Chris M. Nielsen

Chris M. Nielsen

Valor Resource Group, LLC
27200 SE 272nd st, 129
Ravensdale , WA 98051
Office: 425-681-1674
Introduction

Before transitioning to a career in law enforcement, Chris spent several years litigating civil and criminal matters at one of the largest prosecuting agencies in the Pacific Northwest. He has over a decade of experience as a hearing examiner overseeing complex asset and civil forfeiture litigation. He has instructional experience at Syracuse University, the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (Washington State's basic police academy), the Washington State Tactical Officer's Association, the Washington State Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and has numerous local, regional and national professional presentations to his credit.

In addition to his legal experience, he is currently a full-time commissioned police officer assigned to one of the largest regional tactical teams on the west coast. He is perhaps the only licensed attorney and police officer in the United States to be directly involved in multiple officer-involved critical incidents. He is an instructor in numerous police disciplines and a recognized subject matter expert in criminal procedure, police use of force, training and policy review.


Areas of Expertise
  • Alcohol, Drug & DUI Testing
  • Crime Foreseeability
  • Deadly/Excessive Force
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Emergency Communications & 911
  • Evidence Analysis & Preservation
  • Firearms & Ballistics
  • Law Enforcement
  • Police Procedures
  • Spousal Abuse

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A:
- Juris Doctor, cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law (2005)
- Master of Arts, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (2005)
- Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (with distinction) cum laude, phi beta kappa, University of Washington (2002)
- Licensed Attorney (Washington State)
- Commissioned Police Officer (Washington State)
- Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (Former, 2004-2011)
- Hearing Examiner (Washington State)
- Certified Force Science Analyst
- Washington State Certified Explosives Handler (Explosive Breacher)
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A:
- Washington State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Washington State Tactical Officers Association
- National Tactical Officers Association
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A:
- Former criminal trial attorney with extensive trial experience in cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to Class A felonies.

- Instructor, Washington State Tactical Officers Association/Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission SWAT Basic
Course
* Contemporary Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) involved in:
• High risk search warrant service
• Mission planning (site identification, scouting tactical diagramming, etc.)
• Barricade tactics
• Contain/call-out tactics
• Building clearing techniques
• Mechanical breaching
• Less-lethal munitions
• Chemical agents and air purifying respirators (APRs)
• Officer rescue
• Immediate action drills (IADs) and officer rescue
• Arrest team tactics
• High-risk mobile/static vehicle arrests
• Tactical fitness, mindset and self-care

- Featured Lecturer, Capitol Regional SWAT Association (Washington DC Metro area)/TacOps East Tactical Conference
* Mitigating and reducing liability in tactical operations
* Leadership lessons in barricade suspect operations

- Featured Lecturer, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Annual Conference (multiple) and King County Prosecutor’s
Office (Seattle, WA)
* continuing legal education instruction on police tactics, use of force and human performance in dynamic encounters

- Associate Instructor, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Police Academy
* Trial procedure and courtroom testimony for police officers

- Renton Police Department (Renton, WA)
* Firearms instructor
• Lesson planning, instruction and practical application of basic/advanced pistol/rifle TTPs for patrol officers
* Patrol tactics instructor
• Basic building clearing techniques for patrol officers
* Officer Involved Shooting lecturer
• Debrief and considerations for self-care
* Featured instructor on case-law update for search and seizure

- Instructor, Valley Regional Active Shooter Course (Cities of Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Port of Seattle, Renton, Tukwila)
* TTPs in mass-shooting, active shooter, workplace violence, counter-terrorism response and mass-casualty response for patrol
officers

- Instructor, Bellevue Police Department (Bellevue, WA)
* Contemporary practices in asset seizure and forfeiture

- Featured Speaker, King County Sheriff’s Office
* 25 Years of Air Support—media production on tactical and patrol applications of King County Sheriff’s Office Guardian 1 and 2
helicopters
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 18
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Officer involved shootings, general police use of force, policy considerations in police use of force, patrol tactics, wrongful arrest, search and seizure, search warrant service/investigation/application, police investigations, SWAT tactics, special operations, high risk arrests, DUI arrest tactics, domestic violence, vehicle pursuits, de-escalation tactics/techniques, subjects in crisis, issues of probable cause, and asset seizure.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 100 percent
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 3
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: February, 2019.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Three
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Litigation consulting, subject matter expert, policy review, scene inspection, Rule 26 expert reports, declarations, risk mitigation strategies
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $350.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $350.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $400.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $400.00
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Administrative Support (document proof, formatting, copying, correspondence, etc): $150.00/Hr.

Travel:
- Airfare billed coach/economy class with one checked bag
- Lodging and per diem billed at current GSA rates for your city/region
- Travel time:
▪ Pacific Time Zone $250/day
▪ Central Time Zone $350/day
▪ Eastern Time Zone $500/day

References

Tom Miller
Christie Law Group
2100 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 206
Seattle, WA 98109

Ann Trivett
Christie Law Group
2100 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 206
Seattle, WA 98109

Zach Parker
Christie Law Group
2100 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 206
Seattle, WA 98109

W. Dale Kamerer
Law, Lyman, Daniel, Kamerer and Bogdanovich
2674 R.W.
Johnson Blvd. SW,
Tumwater, WA 98512

John Justice
Law, Lyman, Daniel, Kamerer and Bogdanovich
2674 R.W.
Johnson Blvd. SW,
Tumwater, WA 98512

Blake Marks-Dias
Corr Cronin
1001 Fourth Avenue, Suite 3900
Seattle, WA 98154

John Bender
Corr Cronin
1001 Fourth Avenue, Suite 3900
Seattle, WA 98154

Michelle Luna-Green
Pierce County Prosecutor's Office
930 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402

Alicia Burton
Pierce County Prosecutor's Office
930 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402

Nate Odle
Spokane City Attorney
808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99201