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Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Towing, Recovery, Road Service Technician, Towing Safety Trainer, Tow Truck, Wrecker, Car-Carrier, Flatbed, Wheel-Lift, Under-Reach, Vehicle Recovery, Vehicle Relocation, Non-Consent Towing, Motor Club, Road Service, Trailer, Winch, Tow Chain

EDUCATION
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
BS Degree / Applied Science

HARPER COLLEGE
AAS Degree / Fire Science

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

1995-Current
PALATINE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Deputy Chief
Deputy Chief of a large Chicago-area fire department serving 65,000+ residents
Overseeing a staff of 91 full-time firefighters operating from five (5) fire stations
Supervising day-to-day fire suppression, rescue operations and emergency medical services at the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level
As a licensed 3rd Party Non-CDL Safety Officer with the Illinois Secretary of State, developed in-house emergency driver training program

2001-2015
ERNIE’S TOWING, INC.
Co-Owner
Owned and managed a fleet of six (6) tow trucks and car carriers
Performed emergent and non-emergent towing, recovery and road service
Provided towing, recovery and road service safety training
Performed general sales and managed customer service

1997-2012
MIDWEST FLEET SAFETY, INC.
President
Independent safety and regulatory consultant
Providing FMCSR and OSHA regulatory reviews and compliance assistance
Providing didactic driver safety training for commercial fleets
Providing risk control and loss management insurance assessments
Providing professional legal consulting in the area of towing, crash recovery, road service and other related towing operation and equipment topics

1995-1997
ROAD ONE, INC.
Midwest Regional Towing Safety Manager
Provided fleet safety services for twelve (12) towing and recovery terminals within the Midwest; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin
Prepared and presented employee safety training which included both didactic and practical instruction in towing, recovery and road side service areas
Monitored and maintained required FMCSR and OSHA regulatory compliance
Performed crash/damage investigations including vehicle crashes, damage claims and employee injuries

1986-1995
O’HARE TRUCK SERVICE, INC.
Towing Safety Manager
Responsible for driver recruitment, selection and towing safety training
Prepared and presented employee safety training which included both didactic and practical instruction in towing, recovery and road side service areas
Monitored and maintained required FMCSR and OSHA regulatory compliance
Performed crash/damage investigations including vehicle crashes, damage claims and employee injuries

LEGAL CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
2002    Amato & Dindia v. E&T Towing
Law Offices of Rory K. McGinty-Defense

