Each participant will receive a conference Syllabus which contains pertinent reference material, exhibits and an attendee directory.
Ken Roye
Bill Apger
David Bona
Neal Brody
Bonnie Burchill
Jim Butler
Dr. Janice Coen
Tony Correia
Christopher Curtis

Randy Gimple
Garry Hubert
Darren Inks
Alan Jang
Randy Lyle
Danny K. Nichols
Ken Newman
Dr. Don Owen
Darrell W. Scott
Honorable Scott Snowden
Paul Steensland
Bob Tate
Robert E. Unsworth
Gary L. White
Barbara M. Worsham
Walt Wruble
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).
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.
David Bona is a senior associate in the San Francisco office of Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP. He is an experienced trial attorney who has devoted the majority of his career to defending his clients in high-exposure, complex litigation, including cases involving wildland fires. Currently, he is a member of the defense team handling five wildland fire cases brought by over 100,000 plaintiffs claiming several hundred million dollars in damages. David obtained his Bachelor's of Science degree from University of Utah and his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law. He is admitted to the State Bar of California and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California and is the author of "Reliability and Relevance of Expert Testimony in Federal Court."
Neal Brody is a Vice-President and Technical Director of ENTRIX, an environmental and natural resource consulting firm with over 30 offices in the United States and overseas. He has over 25 years experience in natural resource damage assessments, the estimation of costs and damages in complex environmental matters, and the strategic counseling of alternative settlement positions in wildland fire, oil spill and contaminated mine waste cases. Mr. Brody is routinely retained by counsel and corporations to provide advice and/or testimony in matters ranging from determining risk of exposure to lawsuits for ecological services injuries to the estimation of damages in multi-billion dollar environmental cases. Mr. Brody’s work in this area most typically involves the quantification of environmental damages, either in monetary terms or in restoration metrics, and in developing models for allocating costs among multiple parties.
Bonnie Burchill is a Professional Forester and a principal owner of Environmental Resource Solutions, Inc.. As Operations Manager she is responsible for coordinating activities of the firm’s staff. She has extensive experience integrating forest planning into Geographic Information System (GIS) applications for forest land clients. Since the firestorms of October 2003, Bonnie worked in the southern California region actively involved in identifying the dead and dying trees that affect public safety and property values. From August 2004 through August 2007, Ms. Burchill, was the primary Registered Professional Forester providing oversight of the San Diego County Fuels Reduction program for compliance of Forest Practice Rules, and protection of environmental qualities.
Jim Butler is a founding member of Baldwin & Butler, llc, a law firm in Kenai, Alaska. Prior to attending law school, Jim was a Plans Section Chief on an inter-agency incident management team for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. In his law practice Jim has been directly involved in supporting incident response operations for public and private sector incident management teams in Alaska and Washington for 15 years. Jim regularly conducts training in all-hazard incident command for local governments, serves as a lead instructor for multinational oil company crisis management training programs, and consults regularly with a variety of public and private clients on incident management legal issues. Jim continues to respond to manmade and natural disaster incidents on government and corporate incident management teams as information officer, liaison officer and legal officer. Response experience includes presidential and state declared disasters, hazardous materials and wildland fire incidents involving evacuations and oil pollution responses requiring extended operations. Jim is “red card” qualified as an Information Officer Type 1 (t) and Liaison Officer still regularly serving with the Alaska National Interagency Type 1 Team on wildland fire assignments in the “lower 48.”
Dr. Janice Coen is a Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. She studies fire behavior and its interaction with weather using coupled weather-fire computer simulation models and by analyzing infrared imagery of wildfires and prescribed fires. She received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Grove City College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Dept. of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Wildland Fire and an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Wildland Fire.
Tony Correia, an Accredited Rural Appraiser, specializes in difficult valuation assignments, including the appraisal of large, complex, agricultural properties, with a specific focus on the wine industry, and water rights. He is the former president of Correia - Xavier, Inc., and is an instructor of appraisal courses and seminars throughout the nation and Mexico, and is also a frequent public speaker on agricultural, appraisal, taxation, and estate planning issues, and the vineyard and wine industries. He has been a guest speaker for many organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Appraisal Institute, the American Society of Appraisers, the Land Trust Alliance, the California CPA Education Foundation, and many institutions of higher education. Tony is also qualified as an Expert Witness in many courts, a member and past chairman of the Fresno County Tax Assessment Appeals Board, a past President of the California Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and member and past president of Chapter 50 of the International Right of Way Association.
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.
Randy Gimple is a partner and founding member of Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP, a law firm with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Randy has represented plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving catastrophic losses such as floods and fires for over 20 years. He typically represents defendants in wildland fire cases, such as the Poe Fire of 2001, the Freds Fire of 2004 and the Island, Guejito and Rice Fires of 2007. Randy is a member of the California Conference of Arson Investigators, International Association of Arson Investigators and National Fire Protection Association. He is also a well-known contributor to the wildland fir4e community's study of catastrophic loss investigations, fire scene investigation, evidence preservation, forensic investigation techniques, admissibility of expert evidence, property damage evaluation and statutory and common-law duties arising as a result of negligently caused fires.
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.
Darren Inks is a GIS Analyst at the Geographical Information Center (GIC) at California State University, Chico. Darren received his BA in Geography and Planning, and a GIS Certificate in 2001 from CSU, Chico, and continues to work in the field of GIS today. He is responsible for the center’s urban projects, including parcel, street centerline, and address mapping. Darren has been responsible for the development and maintenance of GIS base data for the counties of Butte, Glenn, and Tehama, and the cities of Chico and Orland, and the town of Paradise. He provides on demand assistance to various north valley counties, cities, and private sector clients. Darren has also been responsible for the revision of 911 response maps and assistance to Butte County Fire and the California Department of Forestry with their county CAD (computer-aided dispatch) system.
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 inverse condemnation case and the other a negligence-per-se case involving premises liability. He is a member of NASP.
Randy Lyle is a retired California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Division Chief. He had 32 years of state service at the time of his retirement. His experience includes all aspects of wild land fire control including engine, hand crew and aerial firefighting. He was the Northern Region Fire Plan Coordinator, overseeing the California Fire Plan’s implementation. He began working in GIS in 1997. He now works for the San Diego Gas and Electric Company as a Fire Coordinator.
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.
Kendall Newman is the Chief of the Civil Affirmative Section, including all wildland fire litigation, for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California. He was lead counsel in the case of United States v. Union Pacific Railroad, Co..
Dr. Donald R. Owen
Dr. Donald R. Owen is a Forest Health Specialist with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in Redding California . Prior to joining CDF in 1991, he worked for the USDA Forest Service in Alaska , New Mexico and California . He has over 25 years of experience working on a variety forest insect and disease issues and is an author of numerous research and extension publications. He has a M.S. degree in Wood Science and Technology and a Ph.D. in Entomological Sciences, both from the University of California at Berkeley . He is a Registered Professional Forester and a licensed Pest Control Advisor.
Darrell W. Scott, Ph.D., is founder of The Scott Law Group, P.S., which focuses its practice on class actions and mass tort litigation. Darrell Scott has experience in successfully representing large communities of property owners who suffer property losses resulting from wildland fires. He recently successfully represented 168 families in a mass-tort structure litigation and settlement arising out of the School Canyon Fire, the largest wildland fire in the United States in 2005. Darrell served as lead class counsel in multiple coordinated class action suits involving wildland fires arising out of a common weather event, viz. In re Chattaroy Fire, In re Marshall Fire, In re Nine Mile Fire, In re Midway Fire, In re Golden Cirrus Fire, and In re Ponderosa Fire, collectively denominated In re Firestorm. These coordinated actions were each certified as a litigation class and ultimately achieved resolution through class settlement near trial. Currently, Darrell Scott is representing multiple families who suffered losses as the result of the 2008 Valley View wildland fire.
Hon. W. Scott Snowden (Ret.) has been a leader for over 25 years in case management, modern court administration, and early resolution. Under his guidance for over 15 years, the Napa Superior Court has resolved the majority of civil actions within 12 months of filing. A pioneer of court-based mediation, he brings decades of skills as an effective settlement specialist.

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.


Robert Tate is a consultant in arboriculture and urban forestry with over 40 years of experience in the profession. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in forestry, urban forestry, labor/industrial relations and a PhD in Natural Resources. His work experience includes positions as staff assistant forester with Weyerhaeuser Co. in Washington, city forester of Carmel by the Sea, California and Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was an assistant professor of forestry at Rutgers University where he developed and taught urban forestry and arboriculture classes. He was vice president of the Technical Services Division of the Asplundh Tree Expert Co. He has been an expert in many wild land fire and tree related cases and has testified in court. He was the President of the International Society of Arboriculture. For his work in utility arboriculture he was awarded the Utility Arborist Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He retired as a volunteer fire captain and EMT in the Butte County Fire Dept.


Mr. Unsworth, President of IEc, is an internationally recognized expert in natural resource damage assessment.  Over the past two decades he has established a reputation for applying a balanced, pragmatic approach to natural resource damage assessment. He has worked on over 50 environmental damage assessments at sites throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean . His clients include the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of the Interior, various states and Indian Tribes, non-governmental organizations, private companies and law firms.


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 determination, and natural resource law enforcement with the United States Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Mr. White now owns and operates GL White and Associates, a consulting firm, specializing in wildland fire origin and cause analysis, and wildland fire origin and cause determination training. Since his retirement Mr. White has consulted on numerous major wildland fire cases.  Mr. White also teaches basic and advanced wildland fire origin and cause determination courses throughout the United 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 in 2000, is a member of the IAAI Wildland Arson Committee, and currently is serving on the NFPA 921 Wildfire Investigations Task Group.


Barbara M. Worsham, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc., Vice President – Animation, Video and Graphics Division. As a 1987 graduate of the Art Institute of Houston with emphasis in Visual Communication, Ms. Worsham is a litigation animator and illustrator whose experience spans more than 20 years. She has animated events such as vehicle accidents, train derailments, environmental contamination, construction and refinery accidents, product liability issues, as well as fire cause and origin occurrences. Ms. Worsham’s area of expertise includes computer animations and event reconstruction ranging from simple two-dimensional electrical diagrams to complex three-dimensional accidents shown from multiple camera angles. When time or budget constraints don’t allow an animation, Ms. Worsham has successfully used PowerPoint presentations to demonstrate the events. She has coordinated such projects as orientation and safety videos, and videotaping events and tests. She has produced animations simulating day, night, and foggy conditions.

Walt Wruble has 40 years of wildland fire suppression experience and 35 years of wildland fire investigation and wildland law enforcement experience. He has been associated with the Washington DNR (Dept. of Natural Resources) as a Type II Incident Commander, Instructor of Fire Investigation, and in 1991 wrote the Fire Investigation and Cost Recovery Program for Washington State DNR. He was named the Eastern Washington Law Enforcement and Fire Investigation Coordinator in 1990. Walt also served on the Tri-State Wildland Fire Investigation Task Force.

Walt retired in 1996 and formed Wruble Wildland Services specializing in Wildland Fire Investigations, Fire Cost Billing Analysis and Defensible Space issues. He has a BS in Agronomy and has farmed for 45 years. He has been active with the IAAI and served as the Washington State Chapter President. He continues to stay current by assisting and teaching wildfire investigation classes.