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Maj. Mark A. Willingham, PhD
4839 Mariners Point Drive
Jacksonville FL 32225
USA
phone: 904-707-4400
fax: 904-565-2475
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Maj. Mark Willingham, PhD., provides expert witness services and litigation consultation in Dram Shop lawsuits and other matters concerning the service and consumption of alcohol including alcohol service policies, employee training, management systems, and risk assessment. Maj. Willingham, PhD policed and regulated the alcoholic beverage industry for 30 years and his PhD is in Business focusing on responsible alcohol retailing. He is the past international president of the FBI National Academy Associates, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Certified Public Manager.

Dr. Willingham is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Responsible Retailing and the Service and Use of Beverage Alcohol. He is an author, lecturer, industry and government consultant, researcher, and expert witness in State and Federal Courts. His experience includes 30 years as a State Police commander responsible for law enforcement, regulation, and licensing of the alcoholic beverage industry.

Ares of Expertise:

Alcohol Related Injury or Wrongful Death:
  • Reasonable Standards of Care In The :
    - Management and Service of Beverage Alcohol
    - Prevention of Alcohol Service to and Consumption by Underage Patrons
    - Prevention of Service to Habitually Addicted Persons
    - Creation and Maintenance of a Safe Business Environment
    - Prevention of Drug Sales and Use
    - Training and Supervision of Beverage Servers
  • Dram Shop Liability and Over Service of Alcohol
  • Criminal Matters including DUI and Disorderly Intoxication

    Responsible Beverage Solutions:
  • Business Plan Development and Review:
    - License Acquisition, Facilities Location and Design, Employee Screening and Selection
  • Server and Service Policies and Practices
    - Development and Implementation of Management and Server Alcohol Training
    - Development and Implementation of Alcohol Sales, Service, and Use Policies
  • Risk Abatement and Liability Mitigation
    - Environmental Design
    - Due Diligence Review
    - Secret Shopper and Compliance Reviews
    - Poly-Drug Sales and Use Prevention
  • Drug Free Workplace Standards
    - Drug Free Workplace Policies and Practices
    - Drug Free Workplace Training
  • Business Remediation and License Sanction
  • Responsible Vendor Compliance
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    Dr. Richard Stripp, PhD
    Toxicologist
    ToxiConsult Division
    132 Cove Road
    Huntington NY 11743
    USA
    phone: 516-635-9916
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    Richard Stripp, PhD, is a nationally recognized expert in Toxicology providing services in all aspects of a Clinical and Forensic Toxicology. He has served as an expert consultant in 100’s of cases in the field of toxicology and pharmacology for attorneys, investigators, and physicians involved in forensic and clinical toxicological evaluations associated with ethanol, drugs of abuse, prescription medications and chemical exposure.

    Dr. Stripp provides unbiased expert case reviews involving drug effect on human performance, toxicity of iatrogenic/ therapeutic agents, lead and other toxic metals, carbon monoxide and environmental/occupational hazards. These services include, impartial evaluations involving drug impairment, overdose, toxic chemical exposure, medical issues associated with drug therapy, poisoning, and the role of drugs, alcohol, or chemical exposure in civil and criminal litigation. This covers a full breath of forensic medical-legal cases including:
    • Analytical Toxicology and Laboratory Operations
    • Review and Interpretation of Toxicology Reports
    • Assessment of Impairment and the Role of Drugs/Alcohol in fatalities, accidental injury, overdose, MVA / DWI / DUI, criminal and civil litigation
    • Insurance Claims
    • To Serve as an Expert Witness: Experienced in Depositions and Court testimony
      • Forensic Toxicology Case Reviews
      • Litigation Support
      • Workers' Compensation
      • DUI/DWI
      • Drug and Alcohol Effects
      • Pharmacology Evaluations
      • Environmental/Occupational Chemicals & Toxic Chemical Exposure
      • Interpretation of Analytical Results and Drug Testing Cases
      • Continuing Education and Lectures
      • Chemical and Product Safety
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    Dr. Richard Parent, DABT, FATS, RAC, ERT
    President
    PO Box 1239
    Damariscotta ME 04543
    USA
    phone: 207-563-2300
    fax: 207-563-8990
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    Since 1984, Dr. Richard Parent has been providing consultations and testimony for both plaintiff and defense and has testified in local, state and federal courts around the country. He has lectured and continues to lecture on causation related to toxic exposures. He is board Certified in Toxicology by the American Board of Toxicology and the Academy of Toxicological Science and is also Regulatory Affairs Certified and a recognized expert in Toxicology in the European community. Dr. Parent sits on several editorial boards of toxicology journals and has over one hundred peer-reviewed publications and abstracts.

