Michael J. Canaan, CPP CFLC is a Forensic Premises Liability Expert Witness with over 42 years of experience in military and civil law enforcement, as well as, corporate and private sector security and investigative positions.
Mr. Canaan is Board Certified in Security Management by the American Society for Industrial Security, International. ASIS is the largest professional security practitioner association with over 38,000 members worldwide, of which only 2200 have received this prestigious certification. Mr. Canaan is also a Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant with the Forensic Expert Witness Association.
Mr. Canaan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University.
Assignments have taken him from the Bering Sea to Southeast Alaska, across Canada and the United States, to countries in Central and South American in case venues ranging from educational settings, amphitheaters and stadiums, nightclubs and sports bars, ships, casinos, retail environments, food processing facilities, malls, and shopping centers.
Those assignments typically have involved evaluating failure to meet best practices, duty or standard of care in areas such as hiring, training, supervision, policies and procedures, staffing, and technology in cases ranging from allegations of voyeurism, violation of privacy, improper installation of security infrastructure or systems, inadequate security, excessive force, threats, intimidation, harassment, assaults, rape, robbery, shootings, and homicide.
Of the 25+ expert cases worked, 80 percent have been for the defense, with testimony experience in deposition and at trial.
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 a certified instructor in related disciplines and maintains active membership in numerous professional associations. View Michael Canaan's Consulting Profile.
Michael S. D’Angelo, CPP, CSC,CHPA is the founder of Secure Direction Consulting, LLC. He has been in the public safety and private security industries for over 25 years.
Background - Before transitioning into security management, Mr. D’Angelo was a Police Captain, serving 23 years with the South Miami Florida Police Department. During his law enforcement career, he served in a variety of specialized units and gained significant managerial experience as a supervisor, middle manager, and senior commanding officer. Upon transitioning to the private security profession, Mr. D’Angelo was hired as the Corporate Security Manager for Baptist Health South Florida, where he served as an internal consultant for security and emergency preparedness to six hospitals and a multitude of outpatient/non- hospital facilities. D'Angelo achieved both Board Certification in Security Management (CPP) and Board Certification in Security Consulting (CSC). Expanding his expertise in the healthcare sector, he went on to achieve both the Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) and Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) designations.
Litigation Support - Michael S. D’Angelo provides forensic litigation support for cases involving security negligence and premises liability. Mr. D'Angelo's services include case review, expert testimony, and consultation on security standards and best practices. *Please contact for Mr. D'Angelo's CV.
Victor Lofgreen, PhD has over 30 years of experience and education in the fields of Corrections and Community Development. He is a prison and jail consultant who conducts cases analysis and develops reports to support litigation on prison and jail issues. Experience - Dr. Lofgreen has served as the CEO of a State Adult Correctional Institution and the Division Chief of a State Planning Agency for Corrections. He has authored numerous professional papers and articles on topics within his area of expertise as well as Agency Policy and Procedure Manuals and training materials. Litigation Support - Dr. Lofgreen's expertise is in Jail and Prison Policy and Procedures related to the standard of care for inmates by local, State, and Federal correctional agencies. His services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defendant and include case review, case study and data analysis, report of Expert Opinion based on the evidence included in the case study, deposition, and trial testimony as needed. Areas of Expertise:
James A. Francis, CPP, CFSO, has over 30 years of experience in the Security Profession, spanning both government and industry. Mr. Francis started his security profession as a Special Agent with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He later managed the security and safety program for a major division of Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Inc. He capitalized on this broad expertise during his tenure at T&M Protection Resources and Kroll where he achieved the position of Senior Vice President at both companies. Both in his current role as President & Chief Consultant at LFJ Consulting Services, and in his previous roles, he has been responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of complete security programs. He has managed both a contract and proprietary guard force, developed and implemented security policies and procedures, developed and conducted security awareness training programs, and developed and implemented emergency procedures and evacuation plans.
Litigation Support - Mr. Francis provides leadership to LFJ Consulting Services on its broad range of offerings in the areas of expert services, litigation support, security, and crisis management. LFJ was established to serve Fortune 500 companies, law firms, schools, commercial real estate, governments and the security community. Services are offered to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant and include written reports, depositions, and trial testimony.
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John Hatcher is an industry leader in Building Systems Engineering including, Security, Building Automation Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Intelligent Building Concepts and Commissioining. He has worked on some of the most prestigious facilities in the world including the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Russia, India and Southeast Asia.
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THOMAS P. PREVAS is President of General Security Consultants, Inc.(GSC), located in Connecticut. Prior to starting GSC, Inc., Mr. Prevas was a Senior Consultant with ITT-Hartford, where he was involved with the development and administration of the Corporate Security Program country wide and in Canada, providing underwriting management with risk evaluation and risk improvement services for commercial accounts with complex security exposures, and consulting on losses, claims investigations and staff training.
GSC specializes in Protection Evaluations and Planning for a wide range of clients that require advanced technical knowledge and analytical skills within the security field, and expert witness services and causal analysis for losses related to crime. GSC specializes in protection evaluations and planning for the insurance industry and a wide range of commercial clients. The company offers advanced technical knowledge and analytical skills to identify security exposures and develop innovative, cost-effective solutions. GSC also provides expert witness services and causal analysis on losses related to security, security liability and fire detection systems and monitoring. GSC provides litigation consulting services to several of the country's largest and most prestigious law firms, and has testified in many of the largest and most complicated cases involving electronic security systems and monitoring, physical security, fire protection systems and monitoring, serious injury and death.
Gary Deel, Ph.D., J.D. has 10 years of experience in executive-level positions in the hospitality industry and 10 years of experience teaching hospitality management and law curriculum for some of the nation's top hotel schools.
Dr. Deel holds both a Ph.D. in Hospitality and a J.D. in Law, so he understands the nuances of expert witness testimony from the perspective of attorney strategy. He has also worked in a variety of different hospitality industry capacities including operations, sales, security and risk management, training and administration, and others. His services are available to help attorneys make the strongest possible arguments for clients in hospitality-related cases. Dr. Deel offers expert witness services nationwide in the areas of:
Gregory D. Lilyhorn, BSCrJ, CFC, CCI, SSI, CAS, CHS-III, has an extensive and distinguished history of service and participation in Law Enforcement, Private Corporate Security and Emergency Management.
An accredited security practitioner with over forty years of diverse broad-based experience in security management and law enforcement. Substantial experience in various corporate and contract environments. Detailed and results oriented with a highly intuitive ability to manage and mitigate security risks in an ever changing, highly regulated and challenging environment.
•Accomplished security and investigative consultant contracted by fortune 500 companies and law firms. Licensed and bonded as a security manager, security consultant and private investigator.
• Accomplished court-qualified expert witness with “successful case experience” in having successfully reviewed and offered formal opinions on civil and criminal matters involving lengthy reviews of negligent property security or in assets protection. Demonstrated learning agility in remaining current in subject matter expertise.
• Accomplished public speaker and educator, state licensed instructor in police and private security training. Listed in the prestigious Marquis Who's Who Directory which is a listing for colleges, universities, and public library directories world-wide in recognizing highly knowledgeable individuals in varying areas of professional expertise.
• Accomplished innovator experienced in managing multiple projects simultaneously, including large projects as well as smaller end-to-end projects. GSA Certification as Contracting Officer's Representative with specialties in government contracted security guard and physical security operations of high-risk public facilities.
Core Specialties: Security Programs Management for Unique Environments or Requirements | Security Contracts Management | Expert Witness - Loss, Damage or Injury | Special Investigations | Crisis Response-Business Continuity | Crime Prevention/Workplace Violence Internal-External Risks | Physical Security Surveys and Risk Assessments | Training and Instruction Classes
Corporate Security Background - Mr. Lilyhorn served in corporate security for Tenet Healthcare Corp., one of the nation's largest for-profit healthcare organizations, where he was responsible for corporate security strategy, programs, and support of operations. Some of his most pressing duties were in the protection of newborn infants from kidnapping and in fraud, drug and identity/records theft investigations. While employed with the Tenet, he was also involved in massive evacuation operations for the 2008 Houston Texas Hurricane Ike and in the 2005 Hurricane Katrina and Rita disaster response operations for five seriously damaged hospitals.
Law Enforcement Background - Mr. Lilyhorn has also had a successful law enforcement career covering thirty years of practical state and federal law enforcement experience, finishing out his career as a Senior Federal Law Enforcement & Security Specialist with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Federal Protective Services being honorably retired after twenty years of federal law enforcement service in 2004.
Military Background - Gregory is a proud patriot and decorated veteran having served in the United States Air Force Security Police in Southeast Asia being honorably discharged in 1974 after being involved in a military police action.
Howard Levinson, CPP has been in the Security field for over 37 years. As the President of Expert Security Consulting, his firm provides services such as Risk and Vulnerability Assessments and Surveys and Security System Designs of new and existing private and public facilities. His diversified experience in Security has included Education Complexes, Banking, Retail, Commercial, Industrial, Distribution, Home Crime prevention, Investigations, and other related areas. Mr. Levinson has performed or directed consultations at over 200 client locations. Mr. Levinson has been a Security Expert Witness for over 26 years. He assists attorneys in preparing for liability cases and provides expert witness and forensic testimony in cases involving security and premise liability issues. Representing both Plaintiff and Defense, he has either consulted or testified in over 50 cases. He is available to provide clear, concise reports with documentation for all investigation requirements. Areas of Expertise Include: