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Jeffery H. Warren, PhD, PE , CSP
Chief Engineer & CEO
Mail: PO Box 1608
Visit: 7805 Saint Andrews Road
Irmo SC 29063
USA
phone: 888- 827-7823 / 803-732-6600
fax: 803-732-7576
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Jeffery H. Warren, PhD, PE, CSP is Chief Engineer and CEO of The Warren Group. A licensed professional engineer in 14 states, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina as well as a Master of Science and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — all with machine design emphasis.

Background Experience - A former research engineer for DuPont at the Savannah River Laboratory, Dr. Warren designed, patented, and built an incinerator to burn radioactive waste. He also taught mathematics and engineering at the University of South Carolina in Aiken. Later, Dr. Warren was chief machine designer and owner of Warren Engineering Company, Inc., which designed and built special machinery for manufacturing automation. He combined his passion for keeping people safe with his knowledge of mechanical engineering, machine design, risk assessment, and safety to pursue a career in forensic engineering.

Dr. Warren is a Certified Safety Professional in engineering aspects and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator. He has investigated more than 2,000 claims involving property damage and injuries related to machinery, equipment, and products since 1987. Dr. Warren is a court-qualified expert in mechanical engineering, machine design, risk assessment, and safety. He’s also testified in several hundred depositions and more than 75 trials in state and federal court. He has successfully passed Daubert challenges.

Dr. Warren was on the committee that authored the ANSI Technical Report, ANSI B11.TR3-2000 entitled, “Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction – A Guide to Estimate, Evaluate and Reduce Risks Associated with Machine Tools.” He regularly investigates personal injury and wrongful death product liability claims as well as property damage claims involving machinery and equipment in both manufacturing and construction workplaces for both the plaintiff and the defense. He has a reputation for thoroughly analyzing each case to provide precise, understandable, fact-based opinions.

Dr. Warren has a way of making complicated mechanical engineering, machine design, risk assessment and safety concepts understandable to the ordinary person. He also presents classes and seminars on topics ranging from investigation of machinery and equipment, unintentional injury claims, subrogation and SAFETYTHROUGHDESIGN®.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Machine Design and Safeguarding
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safety
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    J. Steven Hunt, CPCU, ARM, CXLT
    Senior Safety Consultant
    Mail: PO Box 1608
    Visit: 7805 Saint Andrews Road
    Irmo SC 29063
    usa
    phone: 888- 827-7823 / 803-732-6600
    fax: 803-732-7576
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    J. Steven Hunt, CPCU, ARM, CXLT, is President and Senior Safety Consultant of The Warren Group. He has a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management with a Minor in Occupational Safety and Health from Clemson University. He has also earned designations as an Associate Risk Management and Chartered Property and Liability Underwriter from Insurance Institute of America, Chicago, IL.

    Background Experience: Prior to entering the forensic field in 2000, Mr. Hunt worked 23 years in the insurance industry as a safety and loss prevention consultant where he took numerous training courses in the field of safety and loss prevention. At Commercial Union Insurance Company, he serviced a wide range of clients. While at Sedgwick James, a leading insurance services firm, he managed a group of safety consultants in the providing of safety and loss prevention services to major clients and businesses in the United States. In this role, he served as a risk management and safety consultant for local governmental associations in four states over a 17 year period and was the chief safety consultant to the Carolinas Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association for 14 years. As a safety and risk management consultant, Mr. Hunt conducted comprehensive audits of client loss prevention programs, made detailed inspections of premises, investigated incidents and losses, and wrote technical reports of finding that included recommendations for improvement and loss minimization.

    Mr. Hunt has authored and developed a number of safety programs for private and public sector clients as well as conducted many safety training programs for clients. He has been a member of both the American Society of Safety Engineers since 1979 and Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters’ since 1989.

    Mr. Hunt leverages his extensive expertise, training, and education to investigate premises liability incidents, construction falls, and safety management programs. As an expert witness, he has been court qualified as an expert in safety, fall safety, codes and standards, and incident investigation.

    Mr. Hunt has personally investigated more than 1,000 accidents in his more than 40 plus year career, including 36 cases that involved fatalities.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Accident Investigation
    • Construction Falls & Incidents
    • OSHA Safety Codes and Standards
  • Premises Liability
  • Pedestrian Falls
  • Safety and Risk Management
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    8030 E. Gary Road
    Scottsdale AZ 85260
    USA
    phone: 480-216-1364
    fax: 480-367-8479
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    Robert E. Underdown, AINS, SIA, AIC, ARM, The Insurance Archaeologist ™, is an Insurance and Risk Management Consultant with over 30 years of experience in both private & public risk management.

    Consulting Services:
    • Insurance - As a result of his background as a Claims Manager and Risk Manager, Mr. Underdown is in a position to provide coverage opinions based on real-world examples and on-the-job experience. He has developed a systematic method for bidding insurance programs
    • Agent Broker - Mr. Underdown has decades of experience in the area of Agent/Broker (Producer) duty. In addition, Mr. Underdown has experience in the areas of Producer Compensation and Producer Contingency Commissions
    • Coverage - Mr. Underdown has real-world practical experience in most areas of personal and corporate insurance coverage types from annuities to workers’ compensation
    • Risk Management - As a Risk Manager for over twenty years, Mr. Underdown gained a wide variety of experience in several industries both public and private. He is experienced and knowledgeable in the areas of cost of risk allocation, loss control programs, risk performance measurements, and safety management
    • Claims - With over ten years as a Claims Adjuster and Claims Manager and twenty years as a Risk Manager, Mr. Underdown has handled and supervised a great variety of claims beginning with investigating and adjusting property and casualty claims
    Selected Background Experience - Mr. Underdown's past experience includes serving as Director of Risk Management for Rural/Metro Corporation, Scottsdale, AZ, where he managed $20 million risk management program and completed due diligence on 60 acquisitions in 48 months. As Assistant Vice President of Imperial Corporation, San Diego, CA, he managed special insurance for a $2 billion loan portfolio and implemented a risk management program for 60 branch offices. Mr. Underdown also served as Risk Management and Employee Benefits Manager for the City of Escondido, CA, where implemented risk management programs and completed self-funded health insurance, saving $750,000.

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    Steven A. Eisenberg, FSA, MAAA
    1136 Old Roswell Rd
    Roswell GA 30076
    USA
    phone: 404-307-9861
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    Steven Eisenberg Insurance Actuary Expert PhotoSteven A. Eisenberg, FSA, MAAA, is a Consulting Actuary with 50 years of experience in the Insurance Industry. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (1973) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (1975).

    Background Experience - Mr. Eisenberg's experience includes actuarial design, administration and illustration of various life insurance and annuity products, including traditional and non-traditional insurance products, universal life (or excess interest products), and both general account and separate account variable insurance COI charges products. It, also, includes pricing these products and developing appropriate actuarial assumptions (e.g. mortality and life expectancy, interest and discount rates, compensation, profitability expense assumptions).

    He is also a co-inventor of several patents dealing with financial derivatives(swaps) relating to longevity and mortality mitigation.

    In 1986, Mr. Eisenberg pioneered the development of large case COLI and BOLI and unwind strategies that are still used today. He is a renown expert in designing, developing, and evaluating Bank-owned life insurance (BOLI) and Corporate-owned life insurance (COLI) programs for insurance companies, banks, other financial institutions, brokers and litigation clients. This includes developing appropriate actuarial assumptions (mortality and longevity, COI charges, lapses and surrenders, expenses, taxes, interest and discount rates, compensation, policy dividends and life insurance company profitability and investment exposure (disintermediation)). He also developed administrative procedures, sophisticated illustration systems (for example, utilization of policy loans and partial surrenders) and insurable interest issues. His expertise also includes policy owner tax issues (e.g. Section 264, 7702, 7702A, 1035) and legislative changes. He has evaluated the appropriateness of these products (general or separate account including stable value) for corporate and bank policy owners, including the accounting and financial impact to the policy owners..

    His services are offered to clients nationwide.

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    Snoaspen Insurance Group, Inc.
    Paul W. Burkett, JD, CPCU, CIC, ARM,CRM, ALCM
    10775 Double R Blvd
    Reno NV 89521
    USA
    phone: 775-682-4380
    fax: 775-682-4301
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    Paul W. Burkett, JD, CPCU, CIC, ARM,CRM, ALCM, has been CEO of Snoaspen Insurance Group, Inc., since 1995. He has extensive experience:
    • Providing Insurance Risk Management Consultant Services and Policy / Risk Management Program Audit Services to Commercial Clients and Agents/Brokers
    • Providing Personal and Commercial Insurance Policy Coverage training for Agents, Brokers and Risk Managers
    Mr. Burkett began his career as a Loss Control Representative for SAFECO Insurance Company after serving as an Officer in the United States Air Force. During his career with SAFECO, he served as a Loss Control Supervisor, Loss Control Manager, Commercial Sales Representative, Division Commercial Lines Underwriting Manager, and Regional Workers Compensation Manager.

    From Safeco Insurance Company, Mr. Burkett worked for Frank B. Hall & Company as a Vice President in charge of Risk Management Services. From Frank B. Hall, Mr. Burkett assisted in establishing the Meadowbrook of Colorado office and focused on developing specialized group programs.

    Paul Burkett delivers seminars as a National Instructor for Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Courses, National Instructor for Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) Courses and a Nevada Independent Insurance Agents Association Instructor for numerous Personal and Commercial Insurance coverage topics.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Insurance Company Good and Bad Faith
    • Agent / Broker Standard of Care
    • Insurance Industry Customs and Practices
    • Risk Management
    • Business Contract Insurance Clause Analysis and Application
    • Insurance Coverage Analysis
    • Insurance Claims Disputes Analysis
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    Todd Stefan
    Executive Vice President
    8391 Beverly Blvd. #167
    Los Angeles CA 90048
    USA
    phone: 800-748-5440
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    Setec Investigations offers unparalleled expertise in computer forensics and electronic discovery, providing highly personalized, case-specific forensic analysis and litigation support services to assist in the investigation, handling, and prosecution of computer-related crimes or misuse.

