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2008 FACULTY BIOGRAPHIES
Each participant will receive a conference Syllabus which contains pertinent reference material, exhibits and an attendee directory.
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Ken Roye
Garry Hubert
Alan Jang
Bill Apger
Wes Higbie
Christopher Curtis
Danny K. Nichols
James H. Wilkins

  Gary L. White
Paul Steensland
Dave Caplan
Siegfried Guggenmoos
Brendon Ishikawa
Thomas Harlan
Michael E. Wine
Jerome Fishkin
  Jim L. Nanamkin
John Harris
Dr. Les Hendrickson, Phd.
Darrell Stevens
Douglas H. Allen

KEN ROYE
Ken Roye is the host of the Conference. He is a California trial lawyer who has tried over 100 civil jury and over 250 criminal jury trials. Ken has handled to successful conclusion 5 power line fire cases on behalf of over 200 individuals, 3 timber companies and several ranches. He is presently litigating 5 power line fire cases. Ken is also the author of “California Consumer Protection” (1994) Fullcourt Press, and has taught law school classes (1970 - 1975), and MCLE classes (1995).
GARRY HUBERT
Garry Hubert is a California trial lawyer with almost 40 years of trial experience. While a deputy district attorney for Alameda County he taught criminal law and evidence. He has tried to jury verdict 135 plus Superior Court criminal cases and 30 Superior Court civil cases (the longest lasting 8 months). He founded Hubert & Yasutake in 1996 which specializes in civil litigation for both the plaintiff and the defense, with an emphasis on plaintiff's fire loss claims. He is an experienced arbitrator/mediator having presided over 1,000 such proceedings. Specific fire cases prosecuted by Mr. Hubert include self-igniting automobiles, construction practices causing fires, fireplace failures, electrical appliance failures, power line failures causing structure fires and wildland fires, and spontaneous combustion fires. Mr. Hubert is rated A-V by Martindale-Hubble and is a special master for serving search warrants.
ALAN JANG
Alan Jang is a co-founder of and partner in Buresh, Kaplan, Jang & Feller, a law firm in Berkeley, California, an AV-rated civil litigation and defense firm. He has produced multi-million dollar recoveries in fire, products, landslide and inverse condemnation cases. He has handled complex construction defect cases. He has successfully handled appeals in two published cases, one an inverese condemnation case and the other a negligence-per-se case involving premises liability. He is a member of NASP.
BILL APGER
Bill Apger is a California lawyer and Registered Professional Forester (RPF). Bill has successfully litigated power line wildland fire cases, including the Pendola Fire. He and Ken Roye are co-counsel on two present power line fire cases in Trinity and Butte counties. Bill has represented private landowners, timber companies, and loggers. He was formerly a forester for Collins Pine, a progressive forest practices timber company.
WES HIGBIE
Wes Higbie is a California lawyer who has represented timber companies and timber owners in hundreds of cases involving the destruction of, valuation of, and sale of timber. He has been an entrepreneur in the timber industry and has served as a Mediator on power line wildland fire cases. He is presently part of the faculty at UC Berkeley teaching in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.
CHRISTOPHER CURTIS
Christopher Curtis is a Professional Land Surveyor and President of CBC Surveys in Sacramento, California. Christopher is a graduate of Fresno State University with a BS in Geomatics Engineering. He has participated in the investigations of several powerline caused wildland fires using his expertise in LIDAR, Photogrammetry, and Land Surveying.
DANNY K. NICHOLS
Danny K. Nichols is a retired Battalion Chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He managed the Department’s Fire Suppression Cost Recovery Programs in Sacramento and Fresno for 12 years. He managed CDF’s cost recovery efforts in the Gueijito, Perry, Barham, Winchester, Grand, Calabasas, and Poe fire litigations. He authored the last major revision of the Power Line Fire Prevention Field Guide. Dan and Dave LeMay appeared in the Court TV presentation of “Extreme Evidence” based on their use of vegetation DNA in the investigation of the 1996 Calabasas Fire.
JAMES H. WILKINS

