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Howard Levinson, CPP
President
P.O. Box 240
Norton MA 02766
USA
phone: 508-454-4494
fax: Call For Number
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Howard Levinson, CPP has been in the Security field for over 30 years. As the President of Expert Security Consulting, his firm provides services such as Risk and Vulnerability Assessments and Surveys and Security System Designs of new and existing private and public facilities. His diversified experience in Security has included Education Complexes, Banking, Retail, Commercial, Industrial, Distribution, Home Crime prevention, Investigations, and other related areas. Mr. Levinson has performed or directed consultations at over 200 client locations.

Mr. Levinson has been a Security Expert Witness for over 12 years. He assists attorneys in preparing for liability cases and provides expert witness and forensic testimony in cases involving security and premise liability issues. Representing both Plaintiff and Defense, he has either consulted or testified in over 25 cases. He is available to provide clear, concise reports with documentation for all investigation requirements.

Areas of Expertise Include:
  • Premise Liability
  • Security Negligence with Security System Design (CCTV, Access Control, Alarms, Lighting)
  • Risk and Vulnerability
  • Security Operations
  • Security Officer / Firm Negligence
  • Crime Prevention
  • Assaults and Attacks
  • Policy and Procedures
  • Theaters
  • Parking Lots
  • Schools / Education
  • Residential
  • Retail / Shoplifting
  • Hospitality - Bars and Restaurants
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Bo Mitchell
20 Indian Hill Road
Wilton CT 06897
USA
phone: 203-563-9999 or Cell: 203-984-7931
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911 Consulting specializes in Emergency Preparedness, Training, Drills and Exercises for corporations, campuses and medical facilities. 911 Consulting gives you practical solutions for preventing likely incidents, preparing for emergencies, responding to a crisis and resuming operations. We create a custom emergency plan, train your personnel, and stage drills to make sure you're ready.

Bo Mitchell was Police Commissioner of Wilton, CT for 16 years. He retired in February 2001 to found 911 Consulting which creates emergency, disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis communications and pandemic plans, plus training and exercises for organizations like GE HQ, Hyatt HQ, MasterCard HQ, four colleges and universities plus 25 secondary schools. He serves clients headquartered from Boston to LA working in their facilities from London to San Francisco. Bo has earned 21 certifications in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Safety and Security. He also serves as an expert in landmark court cases nationally.

Bo is a Certified Emergency Manager, a Certified Business Continuity Professional and Certified in Homeland Security.

Professional Designations: CEM, CPP, CBCP, CHS-V, CSI-ML, HSEEP, IAC, MOAB, CHSP, CHEP, CSHM, CESCO, CHCM, CFC, CIPS, CSSM, CSC, CAS, TFCT3, CERT, CMC.
Most organization leaders believe their emergency plans are state-of-the-art. When, in fact, their plans are dangerously flawed.

More than one in four U.S. residents are students, attending kindergarten through college. Most of these 75.8 million children, teenagers and adults - not counting faculty and staff members - are on campuses with written emergency plans.

8/19/2013 · Crisis Management
Most campus administrators regard evacuation drills as a straightforward obligation on the school calendar. Activate the alarm; students file out bored; students file back in really bored; end of drill. A no-brainer, right?

More than one-in-four U.S.residents are students, attending kindergarten through college. Most of these 75.8 million children, teenagers and adults-not counting faculty and staff members- are on campuses with written emergency plans.

7/16/2013 · Crisis Management
Plan, train and exercise your organization's emergency team on premises before, during and after the hurricane.

6/25/2013 · Crisis Management
The alarms are relentless, the lights are flashing, and you're offsite. Will your people respond appropriately to the threat or place themselves in harm's way?

5/1/2013 · Security
Since Sandy Hook, I get asked daily about "RUN, HIDE, FIGHT," the new response to an active shooter on a campus or in a workplace.

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Michael Panish
Construction Expert Witness & Consultant
PO Box 725
Woodland Hills, CA 91365
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ALL STATES
USA
phone: 818-429-1963
fax: 818-888-7302
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Mike Panish is an expert witness & consultant for most construction trades, specializing in automatic door systems and door sensors, door, door hardware, cabinetry, and architectural millwork.

Extensive experience working for plaintiff & defense (Federal & State). Highly credible & solid testimony.

Licensed in CA as a General Building Contractor, Electrical Contractor, Door, Lock & Security Equipment Contractor, Cabinet & Millwork Contractor, and Painting & Finish Specialties Contractor. 30+ years hands-on experience in all construction trades.

Local to CA & New England. Nationwide Inspection & Testimony.

Mike Panish is the most retained and the leading expert witness for Automatic Door injuries / Wrongful Death and Door Defects and Injuries. Security issues relating to daycare & healthcare centers. Construction defects, product liability, poor workmanship relating to contractor vs homeowner disputes and contractor fraud.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Automatic Door Personal Injury, Wrongful Death Cases
  • Door and Door Hardware Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Defects Cases
  • Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Furniture Personal injury, Defects Cases
  • Slip, Trip, Fall / Railings / ADA Personal Injury Cases
  • General Construction (all trades) Defects Cases, Personal Injury Cases, Wrongful Death
  • Premises Liability, Premises Security for Criminal Cases, Elder Abuse Cases, Wrongful Death
  • Building Inspections (all types), Site Evaluation, Product Evaluation, Defect Analysis, Poor Workmanship, Costs & Estimates, Plans Analysis, Proper Installation, Claim Analysis
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1/5/2016 · Construction
As a construction expert witness, I am often asked about the importance of using safety equipment. I have many years of personal experiences with the proper observance of safety procedures and appropriate safety equipment requirements.