    Setec Investigations combines today's most advanced computer forensics and litigation support expertise with a business- and legal-friendly approach, resulting in a sound analytical foundation that carefully balances critical investigative requirements with vital legal and evidentiary needs.

    Setec Investigations incorporates a cross-disciplinary team comprised of computer forensic investigators, attorneys, law enforcement specialists, and seasoned business professionals who have established a proven track record of success since 1997.

    Services Overview

    Setec Investigations possesses the necessary combination of technical expertise, understanding of the legal system, and specialized tools and processes enabling the discovery, collection, investigation, and production of electronic information for investigating and handling computer-related crimes or misuse.

    Explore our range of service offerings:

    Computer Forensic Investigations

    Computer forensics and enterprise investigation services identify, gather, analyze, and preserve electronic evidence to establish a sustainable posture for internal or legal action.

    Electronic Discovery

    Manage large volumes of electronic data and quickly identify and isolate electronic evidence that is critical to the success of a litigation.

    Litigation Support

    Legal consultants and attorneys translate litigation issues into strong case strategies that effectively utilize electronic evidence.

    Expert Witness

    Supports the resolution of security incidents and active litigations by offering impartial and independent expert testimony, opinions, and customized reports in legal proceedings.

    11/16/2005 · Computer Forensics
    Identifying pertinent evidence on computer systems is essential to the discovery process in today's world, as it is believed that over 70% of information stored in computer systems is never reproduced in hard copy form

    11/12/2004 · Computer Forensics
    It is estimated that over 90% of all documents are now created electronically, although most of them are never printed; therefore, legal professionals are being challenged by a drastic increase in electronic evidence

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    Mark E. Briggs, CSP, ARM
    1314 Theodore Drive
    Champaign IL 61821
    USA
    phone: 217-840-0235
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    Mark Briggs Safety Risk Management Expert PhotoMark E. Briggs is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with over thirty years of success as a risk management and safety professional. Mr. Briggs has served in the commercial insurance industry, as the Risk Manager and Chief Risk Officer for two Level 1 Research Universities, and is a co-founder of Safety Management Resources Corporation (SMRC). SMRC has provided continuing support to clients in the construction, manufacturing, education, and service industries for over twenty years.

    Mr. Briggs works successfully with organizations to develop and implement comprehensive safety and risk management initiatives designed to ensure conformance with industry best practices, relevant consensus standards, and governmental regulations. These efforts integrate corporate values into the organizational culture at all levels, increasing operational effectiveness, eliminating employee injuries and property losses, and maximizing the protection of corporate assets and the reputation of the enterprise.

    Mr. Briggs serves as an adjunct faculty member in Illinois State University’s safety degree program, while also acting as the chair of the department’s advisory board. He is engaged with numerous national panels, boards, and task forces sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Department of Justice, the Department of Education, and others. He has also supported the U.S. Olympic Committee in a variety of functions directly related to safety and risk management.

    Litigation Support - Mark Briggs provides expert witness and litigation support services for both plaintiff and defense matters, drawing on his extensive professional experience, formal education, and continuing studies. He brings to each case his first-hand knowledge of industry customs and practices, a deep understanding of relevant consensus standards, and significant experience in the interpretation and application of government regulations. Mark’s background includes case review, investigation, development of detailed reports, and experience providing testimony in Circuit, State, and Federal Courts throughout the country.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Risk Assessments and Safety Audits
  • Construction Safety and Regulatory Compliance
  • Industrial Safety and Regulatory Compliance
  • Accident and Incident Investigation
  • Confined Space Entry Operations
  • Fall Protection Systems and Solutions
  • Ladder and Scaffold Safety
  • Cranes, Hoists, and Rigging Safety
  • Excavation and Trenching Operations
  • Machinery and Equipment Safety
  • Occupational Health & Safety / OSHA Compliance
  • Recreational Facilities & Activities Safety
  • Premises Liability
  • K-12 and Higher Education Operations, Management & Facility Safety
  • Slip, Trip & Fall Prevention
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Business Continuity and Emergency Management
  • Worker's Compensation Insurance
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    Greg Gerganoff, CSP, Esq.
    Certified Safety Professional

    Denver, CO
    All States USA
    phone: 303-330-4616
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    Rocky Mountain Safety Consulting, Inc. (RMSC), formulates effective and workable Safety Solutions tailored to unique business operations. A well-functioning, self-sustaining safety program avoiding incidents eliminates project slowdown, costly damage to equipment, tough questions from clients, and, most importantly, injury to employees. RMSC provides services to the construction, manufacturing, mining, and oil and gas industries.

