Each participant will receive a conference Syllabus which contains pertinent reference material, exhibits and an attendee directory.
Khaldoun Baghdadi Alan Jang Joe Scott
David Bona John Koltun Svetlana Semenova
Alan Carlson Christine Lee David D. Shaw
Erik Christiansen Dean Lueck Craig Simon
Meredith Dearborn Sue Muncey Lindsay Slatter
Jerry Fishkin Jan Null Honorable Scott Snowden (Ret.)
Randy Gimple Waylon Pickett Paul Steensland
John Harris Ken Pritten Paul Way
Wesley Higbie Mark Rasmussen  
Garry Hubert Brenda J. Rice (Schultz)  
Arne Hultgren Kirk Schmitt  
Khaldoun is a partner in the San Francisco firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. He has tried cases throughout the State of California involving defective products, insurance disputes, medical negligence and public entity liability. Khaldoun has served as an adjunct professor teaching trial advocacy at the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law. He also served as an adjunct professor of moot court at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He has been a speaker or panelist to various professional organizations on the topics of product liability, trial preparation and discovery, and federal preemption of consumer rights. He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, and obtained his law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law.
David Bona is a partner at Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP, a law firm with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. David 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 fire, such as the Copper Canyon Fire of 2002, Freds Fire of 2004, and the Santa Catalina Island Fire, Guejito Fire and Rice Fire in 2007. 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.
Alan Carlson has 39 years of firefighting and fire investigation experience with the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire, retiring as the Deputy Chief for Fire Prevention for the Northern Region of Cal Fire in 2010. He has investigated over 1,000 fires, was a member and chair of the NWCG Wildfire Investigation Working Team, and has taught numerous wildland fire investigation classes nationally and internationally. He has participated in over 30 complex wildland fire investigation/law enforcement team assignments and has testified in court as an expert witness in both civil and criminal fire cases relating to origin and cause, investigation methodology, as well as serial wildland arson analysis. Alan Carlson currently works as a private consultant for government and non-government parties concerning wildland fire litigation issues.
Dr. Erik W. Christiansen is a Senior Managing Engineer in Exponent’s Thermal Sciences practice. Dr. Christiansen specializes in fire science, combustion chemistry, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. He performs origin and cause investigations of fires and explosions, ranging from small residential fires to large-scale industrial incidents to multi-acre wildland fires. He also investigates thermal related failures of consumer appliances; commercial and residential cooking equipment; and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. He has performed testing and research on the ignition of wildland fuels by various causes and has over ten years of experience investigating fires and explosions.
Ms. Dearborn is an attorney with the national law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. She represents a diverse array of companies in litigation arising out of intellectual property, antitrust, contract, and securities disputes, and has participated as a key member of jury trial teams. Ms. Dearborn was an integral member of the appellate team representing the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown at the Ninth Circuit, which upheld the trial court’s opinion that established a constitutional right to marry for gay and lesbian citizens of California, and the trial team in Oracle v. Google, a case concerning the use of Oracle’s copyrights and patents in Android.

Ms. Dearborn joined Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP following the completion of her federal clerkship with the Honorable John C. Coughenour of the United States District Court of the Western District of Washington. Prior to her clerkship, Ms. Dearborn attended U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif. During law school, Ms. Dearborn served as an extern at the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division in San Francisco, the Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center, and Public Justice. She held a senior position on the Editorial Board of the California Law Review. Ms. Dearborn received the Thelen, Marrin Prize for Law Journal Writing in 2009 for a piece she published in the Law Review on the liability of parent corporations for certain of their subsidiaries' actions: Enterprise Liability: Reviewing and Revitalizing Liability for Corporate Groups,97 Calif. L. Rev. 195 (2009). She will be presenting a summary of that publication at the Conference.
JEROME FISHKIN had a general practice in the 1970’s, spent several years as a research and legislative attorney for the State Bar of California, and spent 9 years as a discipline prosecutor, before resuming private practice in 1992 as a Professional Responsibility specialist. He has defended attorneys in the State Bar Court, Bankruptcy Court, U S District Courts, and the Ninth Circuit. He won the quantum meruit case Huskinson & Brown v Wolf (2004) 32 Cal 4th 453.

