Ron Martinelli, Ph.D., BCFT, CLS - Martinelli & Associates: Justice & Forensic Consultants, Inc.



Ron Martinelli, Ph.D., BCFT, CLS
Martinelli & Associates: Justice & Forensic Consultants, Inc.
42143 Avenia Alvarado, Suite B-2
Temecula, CA 92590

(951) 719-1450

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Ron Martinelli, Ph.D., BCFT, CLS
Martinelli & Associates: Justice & Forensic Consultants, Inc.

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(951) 719-1450


Background of Dr. Ron Martinelli

  • Police Officer and Detective (Ret.) with 22 years of diverse patrol, forensics and investigative experience.
  • Former Director, CA Criminal Justice Traing Center and POST Police and Corrections Academy.
  • Current Director, Martinelli & Associates: Justice & Forensic Consultants, Inc., 30 year recognized law enforcement training and legal/forensics consulting firm.
  • State-certified/approved Law Enforcement Instructor (30 years) in all levels of force, laws of arrest/search & seizure, criminal investigations and numerous police/corrections methodologies.
  • Training Consultant to over 300 municipal, state, federal law enforcement, public safety, social service and military agencies since 1979.
  • Federal/State Courts Qualified Expert: police/corrections practices, Use of Force/excessive force, training, policies, liability, TASER, chemical agents/OC pepper spray, deadly force, sudden in-custody deaths, Agtated/Excited Delirium Syndrome, batons, arrest/control/handcuffing tactics, defensive tactics, "Suicide by Cop" (SBC), Officer-Involved Shootings (OIS), laws of arrest/search & seizure, sexual assault, street gangs, violent crimes, criminal behavior, criminal investigations, Internal Affairs Investigations, interviews/interrogations, stress-induced psycho-physiology, self-defense shootings.
  • Certified Litigation Specialist: Police/Corrections Practices (CLS) - Americans for Effective Law Enforcement.
  • Board Certified in Forensic Traumatology (BCFT) & Diplomate Status - National Center for Crisis Management, Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
  • Certified Forensic Analyst - Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Death.
  • Instructor: Agitated/Excited Delirium and Sudden In-Custody Death - Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Death.
  • Specialist - Officer-Involved Shooting Investigations.
  • Special Independent Investigator (Retained) - City of Riverside, CA: Officer-Involved Shootings and In-Custody Death.
  • Professor - Forensic Science (Masters Degree Program), National University, San Diego (CA) - Accredited
  • Former Professor - Forensic Psychology (Masters Degree Program), Argosy University, SF (CA) - Accredited
  • Former Professor - Criminology, California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo (CA) - Accredited
  • Nationally Recognized Expert - Police/Corrections Practices.
  • Author: 4 texts, 25 training manuals, numerous articles on police/porrections practices
  • Retained Police/Corrections Practices Expert: State Attorney General Office, county counsels, municipal attorneys, courts, plaintiff attorneys, District Attorneys, Public Defender Offices.
About Dr. Ron Martinelli

Ron Martinelli, Ph.D., BCFT, CLS, serves as Martinelli & Associates, Inc.'s chief legal and forensic expert and trial specialist. Dr. Martinelli has an impressive and diverse law enforcement background in police, corrections, probation and private security practices and training. He is an experienced law enforcement practices expert qualified in Federal/State Courts and is skilled in incident reconstruction, discovery and forensic legal analysis.

Dr. Martinelli has an excellent track record of successfully representing law enforcement agencies and civil plaintiffs during all stages of litigation. He also accepts certain criminal defense cases depending upon the fact pattern represented. He is an articulate legal declaration author and a high effective "jury communicator" with a unique mixture of significant field experience and academic credentials that judges and juries find impressive.

Recognized and respected by attorneys, judges and his expert witness peers as an impartial and ethical fact finder, Dr. Martinelli has had significant experience representing advocates from civil defense, plaintiff, procesution and criminal defense position. Dr. Martinelli has been referred to as "The expert's expert" by his attorney clients. He has a 90+% "win" track record and to date has been responsible for saving municipalities over $120 million, while allowing plaintiff attorneys to achieve multiple millions dollar verdicts for deserving injured plaintiffs.

What his clients have to say about Dr. Martinelli

"In my 34 years as a trial attorney, seldom have I encountered such a consumate professional as Dr. Ron Martinelli. He combines the best attributes of a forensic consultant and expert witness. Dr. Martinelli is a pleasure to work with and a great source of knowledge and experience on all issues relating to law enforcement."

Justus Spillner
Senior Equity Partner
McCormick, Barstow, Caruthers, Waite, LLP
Fresno, CA
Elected Member ABOTA, 20 years

"Dr. Ron Martinelli is the police practices expert's expert. He is uniquely experienced, articulate and understandable to judges and jurors. Dr. Martinelli possesses a wealth of knowledges, is highly skilled, always dependable and consistently delivers the goods for his attorney clients."

Michael P. Stone & Steve Horvath, Attorneys
Stone Busailah, LLP
Pasadena, CA

"As a former prosecutor with a great deal of experience presenting law enforcement witnesses to juries, I felt Dr. Martinelli's trial testimony was perhaps the most compelling I have ever presented. Having interviewed the jury following a favorable verdict, I was able to confirm my belief directly with those that matter most. Dr. Martinelli's incredibly strong law enforcement background, combined with his ability to testify in both an authoritative and understandable manner, creates a strong incentive for the opposition to capitulate and settle the case on favorable terms."

Mark W. Epstein
Seiler, Epstein, Ziegler & Applegate, LLP
San Francisco, CA

"Thank you for the excellent, professional consultation and trial testimony you provided in our Federal Court excessive force allgeations case involving our Los Angeles Airport Police Officers. Your testimony before the jury clearly established that our officers acted appropriately during the incident. Your fine work was responsible for us winning out case."

Doug Knoll, Esq.
Law Offices
Redondo Beach (CA)

"Your expert testimony in deposition, along with your outstanding forensic analysis supporting our deputies' actions were instrucmental in the federal Court granting summary judgment in our recent in-custody death case. I will highly recommend you to other County Counsels seeking a skilled and experienced expert."

Janet Holms, Deputy County Counsel
County of Contra Costa (CA)

"Mr. Page and I would like to thank you for your very effective work during his case. It is my belief that your testimony was pivotal in obtaining jury verdicts of not guilty to the crime of assault in the first degree with a firearm, and unlawful use of a weapon, on a self-defense theory.

"Your trial testimony was particularly effective as it was based upon studies related to the use of deadly force by police officers. You demonstrated that Mr. Page did react in the same manner as a police officer when confronted with life-threatening events. Your use of the physical evidence and facts to demonstrate our self-defense theory was very persuasive to the jury. I have already recommended your services to other attorneys in our area. You were a pleasure to work with."

David A. Hill, Esq.
Law Office
Eugene (OR)