    RMSC Services:
    • Safety Programs - Draft and implement safety programs followed by training of crews and management. JSA's and JHA's, weekly safety talks focused on work tasks
    • EHS Programs - Develop and implement safety audit programs complying with OSHA and MSHA standards
    • Field Auditing - Create and implement field safety audit systems, tracking deficiencies, and correction timelines and accountability. Jobs Safety Analysis implementation
    Greg Gerganoff OSHA Safety Expert PhotoPrincipal, Greg Gerganoff, ASP, CSP, Esq., is an OSHA / MSHA Safety field and compliance expert in the fields of heavy construction, oil and gas, mining, pipeline, power plant outages, light rail construction, public schools, manufacturing, and trenching and excavation.

    As OSHA and MSHA are not mere “guidelines to safety” but federal laws enforceable in administrate hearings and federal courts, Mr. Gerganoff's 12 years of experience as a Licensed Attorney, and additional 17 years as a safety professional, make him uniquely qualified to research and interpret OSHA regulatory laws (29 CFR 1910 & 1926) and MSHA (30 CFR Part 46). He maintains his license to practice law in the state of Colorado.

    Safety Training includes but not limited to:
    • PEC SafeLand Core and Basic
    • OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Outreach Trainer Gen Industry
    • H2S Training (in accord with ANSI Z390.1-2006)
    • MSHA New Miner (Surface Metal and Nonmetal)
    • Aerial / Man Lift Operator Training
    • Power Tool Safety and Inspection
  • Hazard Communication
  • Lockout / Tagout
  • Confined Space
  • Trench and Excavation
  • Fork Lift Operator Training / Lifting
  • Fall Protection
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    5/16/2018 · Expert Witnessing
    Lawyers and courts turn to expert witnesses to provide triers of fact with explanations of aspects of a case that are not commonly known. It is the subject matter expert's education, experience, and skill in a particular area that will help the triers of fact to reach a well-informed conclusion/decision. Examples of expert witnesses include medical doctors, accountants, engineers, DNA scientists, and more. Lawyers (and the courts) will employ an expert witness to shed more light upon factual issues for the purpose of discerning the truth. In short, expert witnesses educate, clarify, and explain a subject that is not common knowledge for most people.

    10/17/2017 · Expert Witnessing
    The employ of expert witnesses in litigation is typically undertaken to help the decider of fact (judge or jury) decipher an area of specialized knowledge which is key to the case. The expert report serves the primary purpose of "educating" deciders of fact on topics not commonly known to the general public. However, a noncomplying expert report can wreak havoc on a case, increase costs or worse, have the expert's testimony precluded in whole or part from use at trial. This of course is contrary to the purpose of retaining an expert in the first place. Understanding the parameters of compliance (C.R.C.P. 26 (a) (2) (B) (I)) and how sanctions for non-compliance (C.R.C.P. 37 (c) (1)) may be applied is important not only for legal counsel but the expert as well under the 2015 rule updates and the recent Colorado Supreme Court case, Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado v. Earl Swensson Associates, Inc.

    10/26/2016 · Construction
    During a recent conversation with a friend who had purchased a small construction company he mentioned in passing that one of his employees had injured his ankle on the job but didn't report it to his work comp carrier as it was a minor incident, no days off work, didn't want his rates to go up, why bother. All is good. Right?

    8/18/2016 · OSHA
    Electricity is a vital source of energy in our daily lives. It powers tools, provides light and heat. Our working lives are much improved and efficiency greatly increased thanks to electricity. But what about those situations where power from the grid is unavailable. Well, portable generators are an excellent tool for such a scenario.

    6/24/2016 · OSHA
    Safety culture is a term frequently bandied about in today's business world and sounds as trendy as "mission statements" were years ago. (Let's not forget "best in class". First time I heard this at a company meeting I looked around to make sure I hadn't mistakenly wandered into a dog show. Really?)

    Use fall protection; Use trench boxes when excavating; Lock out Tag Out any time repair or maintenance of equipment involving stored energy is performed; Slips, Trips and Falls are one of the most expensive types of injury. For my sixteen years in safety these safety hazards were always in the forefront of safety concerns for businesses and safety professionals. Guess what? Work related road way crashes is the number one serious/fatal injury cause for U.S. workers. OSHA recognizes this. CDC/NIOSH has generated a white paper studying this fact. Who knew? So here is some info on this number one safety hazard in the US work place.

    4/11/2016 · OSHA
    In the safety world hazard recognition plays a vital role in keeping your people safe from unsafe behaviors and/or conditions. Some hazards are easily recognized, for example an employee climbing up a 20 foot ladder with tools held in both hands. (This is a fall hazard by the way.) Common sense right? The safety guy who taught me safety had a great response to this attitude, "Few people have any sense (read knowledge) in common (read shared alike)". So while some safety hazards are immediately recognizable others require training to spot and avoid. Training is a key method in avoiding the "Ostrich Zone". One such hazard is Hydrogen Sulfide. You don't want to bury your head facing this hazard. (Won't do much good anyway, Hydrogen Sulfide is heavier then air!)

