James Balthazar

Crisis Management Expert

James L. Balthazar

This former federal special agent and dynamic speaker delivers a high-impact and provocative education for those seeking clarity on crisis management. Jim’s speeches help elevate leadership skills in dealing with natural disasters, active shootings, and civil disorder. He is an expert on liability mitigation, strategic use of force, media and community response, tactical medicine, and personal defense.

Jim’s audiences have included government, medical and media entities, private enterprises, and schools across the country. Jim has lectured around the country to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

During his exciting career, Jim served over 28 years in law enforcement and emergency services management. He served as an ATF Special Agent for 25 years, 17 of which he was part of their elite Special Response Team. He also served as Liaison Officer on behalf of ATF with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Other positions Jim held included criminal investigator, tactical unit leader, supervisory branch chief, and public information officer.

After the nationwide civil unrest in 2020, Jim developed an in-person symposium to educate the media about the realities of police use of force. His speeches and workshops consistently receive excellent reviews and have been described as “a game changer” by experts seeking to study the science of law and order.

Jim now serves as a consultant to private companies. He also provides advanced education and analysis to military and law enforcement leadership, including those responsible for after-action/post-conflict reporting and those who research technologies that elevate America’s public safety.

A gifted writer, Jim has authored over 75 articles on various subjects that impact public safety. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas San Antonio and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University.

This dynamic speaker is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampa, where he educates and inspires the next generation of criminal justice professionals.

FEE RANGE: 10-15k

Speech Topics:

  • Leadership & Team Building
  • Police Use of Force
  • Active Shooter Events
  • Violence in Society
  • Tactical Medicine

Travels from Tampa, Florida



(805) 262-2218