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., is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on Security Procedures; Security & Vulnerability Assessments; Police Procedures, including Use of Force; High-Risk Workplace and Human Resource Issues; and Substance Abuse Issues.
He has over 30 years experience in security matters in both the public and private sectors. He is a renowned speaker, expert witness, trainer, and author appearing on national media including Dateline, NBC, CNN, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Dimoff is the author of six books, including How to Recognize Substance Abuse, The YOU in Business and Life Rage, a chilling examination of societal rage and safeguards against it.
Areas of Expertise: Security Policies and Procedures; Use of Force; Human Resource Issues; Police Procedures; High Threat and Security Vulnerability Analysis, Drugs and Substance Abuse; Law Enforcement Procedures.
Contact: Mart Saferin & Associates - 440-669-6325
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:
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.
Building Automation Expertise:
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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.
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.
John D. Foubert, PhD, is Dean of the College of Education at Union University, Principal of Dr. John D. Foubert, LLC, and serves as a Highly Qualified Expert for Sexual Assault Prevention for the U.S. Army. Dr. Foubert founded the national nonprofit organization, One in Four, an organization that worked for 20 years to apply research to rape prevention programs on college campuses, in communities, and in the military.
Experience: Dr. Foubert has 25 years of experience as a college administrator and Professor. He has published over 45 peer reviewed articles about topics including sexual violence in college, rape in the military, fraternities, rape trauma, bystander intervention, campus housing, and the harms of pornography. He has also testified before Congress, consulted with The White House, The Pentagon, and all 4 branches of the military. Dr. Foubert consults with colleges and the military regularly about the harms of pornography and how to end sexual violence. He has been featured in media including CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report.
Litigation Support: Dr. Foubert is an experienced expert witness, adept at explaining complex research and statistics. He is proficient with depositions, document review, and report writing. Dr. Foubert travels nationwide. Sample redacted reports available.