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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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BrianFusco  

Brian Fusco, Origin & Cause Investigator

Experience

  • 18 years Career Firefighter/Fire Inspector
  • 13 years Fire investigation experience

Certification

  • New Jersey State Fire Inspector
  • New Jersey State Fire Official
  • New Jersey State Fire Investigator
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI)

Professional Organizations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • National Associations of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • Passaic County Fire Prevention Association
  • Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA)

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ChristopherLee  

Christopher Lee, Origin & Cause Investigator

Experience

  • 10 Years experience investigating Origin & Cause of Fires
  • 20 Years experience in the Fire Service
  • Former Deputy Chief/Fire Prevention

Certification

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI)
  • Texas State Certified Arson Investigator
  • Texas State Certified Police Officer

Professional Organizations

  • National Association of Fire Investigators

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LeonDotson  

Leon Dotson, Origin & Cause Investigator

Experience

  • 6 Years experience investigating Origin and Cause of Fires
  • 22 Years experience in the Fire Service
  • Former Detective/Fire Marshal

Certification

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI)
  • HazMat Technician
  • Georgia State Certified Police Officer
  • Georgia State Certified Fire Investigator

Professional Organizations

  • Metro Fire Investigators Association
  • International Association of Special Investigations Units
  • Georgia Fire Investigators Association
  • International Association of Special Investigations Units (GA-Chapter)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • National Association of Fire Investigators

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NelsonDilg  

Nelson Dilg, Ventilation Expert

Experience

  • 39 years in commercial ventilation systems
  • Appointed to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) / International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaners Association (IKECA) – Standards Consensus body
  • Appointed to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – Standard 96 Technical Committee - Principal Committee Member

Certification

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI)
  • Certified Exhaust System Inspector (CESI) – International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaners Association
  • Certified Exhaust Cleaning Specialist (CECS) – International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaners Association

Professional Organizations

  • National Fire Protection Association
  • American National Standards Institute
  • International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaner’s Association
  • National Association of Fire Investigators

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NelsonDilg  

Jake Stuart, Origin & Case Investigator

Experience

  • Captain in Baltimore County Fire Department
  • 13 years experience in emergency response

Certification

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI)
  • Fire Investigation Technician (IAAI)
  • BA in Communications
  • State of Maryland Licensed Fire Inspector
  • Hazardous Materials Technician

Professional Organizations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • National Associations of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • International Association of Firefighters (IAFF – Local 1311)

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NelsonDilg  

Douglas Rowell, Origin & Case Investigator

Experience

  • 32 years in emergency response and fire investigations

Certification

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI)
  • Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI)
  • Fire Investigation Technician (IAAI)

Professional Organizations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

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NelsonDilg  

Josh Muniz, PhD, Origin & Case Investigator

Experience

  • Career Firefighter/Fire Investigator with the City of Providence Fire Department
  • 19 years experience in emergency response

Certification

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI)
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (NAFI)
  • Fire Investigator (Pro Board) State of NY
  • Fire Investigation Technician (IAAI)
  • Masters Degree in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences – University of Rhode Island

Professional Organizations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • National Associations of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • International Association of Firefighters (IAFF – Local 799)

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FatCat  

CEO (Fat Cat)

  • 3 ½ years experience, Office Management

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