Expertise DescriptionI have over 35 years experience in railroad operations, transportation consulting, railroad tracks and equipment maintenance, management, labor consulting, labor relations and working with regulatory agencies. My expertise includes railroad damages and rules, federal regulations, railcar and locomotive mechanics, track and facilities, maintenance practices, derailment and accident investigations, railroad safety, Association of American Railroads (AAR) Field Manual of Interchange Rules, AAR Manual of Standards & Recommended Practices, Railroad Loss of Use Claims, and Rule Books & Timetables. I have more than 10 years of expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: Locomotive loss of use claims related to damage claims from railroads after accidents at grade crossings or derailments; Association of American Railroads (AAR) Loading rules and equipment maintenance rules related to damages claimed by railroads due to improper loading, or improper blocking and bracing of loaded railcars, or due to maintenance and repair issues of shipper owned / leased railcars; Railroad safety pertaining issues of rules compliance or training of employees; Railroad safety related to compliance with Federal Code of Regulations 49 Part 200 through 242, including issues related to Part 213 track safety standards.
My consulting services include: Consulting on shipment products via rail including duties of the rail shipper related to waybills, shipping papers, pre-inspection shipping and railroad tariffs; Consulting on issues related to the training and certification of conductors under CFR 49 Part 242 or the training and certification of locomotive engineers under CFR 49 Part 240; Consulting services related to development of rules, processes and procedures for the training and qualification of in-plant rail switching employees; Consultation and providing qualified trainers for rail safety training.
I have worked on many claims for a variety of issues where the railroad has presented damage claims and I have been asked to help in assessing the validity and value of the damages.
Awards & Affiliation
Association of American Railroads (AAR)
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases