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Michael Brasfield ~ Leo Poort ~ Dennis Cowan


Thank you for visiting our web site.  Michael Brasfield and Associates is an expert witness services and consulting company, providing expert court witnesses, consultants and litigation support specialists to law firms, private-practice attorneys, insurance professionals, non-profits, governmental entities, and other organizations.  Our professional and experienced associates are highly qualified in a number of areas, including training and organizational studies and reviews.  Please take a moment to examine their backgrounds through the links below.

Michael Brasfield served as the Chief of Police for the Fort Lauderdale, Florida Police Department for 6 years.  Prior to that he served for 26 years with the Seattle Police Department through the ranks - from police officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, and then retired as an assistant chief.  Mr. Brasfield was elected as Sheriff of Jefferson County, Washington in 2003.  He was overwhelmingly re-elected to that position by an 80% majority in the November 2006 general election.  Mr. Brasfield retired from active law enforcement in 2009.

In addition to his prior law enforcement management career, Michael Brasfield has been active as a consultant and expert in public safety and police procedures, policy development, evaluation and training since 1986.  He specializes in police legal issues.  His clients have included federal, state, and municipal governments, private non-profit foundations, corporations, educational institutions, and attorneys.

He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Washington, and is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Washington, D.C.

Leo Poort worked for 32 years as the principal Police Legal Advisor for the City of Seattle. He was responsible for day to day strategic advice and training given to 1200 sworn officers of the Seattle Police Department. Leo counseled, instructed and advised seven (7) different chiefs of police and hundreds of senior staff members, thousands of sworn and civilian managers and countless officers in 32 years regarding criminal law and constitutional procedures, first amendment protections, personnel law. He is an expert in laws affecting the collection of intelligence, public disclosure of sensitive police and criminal history records, domestic violence arrests and mandatory reporting. He is an expert in traffic laws, laws affecting property forfeiture, narcotics enforcement, confidential informants, police shootings and inquests, and personal injury liability. Most recently, Leo became an expert in laws that affect demonstration management (WTO) and emergency preparedness.

Recently Leo administered, investigated and screened cases for the Criminal Justice Training Commission under Washington’s Police Officer Certification Program to revoke the certification of police officers (statewide) who were terminated by local agencies for disqualifying conduct as defined by WA State Statutes.

Early in his career, Leo served for 3 years as Assistant City Attorney with the City of Bellevue, WA and was Bellevue’s first Police Legal Advisor.

Leo is a 1973 graduate of Tulane University with a Juris Doctorate in Law. He was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1973 and has been a licensed member of the Bar for over 36 years. Leo Poort holds a B.A. degree from Michigan State University in English.

Dennis Cowan is a former manager in Arthur Andersen’s Business Fraud Risk Services practice in Los Angeles.  He is a security professional with over 30 years law enforcement experience and some 20 years in the field of health care fraud.  He also has experience in private security and contract guard management as the former owner/operator of a security guard service and licensed Private Investigator.  Dennis has conducted a wide array of complex fraud investigations and developed a state-wide training program for law enforcement personnel in the detection and investigation of health care fraud.

He directed California’s largest office of the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud when they received the U. S. Health & Human Services - Inspector General’s “Outstanding Achievement Award”, presented for success in the investigation and prosecution of Durable Medical Equipment suppliers.  This award for excellence also recognized their efforts in achieving $10 million in asset seizures/forfeitures.

Mr. Cowan graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in Business Administration.  Prior to joining Arthur Andersen he was the Investigator In-Charge for the California Attorney General’s Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud.  He is a past member of the American Society for Industrial Security, International Police Association, Southern California Fraud Association and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

The incorporated firm has been serving private sector and local, state, and federal clients for over 25 years.  Our principal associate was a part of the team that provided the first nationwide assessment of police and security services for public housing authorities.  Part of the work included a model contract for public housing authorities to utilize in securing local government participation in police and security.  It included public housing police services in the cities of Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Memphis, Oxnard, and Seattle.

Each expert has a national reputation with impeccable credentials in specific substantive areas.  They work as independent contractors.  However, when the issues in a particular case warrant working together in teams, our experts can work cooperatively to provide outstanding assistance.  Their network of other professional associates provide quick access to other specialists as needed.

We invite you to explore our site and review the in-depth information on our associates and their activities.


Michael Brasfield


Leo Poort

Dennis Cowan



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