Litigation Support

When the case goes to court, rely on an RJA expert.

Litigation Support

Litigation Support

When the case goes to court, rely on an RJA expert.

Litigation Support

A fire or a security breach often creates the need for litigation. Establishing the cause and origin of the fire or security breach is only the first step in the resolution of the legal confrontation. Rolf Jensen & Associates (RJA) is the premier provider of fire protection engineering and security consulting services. So whether you’re the owner of the building, the insurance carrier, a systems manufacturer or the attorney for either the plaintiff or the defendant, our fire safety and life safety legal experts can help you establish the facts of the fire or security incident.

  * Expert Testimony
  * Fire Protection Engineering Code Consulting
  * Forensic Fire and Smoke Modeling
  * Fire Response Analysis
  * Construction Claim Dispute Resolution
  * Failure Analysis of Systems and Components

Learn more about our team of litigation support professionals:


Carl F. Baldassarra

Carl F. Baldassarra
Carl F. Baldassarra - Executive Vice-President, The RJA Group, Inc.

Executive Vice-President, The RJA Group, Inc.

Professional Profile

Carl Baldassarra is responsible for the development of the RJA practice, including project delivery, project management, services development and technology. He also participates on project teams involving fire protection/life safety analysis, code consultation, fire protection system design, loss investigation and litigation support. Baldassarra moved to RJA in 2009 from Schirmer Engineering Corporation where he had been the President for 16 years.

In his 39-year career in fire protection engineering, he has participated as an organizational member, committee member, committee chair, advisor and board member of the leading fire protection engineering and code making organizations. He is also a prolific author who has published more than 40 papers and articles on fire protection, life safety and loss prevention.

 

Michael A. Crowley, P.E., FSFPE, SASHE

Michael A. Crowley, P.E., FSFPE, SASHE
Michael A. Crowley, P.E., FSFPE, SASHE - Senior Vice President, The RJA Group, Inc.

Executive Vice President, The RJA Group, Inc.

Professional Profile

Michael Crowley, who joined RJA in 1980, is the company’s leading expert in the field of life safety and fire protection for hospitals and healthcare facilities. In this role, he has conducted code compliance surveys of existing facilities, developed fire protection master plans for new facilities and designed fire sprinkler, detection, alarm, smoke control and voice communication systems.

Crowley is an instructor for NFPA’s Life Safety Code Course. He is qualified to conduct Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES) and Statement of Condition (SOC) surveys of hospitals, nursing homes, detention facilities, and office buildings…

 

David LeBlanc, P.E.

David LeBlanc, P.E.
David LeBlanc, P.E. - Senior Vice President, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

Senior Vice President, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

Professional Profile

David LeBlanc has participated in numerous major projects that include building and fire code consulting and fire/life safety analysis

In his role as National Accounts Project Manager, he has developed and prepared fire protection programs with detailed code summaries, code compliance approach reports, Chapter 34 Existing Building Analysis, architectural and engineering coordination, compliance drawing reviews, variance/appeals, fire/life safety reports, egress analysis, performance based code compliance approach, fire modeling, due diligence survey and reports, and Emergency Evacuation Planning.  He has…

 

Jon Kapis, E.T.

Jon Kapis, E.T.
Jon Kapis, E.T. - Senior Consultant, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

Senior Consultant, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

Professional Profile

Jon Kapis has 30 years of experience in the fire alarm and security industry. He has been responsible for the design and implementation of numerous fire alarm, smoke control, and life safety systems for projects throughout California, Nevada, Washington, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Guam and Saipan. He has been instrumental in the integration of fire, security, and building automation systems in addition to projects for the United States Government. 

Kapis is involved in litigation support as an expert witness.  His experience in code applications includes high security areas, government installations, malls, commercial, industrial, research, and telecommunications properties, healthcare, higher education and air traffic control facilities.

 

Thomas Dusza, P.E.

Thomas Dusza, P.E.
Thomas Dusza, P.E. - Operations Manager, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

Operations Manager, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

Professional Profile

Thomas Dusza, a Senior Consulting Engineer, has 35 years of experience in building/fire and life safety code consulting and fire protection systems design, including smoke control systems.  He has provided fire protection code consulting on residential and mixed-use buildings, convention centers, casinos, libraries, high-rise office buildings, parking garages, health care and detention facilities, hotels, and transportation stations.

Mr. Dusza’s project responsibilities include project management, investigative and system design surveys, preparation and review of fire protection system bid documents, interpretation of specifications and code requirements, cost estimating, report preparation, technical review, contractor shop drawing review, construction monitoring and system commissioning.

 

Terence Manning

Terence Manning
Terence Manning - Operations Manager, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

Operations Manager, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

Professional Profile

Terence Manning’s experience spans over forty years as owner/president of an electrical contracting company that specialized in the design, installation and maintenance of fire and life safety systems.  During that time he personally designed and has overseen the installation of fire and life safety systems in some of Chicago’s most prominent structures and businesses.  Mr. Manning served as a member of NFPA 20 (Fire Pump Systems) for eighteen years and is currently a member of the NFPA 14 (Standpipe Systems).  He has also been actively involved in the fire service as an officer, hazardous materials team chief and as a search and rescue coordinator.

 

Richard W. Bukowski, P.E., FSFPE

Richard W. Bukowski, P.E., FSFPE
Richard W. Bukowski, P.E., FSFPE - Senior Consultant, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

Senior Consultant, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

Professional Profile

Richard Bukowski is a Senior Consultant with the Baltimore office of RJA. He joined RJA in 2009 after retiring from the federal government after 35 years as a research fire protection engineer. His responsibilities included coordination with the U.S. and international building regulatory and technical standards communities as they considered changes based on the research conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Bukowski’s work with RJA currently includes projects worldwide that involve code compliance such as performance-based design; fire hazard and fire risk analysis; fire alarm systems…

 

Stephen Hill, P.E.

Stephen Hill, P.E.
Stephen Hill, P.E. - Director, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

Director, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.

Professional Profile

Stephen Hill joined RJA in 2009 after spending 12 years as a fire research and protection engineer. As a member of the U.S. Department of Justice, Hill was intimately involved in the startup of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Fire Research Laboratory. He has extensive experience in the application of scientific and engineering principles in the forensic support of fire investigations. Hill has worked closely with ATF Certified Fire Investigators in the investigation of both arson and accidental fires, provided on-site technical investigative support and advice to law enforcement agents, U.S. attorneys and district attorneys, and conducted research and testing on the prediction of fire hazard development and response of materials to fire…

 

Thomas Izbicki, P.E.

Thomas Izbicki, P.E.
Thomas Izbicki, P.E. - Operations Manager, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. - Dallas Office

Operations Manager, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. - Dallas Office

Professional Profile

Thomas Izbicki came to RJA in 2006 from the Dallas Fire Service where he was the senior fire protection engineer responsible for review and approval of fire protection system plans and issues related to enforcement of the Dallas Building and Fire Codes. He also reviewed and approved contractor submittals, performance-based design, conducted evaluations for fire operations and provided recommendation on a structure’s fitness for rehabilitation or demolition.

Izbicki has completed specialized training sponsored by the US Army Corp of Engineers and taught by Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) instructors to become qualified as an Urban Search and Rescue Structures specialist…