Trial Consultation and Expert Witness Testimony

Incorporating the expertise of a forensic psychologist in trial planning and preparation can be a valuable strategy for effective legal representation. As a trial consultant, a forensic psychologist can provide education about the psychological issues in a case, review the work product of a mental health professional, and provide assistance in preparing for direct and cross-examination of expert and lay witnesses. As an expert witness, a forensic psychologist can provide testimony concerning the psychological issues in a case or serve as a rebuttal witness to another expert.


Dr. Swerdlow-Freed provides expert witness testimony and trial consultation in cases involving:

  • Allegations of child sexual abuse and physical abuse
  • Change of domicile
  • Child alienation
  • Child custody evaluationslaw
  • Children’s memory and suggestibility
  • Disclosure and recantation in children
  • Domestic violence
  • Forensic interviewing of children
  • Use of anatomical dolls, body maps, and props in forensic interviews of children
  • Visitation resistance or refusal
  • Competency to stand trial evaluations
  • Criminal responsibility evaluations

Meet Dr. Daniel Swerdlow-Freed

Serving as both an expert witness and a trial consultant, Dr. Daniel Swerdlow-Freed has supported countless attorneys in developing and implementing effective trial strategies. His extensive knowledge of child custody evaluation practices and forensic interviewing procedures allow him to assist attorneys in complex areas of litigation. His thorough critiques of child custody evaluations and child forensic interviews provide candid, insightful, and unbiased opinions regarding their quality, methodology, and reliability.

If substantive problems are identified, Dr. Swerdlow-Freed assists in developing trial strategy, presentation of evidence, and preparing for direct or cross-examination of lay and expert witnesses. His research-based testimony is also effective at explaining the nature of deficiencies and how they affect evidence. Attorneys value his objective and balanced feedback because it supports formulating appropriate trial strategy and effectively managing client expectations.

Dr. Swerdlow-Freed’s contributions are based on over 20 years of experience, extensive knowledge of established psychological principles, and thorough awareness of contemporary research. He can explain the psychological issues central to a case, craft litigation strategies, and provide the psychological research and expert testimony that supports the facts of a case. He is skilled at translating the complex dynamics of human nature into simple terms that judges and jurors comprehend, enabling them to reach fair and reasonable verdicts.

Dr. Daniel Swerdlow-Freed has been providing expert advice, trial consultation, expert testimony, and work product reviews for over 20 years. All forensic psychological services are available to prosecution, plaintiff, and defense counsel throughout Michigan and the United States. If you need advice when planning or executing trial strategy, or if you need a work product review, contact Dr. Swerdlow-Freed at 248-539-7777 to schedule a consultation.

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