Kennedy & Associates was founded in 1955 by John A. Kennedy (1918-2016), the first private investigator to specialize in fires and explosions. In doing so, he not only started a company, but started an industry.
Our experts have been the leaders in advancing fire & explosion investigation. We conduct research; we educate; & we serve on industry committees. Nowhere will you find experts who are more committed to their profession and their craft than at Kennedy & Associates.
Our Fire Investigation Experts have taught students worldwide for NAFI, NFPA, IAFI, even NASA!
Best of all, Our clients reap the benefits of our depth of experience. Get in touch ›
As we celebrate 60 years, we are 3 generations strong, family owned and employ veterans.
NFPA 921: The Guide for Fire & Explosion Investigations is the industry standard. Patrick Kennedy is a charter principal member of the committee and has authored many sections. Kathryn Smith serves as his alternate.
NFPA 1033: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator. Patrick Kennedy is a principal member of the committee and Richard Meier serves as his alternate.
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Case Strategy & Management
The facts are the facts. When you have Kennedy on your team, you’ll know your cases’ strengths and weaknesses. We won’t lead you down a path we can’t prove.
Fire Litigation is specialized and complex. We know – we pioneered it. It isn’t enough to allege origin, cause & responsibility, your expert has to prove it using the latest science. We can assist you through all stages your litigation.
Accurate origin and cause determinations help you assign responsibility. Our work for insurance companies has resulted in 100’s of millions of dollars in recouped losses for insurance companies.
Your client isn’t automatically responsible just because something bad happened. We’ll help you & your clients get an accurate picture of what happened, craft an effective defense and protect their good name.
Just investigating fires isn’t enough.
Our intellectual curiosity and passion for fire science enhances every case. Our Experts conduct
There are 3 major international Fire Investigation Conferences: ISFI, Fire & Materials, & Interflam. – our experts have presented at all of them.
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