School Safety Expert Witnesses

The SEAK Expert Witness Directory contains a comprehensive list of school safety expert witnesses who testify, consult and provide litigation support on school safety and related issues. School safety expert witnesses and consultants on this page may form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, and provide expert witness testimony at deposition and trial. The issues and subjects these school safety expert witnesses testify regarding may include: School Safety, Bullying, School Security, Sexual Abuse, Special Education, Education, School Violence, Ada, Evaluation, Hazing, Investigation, Risk Management, School Shootings, Sexual Molestation, and Student Supervision.

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Rachael L.N. Frost Frost ICED / Investigation, Consultation, Education & Development

Murrieta, California
Police Practices & Procedures, Law Enf & Criminal Justice - Police Practices, Police Policies, Investigation, School Safety, Domestic Violence, Stalking, Strangulation, Sexual Abuse, Workplace Violence, Child Abuse, Coercive Control, Restraining Orders, Interviewing, Internal Affairs Standards, Program Development, Law Enforcement investigations
Master Investigator (ret.) Rachael Frost is a reliable and proven expert witness for both court testimony and detailed case investigation and development with experience in high profile, media-saturated cases. The first female Master Investigator at her agency, she is a twenty-year law enforcement veteran specializing in intimate partner violence-related cases, specifically, physical and emotional abuse, stalking, strangulation, restraining orders, sexual abuse, and child abuse. After obtaining more than $3.5 million in grant funding, M. Inv. (ret.) Frost developed numerous multidisciplinary teams throughout 15 years to include their policies, protocols, and training across government, nonprofit and for-profit agencies directed at addressing intimate partner violence, threat assessment, murder/suicide, and more. Serving in her department's Internal Affairs bureau and as a defensive tactics instructor enhanced M. Inv. (ret.) Frost's vast experience in law enforcement policies, proced...

Robert P Gelhart, Ed.D.

Laguna Niguel, California
School Safety, Education & Schools - Education, School Safety, Handicapped Children, Special Education, School Premises Liability, Bullying, Sexual Molestation
Dr. Gelhart is a licensed Educational Psychologist and credentialed School Counselor and Teacher. He specializes in school safety including sexual molestation, physical and emotional trauma and wrongful death of handicapped children. He has over 40 years of experience in education at all instructional levels.

Joseph S Schwartzberg, Ed.D.

Vista, California
Education & Schools, School Safety - Special Education Expert witness . Particular expertise in issues related to the standards of care for children with disabilities. Extensive experience testifying in state and federal court on matters concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Fully credentialed/certified in special education. Administrative credentials in both NY and California. Served as a classroom teacher and Principal in schools designed to serve special populations as well as general education/mainstream environments. Served as Senior SELPA Director. Taught university classes designed to prepare prospective special education teachers. Developed and implemented agreements with other agencies with responsibilities to persons with disabilities. Development , implementation and evaluation of special education programs. Establish protocols for standards of care for students with disabilities. Expertise and trial testimony experience in matters concerning school safety and child abuse.

Elisa Mula

Westport, Connecticut
Security, Premises Liability - schools, school safety, foreseeability, facial recognition, alarms, access control, surveillance, parking lots, bars, hotels, concerts, sporting events, apartments, retail, guards, lighting, risk assessments
Security consultant and expert witness. Masters degree in protection management, physical security. Diverse experience with security technology such as access control, facial recognition, and video surveillance. Significant teaching/training experience. Special experience in school security.

William L. Bainbridge, PhD, FACFE William L. Bainbridge, PhD, FACFE & Associates, LLC

Jacksonville, Florida
Education & Schools, School Safety - school evaluation, sexual abuse, child custody school evaluation, school standards of care, school safety, education standards of care, school related accidents, education, higher education, secondary education, elementary education, playground accidents, athletics and recreation
William L. Bainbridge, Ph.D., FACFE, is a forensic education expert with extensive experience in school, college and preschool related accidents, incidents & sexual abuse/sexual assault and educational evaluation for child custody. He has been court qualified as a schooling and education standards/policy expert in over 30 states. President and CEO of the SchoolMatch® Institute and Distinguished Research Professor at The University of Dayton, he is the former superintendent of three school districts in Ohio and Virginia and served on the executive staff of the Ohio Department of Education.

