Expert Witness Biography
Ben Wixon is a skateboarding expert and certified teacher with more than 20 years of experience providing guidance, instruction, and support to skateboarders, facility operators, and school students. He applies his expertise to forensic investigations involving both skateboarding incidents and educational-related disputes.
Ben Wixon is the master trainer for Nike Skateboarding, a recreation leader with Portland Parks and Recreation, director of development for Skaters for Portland Skateparks, a published author, and middle school teacher in Portland Oregon. Ben has extensive experience instructing and managing programs for all levels of skateboarding and has a background in skatepark construction. Wixon was a sponsored skateboarder for nearly a decade, competing and performing public demonstrations.
Skateboarding Expert Witness Investigations
Ben provides investigations, reports, and testimony in matters involving skateboarder actions; skatepark design and management; and the administration of skate events, camps, and competitions. His background in both skateboarding and education makes him a uniquely qualified expert in the skateboarding industry.
An avid skater for more than twenty-five years, Ben has competed in numerous World Cup events and qualified for the Van’s World Amateur Championships in 2002, the same year he completed his Masters of Education at Arizona State University. He has built skateparks, taught and managed both public and private skateboarding camps, judged competitions, and helped numerous organizations develop skateboarding curricula and programs including Nike Skateboarding; Skaters for Public Skateparks; Portland Parks and Recreation; the cities of Chandler, Tempe, and Phoenix, Arizona; YMCA of the USA; Portland Public Schools; Cartwright School District; Windell’s Snowboard Camp; and Site Design Group Skateparks.
Education & Supervision Expert Witness Investigations
Ben earned his Master of Education degree in 2002 and has been working professionally as a public school teacher since 2003. Specializing in English as a Second Language for grades k-12, Ben has had the opportunity to work with students at all levels of academic achievement and socioeconomic status. In addition to instruction, supervision and program development, Ben has experience in and has completed training specific to a broad range of specialized topics, such as risk management, child abuse, sexual misconduct, bullying, and crisis management.