    3/7/2016 · OSHA
    "If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.", so said Laurence J. Peter, a professor at the University of Southern California whose works touched the business world. (He is well known for the "Peter Principal".) Peter's above quote essentially points out that action lacking a clear objective will likely lead to unwanted or unintended consequences.

    2/19/2016 · OSHA
    Hazard recognition plays a vital role in keeping employees safe. Some hazards are easily recognized, for example an employee climbing up a 20-ft ladder while holding tools in both hands is an obvious fall hazard. While some safety hazards are immediately recognizable, others require training to spot and avoid. One such hazard is hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Training is a key method to avoid the "ostrich zone." You do not want to bury your head when facing this hazard.

    1/29/2016 · OSHA
    When personal injury events occur legal negligence actions may arise. Common law negligence is established by plaintiff showing defendant owed plaintiff a legal duty, to conform to a standard of care, defendant breached that duty, plaintiff suffered injury and there is a causal relationship between the breach and injury. FN 1 But what sources of standard of care proofs are available? How does a litigant go about proving standard of care?

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    David L. Stegall, CPCU, ARM, ARe, RPA
    Principal Consultant
    #6 Office Park Circle, Suite 100
    Birmingham AL 35223
    USA
    phone: 855-255-5353
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    David Stegall is Principal Consultant of Risk Consulting & Expert Services, a nationwide, fee- for-service only, insurance and risk management consulting practice providing analysis, advice and professional services to commerce, industry and government.

    Mr. Stegall holds a B.A. in Communications from Auburn University. He is President of the Society of Risk Management Consultants, Insurance Practice Director and Faculty Member of 86 Pillars, Member of the Board of Directors of Alabama Captive Association, Inc., an Associate Member of the American Bar Association, a Member of the Defense Research Institute, a Member of the Association of Registered Professional Adjusters and a Member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association.

    He has been Designated as an expert on over 90 forensic case assignments, in over 32 State and 32 Federal Districts. He has provided over 70 Expert Opinion Reports, been Deposed over 40 times and testified in four Trials. Approximately 60% of cases were for the Defense and 40% for the Plaintiffs.
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    Mike Wakshull
    MS, CQE, PMP, CISA
    P.O. Box 892965
    Temecula CA 92589
    USA
    phone: 951-252-4929
    fax: 951-302-1785
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    Q9 Consulting partners with its clients to develop and implement effective risk management procedures to successfully commercialize and sustain safe and effective products.

    Q9 Consulting, Inc. was founded in 2007 by Mike Wakshull. The name originates from ICH Q9, Quality Risk Management for the pharmaceutical industry. Mike managed Corporate Quality Risk Management for Amgen, the world's largest biotechnology company. Mike's experience with medical device product risk management has focused on implementation of ISO 14971.

    Mike was a technical editor and primary contributor to the 2nd edition of the risk management chapter 11 of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK Guide). This is an ANSI and ISO standard for project management. He has contributed to the risk management chapter of the 4th edition of the PMBoK Guide.

    Services offered include:
    • Expert witness testimony
    • Project Management Consulting
    • Risk Management Consulting
    • Project Management Training
    • Risk Management Training
    • Forensic Document Examination
    In 1999 Mike wrote the first 4-day Project Risk Management course for Learning Tree International. In 2002 he presented 2 4-day risk management classes for PMI Seminars World. Mike teaches project risk management for the University of California at Irvine's Extension University. He wrote and presented globally the internal Product Quality Risk Management training classes at Abbott Vascular.

    Q9 Consulting, Inc. serves Southern California counties of Riverside, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, and surrounding regions. Work is accepted from all other locations.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Managing large information systems projects
    • Project risk management
    • Pharmaceutical product uality risk management
    • ICH Q9
    • Medical Device product quality risk management
    • ISO 14971
    • Training classes
    • Public speaking
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    Generally, document examiners state that a source signatures is needed to show that the signature on a document is cut from another document then pasted onto the document in question. In this case study, a technique is presented to demonstrate how a cut-and-paste was discovered without the source signature.

    When she was a girl, the young woman had emigrated with her family to the United States from her home country in Africa. She grew up in the northeastern USA and was now attending college. As part of her application for United States citizenship she must present her birth certificate. Her father sent the birth certificate to her. The birth certificate had apparent alterations. Government officials refused to accept the birth as valid because her appearance did not match the age on the birth certificate. She was born in 1994 yet birth certificate appears to state her year of birth as 1984.

    2/27/2017 · Forensic Analysis
    The divorce had been finalized 15 years earlier. The husband had moved on with his life. He was happily remarried and enjoying his retirement years. The ex-wife could not let go. She sued in the Superior Court of Los Angeles claiming the husband would not relinquish rights to real property and other interests that had been part of the divorce settlement.

