Accident Reconstruction Expert 29835 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I 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

Relevant Experiences

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.



Licenses Certifications

Awards & Affiliation

Primary Affiliation

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases