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Police Practices & Procedures

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Forensic police practices and death investigations expert. How formidable would you be as an attorney to be able to pick up the phone and immediately have at your disposal all of the investigative and forensic resources of a major municipal, state or federal police agency and a Medical Examiner's Office? You can be that attorney now!

Dr. Ron Martinelli, is a forensic law enforcement practices expert and premises liability and security expert who is also a Certified Medical Investigator. Dr. Martinelli is Team Leader for the nation's only civilian multidisciplinary Forensic Death Investigations and Independent Review Team comprised of forensic homicide investigators, scientists, physicians and forensic experts. He is also the only police practices expert who is also a Certified Medical Investigator at the physician's level.

Dr. Martinelli and his staff specialize in simple to complex government civil rights cases involving 4th, 8th and 14th Amendment allegations; as well as commercial premises liability and insurance tort cases involving injury and death. Dr. Martinelli is skilled in incident reconstruction, evidence gathering, discovery and forensic analysis. He has a diverse background in law enforcement, forensics, medicine, human factors and psychophysiology. He is a graduate of some of the world's most prestigious institutions where forensics, crime scene reconstruction, homicides, officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths are taught. Dr. Martinelli is referred to by his attorney clients as "The expert's expert" and is on the prevailing side in 90% of his retained cases. His civil and criminal case load representations are well balanced and he is respected by his retained and opposing counsels for his honesty and ethics. He experts for several State Attorney Generals' Offices, major municipalities and a number of nationally prominent law firms specializing in civil rights, wrongful death and insurance cases. He authors comprehensive, fact-based forensic reports and presents well in deposition and at trial. Since 2004 alone, he has saved defendant agencies over $180 million, with plaintiff clients awarded over $55 million in jury verdicts and settlements. Call us today for a free initial case consultation.

Areas of Expertise:
All 4th, 8th & 14th Amendment allegations, field and corrections. All levels of force and weaponry; excessive force including officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths; Internal Affairs; hiring, supervision, policies, training and liability; Monell claims. Wrongful death. Premises liability, security, and insurance cases.

Education & Licenses

Ph.D. - Criminology/Forensic Psychology
Masters - Public Administration & Justice Administration
Certified Medical Investigator, ACFEI, Missouri State Medical Assoc. Accredited
Law Enforcement - Advanced POST Certificate
NCCM-ACETS Board Certified in Forensic Traumatology
Diplomate - American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
AELE Certified Litigation Specialist - Police & Corrections Practices
Certified Forensic Analyst - Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths
Certified Force Analyst, Force Science Center, Minnesota State University
CA Licensed Investigator, License No. 10808