    The decedent signed a life insurance beneficiary form a few weeks after having brain surgery. The plaintiff claimed the signature was not executed by the decedent. The defense claimed that the decedent had signed the document and the differences are attributed to the effects of brain surgery.

    As with any other profession, document examiners have a range of expertise and experience. As important as it is for your client to make a clear assessment of your abilities, it is up to you to determine in advance, with a high degree of accuracy, whether the document examiner you plan to hire will perform the most accurate assessments and be ready to back up those assessments with a scientifically repeatable methodology in court.

    None of us wants to feel that our opinions are tainted by bias. The ability to recognize when bias is an influence in an expert's opinion and the skill of an expert to overcome his or her biases is integral to an expert's credibility.

    Michael Wakshull
    The Most Dangerous Animal of All was co-written by the estranged son of California’s infamous Zodiac killer to reveal his father’s true identity. When the book hit the streets the skeptics were in full force. Just like those who mocked the boy who cried wolf, no one could blame them. Too many people had already claimed to either be the killer or to know who he really was.
    Michael Wakshull
    Forensic document examination, performed correctly, is a reliable discipline that can demonstrate the innocence of your client or the guilt of your opponent. Used strategically, it can help you settle out of court. When court is necessary, your document examiner can present a case so clearly that the outcome is beyond doubt. To achieve this, your document examiner must be proficient in the latest techniques and adept at reporting results.
    5/16/2014
    " Q9 Consulting, Inc. announces the release of a new book, The End of the Zodiac Mystery, How Forensic Science Helped Solve One of the Most the Most Infamous Serial Killer Cases of the Century by Michael Wakshull."
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    John M. White, CPP, CHPA
    Offices in Ohio and California
    All States (Except TX/NV) USA
    phone: 877-686-5460
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    Protection Management, LLC provides objective and independent Security Consulting Services for corporate and government organizations. Their clients are leaders in their respective industries, as well as small and medium sized businesses in many sectors, including: Education, Retail, Tourism, Government, Hospitality, Transportation, Healthcare, Distribution Centers, and Entertainment Industry among others.

    Services Offered:
    • Business Ethics
    • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
    • Emergency Planning / Disaster Recovery
    • Event Security
    • Fire / Life Safety
    • Loss Prevention / Shoplifting
    • Master Plans
    • Physical Security Surveys
  • Security Operations (personnel, policies, etc.)
  • Security Management
  • Security Risk Assessments
  • Terrorism / Counter Terrorism
  • Threat and Crime Analysis
  • Training
  • Travel / Meeting Security
  • Workplace Violence
  • Principal, John M. White, CPP, CHPA is Board Certified in Security Management, a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), and a Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA).

    Mr. White has over 40 years of experience in Corporate Security Management and Law Enforcement and Security consulting, including physical security, security operations, regulatory compliance, & security training. Prior to forming Protection Management, LLC, Mr. White served a distinguished career in law enforcement, corporate security, and the military.

    Author - Mr. White is also a published author. In 2013, he was approached by publisher Butterworth-Heinemann and asked to write a book on security risk assessments. That book, titled: Security Risk Assessment – Managing Physical and Operational Security was published in July 2014 and is available online through numerous bookstores.

    Speaker - An invited speaker and guest lecturer, Mr. White has delivered speeches to such entities as ASIS International, the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety, the International Association for Professional Security Consultants, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Topics for discussion have included:
    • Employee Theft
    • Crimes Against
    • Small Business Owners
    • Workplace Violence
    • Healthcare Security
  • Emergency Room Violence
  • Identity Theft
  • Active ShooterPersonal Safety
  • Security at Home, Work, and on the Go
  • Security Management
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    John M. White
    This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive resource available on how to conduct a thorough security assessment for any organization. A good security assessment is a fact-finding process that determines an organization’s state of security protection. It exposes vulnerabilities, determines the potential for losses, and devises a plan to address these security concerns. While most security professionals have heard of a security assessment, many do not know how to conduct one, how it’s used, or how to evaluate what they have found. Security Risk Assessment offers security professionals step-by-step guidance for conducting a complete risk assessment. It provides a template draw from, giving security professionals the tools needed to conduct an assessment using the most current approaches, theories, and best practices.
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    Debra L. Phairas
    461 Second St., Ste. 229
    San Francisco CA 94107
    USA
    phone: 415-764-4800
    fax: 415-764-4802
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    Practice & Liability Consultants is a nationally recognized Health Care Practice Management firm with 25+ years of healthcare administration and consulting experience. Since 1985, they have worked with over 1,800 practices of all sizes and specialties from solo to multi-specialty groups of over 100 physicians. The majority of clients are groups of under 10 physicians.

