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Security Litigation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128019245, 9780128019375

Security Litigation

1st Edition

Best Practices for Managing and Preventing Security-Related Lawsuits

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Author: Eddie Sorrells
Paperback ISBN: 9780128019245
eBook ISBN: 9780128019375
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 20th October 2015
Page Count: 202
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Security Litigation: Best Practices for Managing and Preventing Security-Related Lawsuits provides practical guidance and examples on how to deal with the most difficult legal issues that security executives face every day, also exploring the key issues that occur before, during, and after a lawsuit.

The book demonstrates scenarios that have actually played out in courtrooms, depositions, and contractual negotiations, and provides answers to challenging security litigation questions such as, What does this contractual provision mean if we get sued? Am I in legal trouble if I assign unarmed vs. armed officers and a crime occurs? How do I defend my company without blaming my customer?

Increasingly, issues such as security surveys, contractual indemnification, and even marketing language are at the center of lawsuits concerning security practices. Many organizations face security-related lawsuits on an increasing basis, and this book provides a much needed resource to help security professionals successfully navigate the unique nature of security-related lawsuits.

Accessibly written for those without a law background, the book assists readers through education, awareness, sample contract language, and assessment templates, offering meaningful recommendations and solutions.

Key Features

  • Presents practical guidelines for security professionals involved in the prevention of security-related lawsuits
  • Demonstrates how to address real world problems not always found in case law or rules of evidence
  • Provides a much needed resource to help security professionals successfully navigate the unique nature of security-related lawsuits
  • Offers learning aids such as sample documents and graphs that illustarte common liability issues, along with documents from actual cases


1) Security executives and managers, 2) Business executives and managers responsible for the security of their organization, 3) Security consultants, 4) Students of Security Management and Security Law

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The contract security triangle (the company, the customers, and the plaintiffs)
    • Abstract
    • The contracting process
    • Indemnification
    • Additional insured
    • Subrogation
    • Potential plaintiffs
  • Chapter 2: Who is the DECIDER? Risk assessments, industry standards, and operating procedures
    • Abstract
    • Understand the organization and identify the people and assets at risk
    • Identify vulnerabilities
    • Probability of loss/foreseeability
    • The impact of loss events
    • Recommendations to mitigate risk
    • Operating procedures
  • Chapter 3: Sign here please: rules of legal engagement
    • Abstract
    • Your standard agreement
    • “Boilerplate” agreements
    • Battle of the forms
    • Insurance coverage
    • The contract
    • Term and termination
    • Alternative dispute resolution
    • Who can sign
  • Chapter 4: You’ve been served: are we in this together?
    • Abstract
    • First things first
    • The day arrives
    • Educating your attorney
  • Chapter 5: The adventure of discovery for a contract security company
    • Abstract
    • Types of discovery
    • Electronic discovery
    • Discovery in the world of customer relationships
    • Communication
  • Chapter 6: Trial survival
    • Abstract
    • Settlement conferences
    • Mediation
    • The trial
    • Expert witnesses
  • Chapter 7: Case closed: where do I go from here?
    • Abstract
    • Contracts
    • Marketing materials
    • Insurance coverage
    • Post orders/instructions
    • Assessment methodology
    • Officer selection/training programs
    • Officer screening
    • Training (initial and ongoing)
    • Conclusions
  • Appendices
  • Subject Index


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About the Author

Eddie Sorrells

Eddie Sorrells, CPP, PSP, CHS-IV, serves as chief operating officer and general counsel for DSI Security Services located in Dothan, Alabama. DSI is a leading security provider in the Southeast United States with over 3,000 employees in 25 different states.

Eddie has over 20 years of security experience and is a frequent speaker on topics such as workplace violence, physical security, employment law, workplace investigations, and other security and business topics. During his career Eddie has performed numerous risk assessments for clients, and has consulted on litigation serving as expert for the defense and plaintiff. He has also been the chief legal officer for his company defending numerous lawsuits as both attorney and witness. Through this experience, he has become keenly aware of the issues surrounding litigation involving customers and third parties.

Eddie joined DSI as a full time security officer in 1991 while attending college. During the next 20+ years, he would rise up through the ranks and hold virtually every position in the company. From running branch operations, to supervising a single site, he learned the security profession from the ground up. He has since become a leading figure in the private security industry and a sought after speaker on a variety of topics.

He holds a BS degree from Troy University and a Juris Doctorate from Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Alabama and the United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama. He holds the CPP (Certified Protection Professional) Board Certification in Security Management, PSP Certification (Physical Security Professional) and is certified in Homeland Security Level IV (CHS-IV). He serves as a board member at large for NASCO (National Association of Security Companies) and is a member of the ASIS International Security Services Council and currently serves as its secretary.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for DSI Security Services, Dothan, AL, USA


"...provides a well-organized guide to the basic legal issues facing contract security companies…this timely and accurate book will be a useful addition to any security organization." --Security Management

"What readers will find welcome about this book - even if they aren’t facing lawsuits - is that it speaks so plainly about legal matters...Sorrells advises, fixing the consequences of a problem is not the same as eliminating the root cause." --Professional Security Magazine Online

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