate case assessments and psychological evaluations.
Effective dissection of the behavioral science aspect of the case can play a significant role in the case’s outcome. Social work, psychiatry and psychology can play a significant role in the outcome of a legal matter. In matters concerning the behavioral sciences and the law, there is a tremendous amount of what our law firm calls “junk science” out there. We intend to stamp it out: one client, and one case, at a time. Establishing the expertise of your own witnesses is a crucial part of any legal team’s strategy.
Weed Out The Charlatans Before They Destroy Your Case
When you are representing a medical doctor accused of sexually abusing his nephew and who is on the verge of losing his medical license, custody of his children and his freedom, you need to pull out all the stops to protect his rights. The State is going to use all of its considerable resources to put your client away. This means hiring forensic psychologists, sexual abuse experts, investigators in sexual abuse matters, counselors for the children and witnesses for the prosecution.
Our attorney-clients must educate themselves in the behavioral sciences and the law. Our team can help you address questions like these:
- How can I establish that my expert is better than the other side’s?
- How can I demonstrate that the other behavioral science expert witness should not even be allowed to enter into the courtroom?
- How can I have the expert struck from the case on the basis of science?
- How can I effectively attack the idea or key issue that the expert has convinced judge, prosecutor and jury is true?
- How can I establish or destroy expert testimony pursuant to current rules of law?
Attacking Inaccuracies Of Bad Experts
Innocent adults and children are affected by bad psychological evaluations, behavioral analysis and case assessments. People’s lives are ruined. Wrongly accused people are unjustly sent to jail. This is largely due to a lack of training in how to deal with “junk science”: science that is misleading, inaccurate, outdated or even false.
At our firm, we quash any forms of junk science in the courtroom and attack bad psychological evaluations with expert witness cross-examinations and a correct and accurate interpretation of science. Our lead trial lawyer, Dr. Demosthenes Lorandos, began as a psychologist. He was so outraged after seeing many innocent children and families harmed by bad experts that he became an attorney to defend their rights. This is the attorney you need to effectively attack a bad psych evaluation.
Dealing With Mental Health “Experts”
The most important part of attacking a bad psychological evaluation is effective cross-examinations of “experts” in behavioral sciences. Dr. Lorandos is not only skilled at this but has been a Thomson Reuters WEST “Key Author” for a decade and a half. He is the co-author with psychologist Terence Campbell of Cross Examining Experts In The Behavioral Sciences (West Group 2001). – Updated Annually
Dr. Lorandos and our team members can teach you that many experts are, quite frankly, junk science peddlers who are practically immoral in providing their testimony. On cross-examination, these so-called experts can be attacked on issues such as:
- Claims of professional experience
- Claims of clinical judgment
- Evidentiary reliability and validity
- Biases, consistency of research methods and actuarial procedures
- Diagnostic classifications
- Use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and its perpetual revisions
- Forensic use of the DSM
- Diagnoses of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and personality disorders
We Help You Sort Out The Important Questions
- Who is the expert? The very first thing you want to ask when attacking a bad psych evaluation is who is this “expert”? What is their training? What do they know? What is it they don’t know?
- What are their qualifications, if any? What have they done in the past to prove their qualifications? Have they used improper psych testing measures? Have they relied solely on their idiosyncratic experience?
- What does the law say about their research? Does their research meet the law of expertise in the relevant jurisdiction? What does scientific literature say about their research?
- How does the expert hold up against our expert? Are we able to present cogent expert testimony breaking down their expert’s testimony? Do we make their expert look unreliable?