Locksmith Security Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Locksmith, Private Investigator, Locks, Security


To provide services relating to the lock and security industry.

I have been involved in the locksmith industry since 1986 and I am the Director of California Institute of Locksmithing, currently the only locksmith school approved by the State of California who has active ongoing training. I have provided lectures and consulting to law enforcement, private investigators, real estate agents, locksmith associations and attorneys. I am active in the field and work jobs on a daily basis including commercial, residential, automotive, electronic access and teaching.

I have an expert working knowledge of all fundamental aspects of the locksmithing field. I have been licensed in the state of California since 1994, but been doing locksmithing since 1986. I was also a locksmith in the State of Nevada.

Relevant Experience and Skills:

~President of Friedman College, the parent company of the California Institute of Locksmithing, which is a California state approved school by the Department of Consumer Affairs Private, Post-Secondary and Vocational Education Division. The school is a training facility for individuals who wish to become licensed locksmiths, professionals needing to expand their skills and custom seminars for various industry needs. I am actively in the field doing locksmith calls, servicing residential, automotive and 50+ commercial buildings.

~I have provided specialized training/consulting for such governmental agencies including FBI, Border Patrol, Secret Service, and the California Contractors License Board.

~Former police officer in Churchill County, Nevada.

~Former Vice-President of the California Locksmith Association and former President of the San Fernando Valley Chapter.

~Licensed by the State of California to instruct locksmithing, private investigations and the California guard card.

~Training in Martial Arts – Tae Kwon Do, Shotukan and a blackbelt in Ketsugo Jujitso.

~Subject matter expert for C-28 Lock & Security for the California Contractor’s State License Board. 2008-Present, responsible for re-writing the state required test for Lock & Security.

~Experienced in testifying in court, preparing pre-deposition questions, lock forensics and related professional photography for preserving evidence.

Licenses and Certifications:

Private Investigator
Bail Agent
CA State licensed instructor for Private Investigations, Locksmithing, Identity Theft, Bail Bonds and Security Guard.
The International Assn of Investigative Locksmiths former Board of Directors.
Member of the Los Angeles Locksmith Association and Society of Professional Locksmiths.

Employment History:

Factory rep/consultant for Hudson Lock Company and their subsidiaries ESP, HPC and Rapid Key. One of the largest manufacturers of locks, keys, key machines and locksmith tools.

President of Friedman College dba Friedman Lock & Key, Nick Harris Detectives & Detective Academy and California Institute of Locksmithing
Day-to-day operations of the school, instructors and the retail operation.


Administrative Manager for Amwest Surety Insurance Company Court Division

Agent Services Representative for Western states handling audits/reviews, Court liaison, agent disputes, etc. Promoted to oversee the court division as the Administrative Manager. Oversaw a staff of 25+


Foley Belsaw Locksmith Training both basic course and professional course 1988
California Institute of Locksmithing 1999
Factory certifications with Medeco, Alarm Lock, Marks, Multi-lock, Baldwin, Doorking, HPC, etc.
Bachelor of Science degree from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
Concord School of Law, Los Angeles, CA