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Captain Arlen Leiner, MMS, AMS
MMS, AMS
6530 Fairway Gardens Dr.
Bradenton FL 34203
USA
phone: 800-782-2106
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Captain Arlen Leiner, MMS, AMS is an Accredited Marine Surveyor, Master Marine Surveyor, and has an engineering degree from the University of Toledo. He is trained for MARPOL, SOLAS, and IMO. He has performed Marine Surveys and Inspections in Florida, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, nation, and worldwide( including Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America as well as Asia a. He is considered an expert in the marine inspection industry.

In his 40 years surveying boats and other watercraft, Capt. Leiner has provided expert witness testimony in marine litigation involving vessels of any size or type. This includes numerous depositions and trials in state and federal court, with each damage and casualty survey prepared so that findings can be defended in the court of law. Capt. Leiner is qualified to analyze evidence, form a professional opinion, and communicate his findings to a jury.

Capt. Leiner's services are necessary for litigation in many different situations, requiring expert evaluation of any vessel's value or seaworthiness. These situations can include:
  • Marine Surveys
  • Boating Accidents
  • Divorce Settlements
  • Insurance Settlements
  • Injury and Death
  • Damage Claims
  • Vessel Warranties
  • Product Liability
  • Manufacturing Faults
  • Claims Disputes
  • St. Petersburg / Tampa / Sarasota Office
    Florida
    727-647-7112
    Fort Lauderdale / Palm Beach Office
    Florida
    954-895-2628
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    William Dobson
    CMI, LPI, IAMI, Certified Marine Investigator
    540 Jackson Avenue
    Mandeville LA 70448
    USA
    phone: 985-626-1876
    fax: 985-626-3493
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    Wm. H. "Bill" Dobson is a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force, retired Lt. Colonel, Commander of the Special Operations Division of the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office, with more than 30 years of public service. He is the cofounder and President of Applied Marine Technology, Inc., a consulting company incorporated in 1986 that specializes in Marine Accident Investigations and Reconstruction, headquartered in Louisiana with affiliates in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Rhode Island, Mass, Arkansas, Oregon and Florida.

    Mr. Dobson is a court-accepted expert in Marine Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, Boating Safety, Navigation, Search and Rescue,Personal Watercraft Off Throttle Steering, and Air Boat Operations, in numerous Federal and State jurisdictions. He serves as Executive Director of S.E.L.S.A.R., Southeast Louisiana Search and Rescue organization, which comprises more than 140 Federal, State, and Local governmental and private agencies.

    Mr. Dobson served as a member of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice. He is the holder of the Airmen's Medal for heroism from the U. S. Air Force, was named the Law Officer of the Year by Kiwanis International, and is the holder of Outstanding Achievement Awards by the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association and the National Association for Search and Rescue. Mr. Dobson was selected as an Honored Member of WHO'S WHO in Law Enforcement for 1991 and was the 2003 recipient of the iami President's Award for Outstanding Achievement.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Maritime Policies and Procedures
  • Maritime Water Safety
  • Boat Accidents and Reconstruction
  • Boat Fires and Explosions
  • Air Boat Operations
  • Memberships & Affiliations:
  • International Association of Marine Investigators
  • Charter member of I.A.M.I. and serves on The Board of Directors for the United States
  • Member of American Boat and Yacht Council.
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    Capt. Walter P. Godfrey, Jr.
    Senior Fire & Explosion Expert
    P.O. Drawer 307
    Cape Canaveral FL 32920
    USA
    phone: 321-868-7890
    fax: 321-868-0132
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    Captain Walter P. Godfrey, Jr. Is the founder and president of Fire Reconstruction Consultants, Inc. He has over 30 years of Fire & Explosion experience in Marine and over 40 years of Investigative experience with Structures, Vessels, Vehicles, and much more. Capt. Godfrey has investigated and testified in numerous fire cases involving multi-million dollar losses. In addition, he has been the lead investigator on more than 1,500 vessel fire investigations and lead investigator in over 2000 vehicle / structure cases.

