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We Offer Vocational Expert Services & Career Counseling Services

Vocational Expert Service

Julian M. Shields has years of experience in public and private sector vocational rehabilitation as an employment counselor, program manager, case manager, and vocational evaluator. He is committed to a balanced practice, accepting referrals from both plaintiff and defense counsel for matters arising from motor vehicle accidents, occupational injury and workers’ compensation, long-term disability, slip/fall and other personal injuries, pension plan, medical malpractice, and family law/divorce.

WHAT IS Vocational Expert

A vocational expert is an authority in the areas of vocational rehabilitation, vocational and earning capacity, lost earnings, cost of replacement labor and lost ability/time in performing household services. They perform evaluations for purposes of civil litigation, as an aspect of economic damages.

Career Counseling Service

Shields Consulting, LLC can help you to establish a fulfilling career direction and make strategic career-related decisions. Leverage our career planning & career advising expertise and build a strategy for success. Our ​comprehensive and holistic career counseling approach will help you generate options, evaluate your next steps & feel confident about your future. We dig deep to uncover your blind-spots. We help you master the inner game and coach you to success.

WHAT IS career counseling

Career counseling is related to other types of counseling (e.g. marriage or clinical counseling). What unites all types of professional counseling is the role of practitioners, who combine giving advice on their topic of expertise with counseling techniques that support clients in making complex decisions and facing difficult situations. Career counseling is focused on how the individuals manage their journey through life, learning and work (career). This includes career exploration, making career choices, managing career changes, lifelong career development and dealing with other career related issues.

Goal of Julian’s Career Counseling program
The goal of the career counseling program is to transform people abstract ideas about their desired lifestyle into a concrete goal that can be obtained through changing the way they view their academic journey and changing their daily behaviors

Flexible Timetable

Flexibility is our motto. We value our clients and want to maintain a healthy, long relation. Which benefits both our clients and us.

Serving the Entire US

We serve anywhere in the country at an affordable price. You will get the best service at most affordable cost, GUARANTEED!


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Is the disability claimant privileged to communications between the Administrative Law Judge and Vocational Expert?
Yes, claimants and their attorney are both able and should receive a copy of any written correspondence between the vocational expert and the Administrative Law Judge assigned to the applicant’s case.
Are vocational experts subject to cross-examination?
Any witness who is called by an opposing side and presents testimony is subject to cross-examination. This process affords the disability attorney to ask new questions or to seek clarification on answers already interjected. Vocational experts are no exception to the cross-examination rule. Since a vocational expert has proffered an opinion as to an applicant’s job capabilities, he/she is subject to cross-examination.
When do vocational experts normally testify during the hearing?
The vocational expert can obtain information primarily in three different ways. First, information is gathered when reviewing the claimant’s file prior to hearing. Second, the vocational expert obtains additional information through the oral testimony of the claimant as well as other individuals who testify during the proceedings. The third avenue and probably one of the most important means in which a vocational expert accumulates information is through observing the disability applicant during the hearing. Observation may yield clues regarding appearance, responsiveness, general intelligence, communication skills, and other claimant characteristics. It is during this time that vocational experts will note any physical capacities, such as the use of limbs or prostheses, or physical endurance. As a result, the vocational expert is usually the last to testify.
How can I book an appointment?
To book an appointment you can contact us using this form or call us directly. Either way, we get your message.
How can a counselor help me with my problem?
A counselor will be there to listen to you as you discuss your difficulty and provide support and advice to you. A counselor will help you through your struggles and difficulties by giving you advice and support.
What types of issues can I come to counseling with?
All kinds of things regarding your career! They may have a pressing problem or they may want to some support with self-improvement.
Will anyone else know that I’m seeing a counselor?

Not unless you want them to know. The staff in the Counselling Office will keep all information you share with us in strictest confidence.

Under the Privacy Act we are unable to disclose any information without your signed consent. However, we are required by law to disclose any information in the following situations.

  • When we become aware of children at risk of abuse
  • When an individual clearly presents danger to self or others
  • When we are subpoenaed for records or testimony by the courts

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