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Michael J. Canaan, CPP CFLC
President
Post Office Box 5909
Kent WA 98064-5909
United States of America
phone: (253) 852-7000
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Michael J. Canaan, CPP CFLC is a Forensic Security Management Expert Witness with over 40 years of experience in Military and Civil Law Enforcement, Corporate and Private Investigation professions. He has conducted investigative, security risk and threat assessment services throughout North America, to include Alaska and Canada, as well as, several countries in Central and South America for individuals and corporations in residences, educational settings, on corporate campuses, and large venue events.

Mr. Canaan provides forensic security management expert services in three categories:

SECURITY: premises liability; inadequate security; negligent hiring and retention; inadequate supervision and training; excessive or improper use-of-force; foreseeability; security policies and procedures; targeted violence mitigation and violence risk management; executive protection.

DETECTION CANINE OPERATIONS: methodology; deployment; training.

INVESTIGATIONS: internal investigations; employee misconduct; due diligence; stalking; threat analysis; surveillance; covert video; personal injury and worker’s compensation insurance fraud.

In June 1997, the American Society for Industrial Security awarded Mr. Canaan the security profession's highest recognition of practitioners, the Certified Protection Professional. This Board Certification in Security Management is based upon experience and passage of examination that provides an objective measure of an individual's broad-based knowledge and competency in security management.

In July 2015, Mr. Canaan was awarded the Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant credential by the Forensic Expert Witness Association denoting that he has met the eligibility criteria in the completion of numerous educational courses in the subjects of forensic analysis, ethics, testimony, litigation consulting and expert witnessing.

Since 1991, Mr. Canaan has served as President of Trident Investigative Service, Inc. He is a former Washington Certified Police Officer and Narcotics Detector Dog Handler.

Mr. Canaan is certified instructor in related disciplines and maintain active membership in numerous professional associations. BA in Criminal Justice.

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Restaurant and Hospitality Expert
941 Kanuga Rd
Hendersonville NC 28739
USA
phone: 561-309-2298
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David Rutecki's career spans 35 years of Restaurant and Hospitality related experience. Working in more than 20 restaurants and involved in the opening of more than a dozen, he has worked every position possible within this industry.

Mr. Rutecki currently owns and operates Mountain Deli in Hendersonville, recently garnering the 2016 Blue Ridge Growth Award. He is a Member of the North Carolina and National Restaurant Associations.

Mr. Rutecki has been invloved in the opening of the following selected restaurants:
  • Fancy’s Food and Wine, Gourmet Shop, Coral Gables, South Miami & Grove Isle, Fl.
  • Susie’s Bagels, Breakfast Restaurant, South Miami, Fl.
  • Pizzaria Uno, Full Service Restaurant, Miami, Fl.
  • Baystreet, Full Service Seafood Restaurant, Miami, Fl.
  • Rusty Pelican, Upscale Seafood, Key Biscayne, Miami, Fl.
  • Gatsby’s, Upscale Billiards and Cigar Bar, Boca Raton, Fl.
  • Maxwell’s Chophouse, Upscale Steakhouse, Boca Raton, Fl.
  • Mountain Deli, Delicatessen, Downtown Hendersonville, NC
Litigation Support - David Rutecki offers expert witness and litigation support for restaurant related issues in Western North Carolina. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Restaurant and Kitchen Design, Menu Development
  • Food Safety and Sanitation
  • Bar Operations & Liquor Liability
  • Safety & Security - Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Concept Development & Restaurant Start Up, Partnership Issues
  • Daily Operations & Management, Employee & Staffing Issues
  • Retail Operations
  • Work Flow Planning
  • Staff & Mgmt Training Programs & Handbooks
  • Site Selection and Development
  • Business Plan Development
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Dennis P. Gemberling, CHA, CFBE, FMP, FCSI
President and Founder
One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, Suite 3600
San Francisco CA 94105
USA
phone: 800-580-3950
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Dennis Gemberling PhotoDennis Gemberling, CHA, CFBE, FMP, FCSI, President and Founder of Perry Group International, has over 35 years of experience in the Hospitality Management industry. His experience includes managing, operating, and consulting on full-service, limited-service, extended-stay, all-suite, condo and timeshare hotels and resorts, casual, fine-dining, and quick-service restaurants, bars and nightclubs, catering and special event facilities, casinos, and mixed-use real estate.

Mr. Gemberling has held prior positions for different owners, operators, and chains as Senior Vice President, General Manager, Director of Food & Beverage, and Restaurant Unit Manager. He has been retained on over 400 projects with typical values in the $1 million to $75 million range and revenues in the $1 million to $100 million range both nationally and internationally.

His many clients have include among others Biscuits & Blues, Cantina’s, Chevy’s, Choice Hotels, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inns, Hilton, Holiday Inns, Hooter’s Casino, Hyatt, Marriott, McDonald’s, Microtel Inn & Suites, Outback Restaurants, Radisson, Residence Inns, Signature Resort, Sizzler, Sonic Drive-Ins, Starbucks, Starwood, Sheraton, Togo’s, Wendy’s, and Willie Mays Skybox Lounge.

Litigation Support: Dennis Gemberling is a Certified Hotel Administrator, Certified Food and Beverage Executive, Certified Foodservice Management Professional, and Certified Food Safety Manager. He offers expert witness services to attorneys for plaintiff and defendant cases on a variety of Hospitality-related claims. He is a Professional Member of Foodservice Consultants Society International and the Forensic Expert Witness Association. Mr. Gemberling also provides expertise as a Court Appointed Receiver and Interim Property Manager and is currently the Past President and a Board of Director for the California Receivers Forum – Bay Area Chapter.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Management & Operations
  • Income Analysis & Valuation
  • Employment, Hiring & Labor Issues
  • Lost Profits & Future Earnings
  • Customs & Trade Practices
  • Planning & Feasibility
  • Upkeep & Maintenance
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Standards of Care
  • Franchise & Management Contracts
  • Safety & Security
  • Contractor & Entertainment Use
  • Food & Alcoholic Beverage Handling
  • Costs & Economic Impact
  • Procurement & Purchasing
  • Landlord / Tenant, Operator & HOA Issues
  • Discrimination & Harassment
  • Construction or FF&E Problems
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    Joel Feigenheimer, PhD
    Hospitality / Restaurant Consultant
    Hollywood FL USA
    phone: 561-212-0206
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    Joel Feigenheimer, PhD is an industry expert with over 35 years of experience related to the Restaurant and Hospitality field. A graduate of the Cornell Hotel School, he holds an MBA in Hospitality and a PhD in Business from Northcentral University (attained 2018). Dr. Feigenheimer has been named the National Association of Concessionaires Eminent Scholar at The Chaplin School of Hospitality at Florida International University.

    For the past three decades, Dr. Feigenheimer has served as both an entrepreneur and director for an International restaurant firm. He has corporate, independent, and franchise restaurant experience. Over his career he has consulted on three continents, excelled in the corporate environment, been a successful entrepreneur, and met thousands of industry leaders.

    Currently on the faculty at Florida International University, he teaches Restaurant and Hospitality Management to tomorrow's hospitality leaders. His courses include Purchasing and Menu Planning, Concepts of Food and Beverage, Sustainability, Cost Control, Introductory Management Concepts, and Project Management, among others.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Feigenheimer provides nationwide expert testimony relating to Food Service and Hospitality Operations. He has direct experience not only as a "legal expert" but also as an operational expert. This enables him to explain cases in a manner that juries understand, easy going yet direct and effective. Dr. Feigenheimer's services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Contractual Obligations
    • Restaurant Lease Issues
    • Restaurant Employee Concerns
    • Food Safety
    • Vendor Disputes
  • Hospitality Business Law
  • Food Service Management
  • Operator Liability
  • Liquor Liability / Dram Shop
  • Slip and Fall
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    Dr. Richard Parent, DABT, FATS, RAC, ERT
    President
    PO Box 1239
    Damariscotta ME 04543
    USA
    phone: 207-563-2300
    fax: 207-563-8990
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    Richard Parent Toxicology Expert PhotoSince 1984, Dr. Richard Parent has been providing consultations and testimony for both plaintiff and defense and has testified in local, state and federal courts around the country. He has lectured and continues to lecture on causation related to toxic exposures. He is board Certified in Toxicology by the American Board of Toxicology and the Academy of Toxicological Science and is also Regulatory Affairs Certified and a recognized expert in Toxicology in the European community. Dr. Parent sits on several editorial boards of toxicology journals and has over one hundred peer-reviewed publications and abstracts.

    In addition to litigation support, Dr. Parent has been been heavily involved in Product Safety programs including Toy Safety, and other programs related to consumer products and drugs. Further, he is involved in the REACH program in helping chemical companies to be compliant with pending European legislation and has been helping Toy manufacturers with a pro-active program of Toy Safety.

    Recent litigation activities have included sampling and health evaluation of over one thousand persons living next to a PCB and dioxin contaminated site in Mississippi, occupational evaluation of workers involved in the production of PVC, with specific emphasis on clinical tests to identify possible early stages of liver cancer and health surveys, blood testing and clinical evaluation of those exposed to Dioxins from Creosote sites. These massive projects have involved team efforts involving a physician, a toxiclogist, phlebotomists and nursing assistance.

    Individual Legal Cases Include:
    • Benzene
    • Diesel Fumes
    • Smoking
    • Sulfur Dioxide
    • RADS
    • Trichloroethylene
    • Vinyl Chloride
    • Manganese and Parkinsonism
  • Welding Fumes
  • Lindane
  • Ammonia
  • Formaldehyde
  • PPA
  • Ephedra
  • Hexavalent Chromium and Dioxin exposure at Creosote sites
  • 4/20/2012 · Toxicology
    Benzene is a highly volatile aromatic hydrocarbon solvent which is present in most petroleum distillates such as Stoddard solvent and mineral spirits. Recent advances in the purification process for these solvents has reduced the benzene content significantly, but it is still present in products such as WD-40 and Liquid Wrench as well as many solvents used in the printing industry and elsewhere.

    12/23/2011 · Toxicology
    Lead is ubiquitous in our environment. It used to be contained in gasoline but has now been replaced. It has been used in pipes, ceramic glazes, paints, and solder, among other sources. Exposure can be oral through ingestion of food or water or by inhalation from lead-containing dust or dirt.

    9/20/2011 · Toxicology
    Cocaine users may exhibit behavioral deficits. These include deficits in attention, learning, memory, executive function, and response speed.

    7/13/2011 · Toxicology
    Methadone is an opioid thought to act by decreasing release of neurotransmitters in the brain resulting in respiratory suppression and, in some cases, death.

    2/4/2011 · Toxicology
    CRUDE OIL is a complex mixture of chemicals, some volatile and some water soluble.

    Most creosote mixtures that are used today are byproducts of the petroleum industry or coal gasification processes. They are mixtures of several hundreds of chemicals mostly polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) but contain a host of other chemicals including complex heterocyclic compounds

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    Dr. Richard Stripp, PhD
    Toxicologist
    ToxiConsult Division
    132 Cove Road
    Huntington NY 11743
    USA
    phone: 877-222-6851
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    Richard Stripp, PhD, is a nationally recognized expert in Toxicology providing services in all aspects of a Clinical and Forensic Toxicology. He has served as an expert consultant in 100’s of cases in the field of toxicology and pharmacology for attorneys, investigators, and physicians involved in forensic and clinical toxicological evaluations associated with ethanol, drugs of abuse, prescription medications and chemical exposure.

    Dr. Stripp provides unbiased expert case reviews involving drug effect on human performance, toxicity of iatrogenic/ therapeutic agents, lead and other toxic metals, carbon monoxide and environmental/occupational hazards. These services include, impartial evaluations involving drug impairment, overdose, toxic chemical exposure, medical issues associated with drug therapy, poisoning, and the role of drugs, alcohol, or chemical exposure in civil and criminal litigation. This covers a full breath of forensic medical-legal cases including:
    • Analytical Toxicology and Laboratory Operations
    • Review and Interpretation of Toxicology Reports
    • Assessment of Impairment and the Role of Drugs/Alcohol in fatalities, accidental injury, overdose, MVA / DWI / DUI, criminal and civil litigation
    • Insurance Claims
    • To Serve as an Expert Witness: Experienced in Depositions and Court testimony
      • Forensic Toxicology Case Reviews
      • Litigation Support
      • Workers' Compensation
      • DUI/DWI
      • Drug and Alcohol Effects
      • Pharmacology Evaluations
      • Environmental/Occupational Chemicals & Toxic Chemical Exposure
      • Interpretation of Analytical Results and Drug Testing Cases
      • Continuing Education and Lectures
      • Chemical and Product Safety