2015 Speaking Engagement Update

Rimkus is pleased to announce that its professional consulting staff will be presenting several continuing education seminars focused on forensic investigations throughout the year to help meet the needs of risk managers, attorneys, and claims professionals.

International Events

London Power Forum
January 29-30, 2015 - Staffordshire, England

Power Generation Theory and Failures will be presented by Arthur I. Carlisle, CEng, MIMechE, London District Manager with Rimkus Consulting Limited. During the two-day training session, Mr. Carlisle will present a series of six lectures which will include power generation theory, types and application of equipment, and case studies on failures. Mr. Carlisle’s more than 25 years’ experience includes all aspects of project development including conceptual engineering and costing, contracting, engineering design, procurement, construction, startup and testing, and placement into commercial operation.

The London Power Forumdraws on a select group of individuals from all disciplines and interests to debate and discuss challenges within the international power insurance market. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for attendees to discuss and develop ideas with industry peers and specialists. Click herefor more information.

National Events

ABA Environmental, Mass Torts, & Products Liability Seminar
January 30, 2015 -  Snowmass Village, CO

Fracked Up: A Case Study on the Interaction of Layered Fracking Laws and Regulations in Different States will address legal issues that are constantly arising due to hydraulic fracturing. During the past few years, operators have had to deal with new fracking fluid disclosure requirements as well as conflicting local and state regulations of their drilling practices. This panel will present a case study in a locality in which an operator is faced with allegations of suspected contamination and faces tort and regulatory consequences. Further, the panel will discuss the various environmental, regulatory, and mass tort issues that may arise, and also discuss how the analysis would change if the accident occurred in another state and in another regulatory climate.

Speaker Panel
Philip R. Watters, MBA, PE, LEED® AP, Senior Vice President, Environmental & Energy,
Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
Lisa A. Decker, Senior Counsel, WPX Energy
Colin C. Deihl, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Matthew Lepore, Director, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

The American Bar Association (ABA) Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Litigation joint CLE Seminar brings together well-respected in-house counsel, government employees, members of the judiciary, university professors and deans, experts, and both plaintiffs’ and defense counsel from across the United States to discuss essential issues for litigators practicing in these three separate yet related areas of law. Click herefor more information

CLM Retail, Restaurant, & Hospitality Conference
February 5, 2015 - Orlando, FL

Legionellosis is a one-hour program designed to provide attendees with a working knowledge of the sources and causes of Legionnaires’ disease. This seminar defines the methods used to investigate and identify this organism and provides a review of the latest industry regulations. The panelists will explore effective ways to minimize the impact when an outbreak occurs, where to start, how to deploy resources, and the role of insured, insurer, and defense counsel will be discussed.

Speaker Panel
Jeffrey H. Peters, PE, LEED® AP BD+C, MAC, CEICC, CSDS, CMCC, Vice President, National MEP Division Manager, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
Vic Marmo, Director of Global Claims, Risk Management, Marriott Vacations Worldwide
James Eiler, Esq., Kaiser, Swindells & Eiler Law

The Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality Conference is the premier event for those who manage risk, claims, and litigation in these industries. Professionals from around the country will come together to learn from industry leaders as they discuss trends, strategies, and risk management. Click herefor more information.

Hospitality Law Conference
February 10, 2015 - Houston, TX

The Expert’s Perspective on Premises Liability Claimswill be presented by Richard V. Baratta, PhD, PE, Vice President with the Rimkus Biomechanical Practice Group, and Christopher R. Grubbs, PE, LEED® AP, CXLT, Rimkus District Manager. The presentation will focus on the engineering expert’s role in managing premise liability claims within the hospitality industry.  Utilizing case studies to illustrate the issues, Dr. Baratta and Mr. Grubbs will present on premise design, construction, and maintenance, as well as human motion, perception-reaction, and injury mechanics. Dr. Baratta’s engineering, research, and consulting background encompasses biomedical analysis of incidents involving low-speed vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls, falling objects, and related events. Mr. Grubbs offers a diverse background in all phases of planning, surveying, design, and construction. In addition, he has extensive experience with site and building layout design with respect to pedestrian and traffic flow, parking lot designs, accessibility, building code compliance, as well as slip, trip, and fall avoidance.

Legionellosis will be presented by Jeffrey H. Peters, PE, LEED® AP BD+C, MAC, CEICC, CSDS, CMCC, Vice President with the Rimkus MEP Practice Group. One organism occasionally evades our best efforts at water treatment - the Legionella bacterium. Exposure to elevated amounts of Legionella in susceptible individuals can potentially cause them to contract Legionnaires Disease (LD), a potentially life threatening illness. Mr. Peters will present on the standard of care to be considered in minimizing exposure to the Legionella bacterium, and how best to respond to an exposure allegation.  Mr. Peters has more than 30 years of diversified building science, engineering design, facility management, and forensic consulting experience. His expertise includes the origin and cause analysis of claims involving indoor air quality, fungal contamination, Legionella, Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF), carbon monoxide, soot, and water/vapor intrusion through building envelopes, among other issues.

