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This page contains athletics & recreation expert witnesses who testify, consult and provide litigation support on athletics & recreation and related issues. Athletics & recreation expert witnesses and consultants on this page may form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts. The issues and subjects these athletics & recreation expert witnesses testify regarding may include: Personal Injury, Athletics, Coaching, Drowning, Exercise, Exercise Equipment, Fitness, Golf Cart Accidents, Gym, Health Club, Lifeguard, OSHA, Physical Education, Recreation, and Zipline.

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Lance Miller, M.A. Miller Safety Inspections & Consulting, Inc.

Parker, Colorado
Athletics & Recreation, Equipment & Machinery - Inflatables, Trampoline Parks, Rockwall, Euro Bungy, Mechanical Bulls, Trackless Trains, Inflatable Accident, Mobile Climbing Wall Accident, Trackless Train Accident, Euro Bungy Accident, Inflatable Interactive Accident, Bounce House Accident, Inflatable Water Slide Accident, Amusement Ride Accident
Lance Miller is an expert in the amusement ride industry with specific expertise in inflatables and specialty devices. He applies his expertise to forensic casework involving the installation, inspection, operation and maintenance of amusement devices. Lance has more than 19 years of hands-on experience; he owned and operated Colorado’s largest inflatable rental company, taking it from start up to a 1.8-million-dollar rental company. Lance built a successful company that included nearly 400 pieces of inflatable and mechanical amusement devices. He developed protocol which covered operator instruction, amusement device installation, training certification, tear down, call center operations, and equipment maintenance. Lance has also performed third party inspections for the State of Colorado. He holds current credentials from NAARSO (National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials), AIMS (Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers, International), IATP (International Ass...

Carl Weil Wilderness Medicine Outfitters

Elizabeth, Colorado
Athletics & Recreation, Risk Management - Rock Climbing, Rock Climbing Gym, Climbing Gym, Rappelling, Portable Climbing Wall, Horses riding, Guided Trail Ride, Stables, Shooting Sports, Archery, carbon fiber arrow, Tree Stand, Cross Bow, Compound Bow, Guides, Hunting Guides, Hunting Accident, Guided Hunt, Outdoor Recreation, Youth Camps
Carl Weil has done risk management on over 3,000 outdoor businesses in the US, Canada and abroad as a risk manager and insurance program designer. He has been an expert witness in over 300 cases in 38 states. He frequently is asked to consult on Archery, Camps, Camp Skills, Equine, Guiding, Livestock, Horses, Hunting, Outdoor Recreation, Ranching — both guest and working, Resorts, Rope courses, Rock Climbing — gyms and out of doors, Shotgun, Pistol and Rifle. He has earned many credentials helpful to his 40+ years of expert witness work. He earned the first Master Fellow degree in Wilderness Medicine. This degree helps him with depth of understanding in much of the recreational industry that few others have. He grew up on a family ranch in the Colorado Mountains and is a third generation guide. He has authored 5 books and over 24 peer reviewed and non peer reviewed publications He has been accepted as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases. He has worked on over 300 cases i...

Lisa A. Fedick, CAE Wonderland of Ice Associates, Inc

Orange, Connecticut
Athletics & Recreation, Risk Management - Ice Arena / Ice Rink Best Practices, Ice Arena / Ice Rink Operations, Ice Arena / Ice Rink Risk Management, Ice Skating Slip and Fall, Ice Skating Accidents, Ice Arena / Ice Rink Design and Safety, Ice Sport Facility Management, Ice Skating Program Administration and Technical Ice Skating
Ms. Fedick began her career in the ice arena industry as a competitive figure skater. After earning a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, Lisa Fedick’s career in rink management began in 1989, with her company, the Wonderland of Ice Associates, Inc, being awarded the long-term lease of the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Lisa continues to be part of all aspects of the day to day business operations, including management, operations, programming, risk management, retail and food and beverage. The Wonderland of Ice was part of one of the first public / private ice arena privatization arrangements in the country. Lisa’s ice arena has since been expanded to include a second NHL surface, as well as a dedicated curling rink. Through the planning and design of Lisa’s creation, the business footprint has increased by 600%. Lisa has also recently acquired a second arena in Norwich, Connecticut and a synthetic ice facility in Westbrook, Connecticut...

Shawn P. DeRosa, JD DeRosa Aquatic Consulting

Orlando, Florida
Aquatics Safety, Athletics & Recreation - Drowning, Lifeguard, Swimming Pool, Beach, Spinal Injury, Water Safety, Hot Tub, Spa, Aquatic Safety, Recreation, Water Rescue, Pool Operations
Shawn DeRosa is a nationally-recognized expert in water safety, having twice been selected by Aquatics International Magazine as one of the "Power 25" people in aquatics. Through his consulting company, DeRosa Aquatic Consulting, Shawn helps agencies minimize risks and improve safety through high-quality education and training programs. As an expert witness, Shawn combines his training as a lawyer with his years of experience as an aquatic director to provide litigation support services in a variety of pool and beach cases. Over the years, Shawn has worked closely with the American Red Cross in the development of Red Cross lifeguarding, CPR and water safety programs. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events and has authored a variety of articles concerning risk management, pool operations and water safety. He is also a contributing author to two textbooks, The Complete Swimming Pool Reference and Safer Beaches.

Stephen W. Eisenberg, PGA Member Golf Concepts, Inc.

Ft. Myers, Florida
Athletics & Recreation - Golf, Golf Cart Accidents, Golf Ball Accidents, Golf Instructional Accidents, Golf Course Design, Errant Gold Ball, Golf Accidents, Golf Course Driving Range Accidents, Golf Driving Range
Golf Concepts, Inc., provides forensic analysis and opinion testimony on golf litigation matters, such as golf course design defects, golf cart accidents, errant golf ball accidents, golf cart accidents in gated communities and on our roadways, golf car accidents in general, golf course driving range accidents, golf instructional accidents, and slip and fall accidents. Our industry experts have been certified as golf accident experts in most states. Golf Concepts, has provided these services to attorneys, insurance companies, and golf courses regarding all aspects of the golf industry, acting as a golf expert witness or accident reconstruction expert. Golf Concepts can develop computer forensic simulation and accident reconstruction. Our founder, Stephen Eisenberg, is an award winning, certified PGA Professional with 25 years in the field of golf law and 25 years in the golf industry, and also possesses a law degree. This rare combination of understanding of the law and golf ope...

Susan Brown Foster, PhD, CRSS Sport Business Consulting, LLC

Saint Augustine, Florida
Athletics & Recreation, Education & Schools - Negligence, sport, personal injury, premises liability, sports officiating, softball, basketball, goalball, volunteers, coaching, risk management in sport, physical education, athletics, waivers, Fair Labor Standards Act & Interns
Dr. Foster has a 30+ year career involving sport. Before starting her consulting business, she was the founding chair of the Department of Sport Management at Saint Leo University in Florida. Prior to this role, she had professional roles as a softball, volleyball, and goalball official, high school softball and volleyball coach, and college intramural administrator. Risk management in sport and development/evaluation of risk management plans for small to mid-size sport facilities/organizations is a strength. Professional Affiliations (Current) - Sport and Recreation Law Association - Sports Lawyers Association - National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association - North American Society for Sport Management Scholarship Authored 17 professional journal/newsletter articles with 10 of these covering legal issues tied to internships & the law (specifically the FLSA, waivers, & risk management). Publications appear in leading sport publications & the law 60+ Presentations