Mr. Wilkins is AV rated and has 21 years litigation experience in insurance coverage, bad faith and errors and omissions litigation and construction defect claims. His experience includes providing detailed coverage analysis on all types of insurance policies including homeowners, automobile, commercial trucking, commercial general liability, excess and umbrella, workers= compensation, professional errors and omissions, directors and officers, health and disability, crop insurance and life. Mr. Wilkins has represented many policyholders in connection with claims involving allegations of construction defects. His litigation experience has involved representing numerous clients on a statewide basis in both state and federal courts. Mr. Wilkins has extensive appellate decisions and has 8 published appellate opinions and participated as amicus on several other opinions. He has lectured at several legal education seminars.

Mr. Wilkins has also been Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law at San Joaquin School of Law in Fresno, California

GARY L. WHITE
Gary White is a retired U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management criminal Investigator. He has 30 plus years of experience in wildland fire suppression, wildland fire origin and cause investigation, and natural resource law enforcement with the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Mr. White now owns and operates GL White and Associates, a private investigation and consulting firm, specializing in wildland fire origin and cause investigations, and wildland fire investigation training. Since his retirement Mr. White has conducted numerous wildland fire investigations. Mr. White also teaches basic and advanced wildland fire investigation courses throughout the Unites States for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, CalFire, and other public agencies. Mr. White has been a member of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Wildland Fire Investigation Working Team since its inception, and is also a member of the IAAI Wildland Arson Committee.
PAUL STEENSLAND

Mr. Steensland has 38 years of combined fire/law enforcement experience with CalFire, (formerly California Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection), the United States Forest Service and in private practice. He has investigated hundreds of wildland fires, including the two largest fires in the history of South Dakota and Colorado, and has been recognized as an expert witness in state and federal courts.

Prior to his retirement in 2005, he was the National Fire Investigation Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, Law Enforcement and Investigations Branch. Steensland served for five years as the chair of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Wildfire Investigation Working Team, which is currently developing an international certification program for wildland fire investigators. He was also a principal member of the National Fire Protection Association’s technical committee on Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators, (NFPA 1033) and is a member of the IAAI Wildland Arson Subcommittee. He is currently the owner/president of a private wildland fire investigation consulting firm, Paul Steensland and Associates, LLC.

Steensland has instructed investigators from over 40 states nationally, as well as presenting courses in Australia, Alberta, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Guam, and Saskatchewan.

DAVE CAPLAN
David S. Caplan is Principal of the Law Offices of David S. Caplan. Dave has practiced law for over 30 years in California’s Silicon Valley and recently expanded to include North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Prior to forming his firm in June 2005, he was a shareholder of Brooks & Raub, P.C., a leading commercial insolvency boutique, where he represented a variety of parties in numerous Chapter 11 reorganizations. To date, Dave has represented wildfire victims in the Chapter 11 cases of both Pacific Gas & Electric and Calpine Corporation. Dave is A.V. rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and he was named by Law & Politics as a Northern California Superlawyer in Bankruptcy for 2005 and 2006. He received his J.D. with Honors from the University of San Francisco School of Law and his B.A. in Business from San Francisco State University. Dave writes and speaks frequently on insolvency/crisis management topics. He recently served as Vice-Chair of its Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California. He is a member of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and a member of the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Dave is admitted to practice in California, North Carolina, and New York.
SIEGFRIED GUGGENMOOS

Siegfried (Sig) Guggenmoos is the President of Ecological Solutions Inc. He has a degree in horticulture from the University of Guelph, Ontario, and is a Professional Agrologist and Certified Professional Consultant. His career in vegetation management began in 1970. He has been involved in research on growth regulators and herbicides. Sig served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of a national Canadian vegetation management contractor serving oil and gas companies, pipelines, power companies, railroads, National Defence and municipal authorities. In 1985 Sig joined TransAlta Utilities, where he was a chief architect of the Distribution Line Clearance program which: reduced tree related outages 80%; saved 48 million dollars over two maintenance cycles; had a 98% customer satisfaction rating; showed a 21% increase in crew productivity. He was responsible for an extensive herbicide program, associated research and communication. In addition, he was intimately involved in the design and assessment of contracting methods. In 1995 Sig formed Ecological Solutions Inc. (aka Ecosync) to provide consulting services in vegetation management and biotic greenhouse gas mitigation strategies including biomass derived energy.

Sig has authored over thirty articles appearing in technical journals, magazines and industry newsletters. He has presented at numerous conferences including chapter and international levels of the International Society of Arboriculture, International Right of Way Association, Edison Electric Institute and regional Vegetation Management Associations. He has served as president and several terms on the board of the Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta; has been a summarizer for the Expert Committee on Weeds; is a member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, the Agricultural Institute of Canada, the International Society of Arboriculture, and the Utility Arborist Association.

BRENDON ISHIKAWA
Brendon Ishikawa, Esq. of Davis, California is a Certified Specialist in Applellate Law. In 2007 he was included on the list of Northern California "Super Lawyers." He is past chair of the State Bar's Applellate Law Advisory Commission. In 2000 he received the "Burbank Award" for appellate advocacy from the California Applellate Defense Counsel group. He has served as lead counsel on eight (8) reported Appellate Decisions.
THOMAS HARLAN
Mr. Harlan has had a lifelong curiosity concerning tree rings and their significance. In college at Texas Tech he used tree ring analysis as a dating tool at archeological sites. He has a Masters Degree from the University of Arizona. He spent 32 years working as a dendrochronologist at the Laboratory Of Tree-Ring Research retiring in 1989. He has undertaken projects from Alaska to Southern Durango, Mexico in North America, in Argentina and Chile in South America, Australia, New Zealand, Southern Pacific Ocean sites, Morocco, Sweden and Finland. He presently is employed on a project involving the Bristlecone pines of the Great Basin. He has worked as a forensic analyst in connection with various legal matters including boundary disputes, timber theft, accidents and murder cases.
MICHAEL E. WINE
Michael E. Wine is a Pasadena, California attorney specializing in all areas of attorney discipline, ethics and licensing, including representation before the State Bar Court and California Supreme Court. He has served as an expert on ethics and disciplinary issues. Mr. Wine has lectured for various groups on legal ethics and professional responsibility. He received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his J.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was a Judge Pro Tem on the State Bar Court from 1990 – 1995.
JEROME FISHKIN
BIO TO COME
JIM L. NANAMKIN
Jim Nanamkin is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Eastern Washington. He has been a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee for 32 years. For 20 years Jim worked in forestry and wildland fire. In 1994 Jim became involved in wildland fire prevention, education and wildland fire investigation. In 2000, Jim accepted a position at the Pacific Regional Office in Sacramento, as the Regional Wildland Fire Prevention Specialist. One of his first assignments was to assist California Tribes in the development of their fire prevention plans. Jim is one of two Bureau of Indian Affairs representatives working with the National Wildland Coordinating Group, working teams which develop and update the current, intermediate and advance fire investigation courses.
JOHN HARRIS
John A. Harris, M.B.A., M.S., B.S., A.S., of Landscape Economics and Earth Advisors, Inc. of Hollywood, Florida, is a Landscape Economist working in the field for over 25 years. He provides damage assessments, economic valuations, work audits, and expert witness testimony regarding damages to landscapes and land improvements. He is an expert on the costs of and damages assessment of damages to unique habitats. He is an author and co-author of numerous articles in trade journals, newspapers and publications. He has made numerous TV interview appearances, taught over 150 classes and field training programs, has made numerous presentations for industry organizations and education programs.
DR. LES HENDRICKSON, Phd.
Dr. Lester E. Hendrickson is a metallurgist and forensic engineer with 35 years of experience as an expert witness. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Michigan Technological University, and his Phd. in Metallurgical Engineering with a minor in Physics, from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. His career as a professor of engineering at Arizona State University spanned 27 years. He retired in 1995 as Professor Emeritus. Dr. Hendrickson has assisted in numerous wildfire cause and origin investigations during the past 20 years, many of them for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and has testified at trial or in deposition on numerous occasions. He specializes in material characterization and identification, and failure analysis of components of electrical distribution systems which may have caused or contributed to the cause of wildfires.
DARRELL STEVENS

The Honorable Darrell Stevens is a retired judge of the Butte County Superior Court in Chico, California. Judge Stevens served as the Butte County Drug Court Judge for its first ten years, as well as the judge of the High Intensity DUI Court, Juvenile Drug Court, Domestic Violence, and the Proposition 36 programs for the Butte County Superior Court. Upon his retirement, Judge Stevens was honored with the National Association of Drug Courts Legacy of Leadership Award. He was further recognized for his community and state work in the formation and fostering of collaborative courts by the California State Senate, the State of California Assembly, the California Judicial Council, and the State Bar of California. For his leadership on innovative court programs, Judge Stevens was awarded the Ralph Kleps Award by the California Judicial Council in six different years. Butte County’s Drug Court was designated as a National Association of Drug Courts/COPS Mentor Site from 1998 to Judge Stevens’ retirement.

Judge Stevens served as Chair of the California Judicial Council’s Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee from 2000 to 2004, is Chair of the Judicial Council’s Proposition 36 Implementation Workgroup, and prior chair of the California Judicial Council Collaborative Courts Education Committee. Previously, Judge Stevens was chair of the statewide Administrative Office of the Courts’ Drug Court Symposium; a member of the state’s Special Task Force on Court/Community Outreach; and a member of the state’s Access and Fairness Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the NDCI/NADCP subcommittee on DUI Drug Courts.

Judge Stevens has been honored for his community work in the form of the Peacemaker of The Year, Citizen of the Year, Making a Difference For Women Award, Community Service Award, United Way Community Service Award, and Chico Boys and Girls Club Board Member Emeritus Award, among others. Judge Stevens was also honored by The California Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators Association Award for contributions to Public Policy in the field of Alcohol and Drug treatment in 2005. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Stevens was also a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California. Further, he is now a member of the Assigned Judges Program of the Administrative Office of the Courts and sits on assignment throughout California.

DOUGLAS H. ALLEN

Doug Allen has over 45 years of fire and law enforcement experience. He retired as a Division Chief with over 32 years of service with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Upon retirement he was the Southern California Law Enforcement Coordinator for CDF, supervising the Southern Region Arson Investigation Unit and Civil Cost Collection Program. Chief Allen specializes in the analysis and profiling of "Serial Arsonists". He has been an investigator, technical advisor and Incident Commander on numerous Law Enforcement Investigations and Surveillance Operations throughout California. During one thirteen month period Allen coordinated 107 sworn personnel on eight major arson investigations in Southern California. These operations resulted in the apprehension of nine serial arson suspects and the clearance of over 600 arson cases.

Allen has teaching credentials in Police and Fire Science Curriculum in the California Community College System where he instructs the Fire-Arson Investigation courses, certified by the California State Fire Marshal and the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards And Training (POST). Additionally he presents Serial Arson Analysis Seminars for the B.A.T.F. Regional Prosecutor's Course, the American Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division, the Texas Arson Investigator's Association (Texas A & M) and the International Association of Arson Investigators. Doug Allen is a California-Certified Fire Investigator. He is Past President of the California Chapter-IAAI, Past Chairperson of the California Chapter Education/ Certification Committee and has Chaired the IAAI Wildfire Arson Committee. He has provided over 142,927 student hours of investigation training to 4,901 investigators.

 

 


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