Security Expert Witness

j patrick murphy LPT Security Consulting

Security Expert Witness, J. Patrick Murphy, of LPT Security Consulting brings over 40 years of experience in Security Consulting, Corporate Security Management, and Law Enforcement to provide in depth opinions as a Forensic Expert.  We are experienced security experts who provide services regarding negligent security, inadequate security, courtesy officers, shoplifting, retail loss prevention, nightclub security, negligent hiring, criminal background checks, and premises liability. We are experts in hidden camera cases where cameras are temporarily or permanently installed to spy on customers in the most compromising of environments.   See our article on hidden cameras.

 All cases that require travel will be for deposition and/or trial only.


The below are cases for which we are routinely retained:

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  • Nightclub security or bouncers and contract security guard companies face the same challenges:  proper vetting of applicants, adequate training, and adequate supervisions.  To be successful in these areas there must be an “internal standard” created for employees and contractors to dictate acceptable behavior.  With no internal standards in place, security functions are nothing less than chaotic and actions are left to the imagination of the individual.  Reasonable care, therefore, is the key to negligent security claims.

    We have extensive experience with cases involving negligent security, negligent hiring, inadequate training and supervision in all security arenas.  For insight into suggested practices for nightclubs read our Nightclub Security Guide. Find Mr. Murphy’s CV here.

  • We have significant experience in the area of premises liability security cases involving issues of inadequate security, inadequate training, hiring and supervision and courtesy officers. We have boots-on-the-ground experience in developing and managing enterprise security programs, security hardware, training and staffing.

    We can assist you to establish foreseeability and to determine the reasonableness of security measures. We use the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, CAP Index, and local address-specific crime data.  Our expertise includes but is not limited to:  Apartment Communities, Bars and Other Adult Entertainment venues, Retail Malls and Shopping Centers, Parking Garages, Parking Lots, Motel, Restaurants. See our ABC13 interview on mall security. Find Mr. Murphy’s CV here.

  • Criminal background checks and other reference checks are often conducted in an inconsistent manner or may not be conducted at all.  Other than the requirements established by the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) there is no mandated definition of the look and depth of the content.  In short, there are no industry standards unless mandated by a governing body.  A company creates their own standards through policy and procedure.  This, however, can have a serious downside if totally neglected.  We have routinely testified in cases centered on or have an element of criminal background checks and routine reference checks. Negligent hiring cases, even those involving independent contractors, need an experienced expert to succeed.  Find Mr. Murphy’s CV here.

  • There are few testifying security experts in the United States who have our level of experience. We have an extensive background in Retail Loss Prevention management and consulting that spans over 35 years. This provides counsel with unique senior management insight into cases involving issues such as hiring, training and supervision, false arrest, shoplifting, excessive use of force, death during apprehensions, false imprisonment, employee theft, and wrongful termination. Prior cases include Wal Mart, Dillard’s, JC Penney, Sears, Macy’s, Sears, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, convenience store chains and others. We have extensive experience against Wal-Mart in Loss Prevention cases.  Find Mr. Murphy’s CV here.

  • Our security expert services extend into the area of that involve the examination of the adequacy of security hardware such as burglar alarms, robbery alarms, closed circuit television (CCTV), fencing, and other physical security implementations such as guards and policy/procedure. We also provide services regarding alarm failures connected with professional burglaries, such as the Cuban Mafia, fictitious pickups of goods and cargo theft at warehouses and distribution centers.  We have 35 years continuing experience in the design, specification and implementation of enterprise-wide security systems.  Find Mr. Murphy’s CV here.


Mr. Murphy is a consistent source for a security expert’s insight into current events and trends.


Mr. Murphy has been qualified in both State and Federal court as a security expert witness.

Mr. Murphy is available as a security expert witness in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands