Public & Private Hand in Hand...

December 27, 2019

Public & Private Hand in Hand / Coordination & Legal Issues Involved in the Fire Investigation Process.

Fire loss investigations often involve coordination between public investigation and that of the private insurance companies involved. This program will address the process from fire loss through potential civil litigation. Topics covered include: safety considerations are paramount; Overhaul and rekindling as it impacts determining causation; transfer of scene from public entity to insurer; public investigation involvement in the joint scene examination; forensic lab exam; administrative and civil subpoenas; the public and private investigator as a witness at deposition and civil trial.

Program Presenters: David Matejczyk, Esq. & Glenna Roberts, Esq. Roberts, Matejczyk & Ita Co., LPA

David Matejczyk, a partner at RMI, has participated in hundreds of fire scene and forensic lab examinations involving fires and explosions. He has achieved significant six and seven digit recoveries for insurers through settlements and litigation involving products, hot work, propane & gas explosions, electrical fires, spontaneous combustion, construction defects and general negligence. A member of the first Board of Directors of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, he served as the chairman for three annual national conferences of the organization. He has been a guest presenter at numerous national conferences on such topics as Fire & Explosions Involving Death and Injury; Fire Scene Safety; Preservation and Relationship Issues; Contractor Liability and other fire related issues. Dave also has over a decade of service as a past adjunct faculty member at the University of Akron. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law (JD), Gannon University (MPA) and Alliance College (BS).

A founding partner of RMI, Glenna Robert's attention to detail and trial preparation skills have resulted in a history of significant subrogation recoveries by way of verdicts and settlements. She has the unique perspective of having both claims and subrogation experience on both the insurer and law firm sides of the industry. Glenna has litigated fire, property and coverage cases throughout Ohio. She has practiced in nearly all Ohio trial courts, three Ohio appellate courts, and participated in an amicus curiae brief in Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals. Glenna served on the NASP Board of Directors, chaired the Litigation Skills Conference on Construction Defects, was named as the organization's board member of the year. She has been a guest presenter at numerous industry conferences on such topics as Scene Investigations - An Overview of Safety Concerns and Issues; Ethical Considerations in Litigation, Legal Liability and Proving Damages. She also has presented on the topic Legal Liability and Considerations for Fire Departments and EMS. She is a graduate of Case Western School of Law (JD) and Xavier University (BA, cum laude).

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