John Lentini

Scientific Fire Analysis
88005 Overseas Highway, #10-134
Islamorada , GA 33036
Office: 770-815-6392
Introduction

John Lentini has personally conducted more than 2,000 fire scene inspections and has been accepted as an expert witness on more than 200 occasions. He is a frequent invited speaker on the subject of the standard of care in fire investigation and laboratory analysis of fire debris, as well as on the progress of standardization in the forensic sciences.


Areas of Expertise
  • Building Codes
  • Construction Safety
  • Explosions
  • Fire

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI), Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI), Diplomate, American Board of Criminalistics (Fire Debris Analysis). Licensed private investigator (FL)
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Member, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee 921 on Fire Investigations,
1996-2018. (Representing ASTM Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences)
Member, NFPA Technical Committee 1033 on Fire Investigator Professional Qualifications, 2012-present.
Member, NIJ/NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), Subcommittee on Fire
and Explosion Investigation, 2014-present.
Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 1995-present. (Member since 1988)
AAFS Criminalistics Section: Chair, Nominating Committee, 1999-2007, Co-chair Program Committee 2012,
Chair, Program Committee 2013, Section Secretary, elected 2014, Section Chair, elected 2015.
Chair, ASTM Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences, elected 1999, re-elected 2001 and 2003.
Vice Chair, ASTM Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences, elected 1995, re-elected 1997 and 2005.
Chair, ASTM Subcommittee E 30.01 on Criminalistics, 1991-1995.
Director, American Board of Criminalistics (ABC), elected 1993, re-elected 1996.
Chair, ABC Proficiency Administration Committee, 1993-1999.
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2003-2018.
Peer Reviewer, Forensic Science International, 2006-present.
Peer Reviewer, Fire Safety Journal, 2006-present.
Member, Scientific Working Group on Fire and Explosion Investigations (SWGFEX), 1997-2014.
Peer Reviewer, U. S. Dept. of Justice, NIJ-Office of Science & Technology, 2002, 2007-2012.
Member of the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), 1996-present.
Member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), 1978-2001, 2008-present.
Member of the Florida Chapter of the IAAI, 2008-present.
Chair, IAAI Forensic Science Committee, 1988-1991.
Member of the Metro Atlanta Fire Investigators Association, 1978-2006. President, 1981.
Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), 1978-present.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: “How Your Report and Testimony Will Be Used by Your Adversary,” Advanced Origin and Cause/Courtroom Testimony (AOCCT), ATF National Center for Explosives Training and Research, August 7, 2018, Huntsville, AL
“Surviving NFPA 921 and 1033 Challenges,” Ontario Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, May 16, 2018, Hamilton, ON
“The Evolution of Fire Investigation,” AAFS 70th Annual Meeting, Workshop #19 February 20, 2018, Seattle, WA
“Changes in the 2017 Edition of NFPA 921,” Texas Fire Marshal’s Forum, February 6, 2018,
Corpus Christi, TX
“Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation,” Charlotte Fire Department, November 14-16, 2017, Charlotte, NC
“Surviving NFPA 921 and 1033 Challenges,” Joint meeting of the North and South Carolina Chapters of the International Association of Arson Investigators, October 19, 2017, Myrtle Beach, SC
“Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation,” Canadian National Advanced Fire, Arson and Explosion
Training Conference, August 28-30, 2017, Markham, ON
“How a Science Advisory Workgroup Can Help Fire Investigation Organizations Avoid Preventable Errors,” National Institute of Justice’s Sentinel Events Initiative All-Stakeholder Symposium,
U.S. DOJ, June 20, 2017, Washington, DC
“Fire Analysis,” Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association, May 30, 2017, Windsor, ON
“Confronting Inaccuracies in Fire Investigations: Case Studies,” and “The Difficulty and Questionable Validity of Fire Origin Determination,” 18th Annual Francine and Michael Saferstein Lectures, Northeastern University College of Science, March 30 and 31, 2017, Boston, MA
“You Only Live Once: Perspectives on 43 Years in Forensic Science,” AAFS Special Presentation,
February 14, 2017, New Orleans, LA
“How Daubert Has Shaped Fire Investigation,” AAFS Interdisciplinary Workshop, February 14, 2017,
New Orleans, LA
“Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation,” Southwest Virginia Fire Investigators Association, February 7-8, 2017, Roanoke, VA
“How Your Report and Testimony Will Be Used by Your Adversary,” AOCCT, ATF National Center for Explosives Training and Research, December 13, 2016, Huntsville, AL
“Thermometry,” Texas Fire Marshal’s Forum, November 29, 2016, San Antonio, and Greater Houston Fire Marshal’s Council, December 1, 2016, Pasadena, TX
“Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation,” Canadian National Advanced Fire, Arson and Explosion
Training Conference, October 24-27, 2016 Markham, ON
“NFPA 921 Review,” 50th Annual Professional Fire and Fraud Investigators Professional Development
Symposium, October 3, 2016, St. Louis, MO
“The State of Modern Arson Investigation: From Scene to Laboratory,” Fordham University Law
School, 7th Annual Prescriptions for Criminal Justice Forensics Conference, June 5, 2016, NY
“Forensic Technologies in Flux,” U Penn Law School Symposium on Technology in Criminal Justice
Reform, May 13, 2016, Philadelphia, PA
“Surviving a 1033 Challenge,” 67th Annual Training Course, International Association of Arson
Investigators, May 18, 2016, Orlando, FL
“Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators, NFPA 1033,” Illinois Chapter IAAI,
January 21, 2016, Hoffman Estates, IL
“Fire and Science” and “NFPA 1033,” Louisiana Chapter of IAAI, December 12, 2015, Baton Rouge, LA
“Expert Challenges and the Revised NFPA 1033,” National Association of Subrogation Professionals,
November 10, 2015, Reno, NV
“NFPA 1033,” “Fire and Science,” and “Anatomy of a Train Wreck,” Canadian National Advanced Fire
Arson and Explosion Investigation Training, October 26-30, 2015, Markham, ON
“How Fire Investigation Organizations Get in Trouble with Preventable Errors,” NIST International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management, Washington, DC, July 22, 2015
“Pernicious, Pervasive, and Persistent Literature in Fire Investigation,” National Science Foundation
Workshop on Forensic Science Research Evaluation, May 26, 2015, Washington, DC
“The Questionable Validity of Fire Origin Determination,” New Topics series, March 19, 2015,
New College, Sarasota, FL
“The Long Road to Exoneration for Han Tak Lee,” AAFS Jurisprudence Section, February 19, 2015,
Orlando, FL
“Cases Where Shifted Science as ‘New Evidence’ Played a Role,” American Academy of Forensic
Sciences (AAFS), Workshop #8, From Fire Dynamics to Legal Dynamics: Shifted Science and the
Criminal Justice System's Response, February 16, 2015, Orlando, FL
“New Evidence Challenges to BS (Bad Science) in Arson Cases,” U Penn Law School, Levy/Silverman-
Rodin Scholars Luncheon, February 4, 2015, Philadelphia, PA
A list of presentations made prior to 2015 is available upon request.



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: More than 1,000
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Fire and Explosion Origin and Cause
Chemical Analysis of Fire Debris
The Standard of Care in each of the above disciplines
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: More than 200
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: August 14, 2018
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: More than 200
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: More than 200
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: More than 40
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Identification of issues in fire and explosion cases, review of reports and data, report preparation, litigation support, courtroom testimony
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: 350
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: 350
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel expenses are billed at cost.


References

Joseph Wheeler
Cornelius & Collins
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Douglas L. Grose
Merlin Law Group
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Tampa, FL. 33602
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John P. Graceffa
Morrison Mahoney
250 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 439-7500
jgraceffa@morrisonmahoney.com


Video
“Forensic Science Essentials: Challenges in Fire Analysis and Document Examination" Panel discussion, about 60 minutes, discussing recent changes in fire investigation science