Mr. Dan Bonelli

Bonelli Expert Fire Consulting
31879 Corydon Rd., Suite 130
Lake Elsinore , CA 92530
Office: 951-674-4140
Fax: 951-674-4170

Introduction

Mr. Bonelli’s career as a fire investigator began in 1991. Since then he has personally determined the origin and cause of over 6,000 fires and has supervised over 6,000 more. His experience as a firefighter, general building contractor and private investigator gave him the perfect foundation for insurance related property investigations. Mr. Bonelli holds degrees in Fire Science, Social and Behavioral Science and Business. He is certified as a fire investigator by four separate organizations at the state, national and international levels and is also certified as a fire investigation instructor. Mr. Bonelli has spoken or taught at numerous venues over the years regarding fire investigation and related issues and has testified as an expert over 20 times in civil, criminal and federal courts. He holds a general building contractors license and is a licensed private investigator in both California and Nevada.


Areas of Expertise

  • Construction & Architecture
  • Evidence Analysis & Preservation
  • Explosions
  • Fire

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Bachelor of Science - Organizational Leadership
Azusa Pacific University

Associate of Science - Fire Science
Mt. San Jacinto College

Associate of Arts - Social and Behavioral Science
Mt. San Jacinto College

Licenses & Certifications:

State Licensed Private Investigator (CA-PI 17922, NV-954)
State License General Building Contractor #546202
Certified Fire Investigator – C.C.A.I. #505
Certified Fire Investigator – I.A.A.I. 22-008
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator – NAFI - #6617-7844
Certified Vehicle Fire, Arson, & Explosion Investigator - NAFI
Certified Fire Investigation Instructor – NAFI - #6617-7844i
Certified Fire Investigator National Professional Qualifications System #43062
State Certified Instructor (Fire Behavior and Investigation)
All course work completed for State Fire Marshall Certification as Fire Investigator
E.M.T. Certified 1985 – 1995
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
California Conference of Arson Investigators (CCAI)
National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
International Association of Fire Investigators (IAFI)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Past member of the California Conference of Arson Investigators
Training committee, responsible for the education and training of
fire investigators throughout the State of California.

Training seminars conducted regarding fire origin and cause at
following locations:
26. Farmers Insurance – University of Farmers
SIU Investigator School
Agoura Hills, CA 04/08/15 (8 hours)
25. Farmers Insurance – University of Farmers
Property School
Advanced Property Team and Large Loss
Agoura Hills, CA 04/23/14 (8 hours)
24. Farmers Insurance – University of Farmers
Property School
Advanced Property Team and Large Loss
Agoura Hills, CA 10/16/13 (2 hours)
23. Farmers Insurance – Farmers Insurance
Commercial
Orange, CA 04/04/13
22. Farmers Insurance – University of Farmers
Property School
Agoura Hills, CA 03/05/13
21. Claims Adjusting Group
Presentation
Glendale, CA 12/05/12
20. Southern California Claims Association
Topic: Fire Investigation for the Adjuster
Temecula, CA 07/12/12
19. Farmers Insurance – Farmers Insurance Vehicle
Vehicle Investigations
Fontana 06/27/12 – 06/28/12
18. Combined Claims Conference
Topic: Fire Investigation for the Adjuster
Long Beach 03/13/12
17. Farmers Insurance – Farmers Insurance Property
SIU Investigator School
Agoura Hills 03/10/11
16. Farmers Insurance – Farmers Insurance Property
SIU Investigator School
Agoura Hills, CA 10/05/10
15. Farmers Insurance – Farmers Insurance Property
SIU Investigator School #4
Agoura Hills, CA 02/23/10
14. Guest Speaker
Topic: Electrical Fire Causes
Riverside Community College (4 hrs.) 10/22/2008
13. Scenario Coordinator Fire Arson Investigation 2B
Course 05/08
Riverside Community College
12. Farmers Insurance – Farmers Insurance Property
SIU School
Ventura 05/07
11. Fire Investigation 1A Guest Speaker
Topic: Accidental Fire Causes (2.5 hr lecture)
Riverside Community College, 06/07/06
10. Fire Investigation 1A Guest Speaker
Topic: Accidental Fire Causes (2.5 hr lecture)
Riverside Community College, 01/18/05
9. CCAI Fire/Arson Investigation – 07/21-07/23/03
8. Vehicle Fire Investigation – 2002
LA City College – Fall Semester
7. Farmers Insurance - Simi Valley 2000
6. Inland Empire Adjusting Assoc. – 1998
5. Hawaiian Insurance – Honolulu – 1998
4. State Farm - Honolulu - 1998
3. State Farm - Moreno Valley 1996
2. Farmers Insurance - Moreno 1995
1. Farmers Insurance - Rancho Mirage 1992
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: 6,000+
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Fire Origin & Cause
Water Intrusion
Construction Defects
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 20+
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: April 2015
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 10+
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 25
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting
Testing
Reporting
Site Inspections
Litigation Support
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $195/hr
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $195/hr
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $300/hr (2 hour minimum)
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $300/hr (2 hour minimum)

References

Law Offices of Stanley J. Matalon
5900 Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 332
Van Nuys, CA 91411
(818) 786-6700

Scott Lin
Attorney at Law
12424 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 1050
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 979-7711

Firestein & Firestein
Marty Firestein
5900 Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 350
Van Nuys, CA 91411
(818) 785-1999