James “Jim” P. Begley, PE, FSFPE Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Fire and Safety

Keywords/Search Terms:

Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Suppression Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Fire Spread Analysis, Fire Sprinkler, Fire System Failure, Fire Sprinkler Water Loss, Fire Codes, Life Safety Codes, Fire Investigation, Water Supply Evaluations


B.S. Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park; M.S. Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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With a career spanning several decades specializing in the complex field of fire protection engineering, Jim Begley, PE, FSFPE, possesses experience in fire safety equipment, fire sprinkler systems, smoke control systems, fire alarm systems, specialty suppression systems, forensic engineering examinations, and consulting on various occupancies' life safety and building code issues. The in-depth knowledge of these aspects of fire and life safety is critical to the specialized field of expert witness and loss consulting litigation because each step of the building process, starting with construction and installation to system performance and user error, may be subject to legal disputes as it pertains to fire protection cases. As an expert witness trained in fire protection, fire control, smoke control, and other life safety measures, Jim’s broad knowledge and varied experience in this field have made him sought after in high-stakes legal cases related to fire safety and protection. Jim can attest to destruction and damage control, provide insight into code compliance, affirm system installation, and render opinions based on known case facts and industry best practices to determine a case’s optimal course of action. Jim has a wide array of case experience coupled with being a registered fire protection engineer in 44 jurisdictions (43 states and the District of Columbia): AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, IL, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY. His other professional registrations and certifications include certified Fire Marshal, ICC Fire Inspector II, ICC Fire Plans Examiner, LEED AP, and National Council of Examiners for Engineering (NCEES). Jim's passion for precision and ability to convey complex fire protection engineering concepts with utmost clarity set him apart as a trusted authority in the courtroom. Legal professionals and clients alike turn to Jim for his invaluable insights and unwavering commitment to delivering unbiased, credible testimony. He has consistently played a pivotal role in shaping the outcomes of critical legal proceedings, making him an indispensable asset as a fire protection engineering subject matter expert.