12/11/2015 · Construction
I have been the retained expert witness by both the plaintiff and defendant to determine the causes of a variety of significant injuries that have happened as a result of improper cabinet and millwork installation practices. In most claims, if product abuse or deferred condition was not the reason for the injury, poor installation practices that have omitted required hardware was to blame. Architectural millwork injuries have occurred repeatedly in shopping centers and malls, hotels, hospitals, airports, and offices throughout the country. Casinos and restaurants are also routinely the location of significant cabinetry related failures leading to serious injuries. Many offices and industrial buildings that utilize modular furniture have had employees injured by improper or completely unattached components. In my other articles, improperly attached architectural millwork has been discussed. Heavy mirrors and headwalls have fallen upon hotel guests while they were asleep in bed. Generally, these failures occur due to lack of appropriate fasteners, missed structural connections, or product tampering.

11/2/2015 · Construction
Mechanical fasteners, when properly used as recommended by the manufacturer, almost always assure safe and secure attachment of a fastened product. In commercial and residential applications, injuries resulting from mechanical attachment failures have often been attributed to inappropriate usage of products, improper installation procedures, or the failure of a poorly manufactured fastening product. When a product becomes disconnected from its point of attachment, serious personal injury can result.

10/13/2015 · Construction
This article will discuss plastic laminated products only. Although many other laminated materials are used for residential and commercial applications, plastic laminates are one of the most common products involved in casework claims and personal injuries.

8/31/2015 · Construction
My job as a cabinetry and millwork expert witness is to inspect and evaluate casework, cabinetry, or millwork that may have either failed or may be deficient in some way. Many of the past cases where I have been designated as the cabinetry and millwork expert witness have involved analyzing products that no longer exist because they have either been replaced or destroyed. What is available for review is often in the form of architectural elevations (renderings), photographs of the damaged cabinetry, or shop drawings and samples of the materials that were used. Generally, there is a question as to what entity is responsible for the monetary loss sustained. The usual course of action by attorneys is to sue all parties in the chain of events, from design through installation.

7/21/2015 · Construction
Having recently testified as the door hardware, lock and security expert witness on a very serious elder abuse case involving the rape of a 93 year old resident of a retirement home, I am intimately aware of the potential for physical violence and neglect aimed directly at senior citizens. The following is about a completely different kind of abuse involving our senior population.

6/18/2015 · Security
Rape and patient abuse are more prevalent and common place in daycare and long term skilled nursing facilities than anyone would think possible.

5/19/2015 · Legal Issues
The first two questions that I am often asked by attorneys during deposition or trial testimony are "On what percentage of cases do you work for the Plaintiff?" and "On what percentage of cases do you work for the Defense?"

4/21/2015 · Construction
Most of the misunderstandings pertaining to contractor and homeowner relationships occur as a result of unclear or wrongly interpreted construction contracts. Upon entering into a building contract, the enthusiasm for starting the proposed work often creates a kind of glazing over or dulling of the senses on the part of the homeowner. Many times questionable terms and arrangements for payment scheduling are accepted or unknowingly agreed to as the homeowner's urgent desire to start work overshadows common sense. Often, the lowest priced contractor seduces the homeowner with promises of more value for the money.

3/19/2015 · Construction
As a Construction Expert Witness, I have been involved in numerous homeowner vs. contractor lawsuits that turned out to be directly created by contractor fraud. In this article, I have combined a few different actual cases, highlighting the various tactics used by dishonest contractors to bait and then hook the homeowner. In all of these cases, the homeowner prevailed.

2/18/2015 · Construction
The need to have increased security to public venues such as airports, schools, religious facilities, day care centers, shopping centers, and government buildings is nothing new. However, it has become apparent that many unexpected assaults and deadly attacks are coming from individuals that have gained a certain level of intimacy with the venues and organizations that they are invading. The attackers are not necessarily strangers, but people we know.

In December of 2012 a gunman broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and viciously murdered 20 children and 6 administrators. Adding Sandy Hook Elementary School to a growing list of other tragic school shootings confirms that any educational institution should be considered a viable target for future attacks.

Every good attorney needs to consider the validity of every potential claim. As the most frequently retained door expert witness, working for both Plaintiff and Defense evenly, I have been retained on door injury and wrongful death claims that were not caused by malfunctioning doors or door hardware. As discovery has often shown, people in poor physical or mental condition who are left unattended or unassisted while moving through properly functioning doorways are often the genesis of their own injuries. All commercial venues have the responsibility to maintain their facilities to industry wide standards, seek proper routine maintenance, and provide daily inspections of their door systems. However, it is difficult to provide safe passage to every patron of their facilities when some of those patrons may include persons requiring diligent physical supervision, special assistance walking, or have special needs due to disease, mental incapacity, or other unknown infirmities.

Injuries resulting from panic hardware are more prevalent than you might think. Injuries can be due to lack of maintenance on these devices and/or installation of spurious parts or components.

One of the most common types of expert related calls that I receive pertains to some sort of door injury. Door injuries caused by automatic pedestrian doors, manual doors, or garage doors often lead to serious and potentially life threatening high dollar liability and personal injury lawsuits. My case load as a door expert witness is evenly split between plaintiff and defense. I have written articles, testified, and been consultant on many door injury cases throughout the country and abroad. In addition, my services have been utilized by defense teams representing cross defendants such as door maintenance companies also named in the chain of commerce.

As a door expert, I am called upon many times a year to evaluate garage door injuries. In my professional career as a general contractor and door & hardware contractor, I have installed many different types of garage doors. I have been involved with roll up doors, both for commercial warehouse applications and automotive repair facilities that allow the passage of a motor vehicle. I have installed and serviced life safety/fire drop doors typically seen in hospitals, pharmacies, labs, shopping centers and other commercial venues. I have placed sectional doors in apartment buildings, single family homes and condominiums. My company has custom built many types of garage enclosures that have had special cosmetic concealed purposes for themed attractions. Working on historic buildings has given me the opportunity to work on sliding barn type doors, hinged parting doors and old carriage style swinging doors. I have removed and replaced the older style, overhead vintage single panel pivoting hinged garage door from commercial and residential locations, and have installed a variety of newer and safer products.

The overhead or floor mounted concealed door closer is a very common type of door closer mechanism which is normally unseen and unnoticed. In the majority of installations, these concealed closers are used on aluminum glazed storefront doors, hollow metal stand alone, or structural framed window systems. The concealed door closer design concept was initially engineered as a self-contained product that featured a center pivot allowing a variety of door functions with no exterior arm or visible operating hardware.

During the past several years I have been contacted many times regarding door injury claims related to manual door closers. In response to numerous inquires asking if I have published any manual door closer articles similar to the primers I have done on automatic pedestrian doors, I am offering this article for general information to assist attorneys in determining potential issues relating to manual door closer mechanisms.

We are all used to opening and closing doors on a daily basis. Unless you encounter a problem with the function of your doors, you probably don't give their operation and component make up much thought. I am continually contacted by attorneys seeking my advice on an injury that took place because of an improperly adjusted or malfunctioning door. In this article, I am simply discussing manually operated doors. Nothing fancy or automatic about them, the kind where you grab a lever, push a plate or bang on a bar to enter or leave a room or building. So, if you want to learn to communicate professionally and simply with your door expert or even your building manager, read on.

If you run an active automatic door service company it is not a matter of IF you will be sued . . . it is a matter of WHEN ! What every door service provider can do to proactively protect their business.

Automatic doors are generally grouped into two major categories. Low energy and high energy doors. The difference between the two types of doors pertain to the ways that the doorways operate.

As the retained expert witness on many overhead door injury and wrongful death cases, some of the injuries I have seen include injured or severed fingers and limbs, bodily trauma, and death. Disabling injuries often lead to involved lawsuits due to the combination of jobsite and employer, landlord and tenant contractual agreements, and property owner liability insurance coverage. Knowing who is responsible for maintenance and inspections of these doorways is essential.

In conjunction with many other articles that I have had published pertaining to high energy doors, or what most people think of when they say automatic doors, low energy systems can be equally dangerous and need to be appropriately and properly maintained.

Within the past few months, I have been retained as expert witness to evaluate revolving door injuries in over a dozen different locations nationwide. While I usually see an even distribution of sliding door, swinging door, and revolving door injury cases, the revolving door injuries currently seem to be the most prevalent. What is particularly interesting is that no two of my recent cases were created by the same problem.

I have been involved in many automatic door cases during the past few years working for both plaintiff and defense. As discussed in one of my previous articles (The Ins and Outs of Automatic Door Operation), automatic doors are highly complex pieces of equipment that require daily attention. Most injuries occur when some component of the automatic door system malfunctions.

A basic primer in how they work, what to look for, and how to analyze defects vs. deferred maintenance. Expert door contractor, Michael Panish, takes you through the basics for your case. A basic primer about Automatic Door functions.

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Allan D. Snyder
Principal
3943 Irvine Blvd., Ste. 412
Irvine CA 92602
USA
phone: 657-859-6133
fax: 657-859-6142
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT EXPERT
  • Depositions: 800+
  • Mediations & Arbitrations: 100+
  • Trial Testimony: 80
  • More than 10,000 properties inspected.
  • RETAINED BY 300 LAW FIRMS IN 23 STATES
  • California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio
  • Nevada, Arizona, Washington, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa
  • Hawaii, Idaho, Alabama, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma
  • Montana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota
  • AREAS OF EXPERTISE
  • Standard of Care; Custom and Practice
  • Building & Safety Codes
  • Fair Housing Practices (FEHA)
  • Personal Injury (Slip, Trip & Fall)
  • Premises Liability
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • PROPERTY TYPES
  • Multi-family Units Managed: 25,000
  • Association, Hospitality, & Timeshare Units Managed: 100,000
  • Associations Managed: 1,000
  • Commercial Properties Managed: 1,250,000 sq.'
  • Mobile Home & RV Spaces Managed: 3,800
  • Single Family Units Managed: 3,500
  • Commercial Property Inspections Performed: 900
  • Association Property Inspections Performed: 3,600
  • Parking lots and Parking Structures: Personal Injury; Snow & Ice


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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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    Steven R. Thomas, P.E.
    Multiple Addresses (See Below)
    NJ, NH, ME, MA, VT ,RI, CT, NY, PA ,DE, USA
    phone: 877-267-7855
    fax: 973-401-0056 or 603-293-4142
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    New Jersey Office:
    PMB 4066
    55 Madison Avenue - Ste 400
    Morristown, NJ 07960
    T: (973) 401-0010
    F: (973) 401-0056
    New Hampshire Office:
    Analytic Engineering
    105 Juniper Ridge Road
    Gilford, NH 03249
    T: (603) 293-4477
    F: (603) 293-4142


    Analytic Engineering combines Professional Engineering with Effective Communication. We offer Technical Analysis and Services in the Engineering field and provide experienced Expert Testimony to communicate the conclusions reached.

    Engineering Services:
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Safety Engineering
  • Vehicular Accident Reconstruction
  • Failure Analysis
  • Computer Animation
  • Premises Liability
  • Patent Claim Analysis
  • Product Design & Liabilty
  • Product & Equipment
  • Design Engineering Services
  • Steven R. Thomas, PE, the Principal Engineer at Analytic Engineering, earned his Bachelor of Science - Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical) at Widener University, Chester, PA in 1979 and a Master of Science in Engineering Science (Safety Engineering and Human Factors) at The New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1997.

    Professional Experience: Steven R. Thomas, P.E. has worked for such organizations as General Motors, Thomas & Betts, General Cable and Breed Automotive Corporation. He has worked in the engineering fields of Research and Development, Product Design, Machine Design, Manufacturing, Industrial, Tooling, Safety, Facility Design, Failure Analysis and Accident Reconstruction. Since 1991 Mr. Thomas has worked as an Engineering Consultant in the Forensic field and has testified in numerous jurisdictions.
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    Dr. Randall Atlas, AIA, CPP
    Vice President
    333 Las Olas Way Suite 1605
    Ft. Lauderdale FL 33301
    USA
    phone: (305) 332-6588
    fax: 305-754-1658
    Dr. Randall Atlas AIA , CPP is a Registered Architect, NCARB certified, and he practices Criminal Justice Architecture and Environmental Security Design. Atlas is a certified protection professional (CPP) with the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), and is an appointed member of the ASIS Security Architecture and Engineering Committee. Atlas has his doctorate in criminology and a masters of architecture. Dr Atlas is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architecture for Justice Committee.

    Dr. Atlas has taught CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) and criminal justice courses at Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Miami, Keiser University, and he is a trainer with the National Crime Prevention Institute at the University of Louisville. Dr. Atlas has been a technical Assistance consultant with the National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, and the Florida Department of Corrections and U.S. HUD Drug Elimination CPTED Program.

    He has conducted ADA accessibility compliance audits for private and public sector clients, and served as an expert witness on over 200 premises liability lawsuits.

    Dr. Atlas has been a speaker and trainer at security conferences from New Delhi, India to Seattle, Washington and has written over 200 articles in various publications on security, safety, and counter terrorism issues.
    9/26/2011 · Security
    Creating safe schools is the responsibility of the entire community where a school or school system resides.

    7/20/2011 · Security
    BETWEEN LATE 2009 AND MARCH OF THIS YEAR, a national baked goods chain with franchises in Broward County, Florida, experienced a series of nighttime burglaries that resulted in thousands of dollars in stolen cash and damaged property.

    5/31/2011 · Security
    When it comes to the issue of safety in schools, it is important to remember that long before the students walk the halls, a design team creates the building and its grounds, envisioning the subsequent relationships with its occupants.

    3/15/2011 · Security
    Last June, 18-year-old Kelsey Smith was forcibly abducted from the public parking lot of an Overland Park, Kansas, Target store.

    2/3/2011 · Security
    The "form follows function" tenet of 20th century architecture holds that the specific functional requirements of a building should determine design criteria.

    Randall A. Atlas, PhD, AIA, CPP
    This is the first and only book of its kind dedicated to the contributions and importance of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). It will educate the reader and design professional on the necessity of CPTED in reducing risks, threats, and vulnerabilities of and to our built environment post-9/11…
    The American Institute of Architects
    This important reference from the American Institute of Architects presents a useful resource of fundamental, up-to-date information for security planning in both new and existing facilities.
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    Dr. Michael Fagel, PhD, CEM
    837 Hoyden Ct
    Sugar Grove IL 60554
    USA
    phone: 630-234-6611
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    Dr. Michael J. Fagel, PhD, CEM has over 30 years of broad based experience in a variety of fields relating to Threat & Vulnerability Assessment, Consequence Management & Emergency Management. He provides specialized assistance in OSHA compliance assistance and training in Disaster Management, Emergency Response as well as Occupational Safety and Health.

    Aurora Safety has extensive experience in litigation guidance drawing from decades of experience in all phases of safety and emergency response and planning. They provide guidance to attorneys and insurance companies on a variety of topics and offer effective evaluations regarding the many facets of each case.

    Dr. Fagel provides expert witness services to cases in across North America. He has served various Federal Agencies providing Occupational Safety Services at disaster sites. He also was EMS coordinator for the fire rescue division in North Aurora, as well as serving as an officer in the local fire service. Dr. Fagel currently teaches industrial safety and emergency medical services at several college locations and lectures at various professional trade conferences throughout the country. He offers Expert Witness Services and Litigation Support to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Disaster Management and Recovery
    • OSHA Compliance
    • Voluntary Protection Programs (VPPs)
    • Fire, EMS, Disaster Management
    • Site Inspections
    • Training Assessment Management and Development of Safety Programs
    • Critical Incident / Crisis Management Site Inspections
    • Safety Audits
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    4/24/2014 · Security
    At schools, campuses, sporting events, and retail facilities, those thoughts ring out day after day. We have watched with horror the increasingly more frequent news of violence at establishments we once thought "safe" from wanton violence. One has to just scan the news to see that no place is immune from any type of random act that injures or kills innocent civilians, be it a movie theater, retail mall, sporting event, school, or church. In this column, let's take a look at a few basic elements.

    3/26/2014 · Security
    We often times think of our own facilities, our sites as something no one would want to harm... or would they?

    Michael J. Fagel, PhD
    Emergency managers and officials have seen a tremendous increase in the planning responsibilities placed on their shoulders over the last decade. Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today's Challenges supplies time-tested insights to help communities and organizations become better prepared to cope with natural and manmade disasters and their impacts on the areas they serve.
    Michael J. Fagel, PhD
    This book offers preparedness and mitigation recommendations for advanced emergency planning. Because disasters are so unpredictable, advance planning is needed to effectively respond to and mitigate against the potential effects of such events. More than a dozen contributors offer their professional expertise on a wide variety of topics.
    Michael J. Fagel, PhD
    This book provides a clear and up-to-date understanding of how an EOC should operate within the guidance of various federal and national programs. It discusses the processes and systems that must be considered in emergency planning and preparedness efforts, and provides time-tested tips for those developing and revising emergency preparedness plans.
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    Steven D. Ashley, MS, MLS, MFCI, MUFI, ARM-P, CLS2
    Risk Management Professional, Criminal Justice Trainer
    Monroe MI USA
    phone: 517-548-2275
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    Steve Ashley Law Enforcement Expert PhotoSteven D. Ashley has over 40 years of experience in Law Enforcement. As a researcher, his primary area of interest is the Use of Force and Control by Police, with an emphasis on Non-lethal Control Methods and Implements.

    Mr. Ashley has earned and received certification as a Force Science Analyst (Force Science Institute®), a Master Use of Force Instructor (Smith and Wesson Academy®), a Master Force and Control Instructor (Police Policy Studies Council®), a TASER® Senior Master Instructor (TASER International), and an Associate in Risk Management – Public Entities (Insurance Institute of America®). He has attended over 5,700 hours of advanced police training.

    In addition to his 15 years as a full-time, sworn, law enforcement officer, and 12 years as a full-time risk management professional, Mr. Ashley has been a criminal justice trainer for more than 40 years, and has trained thousands of officers, trainers, and managers in police subjects, including Firearms, Driving, Radar, Chemical Munitions, TASER, and Defensive Tactics. A prolific author, writing often for both print and on-line publications, he is a frequent, invited presenter at national and international law enforcement conferences. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at several Michigan colleges, and at the Smith and Wesson Academy.

    Litigation Support - Steven Ashley has worked as a law enforcement expert witness since 1995, consulting on over 150 cases, and testifying in many. He specializes in use of force, motor vehicle operation, arrest practices and police & corrections procedural issues. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Litigation Support Services:
    • Police Use of Force Consultation
    • Jail & Security Assessments
    • Liability Claims Assistance
    • Public Safety Loss Control
    • Law Enforcement Training
    • Police Procedural Review
    • Information & Research
    • Supervisory Audits
    • Trial Consultation
    • Jury Assistance
  • Police Pursuit Driving Case Analysis
  • Applicant Screening & Assessment
  • Police Deadly Force Consultation
  • Law Enforcement Risk Control
  • Employment Practices Review
  • Policy Review & Development
  • Municipal Risk Management
  • Private Security Audits
  • Firearms and Shooting Case Review
  • Arrest & Custody Practices Analysis
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    Craig Moskowitz, MBA, MS, PE
    President/Managing Member
    PO Box 4532
    Stamford CT 06907
    USA
    phone: 866-432-4677
    fax: 203-504-8838
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    Since 2010, the President and Managing Member of CLM Engineering Associates, LLC, which concentrates its focus on forensic engineering/expert witness work for the insurance industry and legal community. In addition, we offer construction management, civil engineering and building inspection services.

    Extensive construction management experience on both commercial and residential projects. Performed safety inspections on both civilian and military projects through application of OSHA regulations. Designed drainage systems for the government while an officer with the United States military. Cost estimating for various projects exceeding $500 million. Design document creation and management of high-rise construction in Manhattan. Marketplace. Management of telecommunications projects for Verizon in Manhattan including CPM schedule creation and updating.

    Directed and managed all water distribution system and sewer system work while working as a contractor to the New York City Department of Design and Construction. Forensic work related to evaluation of structural steel systems with commercial building construction and insurance-related claims due to storm damage on commercial and residential structures.

    Craig Moskowitz has been deposed 4 times in litigation matters.

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    Roger W. Chappell
    104 Clear Ridge Cove
    Georgetown TEXAS (TX) 78628
    USA
    phone: 281-793-3455
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    Roger Chappell Security Expert PhotoRoger W. Chappell, has over 25 years of experience in the Law Enforcement and Security industry. His experience allows him to assist attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense in determining whether or not minimum industry standards were met regarding premises liability. Additionally, he has a vast array of experience in criminal investigations.

    Mr. Chappell has been summoned to testify as an Expert Witness in Texas District Courts on more than 20 occasions involving the following matters:
    • Premises Security Adequacy
    • Murder
    • Capital Murder
    • Felony Murder of a Police Officer
    • Aggravated Robbery
    Experience - Mr. Chappell is a 9 year Marine Corps Veteran and 22 year retired police supervisor in Houston, Texas. He is also a former corporate security manager, police crime prevention specialist, detective supervisor, police training manager, and internal affairs sergeant. Mr. Chappell coordinated numerous security related functions at hotels, bars and night clubs, and apartments. He has handled large events during the Super Bowl, MLB All Stars, and NCAA Final Four events. He was also a hostage negotiator for over 12 years responsible for the safe resolution to highly stressful and violent events.

    Education / Training: Roger Chappell has a masters degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University. He has over 3,000 hours of training relating to active shooter, homicide investigations, kidnappings, interviewing and interrogation, crime scene process, and mental health issues.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Security Guards Negligence
    • Bar & Nightclub Bouncers Issues
    • Use of Force
    • Investigations and Surveillance
    • Detention and Arrest by Security / Non-Security Personnel
  • Premises Security Issues / Adequacy
  • Security Management
  • Police Policies and Procedures
  • Workplace Violence Issues
  • Unlicensed Security Activity
  • State and Local Regulatory Compliance
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    7/7/2015 · Security
    A report of shots fired at the Navy Yard in Washington, D. C. brought a huge response from law enforcement from all areas. The response was immediate and overwhelming. As it turns out, the report was false. The incident remains under investigation at the time of this writing.

    5/26/2015 · Security
    Coordinating security for corporate offices, hotels, apartments, convenience stores, and just about every other possible location can have its challenges. Coordinating security at major events, however, is especially challenging. This article will focus on some of the challenges I faced when coordinating security for several events and locations in Houston, Texas for Super Bowl XXXVI.

    Not long after I promoted to sergeant, I was training in a patrol division. I was riding with another sergeant when we received a call from two patrol officers. They were at an apartment complex and had chased a male into an apartment. They requested a supervisor go by with them. So, as part of my training, we went.

    I have read a number of books, studies, and court cases in my career to support the fact that eyewitness identification, by itself, is never sufficient enough to send a person to prison. This is not news. Over the past 20 years, more and more people are being exonerated for violent crimes due to DNA . This article is not to rehash old arguments. Instead, it is more of a reminder to investigators everywhere to not finalize a case, charge a person, and send them to prison based solely on an eyewitness' identification.

    3/26/2015 · Law Enforcement
    During my 22-year law enforcement career, I became involved in countless situations in which I personally dealt with people in mental health crisis. My first incident involved a Hispanic male armed with a pistol. I learned a significant amount from that single incident: so much, in fact, that I made the decision to join the Houston Police Department's Hostage Negotiation Team. The techniques I have learned over the years can be applicable to almost anyone, at any time, in just about any situation. In the following paragraphs, I will recount a few incidents in which I was involved and discuss the techniques used to end each the situation safely. Understand that this is not a specific "how-to guide" that may be applied to every situation. Instead, the use of these techniques will simply allow a person that becomes aware of a certain situation - to be able to attempt to stabilize the incident prior to first responders' arrival.

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    Walter Cygan, CSP, PE
    43202 Pointe Drive
    Clinton Township MI 48038
    USA
    phone: 586-226-2787
    fax: 586-226-2787
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    Walter Cygan, CSP, PE, is a Certified Safety Professional, Certified Health Care Safety Professional, and Certified Safety and Security Professional. He specializes in Human Factors, Premises Liability, and Safety Engineering.

    A police reserve, range officer, and crime commissioner for eight years, Mr. Cygan has conducted regional and statewide seminars on police pursuits and risk management issues. He was credited in part by a municipality PD for preventing a lockup suicide due to a program he researched, developed, and conducted. Mr. Cygan is also a NSC defensive driving instructor. He was invited by FBI Quantico to participate in their Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) / Pursuit seminar. Mr. Cygan has been a Madonna University adjunct instructor for over 11 years.

    Litigation Support - With more than 50 years of experience, Mr. Cygan has been named "uniquely qualified" by the Michigan Court of Appeals. He has provided his specialized knowledge for expert witness cases in Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, Georgia, and Michigan. Industries served include healthcare, retail, municipalities, law enforcement, construction, manufacturing, plastics, chemical, environmental, agricultural, recreation, sporting firearms, and archery.

