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How formidable would be for you as an attorney to have the nation’s only multidisciplinary Forensic Death Investigations Team and the same forensic investigations, laboratory and experting resources as the FBI on your speed dial? You can be that attorney now!

Dr. Ron Martinelli is often referred to as “The expert’s expert” in the legal, forensic and law enforcement communities. His areas of specialization include, but are not limited to law enforcement/corrections practices, forensics, death investigations and premises liability/security. He is the only forensic criminologist and law enforcement expert in the nation who is a Certified Medical Investigator (physician’s level).

Dr. Martinelli and his staff of 26 law enforcement, forensics and medical experts specialize in complex, high-profile criminal and civil cases nationally and internationally. He and his team are all Federal/State Courts qualified experts in a variety of litigation areas to include, criminal defense, government civil rights 4th, 8th and 14th Amendment allegations and commercial premises liability/security tort actions.

Dr. Martinelli is a retired detective who is skilled in forensic investigations, interviewing, evidence gathering, forensic crime scene reconstruction, audio/video analysis and forensic case analysis. He is a graduate of some of the world’s most prestigious forensic investigations institutions. He is a nationally recognized and court qualified court and media expert in homicides and death investigations, officer and civilian-involved self-defense shooting investigations, in-custody deaths, psycho-physiology and human factors. He is on the prevailing side in over 90% of his retained cases.

Dr. Martinelli’s caseload is well-balanced and he is respected by his clients and opposing attorneys for his honesty and ethics. He experts for the U.S. Department of Justice, several State Attorney Generals’ Offices, scores of major municipalities and numerous nationally recognized private law firms and insurance companies specializing in civil rights, wrongful death cases and premises liability. Dr. Martinelli authors comprehensive forensic reports and presents well at depositions and before juries. He has been in private practice since 1992 and since 2004, he has saved defendant agencies over $250 million, with plaintiff clients awarded over $160 million is jury verdicts and settlements. Call us for an initial free case consultation.

Education & Licenses


Ph.D. - Criminology/Forensic Psychology
Masters - Public Administration & Justice Administration
Certified Medical Investigator, ACFEI
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
Certified Suicide Investigator, American Assoc of Suicidology - APA Accredited
CA Inv.# Licensed Investigator, License No. 10808