FISHKIN & SLATTER, LLP specializes in Attorney Professional Responsibility and Conduct. In addition to State Bar defense, they advise attorneys on ethics and law practice management, everything from joint client consents to disqualification motions to resolving disputes with clients before they get out of hand. The Fishkin & Slatter LLP website posts updates on new attorney ethics cases every month, and has an extensive description of the attorney disciplinary process at www.FishkinLaw.com.
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 fire 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.
John A. Harris, Landscape Economist, is the Principal of Landscape Economics LLC and President of Earth Advisors, Inc. He is based in Hollywood, Florida. His environmental consulting and expert witnessing practices include work across the United States and the Caribbean. He has been working in the Green Industry for over 25 years with field practices, management, and consulting experience. His degrees include M.B.A., M.S., B.S., A.A.S., and he has industry related certifications including Registered Consulting Arborist, Certified Forester, Certified Arborist, Certified Landscape Inspector. John's expert work includes landscape and land improvements damage assessments, economic valuations, work audits, and expert witness testimony. He provides expert services to both plaintiffs and defendants in legal cases, and has been a mediated expert. He was inducted as an Elected Member of the Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society in 1997 for his work determining and defending values of trees and landscapes. He is an author and co-author of numerous articles in trade journals, newspapers and publications. He has done TV interview appearances and serves as a resource to the media for landscape, natural areas, and forestry topics. John is an active educator, having taught over 150 different classes and field training programs for the industry and the public. He continues to learn and provide useful information in industry organizations and education programs.
Wesley R. Higbie practices Natural Resources Law in California, dividing his time between civil litigation (primarily in federal courts), and business counseling and transactions. Mr. Higbie earned his BS in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley, and his JD at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He was formerly General Counsel to the Western Timber Association and has extensive experience in forestry matters. From 2006 through 2009, he was a Visiting Professor at UC, Berkeley, where he taught natural resources law and policy in the College of Natural Resources.

Mr. Higbie is a member of the State Bar of California, and the bars of U.S. District Courts for both the Eastern District and Northern District of California, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Courts of Appeals for both the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has litigated matters in all of these courts and has argued appeals in the California and federal courts of appeal, as well as the California Supreme Court. In addition, he has represented clients in numerous matters before federal agencies and administrative boards. Representative reported cases include: Sierra Pacific Ind. v. Lyng, 866 F.2d 1099 (9th Cir. 1989); Arcata Forest Products Co. v. U.S., 18 Cl.Ct 93 (1989), aff’d. 915 F.2d 1584 (Fed. Cir. 1990); Seaboard Lumber Co. v. U.S., 903 F.2d 1560 (Fed Cir. 1990); Stone Forest Ind. v. U.S., 973 F.2d 1584 (Fed. Cir. 1992), Eel River Sawmills v. U.S., 27 Fed.Cl. 604 (1993); R.C.O. Reforesting v. U.S., 42 Fed.Cl. 405 (1998); and Don Dwyer Development Co., 02-2 BCA ¶ 31,890, AGBCA No. 2000-107-1.
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.
Since 1979 Arne has worked in nearly every facet of forest products including logging, milling and land management. He has worked within private industry for his entire career, and has interacted with public agencies on numerous occasions. His role in wildland fire has included developing company procedures and directing responses, as well as prescribed burning, broadcast burning, wildfire suppression and coordinating with incident command during fires. On occasion he has been called upon to negotiate fire suppression cost recovery and engage independent fire investigations. He holds a Professional Forester’s license with the State of California, and for the past 18 years, Arne has worked for Roseburg Resources Co as the California Resource Manager.
Alan Jang of Jang & Associates, LLP in Walnut Creek, California, focuses on subrogation law, insurance law, wildland fire litigation and inverse condemnation. He was admitted to the California State Bar on November 29, 1978. Mr. Jang received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. He received his J.D. in 1978 from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Mr. Jang has handled a number of large catastrophic subrogation cases, including claims arising out of wildland fires, construction fires, electrical fires, gas explosions, sinkholes, flooding and landslides. He has received an "AV" Preeminent rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Mr. Jang has been involved in several important appellate decisions, resulting in the following published opinions: California State Automobile Association v. City of Palo Alto, (subrogation/inverse condemnation action); State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. East Bay Municipal Utilities District, (subrogation/inverse condemnation action); Delfino v. Sloan, (premises liability/negligence per se).
John Koltun is the co-founder and Vice President of Geographic Resource Solutions. He received his B.S. Degree from Humboldt State University in Forestry Science in 1983 with a minor in Computer Information Systems. John has over 27 years of Geographic Information System (GIS) and remote sensing experience in a broad range of applications including forestry, wildfire, utilities, transportation, real estate management, wildlife management, mining, and petroleum. As a Senior Consultant and Director of GIS Services at GRS he provides systems design, analytical consultation, training, and software development for state, federal, and local agencies as well as multi-national corporations. John has designed and implemented complex geospatial analyses including the development of a geospatial model for determining wildfire risk and mitigation within the Wildland Urban Interface. He has also participated in wildfire litigation as a geospatial consultant on major fires throughout California.

John has served on software-design advisory committees for a major remote sensing/GIS vendors and has designed and taught GIS courses as well as presented papers and workshops at professional conferences and user groups. John designed and taught a course in Spatial Database Design and Management at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) where he currently serves on the Department of Geomatics Advisory Board. John is the Past President of Alaska Region of American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and served as a Regional Director. John is also a member of the Society of American Foresters, California Licensed Foresters Association, and International Association of Wildland Fire. He is a Registered Professional Forester in California (RPF), Certified Forester (CF), and a certified GIS Professional (GISP).
Christine Lee is a Principal with Industrial Economics, Incorporated, an environmental economics and policy consultancy. Ms. Lee’s primary areas of expertise are environmental finance and environmental economics. She has supported the assessment and estimation of damages resulting from wildland fires cases on public and private lands, for both plaintiffs and defendants. Her clients include the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, various states, non-governmental organizations, and law firms. She is based out of San Francisco, CA.
Dean Lueck is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Professor of Economics (by courtesy), and Professor of Law (by courtesy) at the University of Arizona. He is a founding Co-Director of the Program on Economics, Law, and the Environment. His areas of research are the economics of contracts and property rights, economic organization, law and economics, and environmental-natural resource economics. He has been a guest lecturer and visiting faculty member at many colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. He has served as John M. Olin Faculty Fellow in Law and Economics at the Yale Law School and as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Toronto, and recently a Visiting Fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncaliari (Torino), Italy. He is the co-author (with Douglas W. Allen) of The Nature of the Farm (MIT Press 2003) and a contributing co-editor (with Karen Bradshaw) of Wildfire Policy: Law and Economics Perspectives (Resources for the Future Press, 2012). He was a Lone Mountain Fellow at PERC in August 2012 where he worked on the economics of wildfire management. His current research projects include the economics of land demarcation and the economics of wildfire management. He is an Academic Affiliate with the economic consulting firm of Compass Lexecon in their Tucson, Arizona office. Prior to his academic career he was a smokejumper with the U.S. Forest Service in McCall, Idaho.
Sue Muncey is a paralegal with the law firm of Berger Kahn. Sue attended the University of California Irvine earning her paralegal certification in 1996. Sue has worked in litigation since 1984 and has been a litigation paralegal at Berger Kahn for 20 years.

Sue has worked primarily in trial litigation for the majority of her career with a focus on large subrogation cases for the past 9 years. Sue presently serves as the case coordinator in several large wildland fire cases with an emphasis in assisting all parties in the utilization of technology in those cases. Sue has extensive experience in the application and use of technology to manage cases from inception through trial.
Jan Null, CCM, has thirty-five years of experience as a meteorologist with a BS in Atmospheric Science and a MA in Geography. After over 23 years with the National Weather Service he founded Golden Gate Weather Services in 1998. As a Certified Consulting Meteorologist he is often called on as an expert witness for a wide variety of litigation matters encompassing a full array of meteorological elements including storms, winds, temperatures, thunderstorms, floods, fog, ice and snow. He also serves as a consultant on meteorological topics for engineering firms, architects, environmental groups and the media. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at San Francisco State University since 1987. His research on the topic of Hyperthermia Deaths of Children in vehicles is used world-wide by child safety groups to help save lives. Jan has done over 400 television interviews including CNN, Weather Channel, Good Morning America and McNeil Lehrer News Hour.
Waylon Pickett is a partner in Grotefeld Hoffmann’s San Francisco office. Waylon’s litigation practice focuses on subrogation, product liability, commercial property, inverse condemnation, and government tort claims. In addition to large complex litigation matters, Waylon has represented individuals and insurance industry clients in large catastrophic losses with a record of success.

Waylon’s technical experience and interest in technology has proved valuable in many fire and flood related cases involving product defects and system failures. Waylon’s practice also includes numerous wildland fire cases involving power utility and communication companies. In addition to the above, Waylon handles workers' compensation matters, insurance contribution/indemnity cases, and contract disputes.

Before earning his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Waylon held a variety of positions in the electronics industry and as an audio engineer. At Hastings, Waylon was Senior Editor for the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. In 2013, Waylon was rated by his peers and named to the “Rising Stars” list published by Northern California Super Lawyers. Waylon’s current practice includes complex cases in many jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Ken Pritten, PE is a Consulting Engineer in the Oakland office of Engineering Design & Testing Corp (ED&T). Ken obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Sacramento State University, Sacramento in 1990, and became a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer in 1995. Ken learned much of his electric utility knowledge while working as an electric distribution engineer at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for 14 years before transferring to the PG&E Law-Claims Department in 2005 as their Sr. Consulting Engineer. While in the Law-Claims Department, Ken had the opportunity to investigate many fires and electrical damage incidents, along with injuries, explosions, and other incidents that took place near utility owned gas and electric facilities.

As an employee of ED&T since 2009, Ken has investigated or consulted on wildland fires such as: the Sims Fire (2004), Catalina Island Wildfire (2007), Grass Valley Fire (2007), Guejito Fire (2007), Malibu Canyon Fire (2008), Sesnon Fire (2008), Sayre Fire (2008), 49er Wildfire (2009), Caughlin Wildfire (2011), Oil Creek Fire (2012), and has been retained as an electric utility expert on other more recent wildfires. Other areas of investigation include structure fires, electrical damage, electrical injuries, and product defects.
Mark Rasmussen is a principal at Mason, Bruce and Girard, a natural resource consulting firm headquartered in Portland Oregon. MB&G concentrates on environmental services, geographic and spatial solutions and a wide variety of forestry services. Mark heads the firm’s Forest Planning and Economics Group, focusing on helping clients build long term management plans, timberland valuation, policy analysis and market analysis. MB&G manages about 300,000 acres on 15 different properties. Over the last 15 years, MB&G has built over 100 planning models covering more than 43 million acres. In the past four years, MB&G has appraised 113 properties comprising over 9 million worth about $26 billion.

While most of his time is spent on the happy job of helping clients figure out how to best manage their lands to meet their objectives, Mark has served as an expert witness and/or litigation consultant in a variety of cases involving timber-related questions: fire damages, anti-trust law, NAFTA, contract issues, taxes and larceny. Recent fire cases include: Moonlight Fire, Sims Fire, Geysers Fire, Pendola Fire, and the Redd Ranch Fire.
Ken Roye is a California trial lawyer with over 100 civil jury trials to verdict in twelve California counties including Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento. He is presently litigating wildland fire cases in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sonoma, Trinity and Ventura Counties. He represents subrogating fire insurers and private landowners and limits his practice to mass tort catastrophic loss cases. Ken is the founder and host of the Wildland Fire Litigation Conference, now in its fifth year. He litigates these cases, for the most part, with Garry Hubert of Hubert & Yasutake in Concord, California and with Alan Jang of Jang & Associates Walnut Creek, California. He was also associated with the County Counsel’s office in Sonoma County on the Geysers Fire case and with Bill Apger of Chico, California on the Sims Fire case in Trinity County. Ken has previously worked in the Legal Services program and thereafter followed a career as a criminal defense lawyer for 10 years with over 250 criminal jury trials. He is a continuing education provider for the State Bar of California, is the author of “California Consumer Protection” (1994) (Fullcourt Press) and has taught law school at California Western University, School of Law. He was a speaker at the November 2009 Annual Conference of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) (Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs) and at the 2009 Spring meeting of the Western Chapter in Costa Mesa, California.
Brenda Schultz has been Special Agent with the U.S. Forest Service for 24 years and has been stationed in Durango, Colorado for 22 years. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Brenda is a certified wildland fire investigator. She is an instructor in wildland fire origin and cause determination and wildland fire complex case development. She has taught these courses throughout the United States and in Greece. Brenda has worked as an investigator on hundreds of fires. Some of these include the largest fires in the history of the states of Colorado (Hayman Fire - 2002), Arizona (Wallow Fire- 2011), California (Cedar Fire -2003) and other large fires and serial arson investigation task forces throughout the western United States. On September 12, 2012 she received the Secretary of Agriculture’s Honor Award in Washington D.C. for her national and international work on fire investigations and training. Brenda has served for seven years on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Wildland Fire Investigation Subcommittee and is the current Chair of the Subcommittee.
Kirk Schmitt is employed as a Senior Fire Investigator / Wildland Specialist by Phoenix, A Division of Unified Investigations and Sciences. Kirk is assigned to the Rocky Mountain Region’s Denver office, and is licensed to work throughout the western United States.

Kirk joined the fire service in 1984 as a firefighter with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. His duties included structural suppression, hazardous materials response, emergency medical calls, and wildland fire suppression. He was red carded as a firefighter, sawyer, and crew boss. In 1997, he promoted to the rank of Fire Investigator where he remained until his retirement in 2006.

As a fire investigator, Kirk was a POST certified Peace Officer, conducting origin and cause determinations and arson investigations. He has testified as an expert witness in District, State and Federal courts in structural, and wildland origin and cause, and as an expert witness in wildland suppression techniques. He completed FI 210 in 2003, and completed his NWCG task book for INV2 in 2004. Kirk has been with Phoenix Investigations since 2004.
Mr. Scott has more than 20 years experience in wildland fire science research, development and application. He has led projects related to surface and canopy fuel characteristics, wildfire behavior modeling, crown fire hazard assessment, and wildfire risk assessment. Mr. Scott is the lead developer of NEXUS, a computer system for assessing crown fire potential; lead developer of FireWords, an annotated, illustrated glossary of wildland fire science terminology; and co-developer of FuelCalc, a system for computing summarizing and formatting ground, surface and canopy fuel characteristics for fire modeling; and the lead developer of a set of standard fire behavior fuel models for national application. Mr. Scott's current work focuses on the application of Monte Carlo wildfire simulations to wildfire risk assessment and land management planning for private enterprises and local, state and federal government agencies.

Joe Scott earned a B.S. in Forestry and Resource Management from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana. He is a Certified Forester™ as recognized by the Society of American Foresters.
Svetlana (Lana) Semenova is a Natural Resource Economist with Exponent. She specializes in natural resource damage assessment, non-market valuation, cost-benefit analysis, regulatory impact analysis. Ms. Semenova’s areas of expertise include economics of toxic chemical contamination (mercury, lead, perfluorinated chemicals); water quality and water use issues; recreational activities; oil spills; agriculture and pesticide use; and energy and climate change issues. Recently, she focused on assessing economic damages associated with forest lands damaged by wildfires in California.

Ms. Semenova has extensive skills in a variety of areas of natural resource valuation that allow her to conduct assessments of economic liability for damages to natural resources. Her knowledge of various economic techniques from market valuation to benefits transfer to Contingent Valuation (CV) gives her a good understanding of methods frequently used in environmental litigation.
Mr. Shaw’s practice focuses on Indian law with an emphasis on business law and litigation within Indian Country. Representative clients include tribal governments, tribal entities, and tribal members throughout the United States and business clients seeking to do business on or near Indian Reservations. Prior to opening his firm, Mr. Shaw practiced Indian law with the Portland office of Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP and as a Reservation Attorney (i.e. attorney general) for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. David represents many tribal consortiums and organizations, including the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and the National Tribal Development Association. David has also represented several tribal governments and agencies as “outside” governmental counsel on both a project and full-time engagement, along with representing tribal insurance companies in litigation of tribal entity insured parties. David currently sits as a tribal court judge, including acting as both a trial and appellate court judge for tribal courts.

Mr. Shaw is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Washington School of Law, and is a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bar Association, the Indian Law Sections of the Oregon and Washington State Bars, the Real Property and Creditor/Debtor Sections of the Washington Bar, and the Business Sections of the Oregon Bar and American Bar Association. David is pleased to have received both a Washington State Bar professionalism award and to have had the privilege to act as Chair and a member of the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar Indian Law Section.
Craig Simon is practices with the law firm of Berger Kahn, which has four offices in California. Mr. Simon graduated cum laude from UCLA in 1974 and obtained his law degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1977. Craig has spent his entire career with Berger Kahn becoming the managing partner in 1993. Mr. Simon is National Subrogation Counsel to a major insurer, and has been involved in most major catastrophe and newsworthy property loss events in California since 1977 and also, was involved in two noteworthy Las Vegas fires - the Hilton Hotel and MGM Hotel Fires.

Mr. Simon is currently working on major fire and explosion cases across the nation.
LINDSAY SLATTER began as a civil litigator in the 1970s, expanded her practice to adoptions in the 1980’s, and has specialized in attorney defense and ethics advice since the late 1980’s. She also advises law students in moral character matters. She was on the trial team in Mary M v City of LA (1991) 54 Cal 3rd 202, which held the City of L.A. civilly liable for a police officer’s rape of a detainee.

FISHKIN & SLATTER, LLP specializes in Attorney Professional Responsibility and Conduct. In addition to State Bar defense, they advise attorneys on ethics and law practice management, everything from joint client consents to disqualification motions to resolving disputes with clients before they get out of hand. The Fishkin & Slatter LLP website posts updates on new attorney ethics cases every month, and has an extensive description of the attorney disciplinary process at www.FishkinLaw.com.
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. In the last two years, Judge Snowden mediated over $700M in fire related claims including direct claims by individuals with fire losses, inventory claims by groups of plaintiffs with fire losses, coverage claims b/w defendants and insurance carriers, and cross-complaints among defendants alleged to have caused wildland fires.
Mr. Steensland has over 40 years of combined fire/law enforcement experience with CalFire, the U.S. 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. He has been recognized as an expert witness in state and federal courts.

Prior to retirement in 2005, he was the National Fire Investigation Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, Law Enforcement and Investigations Branch. Steensland is the past chair and a current member of the NWCG’s Wildfire Investigation Working Team, which is currently developing an international training program for wildland fire investigators. He was a principal member of the NFPA’s technical committee on Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators, (NFPA 1033), is a member of the IAAI Wildland Arson Subcommittee and is a member of the NFPA 921 Chapter 26 revision sub-committee. He is currently the owner/president of a private wildland fire investigation forensic consulting and training firm, Paul Steensland and Associates, LLC. Steensland has instructed investigators from over 40 states, as well as presenting courses in Australia, Alberta, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Guam, Holland and Saskatchewan.
Mr. Way is a Senior Electrical Engineer and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator. He has extensive experience in both electrical and mechanical engineering, design and failure analysis. Casework experience includes product failure analysis, residential, commercial and industrial fire and explosion investigations, heavy equipment failures, electrocution and electric shock, and appliance failure investigations. Before pursuing an engineering career, Mr. Way worked as an appliance and furnace repair technician for his family’s business. As a result of this background, he is experienced with proper operation and repair of large appliances including clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, and furnaces. In addition, Mr. Way has experience with hydroelectric power plants, gas turbine driven power plants, combined cycle power plants, electrical substations, petrochemical plants and pipelines, waste water treatment plants, potable water pumping systems, heavy manufacturing plants, and heavy construction. He is well versed in material selection for strength and corrosion resistance, mechanical design, failure analysis, and pressure drop studies.