Smith Aquatic Safety Service (SASS) was created in 1981, upon Dr. Smith's retirement from 25 year's service in the U.S. Coast Guard, to provide aquatic safety training. At retirement Dr. Smith was Chief, 2nd Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, St. Louis, MO, responsible for all federal boating safety activities in 15 primary states.
Litigation Support - In 1981 Dr. Smith first testified as an expert. Both aspects of SASS have grown markedly, with Dr. Smith being retained in hundreds of legal cases, for plaintiff and defense while also training thousands of aquatic safety/rescue personnel. He has been qualified in numerous state and federal court cases as a boating accident reconstructionist.
SASS provides consultation and related services to law firms in aquatics cases, plus water rescue and boating safety training seminars for fire, police, lifeguarding and EMS providers throughout North America.
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Jim Allen provides litigation support for Boating Accidents involving the operation, maintenance, navigation of vessels, and dock safety. His experience encompasses the operation of vessels, both commercial and recreational in and upon the high seas, inland waterways, western rivers, inland lakes and rivers.
Jim Allen has thirty years of experience in the U S Coast Guard. Directly and indirectly involved in thousands of search and rescue cases. Conducted investigations when necessary, as well as inspected and issued citations for pleasure boats, commercial vessels, marinas, chemical facilities, bridges, tow boats and barges. Jim Allen has 23 years experience serving as a consultant and expert witness in litigation support for both plaintiff and defendant throughout the United States.
David B. Spiegler, CCM has more than 45 years of proven experience in providing expertise across a broad spectrum of activities involving Meteorology, Climatology, and the Environment. Since the 1980s, he has provided expert analysis for more than 50 law firms and insurance companies on weather related legal and/or insurance claims. Mr. Spiegler has worked on cases in a number of states and has testified in district and superior courts, at arbitration hearings, and at environmental regulatory hearings. He has always been found to be qualified by the court.
Mr. Spiegler's cases range from slip and fall accidents, to motor vehicle, aircraft, and boating accidents, wrongful death and homicide, as well as cases for which damage to – or loss of – property from wind , snow, heavy rain, flooding, and ocean waves occurred. For many cases, he visited the site of the event and evaluated the physical and terrain factors. For all cases, he acquired, analyzed, and interpreted the weather data, reconstructed the weather at the time and location of the event/incident and/or damage or loss, and provided expert opinion and rationale for the opinion.
Wm. H. "Bill" Dobson is a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force, retired Lt. Colonel, Commander of the Special Operations Division of the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office, with more than 30 years of public service. He is the cofounder and President of Applied Marine Technology, Inc., a consulting company incorporated in 1986 that specializes in Marine Accident Investigations and Reconstruction, headquartered in Louisiana with affiliates in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Rhode Island, Mass, Arkansas, Oregon and Florida.
Litigation Support - Mr. Dobson is a court-accepted expert in Marine Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, Boating Safety, Navigation, Search and Rescue,Personal Watercraft Off Throttle Steering, and Air Boat Operations, in numerous Federal and State jurisdictions. He serves as Executive Director of S.E.L.S.A.R., Southeast Louisiana Search and Rescue organization, which comprises more than 140 Federal, State, and Local governmental and private agencies.
Mr. Dobson served as a member of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice. He is the holder of the Airmen's Medal for heroism from the U. S. Air Force, was named the Law Officer of the Year by Kiwanis International, and is the holder of Outstanding Achievement Awards by the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association and the National Association for Search and Rescue. Mr. Dobson was selected as an Honored Member of WHO'S WHO in Law Enforcement for 1991 and was the 2003 recipient of the I.A.M.I. President's Award for Outstanding Achievement.
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Captain Arlen Leiner, MMS, AMS is an Accredited Marine Surveyor, Master Marine Surveyor, and has an engineering degree from the University of Toledo. He is trained for MARPOL, SOLAS, and IMO. He has performed Marine Surveys and Inspections in Florida, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, nation, and worldwide( including Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America as well as Asia a. He is considered an expert in the marine inspection industry. In his 48years surveying boats and other watercraft, Capt. Leiner has provided expert witness testimony in marine litigation involving vessels of any size or type. This includes numerous depositions and trials in state and federal court, with each damage and casualty survey prepared so that findings can be defended in the court of law. Capt. Leiner is qualified to analyze evidence, form a professional opinion, and communicate his findings to a jury. Capt. Leiner's services are necessary for litigation in many different situations, requiring an expert evaluation of any vessel's value or seaworthiness. These situations can include:
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