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 22 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, CHS-V, CBCP, CSI-ML, HSEEP, CNTA, IAC, MOAB, CHSP, CHEP, CSHM, CESCO, CHCM, CFC, CSSM, CSC, CAS, TFCT3, CERT, CHSEMR, CMC
Dave Howell is a Software Development and Marketing expert, with a focus on Intellectual Property litigation. He has spoken at a number of conferences, including Apple's WWDC (World-Wide Developer Conference), NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), and One More Thing (an Australian mobile developers' conference), and has given guest lectures at Portland State University's School of Business and the University of Phoenix.
Experience: Mr. Howell has worked as a lead software engineer or software engineering executive for over 30 years. He has written code or managed development for a variety of platforms, including macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Sony Playstation, Samsung Bada, the web (front- and back-end), and hardware peripherals. His experience includes six years as an engineering executive at Apple Inc. In 2002, Mr. Howell sold the intellectual property of his first startup, Pablo Media, to Apple Inc. In 2008, he founded Avatron, a leading developer of apps and peripheral hardware for iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows.
Education/Training: Mr. Howell holds the following degrees: - BS in Computer Science & Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, with High Honors - BA in Music, Case Western Reserve University, Magna Cum Laude - MBA, Cornell University, Johnson School
Degrees / Awards/ Honors: Patents US 15/902,779: Accelerated Secondary Display System (application pending) US 9,058,759: Virtual WDDM Driver US 8,694,888: Method and apparatus for titling US 7,643,037: Method and apparatus for titling by applying effects to a number of computer-generated characters US 7,594,180: Method and apparatus for titling by presenting computer-generated characters US 7,483,041: Method and apparatus for titling US 7,199,805: Method and apparatus for titling Other Awards • National Merit Scholarship • Ohio Academic Scholarship • Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary fraternity • Mu Phi Epsilon honorary music fraternity • Electronic Musician "Most Innovative Software Product" award.
Litigation Support - Mr. Howell is available as an expert Witness for Software Intellectual Property litigation and as a Strategic Consultant. He can be helpful with claim construction, source code review, and expert reports, depositions, and testimony about infringement and patent invalidity. For the past 10+ years, he has been the Founder and CEO of Avatron, a leading developer of apps and peripherals for mobile devices and desktop computers. Under his leadership, Avatron has developed and marketing dozens of apps for iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows, including two Top Selling iOS apps, with millions of satisfied users
Mr. Howell's ideal expert-witness client would be a software development firm entangled in patent litigation. He is also available for marketing and strategy consultation with app developers and SaaS providers. As a consultant, Mr Howell's clients have included Intel, Apple, numerous tech startups, and a Swiss bank.
Sameer Somal is the Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer at Blue Ocean Global Technology. Sameer is a CFA Charterholder, a CFP® professional, and a Chartered Alternative Investment AnalystSM. In May of 2017 he was named an Iconic Leader Creating a Better World for All by the All Ladies League & Women Economic Forum. Sameer is an internationally recognized speaker, educator and entrepreneur.
2016 - 2018 speaking engagements include, but are not limited to:
• The US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (McLean, VA)
• Women Economic Forum (Delhi, India)
• Dimensional Fund Advisors Conference (Chicago, IL)
• Mick Law Conference (Scottsdale, AZ)
• Legal Week 2018 (New York, NY)
• Betta Gamma Sigma Leadership Conference (Chicago, IL)
• Scotiabank Executive Strategy Retreat (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands)
• The LavaCon Content Strategy Conference (Las Vegas, NV)
• Global Digital Marketing Summit
• The Securities & Exchange Board of India (Mumbai, India)
• Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association (Mumbai, India)
• National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM), CFAI, & City of London (Mumbai, India)
• CFA Society Texas
Sameer is passionate about helping clients improve profitability, build brand equity, and adapt to the Digital Revolution.
• Blue Ocean Global Technology serves clients and agency partners in 40+ countries.
• We have completed 3000+ web development, portal, eCommerce, and software projects over the past 15 years.
Blue Ocean Global Technology proactively builds stellar reputations. We create and promote digital assets that accelerate the growth of brand equity. We provide comprehensive reputation management services, which often includes search engine optimization (SEO), and web development. When an individual or organization faces crisis, legal or PR issues that reach the internet, we specialize in mitigating the impact of the defamatory content and repairing the negative reputation.
Expertise - Sameer is a subject matter expert witness and frequent speaker on online reputation management, search engine optimization, digital marketing and the digital revolution. He helps clients build, monitor and repair their online reputation. Sameer also provide testimony in courts for client cases and expert consulting specific to the digital footprint of individuals, companies and governments. Blue Ocean Global Technology has completed over 3000+ SEO & Web Development projects. We serve clients globally.
Areas of Expertise - Search Engine Optimization • Online Reputation Management • Internet Defamation • Internet Consulting • Digital Marketing • Website Development • Online Review Management • Digital Reputation Repair
Brooks Hilliard, CMC, CCP is the only actively practicing expert witness in the world who is both a Certified Management Consultant and a Certified Computing Professional specializing in computer system selection and problem resolution. He has testified more than 30 times as a computer expert witness and has been engaged on more than 90 such matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Hillard has done expert witness and consulting assignments in 25 states, and has qualified as an expert witness on computer software and hardware (including ERP, SCM and CRM systems) in both state and federal litigation. His expert witness engagements have included courtroom and deposition testimony in lawsuits, arbitrations, mediations and formal governmental hearings.
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Dr. Stephen Castell, Chartered Information Systems Practitioner and Member of the Expert Witness Institute, is Chairman of CASTELL Consulting. He is an internationally acknowledged Independent Computer Expert who has been involved in a wide range of computer litigation over many years. CASTELL Consulting, currently in its twenty-fifth year, provides independent professional consultancy and expert services in Computer Systems, Software, Project Management, Strategy, and Contract Disputes, to a wide variety of international clients and companies. As an Expert Witness in computer litigation, Dr. Castell has acted in over 100 major cases including the largest and longest computer software actions to have come to trial in the English High Court. He is the author of the best-selling Computer Bluff (1983), and of The APPEAL Report (1990) on the admissibility of computer evidence in court and the 'legal reliability' of information systems and technologies (with the CCTA).
Ray Horak provides litigation support as a consulting expert and testifying expert in cases involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), product/service misrepresentation, contract disputes, and intellectual property (patent, copyright, and trademark/service mark infringement) disputes, as well as issues of taxes and fees allegedly owed to 911 districts and municipalities. Those cases have involved a broad range of technologies, including Automatic Telephone Dialing Systems (ATDSs), text messaging, cellular, DSL, E911, fax, PBX, prepaid cellular, push-to-talk (PTT), videoconferencing, VoIP, and voice processing.
He also has performed technical compliance reviews for several clients of the telephony systems they and their third party vendors employ in sales, collections, customer service and opinion polling. The objective of those engagements, several of which are ongoing, is to determine the specific nature and capacities (present, potential and theoretical) of the telephony systems (e.g., ATDS and PBX) and subsystems, the systems of record (i.e., databases), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, Receivables Management (RM) systems, and any and all other peripheral systems, both premises- and cloud-based.
Ray is an Independent Consultant with a General Practice in Wireline and Wireless Telecommunications and Related Fields such as the Internet and Voice over IP. His 45 years’ experience includes management and executive positions with Southwestern Bell, CONTEL, and Executone. Ray authored the best-selling Communications Systems & Networks, (John Wiley & Sons), Telecommunications and Data Communications Handbook (Wiley-Interscience), and Webster’s New World Telecom Dictionary (Webster’s New World). Previously, Ray was Senior Contributing Editor for Newton’s Telecom Dictionary (12th through 21st Editions). He has written hundreds of technical white papers, case studies, articles, and columns for major print and electronic publications such as CommWeb, Computer Telephony, Network World, The Prepaid Press, and Teleconnect. Ray also has served as Technical Editor for several book-length works, including Deploying Secure 802.11 Wireless Networks with Microsoft Windows (Microsoft Press, 2003).
Expert Witness Consulting Services, LLC (EWCS) provides a range of services to law firms, litigation trustees and others engaged in expert witness and related activities. We provide up-front assessment of cases, drafting assistance in writing the economic core of complaints; other consulting expert work; and testifying expert witness reports and testimony. As an affiliate of Gordian Group (one of the leading national restructuring investment banking firms), EWCS can tap Gordian's vast experience in litigation assignments, particularly relating to matters involving solvency, valuation, fairness and Board of Directors responsibilities. In addition, EWCS has built a nationwide cadre of other independent experts so that we can assist law firms and mediators in finding the right expert for each case. EWCS connects vetted and specialized expert witness professionals to law firms across the nation. With its incremental, litigation-experienced human resources and national recognition within the legal community, EWCS’ mission is to work diligently with client law firms and mediators to provide exceptional work product in an efficient manner, starting with finding the right expert for each case.
As Consultants, the professionals at EWCS are able to provide clients and Boards of Directors with advice and guidance in structuring transactions appropriately, and in delivering financial opinions in connection with the same. They can reconstruct financial data through forensic analysis in order to explain how financial markets or decision makers may have made decisions. When it comes to evaluating the performance of boards, management teams, and financial institutions, the experts at EWCS are well-positioned to have a credible point of view, given their experience in cleaning up the aftermath of corporate disasters and fraud up close. The EWCS professionals have substantial experience in most industries, including but not limited to aerospace and defense; consumer goods; electronic technology; finance and insurance; food and beverages; heavy industry and manufacturing; life sciences; metals & mining; oil & gas and energy; real estate and hospitality; and retail and apparel. Their experts have done transactions within these segments, and use their “real world” experience in approaching projects.
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Kelly T. Hickel, Co-founder at EWCS, is a Financial and Business Advisor who has served as a senior executive for over 30 years. Mr. Hickel has many years of experience in the technology industry and with turnarounds of troubled companies. Throughout his career, he has arranged numerous private and public company financings and financial restructurings and has raised and/or returned over a $1 billion to investors and lenders. Mr. Hickel served as Turn-around President to Miniscribe Corp., a troubled Fortune 500, $600 million annual revenue disk drive manufacturer, and President of the Maxwell Technology Information Systems Group from 1993 until 1997, during which, Maxwell was the 9th best performing stock on NASDAQ and the #1 performing stock in California in 1996. As Chairman and Chief Restructuring Office of The Tyree Company in Farmingdale, New York, Mr. Hickel was responsible for running the largest oil downstream services company in the northeast. With all of his experience, he then founded and managed emerging Pharmaceutical companies, taking a product through FDA approval for a supplement through distribution in over 2000 retail pharmacy outlets.
Jim Timmins, ASA BV/IA, MAFF, CEP, is the Managing Director and heads the valuation, litigation, and advisory services practices at Teknos. He has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 35 years, as a Valuation expert, a Venture Capitalist, and an Investment Banker. Mr. Timmins has overseen 1,000s of valuations, fairness opinions, and solvency opinions in connection with financial reporting, tax compliance, merger and acquisition transactions, financings, spin-offs, and recapitalizations, and litigation. He has also participated in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, private placements, and public offerings during his career. Prior to forming Teknos, Mr. Timmins was a Managing Director at Pagemill Partners, where he created and managed the valuation practice. Before that he was the Managing Director of the Silicon Valley office of NIF Ventures (the venture capital arm of Daiwa Securities SMBC of Japan), and a General Partner of Glenwood Ventures and Glenwood Capital. Earlier in his career, he held positions in investment banking at Hambrecht & Quist and Salomon Brothers. Mr. Timmins has served as an expert witness for more than 60 cases involving valuation, fiduciary duty, and venture capital practice. He has been retained as an expert by both plaintiffs and defendants.
Paul S. Black, President of Paul S. Black & Assoc., Inc. has more than 35 years of experience as a Real Estate Market Feasibility Analyst, including multiple types of residential, office, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties. Mr. Black has been employed by local and international accounting firms in their real estate consulting groups as well as local and regional consulting companies. For 20 years, Mr. Black has served as a lecturer/adjunct professor teaching Real Estate Principles and Practices as well as Real Estate Market Analysis at the graduate (MBA) and undergraduate levels. Areas of Expertise: Economic Damages, Construction Defects / Delay Damages, Lost Revenue / Profits, Unjust Enrichment, Due Diligence, Commission Disputes, Procuring Cause, Real Estate Brokerage, Broker/Realtor Standard of Care, Code of Ethics – National Association of Realtors (NAR), Real Estate Disputes, Fraud / Misrepresentation, Insurance Defense, Eminent Domain, Market Feasibility / Evaluation.
Oded Gottesman, PhD, CTO of Compandent Inc., technology IP expert witness in such areas as telecommunications, cellular phone, and signal processing, provides technology expert witness services, prior art search, and consulting for Technology Patent Infringement, Patent Invalidity, Trade Secret Disputes, source code review, hardware analysis, and related matters.
Consulting Services - Dr. Gottesman provides consulting services for Telecommunications, cellular phones and networks, Digital Signal Processing (DSP), GPS, streaming audio and video, speech audio and video compression (coding), computer software and hardware analysis, communication systems and protocols, error correction, human interfaces, etc.. His work includes patent infringement disputes, patent invalidity disputes, prior art searches, source code review, and hardware analysis.
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