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2015 FACULTY BIOGRAPHIES
Each participant will receive a conference Syllabus which contains pertinent reference material, exhibits and an attendee directory.
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Doug Allen Tom Grisham Ken Ness
Joseph G. Astleford John A. Harris Zachary C. Owens, Ph.D., P.E.
Khaldoun Baghdadi Thomas V. Harris Robert Perdue
Samuel C. Bellicini Brian J. Heffernan Waylon Pickett
David Bona Wesley Higbie Dr. Joaquin Ramirez
Viggo Boserup Garry Hubert Ken Roye
Brian Cardoza Alan Jang Dr. B. Don Russell
Christopher Curtis John Lane Lynde Selden III
Michael Eburn Robert J. Lilieholm Craig S. Simon
Dr. Carlos Fernandez-Pello, Ph.D. Michael McEvoy Brad Shepherd
Jerome Fishkin Brian Monaghan Terry Taylor
Randy W. Gimple    

DOUG 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 163,399 student hours of investigation training to 5,894 investigators.
JOSEPH G. ASTLEFORD
JOSEPH G. ASTLEFORD is a partner with the Law Office of Kenneth P. Roye in Chico, California, who focuses on wildland fire litigation. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 2004. Mr. Astleford received a B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and received his J.D. from John F. Kennedy School of Law while working full time as an insurance adjuster.

Mr. Astleford has handled a number of large catastrophic subrogation cases, including claims arising out of wildland fires, construction fires, electrical fires, gas explosions, product defects and landslides. He has managed the presentation, organization and gathering of insurance subrogation claims for several catastrophic losses. He now focuses on damages sustained as a result of wildland fires. .
SAMUEL C. BELLICINI
SAMUEL C. BELLICINI is an associate attorney at Fishkin & Slatter, LLP, a professional responsibility law firm. Sam's primary practice is defending attorneys involved in State Bar investigations and prosecutions. The firm offers ethics advice to attorneys, and also represents law students at all stages of the California Moral Character Application process, and in academic discipline matters.

Sam has made presentations on attorney conduct and professional responsibility issues to the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), the Financial Institutions Committee of the State Bar's Business Law Section, and the Orange County Bar Association. Currently, Sam is the President of the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel..
KHALDOUN BAGHDADI
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
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.
VIGGO BOSERUP
MR. BOSERUP has mediated and arbitrated more than 5,000 cases since he became a full time professional mediator in 1992. He has been named a Top Mediator in California by the Daily Journal several years running including 2013, recognized as a Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2012 & 2014, and is a frequent guest speaker. As special master, Viggo Boserup has administered and mediated more than 1,000 individual cases arising out of the 2007 San Diego wildfires. Coverage of his role in resolving these cases is included in a recent front-page article of the Daily Journal.

Mr. Boserup is a certified e-discovery specialist by the Association of Certified Electronic Discovery Specialists, the preeminent international organization for e-discovery professionals worldwide and was recently published in an article on electronic discovery in the Daily Journal.
BRIAN CARDOZA
BRIAN A. CARDOZA is a Senior Attorney in the Claims Litigation Section of the Southern California Edison Company (“SCE”) Law Department. Brian joined SCE in 1996 and has tried over 40 cases to verdict. He has represented the company in all manner of litigation both as a prosecuting and defending attorney – trying a wide and diverse range of matters, including complex personal injury, property damage, structure and wildland fires, alter-ego, commercial disputes, inverse condemnation and eminent domain cases. Brian has worked on numerous appellate matters and has several published opinions to his credit, including Anchor Lighting v. Southern California Edison Company (2006) 142 Cal. App. 451, which is an important decision in the area of exclusive jurisdiction of the California Public Utility Commission to resolve legal issues affecting utilities.

Brian has served SCE’s Law Department as past Chairman of the Diversity Committee, Training and Education Committee and as a member of the Outside Counsel, Offsite and Pro Bono Committees.

Prior to joining SCE, Brian worked for a national law firm representing clients in product liability matters. He received an undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and spent a year abroad at the American University, Cairo, Egypt. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School. Brian is a member of American Board of Trial Advocates.
CHRISTOPHER CURTIS
As a geomatics engineer with more than 20 years of experience, MR. CURTIS has provided project delivery support (GPS control, conventional surveying, photogrammetric mapping, raster imaging, and GIS) on projects domestically and abroad. Over the past 10 years, Mr. Curtis has been retained to provide professional surveying and mapping, expert witness, and litigative consultation services on over fifty wildland fire cause and origin investigations, explosion sites, highway sight distance analyses, catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.
MICHAEL EBURN
DR. EBURN graduated Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, Master of Laws from University of Newcastle (NSW) and PhD from Monash University. His research interests are in law and its application to fire and emergency services and emergency management. He is the current Chief Investigator on a research project funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC on Policy, Institutions and Governance of Natural Hazards. Dr. Eburn is a member of the editorial board for the Australian Journal of Emergency Management and a member of the Advisory Board for the Australian Emergency Management Institute. He has acted as a consultant legal advisor to a number of Australia’s emergency services and served on a panel of international experts advising the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent on international disaster law.

