Overview

Since 2005, Rhonda Harper has been retained by 95 law firms, large and small, as an expert witness. Harper's 25+ year experience includes being a former Fortune 100 Chief Marketing Officer, Adjunct MBA Marketing Professor, Management Consultant, and Serial Tech-Entrepreneur.

Specifically, Harper's executive experience is in consumer package goods, retail, transportation, and apparel. Her consulting firm served many Fortune 500 clients. As an entrepreneur, she founded Penrose Check-In Services and Whimiy.com.

Services

Rhonda Harper has been retained in the areas of: Lanham Act; Defamation; Commercial Reasonableness; Licensing; Retail Merchandising; Misleading Advertising; Fraud; and more.

A survey expert, Rhonda Harper has conducted 50+ Likelihood of Confusion and Secondary Meaning surveys.

As an expert witness, Rhonda Harper has been deposed ~50 times and testified in ~20+ trials and arbitrations. Courtroom Qualified: Federal, District, State, Jury and Bench. USTTB. Arbitration Qualified: JAMs. 6+ Class Action Cases. Virtually all Circuits covered.

Fees

Rhonda Harper's expert witness fees are $550 per hour or $275 per hour for non-working travel time.

  • Surveys average $30k+ plus sample cost and take 4-6 weeks to complete
  • Rebuttal and 'white paper' briefs, depending the the topic and substance, range between $15k - $50k

Harper requires a $7,500 or 50% of estimated expert witness fees upfront as a non-refundable retainer. She travels business class, with travel costs paid upon receipt. Deposition and trial fees are estimated and are due one week prior to event. If the event is canceled for any reason, the fees are not refundable. Reconciliation of fees occurs within to weeks of event.

 

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Within Rhonda Harper work as a legal expert witness, she has worked on cases Plaintiff and Defendant (60/40) cases involving: Abercrombie and Fitch, American Airlines, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Big Lots, Black & Decker, Blanchard Training and Development, Bodum, Cellular South, Coca-Cola Company, Expedia, Groupon, Grupo Bimbo, Hallmark Cards, Interbake, Jarden Corporation, JC Penney, Leadership Studies, Levis, Loblaw's, Michael's Stores, Mrs. Field's Cookies, One Hour Air Conditioning, PepsiCo, Redbox Automated Retail, Ross Dress for Less, Sears, Stonefire Grill, Telebrands, Texas Roadhouse, Traxxas, Yves Saint Laurent, and many more.

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Some clients, many who have hired Rhonda Harper as an expert witness more than once, include: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Albritton Law Firm; Anderson & Anderson; Barnes & Thornburg; Brinks Gilson & Lione; Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes; Colley Shroyer and Abraham; Cox Wootton Lerner; Collen IP; Foster Pepper; Greenberg Traurig; Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer; Kirkland & Ellis; Lowe Hauptmann Ham & Berner; Madden & Madden; Merchant Law Group; Morris Manning & Martin; Morrison & Foerster; Mullin Russ Kilejian; Munger Tolles & Olsen; Niro Haller & Niro; O'Melveny & Myers; Pennington Law; Shackelford Melton & McKinley; Sheef & Stone; Sheehy Ware & Pappas; Sloan Matney; Spangenberg Shibley & Liber; Vedder Price; and, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca.

About Rhonda Harper

FORTUNE 500 EXECUTIVE  Rhonda Harper is a former CMO/VP of Marketing for Walmart Sam's Club, CMO/VP of Marketing for VF Corp / VFI where she led strategic planning, marketing and branding, research/insights, in-store merchandising, creative services, trade marketing, shopper marketing, and communications. She is also the  former Global Director of Marketing Communications for UPS, all lines of business.  She began her career in brand management, marketing, and promotion with Nabisco (later sold to Kraft in 2000) and Warner-Lambert (later sold to Pfizer in 2000 and subsequently to Johnson & Johnson in 2006).

FORTUNE 500 STRATEGIC CONSULTANT Harper founded and led RTM&J, a strategic marketing and management boutique consultancy from 2002-2010. Her clients included C-Suites for many corporations including: Coca-Cola, Google, IBM, Target, Home Depot, SC Johnson, Russell, Arby's, Kellogg's, Papa John's, HSN, and SC Johnson. Projects included brand repositioning, innovation pipeline development, global web strategy, private-brand strategy, product launch strategy, brand development, and more.

SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR - Harper created the senior care auditing service with the launch of tech-enabled Penrose Check-In Services: checking in on families and reporting to families. It was recognized by AARP and the Geriatrics Society as the best start-up for seniors in 2016, and by winning the Cartier/McKinsey Women's Business Initiative global award in 2017. She also created and launched the first nationwide neighbor-to-neighbor rental community: Whimiy.com. Finally, Harper co-founded Leadership Worth Following, a premier leadership identification and coaching firm.

EDUCATOR - With a BS in Education / Math Resource from Illinois State University and and MBA from Emory University, Harper has taught high school math as well as undergraduate and MBA marketing and research at American University, Washington DC and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison NJ. She has been a frequent and regular guest lecturer at the College of William and Mary as well as Emory University.

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