    Practice & Liability Consultants services include:
    • Medical Practice Assessments
    • Managed Care Contract Negotiation
    • New Practice Establishment
    • Practice Valuation & Brokerage Services
    • Medical Practice Financial Analysis
  • Hospital Physician Recruiting Support
  • Personnel Management
  • Malpractice Prevention Services
  • Mergers/Group Formation
  • Litigation Support Services
  • Founder, Debra L. Phairas', experience includes medical clinic administration and loss prevention management for NORCAL MUTUAL, a physician malpractice insurance carrier in Northern California. Her BS is from Michigan State University and her graduate work at Golden Gate University San Francisco MBA Health Services Administration program. She has presented seminars and lectures nationwide for state and local medical/dental associations, management organizations and specialty societies.

    Ms. Phairas' typical engagements include: practice start-ups, practice assessments, mergers, financial analysis, revenue enhancement, overhead reduction, personnel management, practice valuations, partnership issues, and recruitment support for hospitals and physician groups. She has presented seminars and lectures nationwide for state and local medical/dental associations, management organizations, and specialty societies.

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    Joe L. Williams, CPCU
    Partner
    4550 Post Oak Place Drive
    Suite 227
    Houston TX 77027
    USA
    phone: 713-275-4003
    fax: 713-275-4004
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    PozmantierWilliams Insurance Consultants, LLC is an Insurance / Risk Management firm that offers clients negotiating expertise and depth of knowledge to optimize their coverage while in many cases reducing costs.

    Services Include:
    • Design / Implement / Audit Insurance / Risk Management Programs
    • Contractual Review and Recommendations
    • Lease Analysis
    • Broker Selection / Broker Services Review Advice
    • Competitive Marketing of Insurance Programs
    • Merger and Acquisition Due Diligence
    • Executive Insurance Review
    • Claims Services
    • Captive / Alternative Risk Planning Services
    Joe L. Williams, CPCU, partner in PozmantierWilliams Insurance Consultants, LLC, has over 49 years of experience as an Insurance Agent / Broker and Insurance Consultant. From 1970 until 2007, he was a principal shareholder in a large Houston firm, Wisenberg Insurance + Risk Management, and was Chairman and CEO when the firm was sold to a subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank.

    Mr. Williams is very familiar with all phases of the insurance industry, including consulting on bad faith, customs and practices, and standards of care. He has particular expertise in property coverage, business interruption, non-subscription, and risk transfer techniques.

    During the past several years, Mr. Williams has been a media contact for radio, television and news publications as an authoritative source of information about various insurance and risk management topics. He has taught numerous seminars on Business Insurance at the University of Houston. He has lectured and been a seminar leader on various insurance topics.

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    National Trucking Safety Consultant, LLC.
    Roland B. Brown
    Managing Partner
    2430 Knotty Pine Drive
    Navarre FL 32566
    USA
    phone: 850-939-8926
  • Over 35 years of experience in all phases of trucking operations and brokerage; complete knowledge of all matters involving trucking operations and property brokerage.
  • Expert in tractor-trailer drivers, their qualifications, motor fleet safety, top management in trucking operations, and in preparation of plaintiff or defendant lawsuits involving trucking accidents, matters involving D.O.T. Regulations and state trucking regulations.
  • Worked with approximately 100 law firms in approximately 20 states and served as expert witness in state and federal court for defense and plaintiff.
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    Richard J. Long, P.E.
    Founder & Chief Executive Officer
    Corporate Headquarters:
    5265 Skytrail Drive
    Littleton, CO 80123-1566
    CO, FL, GA, TX, KS, NC, DC, TN, KS, NV
    USA
    phone: (303) 972-2443
    fax: (303) 200-7180
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    Florida Office:
    Andrew Avalon, PE, PSP
    President
    8633 Willow Kane Court
    Orlando, FL 32835
    T: (407) 445-0825
    F: (407) 445-0821

    Long International provides expert claims analysis, dispute resolution, and project management services to the Process Plant Engineering and Construction industry worldwide. Our primary focus is on petroleum refining, petrochemical, chemical, oil and gas production, mining/mineral processing, power, cogeneration, and other process plant and industrial projects. We also have extensive experience in hospital, commercial and industrial building, pipeline, wastewater, highway and transit, heavy civil, microchip manufacturing, and airport projects.

    Richard Long Richard J. Long, PE, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Long International has over 40 years of U.S. and international consulting experience involving construction contract disputes analysis and resolution, arbitration/litigation support and expert testimony, project management, engineering/construction management, cost and schedule control, and process engineering. He has presented and published numerous articles on the subjects of claims analysis, entitlement issues, CPM schedule and damages analyses, cumulative impact claims, and claims prevention. As an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and resolution of complex construction disputes for 30 years, Mr. Long has served as the lead expert on over 300 projects having claims ranging in size from US$100,000 to over US$2 billion.