    Major Cases Include:
    • Construction Safety
    • Scaffolds
    • Ladders
    • Platforms
    • Decks / Railing
    • Entrance / Exits
    • Openings
    • Roofs
  • Watercraft
  • Slip / Fall
  • Machinery
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Policies / Procedures
  • Surfaces
  • Municipality Operations
  • Lighting
  • Cases Interact with Human Response to:
    • Warnings
    • Instructions
    • Visual Field
    • Gravity of Risk
    • Gait
    • Trip Threshold
    • Statutes to Make Safe
  • Product Liability
  • CARFILQ
  • Trucks
  • Cargo
  • Shifts
  • Playgrounds
  • Loading Docks
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    Dan L. Vogel
    PO Box 5862
    Edmond OK 73083
    USA
    phone: 405-615-6877
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    Dan L. Vogel is a retired FBI Special Agent with a Masters Degree in Administration of Justice and 27 years experience in Federal Law Enforcement. During his FBI career, he worked white collar crime, international terrorism, violent crime, applicant processing, and media matters. During his last 15 years with the FBI, he served as Oklahoma City Coordinator for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. In this capacity, he worked on all types of violent crimes from throughout the United States and Canada.

    Since retirement, Mr. Vogel has worked as a Forensic Consultant/Expert Witness on premises liability cases, murder, rape, abduction, crime statistics, FBI applicant matters, wrongful death, search and seizure, FBI policies and procedures, and excessive force. He has testified as an expert in Federal and state cases.

    In December 2009, Mr. Vogel volunteered to assist in locating a child who was abducted in Oklahoma in 1968. The investigation located him in 2011 and DNA confirmed his identity. Mother and son have been re-united after 44 years.

    In June 2013, Mr. Vogel was added to the Consulting Committee for The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Criminal Investigative Analysis
    • Crime Scene Analysis
    • Victim Assessment
    • Foreseeability
    • Equivocal Death
    • Wrongful Death
    • Crime Risk
    • False Allegations
    • Profiling
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Abduction
  • Crime Statistics
  • FBI Applicant Matters
  • FBI Policies and Procedures
  • Wrongful Death
  • Search and Seizure
  • Excessive Force
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    8/25/2015 · Law Enforcement
    In 1982, a foreign diplomat was assassinated a few blocks from a Federal law enforcement agency office. There were no computers, cell phones, or pagers. Within 18 months, investigators made 18 arrests and put two major terrorist organizations out of business. This article will explain how this was accomplished with no digital technology.

    6/30/2015 · Law Enforcement
    This article will discuss the attempted management of a convicted cooperating witness who continued his cons while working with the government. He was a constant challenge with many interesting events. These types of people do not change their personalities just because they are "cooperating". The first time I met him he said, "You'll like me in 15 minutes". He was right.

    4/30/2015 · Criminology
    Homicide cases in which the victim cannot be identified are difficult to solve and profile. This article will discuss the importance of victimology in a homicide investigation.

    Violent Crime has increased dramatically in the United States in the past 50 years. Many of these crimes involve serial homicide and rape which are especially challenging for investigators and experts since the perpetrators are usually experienced at what they do and don't leave many clues at the crime scene (if it can even be found). Plus, these crimes have a tendency to gain a lot of notoriety from the news media and public which results in intense pressure on the police department or investigating agency to solve these crimes quickly.

    6/5/2014 · Psychology
    Many times investigators and experts are confronted with cases which are equivocal: uncertain or questionable. For example, a death appears to be suicide but may actually be murder staged to appear to be a suicide. There are also cases which appear to be suicide but are actually accidental deaths. This article will provide a questionnaire for investigators and experts when confronted with these types of cases. The questionnaire is provided to attempt to determine the mental state of the victim just prior to his or her death and whether or not the victim was suicidal.

    5/8/2014 · Criminology
    John Delorean was a very successful executive at General Motors and was known for developing the Pontiac GTO, the Pontiac Firebird, Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevrolet Vega, and the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car, which was later featured in the 1985 film Back to the Future. In 1982 Delorean was arrested by the FBI for drug trafficking. "The alleged drug trafficking was supposedly an attempt to raise funds for his struggling company, which declared bankruptcy that same year. He successfully defended himself against the drug trafficking charges, showing that his alleged involvement was a result of entrapment by federal agents". Delorean was found not guilty on August 16, 1984.

    This article will focus on how to research FBI policies and procedures for the operation of informants. These documents are available to the public through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIPA). Researching FBI records can be very difficult and frustrating since many of the records are not searchable once you find the record you desire. Lawyers who need help researching these records may find that it is more cost effective to hire an expert to find the information they need.

    2/28/2014 · Law Enforcement
    Many young people make bad decisions which may follow them the rest of their lives and close doors to great opportunities as they progress through the work force. The bad decisions which seem like a "fling" at the time now have disastrous consequences when the young person has an interest in a job that requires a security clearance with a background investigation and polygraph.

    Violent Crime has increased dramatically in the United States in the past 50 years. Many premises liability cases involve violent crimes that could have been prevented if the landowner had taken the appropriate precautions based on industry standards. Foreseeability is important in determining whether violent crime could have been predicted based on past violent events. This information is easily obtained due to advances in computer technology. The public can now access this information in most locations throughout the United States.

    False allegations are seen in several types of cases and are very problematic for police since extensive investigation must be conducted to corroborate the victim's allegations. A great deal of resources can be wasted in these investigations since the alleged crime never took place. One study indicated that false rape allegations constituted 41% of all forcible rape cases in one police department. There are indicators of false allegations that may help police and experts determine whether a crime took place.

    10/15/2013 · Criminology
    Your personal security is based on your life style, and personal decisions. The Risk Continuum will assist you in determining your risk for becoming the victim of a violent crime. Minor changes in your life style may have a major impact on whether or not you will become a violent crime victim. There are many risk factors that you should consider when trying to reduce your level of risk.

