O. W. "Bill" Soyk

Fire Practice Leader / CFI / Minneapolis / Milwaukee


Mr. Soyk holds a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts and M.A. in Communication and Training in addition to numerous specialized college level training classes in automotive technology and insurance law. He is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators with a vehicle fire endorsement, a Senior Claims Law Associate through the American Education Institute and a former Certified Arson Investigator through the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s office.

He is an adjunct professor at Penn Foster College where he developed and teaches a course in fire investigation and National Fire Protection Association 921 with a target participant of fire fighters and law enforcement. Mr. Soyk holds certificates from Moraine Valley Community College in automotive technology.

Mr. Soyk has an extensive background in fire investigation, criminal investigation, and insurance fraud investigation. He has conducted over 2,000 fire investigations including large multi-million-dollar commercial losses and organized and supervised major fire investigations coordinating multiple disciplines. His professional experience includes fire, and explosion investigation, electric fire ignition experimentation, full-scale fire testing of ignition scenarios, as well as computer fire modeling. He has testified as an expert witness in arbitration hearings as well as state criminal and civil courts and has been recognized as an expert in fire origin and cause as well as fireplace installations in arbitration hearings. Mr. Soyk has conducted numerous live fire training tests for fire fighters, as well as fire investigators using authentic room furnishings and vehicles. In addition, he has prepared and presented numerous training sessions for law enforcement, fire fighters, claims adjusters, and the public.

Education and Certifications

  • Arts, B.A.: Governors State University
  • Arts, M.S.: Governors State University
  • Private Detective: Illinois, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, California, Arkansas, Texas, and Nebraska
  • Certified Fire Investigator: International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Certified Arson Investigator: Illinois State Fire Marshall Office
  • Certified Fire Investigator: National Board of Fire Service Professionals