Michael A. Mayda, Consultant in Forensic Imaging


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Consultant in Forensic Imaging and Analysis

582 Blackwood Street Sacramento, CA 95815 voice (916) 929-2889 fax (916) 929-0517 



EXPERTISE: Visibility analysis and vehicle dynamics test recording using still and motion picture photography and computerized data acquisition techniques. Accident analysis by photography of controlled reenactment of events in real time or by stop-motion, computer animation or scale model animation. Photogrammetric analysis of photographs to derive engineering measurements. Photographic image enhancement. Scene and vehicle measurements via electronic laser transit system.

QUALIFIED AS EXPERT WITNESS: Qualified many times in numerous jurisdictions (never denied qualification), in fields of technical photography, visibility reconstruction, photogrammetry, photo interpretation and electronic data acquisition.

JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN: Most California counties including Orange, Placer, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, and many others. United States District Court, Eastern District of California.

CLIENTS: States of California and Washington; Cities of San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento and others; Counties of San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Clara, and others; The Cartwright Law Firm; Southern Pacific RR; Union Pacific RR; Santa Fe RR; Mason & Thomas; Corboy & Demetrio; The Walkup Law Firm; Diepenbrock & Costa; Rankin, Center, Luckhardt & Lund; Hawkins, Blick & Fitzpatrick; Matheny, Poidmore & Sears, Teichert Construction, and many others.

EDUCATION: Occidental College, Los Angeles, A.B., Political Science, 1972; University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1975.

LECTURE PRESENTATIONS: Society of Forensic Engineers & Scientists; numerous law firms; American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Experimental Evaluation of Perception-Reaction Time Using Driver Point Of View Motion Picture Photography, co-presenter with Dr. K. Ziedman, February, 1992.

RELATED EXPERIENCE: PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY, including technical, aerial, underwater, editorial, 1964-present ; ATTORNEY, general trial practice, 1975-1986, inactive State Bar status at this time; PARTNER, LEGAL GRAPHICS, 1977-1980, photographic and demonstrative evidence preparation; OWNER, THE FOCAL GROUP, 1980-present, production of demonstrative evidence, medical illustrations, motion picture, video and computer animated accident reconstruction, photo interpretation and photogrammetry.

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MEMBERSHIPS: California State Bar Association (inactive status); Society of Forensic Engineers and Scientists; American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Provisional Member); American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.


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