Each participant will receive a conference Syllabus which contains pertinent reference material, exhibits and an attendee directory.
Stevee Ashlock Alan J. Jang Eric Schmidt
Vyto Babrauskas, Ph.D. Amir Jokar, Ph.D. Albert Simeoni
Kenneth E. Barker Chris Lautenberger Craig Simon
Carol S. Battaglia Christine Lee Hon. Scott Snowden (Ret.)
Randal Bell Ph.D., MAI Kevin H. Lewis Paul Steensland
David Bona Sue Muncey Dan Taylor
Alan Carlson Mike Murray Robert Unsworth
Carlos Fernandez-Pello, Ph.D. Sally Noma Erika Vasquez
David Carr Katherine Palmquist Paul T. Way
Donna Deaton Keith Parker Richard Woods
Randy Gimple Ken Roye Lucas R. Woolf
Rachel Jacobson    

STEVEE ASHLOCK is an international speaker, trainer and consultant appearing at universities, conventions, conferences and associations. As a keynote speaker, Stevee facilitates corporate seminars and interactive workshops, concentrating on professional presentation. As a trial consultant, Stevee participates in numerous high profile criminal trials, working side-by-side with attorneys and witnesses, coaching and refining important strategies used in the courtroom to elevate jury awareness and comprehension of evidence.

Stevee provides legal clients with a fresh insight and unique trial consulting service, specializing in the effective preparation of expert witnesses. Understanding that a trial is often made or broken on key witness testimony and demeanor, she guides the way an expert witness delivers their testimony and evidence. She blends science and art into effective communication that is vitally important to how the jury perceives the credibility of the expert witness. Additionally, she strategizes one-on-one with her client to perfect their effectiveness and dynamics in the courtroom.

Stevee is the Author of “Credibility is Believability: Success in the Courtroom”, Techno Security Guide to E-Discovery and Digital Forensics, recently released by Syngress Publishing, Inc. She is a member of the Atlanta FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association and Toastmasters International, author and syndicated columnist. She is listed in numerous Who’s Who publications and the National Association for Professional Women - all for significant accomplishments, contribution to society and dedication toward exemplary goals.
VYTO BABRAUSKAS was the first person to ever earn a PhD degree in fire safety. He was for many years a researcher at NIST, where he invented the Cone Calorimeter and the furniture calorimeter. Since 1993 he has operated his own consulting firm, Fire Science and Technology Inc. (San Diego, CA), specializing in science support for fire investigations and litigations. To the fire investigation community, he is best known for his massive Ignition Handbook. He has recently prepared a comprehensive review on the investigation aspects of smoldering combustion and his lecture at the conference will focus on the wildland aspects of smoldering.
KEN BARKER is a plaintiffs’ attorney who has practiced as a civil trial lawyer for over 30 years. He is a partner in the Barker Wilson Law Firm in Belle Fourche and Rapid City, SD. The firm specializes in complex litigation cases. In 2012, 40 families hired him to represent them in a civil action against a local power company for causing the “Oil Creek Fire.” The fire started near Newcastle, Wyoming, as a result of failed crossarm that contacted a tree, resulting in substantial damage to real and personal property. The Governor of South Dakota also hired the firm to represent the State in a civil action against a local power company for causing the 2002 “Grizzly Gulch Fire.” The fire started near Deadwood, South Dakota as a result of power line contact with trees located within the transmission line right-of-way, resulting in substantial suppression costs and loss of public and private property. These fire cases, and many others, required a number of experts to prove the cause, origin, and damages as a result of the fires. His presentation will center on the challenges and efforts necessary to gather and preserve evidence, the team approach, special damages, file management, to successfully prosecute the civil action.
CAROL S. BATTAGLIA is the senior partner at Battaglia & Waltari and has been practicing law for over 27 years. As part of her estate planning practice, she routinely works with families who have disabled family members to create estate plans using special needs trusts. She also assists trial lawyers in establishing court-created special needs trusts, designing structured settlements and implementing other strategies to receive an injured party's settlement funds while maintaining eligibility for government assistance benefits. Ms. Battaglia is a member of the sections on Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Section of the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Estate Planning Council of San Diego. She is also the Southern California member of the Special Needs Alliance, which is a nationally recognized, invitation only organization of lawyers dedicated to Disability and Public Benefits Law. She has been the legal counsel to the Special Needs Trust Foundation of San Diego, a non-profit pooled special needs trust, since 2002. Currently, she is the author of several chapters in CEB’s treatise on Special Needs Trusts. She is a frequent speaker and author on special needs trusts and other means of maintaining needs based public benefits. The national attorney's directory, Martindale-Hubbell, gives Ms. Battaglia its highest rating of A/V.
RANDALL BELL, PhD, MAI directs Landmark Research Group, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in real estate damage economics. Prior to this, he founded and directed the national Real Estate Damages Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Throughout his career, Dr. Bell has consulted in many high-profile cases ranging from the World Trade Center Site, the United Flight 93 Crash site, the OJ Simpson and Jon Benet Ramsey crime scenes, the Bikini Atoll nuclear test sites, riots, Hurricane Katrina, as well as environmental, wildfires and oil spills thorough the nation. Dr. Bell sits on the Advisory Board of the Bureau of National Affairs in Washington DC and is the author of Real Estate Damages: 3rd Edition, published by the Appraisal Institute. He is also the author of the Detrimental Conditions Seminar which was published by the Appraisal Institute. The valuation methodologies he developed have been incorporated into the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Dr. Bell has written numerous articles and has received an award for the best article of the year in the Appraisal Journal on two occasions. Dr. Bell has a MBA Degree from UCLA and a PhD from Fielding Graduate University.
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.
David Cameron Carr serves as Senior Counsel in the Legal Ethics and Law Firm Risk Management Practice Group at Klinedinst PC. Over three decades, he has established a reputation as one of California’s preeminent ethics lawyers, a trusted counselor, and an advocate for hundreds of California lawyers and law firms. Mr. Carr’s practice addresses a broad range of legal ethics issues including discipline defense, bar admissions, reinstatement, attorney fee disputes, legal ethics advice, conflicts and disqualification, and law firm risk management. He also serves as an expert witness in matters involving legal ethics issues.

Following several years of practice in commercial law and business litigation, Mr. Carr joined the State Bar of California as a staff attorney in 1989 and served as a discipline prosecutor between 1992 and 1999. After five years trying discipline, admissions, and reinstatement cases before the State Bar Court Hearing Dept., he began to specialize in appellate advocacy before the State Bar Court’s Review Dept., resulting in ten published decisions between 1997 and 2000. In 1999, Mr. Carr became a manager in the discipline prosecutor’s office, managing a trial team of ten attorneys and support staff. In this position, he also worked on discipline policy issues as the Chief Trial Counsel’s liaison with the State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) and the State Bar Court Executive Committee.
DONNA DEATON is the owner of Deaton Investigations, LLC and is a California Licensed Private Investigator. She is a Certified Wildland Fire Investigator with over 27 years of origin and cause determination experience with major case investigation experience. Her investigations have included a multitude of complex criminal cases including the 2003 Cedar Fire, the largest wildfire in California history. After her Retirement from the US Forest Service in 2009 as a Special Agent, she has been retained in civil cases as an expert consultant for second-opinion review, and by the government as an origin and cause investigator. Ms. Deaton has extensive training in still and video photography and is a Board Certified Evidence Photographer (EPIC) 2010 - She has been a member of the Evidence Photographers International Council Member since 2008. Ms. Deaton has been a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators Member (IAAI) since 2008, she also holds the IAAI Facilitative Evidence Technician Certification. Ms. Deaton has also been a member of the Sacramento-Sierra Regional Arson Taskforce Member (SSATF) since 2008. She is a facilitative instructor and has taught numerous fire investigation and advanced photography classes, including developing and instructing specialized international Wildland Fire Investigation courses for Guam, Maui, Athens, Greece, and for private companies such as Firecourse.com (2007-2011). Prior to retirement from the US Forest Service in 2009, she was the lead Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination Facilitative Instructor for the USFS CA Wildland Training Centers and organized and instructed at their FI-210 classes (2005-2009). Ms. Deaton holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation from Stephens College at Columbia, Missouri, is a Master Graduate of Rapport Leadership International, Las Vegas, Nevada, and also has a two-year Forestry Program Certificate from California Polytechnic University.
DR. CARLOS FERNANDEZ-PELLOW, Ph.D. 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 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.
RACHEL JACOBSON joined Wilmer Hale’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice in January 2017, following a long and distinguished career in government and the nonprofit sector. Jacobson began her career as an environmental lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division where she handled some of the largest environmental cases in U.S. history, including the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal and the Coeur d’Alene Superfund trial. Jacobson is considered one of the Nation’s leading legal experts in natural resource damages. Jacobson left DOJ to become Director of the Impact-Directed Environmental Account program at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, where she managed a $100 million mitigation portfolio to fund conservation projects.

In 2009 Jacobson was invited to join the Obama Administration as the Department of the Interior’s Principal Deputy Solicitor, and from 2011 to 2014, she was Interior’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. While at Interior, Jacobson led the negotiations with BP for the $1 billion early restoration agreement following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and oversaw large scale ecosystem restoration in the Great Lakes and the Everglades. Jacobson led the 2014 U.S. delegation to the UNESCO World Heritage proceedings in Doha, Qatar, where she advocated successfully for designation of Poverty Point as the 22nd World Heritage site in the U.S. Before joining WilmerHale, Jacobson was the Deputy General Counsel for Environment, Energy and Installations at the Department of Defense. In matters ranging from legacy pollution sites, settlement of litigation regarding the Navy’s sonar systems, and siting of renewable energy projects on or near military bases, Jacobson was instrumental in helping the armed services balance military mission with environmental stewardship.
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).
AMIR JOKAR, Ph.D., PE - Dr. Jokar is a Managing Engineer at Exponent, Inc. and specializes in thermal/fluid and HVAC&R systems. He has more than 12 years of work experience both in academia and industry. In academia, he conducted research on industry-sponsored research projects and obtained few competitive grants as the principal investigator. At Exponent, he has worked and collaborated on multi-disciplinary projects with applications related to air conditioning systems, wildland fires, residential and industrial fires, smoke distribution, insulation materials, heat transfer equipment, carbon monoxide poisoning, and health risk assessments. His work experience includes experimentation as well as simulation using computational fluids dynamics (CFD) techniques.
CHRIS LAUTENBERGER is a co-founder of Reax Engineering Inc. in Berkeley, CA. His responsibilities span buildingcode and fire code consulting, fire science research, design of fire protection and life safety systems, thermal sciences, atmospheric processes, and forensic reconstruction of fires. Lautenberger's work combines fire/building codes and related standards with technical aspects of fire science such as combustion, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, fire dynamics, and fire modeling. Dr. Lautenberger co-teaches Masters-level courses in Fire Dynamics and Fire Modeling in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Before co-founding Reax Engineering, he worked as a Fire Protection Engineer at Arup Fire in San Francisco, CA.
CHRISTINE LEE is a Senior Consultant with Industrial Economics, Inc., an environmental economics and policy consultancy. Ms. Lee’s primary areas of expertise are environmental finance and environmental economics. She provides expert support in the assessment of economic damages with a focus on the assessment of damages resulting from catastrophic wildland fire. Ms. Lee has provided expert analysis and case support for a number of wildland fires public and private lands, for both plaintiffs and defendants. Over the last decade, Ms. Lee has conducted analyses supporting damage assessment claims for over ten fires, including the 2007 Moonlight Fire and the 2007 Witch and Guejito fires. Ms. Lee holds a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology from the University of California at San Diego, and a Masters in Environmental Management (M.E.M.) from Yale University.
KEVIN LEWIS is the President of CASE Forensics and a Principal Metallurgical Engineer who specializes in complex and large fire and explosion investigations. He specializes in origin and cause determinations of electrical fires and gas explosion, material and product failure analysis, engineering analysis and expert witness testimony. Kevin is a Licensed Professional Engineer in seven states and is recognized as a Certified Fire Investigator by the International Association of Arson Investigators. He has testified in both Federal and State courts regarding the origin and cause of fires and explosions. His failure analysis casework includes mechanical machines and components, corrosion analysis, metallography, and physical property testing on a wide variety of materials such as metals, plastics, polymers, composites and ceramics. Kevin uses his metallurgical training to analyze failed piping, refinery equipment, gas regulators and control valves. In addition, he has authored many scientificpapers on identification of electrical arcs generated during fires in copper and aluminum wiring. His extensive fire investigation experience and NAFI Investigator Instructor Certification qualifies him to present fire investigation training seminars and to certify other investigators.
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.
MIKE MURRAY is the Director of Client Solutions for Veritext Legal Solutions. His technical expertise includes proficiency in legal applications such as LawStudio, LiveNote, Summation, Trial Director, TextMap and more. In addition to foreseeing litigation technology trends, Mr. Murray travels throughout the nation providing informative and entertaining, CLE’s, educational instruction and product demonstrations to legal professionals.
Since receiving her law degree in 2009, Ms. Noma has focused on matters of large loss residential and commercial property subrogation. She has extensive experience litigating catastrophic water and fire losses on behalf of Fortune 100 insurance carriers. Ms. Noma has also represented business owners, individual homeowners, and public entities for uninsured property losses involving matters of contractor negligence, product liability, and governmental takings.

Prior to earning her law degree, Ms. Noma spent five years working for Allstate Insurance Company. She served as a claims adjuster, and later as an education consultant, in which capacity she trained employees in Department of Insurance policies and procedures as well as coverage provisions. Ms. Noma’s vast insurance background gives her unique insight to understand the needs of her clients. She often develops and delivers training to claims professionals concerning issues specific to subrogation. She also values working closely with insurer clients to evaluate and improve internal processes.

In 2016, Ms. Noma achieved an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rating, the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. Ms. Noma earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of the Pacific, where she was Captain of the Pacific Speech and Debate Team. She graduated as Order of the Barristers from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2009.
DR. KATHERINE PALMQUIST is an ecotoxicologist in the EcoScience practice in the Bellevue, Washington office of Exponent, Inc. She has technical expertise in both aquatic and terrestrial ecological risk assessments at large complex sites in multiple states, often within a litigation context, and has developed innovative approaches to define baseline conditions and quantify injury and subsequent reductions in ecological services. Dr. Palmquist has significant work experience with power company clients, including conducting targeted ecological assessments of proposed submarine cable routes and wind farms; these assessments have addressed effects to both threatened and endangered species. In addition, Dr. Palmquist has published on the effects of wildfire on stream ecosystems in the western United States and factors affecting ecological recovery. She has also developed preliminary assessment techniques to consider the ecological risk of wildfire in arid areas. Dr. Palmquist’s academic credentials include a B.S. in Entomology and B.A. in Communications from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. in Toxicology from Oregon State University.
KEITH PARKER was raised in San Rafael California, lifelong Marin County resident, wife Alice, daughter Shasta and son Tanner. Graduated from Indian Valley Colleges, AS in Fire Science, CFSTES Chief Officer and Master Instructor. Certified Instructor for Franklin Covey Courses, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and The Four Roles of Leadership. Started with the Marin County Fire Department in 1980 and retired in 2013. From 1996 to 2001, County Fire Marshal/Prevention Bureau Chief, responsible for fire prevention activities from code enforcement and adoption as well as fire related Law Enforcement in the State Responsibility Area, and fire investigation for the National Park Service. The balance of my career was spent in all risk operations including Strike Team Leader, Division/Group Supervisor, Type One Information Officer and Type Three Incident Commander. Founded and Managing Director of PARKER FIRE SERVICES CONSULTING LLC in 2014, providing fire investigative and analysis services as well as fire service related education.
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 exclusively litigates wildland fire cases. He is presently litigating the Powerhouse Fire (Los Angeles County), the Round Fire (Mono and Inyo Counties), the Butte Fire (Calaveras and Amador Counties), the Way Fire (Kern County), the Sheep Fire (Idaho County, Idaho), and the Las Conchas Fire (Sandoval County, New Mexico). He represents 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 10th year. 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. He has been a contributor to the Western Chapter newsletter of the Utility Arborists Association and has lectured at several California State Bar Association seminars.
ERIC SCHMIDT, MA, GISP, GIS-S has over 25 years in the mapping professions. He began as a pen and ink cartographer long ago migrated into the digital world of GIS, GPS, and other geo-spatial solutions. Eric holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master’s Degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) through the international GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), and is a licensed GIS Surveyor (GIS-S) by the South Carolina Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Over the years, he has gained experience in a wide array of hazard-related mapping, including a focus on wildland fire. This includes wildland preplanning, initial attack, cost share analysis, value at risk analysis, WUI mapping, as well as other aspects of mapping and analysis before, during, and after the smoke is in the air. Eric Currently Serves as the GIS Manager for Douglas County, NV. He also is a Managing Partner of EMgis Partners LLC, a consulting group that serves the mapping and GIS needs of the Fire and Emergency Management communities.
ALBERT SIMEONI is the Director of Wildland Fire Services at Jensen Hughes. He has 19 years of experience and is an internationally recognized leader in wildland fires, building protection and fire science. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and has developed experimental, analytical, and numerical techniques to better understand fire dynamics and to predict fire behavior. Albert is tasked to develop and guide the wildland fire research and development program and develop scientific tools and methods to help support root cause analysis, fire event reconstruction, structural design, and vegetation management. Dr. Simeoni also currently serves as a visiting professor with the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, where he provides guidance and leadership for wildfire research. Prior to joining JENSEN HUGHES, he served as Senior Manager where he developed and supported projects related to design in fire safety and failure analysis. Prior to that he served as a Full Professor and Research Chair of Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh in the UK where he developed research and teaching programs in Fire Safety, as Associate Professor of Fire Protection Engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, and as Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Corsica in Corte, France. Dr. Simeoni also spent over 10 years volunteering for the Fire Department of North-Corsica, France, serving in several roles including Fire Lieutenant, Firefighter and Corporal, and is fully trained in management and wildfire firefighting operations. Dr. Simeoni holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Corsica, France; a Master’s of Engineering in Thermal Transfers from the University of Aix-Marseille, France; a Master’s of Science in Thermal Science and Fluid Dynamics from the University of Provence, France; a Doctorate in Physics from the University of Corsica, France; and a Higher Degree Research (H.D.R.) in Physics, Energetic and Combustion from the University of Corsica, France.
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.
HON. SCOTT SNOWDEN (Ret.) has been a trailblazing leader for over 25 years in case management, modern court administration, and early resolution. Exceptionally creative, sensitive, and skilled at resolving complex litigation matters, the Napa Superior Court was under Judge Snowden’s guidance for over 15 years, during which he settled and tried hundreds of widely varied civil cases. He has unparalleled professional experience in the wildland fire industry and is especially adept at handling the often complicated insurance coverage issues that arise with these types of cases. He mediated over $700 million in fire related claims including direct claims by individuals with fire losses, inventory claims by groups of plaintiffs with fire losses, coverage claims between defendants and insurance carriers, and cross-complaints among defendants alleged to have caused wildland fires. Judge Snowden has also arbitrated a case involving 125 +/- victims of wildland fire and the distribution of a multimillion dollar settlement of claims brought by uninsured and under-insured homeowners and businesses. The case had numerous complicated issues of land-diminution appraisal, valuation of destroyed personality, valuation of emotional distress claims, as well as business costs from timber loss. A pioneer of court-based mediation, Judge Snowden brings decades of skills as an extraordinarily effective settlement specialist.
MR. STEENSLAND has over 48 years of combined fire/law enforcement experience with Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service and in private practice. He has investigated hundreds of wildland fires, including two of the largest fires in the history of South Dakota and Colorado as well as fires in Australia and Canada. He has been recognized as an expert witness in state and federal courts.

Prior to retirement in 2005, he was the Senior Special Agent/National Fire Investigation Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, Law Enforcement and Investigations Branch. Steensland is the past chair of and a current subject matter expert on the NWCG’s Wildland Fire Investigation Working Team/Subcommittee, which developed and maintains 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 was a member of the NFPA 921 Chapter 26 revision subcommittee. 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 numerous courses in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, Guam, and the Netherlands.
DAN TAYLOR is a partner in the Denver, Colorado office of Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP. He received his law degree summa cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010. After law school, Dan served as a law clerk for the Honorable Amul R. Thapar of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and for the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Dan also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. In 2011, Dan published an article in The Georgetown Law Journal on the topic of Touhy regulations: “Taking Touhy Too Far: Why It Is Improper for Federal Agencies to Unilaterally Convert Subpoenas into FOIA Requests,” 99 Geo. L.J. 1227 (2011).
ROBERT UNSWORTH is a Principal and Director at Industrial Economics, Inc., a 120-person economics and environmental policy consulting firm. Mr. Unsworth's consulting practice focuses on applied natural resource and environmental economics. He provides expert support in the assessment of economic damages resulting from adverse changes in the environment, economic benefits associated with improvements in environmental conditions, and the costs and benefits associated with environmental regulation. He has served as an expert witness in the context of environmental damage claims, has assisted various public commissions on topics in environmental valuation, and is frequently called upon to speak on natural resource damage assessment. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Unsworth has worked on well over 50 natural resource damage assessment, including over a dozen wildland fire cases. He has also written several guidance documents on natural resource damage assessment for state and federal agencies and served as an expert peer reviewer on applied approaches to environmental damage and benefits assessment for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the European Commission. Mr. Unsworth holds a B.S. magna cum laude in Forestry from the State University of New York, and a Masters of Forest Science from Yale University.
After graduating from California Western School of Law in 2009, Erika began her legal career working with people who lost their homes, and suffered other damages, in the 2007 San Diego wildfires and the 2013 Powerhouse Fire in Los Angeles County. Currently, she is the lead associate at Singleton Law Firm working on the Butte Fire litigation, related to a fire which occurred in Calaveras County, California in 2015. Erika has worked with hundreds of fire clients and facilitated more than 75 million dollars in settlements for people affected by wildfire.
PAUL WAY is a Director and Technical Manager for the CASE Electrical practice group. He is a Senior Electrical Engineer with extensive experience in both electrical and mechanical engineering, design, and failure analysis. His casework experience includes product failure analysis, wildland fire, residential, commercial, marine and industrial fire and explosion investigations, heavy equipment accidents and failures, electrocution and electric shock investigations, and appliance fire and failure investigations. He provides litigation support and expert testimony to law firms, insurance companies and manufacturers.

Mr. Way has degrees in Forest Resource Management and in Electrical Engineering and performs wildland fire prevention plan development and audits. Mr. Way has worked closely with vegetation contractors and with utilities in developing plans to reduce risk of wildland fire. Mr. Way often becomes involved in fires that originated in areas where electrical distribution and transmission equipment were in close proximity to power line right-of-way vegetation. Mr. Way has investigated many wildland fires and often testifies on matters related to vegetation management and electrical equipment failure.
RICHARD WOODS AFSM has had a long career in Wildfire (Bushfire) management along with a period in law enforcement in Australia. He established Wildfire Investigation capability for the largest wildfire agency in Australia and has travelled to the USA many times over his career, to further his expertise in this area. As an Australian representative on the National Wildland Co-ordinating Group Wildland Fire Investigation Committee, he has engaged with fellow members from the USA, New Zealand and Canada in enhancing investigation practice in Australia. Richard developed National Bushfire Arson Prevention arrangements at the request of the Australian Federal Attorney Generals Department and has delivered Wildfire Investigation training to the USA (Hawai‘i), China and The Netherlands, and more recently travelled to Canada and South Korea to share his expertise in Wildfire Investigation.

Richard is currently the Adjunct Associate Lecturer in Wildfire Investigation at Charles Sturt University in Canberra and is the current Chair of the International Association of Arson Investigators, Wildland Fire Investigation Committee.
In 2013, he was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for his commitment to Wildfire Investigation in Australia and has a Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Fire Investigation and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management from the Australian Institute of Police Management.

He now manages a Wildfire Investigation consultancy practice in Australia providing wildfire cause advice and training internationally.
MR. WOOLF has over 23 years of experience in wildland fire investigation, suppression, prescribed fire, and training. Mr. Woolf is currently the President/Owner of Lucas R. Woolf & Associates, LLC - International Wildland Fire Investigation, Consulting, and Training. Prior to this Mr. Woolf was a Special Agent with the U.S. Forest Service, specializing in wildland fire investigation and performing as the national wildland fire investigation expert, as well as, detailing as the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge (ASAC). Mr. Woolf was also the Incident Commander of the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement & Investigations Fire Investigation Team and received the U.S. Forest Service's Special Agent of the Year Award. Mr. Woolf is currently an active member, and former Co-Chair, of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group's (NWCG) Wildland Fire Investigation Committee. He has investigated hundreds of wildland fires, to include the largest fires in the history of Arizona and New Mexico. Mr. Woolf has also instructed numerous wildland fire investigation training courses (FI-210 and FI-310), both nationally and internationally, and has published work in the revised FI-210 and PMS 412 Guide to Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination. He was also a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the U.S. Forest Service's International Programs organization.

Mr. Woolf has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration/Finance from Northern Arizona University and is a qualified Wildland Fire Investigator and Wildland Fire Investigation Team Member.