William L. Bainbridge, Ph.D., FACFE & Associates, LLC
former Distingushed Research Professor, University of Dayton
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Fellow of the College of Certified Forensic Examiners #289 Licensed School System Superintendent
William L. Bainbridge, Ph.D., FACFE, DNASE, is a forensic education expert with extensive experience in school, university and child-serving organization related accidents, incidents & sexual abuse/sexual assault/sexual harassment. He has been court qualified as a schooling and education standards/policy expert in 37 states. Dr. Bainbridge was honored by The Ohio State University in 2015, with the College of Education and Human Ecology's Award for Distinction. He was a speaker in 2015, at the SEAK 24th Annual National Expert Witness Conference in Washington, D.C. He serves as President and CEO of the SchoolMatch® and was a former (2001-2018) Distinguished Research Professor at The University of Dayton. He is the former superintendent of three school districts in Ohio and Virginia and served on the executive staff of the Ohio Department of Education and as a Professor for the National Academy for School Executives. He has been a consultant to over 1000 organizations including law firms, corporations, government agencies and school systems.
Dr. Bainbridge has more than 25 years experience researching and describing standards of care in school settings and designing/analyzing/reporting research studies involving school effectiveness. While leading SchoolMatch®, the nation's only comprehensive research and information service on public and private schools, beginning in 1986, lawyers began consulting with him on cases ranging from child custody school evaluation to establishing standards of care in a wide range of incidents and accidents occurring on the watch of school systems. Publication of Dr. Bainbridge's work in The American Bar Association Journal, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, many daily newspapers and appearances on NBC'sToday Show and ABC's Good Morning America, to name a few, motivated lawyers to contact Dr. Bainbridge. Working with lawyers provides Dr. Bainbridge and his colleagues with a new area to apply knowledge of public and private school and school system standards, policy, research, evaluation, practices and effectiveness.
- Award of Distinction, The Ohio State University, College of Education & Human Ecology; Educator of the Year, Ohio P.T.A.
- Wrongful Death
- School Related Cases
- Accident Reconstruction
- Special Investigations
- Standard of Care
- Expert Testimony
- Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
- School Personnel Matters
- School Related Accidents, Incidents and Wrongful Death
- School Accountability
- Negligent Employment of Educators
Legal Compliance in: Special Education
Dr. Bainbridge is the former superintendent of three school districts in Ohio and Virginia and served on the executive staff of the Ohio Department of Education and as a professor for the National Academy for School Executives. He was named Educator of the Year by the Ohio PTA. Dr. Bainbridge has more than 25 years experience researching and describing standards of care in school settings and designing/analyzing/reporting research studies involving school effectiveness.
- Forensic Expert Witness Association
- American Board of Forensic Examiners
- American College of Forensic Examiners
- Fellow, Academy of Certified Forensic Examiners
- Diplomate, National Academy for School Executives
- American Association of School Administrators
- Phi Delta Kappa
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William L. Bainbridge, Ph.D., FACFE, DNASE
President & CEO
Former Distinguished Research Professor, University of Dayton
- The Ohio State University, Ph.D. (Phi Delta Kappa), 1974
- Columbia University, Post Doctoral Studies, 1982
- William R. Mason, Jr., M.Ed.
- Frederic Lawrence, Ph.D.
- Allen Bohl, Ph.D.
- Sarah D. Brittain, MPA
High Profile Cases
Limited case information available on request. The vast majority of cases settle out of court and have been in school related accidents, sexual abuse, wrongful death, drownings, playground accidents, etc.