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Roberto Aguero (Bakersfield, CA)
Robert Aguero has over 30 years in the investigations field. The first 15 years were spent as a police officer and detective. He has investigated a variety of crimes including homicides, gang cases and major narcotics cases. For the last 18 years he has been a licensed private investigator specializing in cell phone forensics and cell tower data analysis. He is certified with the Cellebrite UFED, Cellebrite Physical Analyzer, Susteen SecureView, Katana Lantern and certified in Mobile Phone Seizure. He has been involved in over 200 cell phone/cell tower forensics cases and testified as an expert in various Superior courts in California and Nevada on cell phone forensics, cell tower data analysis and cell pings.
Paul Bieber (San Jose, CA)
Paul Bieber is the director and founder of The Arson Research Project. He is a criminal investigator specializing in indigent defense investigations and a member of the investigator’s panel of the San Mateo County Bar Association's Private Defenders Program in California where his assignments range from misdemeanors to complex felonies. Paul is a certified fire and explosion investigator (CFEI) and has nine years of investigative experience with a concentration in fire cause and origin, death scene, and insurance fraud investigations, and an additional 15 years in fire suppression and emergency medical services as a firefighter and paramedic. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Excelsior College and a Master of Legal Studies with a concentration in forensic investigation and international studies from Monterey College of Law.
Doug Carner (Van Nuys, CA)
Doug Carner is an audio, video and image enhancement and authentication expert. He graduated phi beta kappa, holds several industry certifications, and has processed evidence in thousands of cases worldwide. Mr Carner's advanced forensic lab has handled everything from the George Zimmerman video, military deaths, train crashes, arson, murder, 911 calls, excessive use of force, industrial accidents, slip-n-fall, theft, and airline disasters. His expert testimony and reports have exonerated the innocent and discredited junk science. Mr Carner's results are widely praised by both defense and prosecution for aiding in a quick settlement or dismissal. His work has been featured in legal and trade publications, and upon radio and television. He was last year's keynote speaker at the International Conference on Forensic Research and Technology, and lectures this year at the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. Mr Carner is both the creator and contributor to advanced forensic software used by analysts and agencies internationally. In his spare time, Mr. Carner donates to innocence projects, the restoration of historical recordings, and moderating the world's largest forensic audio-video collaboration forum.
Michael V. Cristalli (Las Vegas, NV)
Michael V. Cristalli is a shareholder in the firm's Government Investigations & Business Crimes Group. He is an accomplished trial attorney, representing clients in complex criminal, as well as corporate and civil litigation matters. Mr. Cristalli has vast experience in the marijuana laws and has represented medical marijuana dispensaries in both State and Federal Court. In addition to representing clients charged with marijuana crimes he has also challenged the constitutionality of the Nevada legislation as it relates to the dispensing of medical marijuana. That challenge included the legislations conflict with the Nevada Constitutional mandate of access to medical marijuana for license holders. Mr. Cristalli is also currently an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, and a legal analyst for MSNBC. Mr. Cristalli has successfully litigated some of the most high profile cases in the state of Nevada, representing clients nationwide and internationally. He is regarded as one of the premier trial attorneys in Nevada. His representative clients include Sandy Murphy who he successfully defended on the charge of murder in the death of her boyfriend and casino heir Ted Binion.
Tara Godoy (Livermore, CA)
Tara Godoy is a Certified Forensic Nurse and Legal Nurse Consultant who has been working Criminal and Civil Attorneys for 5 years. Through consulting and testimony she has assisted criminal defense attorneys in obtaining an honest and fair resolution in criminal cases; including many acquittals and dismissals. She has consulted on criminal cases in 13 states and has worked with the Federal Defender’s offices in Detroit and Las Vegas. Tara’s specialty areas include child abuse and blunt force trauma; and through medical record review and analysis she has assisted on hundreds of assault, homicide and DUI cases. Tara has offered continuing education presentations on topics such as Reading Medical Records, Blunt Force Trauma and Abusive Head Trauma to nurses, attorneys, and investigators nationwide. She is also a course instructor for the Advanced Death Investigator Training Course hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Santa Ana, California. After obtaining her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Southern California, Tara received her license as a Registered Nurse and immediately obtained a job in the Emergency Department as a new grad nurse. Her 10 years of clinical background includes 4 years as an Emergency Department and Trauma Nurse at Stanford University Medical Center. Currently, she is the President of Godoy Medical Forensics, Inc.; a medico-legal consulting firm that has 10 RNs and 3 MDs available for consulting.
Prof. Edward Imwinkelried (Davis, CA)
Ed Imwinkelried is the Edward L. Barrett, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis. He previously taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of San Diego. He has visited at the Ohio State University, the University of Illinois, the University of Houston, and University College Dublin. He is a coauthor of SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE (5th ed. forthcoming), McCORMICK, EVIDENCE (6th ed. 2006), and COURTROOM CRIMINAL EVIDENCE (5th ed. 2011). He is the author of THE METHODS OF ATTACKING SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE4 (4th ed. 2004), EVIDENTIARY FOUNDATIONS (8th ed. 2012), and THE NEW WIGMORE: EVIDENTIARY PRIVILEGES (2d ed. 2010). He has published more than 100 law review articles, many dealing with expert testimony. He was a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Latent Print Analysis and the Legal Issues Working Group of the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence. He also served as the consultant to the Surgeon General’s Commission on Urinalysis Testing in the Armed Forces. He has lectured to groups of lawyers, judges, and scientists in 46 states and several foreign countries.
Dr. Dutch Johnson (Glendale, AZ)
Dutch Johnson is a Principal Engineer with Wiltshire Forensic Biomechanics. He specializes in the biomechanics of human injury, and has more than 15 years of experience investigating, analyzing, and reconstructing events that have resulted in injuries and death. He has used his expertise in injury biomechanics, human kinematics, and mechanical engineering to analyze injuries resulting from physical assaults, including stabbings, beatings, and shootings; as well as injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents, industrial accidents, falls, and recreational and sporting activities. He also has significant experience in incident and accident reconstruction testing and data analysis. He has conducted hundreds of reconstruction tests, including full-scale automotive crash tests, both with and without instrumented anthropomorphic test devices (i.e., test dummies), numerous mechanical and biomechanical component tests, and tests per CFR, ASTM, ASME, and UL requirements. His research activities have included experimental studies focused on mechanical property characterization of human soft tissues, analyzing impact forces on athletes, and analyzing injuries in combat training and field environments. He has authored articles on biomechanics which have been published in the Journal of Biomechanics, Experimental Mechanics, and by the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is also the author of the handbooks: “Practical Injuries: Sites, Mechanisms, and Results” and “Human Collision Injures,” and is a reviewer for the American Society of Biomechanics. He received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering (Biomechanics) from Oregon State University, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Biomechanics) from Georgia Tech.
Dr. Terry Melton (State College, PA)
Mitotyping Technologies’ laboratory director Dr. Terry Melton, has over twenty years of experience in the handling of human mtDNA, and over fifteen years of forensic mtDNA experience. She completed her doctorate at Penn State University under the direction of Professor Mark Stoneking, a world expert in the study of both human mtDNA variation and ancient DNA. In addition to publishing original research in the Journal of Forensic Sciences and the American Journal of Human Genetics, she has been an invited speaker for the Department of Justice and the First International Conference on Forensic Human Identification in the Millennium, and has presented original research at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting, the Promega Symposium on Human Identification, and SWGDAM conferences. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is currently serving a term on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences.
Paul Paradis (Pueblo, CO)
Paul Paradis is a Criminalist with the Colorado State Public Defenders Office for more than 12 years. His specialties are Firearms and Toolmarks and Shooting Scene Reconstruction. He has co-authored the book “Human Factors Issues in Handgun Safety and Forensics”. Mr. Paradis is a NRA certified Instructor and Training Counselor who brings in multifaceted approach to understanding firearms issues as they apply to both criminal and civil cases. Mr. Paradis has worked on over a 1000 firearms cases including numerous death penalty cases and is a member of the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction (ACSR).
George Schiro, MS, F-ABC (Brandon, MS)
George received his MS in Industrial Chemistry - Forensic Science from the University of Central Florida and his BS in Microbiology from Louisiana State University. He has over 25 years of crime scene investigation and forensic science experience. George is currently employed as a Forensic Scientist by the ASCLD-LAB accredited Scales Biological Laboratory, Inc., a private forensic science facility in Brandon, Mississippi. His duties include DNA analysis, serology, latent fingerprint development, shoeprint examinations, fracture comparisons, bloodstain pattern analysis, and crime scene investigation/reconstruction. He also ran a successful private forensic science consulting practice which he operated as Forensic Science Resources since 1995. George has worked over 3500 cases and has testified as an expert for the prosecution and defense in over 175 trials in 31 Louisiana parishes, nine other states, federal court, United States court-martial, and two Louisiana city courts. He has consulted on cases in 29 states; for the United States Army and Air Force; for Panama; New Zealand; and the United Kingdom. George is also a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a member of several organizations including the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction. He is past chairperson and currently a fellow of the Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators (AFDAA). In addition, he is past president and vice-president of the Louisiana Association of Forensic Scientists (LAFS) and was the editor of Nanogram, the official publication of LAFS. George has also authored several papers, some of which have appeared in both electronic and print media. He has been featured in numerous books and has appeared in several television shows that have aired on the Discovery Channel, the Independent Film Channel, Investigation Discovery, TRU TV, and Discovery Canada.
Steven Schorr (Abington, PA)
Steven M. Schorr is a nationally recognized board-certified consultant in the areas of accident/collision reconstruction, highway safety and traffic engineering. Mr. Schorr received his graduate degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University and his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University. He has testified as an expert in local, state and federal courts in numerous states. He has authored, lectured and taught courses across the United States and abroad on topics related to his expertise including collision reconstruction, computerized collision reconstruction and simulation programs, highway safety, demonstrative evidence and other areas. Mr. Schorr is a member of many peer-reviewed professional societies including the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is also a diplomate in the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and the International Institute of Forensic Engineering Sciences. Mr. Schorr is a licensed professional engineer in 10 states.
Marcia Shein (Decatur, GA)
Marcia G. Shein is a federal criminal defense attorney who has worked in federal district courts all over the United States. She has a master’s degree in Psychology and is a former United States Probation Officer. She is a member of and filed cases in every Federal Circuit court of appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She has taught criminal justice classes for Nova University, Kaplan University and Troy State University. She is a nationally recognized attorney in matters of Federal trial, plea and sentencing mitigation, and appellate and post conviction litigation. Marcia is President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) for 2013 and a life member of NACDL. Her articles have appeared in publications such as The Champion, The Federal Lawyer, and The Georgia Defender on such matters as sentencing mitigation in Child Pornography and PTSD cases. She is the sentencing chapter author for Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense published by Juris Publishing and a chapter author for Aspatore books, Inside the Minds series on “Litigation Strategies for Internet Pornography Cases”. She has represented clients from Alaska to Maine and beyond U.S. borders in complicated Federal criminal cases and assisted other attorneys in formulating mitigation arguments in sentencing proceedings throughout the U.S.
Charles Sevilla (San Diego, CA)
Charles Sevilla has spent his legal career in a practice devoted to criminal defense in the state of California. He has been given the highest AV Preeminent Peer Review ranking, 5.0 out of 5, from Martindale-Hubbell, the authoritative resource on the worldwide legal profession. Best Lawyers In America in 2012 listed Charles Sevilla for the 25th year in a row in the categories of Appellate Law, Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense, and White-Collar Criminal Defense. This is an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of top lawyers in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Listings cannot be purchased in this reference which is compiled by Woodward/White Inc., a professional research company. Super Lawyers listed Charles Sevilla as one of the top 10 San Diego Super Lawyers across all specialties. He was featured on the cover of SuperLawyers in 2011 in an article that described him as "Mr. Fix-It" with a subtitle "When lawyers have a mess on their hands, they call Charles Sevilla." He is also listed under his specialty of criminal defense. This legal publisher goes through a unique multi-step process to find evidence of peer recognition and professional achievement. AVVO gives its highest ranking of 10.0, Superb, to Charles Sevilla. In a 2012, The Daily Transcript again listed Charles Sevilla as one of the top attorneys in San Diego county in the area of criminal law. The California Lawyer wrote a cover story on “The lawyers lawyers would hire if they got busted.” Over a 100 well-respected lawyers were contacted; the top 15 most frequently mentioned lawyers were profiled and this included Charles Sevilla. Named by San Diego Magazine in multiple years between 2001 and 2012 as one of “The Best Lawyers in San Diego." Sevilla is the author of several books of fiction, legal humor, and the co-author of a criminal defense legal text used by law schools and attorneys throughout the country
Len Walker (Albuquerque, NM)
Len Walker is the Managing Attorney for New Mexico and the firm’s Criminal Practice Group. Mr. Walker has lead more than 100 jury trials and applies his 20 years of experience in criminal and civil litigation assisting firm clients through matters that complicate the immigration process. Prior to becoming an attorney, Len served in the US Navy Submarine Service for eight years followed by working in Washington, D.C. on submarine safety and quality assurance issues. He is a graduate of the Navy’s Advanced Polaris/Poseidon Program.