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Brian Holmgren

Brian Holmgren

Former Assistant District Attorney General, Author

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Mr. Holmgren served as an Assistant District Attorney General with the Davidson County District Attorney Generals Office in Nashville, Tennessee for 15 years where he was the team leader of the child abuse unit. Previously he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kenosha County, Wisconsin for ten years and directed their sensitive crimes unit. As a prosecutor, Mr. Holmgren has tried more than 300 jury trials and has handled hundreds of child abuse cases.

Between November of 1995 and July 1999 Mr. Holmgren was a Senior Attorney with the American Prosecutors Research Institute’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. While at the National Center he was a frequent lecturer on child abuse topics at statewide and national conferences and acted as a consultant to the media, law enforcement, prosecutors and child abuse professionals throughout the country concerning issues of child maltreatment and sexually violent predators.

Mr. Holmgren has previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and is a former board member of the Wisconsin chapter of that organization. He has also served on the Board of Advisors for the Civic Research Institute’s Sex Offender Law Report. He currently serves on the International Advisory Board for the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and is a member of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center’s Speakers Bureau.

Mr. Holmgren received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in 1981, and his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1985.

Mr. Holmgren is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and is a contributing author and editor to the third edition of the National Center’s manual on the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse Cases.


  • Challenging False Defenses in Abusive Head Trauma Cases: Investigative Protocols and Prosecutorial Strategies 
  • Ensuring Efficacy and Integrity in the Legal System’s Response to Child Maltreatment – A Multidisciplinary Perspective 
  • Legal Issues in Shaken Baby and Abusive Head Trauma Cases
  • Specialized Trial Tactics in Serious Physical Abuse and Child Homicide Cases 
  • Presenting Effective Expert Testimony in Serious Physical Abuse and Child Homicide Cases – It’s More than “Just the Facts” 
  • Making the Case Before You Go to Court - Critical Issues in the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Homicide and Serious Physical Abuse Cases 
  • Are We Neglecting Neglect? 
  • Critical Issues When Interviewing Suspects and Witnesses in Abusive Head Trauma Cases 
  • Cross-Examination of Defense Experts in Child Maltreatment Cases
  • Effective Cross-Examination Strategies in Child Maltreatment Cases
  • Domestic Violence and Child Abuse: The Interconnection 
  • Testifying in Child Abuse Cases – A Primer for Professionals
  • Ethical Issues for Child Abuse Professionals 
  • If David Letterman Were Your DA - The Top Ten Things Your Prosecutor Needs to Prove Your Child Sexual Abuse Case 
  • Legal Perspectives on Death Scene Investigations
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