The staff at Liability Consultants is the embodiment of our company's mission to help you avoid the substantial risks of crime and liability. We develop smart security practices that support and work within your corporate culture. Ultimately, these strategies become a critical component to your business success. You and your staff will capably and consistently implement powerful new skills and programs to effectively combat the considerable problems of crime and liability.
Liability Consultants, Inc.'s (LCI) seasoned professionals possess an extensive range of critical skills that can help your company forge a solid, intelligent security program. Since 1986, we have constructed successful alliances with Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, large public institutions as well as smaller emerging companies. We've made a significant difference in the way these organizations now manage issues of security and liability.
Our principals are accomplished business professionals with significant experience in civil liability, current security issues, and criminal justice. For 25 years, we have provided security and liability consulting for organizations in over 40 states and have consulted in more than 750 lawsuits. This uncommon but intentional blend of skills enables us to create comprehensive, practical, and cost-conscious procedures to empower you to protect your people and property.
Norman D. Bates, Esq.
Norman D. Bates, Esq., President and founder of Liability Consultants, Inc., is a nationally-recognized expert in security and the law. For over twenty-five years, he has been providing security management consulting services to private industry as well as court-certified expert witness services nationwide to both plaintiff and defense firms in civil cases regarding inadequate security, negligent hiring or training, use of force and workplace violence.
A frequent media spokesman, Mr. Bates has been interviewed and commented on current news stories regarding crime and liability for ABC’s 20-20, CBS News, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, Security magazine and others.
Formerly, Mr. Bates was an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston and Director of Security and Legal Counsel to the Saunders Hotel Corporation. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar (admitted in 1985), the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (President 2009-2011), the National Crime Victim Bar Association, ASIS International, Society for Human Resource Management, and the International Association for Healthcare Safety and Security. He is a former member of the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI).
Lara Salvatore Richardson, Esq.
Vice President of Liability Consultants, Ms. Richardson has analyzed over 350 civil litigation cases, both plaintiff and defense, involving claims of inadequate security, negligent hiring or training, and workplace violence.
In addition to case work, Ms. Richardson provides a variety of security management consulting services to private industry, including risk assessments, employee training, and policy and procedure development. She conducts security related training for corporate employees, and provides guidance to companies on the legal implications surrounding the failure to have an adequate security plan in place. In addition, Ms. Richardson has served as a speaker on a variety of security topics.
Prior to joining Liability Consultants, Ms. Richardson was a defense litigator for Morrison Mahoney LLP, specializing in premises liability defense work, including negligent security cases. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University. She is admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States District Court of Massachusetts. She is a member of ASIS International and the Association of Residential Security Directors.
The Liability Consultants, Inc. staff also includes Associate Consultants, Crime Analyst/Research Associates and a professional office staff.