How to Select an Expert Witness

Presenters: Elise Farnham, CPCU, ARM, AIM (Moderator), Vincent "Chip" Boylan, CPCU, ARM, RPLU and Peter Marchel, Esq. 

Apr. 23, at 2 p.m. ET

Please join us for a webinar that will focus on the skill and credentials of an expert witness.  This will include analysis as to the extent of the engagement, the underlying issues that are being litigated, and the type of expert witness that will best present the evidence. Audience members who attend this webinar will leave with a better understanding of the services offered by expert witnesses -- as consultants or as testifying witnesses, how to evaluate the type of expert witness necessary to “tell the story” to the jury, and how to review a CV or resume for the expertise needed.


Elise Farnham, CPCU, ARM, AIM (Moderator)


Illumine Consulting

Elise Farnham, president of Illumine Consulting, brings over four decades of insurance expertise, starting with Crawford and Company in 1973, where she became their first female claims branch manager. With extensive senior management roles across Texas, New York, and Georgia, she's made significant contributions to The Harmonie Group, CSB Group, and GAB Robins, NA.

A member and volunteer for the CPCU Society, Ms. Farnham has held various roles and contributed to task forces, focusing on ethics and professional standards. Recognized for her educational efforts, she was named Instructor of the Year by the Atlanta Chapter. She's received numerous awards, including the American Association of Managing General Agents Achievement Award, and authored articles published internationally. Additionally, she's a respected speaker, authoring a children's e-book, "Monster in the Barn," in 2012, and contributing to the Risk and Insurance Management Society's professional development faculty.

Vincent "Chip" Boylan, CPCU, ARM, RPLU 

Property & Casualty Insurance Expert Witness/Consultant 

Boylan Consulting

Vincent "Chip" Boylan, CPCU, ARM, RPLU, is a distinguished property and casualty insurance expert witness/consultant with over 45 years of experience as an insurance broker. Since 1989, he has served as an expert witness focusing on agent and broker standard of care and coverage issues. His expertise spans various areas including property/crime, business interruption, general liability, executive & professional liability, workers’ compensation, and more.

Chip holds esteemed designations such as Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU). He has developed and led insurance continuing education courses on topics like business interruption and real estate and lease insurance issues. Notably, he has chaired prominent industry groups like the CPCU Society’s Coverage, Litigators, Educators, and Witnesses Interest Group and served on the board of the Insurance Agents & Brokers (IA&B) of Maryland. Chip remains an active member of the CPCU Society and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.

Peter Marchel, Esq. 


Marchel Associates Risk Consulting

Peter Marchel boasts 24 years of expertise crafting executive liability (D&O), employment liability (EPL), and errors and omissions (E&O) programs for diverse industries. Having served as both a broker and in-house counsel, including as general counsel for insurance firms, he offers clients a rare and invaluable perspective. His skills encompass policy language, program audits, and financial risk solutions development, aiding clients in policy placement and claims advice.

With a background in law and management, Peter has developed D&O programs for over 150 public companies in the US and Canada. He held senior roles at Marsh & McLennan and Sedgwick, Inc., managing litigation and professional liability. Additionally, he's taught finance and insurance law at Crichton College and presented at numerous prestigious organizations including the ABA, CPCU, and ACC. Peter holds multiple insurance designations (RPLU, CPCU, AIM, AIS) and is actively involved in professional organizations.