Kenneth A Soler, AFO, CPRP Aquatic Risk Management Group

Miami Beach, Florida
Aquatics Safety, Athletics & Recreation - Drowning, Pool Operator, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, Aquatic Facility Operator, Parks, Recreation.
Kenneth A. Soler is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional with over 25 years of operational aquatics experience in aquatic facility management, programming, implementing safety standards, lifeguard management, swim instructor management, and around a variety of aquatic environments (beaches, water parks, aquatic centers, community pools, indoor swimming pools, and lakes). Mr. Soler is a certified Lifeguard Instructor, Aquatic Facility Operator Instructor, and Water Safety Instructor. He has been a speaker at the National Parks and Recreation Association and the Greater Miami Parks summit and has served in a number of Aquatic safety Councils (Miami-Dade Drowning coalition and the City of Hialeah Aquatic Safety Council). Mr. Soler worked under Aquatics Expert Tom Ebro for a number of years before opening his own practice, in 2016, in the years that he worked with Mr. Ebro, Mr. Soler worked on a number of cases ranging from drownings, near-drownings, recommending corrective act...

Edward E Wankel, MPA Leisure Services Assoc., Inc.

Naples, Florida
Athletics & Recreation, Risk Management - Golf Cart ROLLOVER Accidents, Sports and Recreation Facilities Management, Roller Skating Rink Accidents, Water Park Injuries, Playground Injuries, Golf Course Design/Safety, Fitness Facility Management, Develop Risk Management Programs for Recreation, trampoline,swimming pools, diving
Mr. Wankel served as the Director of the Sports and Convention Center at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New York. Ed Wankel also served as the Commissioner of Recreation and Parks for the Town of Islip, New York, the Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Conservation for Suffolk County, New York and the Deputy Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the State of New York. He currently serves on the Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces and aquatic Facilities Committees with the American Society of Testing and Materials International (ASTM) and has taken the Playground Safety Course given by the National Recreation and Parks Association. SPECIALTY FOCUS: Golf Course Accidents Golf Cart Accidents Playground Accidents Roller Skating Rink Accidents Roller Rink Accidents

Michael R Smith AdventureSmith, Inc.

Rochester Hills, Michigan
Athletics & Recreation, Risk Management - zipline, zip lines, zipline accident, zipline braking, zipline construction, zipline deaths, zipline safety, zipline standards, aerial adventure course, ropes course, challenge course
Michael R. Smith is an industry-leading adventure tour operator and business consultant with more than 26 years of experience designing, developing, and operating zip line canopy tours, aerial adventure parks, and traditional challenge course programs. Smith serves as the managing partner of ArborTrek Canopy Adventures (https://arbortrek.com), an award-winning zip line canopy tour and aerial adventure park operator based in northern Vermont, and President of AdventureSmith, Inc. (https://adventuresmithinc.com), a niche consultancy offering risk management consulting, staff training and development services, technical inspections, adventure program audits, and business development services to zip line and adventure tour operators. Smith holds degrees in Wilderness Leadership from Prescott College (1998) and a Masters in Training and Development from Oakland University (2004). He has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies as a business consultant, authored and published climbin...

Jeff Borba, AWS CWI/CWE, NAARSO III, PRI, COT, CMT, CAT PRECISIONEERING

Reno, Nevada
Athletics & Recreation, Aquatics Safety - Amusement Ride Inspector/Auditor, Theme Park Attractions/Rides, Welding/NDT, Zipline, Manufacturer Audits, ASTM F24 Safety Audit, Water Park, Accident/Incident Investigation, Inspections, Aerial Adventure Challenge Course, Canopy Tours, QA/QC Requirements
Jeff Borba is an expert in the amusement ride industry with over 27 years of experience. Jeff owns and operates Precisioneering, a Veteran-owned auditing and consulting company. He has experience with a multitude of different types of amusement rides including coasters, simulators, portable rides, ziplines, water parks, slides, etc. His previous positions include; Manager/Director of Maintenance, Operations & Engineering, Ride Auditor/Inspector and Maintenance Technician. Jeff's qualifications include; -Amusement Standards Subcommittee Chairman of ASTM F24.30 “Inspection and Maintenance” -Task Group Leader of ASTM F24 F2974 “Auditing Amusement Rides and Devices” -Task Group Leader of ASTM F24.90 “Evolution Task Group” -Task Group Member of F2959 "Aerial Adventures" -Task Group Member of F1193 "Quality, Manufacture and Construction of Amusement Rides" -Secretary of National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) -AIMS Professional Ride Inspector (PRI) Level III -NA...

Theresa Anne Schmidt, PT,DPT,MS,OCS,LMT,CEAS Educise PC

Newbury, New Hampshire
Physical Therapy, Athletics & Recreation - malpractice, personal injury, orthopedics, rehabilitation, massage therapy, exercise, fitness, ergonomics, manual therapy, mobilization, pain, falls, soft tissue injury, work-related injury, allied health
Board-certified Specialist, Orthopedic Physical Therapy since 1994, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Over ten years as faculty in physical therapy, physical therapist assistant, and physical education, recreation and dance programs in NY. Peer-reviewed medical journals: published scientific journal author: MOJ Orthopedics and Rheumatology and Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, International Fascia Research Congress presenter research author, and platform presentation speaker. Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, Back School of Atlanta. Private practice physical therapist for over 30 years. Presented for American Physical, Occupational and Massage Therapy Associations, NASA Inomedic Health, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt Medical, Wake Forest and medical centers across the US. Approved provider of continuing education by National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Inc, NCBTMB, Inc. and New York State Board...

C.J. Abraham, PhD, P.E., DPE, JD, FRSC, FTI, DEE, IH

Great Neck, New York
Products Liability, Slip Trip & Fall - Athletics & Recreation, Safety, Safety Engineering, Warnings & Labels, Industrial Hygiene, OSHA, Risk Analysis, Biomechanics, Engineering, Fires, Explosions, Human Factors, Brain Injuries, Personal Injury, Trampolines, Amusement Parks, Water Parks, Playground Accidents
Dr. Abraham is a licensed P.E. and a Senior Member and a Diplomat in The National Academy of Forensic Engineers. Over the last 45 years, C. J. Abraham has created warnings and instructions for many products and protocols applied and used worldwide. He has consulted to major news channels, NHTSA, OSHA, NIOSH, State of California (CaITrans), Microsoft, New York Transit, Queensborough Bridge Authority, Department of Agriculture, the Federal Government, State Attorney General's Offices, and municipalities throughout the United States, Canada and Europe in a variety of technical areas. His interests include head and brain protection in sports and recreation and personal injury accidents and litigations. In addition, he is also involved in the reconstruction of all types of sports injuries in a large variety of recreational and sports activities, amusement and trampoline facilities, as well as accidents involving a variety of products and vehicles. His background may be found at www...

Al J. Heraghty, MSE, CPSI Total Sports Consulting Services LLC

Commack, New York
Athletics & Recreation, Risk Management - Playground Equipment, Playground Supervision, Physical Education, Gym, Athletics, Health Club, Fitness equipment, Exercise equipment, Fitness Instruction, Weight Room, Sport Facility, Lacrosse, Coaching.
Professor Heraghty currently serves as Academic Chairperson of Health & Physical Education at SUNY Suffolk. Prior to this role he was the Fitness & Aquatics Director and Head Lacrosse Coach at Suffolk. He is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector credentialed by the National Recreation and Park Association and is also certified by the National Program for Playground Safety. He currently serves on the Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces, and Facilities committee with American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM). Professor Heraghty specializes in Risk Management Programs for various types of sports, recreation and fitness activities as well as the preparation of expert opinions for both plaintiff and defendants, in conjunction with recreation and sport personal injury cases. SPECIALITY FOCUS: Playground Equipment Accidents, Gym, Playground Supervision, Recreation, Fitness, Physical Education, Athletic, Health Clubs, Lacrosse, Weight Rooms, Athletic/Sport Facil...

