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Our Premises Liability Group includes Architects, Fire/Explosion Investigators, and Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Agricultural and Electrical Engineers, with support from Materials, Visibility, Human Factors, Meteorological, Environmental, Recreational/ Amusement, and Police/Criminal Experts.

These experts offer comprehensive investigations involving the design, construction, operation and maintenance of residential, commercial, institutional, government, industrial, and manufacturing facilities. Our experts also provide guidance with respect to “Open and Obvious” conditions and "Intentional Tort," and the application of these legal doctrines to specific incidents. Common cases include: slips, trips, and falls; water intrusion; manual and automatic doors; shelving, displays, and falling materials; A & E professional liability; fires and explosions; warning signs; occupational and environmental hazards; recreational and amusement facilities liability; adequate illumination; ADA compliance; electrical defects; building equipment defects and damage; elevators and escalators; stairs, platforms, decks, and docks; security procedures; work zone safety.

 

Premises Liability Experts
CV Abstracts

Paul Albanese, ASGCA
Golf Course Design Management Expert
Mr. Albanese has more than 15 years experience involving golf course design, construction, management, operations, and maintenance; resort master plans; clubhouse planning; residential planning; public park planning; practice facilities; ski mountainside design; maintenance crew management; mowing operations; permitting and financing; turfgrass science; landscape architecture; golf course grading and draining; and brownfield design.   

Paul is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects; the Publinx Golf Association; the Donald Ross Society; the Special Olympics Habitat for Humanity; and the Harvard University Alumni Association.
 
David A. Bade, PE
Civil Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan
Mr. Bade has more than 35 years experience involving building construction including water intrusion; work zone safety; building site plans and permits; bid specifications; field construction supervision; site development; soils; wetland and floodplains review; utilities installation; drainage; docks; traffic control; environmental assessments; and reinforced concrete structures.

Dave is a member of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) and NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers).  He has extensive experience with MIOSHA (Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations with respect to underground construction; building construction; construction safety/code compliance; and construction equipment and tools operation, maintenance, and safety.
 
Daniel E. Barker
Mechanical and Industrial Expert
Mr. Barker has more than 35 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer.  His experience includes mechanical system malfunctions and defects; product failures; industrial equipment electrical and mechanical safety incidents, including OSHA and UL listing requirements; assembly of aircraft flight instruments; design and testing of high volume production automotive engine components; water and air treatment systems; home appliance design, including refrigerators and vacuums.  Dan is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a Residential Builders License in Michigan.
 
James E. Barnhart, PE
Civil Engineer and Bridge Expert
Licensed Engineer in Ohio, West Virginia
Mr. Barnhart has more than 35 years experience as a Civil Engineer with over 25 of these years specializing as a highway and bridge investigator and inspector.  His experience includes the design, construction, repair, maintenance, inspection, and demolition of highways and bridges, including all aspects of masonry and concrete technology.

Jim is a member of the American Concrete Association; the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers; the Engineers Club of Columbus; and the American Association of State Highway Engineers.
 
Douglas B. Baumgarten, CHFD, CMES, CPES
Exercise and Fitness Expert
Mr. Baumgarten has more than 30 years experience in exercise and fitness, including recreational facilities, design, operation, and maintenance; exercise equipment; codes and standards; sports risk management; incident reconstruction; warnings liability; supervision liability; standard of care liability; personal coaching/training; fitness testing; and instructor training.

Doug is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the International Association of Fitness Professionals.  He is also a Certified Health/Fitness Director, and a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, and a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist.  Doug serves as Editorial Columnist for Boardroom Magazine and as an Advisory Board Member for Fitness Management Magazine.  He is a four time winner of Boardroom Awards' Excellence in Achievement Award as top Fitness Company/ Consultant.  Doug enjoys weight training, competitive baseball, golf, skiing, cycling/racing, running, hiking.
 
Mike Baumgartner
Ten Expert
Mr. Baumgartner has more than 10 years experience in tent operations.  His experience includes the layout, installation, repair, maintenance, inspection, and tear-down of tents, with sizes ranging up to approximately 10,000 square feet.

Mike has been contracted by Eureka Tent Co. to train tent customers in the proper methods to safely set and dismantle large tents - including their safe usage during adverse weather conditions.
 
Steve Bernheim, BCFE, ACFE, CPCM
Sports and Recreation Expert
Mr. Bernheim has more than 25 years experience as a sports and recreation consultant and has testified in more than 300 litigation cases in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.  Steve has served as an expert in a variety of sports injury negligence suits against schools, recreational facilities and amusement parks involving faulty equipment, improper supervision, poor facilities, non-adhearance to codes and standards, and human error.

Steve is a member of the Academy of Certified Consultants and Experts; the American College of Forensic Examiners; the American Board of Forensic Examiners; the ASTM Playground Surface Committee; the ASTM Playground Equipment Committee; the ASTM Hockey Equipment Certification Council; the National Recreation and Parks Association; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness; the National Association for Sport and Physical Education; the International Recreational Go Kart Association; the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officers; the New England Ice Skating Managers Association; the Recreation Safety Institute; the National Safety Council; the National Safety Management Society; the ASTM Mini Playground Committee; and the ASTM F8 Sports Facility and Equipment Committee. 

Steve has also given several dozen sports and recreation related presentations to various bar associations and has published a book dealing with games for the disabled entitled "The Road to Glory."

Paul R. Bladdick, FASSE, MP; Master Plumber Expert

Mr. Bladdick has over 40 years experience as first a Plumber Apprentice, then a Journeyman Plumber, and, finally a Master Plumber. His expertise includes plumbing codes and standards; fuel gas explosions; backflow device testing; plumbing technical training; plumbing construction management; welding technologies; combination and mixing valves; sewer design and control; and fire protection systems.

Paul is a Member of The American Society of Sanitary Engineering, The American Backflow Prevention Association, The Canadian Standards Associations (B-64 committee), The Michigan Backflow Prevention Association (President 2000 – 2009), The American Society of Plumbing Engineers, The National Fire Protection Association, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and several code development associations.

 
Dr. Theron Blickenstaff, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Medical, Occupational, and Environmental Expert
Dr. Blickenstaff has almost 20 years experience related to environmental, occupational, and industrial health and safety, including chemical exposure; premature mortality assessments; indoor air quality (Sick Building Syndrome); mold; disability and worker fitness-for-duty assessments; worker sensitivities; epidemiology; cancer causation; risk assessments; and MSDS’s.

Theron is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FACOEM), a member of the Tennessee College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine.
He has provided support for Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability, toxic tort, and product and premises liability cases.  His involvement has included review of records, verbal and written reports, affidavits, depositions, and expert testimony.
 
 
Gregory L. Boso, PE;
Civil Engineer

Licensed Engineer in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia
Mr. Boso has over 35 years experience in potable water, wastewater, and storm water; culverts; landslides; foundations; hydrologic and hydraulic analyses; flood plain management; water collection, pumping, treatment, distribution, and storage; residential, commercial, and industrial site development; blasting; transportation engineering; building construction; building code administration and enforcement; building inspections; trusses and sheathing; fences; hazardous materials; construction project resident engineering; fire fighting and training; and emergency vehicle operation.

Greg is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Member of The National Society of Professional Engineers, The National Academy of Forensic Engineers, The International Code Council, and The American Society of Civil Engineers; and is a West Virginia Certified Home Inspector.
 
Arthur M. Brate, PE;
Agricultural Engineer
Water drainage; hydrology; site development; environmental planning; flood control; dams; channels; levees; surface and subsurface water flows; agricultural and urban drainage problems; field topographic surveys; erosion control structures; construction inspection; land improvement; soil and water conservation; soil bio-engineering; damaged streams; hypoxia; grassed waterways; automated control structures.
 
Larry C. Brown. PhD
Agricultural Engineer
Mr. Brown has more than 20 years experience involving agriculture and farm equipment, materials, and operations.  His expertise includes land drainage, erosion control, irrigation methods, soil and water management, land use assessment, and environmental surveys. 

Larry's professional memberships include:  the American Society of Agricultural Engineers; the Soil and Water Conservation Society; the Water Management Association of Ohio; the Ohio Academy of Science Membership; Sigma Xi; and Tau Beta Pi.
 
Jack Butcher
Arborist
Mr. Butcher has more than 35 years experience in horticulture, including trees and landscaping.   His experiences include tree felling safety procedures, timber trespass, tree valuations, landscape restoration plans and cost, comprehensive land use planning, pest and disease control, stump removal, hazard tree identification, landscape design, installation, and maintenance.

Jack is certified with the International Society of Arboriculture, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture and is a registered member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists.  He is a member of the Tree Care Industry Association, the American Society of Consulting Arborists, and the International Society of Arboriculture.

Cheryl Ann Carlson;
Dog Expert
Ms. Carlson has over 30 years experience in dog behavior, standard-of-care, and temperament; attacks and bites; police K-9, including drugs and explosives detection training; breeding, training, and boarding; protection and security; certification and judging; and emergency medical services.

Cheryl's past and present certifications include: Full United Kennel Club Service Dog Judge; National Qualified Judge by K9 Pro Sports Associations; Judge by the National Association of Protection Dogs; Trial Decoy by National Association of Protection Dogs; Instructor for Emergency Medical Services; and "Homme de Attaque." Cheryl was also a past President of the North American Ring Association.
 
Steven R. Copeland, RA
Architect
Mr. Copeland has more than 20 years experience involving building and facilities design, construction, and maintenance.  His expertise includes parking lots, restaurants, food courts, condominium developments, malls, cemeteries, and water/fire damage estimates and repairs.

Steve's professional memberships include:  the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Code Council (ICC).
 
Michael E. Creighton
Forensic Electrician
Mr. Creighton has more than thirty years experience in the electrical contracting profession. His expertise includes electrical design, specification, installation, maintenance, renovation, and troubleshooting in residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

Mike holds Electrical and Fire Alarm Licenses from the State of Ohio, and Master Electrician and Electrical Contractor Licenses from the State of Michigan.
 
Timothy J. Dickson, PE, SE;
Civil/Structural Engineer
Civil/structural engineering; field investigations; laboratory studies; commercial and residential buildings and bridges constructed of reinforced concrete (conventional, pre-stressed and post-tensioned), structural steel, masonry and timber; foundation underpinning systems; earth retention systems using soil nail walls, segmental retaining walls and sheet piles; structural failures/collapses; water infiltration; roofing failures; building façade evaluations; work zone safety; windows, doors, floors, stairs, and ramps; fire, wind, ice, and snow damage; professional liability claims; preparation of construction documents; evaluation of field test-data; property loss; construction defects; natural gas explosion damage; building settlement; deteriorated concrete and masonry; building rehabilitation and renovation; high wind, tornado, and blizzard damage; precast concrete planks; structural steel frames; fatigue and static performance tests; jointless bridges; parking garage rehabilitation; bracing failure investigations.
 
Todd D. Feliks, PE
Civil Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan
Mr. Feliks has more than 20 years experience in construction project management.  His expertise includes hospital, healthcare, and educational building design and construction, including flooring, painting, lighting and ceiling replacement; building standards and code compliance, including ADA, ANSI, NFPA, BOCA, IBC, and OSHA; Professional Liability issues and Standards of Practice; clean rooms and operating rooms; and  project contracts, including shop drawings, submittals, bid and project documents, and change orders.  

Todd is a Registered Professional Engineer in Michigan, and is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers. 
 
Jason M. Ferguson;
Funeral Home and Cemetery Expert
Mr. Ferguson has 10 years experience including: manage all lot sales (pre-need & at-need); arrange for ground burial services; survey, excavate, and prepare grave spaces for traditional and cremation interments; maintain electronic records of sales, deeds, and interments; lay out and construct concrete foundations for monuments; removals of the deceased; meet families for funeral arrangements and sale of merchandise; negotiate funeral contracts; assist in the preparation of the body for final disposition; manage visitations; assist at funerals; obtain and file death certificates/ permits; record keeping; manage business finances; monument sales; administer the cremation process of human remains; manufacture concrete vaults; transport, seal, and inter vaults within graves at various cemeteries; assist in disinterment/ re-interment process for exhumation or relocation purposes; and deliver caskets to funeral homes.
 
Jon L. Filliez
Elevator and Escalator Expert
Mr. Filliez has more than 30 years experience in elevator and escalator maintenance operations.  His experience includes elevator and escalator maintenance, service and repair; elevator and escalator damage and malfunction evaluations; long range elevator modernization projects.

Jon holds a State of Michigan Elevator Class "A" Journeyperson's License and a State of Michigan Certificate of Competency (General Elevator Inspector).
 
Larry Fischer, RA, AIA, NCARB
Architect
Mr. Fischer has more than 30 years experience involving all aspects of building planning, design, and construction supervision.  Projects include healthcare, educational, corporate, commercial, industrial and residential construction, including ANSI, Life Safety Code, ADA, and zoning compliance.

Larry is a member of the American Institute of Architects; the Architects Society of Ohio; the Committee on Architecture for Health; the American Society of Hospital Engineers; the American College of Hospital Executives; the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and the Architectural Board of Review.
 
Albert J. Galko, PE, CFEI
Civil Engineer; Certified Fire and Explosions Investigator
Licensed Engineer in multiple states, including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana (ask for full listing)
Mr. Galko has more than 30 years experience involving building design, construction, renovation, and maintenance, including structural evaluations.  Al's experience also includes roadway design, air pollution sampling, and work zone safety. 

Al is a Registered Professional Engineer in 26 states, and is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator; a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers; the American Institute of Architects; the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers; the International Conference of Building Officials; the National Academy of Building Inspecting Engineers; and the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
 
 
Richard Gregory
Elevator and Escalator Expert
Mr. Gregory has more than 35 years experience related to elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and similar equipment.  Dick’s experience includes ANSI/ASME A17 Code interpretation and compliance; elevator/escalator design, maintenance, and repair; inspections and assessments; electrical and control systems; and installation/construction, including modernization.

Dick is a member of over a dozen organizations and committees related to elevator/escalator design, installation, operation, maintenance, and safety.  Dick is also a nationally known lecturer and course instructor on vertical transportation systems, and has 2 elevator-related patents.
 
Paul H. Gross, CCM;
Meteorologist
Weather-related evaluations for vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road); special events planning; construction delays; slip-and-fall incidents, including black ice formation; lightning strikes; property damage; time-of-death investigations; fire investigations.
 
John H. Hanst
Sports and Recreation Expert
Mr. Hanst has more than 35 years experience as a government and court qualified expert in more than 800 litigations involving sports and recreational activities.  John's professional licenses and certificates include:  licensed investigator, licensed pilot, emergency medical technician, licensed pool and water lifeguard, water safety instructor, CPR and first aid instructor, scuba diver, alpine ski and ski binding specialist, playground safety inspector, USTA tennis trainer, and amusement ride safety inspector and  operations technician.

John is a member of NRPA, USTA, USCF, PPOA, ASTM, NFPT, IAAPA, and NAARSO.
 
Ann G. Harris, CPG
Geology and Mining Expert
Ms. Harris has more than 30 years experience involving geological investigations, with specialized expertise in mine incidents in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Her expertise includes mine stability/stabilization, mine reclamation, coal mining techniques, test drilling operations and landslides, in addition to well and groundwater evaluations, including pollution. 

Ann is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the Geological Society of America, the Northern Ohio Geological Society, the Association for Women Geoscientists, Women in Mining, North American Thermal Analysis Society, the Ohio Academy of Science, and the Scientific Research Society of North America.  She is a Certified Professional Geologist and has provided expert witness testimony for both plaintiff and defense attorneys.
 
Robert A. Hayes, CPG
Forensic Geologist
Mr. Hayes has more than 30 years experience involving geological investigations including all aspects of water and soil evaluation, contamination, and remediation. His expertise includes identifying and evaluating (including "age-dating") geological evidence to determine responsible parties and to determine cost-allocations, both present and future.  Bob's previous experience includes floodplain studies; soil and groundwater contamination; river and lake dredging; leaking underground storage tanks; and mineral and property valuations.

Bob is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists; the National Ground Water Association; the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers; the MUSTFA Policy Advisory Board; and the Michigan Society of Planning Officials.
 
Michael W. Hayslip, Esq, PE, CSP
Civil Engineewr
Mr. Hayslip has more than 16 years experience in construction and construction related safety, including  health-training; developing, maintaining, and enforcing safety policies and programs; OSHA compliance; hazardous material transportation; field safety inspections; Workers Compensation claim management; and corporate safety issues.

Michael is a Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Bar Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American National Standards Institute; and is a Certified Safety Professional.
 
Vanessa R. Heckman, RN, MSN, CNP, CLNC
Nursing Expert
Ms. Heckman has more than 10 years experience in nursing.  Her expertise includes medical malpractice cases; independent medical examinations and histories; summarize, translate, and interpret medical records; identify causation issues; assess damages/injuries; analyze research studies; identify need for Life Care Planner; family practice, urgent care, and retail medicine; neonatal intensive care; medical-surgical; home health; pediatrics; office nursing; assess, diagnose, and treat acute illnesses; patient and family education; suturing, eye examinations, and foreign body removal, splinting, and reading X-rays; pelvic exams and newborn assessment; lab result and X-ray reviews.  Vanessa is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Richard Hermance, FE, ACE;
Vehicle Crash Reconstruction and Snowmobile Expert
Mr. Hermance has over 30 years experience investigating motor vehicle crashes. Specific expertise includes snowmobile operations and functions, including safety; operator performance evaluations; speed determinations; skid/scrape analysis; deformation/penetration analysis; vehicle and component research and testing; seat belts, including child restraints; pedestrian and bicycle incidents; crash computer simulations; trail design and safety, including signage; human factors, including daytime/nighttime visibility and reaction times; occupant trajectory; motorcycles, ATVs, racing cars, and watercraft; buses, motor homes, and trailers, including campers; dynamic traction analysis; injury and crash biomechanics; Crash Data Recorder (CDC) analysis; acceleration and braking tests; and farm equipment.

Richard's certifications include a certificate as an Accident Reconstruction Expert (ACE) by the National Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (1992); a certificate of Training, Commercial Vehicle Reconstruction: NATARI, NAPARS, NYSTARS (1999); a certificate of Training, Advanced Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, Crash Testing and Speed from Crush: NATARI, NAPARS, MATAI, NJAAR (1996); a certified Snowmobile Safety Instructor, State of New York; and a Board Certified Forensic Examiner (FE), The American Board of Forensic Examiners.

Richard is a member of The International Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists; The National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The Research/Testing and Evaluation Committee, National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The Ethics Committee, National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The American Board of Forensic Examiners; The National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction; and the New York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstruction Society Inc.
 
Thomas J. Hern
Automotive Consultant
Mr. Hern has over 30 years experience in the automotive dealership business including automotive dealership sales, service, and operations; automotive dealership evaluations; relationships between dealers and manufacturers; dealership and vehicle valuations; dealership training; technology consulting; accounting systems; cost segregation studies; and benchmark reviews. 

Tom was a recipient of the 1997 Dow Searle Fellowship and a winner of the 1997 Faculty Excellence Award.
 
Martin T. Hetherington, PhD
Aquatic Biologist
Mr. Hetherington has more than 30 years experience in education, including more than 20 years in Natural Sciences.  His experience includes aquatics; biology; ecology; forestry; environmental physiology, including conservation and control policies; environmental education; ecological studies; energy education.

Martin is the President of the Michigan Environmental Education Association and the Michigan Science Teachers Association.  He is a board member of the North America Environmental Education Association and a member of the State of Michigan Environmental Guideline Committee.  He has had several overseas teaching opportunities including as a Fulbright Lecturer to the Philippines. 
 
James R. Heyl, PE
Electrical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, New Mexico
Mr. Heyl has more than 30 years experience involving building electrical system and equipment design, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.  His experience includes residential, commercial, industrial, and manufacturing facilities and their appliances/equipment.  Jim has been involved with automation and robotic systems; computers and PLC programming; low and medium voltage distribution systems; code compliance; and standby and prime power generators.

Jim’s experience also includes controls and instrumentation systems as well as investigations of electrical systems and components as the origin or cause of fires. 
Jim is a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and IES (Illuminating Engineering Society). 
 
James R. Hill, PE
Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Wisconsin
Mr. Hill has more than 30 years experience involving building HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical systems and components.  His experience includes design, installation, code compliance, damage, defects and personal injury.

Jim is a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers) and NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers).  Jim is a Registered PE in 7 states and has expert witness courtroom experience.
 

Jim’s past projects have included bakery and food processing equipment and facilities; commercial and industrial refrigeration/freezer systems; hot water and steam boilers systems; turbines, compressors, pumps, fans, and vacuum systems; kitchens, locker rooms, dining rooms and restrooms; and code and safety compliance, including ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
 
Richard E. Hitz, MLA
Arboriculturist
Mr. Hitz has more than 20 years experience involving tree and landscape planning, design, evaluation, protection, restoration, and cost estimating, with the last 10 years serving as an expert witness.  Richard's experience includes timber trespass; tree valuations; and landscape damage and restoration costs.

Richard is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the International Society of Arboriculture, and the American Society of Consulting Arborists.
 
Norman B. Hochfeld
Electrical Expert
Mr. Hochfeld has almost 25 years experience involving building electrical system and equipment design, installation, operation and maintenance.  His experience includes consumer electronics; control systems; material handling systems; fiber optics; computers and PLC’s; robotic systems; process controls and instrumentation; metal processing operations; HVAC systems; hydraulic elevators; security systems; automatic fire systems; dust and fume collection systems; roofs and pavements; and plant safety.

Norm is a member of NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and ISA (Instrument Society of America).   He has extensive experience with NFPA, ANSI, NEC, UL, ISA, JIC, and IEC codes and standards.
 

Blaine J. Hoffmann, MS, OSHM;
Safety Expert
Mr. Hoffman's experience includes workplace safety, training, investigations, accident investigations and audits; legal aspects of safety and health; training and development programs; written program development; interpretation of OSHA general industry and construction industry, healthcare industry standards; VPP program management; MSHA training and regulatory interpretations; 40-hr HAZWOPER; and Arc-Flash (NFPA 70E).

Blaine is an authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor for both General Industry and Construction.
 
Steven C. Howard;
Police, Security, Weapons, and Ballistics Expert
Mr. Howard has 30 years of experience in police operations/conduct; security procedures; building, personal, personnel, and yacht security; self-defense claims; self-defense tactics; criminal evidence and procedures; DNA evidence; wildlife regulations and management; crime scene preservation; searches of homes, vehicles, and persons; drug enforcement operations; international border operations; electronic surveillance; questioning and interrogations; high speed pursuit driving; firearms training; detention center booking, fingerprinting, photographing, and in-processing procedures; arrest reports; illegal weapons; shotgun patterning; firearm and ammunition malfunctions; setting trigger pulls; defects in warnings and design; tool-mark identifications; internal, external, terminal ballistics; shooting reconstruction; gunshot residue and cross-contamination; stab and cut investigations; accidental discharge; ejections analysis; penetration testing; serial number restoration; weapon tampering; bomb and incendiary devices; weapons safety; forced entry tools; armor; armored cars and homes; weapons repair; ammunition reloading; tranquilizer guns; industrial manufacturing tools and equipment; hand tools; close circuit cameras; motion detectors; metal detectors; security doors; lock manipulation; alarm systems; asset verification; missing persons; document fraud; landlord-tenant law; family law and child custody; immigration and naturalization law; deportation hearings; social security law; and disability claims.

Steve's past and present certifications include: Certified Police Armorer and Gunsmith; NRA Certified Firearms Safety Instructor; and Federal Law Enforcement Agent. His degrees and education include: Juris Doctor; BS Degree in Criminal Justice; Police Science, Firearms, and Investigation Techniques; and AAS Degree in Gunsmithing. Steve is also trained in CPR, first-aid, tae-kwan-do, police baton, and knifemaking; and has received numerous shooting awards.
 
Daniel B. Kennedy, PhD, CPP, CSP
Security and Safety Expert
Mr. Kennedy has more than 30 years experience involving security and safety issues including planning, implementation, training, and evaluation.  His expertise includes forseeability; standards of care; pursuits, use of force, and confinements; correctional reform; loss prevention; home and workplace violence; profiling; crowd control; lodging security; and victimization.

Dan's professional memberships include: the
Academy of Behavioral Profiling (Chair of Ethics Committee); the American Society for Industrial Security; the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners;  the International Council of Shopping Centers; the American Hotel and Motel Association; the Sociological Practice Association;  the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; the American Society of Criminology;  the International Association of Chiefs of Police;  the American Correctional Association; the American Jail Association; the Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics; the American Association of Suicidology (Co-Chair, Jail Suicide Task Force); the National Crime Victim Bar Association; and the International CPTED Association.
 
Edward A. Kidston, WSL
Well and Water Systems Expert
Mr. Kidston has more than 32 years experience involving wells and water systems, including all phases from initial design through final approval, and preventative maintenance; aerators; gravity filters; pressure filters; ion exchange softeners; chemical feed pumps; membrane filtration; telemetry; and controls.

Ed has been involved as lead liaison and working with the EPA for original design and final approval on various projects. He has designed equipment approved by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, as well as visualizing, designing, constructing, and maintaining water systems in hundreds of towns, villages, cities, and counties in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.

Ed has a Water Supply License, Class I, from the Ohio EPA, and is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Ohio Rural Water Association, and is on the Executive Board of the OMEA.
 
Dennis Michael King, FAIA, FESD, LEED, AP;
Architect
Construction property damage, defects, and personal injury; architecture construction claims; premises/professional liabilities; construction operations; construction marketing; project management; claims arbitration; dispute settlement; LEED Green Buildings; energy and environmental design.
 
Allan E. Klein, CPM;
Property Management Expert
Mr. Klein has over 35 years of experience in Real Estate Sales, Management, and Operations. His experience and expertise includes property management; commercial/residential standards of care; industry practices; premises liability; personal liability; inspections; habitability; mold; maintenance; health and safety; contracts/leases; fair housing; tenant/landlord disputes/law; financial reporting; security; slip/trip/falls; negligent hiring/supervision; policies and procedures; wrongful eviction; commercial/residential investments; marketing; physical inspections; budget forecasts; managers policies and procedures; energy conservation programs; public relations; ethical practices; assisted housing; condominium and cooperative associations; risk management; and HUD Occupancy Certification.

Allan's Certifications and Licensures include Certified Property Manager®; Assisted Housing Manager Occupancy Certification; Realtor® and California Real Estate Sales Associate License; and Certified Assisted Housing Manager ®.

His Professional Affiliations include The Institute of Real Estate Management®,  National and Los Angeles Chapters in Association with the National Association of Realtors®; The Southland Regional Association of Realtors®, Inc.; and The National and California Association of Realtors®.
 
John W. Koshak, QEI, CEI
Elevator and Escalator Expert
Mr. Koshak has more than 30 years experience including elevator and escalator damage, malfunction, and personal injury/death; risk analysis facilitation; code compliance; elevator system design, including design of a machineroom-less elevator system; designed the LifeJacket hydraulic elevator safety device; direct and indirect hydraulic elevators; geared and gearless traction elevators; escalators; moving walks; wheelchair lifts; and dumbwaiters.

John is a Member of the Elevator and Escalator Safety Foundation, and has been a Trustee and on the Board of Regents.  He is also a Member of the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities International; the Canadian Standards Association; the B44 Associate Committee; the International Association of Elevator Engineers; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the A17 Standards Committee; the A17 Mechanical Design Committee; the A17 New Technology Committee; the A17 International Standards Committee; the A17 Code Coordination Committee; the A17 Alternate Member of Hydraulic Committee; the International Standards Organization; and the National Association of Elevator Contractors. 

John holds six patents for elevator safety and control devices, and has his Private Pilot Certificate.
 
John P. Lauhoff, PE, CSP
Safety Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Massachusetts
Mr. Lauhoff has nearly 30 years experience as a safety engineer.  His experience includes injuries, damage, malfunctions, and personnel issues related to machinery and equipment design, fabrication, maintenance, operations, procedures, training, and safety procedures; accident investigation/reconstruction; slips, trips, and falls; industrial vehicles; machinery/equipment guarding; hand/power tools; work-related injuries; safety grievances; safety training programs; monitor outside contractors.

John is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is a Certified Safety Professional.  He is a Licensed Pilot: Multi-engine, Instrument, Commercial License and a Certified Scuba Diver.
 
Thomas J. Lekan, CPP
Product and Premises Security Expert
Mr. Lekan has 25 years experience in security and safety.  His experience includes security systems design and evaluation; crime foreseeability; standards of care; causation issues; executive protection; assault; security guard operations; sexual harassment; negligent deaths; corporate fraud; security vulnerability and countermeasures; due diligence investigations; food and product tampering; product infringement/counterfeiting; security training; security management; economic crime; and police excessive force claims. Expertise includes educational institutions (elementary, high school, and colleges), restaurants, hospitals, lodging facilities, banks, residential communities, commercial and retail establishments, industrial facilities and manufacturing plants.   

Tom is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and is a member of the Faculty for the Graduate School of Retail Banking and the Graduate School of Bank Operations at the Bank Administration Institution; a member of the American Society for Industrial Security, serving on the Investigators, Physical Security, and Utility Committees; a Chairman of the Board of Security Commission of the Bank Administration Institution; and a member of the American Hotel and Lodging Security Committee.
 
David E. Leonard, CA;
Tree & Landscaping Expert/Arborist
Trees and landscaping; tree felling safety procedures; tree valuations; landscape restoration plans and cost; comprehensive land use planning; tree excavations; soil modifications and remediation; tree preservation; root collar excavation.
 
Stephen K. Li, RA
Forensic Architect
Licensed Architect in multiple states, including Ohio, Michigan
Mr. Li has more than 30 years experience involving residential and commercial building and facilities design, construction and maintenance.  His previous experience includes: super center designs; shelving, displays, and racks; fall, slip, and trip protection; illumination; wind, water, and hail damage; parking lot safety guidelines; security systems; grading and drainage; foundations; ADA compliance; and AandE professional liability issues. 

Steve’s continuing education includes: International Building Code Seminar; Michigan Law for Design Professionals; International Council of Shopping Center Conferences; Retail Store Development Conference; and Store Planning, Equipment and Construction Services.  Steve is currently a Registered Architect in 12 states. 
 
Daniel C. Maser, CIH, CSP, ROH
Environmental/Occupational Expert
Mr. Maser has more than 25 years experience in the fields of environmental, fire protection, industrial hygiene, and safety compliance.  Dan has extensive experience in conducting comprehensive industrial hygiene surveys, regulatory type safety inspections, emergency incident responses, chemical safety programs, application of engineering controls, hazardous waste regulations, indoor environmental quality studies, and employee training.

Dan is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society, the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
 
Lawrence S. Mayer, MD, MS, PhD;
Medical and Epidemiology Expert
Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer has over 40 years experience as a Medical Health Physician with special expertise in Epidemiology and Biostatics. His expertise includes Epidemiology and Biostatistics; statistical data analysis; study and model review; valuation of epidemiological studies and clinical trials; meta-analysis; evaluation of causal content of epidemiological studies; drug and medical development and regulation; product liability; occupational and environmental exposures; medical malpractice; toxicology; cardiology; OB/GYN; surgery; psychiatry/neuropsychiatry; internal medicine; disease prognosis; biomedical informatics; multiple regression; time series modeling; stochastic processes; multivariate analysis; statistical inference; public policy; and energy analysis.

Dr. Mayer has over 100 publications and presentations. He is a Member of The Society of Epidemiological Research; The Society of Environmental Epidemiology; The Royal Statistical Society; The Society for Medical Decision Making; The American Statistical Association; The Biometrics Society; The Institute for Mathematical Statistics; The Psychometric Society; The Econometric Society; and The American Association for the Advancement of Science.
 
Timothy R. McGreal, PE;
Mechanical Engineer
Mr. McGreal has almost 20 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer, with over 25 years experience as an Automotive Mechanic. His expertise includes consumer products; automobile/trucks/other vehicles; fuel-fired appliances; explosions; fire suppression systems; fire alarm systems; plumbing systems; gas supply systems; code compliance; moisture intrusion; roof damage assessments; HVAC equipment; construction, agricultural, commercial, and industrial equipment and machinery; computational fluid dynamics (CFD); power tools; medical equipment; product design and packaging; human factors and warnings; and patent infringement.

Tim is a Registered Professional Engineer and has been awarded two patents. His Professional Affiliations include The Society of Fire Protection Engineers; The National Fire Protection Association; and The Society of Automotive Engineers.
 
John E. Moylan, CPG
Forensic Geologist
Mr. Moylan more than 30 years of experience in engineering geology and hydrogeology.  He has 27 years of experience in remedial design on major Superfund and RCRA projects.  His environmental experience is supplemented by many years of engineering geological and hydrogeological support of conventional civil and military projects.  He has directed hydrogeological investigations and studies which focused not only on the degree and extent of contamination but also on the site characterization needs for effective remedial design and remedial action.  He prepared Engineering Issue:  Data Gaps in Remedial Design at the request of the EPA Engineering Forum for use by EPA Project Managers and On Scene Coordinators.

More recently, Mr. Moylan assisted project design teams on large remediation projects worldwide for the public and private sectors as well as serving as a peer reviewer or groundwater expert on numerous projects for the Kansas City office of a major consulting firm. 
 
Joseph P. Mulville, PE
Civil Engineer
Mr. Mulville has more than 25 years experience as a Civil Engineer.  His experience includes construction practice; commercial, retail and industrial building design and construction; hoists, rigging, cranes, design, operations, and supervision; building, highway and heavy civil construction; job site safety; supervision of construction trade labor; bridges; foundations, braced excavations and intersection improvements; water and wastewater treatment facilities; underground utility, pipeline, mass excavation and open-cut trenching; aircraft hanger construction; municipal utilities and infrastructure; geotechnical investigations; shallow and deep foundation systems; land development; tunnels, caissons, cofferdams; earth embankments, dams, retaining walls, earth fill landfills; structural concrete; piers/pilings; water intrusion.

Joe is a member of the
Association of General Contractors; the American Society of Civil Engineers; and the American Council of Consulting Engineers (ACEC), past member of the Engineering Excellence Awards Committee.
 
Susan K. Murry, MSN, CRPN
Nursing Expert
Ms. Murry has more than 25 years experience as a nurse, including more than 10 as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Her experience includes patient care; nursing practices; medical facility "standard-of-care" procedures; OSHA compliance; school health; family care including pediatrics, gynecology and gerontology; occupational injury assessment and treatment; child abuse and neglect screening; communicable diseases including STD's; community health education; pharmacology; and pathophysiology.

Sue is an Advanced Practice Nurse with Prescriptive Authority (Ohio registration), a Certified Nurse Practitioner, and a Nursing Doctorate Candidate.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau; the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses; the Medical College of Ohio Alumni Association; and The Ohio State University Alumni Association.
 
Dr. Joseph S. Ohr, Jr, MD, RPh;
Medical Surgeon, Pharmacist, and Pathologist
Dr. Ohr has over 20 years experience as a pharmacist and 10 years experience as a pathologist and a Doctor of Medicine. Specific expertise includes anatomical, clinical, and trauma pathology; wounds; sudden infant death syndrome; cancers and tumors; therapeutics; tissue mortality; psychopharmacology; drugs and drug abuse; HIV; viruses and bioterrorism; CPR; and funeral home operations/procedures, including embalming.

Dr. Ohr holds the following licenses: American Board of Pathology Certification – Forensic Pathology, 2008; American Board of Pathology Certification – Anatomical Pathology, 2008; Physician and surgeon – Ohio, 2005; Physician and surgeon – Illinois, 2002; Board certified – registered pharmacist, Ohio, 1987; Permanent ECFMG certified, #0-574-847-0.

Dr. Ohr’s memberships include The National Association of Medical Examiners; The College of American Pathology; The American Society of Clinical Pathology; The Ohio State Medical Association; The Columbus Medical Association; and The Ohio State Pharmacy Association.
 
Ethan Parker, PE
Civil Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia
Mr. Parker has more than 25 years experience in Civil Engineering including vehicle crash reconstruction, including automobiles, trucks, buses, trailers, motorcycles, water craft, and trains; analysis of mechanical and structural failures, including foundation, wall and roof collapses; vehicle defects and failures, including hydraulic/air brakes, steering and suspension, drive trains, and tires; mold remediation in homes, schools, and commercial buildings; vehicle fires and explosions, including arson; product defects, including mechanical and electrical failures; water infiltration, hail, and wind damage; roadway incidents, including road design and visibility analysis; design analysis; building code compliance; fire investigations; steel structures; glazing and roofing systems; conveyance systems; crane runways; traffic flow and accident patterns; signage and traffic signals.

Ethan is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; the Miami Valley Association of Traffic Collision Investigators and Reconstructionists; the National Society of Professional Engineers; the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers; the Society of Automotive Engineers; and the Structural Engineers Association of Ohio.  He is ACTAR accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, and an ASE Certified Technician for automobiles, trucks, and school buses.
 
Thomas A. Parker, PhD;
Entomologist
Mr. Parker has over 40 years experience as an Entomologist. His expertise includes entomology, including pest control, wood-destroying organisms, pesticides, and bedbug infestations; termite control; lawn spraying; commercial sanitation; fumigation; smoke odor; fungi and mold; vegetation control; aerial spraying; mosquito and malaria spraying; infectious disease control; water quality monitoring; disease surveys; field and forage crops; control of spiders; insecticide formulations; ultra-violet radiation; and mosquito ecology.

Mr. Parker has over 30 publications dealing with pest control and management. He is also the inventor of "The Silver Skunk," a metered pesticide power spray unit for professional termite control and lawn spraying.
 
Thomas R.  Piazza, CCM;
Certified Meteorologist
Meteorological incidents and weather-related evaluations for: vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road), special events planning, construction delays, slip and fall incidents, lightning strikes, property damage, fire investigations; cyclogenesis; ozone studies; Doppler Radar; weather code displays; computer generated surface maps; road pavement temperatures; renewable energy.
 
Richard W. Rau
Mechanical Expert
Mr. Rau has more than 35 years experience involving the design, planning, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of automotive assembly plant equipment.  His experience includes preparing and presenting safety training guidelines, including ergonomic requirements.  Richard was also responsible for OSHA crane and hoist inspections.

Richard has been involved in raising, handling, training, showing, and judging horses for more than 40 years.  He presently holds a judges license for six breeds, and judges 20-30 shows per year across the United States and Canada.  He still competes in horse shows in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana with his two daughters.
 
Rollie L. Robert, PE
Electrical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Massachusetts, Provinces of Ontario, Quebec
Mr. Robert has more than 30 years experience involving the electrical design, construction, and maintenance of residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, and manufacturing buildings and building equipment/facilities.  His experience includes robot, stamping press, and welding cell ANSI compliance; underground tanks; electrical power, controls, and instrumentation; safety procedures and incident reports; AandE professional liability issues; electrical substations; illumination requirements; communication and security systems; and hazardous facilities operations. 

Rollie has authored over 20 papers and has prepared and conducted over 40 workshops on Construction Safety, 100 Workshops on Machine/Equipment Safety, and 60 Workshops on Risk Assessment.
 
William Gary Rogers, CFI, LPI
Fire Investigator; Environmental Expert
Mr. Rogers has more than 30 years experience involving the investigation and "chemistry" of fires and explosions.  His experience also includes environmental assessments and remediation, mold and asbestos abatement, structural collapse evaluations, and hazardous materials management.

Gary is a member of the American Institute of Planners, the Society of American Foresters, the International Association of Arson Investigators, and a past member of the Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), and the Michigan Water Pollution Control Association.
 
Barry S. Rope
Packaging and Material Handling Expert
Mr. Rope has more than 30 years experience as a packaging and material handling professional, including more than 20 years with the ASTM D-10 Committee writing packaging and handling standards and test methods.  His expertise includes packaging, labeling, storage and transporting (by land, sea or air) of sensitive electronic equipment and parts, consumer products, service parts and Rx/OTC pharmaceuticals.

Barry's professional memberships include: the American Management Association Packaging Council; the ASTM Committee D-10 on Packaging Standards; the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Packaging Technology; the Institute of Packaging Professionals; the New Technology Assessment Committee; the Protective Packaging of Computers and Components Committee; the Council of Packaging Specialists; and the Packaging Consultants Council.
 
Sheila M. Roof, BSN, RN, CNML, LNC;
Nursing Expert
Ms. Roof has over 40 years experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Her expertise includes patient care; nursing practice; standard-of-care procedures; acute care; STEPPS care; dialysis and renal care; Medicare and Medicaid coverage; emergency department care; cardiac arrest; STEMI care; stroke care; arterial venous fistula care; certification of dialysis technicians; dermatology practice; regulatory compliance; medical records validation; allergy, dermatology, neurology, nephrology, pediatrics, oncology, endocrinology, and plastic surgery care; medical surgical care; CAPD training; chemotherapy treatments; ambulance transport; allergy care; surgical instrument handling and sterilization; surgical suite preparation; surgical technician; and medication administration.

Sheila's Certifications and Licensures include State of Michigan Nursing License, Legal Nurse Consultant Certification, and Nurse Manager Leader Certification.

Her Affiliations include: The Michigan Organization of Nurse Exectives (MONE); The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE); The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC); The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA); and The Emergency Nurse Association (ENA).
 
Lawrence M. Roslinski, PhD
Toxicologist
Mr. Roslinski has more than 35 years experience in the field of environmental and occupational toxicology in both the private and public sectors.  Larry has been involved in all aspects of chemical hazard identification, regulatory requirements, and risk reduction -- related to health, safety, and toxicology. 

Larry is a member of the Society of Toxicology, the American Board of Toxicology, and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
 
Donald E. Sanders, DVM, Dip ACT, PAS
Veterinarian Expert
Dr. Sanders has more than 25 years experience as a veterinarian.  His expertise includes animal reproduction; animal welfare; animal biotechnology; animal embryo transfer; livestock water supply; bovine mastitis; animal production; milk production; artificial insemination; farm management; animal parasitism; euthanasia; malpractice; animal environment; dairy management; animal nutrition; animal diseases; stray voltage; and toxicology.

Don is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the American College of Theriogenology, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and the Society for Theriogenology.  He is licensed in Michigan, Ohio, New Mexico, and has reciprocity in 23 other states.
 
Thomas H. Sawyer, EdD, NAS, AAHPERD
Recreation, Exercise, and Sport Safety Expert
Dr. Sawyer has more than 25 years experience in Recreation, Exercise and Sport Safety.  His expertise includes sports, exercise, recreation, physical education, amusement, and fitness activities and equipment; facilities operation; sport finance; sport governance; sport law; sport management; sport marketing; sport sociology; facility design including skate parks, aquatics parks, swimming pools, hot tubs/saunas/steam rooms, campus recreational sport facilities, parks/recreation areas; golf courses; and coaching and training.

Tom is a member of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the Sport Management Council, the Indiana AHPERD, the Midwest District AAHPERD, the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, the Council on Facilities and Equipment, the Sport and Recreation Law Association, the Sport Lawyers Association, the International Sport Law Journal, the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

 Thomas has been a member of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and has received the Indiana AHPERD Mover and Shaker Award, the Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award, the Safety and Risk Management Council Distinguished Scholar Award, the NASPE Sport Management Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Indiana AHPERD Sport Management Professional Award
 
Bert Schiller, PE, CIH, ROH
Environmental/Occupational Engineer
Licensed Engineer in California
Mr. Schiller has more than 30 years experience as a Safety Engineer and Environmental/Occupational Health Expert.  He has operated an environmental safety and health service firm and has served as Senior Industrial Hygienist for clients in the eastern United States.  He has served as an Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer for MIOSHA, and has given testimony as an expert witness in Worker's Compensation cases.

Bert is a member of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society, and the American Insurance Services Group - Chemical and Environmental Science Committee.
 
John Schmidt;
Dram Shop and Safety Expert
Mr. Schmidt has almost 30 years experience involving dram shop liability relating to alcohol sales, service, policies, procedures, security, supervision, and operations. His expertise includes: liquor law compliance and safety; underage drinking; intoxicated patrons at and upon leaving bars, restaurants, night clubs, bowling alleys, sports facilities, and special events; and undercover, financial, criminal, and regulatory investigations.

John is Certified as a Trainer for TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures). He has participated in numerous training courses conducted by the New Jersey State Police, FBI and New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. He is a graduate from the New Jersey State Police Academy.
 
Jim Scott;
Railroad Operations, Equipment, and Safety Expert
Mr. Scott has over 40 years experience as a Train Operator, Foreman, and Trainer. His expertise includes railroad operations and equipment; safety training; train performance; commodities transportation; locomotive engineer; brakeman/foreman/conductor; air brakes; event recorders; locomotive engineer training; loading and unloading; end of train devices; derailment investigations; train emergencies; and train simulators.

Jim's Certifications include FRA Certified as required by 49 CFR Part 240 and FRA Certified Conductor as required by 49 CFR Part 242.
 
Robert B. Shuman, MD;
Pediatric Neurology/Neonatology
Dr. Robert B. Shuman has over 40 years experience as an Experimental Psychologist and Pediatric Neurology/Neonatology Medical Specialist. His extensive experience and expertise includes: pediatric neurology/neonatology; fetal development; perinatal medicine; birth defects; birth trauma; child development, including schooling; neuropathology; neurotoxicology; neurophysiology; epilepsy; neuroimaging: MRI, CAT, EEF; pharmacology; anatomic pathology; surgical pathology; surgical case review; peripheral nerve disease; stroke; spondylolisthesis; vitamin therapy; Downs Syndrome; electromyography; whiplash injuries; traumatic brain injury; frontal-subcortical circulation; advanced evoke potentials; migraines; headaches; depressive disorders; Alzheimer’s Disease; epileptogenesis; epilepsy; cocaine effects; closed head injuries; AED Therapy; ADHD; developmental disabilities; autism; brain tumors; neurosciences; child abuse; seizures; anti-depressive therapy; prenatal diagnosis; seasonal affective disorder; bipolar disorder; childhood depression; Tourette Syndrome; neuralgia; vagus nerve stimulation; intractable seizures; psychopharmacolory; antipsychotic and psychotropic therapy; and antiepileptic drugs.

Dr. Shuman’s Professional Achievements include:
NIH Training Fellowship in Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine; NIH (NINDS) Research Fellowship in Neuropathology; Fellow, Graduate College Faculty, University of Nebraska; The American Medical Student Assoc., GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for Distinguished Teaching; Fellow, Graduate College Faculty, University of Oklahoma; and Ambassador, International Congress of Neuropathology Delegation to the People's Republic of China.

Dr. Shuman’s Past and Present Memberships include:
The American Academy of Neurology; The American Association for the Advancement of Science; The American Association of Neuropathology; The American Medical Association; The American Society of Neuroimaging; The Child Neurology Society; The Council of Biology Editors, Inc.; The International Academy of Pathology; The National Foundation for the Prevention of Birth Defects, March of Dimes, S.E. Nebraska Chapter (Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee); The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Okla. Chapter (Professional Advisory Board); The National Tuberous Sclerosis Association, Secretary; The New York Academy of Sciences; The Oklahoma State Medical Association; The Pediatric Pathology Club; The Society for Experimental Neuropathology; The Indiana State Medical Association; The American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology; The American Epilepsy Society; and The American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (formerly American EEG Society).
 
Rick A. Smith, PE
Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Ohio
Mr. Smith has more than 30 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer, including more than 20 years working with thermal, energy and combustion systems, including boilers, furnaces, and ovens.  His experience includes industrial power plants and processes; thermal and combustion systems; CFC management; HVAC systems; air pollution control; process and power piping and equipment; cathodic protection; pump failure analysis; heat and fluid transfer processes, including energy conservation. 

Rick is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, as well as a Stationary Engineer, 3rd Class in Ohio.  Some of his clients include Anheuser Busch, the State of Ohio, Honda America Mfg., and Nestle.
 
Jack Spadaro
Mining Engineer
Mr. Spadaro has more than 25 years experience in mines and mine equipment; geotechnical engineering; drilling operations; blasting; day-to-day mine operations; noise and dust control; surface haulage safety; electrical hazards; inspection methods; roof control; training for metal, nonmetal and coal mine inspectors; unsafe dump and fill sites; vehicle maintenance; mine and safety hazard abatement; landslide stabilization; subsidence control; mine fires; coal refuse fires, underground mine subsidences; valley fill construction, coal waste disposal; mining reclamation; coal waste embankments; excess mine spoil fills; dam construction; surface mine drainage systems; slope stabilization; mine sediment control structures; hydrology pertaining to earth and coal-related structures; underground coal mine design and surveying; roof control and ventilation plans; and  underground and surface mining inspections. 

