Attorneys/Expert Witness

LLRMI has an on-going affiliation with many experts who are nationally recognized in their particular specialty in jail/corrections liability and litigation.

Unlike many expert services that operate as a single person entity, LLRMI takes the team approach and can provide a multi-disciplinary approach

to a single case where doing so will enhance your case.

John “Jack” Ryan

LLRMI Co-Director, Captain (Ret) Providence, RI Police Department, Attorney

Expert Witness Categories:

Use of Force | Deadly Force | Section 1983
Law Enforcement Policies & Procedures
1st & 4th Amendment | Pursuit
Arrest, Search & Seizure

Jack Ryan is an Attorney in Rhode Island, a graduate Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude at Suffolk University Law School. Jack has 20 years police experience as a police officer with the Providence Police Department, Providence, RI. He has earned a law degree in addition to experience as a police officer, providing a unique perspective on legal and liability issues. Jack is a former adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University and lectures frequently throughout the United States. Since retiring, Jack has conducted numerous training sessions around the country for Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute. Among the programs, he is responsible for courses on “Policy Development for Public Safety Agencies;” “Advanced Internal Affairs;” “Liability and Risk Management for Law Enforcement Agencies;” “Legal and Liability Issues in the Public Schools;” “Arrest, Search & Seizure;” “Use of Force and Documentation;” “Legal & Liability Issues in SWAT Operations;” and “ Legal and Liability Issues for Negotiators.” Jack is also a co-director of the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute which provides services relating to risk management for law enforcement  agencies nationwide. These services include training, high risk/critical task policy review, policy development, improved supervision, audits, risks assessments, and expert witness services.

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Lou Reiter

Expert Witness Categories:

Internal Affairs | Police Misconduct 
Citizen Complaints | IA Investigation

Lou Reiter is a National Trainer for LLRMI for over 20 years and is a Co-Director of the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute. He has presented training on Internal Affairs issues for the past 25 years. Lou regularly conducts police agency audits and has been the consultant on investigations involving 8 cities and the Civil Rights Division , U.S. Department of Justice. He has been a police practices expert in over 1,100 civil cases appearing for both plaintiffs and defendants. Lou authored the “Third Edition of Law Enforcement Administrative Investigations” in 2006 and two novels on police misconduct. Lou retired from the L.A.P.D. as a Deputy Chief of Police after 20 years of service.

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Tom Martin

Expert Witness Categories:

Homicide | Crime Scene
Blood Splatter | Bullet Trajectory

Tom Martin began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a uniformed New York State Trooper, and began his forensic career in 1990 as a crime scene field technician. For the majority of his career, Tom was assigned to the NYSP Forensic Identification Unit in Poughkeepsie, and supervised that unit for 14 years before retiring from that position in October 2010. Tom regularly provides forensic testimony in various state and federal courts.

Tom has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. He is a nationally recognized speaker who has instructed at numerous forensic training seminars across the United States, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Conferences, The National Institute of Justice Annual Conferences and Technology Fairs, and the Smithsonian Institute. He is a faculty member of the National College of District Attorneys.

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Shaun Santos

COLONEL LOWELL, MA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Expert Witness Categories:

Drugs | Narcotics | Use of Force
Confidential Informants | Search & Seizure 

Sgt. Shaun T. Santos has over twenty-five years of law enforcement experience and is a twenty year veteran of the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department. He has been assigned as a full-time Task-Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration for over ten years. Sgt. Santos has extensive expertise in the management of multi-jurisdictional drug and money laundering investigations, including various methods of electronic surveillance. He has been involved in the preparation and execution of over one hundred search warrants for narcotics. Sgt. Santos has received a Bachelor of Science Degree (UMass-Lowell) and Master’s degree (Anna Maria College) in criminal justice. Sgt. Santos obtained his juris doctorate from Suffolk Law School in 2007. Shaun has served as an expert throughout the United States.

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Glenn Bard

CISSP, EnCE, CFCE, CEECS, CHFI, A+, Network+, Security+

Expert Witness Categories:

Computer and Cell Phone Forensics, Mapping

Glenn Bard is a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper First Class and U.S. Veteran of Operations Desert Storm. In 1999 Glenn began Computer Crime Investigations for the PA State Police and has since investigated crimes across the United States ranging from Child Pornography to Criminal Homicide. Glenn has also conducted forensic  examinations for City, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies including the FBI, US Postal Inspectors, and I.C.E.,  as well as, foreign governments.

Glenn has been certified as an expert in both State Court and by the United States Federal Court in the areas of Digital Forensics, Cellular Technology and Computer Technology.

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Chief Tim Longo

J.D., Attorney

Expert Witness Categories:

Use of Force | Deadly Force | Search & Seizure
Law Enforcement Policies & Procedures  
Administration | 1st & 4th Amendment | Internal Affairs

Tim began his law enforcement career with the Baltimore Police Department in 1981. In September of 1990, he was reassigned to the Education and Training Division as the agency’s primary law instructor. April of 1993, he assumed command of the Department’s Special Investigation Section within the Internal Investigation Division. His duties focused on the investigation of Criminal wrongdoing within the department’s ranks.

Chief Longo (retired) served as Chief of Police for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia until 2016. Longo is a graduate of Towson University in Baltimore where he served as an Adjunct Professor. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore,  School of Law. Tim serves as an Expert Witness and regularly lectures across the United States for the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute.

 

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Brian S. Batterton

Lieutenant, Cobb County, GA Police Department, Attorney

Brian S. Batterton

MAJOR, COBB COUNTY, GA POLICE DEPARTMENT, ATTORNEY

Expert Witness Categories:

Use of Force | Deadly Force | Officer Involved Shooting
Law Enforcement Policies – Tactics | Procedures / Pursuits /
School Related Issues

Brian Batterton is an attorney in the State of Georgia and currently a Major with the Cobb County Police Department.

He has been in law enforcement since 1994 and obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1999 from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. He has served in Uniform Patrol, Investigations, Training (as an instructor and as the Director), Adjutant/Legal Officer to the Chief, and is currently a precinct commander.

In addition to his work at the police department, he also lectures for the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute (LLRMI) on both criminal law and procedure topics, as well as, police civil liability.

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Tracey Reed

Expert Witness Categories:

Jail – Suicides | Medical | In-Custody Deaths
Classification | Booking | Mental Health 
Detoxification | Policies

Ms. Tracey Reed is an Independent Jail Consultant & Owner of T. Reed Consulting with nearly a quarter century of total corrections experience. Ms. Reed, a graduate of Brescia University, is a veteran in the field of corrections, having served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for over a decade as a Senior Probation and Parole Officer in addition to being selected as the first female jail consultant for the Department of Corrections. Ms. Reed’s expertise includes interpreting state and federal regulatory standards governing construction, renovation and operations, as well as, performing jail audits ad investigations into critical incidents. Ms. Reed also develops & provides training for jail staff in critical areas of operation in order to help county officials reduce their level of liability. She resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Jeff Carter

CJM (Retired)

Expert Witness Categories:

Jail – Use of Force | Suicide | Restraints
Medical | Mental Health | PREA | Internal Affairs  
Sexual Misconduct | Policies & Procedures | Cell Extraction

Jeff retired December 2018 as the Deputy Director of the Fayette County Detention Center in Lexington, Ky.  Over his 20-year career he has worked all levels of custody inside a 1300 bed correctional facility located in the horse racing capital of the world.  Jeff was an instructor for 5 years inside the Academy where he trained over 700 recruits, molding them into successful leaders in the Corrections field.  He’s trained and commanded the CERT team as well as taught Drill and Ceremony to the Division Honor guard.  While promoting through the ranks he commanded the Professional Standards Unit where he specialized in Internal Affairs investigations and Gang Intel for 7 years.  Jeff completed over 200 administrative investigations, as well as, conducted over 100 PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) investigations.  He is well versed in PREA and is a PREA Investigator Instructor.  Jeff has completed the top Leadership academies at the National Institute of Corrections in Aurora, Co.  He brings experience from proudly serving 4 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, followed by obtaining his BS degree in Correction’s and Juvenile Services/ Political Science from Eastern Ky. Univ., through his career as a Corrections Leader.  Jeff was a Certified deputy coroner within the Commonwealth of Kentucky for 8 years.  He presents jail training throughout the country and serves as an Expert Witness around the United States focusing on jail litigation.

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Steve Riggs

Expert Witness Categories:

Fire | Arson | Origin & Cause
Residential, Commercial, Vehicle, Fire Fatality  
NFPA 921 & 1033

Steve Riggs offers over 40 years of combined experience with  23 years of law enforcement, and 39 years of fire origin and cause experience. The last 40 years have involved the origin and cause investigation of fires and explosions. These investigations were for law enforcement agencies, fire departments, the insurance industry and their attorneys. Steve has obtained training in  fire investigations, public fire education, fire suppression and interviewing techniques. Additional training has been received in interviewing, fire fatality, homicide investigations, and 179 other training opportunities. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Services Management.

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John Ryan Jr.

ATTORNEY

Legal Experience:

-Perform legal research on legal issues related to Section 1983 governmental tort liability litigation.
-Advise clients on issues related to municipal liability of government entities.
-Assist in development of legal training for government entities and attorneys representing government entities in Section 1983 litigation.
-Write articles and legal updates related to Section 1983 governmental tort liability litigation

John Ryan Jr. joined LLRMI as one of our staff attorneys in 2018.  John has expertise in civil rights law related to public employees and public entity liability. LLRMI has a number of public entity clients including state, county, and municipal governments as well as insurers of these government entities who rely on John as well as our other staff members to provide legal and policy counsel to ensure a more professional workforce and a reduction in liability.   John also regularly advises clients on the law and generally accepted practices related to law enforcement and corrections practices.

In the training arena, John aids in reviewing training materials for our numerous instructors to ensure that lesson plans and training documents comply with legal standards and meet generally accepted training practices.

John assists our policy team by tracking legislative changes and reviewing draft policies to ensure that the policies, written for entities around the United States comport with Constitutional standards, United States Courts of Appeals-specific standards, and state law.

John provides overview and advice to our audit teams following audits with respect to any legal issues that may arise during off-site reviews and on-site inspections.

John has provided research, writing, and editing of text materials that are published by LLRMI and the many subject matter experts involved in research and authoring for the Institute.

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Matthew Greely

Expert Witness Categories:

Taser | SWAT | Less Lethal Munitions & Deployments
Police Practices, Policies & Procedures 

Detective Matthew Greely is a veteran Police Officer with the Providence, RI Police Department with over 15 years of dedicated law enforcement experience.
Matt currently serves as the lead firearms instructor and armorer for the Providence, RI Police Department. He is a member of the S.W.A.T. team and serves as the team’s medic. Matt has trained thousands of officers in firearms and less lethal munitions. He is also a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Detective Greely earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Anna Maria College.

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Jerry Rodriguez

Expert Witness Categories:

Use of Excessive Force | Use of Deadly Force
Employee Misconduct/Corruption | Police In-Custody Death Investigations
Internal/External Administration Investigations | Vice Procedures & Investigations
Vehicle Pursuit Investigations | Jail Use of Force & Death Investigations
Employee Investigations (Criminal & Civil) | Investigative Polices & Procedures

Jerry Rodriguez spent 26 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, retiring in 2013 at the rank of Captain. His leadership assignments included assignments such as Patrol Commanding Officer, Adjutant to the Office of Operations, Watch Commander, Sergeant, and Field Training Officer. In addition to this, Jerry has experience in the Baltimore Police Department,
as the Deputy Police Commissioner in Charge of the Professional Standard’s Bureau, as well as Chief of Investigations for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
For years Jerry consulted and guided municipalities on high profile police-involved incidents as a member of the agency. However,
in retiring as a Law Enforcement Expert in 2021, he has been recruited to work on high-profile and sensitive cases. Jerry is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 234 and holds a master’s degree in Leadership from St. Mary College of California, as well as, a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
He also has policing experience with the West Coast and East Coast Law Enforcement Agencies and has participated in many investigations throughout his professional career.

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Bill Backus

Expert Witness Categories:

Use of Force | Crowd Control
Civil Unrest | Protest
Narcotics Investigations

Bill Backus retired in July 2022 as a Master Sergeant with the Illinois State Police after 27 years of service to the agency. Over the course of his career, Bill specialized in mobile field force operations and undercover narcotics investigations. For 11 years, Bill served as the director of a multi-agency undercover drug task force operating in the Chicagoland area. The task force operated in three counties and had officers assigned from 24 different police departments. Since 2013, Bill also served as the statewide mobile field force commander for the Illinois State Police. Bill supervised 250 Troopers assigned to 4 regional crowd control teams during protest activity throughout the State. Bill was responsible for writing ISP policies concerning mobile field force operations and tactics. Bill was the lead instructor for both the ISP’s basic narcotics training and the mobile field force program.

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