Ethics, “White Lies,” and a Red Dress

Ethics, “White Lies,” and a Red Dress

Stories of Life
My bride and I decided to step upon a path with irreparable conclusions as this slippery slope of truth was applied to our personal relationship. What if, just for 24 hours, we both applied that definition of truth? Could it even be done? And what would the consequences become? We had a solid foundation upon which to build, solid enough that I felt secure in accepting this daunting challenge of telling the truth, and nothing but the truth, for 24 hours. My bride and I are ethicists. Our upbringing in formative years and our professions hold us tightly to the matter of ethics. It’s an extremely boring subject, especially if one sits in an auditorium for a one-hour presentation and resultant CEUs. Moreover, the entire subject is boring. Everyone has…
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If a Tree Fell in the Woods, Would an Insurance Agent Hear It?

If a Tree Fell in the Woods, Would an Insurance Agent Hear It?

Insurance
It is an amazing phenomenon to observe from afar. Extremely intelligent and well-versed insurance professionals handling claims become immobile when a tree or landscape issue comes before them. Their eyes glaze over. Their right hand goes to their chin. Their eyebrows rise. They ponder, what to do? Given that the tree or landscape did not kill or injure someone (which is an entirely different matter altogether), the agent is left with the task of paying the claim, denying it, or attempting to seek help in the marketplace to verify the casualty opinion of value. Claims sit on a desk for a year or more because the agent is frozen in a state of confusion. Resentment from the insured rises as his claim is not paid. The company name becomes tarnished.…
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Age Discrimination in the Marketplace

Age Discrimination in the Marketplace

Stories of Life
I am the luckiest man in the marketplace. The older I get, the more I am  perceived as being better at my niche in the marketplace, better than somebody younger than I. I have noted much discussion and many articles regarding age discrimination in the workplace.  While paraphrasing, it seems the mantra of the older applicant or job holder is: "I have forgotten more than the younger worker (applicant) knows, and yet I am going to be fired or replaced by a younger applicant." I believe this statement to be true. So what is it that spurs the ubiquitous conversations on age discrimination? And why does age discrimination exist? I believe that it does exist, but cannot prove it. I do not attempt to prove it. An attempt is made to offer remedial possibilities for age…
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What I have learned as an expert witness in over 800 litigation assignments

What I have learned as an expert witness in over 800 litigation assignments

Legal
I have had the good fortune of being named as an expert witness in over 800 litigation matters. I have been qualified in federal, civil, criminal, small claims and eminent domain courts of law. I have testified to tree values, wrongful deaths, personal injuries, eminent domain and product liability. My representation is nearly 50/50 plaintiff vs. defendant. I have traveled across the nation, and I have witnessed some remarkable events. I haven’t seen it all yet; however, what I have seen has been quite an educational experience. Knowledge is, after all is said and done, what one learns after knowing it all for 20 years, or so. In preparation for an upcoming litigation assignment, I fell to reflecting on what I have learned during my tenure as an expert witness. These bits of empirical knowledge…
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