    He is a Nationally Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, a Nationally Certified Fire Investigation Instructor, a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, a National Board Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist and a U.S. Coastguard 100-ton master licensed Captain.

    Capt. Godfrey shares his knowledge and expertise by teaching seminars on structure fires and surface and sub surface vessel fires for insurance underwriters, claims personnel, attorneys, and investigative arms of various government agencies as well as civic and professional groups.

    Services include:
  • Commercial & Residential Structures and Vehicles - Origin & Cause Investigations
  • Failure Analysis and Forensic Specialization: Electrical, Metallurgical, Fire Protection, Mechanical, Structural, Chemical Testing
  • Marine & Security: Underwater Investigative Services, Underwater Training, Planning, Implementation & Management for Security
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    Don Green, Commander, USCG (Retired)
    Owner
    8876 Gulf Freeway, Suite 120
    Houston TX 77017
    USA
    phone: 713-944-0966
    fax: 713-944-2546
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    Donald J. Green, Commander, USCG (Retired) spent 23 years actively engaged in U.S. Coast Guard operations. Over the last decade, he has brought that experience to bear as a marine consultant, and expert witness. His company, KDON Marine Consulting is a network of qualified individuals with specialties that can address virtually any need.

    Areas of Expertise
  • Accident Investigation & Reconstruction
  • Commercial Damages
  • Contract Disputes
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death (Including Collisions, Grounding and Sinkings)
  • Commercial Vessel Operations (Including Investigations & Evaluation)
  • KDON, co-operating with the Houston Exam-Prep Center, offers training to help you prepare for Marine Licensing and Certification. Together, they provide courses in Coast Guard Safety Rules & Regulations, Safe Operating Practices, Navigation Rules & Regulations, Radar Use, and Vessel Manning.
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    Mitchell S. Stoller
    President
    30021 Tomas Street, Suite 300
    Rancho Santa Margarita CA 92688
    USA
    phone: 949-858-5475
    fax: 949-858-5477
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    Mitchell S. Stoller offers Consulting and Expert Witness services to Admiralty / Maritime Industry.
  • Experienced in testifying in Federal/State Court, Judicial Arbitration, Mediation Services.
  • Represented both Plaintiff and Defense in over 900 cases, including 52 trials.
  • Expertise covers issues relating to Blue/Brown water, Jet Skis, towing, super tankers, pleasure crafts, tugs & barges, maritime safety, safety environment, personal injury, slips & falls, fire fighting, chemical exposure, fumes, gas, & ergonomics.
  • Experience Summary:
  • Los Angeles Harbor Pilot: Piloted oceangoing vessels of any size, any gross tons, safely upon the waters of the Port of Los Angeles, to and from their berths and anchorages in accordance with local and national laws.
  • Captain at Exxon: Youngest Captain and holds an excellent vessel safety operational record.
  • Recent Accomplishments
  • Consultant to Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners
  • Featured speaker on International Safety Management (ISM) Code
  • Represented U.S. Coast Guard during administrative hearing regarding largest oil spill in Boston Harbor history.
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    Chad Fuhrmann
    All States USA
    phone: 920-750-8844 or 920-915-7151
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    Chad Fuhrmann is a Marine and Mechanical Engineer with two decades of experience in the marine industry including 17 years in the Dynamic Positioning Sector.

    Background - After graduating from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1998, Mr. Fuhrmann sailed as an engineer in the international offshore sector earning his Chief Engineer’s license. In 2008, he shifted his focus shoreside, working internationally as a consultant serving the DP sector and the marine industry at large.

    Mr. Fuhrmann maintains his U.S. Coast Guard Chief Engineer’s license and continues his professional development with various continuing education coursework in project management, expert witness training, and incident / accident investigation. He is the recipient of a full scholarship to the inaugural 2014-2015 WorkBoat Strategic Leadership Program at Louisiana State University.

