Fire Protection Expert Witness CA(N) 447542

Expertise Description

I am an experienced accident reconstruction expert witness with a career of over 45 years. My areas of expertise include fires & explosions; investigation of fire protection systems design (sprinklers, standpipes, pumps, fire alarms, foam, halon, dry chemical & others); fire protection equipment failures; fires-cause and spread; propane & natural gas fires & explosions; furnace and water heater fires; construction defects; expert testimony; computer simulations of fire spread; analysis of fire hazards and burning characteristics of various materials; and building and fire code analysis. I have provided consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony for more than 25 years as an accident reconstruction expert witness.

Areas of Expertise

Relevant Experiences

I have worked as an expert on several fire cases involving restaurant extinguishing systems over the years. I have also reviewed plan submittals for several of these systems while providing consulting services to local fire departments. All of these systems are designed in accordance with a pre-engineered systems manual; i.e., nozzles are sized, selected, and positioned to cover a certain area and tanks and pipes are sized to supply a certain number of nozzles.


Degree Subject Institution
B.S. Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology

Licenses Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer: California, Alaska, Colorado, and Washington

Awards & Affiliation

Society of Fire Protection Engineers
National Fire Protection Association
Forensic Expert Witness Association
Western Construction Consultants Association

Primary Affiliation

Society of Fire Protection Engineers