Ken Wheatley, MA, CPP Expert Witness

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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Premises Liability and Security

Keywords/Search Terms:

Security Procedures, Guard Force Management & Performance, Event Security, Malls, Hotels, Casinos, Apartment Buildings, Commercial Buildings, Parking, Foreseeability, Assaults, Battery, Rapes


BA, Florida International University; MA (Summa Cum Laude), Webster University; Senior Executive Education, Harvard JFK School of Government; Senior Executive Education, University of Michigan School of Business

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Mr. Wheatley is the founder of Royal Security Group LLC, an independent security and business management consulting practice serving clients in the U.S. and internationally. He also provides expert opinions and testifies in plaintiff and defense cases involving premises liability and negligence issues in a variety of settings. Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer (retired) for Sony Electronics' global operations. He and his department investigated over 800 civil and criminal cases per year, domestically and internationally. Former FBI Special Agent with experience leading investigations in a variety of areas including: white collar crime, drugs, kidnapping, bank robbery, espionage, and violent criminal apprehension. Current member of the Senior Advisory Group with the FBI's Domestic Security Alliance Council. Former member of the Board of Directors for the FBI affiliated InfraGard San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter. Sector Chief Co-Coordinator. Served on the Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices for the City of San Diego. Led one of seven evaluator teams. Appointed by the Mayor. Earned the security management certification, CPP (Certified Protection Professional), by exam and experience, and has re-certified every three years since 1997. Also earned the PPS (Personal Protection Specialist) through the Executive Protection Institute. Completed the CPTED course (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) at the University of Louisville. He is the past president of the International Security Management Association (ISMA) - the global Association of Chief Security Officers - and has served in numerous leadership roles with the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC). He served on the National Board of Directors for the Forensic Expert Witness Association and was the San Diego Chapter president.