    Mr. Fuhrmann is currently the Americas Business Director for Maritime Assurance and Consulting Ltd (MAC) and volunteers his time with focused industry groups including the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee and the Marine Technology Society.

    Litigation Support - Chad Fuhrmann provides expert witness services for cases involving onshore and offshore maritime issues. His services are available nationally and internationally to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Dynamic Positioning (DP) Assurance
    • Incident / Accident Investigation
    • Fitness for Purpose Assessment
    • Gap Analyses
    • Competency Assessment
    • Marine Assurance
    • Operations Management
  • Shipyard Newbuild and Upgrade
  • Project Management
  • Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Marine Survey
  • Redundancy Analyses
  • Operations Management Issues
  • Engineering Ethics & Principles
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    Capt. Mike Jacobs
    S. Douglas Devoy
    4544 Post Oak Place, Suite 160
    Houston TX 77027
    USA
    phone: 800-231-2375 or (713) 622-1633
    fax: 713-622-1644
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    douglas devoyS. Douglas Devoy has over 30 years experience in Marine and Offshore Oil and Gas Industry acting as Senior Vice President / Director of Matthews-Daniel Company, Houston, Texas with worldwide group responsibility for Marine Surveys. He supervises staff and performs all types of Marine related Surveys including Wet and Dry Ocean Transport of Rigs, Structures, Modules and Equipment, Trip-in-Tow Surveys, Loss Investigations, Safety and Valuation Surveys or Marine Equipment and Warranty Surveys, and Location Approvals.

    Mr. Devoy has Coordinated Salvage Efforts and Negotiated Salvage Contracts on behalf of Underwriters and Owners. He has also supervised all aspects of Ocean Tows / Voyages including all Engineering Aspects. Adjusting Marine and Energy Related Losses.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Marine Surveying of Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Marine Accident Investigation Naval Architecture
    • Marine Engineering
    • Engineering Technology
    • Accident Investigation and Loss Adjustment for Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Valuations for Offshore Oil & Gas Industry Assets


    mike jacobsMichael A. Jacobs has over 40 years experience in the Maritime and Offshore Oil and Gas Industries including an Active Seagoing Career as an Deck Officer on Tankers and Bulk Carriers, Terminal Controller in a Container Terminal responsible for the Loading and Discharging of Ocean-Going Container Vessels, and Master / Offshore Installation Manager of Semi-Submersible Drilling Rigs. Capt.Jacobs is also a Marine Surveyor involved with all types of surveys in the offshore industry including Towages, Heavy Lift Transportation, Damage Surveys, Installation of Oil Related Structures, Modules and Equipment, Rig Move Attendance and Rig Location Approval.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Marine Operations in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Admiralty; Accidents Involving Dock, Shipboard and Offshore Cranes
    • Anchor-handling, Towing and Mooring Incidents
    • Swing Rope and Personnel Basket Worker Transfer Accidents
    • Cargo and Cargo Container Damage
  • Pipeline Damage
  • Hurricane and Heavy Weather Damage
  • Mooring System Failures
  • Anchor-handling Operational Failures
  • Towing System failures
  • Rig Moves
  • Mobile Offshore Drilling Units
  • Collision
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    Captain Stephen A. Richter
    Master Mariner and Pilot
    101 Alter St.
    Philadelphia PA 19147
    USA
    phone: 908-902-8613
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    Captain Stephen A. Richter, Master Mariner and First Class Pilot, has been a licensed Ship Master for over 30 years and brings almost four decades of experience to his work as an expert witness and marine consultant.

    He holds first class pilot endorsements for nearly every waterway between the Delaware River and the Boston Harbor, in addition to the lower Mississippi River and St. Croix in the U.S.V.I. As an experienced Bar Pilot, River Pilot, and Docking Pilot, he has piloted ships of all types, sizes, and registry including tankships, containers ships, car ships, naval vessels, tugs and barges, ATB’s, and smaller crafts.