    Andrew AvalonAndrew Avalon, PE, PSP is President of Long International and has over 30 years of engineering, construction management and claims consulting experience. He is an expert in the preparation and evaluation of construction claims, insurance claims, schedule delay analysis, arbitration/ litigation support, and dispute resolution. Mr. Avalon has prepared more than 30 CPM schedule analyses, expert witness reports, and testified in deposition, mediation, and arbitration proceedings. In addition, he has published numerous articles on the subjects of CPM schedule delay analysis and entitlement issues affecting construction claims and is a contributor to AACE® International’s Recommended Practice No. 29R-03 for Forensic Schedule Analysis. He has served as a Project Manager on numerous claims ranging in size from US$100,000 to over US$1 billion.



    W. Tom ThweattW. Tom Thweatt is a Senior Principal with Long International and has over 40 years of engineering, construction, and management consulting experience. He has extensive experience in major U.S. and international refining, chemical, petrochemical, offshore oil & gas development, pipeline, infrastructure, and thermal / hydroelectric power generation projects ranging from US$40 million to US$12 billion. He has worked extensively in projects that were executed by multi-national joint ventures on both the owner’s and the contractor’s sides. Mr. Thweatt has served on Joint Venture and Consortium Executive Committees and has participated directly in claims negotiations and settlement agreements in excess of US$100 million.

    3/12/2018 · Construction
    Contractor’s claim submittals and expert reports are often deficient in proving causation, i.e., the cause-effect linkage. These claims generally outline the owner-caused impacts and separately calculate quantum; however, the two are often not linked in any meaningful way. Most claims are settled prior to a decision by a panel, court, or board, and therefore these deficiencies are not made apparent. Yet, a well-prepared claim document which includes a persuasive and accurate causeeffect analysis can greatly improve the contractor’s chances of a successful recovery, either through negotiations or in arbitration/litigation. This analysis is difficult and often costly to prepare, and is therefore not performed in many disputes, which may be the reason why the claims fail.

    1/15/2018 · Construction
    The leader of a corporation or project is the individual who must ultimately be willing to take responsibility for results. Within the context of an organization or team made up of individuals, it is the collective performance of the individuals, as a team, that defines the results of the whole. While it can be said that the best motivation is internal motivation as opposed to external motivation, the leader is ultimately the one responsible for creating the conditions where motivation can thrive.

    11/13/2017 · Construction
    Time is money especially on engineering and construction projects. Because delays in the completion of the project usually result in increased owner, engineer, and contractor costs, the overall time of performance is vital to the financial success of the project. The importance of time is evidenced by the significant role played by CPM schedules, completion dates, and milestones in the bidding and awarding of engineering and construction contracts. The desire to minimize costs and the time of performance often causes the occurrence of acceleration.

    10/4/2017 · Construction
    In the construction industry, it is largely agreed that overtime work adversely affects labor productivity. However, there is no universally accepted method for estimating the resulting loss of productivity, and many of the studies commonly used to estimate such losses have been subject to criticism by industry experts and the courts.

    8/2/2017 · Construction
    The Collapsed As-Built Windows Schedule Analysis (AACE® International Recommended Practice 29R-03, Method Implementation Protocol 3.9) is a modeled, subtractive, multiple-base method. It is a retrospective CPM schedule analysis which is typically used to prove entitlement for compensable delay and assess concurrency of delay within a window of time. The analysis simulates the as-built conditions within a schedule window and then delays are removed from the CPM model. If the forecasted project finish date “collapses” but-for or absent compensable delays, then entitlement for compensable time-related costs can be demonstrated. This article addresses the usage of the Collapsed As-Built Windows protocol and the advantages and disadvantages of the methodology.

    9/27/2013 · Construction
    The "discrete damages/cost variance analysis method" for quantifying construction claim damages involves the specific distribution of all costs incurred on the project rather than quantifying only certain parts of the cost or damage analysis as may be used in the other methods.

    9/4/2013 · Construction
    ABSTRACT - This paper provides guidelines to commercial construction cost engineers for the development of a plan for obtaining and utilizing subcontractor cost information for use in bidding, procurement, scheduling, change order management, and claim management. The paper is based upon personal field experience gained in cost engineering, scheduling, bidding, planning, contracting, and claim analyses.

    8/13/2013 · Construction
    A component of a construction claim often relates to the cost, quantity, and quality of the materials that the contractor installed on a project. The contractor frequently purchases these materials and agrees to install the quantities of materials on a unit price basis, i.e., a unit price that includes both the cost of the materials and the cost to install them.

    12/17/2012 · Construction
    Most construction contracts, whether they are standard or customized forms, usually contain specific provisions related expressly to the process of giving "notice." The notice generally refers to an obligation on the part of the Contractor to notify the relevant party administering the contract, normally the architect, resident engineer, or owner's representative, of a claim or change event that gives rise to possible additional entitlement for time and/or cost.

    4/13/2012 · Construction
    The equitable allocation of responsibility for project delays is essential to the resolution of many construction disputes. Contractors frequently assert that they have been delayed for reasons beyond their control. Owners often remain unconvinced that the Contractor is legitimately entitled to a time extension or delay, acceleration and loss of productivity damages.

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