Steven R. Neuliep, CGCS Neuliep Golf

Fletcher, North Carolina
Athletics & Recreation - golf course accident investigation analysis & reports, golf course signage, driving range accidents, golf course risk management & assessment, errant golf balls & property claims, golf course slip fall & serious injury, golf cart accidents, golf course employee safety, g.c. construction management
Specializing in golf course accident investigation, analysis and reports. I only do golf course expert work, it is my focus and all elements of golf course safety has always been a priority in the various positions that I have held during my career on the golf course. I possess over 35 years proven experience in the golf course industry; including working as a golf course superintendent for over 25 years. Throughout my career, I have worked in nearly every position on the golf course to include; caddy, pro shop attendant, locker room attendant, golf course maintenance staff, Asst, Golf Course Supt., Golf Course Supt. and Director of Golf Operations. In addition, I am a single-digit handicap golfer. All of these different positions on the golf course and being an avid golfer gives me a unique perspective and provides many different lenses to analyze and upon which I formulate my opinions and conclusions, regarding incidents that may happened on the golf course. These multiple exper...

Joseph J Pandolfo, NAARSO level III Inspector/Level II Operations,Master Plumber license,OSHA

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Athletics & Recreation, Plumbing - Amusement park safety, Amusement park operations failure, Amusement accident investigation, Go-Kart accidents, Amusement Park construction, Plumbing failure, Construction safety, OSHA, Product failure investergation.
Joseph has full teaching Certifications, He has been doing public speaking to all level of the safety industry. He is a safety trainer in the Amusement Industry for the past 30 plus years. Holding the highest level of training in the Amusement industry. Joseph is the current train trainer for NAARSO, and one of the outreach teacher.

Michael Troy Richardson, Design Engineering, Advanced Physics Studies Momentum Engineering, LLC

Washington, Utah
Athletics & Recreation, Music & Entertainment - Zipline-audits, Zipline Engineering Design Simulations, Aerial Amusement Park Accidents, Failure Analysis, Ride Analysis, Design, Animations, Theme Park Design, Trampoline Courts and Design, Trampoline Foam Pits, Accident Reconstruction, Trampoline Park Design, Zipline Accidents, Zipline Modeling
President of Momentum Engineering, LLC, design of aerial amusement park rides, and devices since 1988. He is a Master Machinist, National Board-Certified Welder, all backed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and 30+ semester hours of Physics. Building ziplines for 20+ years, where he has designed, evaluated, and patented multiple safety elements and devices. In 2000, Park City Mountain Resort Zipline design, testing, prototypes, and Patents for passive braking trolleys, a series of springs as the emergency arrest device, and built the towers for a 4000+ foot long zipline. In 2009 he built and designed his commercial zipline in Spanish Fork, Utah. He has three U.S. Patents for zip line safety trolleys and springs with at least one pending. He is on two advisory and voting committees with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). ASTM F24' Adventure Rides' & ASTM F15' Consumer Products,' and an F2959 Task-group member of F24.61 Aerial Adventure Courses, Ziplin...

Douglas B. Baumgarten, MS SportFit Consulting, LLC

Leesburg, Virginia
Athletics & Recreation, Biomechanics - Fitness, exercise, health club, gym, training, exercise equipment, fitness center, treadmill, baseball, bicycle, triathlon.
Mr. Baumgarten has 38 years of experience in the fitness industry, including working as a personal trainer, program manager, business owner, facility designer, equipment salesperson, etc. He has a Masters in Exercise Science, certification from ACSM (Health-Fitness Director), NASM, and as a Medical Exercise Specialist. He has been an adjunct professor at Marymount University; editorial Board member and columnist for Fitness Onsite magazine; and a columnist for Boardroom magazine. Mr. Baumgarten has presented at numerous conferences, and has over 13 years' experience as an expert witness, on over 140 cases, both for plaintiffs and defendants. In addition, he has many years of experience in baseball, fastpitch softball (championship official), and cycling, including certification as a bicycle fitter, bicycle mechanic, and cycling coach.
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