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July 30, 2018 Asked and Answered

Mounting a defense: Security expert shares tips on avoiding violence

By Stephanie Francis Ward

One of many lawyers’ worst fears is that a client, opposing party or even a random stranger may try to physically hurt them, often for nothing more than the attorney doing his or her job. In this episode of the ABA Journal's Asked and Answered, Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Ty Smith, a retired Navy SEAL who founded Vigilance Risk Solutions, a security consulting business that focuses on workplace violence prevention.

“If you find yourself in the middle of the situation, and you haven’t done anything mentally to prepare yourself for the situation, that’s when people end up with a deer-in-the-headlights look and you freeze,” Smith says. “The most important thing you can do beforehand is actually train, whether it be in-person training or web-based training regarding workplace violence, escalation of workplace violence and de-escalating situations using your brain to talk yourself out of a bad situation.”

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Stephanie Francis Ward
Smith is the founder and CEO of Vigilance Risk Solutions. He is a retired United States Navy Special Operations Senior Chief. Prior to retiring from the Navy, Smith completed a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Ashford University, and a Master of Business for Veterans from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. After 20 years, Smith launched Vigilance Risk Solutions, a San Diego-based security consulting and risk mitigation company with special focus in the field of workplace violence mitigation.

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