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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Human Factors and Risk Management

Keywords/Search Terms:

Background Checks, Employment Screening, Negligent Hiring, Negligent Retention, FCRA, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Workplace Violence, Elder Abuse, Employee Due Diligence, PBSA Accreditation, Risk Management, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Termination, Civil Class Action, Criminal Background Checks, EEOC


BS - Business Administration, Management, Penn State University

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Robert Capwell is a career-long veteran, industry leader, consultant, and expert witness in the background screening industry for over 34-years. Mr. Capwell is considered one of the leading experts in the background screening industry and serves as a background screening industry expert witness for legal matters pertaining to employment screening, negligent hiring and retention litigation, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) claims and workplace violence cases. Robert is a Founding Member and Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) which is now the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). Bob led the association’s globalization taskforce which developed the organizational and leadership structure for the association’s transformation to a global association. He also served on the association’s inaugural Global Board of Directors as a distinguished member. Mr. Capwell served on the Ethics and Accreditation Committee which developed the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Bob continues to lobby on behalf of the industry to ensure accurate and open access to public records information to process consumer reports. Robert is a presenter to industry colleagues, recruiters, human resource professionals, and loss prevention practitioners both nationally and internationally. Bob was a contributing author of the “Pre-employment Background Screening Guidelines” published by American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) along with the “Trusted Information Provider Annex” guidelines published in 2015. He also served as a contributing author of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) “Security Awareness Standard” which was published in 2020. Mr. Capwell authored several articles on background screening for various publications and authored periodic articles related to the screening industry for The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), HRO Today and among others. Mr. Capwell has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, and several HR-related publications throughout the years. Robert has provided the keynote address and chaired conferences for NAPBS and the UK Vetting and Screening conference. Mr. Capwell has provided testimony and consulted with government agencies, Members of Congress, FTC, FAA, and Pennsylvania Court Administrators on behalf of the background screening industry.