Emanuel Kapelsohn

Emanuel Kapelsohn

The Peregrine Corporation
1636 North Cedar Crest Boulevard #320
Alllentown, PA 18104
Mobile: 610-360-7053

Emanuel Kapelsohn, President of The Peregrine Corporation, is an internationally recognized firearms training and use of force consultant. Since 1980, he has instructed thousands of police and security officers, federal agents, military personnel and civilians throughout the United States and abroad.

Holding a degree with honors from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard Law School, Mr. Kapelsohn is a practicing trial attorney in addition to his firearms and use of force consulting.

He is a vice president and director of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, and member of the International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association. He is certified as a law enforcement instructor in handgun, shotgun, patrol rifle, countersniper rifle, submachine gun, defensive tactics, handgun retention, baton, pepper spray, less lethal impact munitions, Taser, FATS, psycho-motor skill design, use of force and force science, and as an executive protection specialist and shooting scene reconstructionist. He has for many years been a featured presenter at regional, national and international instructor conferences.

Mr. Kapelsohn has consulted, developed training programs and materials, and certified instructors and armorers for several leading firearms manufacturers. He has authored over 130 published articles on firearms and training, is Associate Editor of "Standards & Practices Reference Guide for Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors," principal author of "Firearms Training Standards for Law Enforcement Personnel," and principal author of "Guidelines for Simulation Training Safety."

Mr. Kapelsohn's activities also include litigation consulting and expert testimony in cases involving firearms and use of force. He has testified in state and federal courts throughout the country, and by invitation before both houses of Congress. Mr. Kapelsohn has worked in both civil and criminal cases and has been retained by attorneys for plaintiffs, the prosecution and defense. Subjects on which he has testified include gun accidents, firearms safety, gun handling procedures, gun storage, firearms design, operability, trajectories, velocities, ballistics, ricochets, ejection patterns, proximity testing, gunshot evidence, bullet wounds, reconstruction of shooting scenes, bullet penetration, shooting range safety, hunting accidents, holsters and other shooting products, self defense, knives and other weapons, involuntary muscular contraction and accidental discharge, police and security firearms training, tactics and procedures, civilian firearms training, and use of force.

Areas of Expertise
  • Deadly/Excessive Force
  • Firearms & Ballistics
  • Police Procedures
  • Weapons

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Yale University, B.A. cum laude. English Literature (1974)

Harvard Law School. Juris Doctor (1977)
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI): vice president and board of directors member, chairman of several committees

American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET): former charter member, staff instructor

International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association (ILEETA)

American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS): member

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Approx. 36 years extensive national and international teaching and speaking experience on firearms, firearms training, use of force and related topics.
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: Over 300
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: See biographical information above.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 30
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 70
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 39
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2016
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 59
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 67
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 32
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections, risk assessments and security surveys, firearms inspection and testing, depositions and trials, administrative hearings, training, preparation and review of training materials, training programs, and training aids, preparation and review of product literature, warnings, force science analysis, shooting scene reconstruction, etc.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $350
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $350
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: See below. I am paid for my time, not for my testimony.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: See below. I am paid for my time, not for my testimony.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Deposition time $3,250 per day or part, covering up to ten hours.
Trial time $3,250 per day or part, covering up to ten hours.
Travel time (non-local) $225 per hour, portal to portal, for travel over 3 hrs. each way.
Paraprofessional assistant's time, $85 per hour.
Plus all travel and other expenses.


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