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This page contains 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, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts. The issues and subjects these school safety expert witnesses testify regarding may include: School Safety, Bullying, Special Education, Education, School Security, School Violence, Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Discrimination, 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 - Investigation, School Safety, Domestic Violence, Stalking, Strangulation, Sexual Abuse & Assault, Workplace Violence, Child Abuse, Coercive Control, Restraining Orders, Murder/Suicide, Child Abuse, Interviewing, Internal Affairs Standards, Program Development, DV & Child Custody
Master Investigator (ret.) Rachael Frost is a reliable and proven expert witness for both court testimony and detailed case investigation and development. 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 during 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, procedures, and standards, and their application. Master Inv. (r...

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, MSSA R.L. Nichols & Associates, LLC

LaGrange, 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. He is the past president of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, is a board-certified protection professional, has a Master's Degree in Security Administration, and has been a licensed architect since 1982. He has been retained as an e...

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...

Kate M. Panaccione, EdD Square Peg Consulting

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Education & Schools, School Safety - Special Education, Behavior, Autism, Assessment/Evaluation, Safety/Injury, Appropriate Educational Programming, Individual Education Plan/IEP, Restraint/Seclusion, Placement, Manifestation Determination
Dr. Panaccione’s areas of expertise are: Assessment for Special Education Identification, Behavioral and Safety Concerns, and Educational Programming for Students with Disabilities. She can serve as a consultant that offers expert advice on the appropriateness of special educational programming, testify at Due Process Administrative Hearings for Special Education and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, testify at depositions and civil trials, and write expert reports. With over 30 years in education, and licensure in Special Education, General Education, and Special Education Administration, Dr. Panaccione has chaired hundreds of IEP meetings, Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act) meetings, and developed special education programming for thousands of children. She also conducted statewide professional development seminars in special education and offered training in developmental disabilities to parents and members of the community. She has taught all age levels Pre-K through Univers...

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...

Edward F. Dragan, EdD, MEL 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, student/child supervision, special education, child custody & school review, 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 and principal expert witness, Dr. Dragan, and expert witness Dr. Jorden Schiff, 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. Dr. Dragan has a doctorate in Education Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University, a master’s in Education Law from the University of New Hampshire, School of Law, and a master’s in Special Education from The College of New Jersey. He is the author of The Bully Action Guide: How to Help Your Child and How to Get You...

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

Cincinnati, Ohio
Education & Schools, School Safety - school,urban school,secondary school,STEM,education,magnet,negligence,high school,teacher,supervision,principal,LEA,student,teacher hiring,evaluation,school culture,professional error,school leadership,teacher training,school safety,liability,school accident, discrimination, race,disability
35+ years in public education administration, teaching & policy Founding Principal of the largest public U.S. urban STEM high school. Founding Principal of the 1st environmental public high school in Ohio. Developer of a unique innovative "T2" teacher hiring process. Policy--former School Board member in large urban district. Expert in School transformation, collaborative school design and leadership, experiential education, program design, school culture & discipline, multicultural education, and training & supervision of all school personnel Articulate and engaging speaker on school policy, practice, and transformation. Rhodes can offer extensive experience on many aspects of school-related liability for negligence, both elementary and secondary. Rhodes travels, speaks publicly, conducts research and training workshops in the U.S. and internationally, and evaluates U.S. schools and districts for accreditation. Dr. Rhodes is an exception analytical thinker and writer.

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...

Robert H. Schram, D.P.A. Maximize Life

Levittown, Pennsylvania
Safety, Slip Trip & Fall - School safety, discrimination, wrongful death, workplace issues, guardianship, workplace safety, nonprofit, mental illness, mental retardation, intellectual disabilities, abuse, special education, risk management, group homes, employee handbook, personnel injury, policies, procedures, protocols
In addition to my formal education I have Certificates from: The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in Finance; University of Penn Medical School in Medical Ethics and Decision Making; Ford Motor Company in Dispute Resolution; PA Department of Public Welfare and Desales University in Leadership. For forty-two years I have direct work experience with: vocational rehabilitation, standard of care, special education, risk management, workplace safety, workplace abuse, discrimination, wrongful death, policies and procedures, personnel matters, business operations, employment, exploitation, guardianship, early intervention, business operations, employee issues, residential long term care, production line management, marketing, writing, fundraising, new program start-up, long range and strategic planning, teaching and training, supervision, public speaking, arbitration, mediation, conflict management/dispute resolution; group and individual counseling, human resource management. I...

Virginia L. Rhodes, Ed.D. Renegade Learning

South Carolina
Education & Schools, School Safety - school,urban school,secondary school,STEM,education,magnet,negligence,high school,teacher,supervision,principal,LEA,student,teacher hiring,evaluation,school culture,professional error,school leadership,teacher training,school safety,liability,school accident, discrimination, race,disability
35+ years in public education administration, teaching & policy Founding Principal of the largest public U.S. urban STEM high school. Founding Principal of the 1st environmental public high school in Ohio. Developer of a unique innovative "T2" teacher hiring process. Policy--former School Board member in large urban district. Expert in School transformation, collaborative school design and leadership, experiential education, program design, school culture & discipline, multicultural education, and training & supervision of all school personnel Articulate and engaging speaker on school policy, practice, and transformation. Rhodes can offer extensive experience on many aspects of school-related liability for negligence, both elementary and secondary. Rhodes travels, speaks publicly, conducts research and training workshops in the U.S. and internationally, and evaluates U.S. schools and districts for accreditation. Dr. Rhodes is an exception analytical thinker and writer.

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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