The Hospitality Law Conference addresses development deals, issues, claims management trends, cases, and challenges within the hospitality industry. Click herefor more information.

NRRDA National Conference
February 12, 2015 - Austin, TX                                                 

#DontEat@Joes – What Happens When Foodborne Illness Claims Go Viral will be presented by a panel of experts who will discuss the impacts of social media on identifying, defusing, and proactively responding to foodborne illness incidents. Perspectives from industry, counsel, and experts will be presented in an interactive roundtable format. 

Speaker Panel 
Jeff T. Cook, CIH, CSP, CXLT, MAC, LEED® AP, Principal Consultant, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. 
Scott Dieter, Sr. Risk Engineering Consultant, Zurich Services Corporation 
Ian N. Matthes, Esq., Vernis & Bowling 
Jeff Strege, Producer, IMA, Inc. 
Holly M. Wilson, Esq., Reminger Co., LPA 

Liquor, Low Light Scenarios, and the Visible Intoxication Standard will present a fact scenario examining various liquor liability scenarios within a strip club. The “visible intoxication” standard will be explored, and panelists will discuss plaintiffs’ use of expert testimony to attempt to prove visible intoxication even in the absence of direct testimony on the issue, and the possible use of such testimony by the defense to refute law testimony of visible intoxication based on expert analysis of actual alcohol consumption and blood alcohol levels. The impact of “low light” situations on the visible intoxication standard will also be discussed. 

Speaker Panel 
Janci C. Lindsay, PhD, Principal Consultant, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. 
Bradley J. Levien, Partner, Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva & Meyers, LLP 

The National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA) National Conference offers many educational opportunities on a variety of subjects ranging from technology, fraud, surveillance, workers’ compensation, product recalls, crisis communications, indemnity, food borne illness, EEOC strategic enforcement, and more. Click here more information.

NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills & Management Conference
March 19, 2015 - Napa, CA

Experts in Action: Understanding Investigation Through the Eyes of Your Expert hones in on investigative skills, as well as discusses some of the less obvious, more frequently missed types of data. Participants will have the opportunity to observe our expert investigations and destructive testing related to metallurgical failures, workplace products, and accident reconstruction. The panel of experts will provide a no-nonsense, detailed step- by-step discovery through their investigations. At the conclusion, the experts will provide detailed reports of their findings, which will be used throughout the remainder of the sessions.

Speaker Panel
James Mason, PhD, PE, Principal Consultant, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
Adam Forest, Mechanical Engineer, SEA, LTD.
Steven Schorr, President, DJS Associates, Inc.

The National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Subrogation Litigation: Skills & Management Conferencewill be an opportunity for all subrogation professionals to obtain valuable subrogation training. Click here for more information.

PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo
March 31, 2015 - Anaheim, CA

Historic Buildings & Religious Institution Lossesis a 90-minute presentation that will describe key characteristics of historic buildings and places of worship that differentiate them from contemporary or commercial buildings. Critical issues that congregations often face before and after a major loss to their building(s) and contents will be discussed. Additionally, the presenters will review specific property insurance issues for historic buildings and places of worship, and evaluate the various stakeholders in claims involving these types of buildings.

Seth Rosenman, AIA, Western Region Construction Division Manager, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
Tom Lichtenberger, Senior Manager, Property Claims, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance

The Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo delivers about 100 educational classes to update attendees on the latest information on critical claim issues and challenges, which earn continuing education credits in a number of states. Nearly 300 different service providers will represent all segments of the industry at the Insurance Services Expo. Click herefor more information.

Rimkus 9th Annual Forensic CE Seminar
February 18, 2015 - Pensacola, FL          

Condensation: The Mysterious Moisture will be presented by consulting experts with the Rimkus Property & Construction Practice Group. This session will educate attendees on the technical aspects of the phenomenon of condensation, with a focus on how a lack of condensation control can cause moisture problems in residential homes and commercial buildings.

Seminar Speakers
Mark Barrow, PE, Rimkus Principal Consultant
Phil Wilbourn, PE, Rimkus District Manager

The 9th Annual Forensic CE Seminaris a one-day training session which will include Florida’s new five-hour Law and Ethics Update course along with a one-hour presentation on condensation. Six hours of CE credit are available for AL and FL. Click here for more information.