Michael S. Dorn Safe Havens International

Juliette, Georgia
School Safety, Emergency Preparedness - School Security, School Shootings, Run Hide Fight, School Child Abuse, Active Shooter, School Sexual Assault, School Violence. Active Shooter Training, Bullying, Student Supervision, ALICE Training, School Resource Officers

R. Leslie Nichols, CPP, M.S. R.L. Nichols & Associates, LLC

Atlanta, Georgia
School Safety, Premises Liability - sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual molestation, molestation, sexual grooming, bullying, school, church, camp, mentor, afterschool, youth serving organization, sports
Mr. Nichols specializes in cases involving injury to children in schools, churches, camps, mentoring programs, sports organizations, and afterschool programs. From 1994 to 2016 he served as Vice President of safety and facilities for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In that role he shaped the policies and practices that helped protect over 4 million youth at over 4,000 sites in the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, Mr. Nichols entered private practice in two specialized areas: as a school safety/security consultant and as an expert witness on child sexual abuse cases involving organizations. Mr. Nichols has authored, co-authored, or contributed to over 40 articles and publications concerning protecting people from harm. Recent publications include: • "4 Ways to Address Child Sexual Abuse in Schools," Campus Safety Magazine, 2021 (author) • Recommended Guidelines & Best Practices: Background Screening in Youth-Serving Organizations, 3rd Ed., 2021 (Contributor & reviewer) • Extreme Viole...

Leroy K. James, MS L. K. James & Associates

Cheltenham, Maryland
Law Enf & Criminal Justice, School Safety - School Security, Clery Act Compliance, Campus Security Operations, Investigations, Emergency Management, Special Events Management, Policies and Procedures, Community Policing, Consortium Building, Patrol Operations, Local Law Enforcement Collaboration, Training & Education
Mr. James has served as a University Chief of Police, as well as an Executive Director for Campus Safety and Security at two (2) four-year higher education research institutions, and at a community college in the Washington DC and Baltimore metropolitan region. In those positions he served as the chief architect for the safety and security infrastructure for several different campuses and over 50,000 students. He also served as an adjunct professor in criminal justice at a community college. He serves as the founder of a campus security consulting firm that specializes in assisting university leaders comply with their federal responsibilities under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. Mr. James is also the Training and Education Coordinator for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Law Enforcement Executives and Administrators (HBCU-LEEA) organization which serv...

David Wolowitz, J.D. McLane Middleton Law Firm

Newington, New Hampshire
Education & Schools, School Safety - School standard of care, educator misconduct, educator sexual abuse and molestation, grooming, boundary violations, school investigations, school sports and physical education injuries, student misconduct, negligent supervision, harassment, bullying, hazing, discrimination
David Wolowitz, J.D., served for many years as outside counsel to some of the top schools in the country and has extensive experience dealing with a wide variety of school related legal issues in primary and secondary schools. He has consulted with dozens of schools nationwide and internationally on all aspects of student well-being and school safety. He is a frequent speaker on educational risk management and child safeguarding at national and regional school conferences. He has significant litigation experience and was invited for 29 years to teach at the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop. He has a B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis, an M.A. from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is licensed in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mr. Wolowitz has served as an expert in cases around the country involving current and past school standards of care for protecting the health and safety of students, as well as the adequacy of s...

John F. Doherty, Ed.D School Liability Expert Group

Lambertville, New Jersey
Education & Schools, School Safety - Title IX, 1983, wrongful death, school and youth-serving agency liability, negligent hiring, personal injury, sexual abuse, harassment and bullying, physical abuse, student/child supervision, special education, child custody & school review, school security, daycare, camps, colleges & universities.
At School Liability Expert Group, we provide services from case inception through resolution. Determining the merit of a case, assisting with the development of pleadings, deposition focus and questions, conducting file and deposition review and analysis, developing expert reports, and offering testimony at deposition and trial are some of the services provided. Through the experience of its founder, Dr. Edward Dragan, and expert witness, Dr. John Doherty, along with a highly trained staff, School Liability Expert Group provides quality comprehensive services for plaintiff and defendant attorneys in high-profile and complicated cases. John F. Doherty Ed.D. is an experienced public and private school educator who has focused his work on improving schools through effective hiring practices, supervision and training of staff, and building a school culture of sustainability. He has over 35 years of experience as a Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Principal, Assistant Principa...

Joseph W. Tadrick, MBA, MS Tier One Strategies, LLC

Sussex, New Jersey
Security, School Safety - Terrorism, School Security/Safety, Religious Facilities Security/Safety, Active Shooter Prep, Parking Lots/Garages, Entertainment Venues, Sports Arenas, Transportation Security, Hotel Security, Security Management, Inadequate/Negligent Security, Special Event Security, Workplace Violence
Joseph Tadrick, MBA, MS, is a premises liability and security consultant. Joseph provides consultation regarding security and safety aspects of commercial property management and conducts security audits for various types of commercial premises, including but not limited to: multi-family housing, resorts, hotels, retail and office space, entertainment venues, and sport arenas. He holds an MBA in Management/Marketing, an MS in Protection Management, and a BA in Psychology. In addition, Joseph was board certified in security management, having earned the prestigious designation of Certified Protection Professional (CPP) (expired 12/19) from ASIS International. As a vetted member of and speaker at InfraGard events, Joseph contributed to and developed a partnership between the FBI and the private sector by providing industry specific insights. Joseph’s training in physical security, force protection, and Intelligence began when he as a Naval Reserve Intelligence Officer supported th...

Norman J. Pollard, Ed.D. Pollard Consulting

Alfred Station, New York
Education & Schools, School Safety - hazing, bullying, school harassment, hazing prevention, anti-bullying, risk management, school violence
Dr. Norm Pollard, retired Dean of Students and a licensed mental health counselor, has professional interests that include effecting positive change to promote campus culture, risk management, student development issues, and educating students about hazing. Norm has appeared on all the major news networks to represent Alfred University's landmark studies on Initiation Rites and Athletics and Initiation Rites in American High Schools. Several high schools, colleges and communities have consulted with Norm to integrate the survey results into their anti-hazing programs. Norm has served as an expert witness in several civil litigation cases. He has been an invited speaker to a number of national and regional conferences, to speak on hazing and initiation rites. He holds a masters degree in agency counseling from Western State College and doctorate in counseling from Drake University. He has worked on college campuses since 1984 and was director of Alfred University's Counseling and Stu...

Virginia L. Rhodes, Ed.D. Renegade Learning LLC

Cincinnati, Ohio
Education & Schools, School Safety - school,urban school,STEM,education,magnet,negligence,high school,teacher,supervision,principal,LEA,student,teacher hiring,standard of care,evaluation,school culture,teacher,professional error,administration,teacher training,school safety,liability,school accident,discrimination-race,disability
35+ years in public education administration, teaching & policy: testifies on training & supervision of school personnel, abuse, discipline, discrimination, school accidents Dr. Rhodes offers extensive experience on multiple aspects of school-related liability for negligence, both elementary and secondary. Dr. Rhodes is an exceptional analytical thinker and writer with keen insight, timely reports and compelling testimony. Founding Principal of the largest public U.S. urban STEM high school (2008). Founding Principal of the 1st environmental public high school in Ohio. Policy--former School Board member in large urban district. Skilled in School transformation, collaborative school design, leadership, experiential education, program design, school culture, discipline & multicultural education Developer of a unique innovative "T2" teacher hiring process. Articulate and engaging speaker on school policy, practice, and transformation. Rhodes travels, speaks publicly, condu...

Kenneth S. Trump, M.P.A. National School Safety and Security Services

Cleveland, Ohio
School Safety, Education & Schools - school security, school safety, school wrongful death, school assaults, school sexual assaults, school rapes, school shootings, school violence, school bullying, school crisis, school emergency, school police, security guards, security officers, student supervision, school bus, school gangs, crime
Ken provides experienced, accessible, timely and quality expert services to plaintiff and defense attorneys on preK-12 school safety and security cases. He is an experienced speaker, teacher, news commentator and personal communicator on school safety. Ken served as an officer, investigator and gang unit supervisor for the Cleveland City Schools' safety division, and as a suburban school security director and assistant gang task force director. During his 30 years in school safety he trained and consulted with school and public safety officials from 50 states and internationally.   Ken is the author, co-author and/or editor of three books, five book chapters and 450 articles on school safety. He appears regularly in national and international news.   Ken is a four-time invited Congressional witness on school safety and emergency preparedness, and testified on bullying to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He presented to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, Education Commission o...

Michael Salitore, Ed.D.

Gresham, Oregon
Education & Schools, School Safety - Special Education, School Safety, Behavior, School Mental Health, School Counseling, IDEA, ADA, 504, District and School Administration, Federal Programs, School Nursing, School Improvement, Restraint and Seclusion, Evaluation, Assessment, Disability, Experiential Education, and Risk Management
Michael Salitore is an experienced school/district administrator, psychologist, and teacher, working in public education since 2003. Dr. Salitore has served as director of student services since 2014 managing special education/ federal programs, school safety, behavioral health, and administration of policy under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Most recently, Dr. Salitore has assumed a position (July, 2022) as director of student services in a district serving East Portland metro. As a school psychologist, he has experience in areas of assessment of children pre-k through post-high school with disabilities. As a teacher of college-age students since 2005 and a trainer for various school districts, he has experience teaching adults complex topics. Dr. Salitore has a proven track record of improving school structures and systems that lead to positive outcomes for students with disabilities. He has experience navigating the compl...

Tod Schneider Safe School Design LLC

Eugene, Oregon
School Safety, Building Inspection - Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Personal Safety, Premises Liability, K-12 Schools, Shelters, Residential Facilities, Apartment buildings, Government buildings, Social Services, Parks, Research and writing.
I worked for 28 years as a Eugene, Oregon Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist, and an overlapping 24 years as a school safety consultant, emphasizing positive school culture and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). I’ve conducted over 120 public school inspections nationwide, including schools in Tennessee, Colorado, Florida and Oregon that had recently experienced shootings. My services were provided under the auspices of the Eugene Police Department, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, as an independent consultant (Safe School Design LLC), and as an Adjunct Analyst with Safe Havens International (SHI). I continue to inspect schools with SHI nationwide. An additional career thread over the years, from 1973 to the present, included a variety of positions ranging from crisis counselor to agency director in various social service agencies. Recent projects have included a one-year special assignment with the City Manager’s Office as a V...

Suzanne G. Devlin, MSCM

Fairfax Station, Virginia
School Safety, Law Enf & Criminal Justice - Investigation, Emergency Preparedness, Police Practices & Procedures
7 years, Supervisor, Safety and Security, Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia 2 1/2 years, Senior Principal Intelligence Analyst, BAE Systems, Washington, D.C. Retired, Deputy Chief of Police, Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax, Virginia M.S. Degree – Conflict Management, George Mason University (MSCM) 2016 - Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) - Emergency Management Executive Academy Graduate, Leadership Fairfax and Leadership Loudoun Graduate Certificate – Public Manager – George Washington University 15 years college-level teaching experience in Criminal Justice at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Virginia. FBI National Academy – 188th Session - Graduate Veteran – United States Marine Corps 2012 - Present: Various professional conferences on School Safety and Security Significant Activities: 2008 – Virginia Governor's State Law Enforcement Command Advisory Group 2007 – National Capital Area Repres...
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