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Maritime / Marine Insurance Expert
Available Nationally and Internationally
Richmond VA 23233
USA
phone: 804-929-2224
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James D. Jones, MBA, ARM, is a Maritime and Marine Insurance Expert with over 48 years of domestic and international experience in Insurance Underwriting, Risk Management, Marine Brokerage, and Marine Claims Resolution and Negotiated Settlements.

Background Experience - Mr. Jones graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, held third mate license for any tonnage any ocean, as well as rank of Ensign in USNR. He has sailed merchant vessels to over 50 ports in over 20 countries, including break bulk vessels and tanker vessels. He has spent over four decades years serving as a senior marine insurance underwriter, risk manager, marine insurance broker, general insurance agency principal, consultant, sales manager, and as Executive Marine Claims Examiner for major firms. See full resume at www.MarineExpertWitness.com

Mr. Jones created and taught several insurance, underwriting, and claims courses at two major insurance firms. He has delivered dozen of speaking presentations at regional and national venues for the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, National Association of Marine Surveyors, both of the Ft. Lauderdale & Tampa Bay Mariners Clubs the American Conference Institute Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims & Litigation, as well as creating numerous training videos and in-house workshops for major insurance firms. He is currently an active member of both NYC professional organizations - The Maritime Law Association of the United States and The Society of Maritime Arbitrators.

Litigation Support - James D. Jones provides expert witness, mediation, and arbitration services relating to both General and Maritime Exposures and available on both a national and international basis. His services are available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. He has recently testified successfully in 5 out of 5 complex maritime cases.

Mr. Jones is experienced in Marine and Vessel Insurance issues as well as general Personal and Business Exposures related to claims such as: Slips and Falls, Bodily Injury, Amputations, Scaring, Disfigurements, Death, Maritime Disability, Marine Insurance Terminology, Drilling Rigs, Tugs and Barges, Blue and Brown Water Vessels, Research Vessels, River and Ocean Maritime Exposures, US Coast Guard Rules of the Road, Ferries, RORO and Passenger Vessels, Crew Service Boats, Yachts, Pleasure Craft, Sailboats, Marine Exhibitions, Regattas, Special Maritime Events, Naval Battle Re-creations, Fishing Tournaments, Sea Scouts Organization events, and Vessel refurbishment and overhaul exposures.
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Michael C. Fagan, QEC
Qualified Elevator Consultant
1177 Branham Lane, Suite #292
San Jose CA 95118
USA
phone: 800-861-5269
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Michael Fagan, QEC, is a nationally recognized Elevator Consultant with over 50 years of industry experience in elevator Design, Construction, Modernization, Maintenance, and Repair.

As a Managing Partner at JSG Elevator, Mr. Fagan interfaces with Federal, State, and Local governmental agencies and universities, owner representatives, architects, managing agents, and elevator code authorities in the locations of operations, new product availability, and reliability research.

Mr. Fagan's background includes working with NASA, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, and the Veterans Administration on special projects, specifications for maintenance, repairs, and modernization. He has served as a National Elevator Industry Educational Program Instructor and is the author of numerous articles on elevator maintenance, modernization and repair for Building Operating and Management magazine.

Litigation Support - Michael Fagan has been a court approved Expert Witness for over 20 years. He has provided knowledgeable research and effective analysis in over 400 litigation cases and has been deposed over 200 times. Mr. Fagan provides litigation support, including mediation, investigation, and technical services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defendant, carriers, and manufacturers, in the areas of:
  • Construction Claims
  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Elevator Safety
  • Wrongful Death
  • Vertical Transportation
  • Safety Engineering
  • Risk Management
  • The demise of the hydraulic elevator was forecast with the introduction of the MRL traction elevator about 20 years ago; In spite of this new design conveyance, the hydraulic elevator is again beginning to thrive in the US market. The threat of replacement by the MRL traction elevator is now waning. Hydraulic elevators are still viewed by many within the industry as the best selection for many buildings, in most applications for travel of 50 feet and less, the hydraulic elevator will perform as well as a traction elevator. However, speed and travel is a limiting factor.