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Pre-Case review

Regardless if you just took on the case, or are well into deposition/discovery, consider calling me for my insight and engagement. I have over two decades of security expertise and can commonly provide insight into areas of causation and or case defense, which may be overlooked. An expansive career in security consulting has enabled me to pen down several positive and negative findings. See for yourself, checkout my #OneJob file.

Here's how it works

Pre-case reviews begin with a phone call to get the facts of the case and determine if I'm the right expert. It allows me to learn key details about the case and obtain answers to initial questions. If my skill sets do not align with your case, I can refer you to other experts from the forensic community.


For those that have not begun the litigation process, this is an excellent opportunity for you to leverage my experience. I can provide guidance to documentation that can support or defend causation.

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Learn more about what we do 

Security Technology

  • Access control and related vulnerabilities

  • Perdestrian/vehicular control 

  • Surveillance

  • Communications

  • Call boxes/call for assistance intercom

  • Alarm systems

  • Duress systems

  • Placement, functionality review

Looking for security consulting and design services?

If so, please direct your browser to my employer's website to learn more about thought leadership and value that I can provide during the day.

 

Services such as

  • Benchmarking

  • Outsourcing

  • Training

  • Security, threat, and vulnerability assessments

  • Technical analysis

  • Workplace violence assessments

  • Control center design

  • Comprehensive security and telecommunications systems design

Have questions?

What does an expert witness do?


Once retained, a premise liability/security expert witness is obligated to truthfully and with integrity review, advise, investigate elements of the case, discover new information and provide direction. When requested to do so, the expert, based on the information received, will author their opinion in a report or verbally in a deposition or trial.




What qualities do I need in an expert witness?


A security expert should love what they do, have attention to detail, excellent written and oral communications skills. Presentations and article or book contributions or authorship will typically evidence this. They should have recent or current experience in the area they are being retained.




When should I hire an expert witness?


Ideally, as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more chance that environmental conditions will change at the site where the loss occurred. Complicated negligence, premise liability cases should necessitate the immediate engagement of an expert witness. The purpose is to assist with validating information and or help obtain new information. Alternatively, a subject matter security expert should be engaged if opposing council discloses they have retained an opposing security expert.




Where do you practice your security expert witness work?


I work all over the United States, but am based in Chicago, Illinois.




My expert wants to conduct a site visit. Do expert witnesses really need to do a site visit?


The opposing counsel will always ask "have you visited the site", and "how can you render an opinion for something you have never seen". So, the answer is ideally, as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more chance that environmental conditions will change at the site where the loss occurred. The International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC) has a guideline that addresses forensic methodologies. Get it here





Security concerns, litigation services, and witness consulting can prove to be daunting. Ahrens security is here to support your expert witness litigation needs – contact me here or checkout my FAQ page!