This webinar is being offered by the National Association of Public Defense on Oct. 6, 2020.
Proper litigation that involves a fire case usually includes a fire origin and cause expert. There are standards and guidelines that the fire expert is expected to follow. This includes, but not limited to proper investigation, documentation, report writing and testimony.
This presentation provides a basic understanding of fire cause analysis and the detection of respect to resolving defensive criminal litigation issues involving fire related cases.
A representative case study will be presented that illustrates the application of these tools.
Mr. Fennell serves as a Senior Investigator, who is an experienced public/private fire investigator and a criminal/civil defense expert with a demonstrated history of working in the fire protection, insurance and fire and explosion forensics industry. He has conducted investigations for numerous insurance clients and government entities to determine the origin and cause of fire and explosion incidents and other assigned investigative activities. Mr. Fennell has directed technical reviews on forensic investigation projects, collaborated with attorneys, investigators, vendors and clients to assure the best results possible throughout the investigation and litigation process.
Mr. Fennell is a Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI) with the International Association of Arson Investigators and is a Licensed Private Investigator throughout the Midwest. He has an undergraduate degree in Fire Science and a graduate degree from Columbia Southern University. Mr. Fennell has testified and been qualified as an expert witness in court proceedings and depositions involving forensic investigations on multiple occasions. He also participates in pro-bono criminal cases for those who have been wrongly convicted of arson related crimes.