His full list of appointments and publications can be found at https://law.anu.edu.au/staff/michael-eburn
DR. CARLOS FERNANDEZ-PELLO, Ph.D.
DR. CARLOS FERNANDEZ-PELLO is Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley. He received degrees of Doctor Aeronautical Engineer (1972) from the University of Madrid, Spain, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences (1975) from the University of California, San Diego. From 1975 to 1977 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, and from 1977 to 1980 a Research Fellow at Princeton University. He joined the University of California, Berkeley in 1980, where he has been a Full Professor since 1986. Professor Fernandez-Pello teaches courses in thermosciences with emphasis on combustion His recent research emphasizes material flammability in earth and spacecraft environments, wildland fire development, micro-scale power generation and solar energy storage. His research is or has been funded by NASA, NSF, NIST, DARPA, DOE and ARO. He is co-author of the book “Fundamental of Combustion Processes” and of four book chapters on material flammability. He has published over 180 papers in archival technical journals and over 200 hundred non-archival papers.
RANDY GIMPLE
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.
TOM GRISHAM
TOM is President and Owner of GRISCUT, Ltd. He has operated a consulting business for the past seventeen years that provides manufacturing support, system analysis, and process improvements for manufacturers of distribution and transmission class insulators. During his career of more than forty years, he has worked with several manufacturing firms and electric utilities to improve their operations, implement quality control programs, and develop unique solutions in many areas.

Over the past five years, he has focused on company mergers, preparation of specifications at electrical utilities, training of personnel, and performing supplier audits. In addition, Tom has performed failure analysis on electrical insulators, installation hardware, and laboratory forensics of specimens that were used in liability cases of bodily injury and property damage.

For the past ten years, Tom has served as the Chairman of the IEEE Delegation to ANSI C29. This group is responsible for establishing test standards for the qualification of all insulator designs in the USA. Previously, Tom held positions in IEEE as Chairman of the Lightning and Insulator Subcommittee and the Insulator Performance Working Group. He is the author (co-author) of seven technical papers.
THOMAS V. HARRIS
TOM HARRIS spent a combined 33 years as a trial lawyer with Merrick Hofstedt & Lindsey and Perey-Harris. He served as counsel for individuals, corporations, health care providers, law firms, insurers and other entities throughout the Pacific Northwest in many types of cases, including serious personal injury and insurance matters. In 2001, Mr. Harris began serving as a neutral when he mediated the Tesoro-Anacortes refinery fire, followed by the Olympic Pipeline explosion. Since then, he has been appointed as mediator, arbitrator, appraiser, private judge, or Special Master in a variety of disputes. Mr. Harris authored the 60-chapter textbook Washington Insurance Law which he continues to update on a regular basis. He received his J.D. from Cornell Law School.
WESLEY HIGBIE
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
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, and 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 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 LANE
JOHN LANE holds an MS degree in Geoscience and a BS degree in Physical Science both from California State University, Chico. He is an Adjunct Professor at California State University, Chico, a California registered Professional Geologist and a Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Developer. John has over 23 year’s experience working as a geologist dealing with issues ranging from air sampling to water rights. John is the Principal Scientist for Chico Environmental Science & Planning, an environmental consulting firm based in downtown Chico, CA. Primary responsibilities for Chico Environmental include planning and directing environmental forensic and hydrology/hydrogeologic based projects. His experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) have proven to be invaluable for conducting business development and project management for Chico Environmental. He has a great diversity of practical experience that has allowed him to manage projects that deal with a variety of environmental situations. John is also the founder of the Subterranean Explorers a group of scientists and explorers who have conducted research expeditions that have led to the creation of conservation areas in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. John lives in Chico with his wife, daughter and son.
DR. ROBERT LILIEHOLM
Dr. Robert Lilieholm is the E.L. Giddings Professor of Forest Policy at the University of Maine. Lilieholm’s research examines ways in which wildlands can be sustainably managed to promote a wide range of social, economic, and ecological goals. Examples include the modeling of alternative future development scenarios, and the creation of market-based approaches to sustaining protected areas and local communities around the world. Lilieholm has authored numerous publications through funding provided by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Boston Foundation, USAID, The World Bank, EPA, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

At the University of Maine, Lilieholm is a Blue Sky Faculty Fellow. He received the Pitts-Webber Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010, the NSFA Outstanding Public Service Award in 2012, the Pitts-Webber Outstanding Researcher Award in 2013, and the President’s Research Impact Award in 2014. Lilieholm is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and has been active as an expert witness in wildland fire and forest management litigation across the U.S., especially with respect to Western public lands. Lilieholm’s work has been featured on CBS 60 Minutes, NPR’s Marketplace, and Forbes.
MIKE MCEVOY
Michael McEvoy is a partner at Murchison & Cumming, LLP, a law firm with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Irvine, San Diego, and Las Vegas.  Over the past eight years, Michael's practice has been focused on the defense of utility companies and commercial businesses in large complex wildland fire cases, including the 2006 Happy Camp/Shekell Fire, 2007 Malibu Canyon and Grass Valley Fires, 2008 Sayre Fire, and 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire (Texas).  He currently represents clients in the 2014 Poinsettia and Bernardo Fires.  Michael obtained his Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  His practice also includes product liability, general liability, premises liability and matters that involve catastrophic injuries.
BRIAN MONAGHAN
BRIAN MONAGHAN is Vice-President of Marketing for Wildlands and has over 17 years of experience in developing and managing mitigation and conservation banks. His primary responsibilities at Wildlands are new project development and working with large public and private developers to ensure they meet their environmental mitigation permit requirements. Brian directs all sales and marketing-related activities at Wildlands. Prior to Joining Wildlands, he was an investment advisor and analyst to a major real estate investment fund, which focused on environmentally challenging real estate assets. Brian has degrees in Environmental Policy and Political Science from American University in Washington D.C. and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.
KEN NESS
- 36 years with Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment -presently a Senior Investigator with Investigations Unit of the Enforcement & Investigations Section of Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

- in 2001 was appointed to the NWCG’s Wildland Fire Investigation Working Team, based out the USA, as one of 2 Canadian representatives

- mandate of this group is to develop wildfire investigation training that is standard throughout North America

- has instructed and provided presentations on wildfire investigation at workshops and conferences throughout Canada, USA and Australia

- has provided forensic interview training throughout Canada and in the USA

- writes regular column in the Western Canadian Game Warden magazine, titled “You & the Law”

-was awarded ‘Officer of the Year’ in 2012 by Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
ZACHARY C. OWENS, PH.D., P.E.
DR. OWENS is a Managing Engineer in Exponent’s Thermal Sciences practice. He specializes in solving complex problems relating to fluid flow, heat transfer, mass transport, combustion, and thermodynamics. Application areas have included fire and explosion cause & origin investigations, failure analysis of gas turbines and consumer appliances, medical device performance evaluations relating to drug delivery and dermal heating, analysis of multiphase flows for the oil and gas industry, and thermal management of electronics and battery systems.
ROBERT PERDUE
Since 1978 ROBERT SHEA PERDUE, MAI has appraised thousands of properties in Southern California for wild fire damage loss, eminent domain and real estate litigation. Property types range from residential and vacant land to commercial, industrial, farms / ranches, environmental and special use properties. Mr. Perdue has appraised or consulted on wildland fires such as: Cedar Fire (2003), Grass Valley Fire (2007), Guejito Fire (2007), Green Valley / Big Bear Fire (2007), Malibu Canyon Fire (2008), Sayre Fire (2008), Powerhouse Fire (2013) and Coronado Hills Fire (2014).

Mr. Perdue obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University and has completed post-graduate research in Real Estate Appraisal, Economics and Demographics. He maintains a California Real Estate Brokers license and is active in real estate development. He has been awarded the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and is the past president of the Inland Empire Chapter 57 of the International Right-of-Way Association.

PERDUE & RUSSELL REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL is the largest real estate valuation firm in the Inland Empire; however, the firm works throughout Southern California.
WAYLON PICKETT
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 ROYE
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.
DR. B. DON RUSSELL
DR. B. DON RUSSEL is Regents Professor and holds the Bovey Endowed Chair at Texas A&M University. Dr. Russell is director of the Power System Automation Laboratory and has conducted research on powerline failure mechanisms for over 40 years.

Dr. Russell is past president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow six societies and a recipient of the Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and holds 15 US patents in power system protection and diagnostics.
LYNDE SELDEN III
LYNDE SELDEN III is a senior associate in the San Francisco office of Carlson, Calladine & Peterson, LLP. Mr. Selden’s practice focuses primarily on complex fire litigation including Wildland fires and commercial structure fires. Since 2008, he has been litigating some of the largest and costliest Wildland Fire cases in the United States including the 2007 San Diego Fire Cases and the Freds Fire case. Lynde’s current and past litigation practice includes product defect, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, premises liability, medical malpractice, intellectual property, and commercial vehicle liability.
CRAIG S. SIMON
CRAIG SIMON 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.
BRAD SHEPHERD
BRAD SHEPHERD has practiced professional engineering for forty-four years as an electrical engineer and engineering manager in industry. He has an additional ten years’ experience as a working electrician, electronics technician and electrical project cost estimator in the commercial, residential, aerospace and marine environment.

Brad has served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Edison Electric Institute and as Chairman of the Distribution Committee of the Southeastern Electric Exchange. He has served on committees of The Electric Power Research Institute and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a member of The Florida Engineering Society, and The National Society of Professional Engineers. He is a Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering by National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE®), a program accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards. His participation in and supervision of lightning research studies resulted in significant developments in lightning protection theory and technology. He was instrumental in the evolution of underground cable design and the development of underground electrical utility equipment design and construction standards. His engineering cost studies and professional opinions have been accepted by the Florida Public Service Commission, State and County courts, Insurance Adjusters and Underwriters. He has assisted in litigation support and served as an expert witness, and as a neutral Arbitrator. He has provided investigation and consultation for insurance adjusters in the settlement of property damage claims.

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