Linguistics Expert 142817 NY

Expertise Description

I have more than 30 years experience in language-related civil and criminal cases. My expertise includes: forensic linguistics, meaning of contracts, disputed authorship, language libel, forgery, conspiracy, plagiarism, threat assessment, letters, emails, confessions, recorded speech, and sociolinguistics. I have consulted for the FBI and many other law enforcement agencies, as well as defense attorneys, Federal Public Defenders, and civil attorneys. I have over 25 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes: Evidence analysis in any type of case containing material language evidence; Trademarks; Meaning of contracts; Meaning of statutes; False and other invalid confessions; Intercepted communications in criminal and counter-terrorism cases; Murder-related letters; Perjury testimony; Letters threatening sitting judges and members of Congress; Courthouse bomb-threat calls; Solicitation to murder; Espionage; Bribery; General threatening communications.

Relevant Experiences

I specialize in the areas of word history (etymology), presentation in dictionaries (lexicography), base meaning (semantics) and use in context (pragmatics, sociolinguistics, dialect variation).

I have extensive experience in the question of genericness in trademarks, including being a linguist representing major tech companies, along with a number of other cases. I have scientifically analyzed the linguistic evidence, written reports and declarations, etc., been deposed, and testified at trial.

I also have extensive experience opposing Butters, who has often been given to, as the attorney gently puts it, presenting “his conclusion as stronger than the evidence suggests.” I have been on the opposing side from him in, I believe, some seven trademark cases, as well as in a triple homicide case.


PhDLinguisticsColumbia College
M.PhilLinguisticsColumbia College
MALinguisticsColumbia College
BASociologyColumbia College

Licenses Certifications

Qualified as an Expert in Linguistics in numerous state and federal courts.
Advanced Linguistic Training
Linguistic Society Institutes
Thai Language
American University Alumni Association

Awards & Affiliation

Primary Affiliation

International Association of Forensic Linguists

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases