Firearms Expert Witnesses

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Firearms expert witnesses practice in a variety of fields, including criminal justice, law enforcement, forensic science, ballistics, and personal injury. Some of the most common specialties among firearms expert witnesses also include gun safety, firearm design and manufacturing, ammunition, shooting reconstruction, and weapon handling. They have offered opinions on the effects of improper firearm use, gunshot residue analysis, bullet trajectories, firearm accidents, and self-defense claims.

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Matthew Lee NoedelView profile

ID: 464090

Mr. Matthew Lee Noedel

Matthew Noedel has over 35 years of experience in the fields of Accident Reconstruction, Crime Scene Reconstruction, and Firearms & Ballistics. He earned a BS in both Medical Technology and Microbiology from the University of Montana Missoula, and his BS In Forensic Sciences from California State University Sacramento. Today, this expert is certified in Firearms, Gunshot Residue, and Toolmarks by...

Emergency Medical Services Expert Witness | CaliforniaView profile


Emergency Medical Services Expert Witness | California

This expert is a member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, California Council of EMS Educators, California Fire Chiefs, California EMS Educator/QI Group, and National Association of EMS Educators. He is currently the President and Education Program Director of a private EMT training center. He has 26 years of experience in Emergency Medical Services and 20+ years as an...

Chad ThompsonView profile

ID: 6840585

Mr. Chad Thompson

Mr. Chad Thompson has 35 years of experience in Law Enforcement & Security. He earned his BS in Criminal Justice from Trinity University. Formerly, this expert served as a Deputy and Lieutenant in the training division of Johnston County Sheriff's Office and as a School Director and Chief Instructor at North Carolina Justice Academy. Currently, this expert is the Owner and Senior Instructor at...

Firearms Expert Witness | MichiganView profile


Firearms Expert Witness | Michigan

A 3rd generation Gunsmith. This expert has over 15 years of experience as an authority on firearm and related subject. He currently provides his expertise to a variety of clients in need of accurate assessment of firearm analysis, GSR, accidental discharge, and bullet trajectory. In addition, he teaches a course on firearms and deadly force law, and has extensive experience reviewing evidence and...

Steven Todd Baker, CPP, PCI, PSPView profile

ID: 6984081

Mr. Steven Todd Baker, CPP, PCI, PSP

Mr. Steven Baker has 33 years of experience in Security. He earned his AAS in Business from Lansing Community College, his BS in Criminal Justice and Loss Control Management from Lake Superior State University, and his MS in Security Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. Today, this expert is a Professional Certified Investigator, a Physical Security Professional, and a Certified...

Firearms Expert Witness | New HampshireView profile


Firearms Expert Witness | New Hampshire

This expert has worked in the firearms and firearms training business for over 40 years in the military, specializing in Combat Tactics and Training, Marksmanship, and Small Arms Skill Development. He holds membership in a multitude of distinguished professional firearm organizations and has earned the prestigious U.S. Army Distinguished Badges for both Service Pistol and Service Rifle. This...

Mark BeluscakView profile

ID: 28883

Mr. Mark Beluscak

This expert has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement. He has worked with multiple agencies in Colorado, including ten years with the Denver Police Department. In his law enforcement career, he worked as an assault detective at multiple departments, where his responsibility was to investigate assault cases to determine fault. He has pursued extensive additional training through FEMA and...


Forensic Examination Expert Witness | MichiganView profile


Forensic Examination Expert Witness | Michigan

This expert is a qualified Forensic Examiner by the FBI Laboratory Training, and has been working in the field for more than 10 years. He is the first vice president of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and has authored several publications focusing on forensic firearm/toolmark identification and gunshot residue testing. He is a...

Nathaniel PearlsonView profile

ID: 31089

Mr. Nathaniel Pearlson

This highly qualified expert has over 25 years of experience in crime scene investigation, ballistic trajectory analysis, and firearm and toolmark examination. He received his BA in biology from Macalester College, before receiving his MS in biology from the University of Virginia. He holds additional certifications in criminalistics, technical assessment, and firearm, toolmark, and gunshot...


Firearms and Archery Range Safety Expert Witness | North CarolinaView profile


Firearms and Archery Range Safety Expert Witness | North Carolina

This firearms and archery enthusiast and instructor has been involved in the field for over 41 years. He completed numerous training's with the U.S. Army, Armstrong State College and the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. The expert has completed numerous firearms and archery-related courses and instructor courses over the years; currently, he teaches Firearms and Archery...

Andrew GonkaView profile

ID: 36897

Mr. Andrew Gonka

This expert is a licensed mechanical engineer and has been practicing as a forensic analyst for nearly 15 years. He received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, before serving as a mechanical engineering manager and conducting investigations into incidents resulting in explosions. He is currently a mechanical engineer and forensic consultant at one of the...


Firearms & Ammunition Expert Witness |View profile


Firearms & Ammunition Expert Witness |

This expert is Certified by multiple organizations, and prominent individuals and teaches on a regular basis. Area of greatest expertise: The defensive use of a handgun, the legal repercussions one might expect to encounter when choosing to carry a pistol, and actually using the pistol to defend themselves.

Johnie EvansView profile

ID: 38419

Mr. Johnie Evans

This expert has over 17 years of experience in law enforcement. He began his career in the United States Air Force, where he worked in security forces providing law enforcement and security to US military installations, personnel, equipment, and resources. He went on to continue his law enforcement career in Colorado with a local police department where he has worked in investigations, narcotics,...


Firearms Expert Witness | OhioView profile


Firearms Expert Witness | Ohio

This expert has certifications in Firearm Identification, Toolmark Identification, and Gunshot Residue by the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners, and has been involved with forensic testing for more than 22 years. He is a Distinguished Member of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners and the NIST OSAC on Firearms and Tool Marks, and is a Guest Lecturer for the National...

John HwangView profile

ID: 44131

Mr. John Hwang

This highly qualified firearms marketing specialist has extensive experience in his field. For the past 16 years he has built a career in the firearms industry. He started his own business in 2004 specializing in the distribution of various firearm models and other accessories. After serving as the lead marketing consultant for his business, this expert went on to establish his own firearms...


Law Enforcement And Police Expert Witness | CaliforniaView profile


Law Enforcement And Police Expert Witness | California

This expert served 32 years with the San Francisco Police Department in a variety of different capacities. He began his experience as a police officer for nine years in patrol, and then went on to serve as a Sergeant and Inspector in the Investigations Bureau for over four years investigating Violent Crimes, Auto Theft, Burglary and Domestic Violence. He went on to serve as a Commander in the...

Products Liability and Firearms Expert Witness | ArizonaView profile


Products Liability and Firearms Expert Witness | Arizona

This qualified expert earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Detroit Institute of Technology, his MBA from University of Phoenix, and his DBA from Nova Southeastern University. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers,the American Gunsmithing Association, and the Society of Automotive Engineers International. Formerly he served in multiple engineering management...

Use of Force, Self-Defense, & Weapons Law Expert Witness | MissouriView profile


Use of Force, Self-Defense, & Weapons Law Expert Witness | Missouri

This highly-qualified expert has over 30 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, with a particular focus in use of force, self-defense, and weapons law. He earned both his BA in psychology and his JD from St. Louis University. He has completed several training sessions through the Ultimate Defense Firing Range and Training Center related to firearms and use of force and is a second...

Law Enforcement Expert Witness | New JerseyView profile


Law Enforcement Expert Witness | New Jersey

This highly-qualified expert has over 16 years of professional experience in multiple assignments in law enforcement, with demonstrated experience in use of force, training, and policies and procedures. He earned his BS in national security studies from New Jersey City University and later earned his JD from Rutgers Law School. He holds several certifications including public manager, use of...

Forensic Science Expert Witness | New HampshireView profile


Forensic Science Expert Witness | New Hampshire

This highly qualified expert has over 20 years of experience in forensic science specializing in firearms and ballistics, fingerprints, toolmarks, shooting scene reconstruction, indented writing restoration, and drug chemistry. He earned his BA in chemistry at Saint Anselm College and holds several certifications including latent print examiner, firearm examiner, tool mark examiner, and gunshot...

Firearms Expert Witness FAQs

What is the role of a firearms expert witness in legal proceedings?

A firearms expert witness provides specialized knowledge on firearms, ammunition, ballistics, and related topics. They can analyze evidence, reconstruct shooting incidents, and testify in court.

What types of cases might require a firearms expert witness?

Cases involving shootings, armed robberies, assaults, murders, or any incident where a firearm was used may benefit from a firearms expert witness.

Can a firearms expert witness help with product liability cases?

Yes. If a case involves malfunctioning firearms or safety issues, an expert can provide insight into design flaws, manufacturing defects, or improper usage.

Are there subspecialties within the field of firearms expertise?

Yes. Some experts specialize in specific areas like ballistics, firearm safety and training, gunsmithing, or forensic firearm examination.

How can a firearms expert witness assist in self-defense cases?

In self-defense cases, a firearms expert can help determine factors like shooting distance and angle, which can support claims of self-defense.

How does Expert Institute select its Firearms expert witnesses?

Expert Institute offers a personalized approach to help you find the highest quality experts. We source actively-practicing professionals who match all your requirements for specialty areas, work experience, litigation history, fee range, certifications, location, and more.

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