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Captain Arlen Leiner, MMS, AMS
MMS, AMS
6530 Fairway Gardens Dr.
Bradenton FL 34203
USA
phone: 800-782-2106
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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 40 years 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 expert evaluation of any vessel's value or seaworthiness. These situations can include:
  • Marine Surveys
  • Boating Accidents
  • Divorce Settlements
  • Insurance Settlements
  • Injury and Death
  • Damage Claims
  • Vessel Warranties
  • Product Liability
  • Manufacturing Faults
  • Claims Disputes
  • St. Petersburg / Tampa / Sarasota Office
    Florida
    727-647-7112
    Fort Lauderdale / Palm Beach Office
    Florida
    954-895-2628
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    William Dobson
    CMI, LPI, IAMI, Certified Marine Investigator
    540 Jackson Avenue
    Mandeville LA 70448
    USA
    phone: 985-626-1876
    fax: 985-626-3493
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    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.

    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 iami President's Award for Outstanding Achievement.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Maritime Policies and Procedures
  • Maritime Water Safety
  • Boat Accidents and Reconstruction
  • Boat Fires and Explosions
  • Air Boat Operations
  • Memberships & Affiliations:
  • International Association of Marine Investigators
  • Charter member of I.A.M.I. and serves on The Board of Directors for the United States
  • Member of American Boat and Yacht Council.
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    Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)
    P.O. Box 799
    Bedford TX 76095-0799
    USA
    phone: 817-571-7731
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    David E. Cole is a Retired USCG Commander with 20 years of service. Mr. Cole holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University of New Orleans, LA, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Transportation from the State University of New York Maritime College. Mr. Cole’s maritime consulting business is practiced Nationwide. He provides various consulting services in all areas of Maritime & Admiralty, for both Plaintiff & Defense. Mr. Cole is qualified to testify in both Federal and State Courts. His 20 years service as a US Coast Guard Officer, retiring as a Commander, enables him to thoroughly analyze maritime matters.

    Mr. Cole is a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Maritime Law Association of the US, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, American Boat & Yacht Council.

    Consulting Services Provided:
  • Personal Injury & death
  • Collisions
  • Allisions
  • Groundings
  • Regulatory Analysis
  • Jones Act
  • Navigation
  • Seamanship
  • Permitting
  • Bridges
  • General Maritime Safety
  • Offshore Oil Field
  • Vessel Access
  • Determination of Navigable Waters
  • Vessel Operations & Manning
  • OSHA Regulation
  • Legal Services Offered:
  • Litigation Support
  • Navigation Analysis
  • Vessel Inspections
  • Collision Analysis
  • Deposition Appearances
  • Research
  • Reports
  • Agency Liaison
  • Trial Appearances
  • Standards and Regulations
  • David Cole is Experienced in all Types of Vessels:
  • Recreational Boats
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Barges & Fishing Vessels
  • Tug Boats
  • Charter Vessels
  • Tank Ships
  • Passenger & Cargo Vessels
  • Towing Vessels
  • Crew & Supply Boats


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    James Allen
    President
    17976 April Lane
    Jupiter FL 33458
    USA
    phone: 561-575-1994
    fax: 561-575-1994
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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.

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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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    102 Legendre Dr.
    Slidell LA 70460
    USA
    phone: 985-781-2571
    G. Fred Liebkemann IV, PE, is a Mechanical Engineer and an experienced designer and analyst of heavy handling and construction equipment, oilfield drilling equipment & structures, and service vessels including liftboats & jackup rigs.

    Mr. Liebkemann is a qualified Crane Operator, Mechanic, and Rigger in accordance with API RP2D 7th edition. His current projects include investigation of crane, heavy equipment, and oilfield accidents, and the design of heavy machinery for various manufactures. Other areas of design experience include personnel access equipment such as manlifts, ladders, stairs, & scaffolding. Mr. Liebkemann's Marine Design experience includes hull structures, facilities, pumping & piping systems, propulsion & steering systems, and launching arrangements.

    Mr. Liebkemann has delivered presentations and lectures on inspection and damage assessment of crane structures for crane mechanics. Speaking engagement topics have also included new regulatory requirements and rule changes for crane mechanics and inspectors.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Liebkemann's services have been retained 134 times by attorneys in connection with accidents and disputes. Many of these cases are currently active. His services are retained several times per year by industrial and manufacturing clients to investigate major equipment failures. Available to counsel for both plaintiff and defendant, his services include accident investigations, site inspections, still and video photography, engineering design & failure analysis, preparation of drawings and scale models, reports, and testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Crane Design and Operations
    • Rigging
    • Forklift Operations
    • Amusement Ride Design
    • Manual Lifting Practices
    • Pile Driving Operations
  • Ladders & Scaffolds
  • Walking & Working Surfaces
  • Machine Guarding
  • Oilfield Drilling Equipment Design & Operations
  • Personnel Access Equipment Design and Operations
  • Liftboat Jackup Drilling Rig Design / Operations
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    Mitchell S. Stoller
    President
    21001 N. Tatum Blvd.
    Suite 1630-619
    Phoenix AZ 85050
    USA
    phone: 949-858-5475
    fax: 949-858-5477
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    Mitchell S. Stoller offers Consulting and Expert Witness services to Admiralty / Maritime Industry.
  • Experienced in testifying in Federal/State Court, Judicial Arbitration, Mediation Services.
  • Represented both Plaintiff and Defense in over 900 cases, including 52 trials.
  • Expertise covers issues relating to Blue/Brown water, Jet Skis, towing, super tankers, pleasure crafts, tugs & barges, maritime safety, safety environment, personal injury, slips & falls, fire fighting, chemical exposure, fumes, gas, & ergonomics.
  • Experience Summary:
  • Los Angeles Harbor Pilot: Piloted oceangoing vessels of any size, any gross tons, safely upon the waters of the Port of Los Angeles, to and from their berths and anchorages in accordance with local and national laws.
  • Captain at Exxon: Youngest Captain and holds an excellent vessel safety operational record.
  • Recent Accomplishments
  • Consultant to Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners
  • Featured speaker on International Safety Management (ISM) Code
  • Represented U.S. Coast Guard during administrative hearing regarding largest oil spill in Boston Harbor history.
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    David Smith
    Ph.D.
    2022 Liberty Heights
    Ann Arbor Michigan 48103
    United States
    phone: 2315470172
    fax: 231-547-0172 (Please Call First)
    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.

    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.
    David Smith, PhD
    Text for emergency rescue personnel on the theory and practical techniques of water rescue. Includes survival of the rescuer, as well as the victim. Illustrated.
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    Dr. Alan Steinman, MPH
    Consultant in Environmental Medicine
    4720 Cooper Point Rd NW
    Olympia WA 98502
    USA
    phone: 253-229-4088
    fax: 360-866-0715
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    Dr. Alan Steinman is an expert in Maritime Medicine with particular emphasis on Sea-Survival, Drowning and Hypothermia. He has served as Surgeon General and Director of Health and Safety for the U.S. Coast Guard, as medical advisor to the Coast Guard's Chief of Operations, and as rescue physician on numerous Coast Guard search and rescue missions. He has an international reputation in hypothermia and cold-water survival.

    Dr. Steinman is widely published in the field of environmental medicine, including a chapter on immersion hypothermia in a leading textbook of emergency medicine. His research into human cold-water immersion and hypothermia merited the prestigious Arnold D. Tuttle Award from the Aerospace Medicine Association. The results from his human hypothermia studies contributed to the basis of current U.S. Coast Guard cold-water survival time charts.

    Dr. Steinman is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine; he is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. His Doctor of Medicine degree is from the Stanford School of Medicine; his post-graduate medical training was at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    Dr. Steinman has experience in both federal and state courts serving as an expert witness in numerous cases involving sea-survival, drowning, and hypothermia.
    7/4/2002 · Aquatics Safety
    Immersion in cold water is a hazard for anyone who participates in recreational, commercial or military activities in the oceans, lakes, and streams of all but the tropical regions of the world. Recreational aquatic activities include swimming, fishing, sailing, power-boating, ocean kayaking, white-water rafting, canoeing, ocean-surfing, wind-surfing, water-skiing, diving, hunting and the use of personal water craft