Gate and Dock Expert Witness 500540

Expertise Description

I have over 40 years of consulting experience in commercial and residential garage doors, docks, and gates. My expertise includes: door contractor sales, product safety, installation, repair, manufacturing, assembling, installing, programming, equipment, and designing. I have additional expertise in fire doors. I have spent over a decade providing deposition, consultations, and courtroom testimony as a garage door expert witness.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

To date, I have worked on about 42 cases of all sizes (ranging from about $23 Million down to a few $1,000’s in size. I was either an expert witness or litigation/insurance consultant. 28 of these were plaintiff type cases. Thew rest were defense or insurance cases. I have also done a small amount of criminal work. I do site inspections, expert reports, letters, affidavits, declarations, depositions, and trial testimony, as well as consulting work with lawyers or insurance professionals.

Consulting Experience

Lead Expert, Plaintiff: Electrician pinned between top of commercial door and rafter. Motor clutch does not slip. Belt burns up and he falls 15′ to floor.
Litigation consultant, Construction Defect Defense: Garage door proven to have no defects.
Lead Expert, Plaintiff: Young child dragged under automatic swinging gate and pinned against obstruction.
Litigation Consultant, Criminal Murder and Arson: Man broke into house through garage door and torched the house. Accomplice lost his life.
Expert Witness, Defense: Driver claimed injury from door falling on head. Late at night, turned out walked into a partially open door.
Expert Witness, Plaintiff: Young boy killed by motorized garage door.
Litigation Consultant, Plaintiff: Worker caught in automatic sliding gate. Arm injured and fingers amputated by roller.
Litigation Consultant, Insurance Claim: Faulty part in garage door opener caused fire and burned house down.
Litigation Consultant, Insurance Fraud, Defense. Plaintiff claimed garage door fell on head holding door up to protect child. Testimony inconsistent.

Professional Experiences

I have worked for over 40 years in a large door factory with business in over 20 countries. Retired in 2011 as President of the company. Over 20 years working as a garage door contractor. This continues to the present. I am a litigation consultant and expert witness nationwide for garage door and gate work.

Relevant Experiences

I do a lot of garage door and gate cases nationally. I am a licensed garage door and/or gate contractor in Nevada, Utah and Arizona. I also was CEO of a garage door manufacturer for many years. I was the President of the National Association of Garage Door Contractors and one of the founding members of the Door & Access Systems Manufacturer’s Association (the primary automatic gate association in the world).


Degree Subject Institution
B.B.A. University of Utah

Licenses Certifications

Nevada residential and commercial garage door contractor
Nevada residential and commercial gate contractor
Utah residential and commercial garage door and gate contractor
Accreditation, Institute for Door Education and Accreditation

Awards & Affiliation

International Door Association
Associated General Contractors
Voting Member, UL325 Standards Technical Panel
Eagle Scout

Primary Affiliation

International Door Association