Michael Brave

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Michael Brave, Esq., M.S.


Manager/Member, LAAW International, LLC

Summary of Qualifications

As a certified and nationally recognized instructor in several facets of deadly force and law enforcement vehicle operation programs, Mike has presented hundreds of legal, risk, liability, and operational training and management programs across the country, as well as internationally (United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Panama, and Austria). Mike has also served as the lead attorney for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration for their Occupant Restraint Risk Management Program. Mike has been a certified Wisconsin law enforcement officer since 1983 and was a Wisconsin certified law enforcement trainer in over twenty subject areas. Additionally, he has served as a part-time police legal advisor, trainer, field training officer, and patrol captain. His experience also includes involvement in a wide-range of comprehensive law enforcement and private security risk/liability and litigation management services.

Mike has served as a litigation consultant and an expert witness in state and federal civil rights issues, including: sudden unforeseeable and unexpected death; positional asphyxia; restraint; handcuffing; law enforcement policy, training, use of force (including deadly force, personal weapons, threat analysis, batons, pepper spray, electronic restraint, physical restraint, neck restraint, defensive tactics), etc.

Business Experience

Director/Member, Spartan Investigations, LLC, Eau Claire, WI (08/03 - 08/06)

Director/Member, Surveillance Strategies, LLC, Eau Claire, WI (12/04 - 10/08)

Director, Law Enforcement and Security Consulting, API Services, Inc. (01/02 - 01/08)

Chief, Intelligence & Investigative Operations Unit, and the Deputy Director, Federal Witness Security Program, International Operations, Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO), Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC (05/97 - 01/02)

Police Officer/Training Officer (Part-Time), Boyd (WI) Police Department (09/03-present)

Special Assistant Isanti County Attorney, Isanti County (MN) Attorney's Office(01/94-present)

Officer/Captain/Legal Advisor/Training Officer/FTO, Somerset (WI) Police Department, (01/89 - 02/04)

Professional Affiliations

Board Member, Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths, Inc. (04/05 - 03/08)

National/International Litigation Counsel, TASER International, Inc. (12/03 - 05/05)

Advisory Board/Legal Advisor, International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association (03/03 - present)

Faculty Member, American For Effective Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement Legal Center (01/01 -10/09)

Editorial Advisory Board, Casino Enterprise Management (01/01 - 2005)

President, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Manual, Inc. (01/01 - 1/03)

Law Enforcement Expert (consultant) - Calibre Press Litigation Services (01/00 - 10/02)

Executive Board Member - American Society for Law Enforcement Training (ASLET) (02/98 - 02/01)


Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN - Juris Doctor - (top 1/3rd) (12/18/87)
- Vice Justice, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (86-87)

University of Wisconsin - Stout, Menomonie, WI
- Bachelors Degree - Business Administration - (With Honors) - (12/20/78)
- Master's Degree - Management Technology (4.0 G.P.A.) - (08/02/90)



Member for
5 years 3 months