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2010 PROGRAM
FRIDAY - April 23, 2010
  TRACK ONE
Fire Investigations
and Forensics
 
 
In Silver Baron "A"
 
  • 5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Opening Comments

KEN ROYE - Conference Host

• 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Powerline Equipment - Nomenclature and Function

Robert C. Walther, PE -
Industrial Power Technology,
Santa Rosa, CA

• 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Metallurgical Failure Analysis of Powerline Equipment

LESTER E. HENDRICKSON Ph.D. - Semtec Laboratories, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

• 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
The Link Between Wood Utility Poles and Wildland Fire - Is it as Simple as it Looks?

RON ANTHONY- Anthony & Associates, Inc., Fort Collins, CO
 
SATURDAY - April 24, 2010
TRACK TWO
Legal Issues
TRACK ONE
Fire Investigations
and Forensics
TRACK THREE
Damages, Appraisals,
Restoration Evaluations
In Room 4-5-6
In Silver Baron "A"
In Silver Baron "B"
• 8:00 am
Prosecuting Fire Fighting Cost Recovery Actions

BOB WRIGHT DEPUTY
US ATTORNEY Sacramento, CA

TRACY WINSOR - DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL
Sacramento, CA


• 9:00 am
Fire Investigators Resources
GARY WHITE - GL White & Associates, Bend, OR


• 10:00 am
Defense Perspective Regarding Class Actions in Mass Tort Cases

RANDY GIMPLE - Carlson, Calladine and Peterson, San Francisco, CA


• 11:00 am
Inverse Condemnation Theory

MARK GROTEFELD - Grotefeld & Hoffman, Chicago, IL

ALAN JANG- Buresh, Kaplan, Jang and Feller, Berkeley, CA

LUNCH BREAK

• 1:00 pm
Canadian Wildland Fire Litigation Practice
JOHN KIM - Lindsay, Kenney LLP, Vancouver, BC

RICHARD LINDSAY Q.C. - Lindsay, Kenney LLP, Vancouver, BC


• 2:00 pm
Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Mass Tort Litigation
JEROME FISHKIN, ESQ.
LINDSAY SLATTER, ESQ.
Fishkin & Slatter LLP,
Walnut Creek, CA


• 3:00 pm
Contemporary Subrogation Litigation Issues
Moderator
GARRY HUBERT - Hubert and Yatsutake, Concord, CA

MARK GROTEFELD - Grotefeld & Hoffman, Chicago, IL


ALAN JANG- Buresh, Kaplan, Jang and Feller, Berkeley, CA

• 8:00 am - 9:15 am
Serial Arson Investigation Issues

BRIAN GARVEY - Moose Lake, MN

• 9:20 am - 10:40 am
Long Term Thermal Residency in Woody Debris Piles

PAUL STEENSLAND -
Grants Pass, OR


• 10:45 am- 12:00 pm
Ignition Devices

JAMES ENGEL- Northern Region Law Enforcement and Investigations Supervisor -
Cal Fire


LUNCH BREAK

• 1:00 pm
TBA

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS, CBC Surveys, Sacramento, CA

• 2:00 pm
Lightning Forensics

DR. MICHAEL STRINGFELLOW, Powercet Corp, Prescott, AZ

• 3:00 pm
Meteorology and Wildland Fires

JAN NULL - Golden Gate Weather Services, Saratoga, CA

• 4:00 pm
Weather Modeling, Fire-spread Modeling, Fire-Weather Interaction,
Operative Weather Analysis - Esperanza and other Case Studies
DR. JANICE COEN - National Center for Atmosphere Research, Boulder, CO



• 8:00 am - 8:50 am
Real Estate Appraisals in Wildland Fire Cases

WAYNE MILLER - Licensed Real Estate Appraiser, Paradise, CA

• 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Personal Property and Vehicle Appraisals

ERIN JUNGE-DEWELL (ASA) - Griffin Appraisals, Paradise, CA

JULIE SUMMERVILLE ISA AM
Pacific Automobile Appraisers
Gardnerville, NV

• 10:00 am
Timber Appraisals and Damages Issues

WES HIGBIE ESQ. - U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

BILL APGER ESQ. - Attorney at Law, Chico, CA


• 11:00 am
Conservation and Environmental Easements - Rights of Action and Damages
ANDREW SCHWARTZ ESQ. - Shute, Mihaly Firm,
San Francisco, CA


LUNCH BREAK

• 1:00 pm
Assessing Fire Damages Starts With A List - Checklist of Landscape and Property Improvement Items For Damage Assessments and Damage Valuations

JOHN HARRIS - Landscape Economics LLC, Hollywood, FL

• 2:00 pm
Habitat Equivalency in Public and Private Claims

CHRISTINE LEE - Senior Associate, Industrial Economics, Inc., Cambridge, MA

• 3:00 pm
Auditing Fire Fighting Cost Recovery Claims

DAN NICHOLS - Fire Litigation Consulting, Oroville, CA



SUNDAY - April 25, 20010
TRACK TWO
Legal Issues
TRACK ONE
Fire Investigations
and Forensics
TRACK THREE
Damages, Appraisals,
Restoration Evaluations
In Room 4-5-6
In Silver Baron "A"
In Silver Baron "B"
• 9:00 am
The True Costs of Wildfires: A Global Look at Cost-Plus-Losses Over Time
DR. BOB ZYBACH , PhD Environmental Sciences - NW Maps Co. / Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc.

• 10:00 am
Standard of Care for Utility Arborists in Powerline Inspections and Tree Removal
DR. DON HAM - The Laurus Group, LLC, Seneca, SC





• 9:00 am
Forensic Footprints of Lightning and Arcing
DR. DON LATHAM - Six Mile Systems & Lightning Forensics, Huson, MT

• 10:00 am
Using DNA in Wildfire Investigations
DR. VALERIE HIPKINS - Director National Forest Genetics Laboratory, Placerville, CA

• 11:00 am
Peo v. Oyler - Death Penalty Arson Case
MIKE MAYMAN - Dep District Attorney, Riverside County, CA

DOUG ALLEN - Investigator and Consultant, Running Springs, CA





• 9:00 am
Damages In Excess of Fair Market Value; Double Damages for Trees; Attorney's Fees; Damages for Annoyance and Discomfort; Intangible Environmental Damages Pitfalls - Discussions of: Kelly v. Chicago Bridge and Iron - USA v. Merco Construction - Plater v. Grimes Rock
Doug Gray(Woodland Hills, Calif)--Trial counsel in Kelly v. Chicago Bridge and Iron

• 10:00 am
Defense Perspective on Double Damages in Wildland Fire Trespass Actions

David Bona - Carlson, Calladine, and Peterson, San Francisco, CA






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