2004    JA Frate & Glover v. Chacon, Castellanos & Guzman
Thomas Burdelik & Associates-Plaintiff

2008    Plodzien v. Federal Insurance Co.
Hoagland, Fitzgerald, & Pranaitis-Defense

2008    Helfrich v. Cottrell & Boyd Contracting
Wilke & Wilke-Defense

2008    Hayes v. Len’s Towing
Wilke & Wilke-Defense

2008    Fulk v. Mason & Metford Towing
Law Offices of William Beck-Plaint

2008    Chapman v. Milford Towing
Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis-Defense

2009    Taft v. Home Depot
Gallivan, White & Boyd-Defense

2009    Nationwide Trans v. Tony’s Tire Service
Lewis, Webster & Knoshaug-Plaintiff

2010    PTROI v. Illinois Commerce Commission
Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec & Hoff-Plaintiff

2012    Casavant v. Amarite
Lewis, King, Kreig & Waldrop-Plaintiff

2012    Hebert v. Kerek’s Wrecker Service
Sotile Law Firm-Plaintiff

2012    Meyers v. Love’s Travel Stops
Farmer, Cline & Campbell-Plaintiff

2014    Lang v. J-Mar Enterprises and Triple D, Inc.
Cahill Law Office-Defense

2014    Carder/Loyd v. Poor Boys Towing
Armstrong Teasdale-Plaintiff

2014    Paregov v. Mac’s Towing
Cole, Scott & Kissane-Defense

2014    Hancock v. Hein
Law Offices of Joseph Dunn-Plaintiff

2014    Ruis-Morgan v. Woller Towing
Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano-Plaintiff

2015    James v. Kirby Towing
Law Offices of Dan Modarski-Plaintiff

2015    Garza v. Lyons and Airline Towing
Gregorio – Marco-Plaintiff

2015     Scroggs v. Hack
Garan Lucow Miller P.C.-Defense

2016     Daouk v. Fadlallah & U-Haul
Mike Morse Law Firm-Plaintiff

2016    Rodrigues v. Yates Towing
Moseley Law Firm-Plaintiff

2016    Daniels v. A+ Towing
Schneider Hammers, LLC-Plaintiff

2016    Fox v. Ameren & City of Beardstown
Hepler Broom Law Firm-Defense

2016    Ravizza v. PACCAR
Segal McCambridge-Defense

SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS

2004    United States Postal Service -Towing Safety Seminar
2005    Kelly’s Truck Center-Towing and Workplace Safety Seminar
2005    Graycor Blasting-DOT Hazardous Material Safety Seminars
2005    United States Postal Service-Towing Safety Seminar
2005    AAA Ohio Motor Club-Towing Safety Seminar
2006    KIA – Central Div-Corporate Driver Training Seminar
2007    The Kerry Group-DOT Compliance Seminar
2008    Ryan, Robertson & Associates-DOT Compliance Seminar
2009    Prof Towing & Recovery Operators of IL-Towing Safety Seminar
2010    Portillo’s Food Service-Fleet Safety Seminar
2012    R & D Trucking-DOT Hazardous Material Safety Seminar
2012    Crate & Barrel Distribution Group-Fleet Safety Seminar
2012    Tennessee Tow Truck Association-Roadside Safety Seminars
2013    Crate & Barrel Distribution Group-Fleet Safety Seminar
2015    Crate & Barrel Distribution Group-Fleet Safety Seminar

TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1986    Towing and Recovery Association of America
Basic Skills for Light Duty Towing
1987    International Recovery Associates
Air Cushion Recovery Procedures
1987    International Recovery Associates
Towing and Recovery
1988    Towing and Recovery Association of America
Fundamentals of Heavy Recovery
1992    Illinois Hazardous Materials Advisory Board
HM First Responder – Awareness Certification
1993    Illinois Hazardous Materials Advisory Board
HM First Responder – Operations Certification
1994    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal
Firefighter III Certification
1994    National Safety Council    DDC-4
Defensive Driving Course
1994    Safe Towing and Recovery Seminar (STARS)
Planning and Presenting Effective Driver Training
1995    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal
Instructor-I Certification
1995    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal
Officer-I Certification
1996    Illinois Department of Public Health
Emergency Medical Tech / Paramedic License
1997    Towing and Recovery Association of America
Level 1 – Light Duty Towing and Recovery Cert
1997    Towing and Recovery Association of America
Level 2 – Nationally Certified Master Tower Cert
1999    JJ Keller & Associates
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
1999    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal
Haz-Mat Technician “A” Certification
1999    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification
2000    American Safety & Health Institute
Instructor Certification
2000    National Traffic Safety Institute
Level 1 – Instructor Certification
2001    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal
Haz-Mat Technician “B” Certification
2001    National Fire Academy
Emergency Response to Terrorism
2002    Illinois Fire Service Institute
Fire Apparatus Engineer Certification
2002    JJ Keller & Associates
Safe & Smart Driver Training – Instructor
2004    Illinois Fire Chief’s Association
Instructor II Certification
2004    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal
Fire Service Vehicle Operator Certification
2005    Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
2005    Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency
Emergency Traffic Control (ETC)
2005    North American Transportation Management Institute
Safety and DOT Compliance
2005    Illinois Fire Service Institute
Haz-mat Incident Management System Cert
2005    National Safety Council    Certified
Emergency Vehicle Operator (CEVO II)
2006    US Department of Homeland Security
WMD Standardized Awareness Program
2006    Federal Emergency Management Agency
Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
2006    Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Response Plans (NRP)
2009    Federal Emergency Management Agency
ICS 300; NIMS Incident Command training
2009    Federal Emergency Management Agency
ICS 400; NIMS Incident Command training
2009    National Safety Council    CEVO-II
Emergency Vehicle Train-the-Trainer
2010    Federal Emergency Management Agency
IS 701; NIMS Multi-Agency Coordination System
2010    Federal Emergency Management Agency
IS 703a; NIMS Resource Management
2010    Federal Emergency Management Agency
IS 704; NIMS Com & Information Management
2011    Illinois Fire Service Instructors Association
Incident Safety Officer Certification
2011    Arlington Heights Fire Academy
Technical Rescue Awareness
2012    Illinois Department of Transportation & SIU-E
Highway Traffic Incident Management
2015    Illinois Department of Transportation & SIU-E
Highway Traffic Incident Management
2015    National Fire Protection Assoc. Training Program
Electric Vehicle Safety Training
2015     Fire Department Instructor Conference (FDIC)
Safety Leadership
2015    Fire Department Instructor Conference (FDIC)
Large Truck Extrication
2015    Fire Department Instructor Conference (FDIC)
Highway Incident Safety

SPECIAL INTERESTS & EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

2010-Current    Licensed EMS First Responder (AED) with the Illinois Department of Public Health

1995-2010    Licensed ALS Paramedic with the Illinois Department of Public Health

2008-Current    Author “TOWSAFE” TOWING SAFETY PROGRAM [In conjunction with Tow Times Magazine]
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