Dr. Dennis M. Savard

Forensic Criminology Consultants
1220 Kings Cove Court
Rochester Hills , MI 48306
Mobile: 248-495-6508
Office: 248-726-0646
Introduction

Dennis M. Savard began his career in criminal justice and security as an auxiliary officer with the University of Detroit Mercy Police Department where he provided security services for the university and at special events. Dr. Savard also served as a security guard at the Michigan International Speedway where he conducted a variety of security duties. While working in these positions, he earned a B.A. degree in political science and criminal justice, an M.A. degree in criminal justice, an M.A. degree in sociology, and a Ph.D. degree in sociology. Dr. Savard has also been a practicing forensic criminologist for 13 years.

Dr. Savard has been involved in cases dealing with premises liability, use of force, police pursuits, jail suicide, health care services, failure to protect, and other conditions of confinement issues. He has had active involvement in over 40 cases throughout the United States.

Dr. Savard also consults in premises security litigation where he provides expert consulting in evaluating issues of crime foreseeability and appropriate standards of care in the security industry.

Dr. Savard practices forensic criminology by simultaneously integrating his teaching, research, and forensic practice with one another.

In addition to his forensic practice, Dr. Savard is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan where he teaches introduction to criminal justice, forensic criminology, forensic investigations, evidence and criminal procedure, policing, and criminological theory.

Finally, Dr. Savard has published many peer-reviewed papers in criminology and security outlets.


Areas of Expertise
  • Bars/Lounges/Night Clubs
  • Crime Foreseeability
  • Crime Scene Analysis
  • Deadly/Excessive Force
  • Hospital Security
  • Hotel Security
  • Inadequate/Negligent Security
  • Premises Liability
  • Security Guards
  • Violent Crimes

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: August 2016, Ph.D. Sociology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
December 2013 M.A. Sociology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
July 2012, M.A. Criminal Justice, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI.
May 2004, B.A. Political Science, Adrian College, Adrian, MI.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Society for Industrial Security, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: As a professor, I have taught many university-level classes in the disciplines of criminal justice, criminology, security, and sociology.

I have also presented many papers at national and regional conferences:

Dennis Savard, “Predicting Violence among Sexual Assault Victims,” Michigan Sociological Conference, October 2019.

Dennis M. Savard, “Violent Crime in Bars: A Quantitative Analysis,” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference, March 2019.

Dennis M. Savard, “Routine Activities and Victimization: The Significance of Gendered Spaces,” Justice Studies Annual Conference, June 2017.

Dennis M. Savard, “Workplace Homicide: The Threat of Stranger Violence and Intimate Partner Violence in the Workplace,” Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Annual Conference, February 2014.

Dennis M. Savard, “Responding to Intimate Partner Violence in the Workplace,” Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Annual Conference, March 2013.
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: 10+ as consulting expert
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Security, crime foreseeability, standards of care, police practices, corrections practices, premises liability
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: About 60 percent
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: About 40 percent
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Two times
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: January 2019
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Zero. I have not been given the opportunity. I look forward to this opportunity.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Zero. I have not been given the opportunity. I look forward to this opportunity.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: About 13 years. In the past 5 years, I have been working as the owner and principal consultant of my own company.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting and testifying, expert reports, site inspections, literature review, and related research.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $250
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $250
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $250
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $250
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: All expenses


References

James D. O’Leary, Jr.
O’Leary, Shelton, Corrigan, Peterson,
Dalton & Quillin, LLC
The University Tower
1034 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Penthouse 1-A, 23rd Floor
St. Louis, Missouri 63117

David L. King
Kelly & King PC
19 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1000
Chicago, Illinois 60603


Video
Expert Witness: Forensic Criminologist Here is a short video of me introducing myself and briefly explaining some of the consulting work I do.