Expertise DescriptionI have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, an MS in Engineering Mechanics from Illinois Institute of Technology and a BS in Civil Engineering from Cooper Union. I am also licensed as a Safety Engineer by the State of California. I have more than 25 years experience in Accident Reconstruction and Safety (including human factors) for litigation as well as prior industrial experience. Applications include: Vehicular collisions (all types including pedestrians, bicycles, etc) and occupant biomechanics; Vehicular component failures; Pedestrian accidents (Slip, trip, stairs, ramps, sidewalks, coefficient of friction); Premises liability (Building codes, lighting, glass, screens, manual and electronic gates); Industrial & Construction Accidents (ladders, scaffolds, machine guarding, forklifts, construction vehicles, conveyors, lifts, hoists, mechanical fasteners); Products liability (industrial and consumer); Criminal cases requiring expertise in the physical sciences. I have extensive expert testimony experience in trials, arbitrations, depositions and hearings. My plaintiff-to-defendant retention ratio is approximately 50:50.
Areas of Expertise
I have a PhD in mechanical engineering and am a licensed safety expert. I have examined the ground and floors of many indoor and outdoor shopping centers. I am an active member of a committee whose activities concern safe walkway surfaces.
I am very qualified as an expert in accident reconstruction, to analyze the mechanics and biomechanics of the incident.
For a case I subsequently worked in, the forklift backing up had shoved decedent into harm’s way. Plaintiff alleged backup alarm wasn’t loud enough. Defendant's expert declared alarm met SAE J 1446 standard. Plaintiff's expert never subjected horn to SAE standard.
I worked on a case regarding a bathroom sink that detached from the mounting and injured the tenant.
Awards & Affiliation
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases