Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, PhD, is a prominent scholar, practitioner, and entrepreneur, described by The International Herald Tribune as “a rising star in the counterterrorism community.” His career has focused on understanding how terrorist groups and other violent non-state actors (VNSAs) are changing the world, and helping governments and private clients fashion creative solutions to save lives and safeguard their interests.
Background Experience - Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is the founder and CEO of Valens Global and Valens Labs. He is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and an associate fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. Previous positions he has held include senior advisor to the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Community Partnerships, fellow with Google’s think tank Jigsaw, and adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program.
As a practitioner, some of Dr. Gartenstein-Ross' recent projects have included:
Litigation Support - Dr. Gartenstein-Ross has testified on his areas of core competency before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives over a dozen times, as well as before the Canadian House of Commons. He has also served as an expert witness on terrorism and sub-state violence in numerous federal legal cases, including criminal, civil, and asylum cases.
Dr. Gartenstein Ross on Russian Hacking in the U.S. on CNN News
Speaking Engagements - Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is frequently a featured speaker at events throughout the globe, including delivering keynote speeches at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Commander’s Conference, the University of Southern California’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and the Global Futures Forum. Other venues where he has spoken include the Royal United Services Institute (London), the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (Kazakhstan), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
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.
Roy G. Taylor is a current Chief of Police with over 40 years of experience in a wide-range of federal, state, local, and private criminal justice positions. Mr. Taylor specializes as an expert witness in Police Practices and Procedures and Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Current Positions:
Litigation Support - Mr. Taylor is called upon to analyze cases from both defense and plaintiff perspectives. His services include case review, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony as needed. Areas of Expertise:
Professional consultation for schools, attorneys and individuals. Court-qualified education administration, liability, school review and special education expert. More than 30 years experience in education. National practice.
DOCTORATE: Rutgers University - Education Administration.
MASTERS: College of NJ - Special Education. MASTERS: Franklin Pierce Law Center - Education Law.
LAWYERS - Document review. Case analysis, development and litigation support. Expert reports. Deposition and trial testimony. School evaluations and comparisons for matrimonial issues.
SCHOOLS - Liability and management assessments. Policy review and recommendations. Program review and development. Special seminars.
Timothy A. Dimoff, CPP, founder and president of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc. a leading security consulting firm, has over 40 years of experience in Law Enforcement and Security matters for both the public and private sectors. He is multi-certified in the security field and is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on negligent security procedures; security & vulnerability issues; police procedures and operations including use of force; high-risk workplace and human resource issues; narcotics investigations and enforcement.
Mr. Dimoff is board certified by ASIS as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP?) which is internationally recognized as the “gold standard” certification for security management professionals, demonstrating their knowledge and competency in seven key domains of security.
Litigation Support - Mr. Dimoff has over 20 years of experience in testifying and consulting as an expert witness in over 500 cases and trials for both the plaintiff and the defense sides. His expert witness experience includes law enforcement procedures, security negligence of business or physical premises, human resources issues, meeting standards of practice in hiring and termination, employment practices, proper documentation, training, supervision, policies and procedures, harassment, discrimination, internal investigations, threats and excessive use of force.
Mr. Dimoff is a renowned speaker, trainer, and author who has offered expert commentary to national media including Dateline, NBC, CNN, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of four books, including How to Recognize Substance Abuse, The YOU in Business, and Life Rage, a chilling examination of societal rage and safeguards against it.
Mr. Dimoff holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology from Denison University.
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Alan J. Robinson brings over 35 years of Security / Law Enforcement experience to the security, safety, fire safety, emergency management field. Mr. Robinson is a former Supervisor, Protection Services for Disney-ABC, Inc. in New York, where he coordinated the security of millions of dollars in equipment for both Reagan Presidential Inaugurations. While at Disney-ABC, he was credited with creating the first hostage negotiation training class after an incident at ABC News in Washington, D.C.
Background Experience: For the past 25 years, Mr. Robinson has been the Director of Protection and Security Services/Emergency Management for Atlantic Health System; a hospital system based in New Jersey where he manages: Public Safety and Security, Fire/Life Safety, Emergency Management, Investigations, and Special Events for a healthcare system that approximately 10 million square feet of physical plant and campus, spread throughout New Jersey.
Mr. Robinson directly and indirectly manages over one-hundred (100) security officers, investigators, fire safety officers, emergency management officers, and contract law enforcement officers. He has successfully navigated numerous external agency regulatory compliance surveys including those from the “Joint Commission,” State Department of Health, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, and New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism.
Litigation Support: Mr. Robinson has been retained to provide consultation, security analysis, and security expert witness testimony by plaintiff and defendant in a wide variety of civil suits. He is available to consult and testify in matters concerning:
Areas of Expertise
Workplace Violence Prevention and Investigation · Public Safety & Security · Emergency Management · Preventing Infant Abduction · Child Predator Protection · Narcotic Diversion Investigations · Multi-Facility Management · Asset Protection · Hospital Security · Continuous Process Improvement · Crisis Event Management
Virginia Rhodes, EdD has an extensive background in public schooling with over 35 years of experience in duty of care: teacher, principal, hiring, supervision, evaluation and instruction in K-12 settings. Her work in research, and as a school board member in a large district grounds her expertise in school policy and district and administrative function. As principal and policy-maker, Dr. Rhodes was known for her work in reclaiming failing high schools, including moving an Ohio high school from 8% passage on the state science test to 54.5% in 2 years, collaboratively, within a contractual environment. Dr. Rhodes provides expert witness research, reports & testimony for districts and law firms, representing both plaintiff and defense. Dr. Rhodes' services are available nationally and internationally, as she is culturally competent,traveling, presenting at conferences and observing schools. Previous cases have included student injury, & death, religious/race, disability discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual abuse, administrative supervision, teacher supervision, actions of paraprofessionals including teacher assistants, security guards, and school resource officers, as well as school evaluations & recommendations for domestic cases.
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R. Leslie Nichols, is a specialist in developing safety and security programs to protect children, under the care of organizations, from sexual abuse, violence, abduction and other forms of extreme threats and risks. He served for 22 years as the lead youth safety and facility expert for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which serves approximately 4 million youth at 4,000 sites located in dedicated and shared facilties on school-based sites, military bases, tribal lands, camps, public housing projects, parks and recreation facilities, community centers and churches. He has participated in numerous national initiatives for the reduction of child sexual abuse within organizations and is the past president of the National Coalition for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.
Mr. Nichols a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through ASIS International, has a Master of Science in Security Administration, holds certificates in Enterprise Risk Management and Emergency Response Planning,has been educated in terrorism and homeland security issues at the graduate level. He has been a licensed architect since 1982 and is experienced in applying "CPTED" and situational crime prevention.
Mr. Nichols has conducted safety-related consultations and presentations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Guam, the Philippines, and Japan. Most recently co-authored (along with Michael Dorn and Phuong Ngyuen,
Litigation Support - Mr. Nichols provides expert witness services in matters involving Safety, Security, and Risk Reduction in the care of school age children and teens. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant and includes strategies to prevent harm from:
Gregory D. Lilyhorn, BSCrJ, CFC, LPI, CPP, CAS, CHS-V - Accredited practitioner with extensive broad-based knowledge in management and consulting, with over forty years of diverse service and participation in Law Enforcement, Private Security and Emergency Management.
Substantial experience in various pubic and business sectors including commercial and residential properties and unique environments such as high-risk or high-profile properties including banks, high-rise buildings, hospitals, drug clinics, and homeless shelters. Trusted and knowledgeable with extensive and diverse contacts in national corporations, healthcare, commercial property, criminal justice, government, non-profits, law enforcement, legal, religious and educational fields.
Accredited court-qualified expert with “successful court case experience” in (premise liability and personal injury cases) offering formal reviews and detail written opinions on civil and criminal matters involving lengthy reviews of negligent property security or security responses. Practiced public speaker, knowledgeable and experienced educator, certified security professional and licensed instructor in police and private security training.
Core Specialties: Expert Witness Opinions, Security Management, Crime Risk Vulnerability Evaluations, Site or Operations Security Assessments, Crime Prevention Programs, H.R. Investigations, Case & Opinion Presentations/Reports, Source Intelligence, Law Enforcement Liaison, Public Speaking, Continuing Education Training, Business Crisis Preparedness-Response, Media Relations, and Complex Private Investigations.
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 the 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 during the Vietnam War.
David Wolowitz, JD is an Education Law Attorney with 40 years of extensive experience advising schools on the current and past standard of
care for protection of students from harm by other students, educators, and third parties.
Mr. Wolowitz advises independent schools nationwide and internationally on all aspects of risk prevention and crisis response, with a focus on promoting healthy relationships through the management and oversight of a healthy school culture. He is a pioneer in applying behavioral risk management concepts, including training on healthy teacher – student boundaries and the establishment of standards of conduct, to promote safe school cultures. He specializes in k-12 but also provides representation to churches, camps, and other organizations that work with children and vulnerable populations.
Litigation Support: Mr. Wolowitz has significant civil and criminal trial experience in federal and state trial and appellate courts in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He was an invited guest faculty member of the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School for 29 years.
Mr. Wolowitz has been qualified as an expert witness and testified on the adequacy of independent school policies, procedures, investigations, remediation, and training relating to the protection of students in multiple environments. He has served as an expert witness in cases in New Jersey, South Carolina, District of Columbia, Florida, and New York.
Areas of Expertise
Sherryll Kraizer, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert and author in child sexual abuse, bullying, special education, and child safety.
Background Experience - Dr. Kraizer was on the ground floor of the child abuse prevention field in the early ‘80s, working with the C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and founding the Coalition for Children. She has written articles, books and curricula that address recognition, prevention, and reporting of child abuse (including sexual, physical, emotional and neglect). She also has expertise in the areas of Title IX, bullying, school safety, special education, and duty to supervise in a wide variety of settings.
Working with schools, religious organizations, community groups, and treatment facilities, Dr. Kraizer has a deep and historically accurate understanding of the standard of care, policies and procedures, training, and supervision consistent with protecting children as they have evolved over time from the 1960's forward.
Dr. Kraizer has extensive experience in cases involving child abuse and bullying in youth-serving organizations and institutional settings (i.e. schools, churches, foster care, youth groups, daycare, treatment centers, residential facilities and hospitals), failure to properly train and supervise staff, failure to supervise children, child injury and death cases, abuse by teachers, clergy or staff members and child-on-child abuse. She is qualified to assess standard of care, policies, procedures, best practices and questions of negligence.
Litigation Support - Since 1992, Dr. Kraizer has worked nationally for plaintiffs and defendants alike. Understanding the issues on both sides, she is able to review your case and advise you on the strength of the evidence, areas for further discovery, deposition, and trial preparation. As a forensic expert, she can assist you in asking the right questions to make informed decisions about each case.
Dr. Kraizer has extensive experience in cases involving:
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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Daniel B. Kennedy, Ph.D., is FCA’s principal consultant and is Board Certified in Security Management. Dr. Kennedy has had extensive specialized training in various aspects of Criminal Behavior, Policing Operations, Corrections Operations, and Private Sector Security Management. He specializes in crime foreseeability issues, appropriate standards of care in the security industry, and analyses of the behavioral aspects of proximate causation.
Dr. Kennedy has testified in cases involving the appropriate standards of care for the use of deadly force, vehicle pursuits, emergency psychiatric evaluations, prisoner health care, prevention of prisoner suicide, positional asphyxia/excited delirium, and “suicide by cop.” He also evaluates numerous lawsuits concerning premises liability for negligent security in the private sector involving properties both in the U.S. and overseas.