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Our Experts

Our distinguished team of experts are highly skilled and experienced, and represent a wide range of expertise. Your assigned case investigator – or team of investigators – possess the most relevant experience needed to thoroughly service each case.

 

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James F. Valentine, Jr., President, Valentine & Associates;
Restaurant & Fire Suppression System Expert


Experience
  • 35 Years of Investigating Failures of Fire Protection Systems and Cooking Ventilation Systems
  • Retired Chief, Lindenwold Fire Department, Camden County, NJ
  • Code Enforcement Officer, Construction Department, Lindenwold, NJ

Certifications / Qualifications

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Expert
  • Certified Fire Protection Contractor
  • Certified Fire Investigator Instructor
  • Licensed Security and Fire Protection Contractor

Appointments

  • Principal Member of National Fire Protection Association Standard 96 Committee
  • Principal Member of International Exhaust Cleaning Association representation for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Committee
  • Principal Member New Jersey State Fire Sprinkler Coalition

Publications

  • Restaurant and Commercial Cooking Fire Investigations (2005)
  • Restaurant and Commercial Cooking Fire Investigations, Second Edition (2008)
  • Sprinkler Water Loss Investigations (2009)
    ( To order these books, email order requests to info@valentineassoc.com)

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John H. Lightbody, Origin & Cause Investigator

Experience

  • Retired Sergeant, Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Arson Task Force
  • 27 Years experience investigating Origin & Cause of Fires
  • 33 Years experience in the Fire Service
  • 8.5 Years experience career firefighter Structural/Crash Fire Rescue, Department of Defense, Naval Air Engineering Center, Lakehurst, NJ
  • Former Fire Prevention/Protection Inspector, NAEC Lakehurst & Dover Twp. Bureau of Fire Prevention

Certifications / Qualifications

  • New Jersey State Fire Official
  • New Jersey State Fire Inspector
  • NAFI, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
  • Qualified and Testified as an expert witness in civil and criminal courts in two areas of expertise;
    Fire Origin & Cause and Fire Suppression Strategies and Tactics
  • Lead Instructor, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Basic Arson Class
  • New Jersey Fire/Arson Investigator of the Year, by New Jersey Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators 1999

Professional Organizations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • NJ Association of Arson Investigators
  • International Association of Fire Service Instructors
  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • Ocean County Fire Chiefs Association
  • NJ State Retired Police and Firemen's Association, Inc. Ocean County Local #8

Publications

  • Author of five criminal Arson related statutes adopted by New Jersey Legislature, into the New Jersey 2C criminal code book.

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PortraitRenaldPelszynski

 

Renald R. Pelszynski, Jr., Origin & Cause Investigator

Experience

  • Retired Philadelphia Fire Marshal
  • 25 Years experience investigation Origin & Cause
  • 13 Years with Philadelphia FM Special Investigations Unit / Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Arson Task Force
  • 37 Years experience in the Fire Service

Certifications / Qualifications

  • Certified Fire Investigator
  • Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Technician, Level III
  • Testified and qualified as an expert witness in civil and criminal court

Professional Organizations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • PA & DE Association of Arson Investigators
  • International Association of Bomb Technicians & Investigators
  • International Association of Special Investigations Units
  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • PA Auto Crime Investigators Association
  • Philadelphia Fire Officers Union

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PortraitDennisMignogno
 

Dennis J. Mignogno, Senior Vehicle Investigator

Experience

  • 15 Years experience investigating vehicle fires and thefts
  • 20 Years experience in the field of automotive repair
  • 10 Years experience in towing and recovery
  • 31 Years experience in the volunteer fire service

Certifications / Qualifications

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator
  • Certified Fire Investigator Instructor
  • Testified and qualified as an expert witness in civil and criminal court

Professional Organizations

  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • NJ & DE Association of Arson Investigators
  • International Association of Investigative Locksmiths
  • International Association of Auto Theft Investigators

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PortraitAlexProfka
 

Alex Profka, Origin & Cause Investigator

Experience

  • Retired PA State Police Fire Marshall
  • 35 Years experience investigating Origin & Cause
  • 5 Years experience in Criminal Investigation Section, PA State Police
  • 2 Years experience in Criminal Intelligence Unit, PA State Police

Certifications / Qualifications

  • Certified Fire Investigator
  • Testified and qualified as an expert witness in civil and criminal court

Professional Organizations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • PA Association of Arson Investigators
  • Fraternal Order of Police (Dunmore, PA)

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John G. Dougherty, Origin & Cause Investigator

Experience

  • Retired from Philadelphia Fire Marshal’s Office
  • 15 Years experience investigating Origin & Cause
  • 15 Years experience investigating Vehicle Fires
  • 37 Years experience in the Fire Service

Certifications / Qualifications

  • Testified and qualified as an expert witness in civil and criminal court
  • Certified Fire Investigator
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator

Professional Organizations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • PA & DE Associations of Arson Investigators
  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • International Association of Locksmiths
  • Philadelphia Fire Officers Association

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JamesMagovern  

James Magovern, Origin & Cause Investigator

Experience

  • Retired Detective 1FG - Toms River Police Department
  • 15 years Fire and Arson Investigation as part of Ocean County Arson Task Force
  • Qualified and Testified as an Expert Witness

Memberships/Affiliations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators, New Jersey Chapter
  • New Jersey Vehicle Theft Investigators

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PortraitJoelliebesfelf
 

Joel Liebesfeld, Senior Electrical Expert

Experience

  • 40 Years experience in the electrical/electronics industry
  • 10 Years experience in forensic engineering
  • 4 Years as an Adjunct Instructor / Guest Lecturer at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Certifications / Qualifications

  • AAS, BS, MA, MAS Degrees & 2 Post Graduate Certificates
  • OSHA Certified Environmental Specialist
  • Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers - Past President
  • Testified and qualified as an expert witness in civil court

Professional Organizations

  • Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • National Fire Protection Association - Electrical Section
  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Retired
  • Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
  • Power Engineering Society

Publications

  • eForensics and Signal Intelligence for Everyone (2006)
  • eForensics and Investigations for Everyone (2007)
  • Computing and Investigations for Everyone (2008)

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JenniferHildebrand  

Jennifer Hildebrand, Electrical Expert

Certifications / Qualifications

  • Bachelor Physics (BS) with Mathematics Minor – Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
  • International Association of Arson Investigators, New Jersey Chapter

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TerryDuvall  

Terry DuVall, Electrical and Mechanical Expert

Experience

  • 49 years Experience in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Investigations
  • Testified as an Expert Witness

Memberships/Affiliations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Registered Professional Engineer: New Jersey, Pennnsylvania, Delaware, Missouri, Maryland and Virginia

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BrianWeibeler  

Brian Weibeler, Mechanical Expert

Certifications / Qualifications

  • Masters Sciences (MS) Mechanical Engineering – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD
  • Preferred Editor – American Journal Experts, Durham NC

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KevinFischer  

Kevin Fischer, Structural Expert

Experience

  • 27 years experience Structural Engineering and Investigation
  • Testified as an expert witness

Memberships

  • PA DEP Certification for Radon Testing
  • American Society of Home Inspectors, Member
  • Affiliate Member of Bucks County Board of Realtors

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WilliamBerger  

William Berger, Office Manager

Certifications / Qualifications

  • Bachelor Arts (BA) – Sociology Major – Rutgers University, Camden NJ
  • Associates Degree – Criminal Justice – Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ
  • 82nd Airborne Division, US Army (ret.)
    •  Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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InvestigatorsMichaelRemit  

Mitchell L. Remig, Origin & Cause Investigator

Certification

  • CFEI, IAAI-FIT
  • National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator

Professional Organizations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), New Jersey Chapter National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)

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Frank A. Valenti, Origin & Cause Investigator

Experience

  • 30-year career in both the public and private sectors 

Certification

  • Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) #17-024, International Association of Arson Investigators

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FatCat  

CEO (Fat Cat)

  • 3 ½ years experience, Office Management

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