Jack is a recipient of the Engineer of the Year Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers.  He is a recipient of the Jenco Foundation Award for Service to Humanity in Appalachia, the Chuck Chambers Public Service Award from the W.Va. Environmental Council, the Helen Lewis Community Service Award from the Appalachian Studies Association and the Meritorious Service Award from the Secretary of the Interior.
 
Henry A. Spiller, MS, D.ABAT, D.ABFE
Toxicologist
Mr. Spiller has more than 20 years experience in toxicology and research, including coordination of international projects with the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization on pesticide safety, among others. He has more than a decade of experience in training toxicologists and specialists in Poison Information as well as writing for the national certification exam for Specialists in Poison Information.  

Henry has been published in more than 200 publications on toxicology related subjects, including peer review medical/scientific journals, comprehensive toxicology textbooks and abstracts from scientific meetings. He has directed, as principal investigator, more than 35 multi-center national studies in toxicology. He has been recognized by Courts in; Malpractice, Toxic Tort claims, Cause of Death, Workers compensation, DUI, including interpreting drug and/or toxicology screen, blood alcohol results, Dram shop cases, post-mortem drug and or toxicology results. Henry has experience in more than 40,000 clinical cases and hundreds of post-mortem evaluations.

He is a Registered Professional Nurse in NJ and KY; is Director, AAPCC Certified Regional Poison Center; is a Diplomate, American Board of Applied Toxicology and a Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Examiners; is a Fellow, American College of Forensic Examiners; a Member, Society of Forensic Toxicologists; and is on the Board of Directors, American Board of Applied Toxicology.  Henry is a member of American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC); American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT); American Board of Applied Toxicology  (ABAT); Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT); and a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.
 
Wendy R. Steusloff, RN, ASN, LPN, ALNC;
Nursing and Nursing Home Expert
Ms. Steusloff has 20 years experience as a Nurse, including nursing homes. Her expertise and experience includes nursing practices; patient care; standard-of-care procedures; quality and risk management policy and procedures; assisted living; evaluation and performance management; conflict resolution; patient assessments; long-term and short-term rehabilitation; medication administration; wound care; falls; pressure sores; abuse and neglect; medication errors; infections; intravenous infusions; life-sustaining measures; care planning; medical records review; nursing supervision; dementia; traumatic brain injuries; behavioral disturbances; short and long term care; tracheotomy care; catheters; peritoneal dialysis; ostomies; diabetic care; antipsychotic medications; and aspiration pneumonia.

Wendy has Certifications as an Advanced Legal Nurse Consultant and Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. She is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.
 
Theodore M. Streit, PE
Registered Petroleum Engineer; Natural Resources Expert
Licensed Engineer in West Virginia
Mr. Streit has more than 30 years experience in natural resources, including gas, oil and coal; the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of gas and oil pumping, piping, and delivery systems; drilling and production technology; lease and contract negotiations; oil and gas mineral property valuations; energy development programs; oil and gas regulatory policy and implementation; disputes between natural resource (gas, oil and coal) operators and owners. 

Ted is a Registered Petroleum Engineer in West Virginia.  He is the Chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee of the West Virginia Land and Mineral Owners Council; the Past Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission Energy Resources Committee, the Coalbed Methane Review Board and the Shallow Gas Review Board; and a past member of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
 
Steven L. Stuard, QEI
Elevator Expert
Mr. Stuard has more than 30 years experience in elevator operations.  His experience includes elevator maintenance and repairs; modernization of elevators; installation, including associated service tasks; elevator damage and malfunction evaluation. 

Steve is a registered elevator inspector and a member of the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities and the National Association of Vertical Transport Professionals.
 
Michael R. Tillotson, CIH, CHMM
Industrial Hygienist
Mr. Tillotson has nearly 30 years experience in Environmental/ Occupational Health, including occupational safety; industrial hygiene; radiation safety and health; hazardous waste management; hazardous waste sites; emergency response; pesticides/ pesticides management; asbestos; lead; noise and hazardous materials/ waste management. 

Mike is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene; the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists; the Hazardous Materials Managers Institute; the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society; the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals; the National Lead Abatement Council.  He is a Registered Sanitarian (Michigan); a Certified Industrial Hygienist; a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager; an EPA AHERA accredited Inspector/Management Planner, Contractor/Supervisor, and Project Designer; and a Certified Lead Paint/Hazards Inspector/Risk Assessor and Abatement Supervisor.
 
Eric A. Tolles, PE
Electrical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio
Mr. Tolles has more than 20 years experience involving electrical design, installation, operation, and maintenance of industrial and manufacturing facilities and equipment.  His experience includes machinery; material handling systems; automation and robotic systems; control and instrumentation; programmable logic controllers; computers and networking; personnel safety systems; and communication technologies.

Eric is a Member of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Technical Society of Toledo.
 
Kevin L. Trangle, MD, MBA, FACOEM, FAADEP, BCIM, CIME, ABIME, CMRO; Medical/Occupational/
Environmental Expert
Dr. Trangle has over 30 years experience in environmental and occupational medicine, including Independent Medical Exams (IME's); environmental and occupational medicine; review of medical records; clinical advice; return-to-work plans; treatment protocols; incidence response; ergonomics; industrial hygiene; regulatory compliance (including ADA); rehabilitation; toxicology; environmental sampling and testing of air, land, and water resources; ambulatory care; back injuries; CPR/First Aid; immunology; water quality and chlorination; fungal infections; organic and inorganic solvent exposure; styrene; asbestos; tertiary disease exposure; oncology; respiratory exposure; dermal exposures; and orthopedic.

Kevin's Professional Affiliations include The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; The American College of Physician Executives; The American Medical Association; The Cleveland Academy of Medicine; The Ohio State Medical Association; The American Academy of Disability Evaluation Physicians; The American College of Preventive Medicine; and The American Society of Internal Medicine.
 
Bruce E. Van Dorpe, CFI, CFEI
Fire and Explosion Investigator
Mr. VanDorpe has more than 25 years as a fire fighter.  His experience includes determining the origin and cause of fires; fraud fires; arson and conspiracies to commit arson; fire science technology; safety engineering; electric and gas appliance fires; auto theft fires; bomb scene investigations; clandestine drug labs; criminal/terrorist incidents; interviews and interrogations; and bomb disposal.   

Bruce is a Certified Fire Investigator; Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator; an Auxiliary Coroner's Investigator; a Fire Safety Inspector; and holds a Peace Officer Certification.  He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association; the Columbus Claims Association; the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators; the Dayton Claims Adjusters Association, the National Association of Fire Investigators; the International Association of Arson Investigators; the International Association of Arson Investigators, Ohio Chapter; and the Miami Valley Fire Investigators Association. 

He has received the Fire Safety Commendation Award from the Sons of the American Revolution; and the Fire Chief's Commendation, and Unit Citation for Outstanding Service from the Dayton Fire Department.
 
Louis W. Van Liere, PE;
Civil/Environmental Engineer
Mr. Van Liere has over 40 years of experience in Civil Engineering, with specific expertise in water and wastewater systems designs, operations, and maintenance. His experience and expertise includes: treatment facilities; pump stations; sanitary and storm sewer systems; water distribution systems; water booster stations; pipe corrosion; pipe breakages; pumping failures and flooding; site development; hydrologic and hydraulic studies; floodplain management; insurance studies; waste activated sludge pumping; control systems; storage facilities; oxidation ditches; clarifiers; chlorination chambers; fluoridation; cascade aeration; "greensand" filters; turbine pumps; booster pump stations; emergency generator systems; water distribution systems; ozone disinfection facilities; backwash water recovery systems; contract bid documents; biological treatment; wetlands treatment; aquaculture management; containment pond technologies; submersible pumps; flow metering; survey data collection; insurance rate maps; computer modeling; stream hydraulics; HEC-1 Flood Hydrograph Package program; HEC-2 Water Surface Profile program; Hydraulics for Bridge Waterways; Urban Hydrology for Small Watersheds; cost estimates; and "water hammer" pressures.

Louis is a Registered Professional Engineer in several states and is a Member of The American Society of Civil Engineering and The Michigan Society of Professional Engineers.
 
Chad Walker
Safety Expert
Mr. Walker has more than 15 years safety and operating experience.  His experience includes construction and industrial equipment operation, procedures, malfunctions, damage, and personal injuries.  His expertise includes cranes, loaders, bulldozers, backhoes, fork lifts, skid steers, and aerial lifts; safety program training and maintenance; safety equipment requirements and orientations; employee safety and health issue investigations, reviews, and responses; OSHA and JSHA compliance; unsafe working conditions; safety audits; emergency response drills; and emergency action plans.   

Chad holds numerous safety and OSHA certifications, including Accident Investigation I and II; Vehicle Dynamics; Mechanical Maintenance; Skid Steer Loader/ Rough Terrain Fork Lift/ Industrial Fork Lift/ and Aerial Lift Certified Trainer; OSHA 500 Certified Trainer for Construction Industry; and OSHA 501 Certified Trainer for General Industry.

William J. Warfel, PhD, CLU, CPCU
Insurance Industry Expert
Dr. Warfel has more than 15 years in the insurance industry.  His experience includes insurance losses involving property damage, punitive damage, and personal injury; breach of contract; bad faith; agent/broker liability issues representing policyholders, insurers, and third parties; general liability; homeowners; personal and commercial auto; commercial property; business income; individual life and disability; professional liability; employee dishonesty; workers compensation; financial institution bond; inland marine; and surety bond policies.  

William has taught Property/Liability Insurance, Heath Insurance, Life Insurance, Introduction to Risk and Insurance, Commercial Liability Insurance, and Insurance Seminars.   He has been awarded the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research/Creativity Award and the State Farm Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Award.  He is a Chartered Life Underwriter, and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.  William is a member of the Editorial Board of Standard Publishing’s Risk Management Reports, the Indiana Department of Insurance Agent Licensing Initiative, is the Past President of the Western Risk and Insurance Association, is an Assistant Editor for the CPCU eJournal, and was a panelist at the 2008 American Risk and Insurance Association Annual Meeting.
 
William W. Whitworth, PE;
Utility Line/Pole Expert and Electrical Engineer
Mr. Whitworth has 35 years experience with utility power distribution systems, including power poles and overhead and underground power lines. His experience and expertise includes NESC code requirements; wood pole analysis; pole loading, guying, and buckling; material failure analysis; compliance audits; conductor sag and tension; conductor blowouts; fuse coordination; fault studies; circuit loading; voltage drop analysis; capacitor bank and control; system reliability indices; system reliability; improvement recommendations; system inventories; inspections; mapping; underground and overhead distribution systems; engineering policies; programmable capacitor controls; guy/anchor failures; easements; estimates; and training seminars.

Bill is a Licensed, Registered Professional Engineer in several states. His Professional Affiliations include The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE); The Indiana Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) - Treasurer (2010-present), ISPE Educational Foundation (ISPE-EF) - Treasurer (2012-present); Senior Member of IEEE Power Engineering Society, Central Indiana Section, IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA); The Indiana Energy Association (IEA) - T&D Committee; The Midwest Electric Distribution Exchange (MEDE); The Midwest Energy Association (MEA) Code & Standards Committee; The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Distribution Group; The American National Standards Institute (ANSI); The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); The Forest Products Society (FPS); The American Wood Protection Association (AWPA); and The International Council on Large Electric Systems - US Committee (CIGRE).
 
James S. Wickersham, PE
Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Utah
Mr. Wickersham has more than 20 years experience in construction, maintenance, and mechanical engineering.  His experience includes recreational activities/ facilities/ equipment, including amusement parks, playgrounds, and winter sports; fire/ explosion investigations; gas turbine and combined cycle power plants; ski resort maintenance and operations, including security, grooming, training and supervision of all personnel; boiling water reactors; nuclear energy plants, including maintenance, supervision, and mechanical tooling.

Jim is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Level I Amusement Ride Inspector, and Certified Playground Safety Inspector. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Society for Testing and Materials, F24 and F27 Committees; National Society of Professional Engineers; Professional Ski Instructors of America; and National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials.
 
Schield M. Wikas, DO, DF, FAOCD;
Medical Dermatology
Dr. Schield M. Wikas has over 30 years experience as an Internal Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine Specialist. His extensive experience and expertise includes osteopathic medicine; internal medicine; pharmacology; therapeutics; phlebology; dermal fillers; Botox injections; dermatology, including diseases, cancers, surgery, and injections; sclerotheraphy; hair transplantation/restoration; Staphylococcal Scaled-Skin Syndrome; Stevens-Johnson Syndrome; Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome; Hyperimmunoglobulin E. Syndrome; Scurvy; Epithelioid Angoisarcoma; Epithelioid Hemangioma; Scleromyxedema; Merkel Cell Carcinoma; cancer screening; venereal diseases; bacterial and fungal infections; cutaneous manifestations; hair and nail diseases; atopic dermatitis; cutaneous malignancy cancer; bullous diseases; Pyoderma Gangrenosum; acne/rosacea; and psoriasis therapy.

Dr. Wikas is Board Certified by The American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology and is a Past or Present Member of the following Professional Organizations: The American Osteopathic Association; The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology; The American Academy of Dermatology; Honorary title Fellow of Distinction of the American Osteopathic College of Medicine; The American Medical Association; The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology; The Ohio State Medical Association; The Ohio Osteopathic Association; The District 8 Osteopathic Academy; The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery; The American College of Phlebology; and The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education. Dr. Wikas also has over 40 Professional Publications and Presentations.
 
Michael T. Williams, PE
Civil and Environmental Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Indiana, New Mexico
Mr. Williams has more than 30 years of Civil/Environmental Engineering experience, including water distribution, sanitary and storm water sewer systems, pump stations, and wastewater treatment plants; administration, inspection and testing for construction of storm sewers, wastewater collection and treatment facilities, activated sludge systems, aerated lagoons, oxidation ditches, sequencing batch reactors, and secondary/tertiary treatment systems; inspector/technician training; site surveying and safety plans; project certifications; failures and malfunctions including foundations, retaining walls, roofs, structural failures, appliances, furnaces, swimming pools, spas, saunas, plumbing systems, hydraulic systems, fire suppression systems, environmental releases, and environmental remediation systems; hydrogeological investigations, aquifer tests, design and permitting.

Mike is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Water Environment Federation, and the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.
 
Vaughn E. Wilson, PE
Civil Engineer
Licensed in Ohio
Mr. Wilson has over 15 years of experience in building, pavement, highway, and bridge design, construction, repair, maintenance, materials inspection, and demolition; material placement specifications; project and material certifications; bituminous concrete; aggregate and bituminous asphalt; surface treatments, joint repairs, and overlays; materials inspection and testing, including requirements; traffic signs and signals; pavement markings; and street lighting.

Vaughn is a certified Professional Engineer with past certifications with the Ohio Department of Transportation in both the design and the testing of asphalt and concrete materials and pavements. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineering and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
 
Ralph W. Witherspoon, CPP
Security and Safety Expert
Mr. Witherspoon has more than 30 years experience involving premises security and safety including planning, implementing, training, and evaluation.  His expertise includes "negligent security" (for murder, rape, robbery, and assault); false arrest; shoplifting; arson; police liability; negligent hiring/firing; credit card and employee theft or fraud; and includes incidents at retail and lodging facilities, schools, the workplace, parking lots, special events, marine/shipping/port terminals, and restaurants, bars and lounges.

Ralph's professional memberships include: the International Association of Professional Security Consultants and the ASIS.  Ralph has also written the chapter entitled "Office Building Security" in the book Business Security, published in 2004 by Gary Publications, Las Vegas, NV.
 
Christy L. Yano, BSN-RN, MSN-CRNP, ANCC, AANP
Dual Certifications;
Nursing Expert
Mrs. Yano has experience involving nursing; medical facility standard-of-care procedures; aesthetic medicine service procedures; women's health care; patient care assessments, including heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, telemetry reading, respiration rate, and pain block procedures.

Christy is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.  She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Registered Nurse.
 
Robert A. Yano, PE
Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, California
Mr. Yano has more than 30 years experience involving the design, installation, and operation of mechanical systems and components for residential, institutional, commercial, industrial, and manufacturing facilities.  His experience includes: HVAC systems, including boilers; natural gas, propane, and oil furnaces, heaters, stoves, and dryers, including CO exposure; manual and automatic doors; machinery equipment and personal safety systems; material handling systems; water piping and plumbing; dust and fumes collection; ergonomics; noise attenuation systems; and explosion investigations.

Bob is a member of The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers; The Society of Automotive Engineers; The National Safety Council; The National Fire Protection Association; and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.