Fire Expert Witness
As a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI ) and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator/Instructor (CFEI) through both the International Association of Arson Investigators and National Association of Fire Investigators as well as holding Private Investigator’s License in the State of California, Robert has investigated over one thousand (1,000) fires during his fire service career. Robert has qualified as a fire expert witness in both deposition and at trial throughout the country and presents well in front of a jury.
He is currently a member of the National Fire Protection Association, California Conference of Arson Investigators, International Association of Arson Investigators, and the National Association of Fire Investigators. Robert also serves as a board member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association and has provided instruction to various fire departments and Law Firms throughout the country.
While a Deputy Fire Marshal, Robert served as President of the Area E Arson Task Force, which includes the cities of Downey, Montebello, Compton, Santa Fe Springs and Long Beach. As a member of the arson task force, Robert worked closely with various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on large fires and special investigations. While serving in this capacity, Robert became a Special Deputy for the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives through the U.S. Marshals Service.
Robert fulfilled a three year term as President of the Los Angeles Area Fire Marshals’ Association, was an active member the Western Fire Chiefs Association’s Uniform Fire Code Development Committee as well as the Uniform Fire Code Interpretation and Development Committee. While a public fire official, Robert served on the NFPA 1/Uniform Fire Code Technical Committee.
In 2003, Robert was appointed as a member of the California State Fire Marshal’s Fire/Life Safety Advisory Board and the California Building Standards Commission’s Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical and Energy Advisory Committee, serving in the capacity of Fire Official. Robert currently serves as Executive Director of the Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board of Southern California.
- Building Fires
- Commercial Fires
- Debris/Fragment Analysis
- Electrical Fires & Explosions
- Fire Cause & Origin Investigations
- Fire & Building Codes/Standards
- Fire Sprinkler and Fire Alarm Systems
- Flammable Liquids
- Fuel Fires
- Hazardous Materials
- Standard of Care for Fire Investigations
- Standard of Care for Application of Codes and Standards
- Industrial Fires
- Marine Fires & Explosions
- Chemical Fires & Explosions
When selecting a fire expert to represent you or your client's interests, knowledge, experience, and competence are of the utmost importance. With these qualities in mind, we also acknowledge that your particular case is unique and requires thorough review and professional, objective opinions.