    Victimology is defined as an assessment of everything that can be known about the victim of a crime, and is a critical tool for the investigator and experts which can lead to the quick solution of a criminal case or the resolution of a premises liability matter involving a violent crime.

    9/5/2013 · Law Enforcement
    Offenders will sometimes stage a violent crime because they know that they need to re-direct the investigation. The problem for some of them is that they are unfamiliar with crime scene investigation procedures and may make themselves more obvious as a suspect.

    8/19/2013 · Law Enforcement
    Defendant was observed driving a vehicle with a cracked windshield and a broken driver's side rear tail lens. He was stopped by the police for equipment violations and was asked various questions which indicated that he might be transporting money from an illegal drug transaction. Police asked if they could search the car and the defendant refused.

    The assessment of victim risk by an expert witness in a premises liability case may become critical to the successful outcome of the case. This article provides a Daubert style methodology for determining whether the victim was at low, moderate, or high risk for a crime of violence.

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    PhD, BCFT, CFA, CLS
    Martinelli & Associates: Justice & Forensic Consultants, Inc.
    Temecula CA 92591
    USA
    phone: 951-719-1450
    fax: 951-501-2952
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    Dr. Ron Martinelli, Ph.D., BCFT, CFA, CLS, is a former Criminal Justice Training Center Director and current Police / Corrections Practices, Criminal Investigations and Use of Force Instructor Consultant with a unique combination of extensive field experience and academic credentials that attorneys, judges and juries appreciate and commend. He has been representing agency defense and concerned plaintiff clients since 1991.

    Dr. Martinelli serves as chief legal consultant, police practices expert and trial specialist. He has an impressive and diverse law enforcement background in police, corrections, probation and private security practices and training and premises liability. Dr. Martinelli is an experienced police practices expert qualified in Federal and State Courts who specializes in 4th, 8th and 14th Amendment litigation. He is skilled in incident reconstruction, evidence gathering, discovery, forensic legal analysis ans testimony. Dr. Martinelli is also a Board Certified Expert in Forensic Traumatology, an AELE Certified Litigation Specialist in Police/Corrections Practices and a Certified Force Analyst through the Force Science Center, Minnesota State University.

    Dr. Martinelli has been referred to by attorney clients as "the expert's expert." He has a 90% case WIN ratio with over $120 Million saved defending agencies and over $30 Million recovered for plaintiff's since 2004 alone. He provides attorneys, State Attorney General Offices and municipalities with superior consulting and expert witness services in the fields of law enforcement practices, liability, negligence, litigation, criminal prosecution and criminal defense. Police practices and forensic expert to the States of NV, NM, NE, WV, Denver, Miami Beach and numerous municipalities. Forensic expert consultant to CNN Headline News, Discovery and History Channels.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Arrests
    • Search & Seizure
    • Use of Force / Excessive Force - All Levels and Weaponry
    • Officer Involved Shootings(OIS)
    • In-Custody Deaths
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Police Practices, Training & Supervision
    • Adult & Juvenile Corrections
    • Law Enforcement Negligence
    • Civilian Self-Defense, Security, Foreseeable Harm
    • Insurance Cases.
    4/25/2012 · Law Enforcement
    An officer detains an active parolee gang member for questioning, and during the detention, the suspect suddenly runs. The officer chases the suspect for two blocks, observes the suspect to be grabbing into his shorts pocket.

    On November 5, 2010, Superior Court Judge Hon. Robert Perry sentenced former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle to two years in state prison for the January 1,2009, accidental shooting death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant at the Fruitdale BART station.

    11/3/2011 · Law Enforcement
    San Francisco Police officers respond to a call of an agitated mentally disturbed and disabled man in a wheelchair wielding a knife and vandalizing parked cars on a downtown city street. A group of at least six uniformed and plain clothes officers locate and surround the man who remains seated in his wheelchair. The officers' initial attempts to communicate with the angry, apparently delusional and armed man prove ineffective.

    9/13/2011 · Law Enforcement
    An officer responding to a report of a domestic argument between husband and wife observes the husband walking down the street.

    7/15/2011 · Law Enforcement
    One of the most pressing problems within the law enforcement and use-of-force instructor communities is the reconciliation of force deployments with subject noncompliance and resistance.

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    E. Robert Miller
    President, CPM, CIPS, CMC
    330 Primrose Road, Suite 606
    Burlingame CA 94010
    USA
    phone: 650-373-0705
    fax: 650-373-0709
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    E. Robert Miller has over 40 years of service to the real estate profession and has unrivaled expertise in Property Management Techniques. As President of E. Robert Miller & Associates, he provides Expert Witness Consulting and trial work, educational services and business development services.

    Mr. Miller has served on more than 980 cases as an Expert Witness or Consultant in the property management field since 1996. He was the 2004 Northern California Expert Witness Association President. Mr. Miller's experience and thoroughness in research, depositions and trial situations makes him your best choice for an expert witness in property management litigation.

    Areas of Expertise
  • Accident or Assault - Safety/Security Conditions
  • Improper Eviction
  • Unpaid Rent - Habitability Standards
  • Contractor Dispute
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Bankruptcy
  • Animal Control
  • Security Deposits
  • Association Board Responsibilities/Management Duties
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