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Southern Forensic Services, LLC experts are certified fire, explosion and marine investigators with the ability to aid in all of your forensic investigation needs. We are ready and willing to assist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

See below to view bios on each of our experts.

Glen Lawson

Glen Lawson, CFEI, CMI, CMI Instructor

Principal Forensic Fire Specialist
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Phone: 504-222-2915

Glen Lawson is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator as well as a Certified Marine Investigator.  Mr. Lawson’s background includes fire service, law enforcement, and private industry work that spans over 25 years.  Mr. Lawson served on local and state law enforcement levels before his time in the private industry with a major insurance carrier. Mr. Lawson is not only skilled in the public sector, but also in the insurance industry where he spent ten years with the SIU fire division of a major insurance company.  During his tenure as an insurance professional, Mr. Lawson held the titles of fire investigator, and lead fire investigator, and participated in the leadership development program.  Mr. Lawson has testified in both state and federal courts as an expert witness in both fire and marine investigations. Mr. Lawson has held certifications as a police officer, firefighter 1 and 2, fire inspector 1 and 2, HAZ-MAT, Certified Marine Investigator, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and LA Certified Fire Investigator.  During his tenure as a state investigator, Mr. Lawson was selected as the 2004 LA Investigator of the year through the LA Chapter of IAAI. 

Mr. Lawson was a director for the International Association of Marine Investigators from 2013-2016.  He currently serves as the Southern Regional Coordinator.           

Brian Gsell

Brian F. Gsell, P.E., CFEI, CMI

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Phone: 866-388-9334
Cell: 281-615-1929

Brian F. Gsell, P.E., CFEI, CMI - Mr. Gsell received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Hartford in 1981 and a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992. Mr. Gsell is also a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, an IAMI Certified Marine Investigator, and a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer in Power Systems in the State of Texas.

His professional career includes over 35 years experience in the field of electrical engineering, testing, and failure analysis.

A sampling of subjects investigated by Mr. Gsell are:

  • Industrial, commercial, and residential electrical fires
  • Arc-flash incidents
  • Marine electrical systems
  • Electrocution and electrical shock incidents
  • Electrical appliances
  • HVAC systems
  • Lighting system hardware
  • Neon sign fires
  • Automotive electrical systems
  • Lightning strike damage evaluations
  • Hazardous-location equipment
  • Electrostatic discharge ignition of vapors
  • Hurricane and flood related damage evaluations of electrical equipment
  • Code compliance issues including:
    • National Electrical Code (NEC)
    • National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
    • Electrical workplace safety compliance (OSHA, MSHA, and NFPA 70E)

Cody Cieutat

Cody Cieutat, CFEI, CMI, CMI Instructor

Forensic Fire Analyst
Cell: 985-969-5925

Cody Cieutat is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, a Certified Marine Investigator, and a CMI Instructor. He has served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Marine Investigators for several years with his current board position providing oversight of the Certified Marine Investigator program and examination. He holds an active Private Investigator license along with a Multi-Line Adjuster license both in the State of Louisiana. In 2007, Mr. Cieutat received his Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology from Southeastern Louisiana University. Mr. Cieutat’s professional career covers the areas of law enforcement, fire-arson investigations, building construction, code enforcement, and marine claim investigations. His career also includes more than nine years working for corporate defense counsel within a special investigation unit for a major insurance carrier. He has also testified in state court cases regarding fire investigations. Mr. Cieutat is a proud veteran having served in both the United States Marine Corps and Louisiana Army National Guard Reserve.