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Shun Newbern, MS, BS (Mortuary/Embalming Expert Witness)

(Mortuary/Embalming Expert Background Info Summary)

Shun Newbern, MS, BS, is a Mortuary/Embalming Expert Witness, and owns and operates a mortuary and is experienced in embalming nearly 12,000 decedents with various types of conditions over the past 20 years. He is a Licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director. He is also an Adjunct Professor in a mortuary science program at a city college.

Mr. Newburn studied Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and Master of Science in Leadership and Management from the University of LaVerne, Orange County Campus, Irvine, CA. He also holds a Mortuary of Science Degree from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.


(Mortuary/Embalming Expert Bullet Points of Interest)

  • Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) – Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practices, Springfield, IL (March 2003)
  • Manager/Owner – Metropolitan Mortuary, Jurupa Valley/Riverside, CA (October 2012 to Present)
  • Adjunct Professor – Mortuary Science Program, Cypress College, Cypress, CA (January 2011 to Present)
  • Apprentice Embalmer – C.P. Bannon Mortuary, Oakland, CA (March 1993 to March 1995)
  • Member – American Society of Embalmers
  • Member – California Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association
  • Member – California Funeral Directors Association
  • Member – Los Angeles County Funeral Directors Association


(Mortuary/Embalming Expert Final Words/Short Summary)

Mr. Newbern is the owner of Shun Newbern & Associates (SNA). The core competencies of SNA lie in providing litigation consulting, case review and expert witness services for various state, federal, and private matters. As a licensed embalmer, Shun has experience embalming and supervising in both small and large sized mortuaries.

SNA provides eight years of experience in a broad range of litigation support services, including but not limited to: performing embalming report analysis, providing expert witness testimony, providing case review, performing funeral matter analysis, determining the standard of care, analysis of gross negligence, and explaining mortuary and cemetery law.

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Published: November 17, 2022
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