    As a sea pilot, river pilot and docking pilot, Captain Richter piloted over 3500 vessels in New York Harbor, the Delaware Bay and River, the Hudson River, Long Island Sound and the ports of Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He piloted, docked, and undocked ships with various propulsion arrangements, I.T.B’s., A.T.B’s., Tugs and Barges and ships in excess of 160,000 Deadweight tons and completed transits as well as docked and undocked vessels in areas of heavy traffic, anchored ships in crowded anchorages, and piloted in all conditions.

    Captain Richter is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the South Easter Admiralty Law Institute, the Marine Advisory Committee for the Delaware River, and the Advisory Board for the Maritime Academy Charter High School in Philadelphia.

    Litigation Support - Captain Richter utilizes his experience in the marine industry to assist with depositions and case preparation, prepare expert witness testimony, and consult on Marine Safety and Navigation resulting in numerous favorable settlements. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Recent Case Issues
    • Cause of Damage to a US Navy Installation
    • Personal Injury sustained While Ship Made Fast to Berth
    • Allision with a Port Facility
    • Tug Crew Personal Injury
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    David Stewart Smith, Commander, USCG (RET)
    Ph.D.
    12367 N. Country Club Dr.
    Charlevoix MI 49720
    USA
    phone: 231-547-0172
    fax: 231-547-0172 (Please Call First)
    Smith Aquatic Safety Service (SASS) was created in 1981, upon Dr. Smith's retirement from 25 year's service in the U.S. Coast Guard, to provide aquatic safety training. At retirement Dr. Smith was Chief, 2nd Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, St. Louis, MO, responsible for all federal boating safety activities in 15 primary states.

    In 1981 Dr. Smith first testified as an expert. Both aspects of SASS have grown markedly, with Dr. Smith being retained in hundreds of legal cases, for plaintiff and defense while also training thousands of aquatic safety/rescue personnel. He has been qualified in numerous state and federal court cases as a boating accident reconstructionist.

    SASS provides consultation and related services to law firms in aquatics cases, plus water rescue and boating safety training seminars for fire, police, lifeguarding and EMS providers throughout North America.
    David Smith, PhD
    Text for emergency rescue personnel on the theory and practical techniques of water rescue. Includes survival of the rescuer, as well as the victim. Illustrated.
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    Dr. Alan Steinman,MPH
    Consultant in Environmental Medicine
    4720 Cooper Point Rd NW
    Olympia WA 98502
    USA
    phone: 253-229-4088
    fax: 360-866-0715
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    Dr. Alan Steinman is an expert in Maritime Medicine with particular emphasis on Sea-Survival, Drowning and Hypothermia. He has served as Surgeon General and Director of Health and Safety for the U.S. Coast Guard, as medical advisor to the Coast Guard's Chief of Operations, and as rescue physician on numerous Coast Guard search and rescue missions. He has an international reputation in hypothermia and cold-water survival.

    Dr. Steinman is widely published in the field of environmental medicine, including a chapter on immersion hypothermia in a leading textbook of emergency medicine. His research into human cold-water immersion and hypothermia merited the prestigious Arnold D. Tuttle Award from the Aerospace Medicine Association. The results from his human hypothermia studies contributed to the basis of current U.S. Coast Guard cold-water survival time charts.

    Dr. Steinman is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine; he is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. His Doctor of Medicine degree is from the Stanford School of Medicine; his post-graduate medical training was at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    Dr. Steinman has experience in both federal and state courts serving as an expert witness in numerous cases involving sea-survival, drowning, and hypothermia.
    7/4/2002 · Aquatics Safety
    Immersion in cold water is a hazard for anyone who participates in recreational, commercial or military activities in the oceans, lakes, and streams of all but the tropical regions of the world. Recreational aquatic activities include swimming, fishing, sailing, power-boating, ocean kayaking, white-water rafting, canoeing, ocean-surfing, wind-surfing, water-skiing, diving, hunting and the use of personal water craft