    In addition to litigation support, Dr. Parent has been been heavily involved in Product Safety programs including Toy Safety, and other programs related to consumer products and drugs. Further, he is involved in the REACH program in helping chemical companies to be compliant with pending European legislation and has been helping Toy manufacturers with a pro-active program of Toy Safety.

    Recent litigation activities have included sampling and health evaluation of over one thousand persons living next to a PCB and dioxin contaminated site in Mississippi, occupational evaluation of workers involved in the production of PVC, with specific emphasis on clinical tests to identify possible early stages of liver cancer and health surveys, blood testing and clinical evaluation of those exposed to Dioxins from Creosote sites. These massive projects have involved team efforts involving a physician, a toxiclogist, phlebotomists and nursing assistance.

    Individual Legal Cases Include:
  • Benzene
  • Diesel Fumes
  • Smoking
  • Sulfur Dioxide
  • RADS
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Vinyl Chloride
  • Manganese and Parkinsonism
  • Welding Fumes
  • Lindane
  • Ammonia
  • Formaldehyde
  • PPA
  • Ephedra
  • Hexavalent Chromium and Dioxin exposure at Creosote sites
  • 4/20/2012 · Toxicology
    Benzene is a highly volatile aromatic hydrocarbon solvent which is present in most petroleum distillates such as Stoddard solvent and mineral spirits. Recent advances in the purification process for these solvents has reduced the benzene content significantly, but it is still present in products such as WD-40 and Liquid Wrench as well as many solvents used in the printing industry and elsewhere.

    12/23/2011 · Toxicology
    Lead is ubiquitous in our environment. It used to be contained in gasoline but has now been replaced. It has been used in pipes, ceramic glazes, paints, and solder, among other sources. Exposure can be oral through ingestion of food or water or by inhalation from lead-containing dust or dirt.

    9/20/2011 · Toxicology
    Cocaine users may exhibit behavioral deficits. These include deficits in attention, learning, memory, executive function, and response speed.

    7/13/2011 · Toxicology
    Methadone is an opioid thought to act by decreasing release of neurotransmitters in the brain resulting in respiratory suppression and, in some cases, death.

    2/4/2011 · Toxicology
    CRUDE OIL is a complex mixture of chemicals, some volatile and some water soluble.

    Most creosote mixtures that are used today are byproducts of the petroleum industry or coal gasification processes. They are mixtures of several hundreds of chemicals mostly polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) but contain a host of other chemicals including complex heterocyclic compounds

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    PO Box 1534
    Hockessin DE 19707-5534
    USA
    phone: 717-854-7785
    fax: 302-635-7014
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    Lawrence Guzzardi Medical Toxicology Expert PhotoLawrence J. Guzzardi, MBA, MD, specializes in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology. Dr. Guzzardi is well-known in the legal community for his work in toxicology, particularly in the area of Drugs of Abuse and Alcohol.

    Certified by the American Board of Medical Toxicology and the American Board of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Guzzardi was Director of a Substance Abuse Service. In that capacity, he examined thousands of patients as an Emergency Physician and Toxicologist. He was also Chairman of the Toxicology Committee at the American College of Emergency Physicians and Chairman of the American Medical Association's Committee on Accreditation of Correctional Health Facilities.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Guzzardi has been qualified as an expert in the Field of Human and Medical Toxicology in thirteen states and three Federal jurisdictions. His expert services include Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs), Initial Case Review, Reports, and Trial Testimony when necessary. Dr. Guzzardi provides services to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Alcohol / Drugs
    • Alcohol / Drug Abuse
    • Alcohol / Drug Toxicology
    • Toxicology
    • Pharmacology
  • Toxic Inhalations
  • Mold & Toxicology
  • Mycotoxicosis
  • Medical Toxicology
  • Occupational / Environmental Toxicology
  • Cases Include:
    • Alcohol and Drug Impairment
    • Breath Testing
    • Industrial Toxicology
  • Dram Shop
  • Drugs: Testing, Impairment, Tolerance
  • Laboratory Tests: Margin of Error, Interpretation
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    Esam Z. Dajani, Ph.D., FACG
    Professor
    1549 RFD
    Long Grove IL 60047
    USA
    phone: 847-634-9586; 847-971-7555
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    Professor Esam Z. Dajani, Ph.D., FACG has over 30 years of experience in Pharmaceutical Research & Development with expertise in Clinical Pharmacology, Toxicology, Drug Development, Regulatory Affairs, Pharmaceutical Patents and Contract Research Organizations (CROs). He has directed worldwide clinical research at major pharmaceutical companies and led the research teams that discovered & developed misoprostol (Cytotec), a worldwide anti-ulcer drug. He has 260 publications, pharmaceutical patents and presentations. He is a licensed Pharmacist.

    Professor Dajani is currently the President of IDDC Corporation, a CRO. He holds Adjunct Professor of Medicine appointment at Loyola-Chicago. He is able to evaluate the causal relationships between exposure to drugs or chemicals and the subsequent pharmacological and toxicological actions induced by such exposure. He has the expertise to simplify complex scientific facts to help the jury and the court understand the medical facts of the case. Serving both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys. He has experience in malpractice, criminal cases, pharmaceutical patent litigations, product liability, forensic aspects of alcohol, drug intoxications and administrative cases. Professor Dajani reviews affidavits, depositions, courtroom testimony, medical records, pharmaceutical records and is available for depositions and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Drug Injury Causation
    • Drug Patent Litigation
    • Pharmacy Malpractice
    • Drug-Related Medical Malpractice
    • Medication Error Event Reconstruction
    • Drug Product Liability - Warnings, Design, Formulation
    • Adverse Effects of Health, Beauty Products, Alcohol and Industrial Chemicals
    2/20/2013 · Medical
    It is well established that the use of traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increases the vulnerability of the gastrointestinal (GI) mucosa for the development of peptic lesions and serious ulcer complications. In addition, selective and traditional NSAIDs have also been associated with increased frequency of cardiovascular toxicity, especially in susceptible patients.

    12/14/2012 · Pharmaceuticals
    During the last twenty-five years, a remarkable revolution in the pathophysiology and treatment of gastric (GU) and duodenal (DU) ulcers has occurred. Effective therapies were developed not only to heal ulcers but also to cure most patients.

    Esam Z. Dajani, N.M. Agrawal
    A chapter in the book: NSAIDs - Mechanisms and Clinical Use. Eds. Lewis AJ, Furst D, Marcel Dekker, New York, PP 159-170, 1994.
    Esam Z. Dajani, H. Gallo-Torres
    Chapter in the book: Ulcer Disease: Investigation And Basis For Therapy. Eds. Szabo S, Swabb E, Marcel Dekker, New York, PP 459-485, 1991
    Esam Z. Dajani (ed.), Gabriele Bianchi Porro (ed.)
    Esam Z. Dajani, PhD, FACG
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    Restaurant and Hospitality Expert
    941 Kanuga Rd
    Hendersonville NC 28739
    USA
    phone: 561-309-2298
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    David Rutecki's career spans 35 years of Restaurant and Hospitality related experience. Working in more than 20 restaurants and involved in the opening of more than a dozen, he has worked every position possible within this industry.

    Mr. Rutecki currently owns and operates Mountain Deli in Hendersonville, recently garnering the 2016 Blue Ridge Growth Award. He is a Member of the North Carolina and National Restaurant Associations.

    Mr. Rutecki has been invloved in the opening of the following selected restaurants:
    • Fancy’s Food and Wine, Gourmet Shop, Coral Gables, South Miami & Grove Isle, Fl.
    • Susie’s Bagels, Breakfast Restaurant, South Miami, Fl.
    • Pizzaria Uno, Full Service Restaurant, Miami, Fl.
    • Baystreet, Full Service Seafood Restaurant, Miami, Fl.
    • Rusty Pelican, Upscale Seafood, Key Biscayne, Miami, Fl.
    • Gatsby’s, Upscale Billiards and Cigar Bar, Boca Raton, Fl.
    • Maxwell’s Chophouse, Upscale Steakhouse, Boca Raton, Fl.
    • Mountain Deli, Delicatessen, Downtown Hendersonville, NC
    Litigation Support - David Rutecki offers expert witness and litigation support for restaurant related issues in Western North Carolina. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Restaurant and Kitchen Design, Menu Development
    • Food Safety and Sanitation
    • Bar Operations & Liquor Liability
    • Safety & Security - Slips, Trips and Falls
    • Concept Development & Restaurant Start Up, Partnership Issues
    • Daily Operations & Management, Employee & Staffing Issues
    • Retail Operations
    • Work Flow Planning
    • Staff & Mgmt Training Programs & Handbooks
    • Site Selection and Development
    • Business Plan Development
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    Okorie Okorocha, MS, MS, JD
    Forensic Toxicology and Pharmacology
    3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
    Suite 1038
    Studio City CA 91604
    USA
    phone: 310-497-0321
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    Okorie Okorocha Toxicology Dram Shop Expert PhotoOkorie Okorocha, MS, MS, JD, has two Master’s Degrees, one in Toxicology and the other Pharmacology and earned a Juris Doctorate in the state of California in 2002. Highly knowledgeable in the areas of Toxicology and Pharmacology, he has served as a Drug and Alcohol expert witness in over 200 jury trials, helping juries understand complex scientific concepts and ensuring that proper procedures are carried out in the case before the court.

    Mr. Okorocha has qualified as an expert witness over 3,000 times, in administrative hearings in 40 different jurisdictions. He has extensive experience as a trial lawyer, having been lead trial lawyer in over 100 jury trials and is frequently retained to handle the Forensic Drug and Alcohol Toxicology portion of many criminal and civil cases as co-counsel. Mr. Okorocha has testified for Plaintiff's attorneys, insurance companies, and government / municipal entities / police departments.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forensic Toxicology
    • Blood Testing
    • Breath Testing
    • Urine Testing
    • Blood Ethanol
    • Blood Drug
    • Urine Ethanol
    • Urine Drug
    • Saliva Testing
    • Hospital Blood Testing
    • Post Mortem Blood Alcohol
  • Post Mortem Blood Drug
  • Drug Impairment
  • Pharmacology
  • Alcohol Impairment
  • Dram Shop Laws
  • DUID
  • DUI
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Field Sobriety Tests
  • Hair Follicle Testing
  • SCRAM Devices
  • The State of California sets forth the following requirements that it developed in the early 1970s for blood testing for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) prosecutions. 1 The archaic nature of these regulations make them unreliable and replete with confounding flaws.2 These flaws are apparent by a cursory glance.

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    Michael J. Canaan, CPP CFLC
    President
    Post Office Box 5909
    Kent WA 98064-5909
    United States of America
    phone: (253) 852-7000
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    Michael J. Canaan, CPP CFLC is a Forensic Security Management Expert Witness with over 38 years of experience in Military and Civil Law Enforcement, Corporate and Private Investigation professions. He has conducted investigative, security risk and threat assessment services throughout North America, to include Alaska and Canada, as well as, several countries in Central and South America for individuals and corporations in residences, educational settings, on corporate campuses, and large venue events.

    Mr. Canaan provides forensic security management expert services in three categories:

    SECURITY: premises liability; inadequate security; negligent hiring and retention; inadequate supervision and training; excessive or improper use-of-force; foreseeability; security policies and procedures; targeted violence mitigation and violence risk management; executive protection.

    DETECTION CANINE OPERATIONS: methodology; deployment; training.

    INVESTIGATIONS: internal investigations; employee misconduct; due diligence; stalking; threat analysis; surveillance; covert video; personal injury and worker’s compensation insurance fraud.

    In June 1997, the American Society for Industrial Security awarded Mr. Canaan the security profession's highest recognition of practitioners, the Certified Protection Professional. This Board Certification in Security Management is based upon experience and passage of examination that provides an objective measure of an individual's broad-based knowledge and competency in security management.

    In July 2015, Mr. Canaan was awarded the Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant credential by the Forensic Expert Witness Association denoting that he has met the eligibility criteria in the completion of numerous educational courses in the subjects of forensic analysis, ethics, testimony, litigation consulting and expert witnessing.

    Since 1991, Mr. Canaan has served as President of Trident Investigative Service, Inc. He is a former Washington Certified Police Officer and Narcotics Detector Dog Handler.

    Mr. Canaan is certified instructor in related disciplines and maintain active membership in numerous professional associations. BA in Criminal Justice.

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