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 Expert  724057

Expert in Boating Accident Investigation, Reconstruction, Search & Rescue, Navigation, Boating Safety, Rules

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Louisiana (LA)
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert's Firm provides a full range of accident reconstruction services to his clients. We cover the gamut of vehicle accident reconstruction, as well as marine, aviation, and occupational/industrial accident reconstruction.

From quick response to the accident scene, to testifying to the jury on cause factors, his staff and experts are on the job to help clients document, understand and present the facts. These services can branch out to vessel or vehicle, structure, or product testing and analysis, as well as multimedia presentations various formats to portray the facts in the most effective way possible. The sequences of services are as follows - • Quick response to the scene, (to combat the effects of evidence degradation), in order to document the environment, landmarks, ground scars, vehicle paths and any other important information. • Survey and diagramming of the site to preserve important positional information and create a site drawing. • Inspection of involved equipment or vehicles to determine failures, damage, damage patterns and direction and important classifying information. • Analysis of photos, video, statements, reports and other research information. • Testing of vehicles, equipment or components as required to explore and verify or deny, hypotheses. • Reporting findings in written form to concerned parties. • Developing demonstrative exhibits to support the reports and trial process, with the possible inclusion of high quality three-dimensional graphic animations. • Testifying as required to explain findings and opinions

Additionally, Expert's Firm makes his facilities available to anyone with a need, at nominal rates.

Expert's Firm maintains offices and facilities in New Orleans, Louisiana and Houston, Texas. You will not find a better test, inspection and reconstruction support facility. The 15,000 square foot Technology Center is equipped with an overhead crane and vehicle lift, electrical, shop air, exceptional lighting and a full array of tools and equipment. His 15,000 square foot auxiliary facility supports long-term storage as well as test, inspection and reconstruction activities. Both facilities provide clean, safe, secure, environmentally controlled workspace. The Technology Center houses his staff, intellectual resources, tools and equipment to support state-of-the-art methods in testing, analysis, accident reconstruction, commercial graphics and video. It provides the optimal environment for his customers and staff to engage in an extensive array of unique technical activities. This facility houses equipment critical to handling items for inspection, tests and precise technical analyses: · 10-ton capacity overhead bridge crane for safe and secure movement of large objects. · 10,000-lb. capacity hydraulic lift raises vehicles for safe underside inspection. · His 60-foot long by 15-foot high wall grid and 30-foot by 18-foot floor grid provide dimensional perspectives for photography and time-motion studies. · Vehicle lifting frame safely raises vehicles so that they can be rotated a full 360 degrees for test and inspection. · A rigid structural test table provides a stable base for structural deformation and failure tests. · Full array of general and special purpose hand and power tools to accomplish disassembly, inspection and test. Engineering and Analysis Laboratory is equipped to perform computer analyses, electrical component testing, limited small-scale flammability and fluids testing and instrumentation procedures.




accident analysis


accident causation


accident investigation


accident reconstruction




boating accident


boating accident investigation


crash analysis


crash simulation


incident investigation




marine industry


motor vehicle accident


shipping accident




ski accident

He was instrumental in forming the Southeast Louisiana Search and Rescue Organization, (SELSAR), which encompasses over 130 Federal, State, and Local government and private agencies working together to perform search and rescue operations throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. He was elected permanent Chairman of the group in 1985. From 1983 to 1996 he served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness for St. Tammany Parish. This office handles all aspects of emergencies and planning relating to hurricanes, floods, tornados, and other natural disasters, as well as manmade disasters, such as hazardous material incidents, aircraft crashes, etc.



marine fire


maritime safety

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New Orleans, Louisiana;  Baton Rouge, Louisiana;  Kenner, Louisiana;  Gulfport, Mississippi;  and Biloxi, Mississippi.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1978   Associate   Law Enforcement and Criminalogy   LSU & SLU  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1986 to








Chief Executive Officer

1970 to 1996


St. Tammany Parish Sheriff


Special Operations Division


Commander (Lt. Colonel)


Commander of Division responsible for Water Safety, Fleet, Communications, Mounted Unit, Search and Rescue, Emergency Preparedeness.

Career Accomplishments:

Served as a member of the Louisiana Commission On Law Enforcement And Administration Of Criminal Justice. Memberships: Louisiana Peace Officers Association; Louisiana Chiefs of Police Association; Louisiana Sheriff's Association; American Legion; National Association for Search and Rescue; Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (Board Member-1992, 93, 94, 95 & 96); National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management; Louisiana Fairs and Festivals Association. Metropolitan Water Safety Council; St. Tammany Water Safety Advisory Board; National Safe Boating Council; National Transportation Safety Advisory Board-Marine Safety; American Power Boat Association-race safety consultant; Cajun Boat Racing Association-race safety committee member; Southern Offshore Racing Association-race safety director; International Association of Marine Investigators (Gold Card Instructor); I.A.M.I. Board Certified Marine Investigator; Offshore Professional Tour, race safety official; Technical Information Exchange for Marine Professionals; Who's Who in Law Enforcement (1991); St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce; American Boat and Yacht Council (A.B.Y.C.); Louisiana Private Investigators Association


Has held or presently holds the following Commissions: 1. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Department, Lt. Colonel (RETIRED); 2. Louisiana Sheriff's Association Task Force; 3. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; 4. United States Department of Treasury, U.S. Customs; 5. United States Department of Interior; 6. Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness; 7. New Orleans Police Department, Lt. Colonel; 8. St. Tammany Fire District #4, Commissioner, Vice-Chairman; 9. Board Certified Louisiana Licensed Private Investigator; 10. Board Certified Marine Investigator I (I.A.M.I. June 3, 2004).

Professional Appointments

Instrumental in forming the Southeast Louisiana Search and Rescue Organization, (SELSAR), which encompasses over 130 Federal, State, and Local government and private agencies working together to perform search and rescue operations throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. Elected permanent Chairman of the group in 1985. Served two terms as President of the Mandeville Jaycees and is President of the Greater Mandeville Seafood Festival Assoc., Inc., which raises funds to promote civic and charitable causes in the Mandeville area.1999 to 2006, served as the Regional Coordinator for I.A.M.I., International Association of Marine Investigators for the Southern United States which includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. 2006 elected to the International Association of Marine Investigators Board of Directors. Is chairperson for the Regional Coordinators committee for the United States and Caribbean, as well as the Membership committee for I.A.M.I. Re elected in 2007.


Holder of the Airmen's Medal for heroism from the U. S. Air Force. Named the Law Officer of the Year by Kiwanis International, and holder of Outstanding Achievement Awards by the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association and the National Association For Search and Rescue. Selected as an Honored Member of WHO'S WHO in Law Enforcement for 1991. 2003 and 2007 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Achievement, International Association of Marine Investigators.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • SAFETY CONSULTING: A direct result of Expert's Firm's experience with accident investigation, accident reconstruction is his knowledge, expertise and concerns with safety issues across a broad scope. Having done extensive work within all manner of contexts, (vehicle/transportation, -both commercial and recreational, product liability, testing, workplace incidents, and others), has put Expert's Firm in a position to have plenty of real world exposure to identifying the causes of accidents, systems failures and performance limitations. Expert's Firm transportation safety consultants are trained in safety and engineering and hold PE or CSP designations. Drawing from their extensive experience, our safety consultants perform audits, inspections and system/process analyses to determine program effectiveness and identify hazardous conditions for correction before they lead to accidents. Their insight into why systems fail result in more thorough and realistic recommendations for corrective action. Additionally, in combining this background with the talents of our Graphics and Multimedia Productions Department, Expert's Firm can create a high quality safety-training program for your company or organization. He has experience in creating safety presentations on interactive CD's or DVD's, as well as in analog or digital video formats.
  • EXPERT WITNESS SUPPORT Though Expert's Firm is an investigation agency, they have included engineering and technical support aspects into their business; it originally focused on providing investigation/expert witness support in Marine related incidents their clients. That facet of the business today is stronger then ever and still a primary focus. Expert's Firm and his associates are still one of the most effective technical litigation support firms in the country. His staff draws on technical knowledge and resources of the company to analyze failures and reconstruct accidents for their clients. He then provides concise complete technical reports and testimony to assist juries in reaching their verdicts.
  • MARINE SERVICES Expert, the Co-founder and CEO of AMT began his consulting and accident reconstruction career in the pleasure boating arena. He went on to become one of the leading experts in the country in pleasure boat and watercraft accident reconstruction. He serves as a board member of the International Association of Marine Investigators, (IAMI), and is a member of the American Boating and Yachting Council (ABYC)/AMT staff engineers and technicians have developed techniques for instrumentation, photography and position tracking that support precise and definitive analysis of test data and provide for convincing testimony to support litigation actions. Pleasure craft dynamics and operating characteristics, occupant ejection, boat purposing, boat control systems, stick-steer issues, propeller guards, fuel systems and carbon monoxide poisoning in house boats are but a few examples of the issues he has addressed.
  • QUICK RESPONSE TEAMPhysical evidence rapidly deteriorates, disappears or becomes unavailable for inspection with the passage of time. Incomplete, missing or deteriorated evidence can lead to inaccuracies that could compromise the legal positions of the parties involved. His Quick Response teams have the capability to secure complete, accurate and prompt collection of site evidence.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
A court accepted expert in Marine Collision/Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, Boating Safety, Air Boat Operations, and Search and Rescue.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in boating regulations enforcement for consulting on as to boating officers failure to exercise care.
  • Boating expert for consulting on boat accident.
  • Expert witness in river barges for consulting on river barge allusion with railroad bridge.
  • Boating safety expert for consulting on boating accident liability.
  • Boat safety expert for testimony regarding the likelihood of suffering severe back injuries from a boat ride on the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.
  • Hydrodynamics expert witness for report and testimony on the force of a wake of one vessel to another.
  • Boating accident investigation expert for consulting on boating accident litigation.
  • Expert in boating accident reconstruction for consulting on litigation case where person was injured in 14' boat traveling on Oneida River in Syracuse, New York.
  • Video surveillance expert needed for consulting on M/V BRIMSTONE.
  • Boating reconstruction expert for boat racing event
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

May 23, 2003, IWER Conference: Louisiana Military Department and the Republic of Uzbekistan presentation on Search and Rescue;

* SELSAR-an effective and efficient response to Search and Rescue. Published 5-23-03 U.S. State Department & translated into Russian.

*International Association of Marine Investigators (I.A.M.I.) Presentation on Marine Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Techniques, & Courtroom Maters, February 2004, West Palm Beach, FL.

*April 28, 2004, SELSAR lecture on Emergency Response for the U.S. Central Command and Louisiana Homeland Security & Office of Emergency Preparedness. This presentation also translated into Russian by the U.S. Central Command, and will be presented again in September 2004 in Uzbekistan.

*International Association of Marine Investigators (I.A.M.I.), Mississippi Bureau of Marine Resources and Mississippi Game and Fish, U.S. Southern Regional Training Seminar, Forensics of Marine Investigations, Marine Accident Reconstruction Techniques, Courtroom Maters and Contents of an Investigation Kit, Biloxi, Mississippi June 2-3, 2004.

*International Association of Marine Investigators (I.A.M.I.), Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, U.S. Southern Regional Training Seminar and CMI testing, Forensics of Marine Investigations, Marine Accident Reconstruction Techniques, Courtroom Maters and Contents of an Investigation Kit, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May 9-12, 2005.

*International Association of Marine Investigators (I.A.M.I.), annual training seminar, Virginia Beach, VA. HIN 101 and PWC 101. February 25-March 1, 2006.

*International Association of Marine Investigators (I.A.M.I.), South Central Regional Training seminar and CMI testing, HIN 101, PWC 01, Forensics of Marine Investigations, Marine Accident Reconstruction Techniques, Courtroom Maters and Contents of an Investigation Kit Shreveport, Louisiana, June 5-8, 2006.

*International Association of Marine Investigators (I.A.M.I.), North Central Regional Training seminar and CMI testing, HIN 101, PWC 101, Forensics of Marine Investigations, Marine Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Techniques, Courtroom Maters, and Contents of an Investigation Kit, Peoria, Illinois, May 7-9, 2007.

*International Association of Marine Investigators (I.A.M.I.), Annual Training seminar and CMI testing, Panama City Beach, Florida, February, 2007. HIN 101, PWC 01, Forensics of Marine Investigations, Marine Accident Reconstruction Techniques, Courtroom Maters and Contents of an Investigation Kit.

Other Skills and Services

45 years experience operating personal boats as a fisherman, hunter, and recreational boater. 2 years experience working as a Boat Captain of a crewboat on Lake Pontchartrain. 17 years experience working Patrol Boats for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Department


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