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John M. Agosti
President
Located in the Chicagoland area
IL 60084
USA
phone: 847-682-6793
fax: 847-487-8142
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Experienced in Fire Cause and Origin, Arson Prosecution and Defense, Product Subrogation, Fire and Building Codes, Life Safety Codes, Fire Injuries and Fatalities, as well as Fire Department Operations and Management.

With over 28 years of fire department experience and 15 years in the private sector, Mr. Agosti has completed over two thousand investigations of fires, explosions, and life safety incidents. He has testified in both federal and state courts for both plaintiff and defense clients.

John Michael Agosti & Associates provides assistance to insurance companies, attorneys and other agencies in the determination of cause and origin in fires and explosions.

Our goal is to provide independent and articulate findings to you the client, quickly and accurately.
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Albert Ferrari, P.E., C.S.P.
Principal
1000 Elbert Street
Oakland CA 94602
USA
phone: 510-530-4777
fax: 510-531-3675
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Albert Ferrari, P.E., C.S.P. is a Mechanical Engineer and Safety Professional experienced in both the micro and in the macro focus. Mr. Ferrari is particularly sensitive to reliability, safety, and function. His Forensic Engineering experience includes 25 years in Accident Reconstruction, Causal Analysis, Failure Analysis, Codes, Standards and Regulations, Consulting and Testimony.

Mr. Ferrari provides Expert Witness Consulting and Testimony services to Defense attorneys, Plaintiff attorneys, Claims adjusters and Insurance companies.

Engineering Work Includes:
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Pedestrian Facilities
  • Machine Design
  • Thermal and Mechanical Energy Analysis
  • Structural Load and Stress Analysis
  • Piping and Tanks
  • System Safety and Human Factors Analysis for Design of Hazardous Equipment
  • Evaluations Include
  • Cause of Injury, Loss and Damage
  • Adequacy of Products, System, Materials
  • Standard of Care of Design, Use, Repair
  • Cause and Origin of Fires; Arson
  • Services Include:
  • Investigation and Consultation
  • Diagnostics, Testing and Analysis
  • Technical Photography and Video
  • Literature and Standards Studies
  • Codes and Regulations Analysis
  • Reports and Testimony
  • Evaluations
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    Allan V. Wright
    Forensic Investigator / Collision Reconstructionist
    PO Box 272
    Ray Brook NY 12977
    USA
    phone: 518-524-0273
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    Allan V. Wright is an experienced Forensic Investigator, Collision Reconstructionist, and Trainer with a strong practical knowledge base.

    Mr. Wright retired from the New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit after 31 years of service at the rank of Senior Investigator. He was an active member, as well as in charge of the Collision Reconstruction Unit for the five northern counties of New York State. During his career, he has investigated over 1,000 motor vehicle collisions and processed many crime scenes including homicide, rape, assault, etc.

    Mr. Wright began his training and experience as a Collision Reconstructionist in 1992 and since has received additional training in the fields of Commercial Motor Vehicles, Pedestrian, Bicycles, and Motorcycles.

    With additional training from the State Police in Forensic Photography, Crime Scene Processing, and Latent Print Examination and Analysis, Mr. Wright is trained in the field of Crime Scene Investigation as well. He rose to the position of member-in-charge of the State Police Troop Forensic Unit before his retirement, responsible for crime scene management and on-scene investigation and supervision and latent fingerprint search and analysis, in addition to training of all new unit members.

    A prior Adjunct Instructor in courses for Collision Reconstruction and Forensic Photography, Mr. Wright offers a 20 hour course offering hands on training in crime scene processing. Titled, Crime Scene Processing - A Common Sense Approach, the course is designed to aid the police officer or investigator in scene documentation, evidence collection, and court presentation.

    Litigation Support - Allan V. Wright has given expert testimony in the field of Collision Reconstruction as well as Crime Scene Investigation. He has testified in criminal court in various County and Local courts, as well as Grand Juries in Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, and St Lawrence Counties.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Motor vehicle collisions
    • Time / Distance Studies
    • Speed Calculations
    • Bulb Examination
    • Tire Examination
    • Seatbelt Assessment
    • Pedestrian and Bicycle
    • Commercial Motor Vehicles
    • Motorcycle
  • Scene Assessment
  • Vehicle Impact Speeds
  • Area of Impact
  • Seatbelt Usage
  • Sight Distance Analysis
  • Perception Reaction Analysis
  • Crash Avoidance Possibilities
  • Damage Profile Assessment
  • Police Report Review
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    Dr. Lewis R. Linet, Jr.
    19355 Sherman Way #22
    Reseda CA 91335
    USA
    phone: 818 772-6464
    fax: 818-772-6464
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    Expert Witness and Case Preparation Services provided for litigation involving Automobile Industry Standards & Practices, specializing in Dealership Operation, relating to Sales, Leasing, Finance, New & Used Cars, Service & Parts. Auto Industry Veteran Since 1978.

    Issues:
  • Fraud
  • Unfair Business Practices
  • Single Document Rule
  • Document Disclosure
  • Spanish Contracts
  • Finance Reserve
  • Payment-Packing
  • Purchase/Lease Flip
  • Rental Disclosure
  • Sales, Closing and Desk Procedures
  • 4-Squares
  • AB-68
  • Deferred Down Payment
  • Regulations M & Z
  • Wholesale Procedures
  • Reconditioning
  • Safety Inspection
  • Title History
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Discrimination
  • Wrongful Death
  • Class Actions
  • Sales & Management Training
  • Song-Beverly Lemon Law
  • American Bar Association
    Los Angeles County Bar Association
    Los Angeles Business & Resale Licenses
    Resume & References upon Request
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    Steven R. Thomas, P.E.
    Multiple Addresses (See Below)
    NJ, NH, ME, MA, VT ,RI, CT, NY, PA ,DE, USA
    phone: 877-267-7855
    fax: 973-401-0056 or 603-293-4142
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    New Jersey Office:
    PMB 4066
    55 Madison Avenue - Ste 400
    Morristown, NJ 07960
    T: (973) 401-0010
    F: (973) 401-0056
    New Hampshire Office:
    Analytic Engineering
    105 Juniper Ridge Road
    Gilford, NH 03249
    T: (603) 293-4477
    F: (603) 293-4142


    Analytic Engineering combines Professional Engineering with Effective Communication. We offer Technical Analysis and Services in the Engineering field and provide experienced Expert Testimony to communicate the conclusions reached.

    Engineering Services:
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Safety Engineering
  • Vehicular Accident Reconstruction
  • Failure Analysis
  • Computer Animation
  • Premises Liability
  • Patent Claim Analysis
  • Product Design & Liabilty
  • Product & Equipment
  • Design Engineering Services
  • Steven R. Thomas, PE, the Principal Engineer at Analytic Engineering, earned his Bachelor of Science - Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical) at Widener University, Chester, PA in 1979 and a Master of Science in Engineering Science (Safety Engineering and Human Factors) at The New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1997.

    Professional Experience: Steven R. Thomas, P.E. has worked for such organizations as General Motors, Thomas & Betts, General Cable and Breed Automotive Corporation. He has worked in the engineering fields of Research and Development, Product Design, Machine Design, Manufacturing, Industrial, Tooling, Safety, Facility Design, Failure Analysis and Accident Reconstruction. Since 1991 Mr. Thomas has worked as an Engineering Consultant in the Forensic field and has testified in numerous jurisdictions.
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    Ralph Aronberg
    P.E., President
    13762 W. State Road 84, Suite 424
    Ft. Lauderdale FL 33325
    USA
    phone: 954-236-6605
    fax: 954-236-3327
    Ralph Aronberg, P.E., has reconstructed over 1,500 accidents and has testified in over 150 jury trials, since founding the firm in 1983. He provides Expert Witness services in the areas of:
  • Traffic accident reconstruction (cars, trucks, motorcycles and pedestrians).
  • Vehicle occupant kinematics (seatbelts)
  • Biomechanics
  • Traffic engineering design (geometrics, signing, markings, signals and lighting)
  • Sight distance analysis
  • Hazardous roadway conditions
  • Work Zone Traffic Control evaluation
  • Evaluation of roadway curvature
  • Traffic signal operations
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Computerized accident reconstruction and simulation
  • Vehicle "black box" data retrieval (certified>
  • Mr. Aronberg is published in the fields of pedestrian / bicycle / motorcycle accident reconstructions, and 3 Dimensional Animations and Scientific Visualizations through the Society of Automotive Engineers. Mr. Aronberg is a Fellow member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, and certified as a Diplomat in forensic Engineering.
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    Michael Nranian, JD, MBA, MS
    10945 Stoney Point
    South Lyon MI 48178
    USA
    phone: 248-376-0338 or 248-446-4052
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    Michael Nranian, JD, MBA, MS has over 30 years experience focusing in Product Development, Intellectual Property, Patent Litigation, Legal and Technical Compliance, and Product Liability Litigation. He is a licensed attorney in Michigan, Texas, & the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Nranian is a Six Sigma Black Belt, Professional Engineer, & Certified Project Management Professional. He has an in-depth background and education in Law, IP, Electrical, Chemical & Computer Engineering, & Business. He has testified extensively as an expert witness in depositions, hearings, and trials in state & federal courts.

    Mr. Nranian conducts Product and Technology Analysis, Patentability & Prior Art Research,and provides Technology & Litigation Support for Intellectual Property. His litigation background includes patent infringement / non-infringement under literal infringement and the doctrine of equivalents, patent validity / invalidity, prior art, & file-wrapper estoppel, for both ITC and Federal cases, including Inter Partes reviews. He conducts analysis of patents and products, prepares claim charts, & expert witness reports. This includes testimony and document preparation for cases before state, and federal court jurisdictions, and the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

    Mr. Nranian is thoroughly familiar with all 101, 102, 103, 112, and other enablement and prior art arguments. His experience includes Technology Standards Boards and Licensing Authorities, Antitrust / DOJ, Technology Development and Transfer, Patents, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, and Copyrights, Licensing, Unfair Competition/Trade, False/Deceptive Advertising, & Lanham Act Actions, & Class Actions.

    His Product Liability Expert Witness litigation background includes all types of Safety Systems, Electrical Systems, Fires, Accident Reconstruction, and Evaluation of Alternative Designs for Automotive, Medical and other industries. He has over 29 years of experience in Automotive Safety Systems, Sensors, Seatbelts, Airbags / Curtains, Seats, Diagnostic Systems, Crash Recorders, Crash Pulse Analysis, System Diagnostic, Fault Codes, Structure (including roof-crush and door) and front, side & roll-over systems (including sensing and algorithm development) for domestic and international corporations. He is thoroughly familiar with all regulatory (including FMVSS), and corporate due-care requirements, & preemption arguments, occupant kinematics, & injury causation.
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    Iola Goeke
    3660 Hartsfield Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32303

    USA
    phone: 850-558-3100
    fax: 850-575-8454
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    BEC Consulting, LLC was established in 1982. Since that time, we have provided top-level consulting engineering services and accident reconstruction to our clients; law firms, insurance companies, state and local agencies, manufacturing companies, and clients who are seeking product design analysis and other engineering related services.

    Our engineers represent a broad range of engineering disciplines which enables us to work on a variety of cases using the team approach. The teams at BEC are comprised of Engineers, Technical Specialists, Graphics Specialists, as well as Research and Administrative Personnel, so that each case is given personal attention and is handled efficiently and effectively. Our offices are located in Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Venice working in almost every state in the United States, including Alaska.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • All Areas of Accident Reconstruction - Including Automobile, Tractor-Trailer, Motorcycle/Bicycle & Pedestrian
    • Engineering Consulting
    • FARO 3-D Scanning
    • Black Box Downloads
    • Construction Zone / Roadside Safety
    • Industrial Equipment
    • Failure Analysis
    • Product Design
    • Product Development
    • Material Handling System
    • Biomechanical Analysis
    • Slip / Trip / Fall
    • Computer Animation, Electronic Graphics
    Every aspect of our firm is designed to serve our clients needs; conference rooms for mediations and depositions, a research and testing lab, secured evidence storage, facilities for expert inspections, and easy access to airport and hotel facilities for our out-of-town clients. We are truly a full service engineering firm.

    Because of this team approach and a commitment to customer service, BEC has attained regional and national recognition as a leader in forensic engineering services and new product development. This excellent example and tireless dedication to serving our client’s needs has resulted in a devoted client base and reputation second to none.

    Dr. Charles Benedict, P.E., founded Benedict Engineering Company in 1982 and our name has since changed to BEC Consulting, LLC. He has over 35 years experience in the fields of product and machine design and analysis, vehicular accident reconstruction of all types, and product and system failure analysis. He has designed, developed, manufactured, and tested more than sixty different products and machine systems. Dr. Benedict is well respected in the fields of forensic engineering, product and machine system design and analysis and patenting.

    Expertise:
    • Biomechanics
    • Occupant Kinematics
    • Vehicle Restraint Systems
    • Vehicle Controllability
    • Material Handling
    • Patent Infringement
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Fire and Explosion Analysis
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Electrical Issues
  • Dr. Brian Pfeifer, P.E., is also a principal with BEC Consulting, LLC, and has been practicing forensic engineering for over 15 years. He holds several patents on roadside safety devices and studied roadside safety at the University of Nebraska. He is a consulting engineer with a strong background in the design, development, and implementation of roadside safety hardware. His current work consists of vehicular accident reconstruction, analysis of maintenance of traffic issues, premises liability, investigation and analysis of mechanical systems and product failures, and development of automated material-handling systems.

    Expertise:
    • Roadside Hazards
    • Vehicle Controllability
    • Occupant Kinematics
    • Roadway Design
    • Guardrails and Bridges
    • Maintenance of Traffic
    • Roadway Design
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
  • Product Design
  • General Engineering
  • Mrs. Traci Campbell, P.E., CXLT, is an Industrial engineer with specialties in industrial accident reconstruction, including forklifts, construction machinery, appliances, and manufacturing equipment. Her experience includes vehicular accident reconstruction involving automobiles, trucks, tractor-trailers, and recreational vehicles, as well as slip, trip, and fall analysis, product failure analysis, and workplace-safety related issues.

    Expertise:
    • Industrial Accidents
    • Safety Analysis
    • Product Design / Failure Analysis
    • Slip / Trip / Fall
    • Guarding / Warnings
    • Workplace Safety
    • Bicycle Accidents
    • Confined Spaces
  • OSHA Regulations
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Human and Environment Interaction
  • Theme Parks / Recreation Facilities
  • Airbag and Black Box
  • General Engineering
  • Mr. Chris Yates, P.E., is a Mechanical engineer and Principal with our firm, specializing in accident reconstruction. His current work involves the analysis and reconstruction of vehicular accidents, including vehicular dynamics and occupant restraint as well as the investigation of industrial accidents and product analysis.

    Expertise:
    • Black Box Analysis
    • Motorcycle / Bicycle Accidents
    • Mechanical Design
    • Product Guarding Design
    • Fire and Explosion
    • Seat Belt Analysis
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
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    J. Marcus Hollis, PhD, PE
    8418 East Bay Blvd.
    Navarre FL 32566
    USA
    phone: 850-292-4780
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    J. Marcus Hollis, PhD, PE, is a Bio-Mechanical Engineer specializing in biomechanics, injury causation, and seat belt effectiveness, and medical device design review.

    Dr. Hollis analyzes how the human body reacts to forces generated from an accident in order to determine if the injuries are consistent with the accident event. Dr. Hollis utilizes a robust 3-dimensional simulation program to determine how an occupant moves in a particular collision, what the occupant collides with, the forces that are generated, and whether seat belt use would have prevented the reported injuries.

    Dr. Hollis is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Hollis has earned 8 United States patents in the field of Bio-Mechanics.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Hollis has testified as an expert witness in various cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. His services include medical record review, written reports, computer animation, computer simulation, deposition, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Medical Device Design Review
    • Product Testing
    • Bio-mechanical Analysis of Injury
    • Product Prototype Fabrication
    • Medical Product Design
    • Bio-medical Implant Testing
  • Medical Device Testing
  • Product Liability
  • Sports Injury
  • Orthopedic Bio-mechanics
  • Patent Application Assistance
  • Patent Infringement and Validity
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    Martin Moore-Ede
    Chairman & CEO
    2 Main Street,Suite 310
    Stoneham MA 02180
    USA
    phone: 781-676-6925
    fax: 781-439-6399
    Dr. Martin Moore-Ede is a leading expert on Human / Driver Fatigue and Driver Error in Transportation Accidents, including commercial motor vehicles (truck, bus and motorcoach), automobiles, marine vessels (ship, tugboat), rail locomotives (freight and passenger), public transit vehicles (bus, light rail, commuter rail) and aviation equipment (commercial, cargo and private aircraft).

    As a Harvard professor for 25 years, Dr. Moore-Ede conducted the pioneering research investigating the role of fatigue as a leading cause of fatal and high cost accidents on highways (including single vehicle, hit-rear and driver inattention accidents), and of train derailments, collisions at sea, and human errors in aviation. He has published 10 books, and 125 scientific papers on human fatigue, errors and accidents and the physiology of sleep deprivation and circadian rhythms. He has served on multiple national and international committees, and has received numerous awards. He is a frequent guest on television (CNN, Today Show, Good Morning America, 20:20, Dateline, Oprah Winfrey, Nova, BBC) radio (NPR Fresh Air, Connection), and print media (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Time and Newsweek). He has testified before Congressional committees on multiple occasions, and advised government agencies in the US, Canada and the U.K.

    As the CEO of the consulting firm, Circadian Technologies, Inc., he currently advises and supervises teams which work with over half of the Fortune 500 companies on strategies to minimize fatigue risk, and reduce accidents caused by fatigue. In addition, Dr. Moore-Ede undertakes both plaintiff and defense expert witness work in selected cases, and provides confidential advice to attorneys and their clients on how to minimize litigation risk, and distinguish readily defensible from hard to defend claims, and on strategies to cross-examine opposing counsel’s witnesses. He has extensive experience of providing expert testimony in the courtroom, where he has an outstanding record of educating and engaging juries so they reach informed conclusions, and of using scientifically validated computer models to reconstruct accidents scenarios.
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    Cohen Inv, LLC
    Jack G. Cohen
    18034 Ventura Blvd., #555
    Encino CA 91316
    USA
    phone: 747-222-1550 / 818-445-5500
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    Jack G. Cohen has been involved in the Automobile Industry for over 30 years, wholesaling and retailing, and running several dealerships and franchises. Mr. Cohen has been retained as an expert witness over a dozen times since 2015. His services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. He consults with attorneys, dealers, consumers, and insurance companies.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Vehicle Appraisals
    • Automobile Industry Standards
    • Dealer Fraud
    • Vehicle Sales and Leasing
    • Dealership Practices
    • New and Used Auto Transactions
    • Auto Warranty Issues
    • Finance Documentation and Analysis
    • Lender / Dealer Relationships
  • Wholesale and Retail
  • Diminished Value Cases
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Boats
  • 5th Wheels
  • Travel Trailers
  • ATVs
  • Jet Skis
  • Motorcycles
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    Mark Lacek
    Repossession Expert Witness
    P.O. Box 765
    Minneola FL 34755
    USA
    phone: 407-948-7087
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    Mark Lacek Repossession Expert PhotoMark Lacek is a Commercial Asset Repossession specialist with over 30 years of experience. His focus is on the recovery of trucks, trailers, construction equipment, agricultural equipment, boats, mining equipment, and manufacturing and luxury motor homes.

    Mr. Lacek has successfully repossessed fleets of over 100 pieces of collateral on many occasions. He has served commercial accounts for Paccar, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, The Associates, Orix Credit, Financial Federal, Navistar, Mack Finance, NewCourt Finance, Greentree Financial, Conseco, and many others.

    Background - Mr. Lacek founded MDL and Associates, a repossession agency specializing in commercial assets, in 1989. With a growing client list of commercial lenders, MDL increased the coverage area of operations. In 1995, MDL relocated to Central Florida giving MDL the ability to service the entire state of Florida using in-house agents. In 1997, MDL & Associates began accepting nationwide assignments and utilized its list of national repossessors becoming the nation’s first commercial repossession forwarder. In his capacity as President of MDL, Mr. Lacek personally repossessed over 7,500 commercial accounts in the field. MDL & Associates repossessed 20,000 units for its client base without a single court proceeding.

    Mark Lacek is currently the Owner of Commercial Asset Solutions where he investigates the location of commercial assets, and serves as a repossessor, Skip Trace team leader, and expert witness.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Lacek provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. His services include case review, depositions, and expert testimony when necessary.

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    Robert Crandall
    34 Fuller Avenue
    West Babylon NY 11704
    USA
    phone: 631-321-4153
    Robert Crandall is an Automotive, Commercial, and Heavy Vehicle specialist wit over 35 years of industry experience. Mr. Crandall's background includes the Operation of a Large Municipal Fleet of 6,500 vehicles and 70 locations. He has experience in fleet maintenance operations, governmental procurement, specification development, R&D, failure analysis, and an extensive background in technical training.

    Mr. Crandall has legal expertise encompassing all aspects of compliance with Federal, state and local codes, requirements, laws and recommendations of oversight organization. He has participated in multiple cases involving commercial vehicle accidents, component failures, and non-compliance with regulations.

    Mr. Crandall represents plaintiff, defense, and insurance companies. His services include vehicle and component dismantling, teardown, and disassembly for forensic inspection and failure analysis. He also provides case review and research, Written reports, assistance in case preparation, and testimony at depositions, arbitration, and court when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Commercial Vehicle Accident Investigation
    • Management of Accident Repairs
    • Estimation of Repair, Towing, Accident Costs
    • HAZ-MAT Clean Up Invoice Reviews
    • Component, Product Failure Investigation
    • Driver compliance / DOT Regulations
    • Vehicle Safety Regulations
    • Vehicle Maintenance Practices and Standards
    • Attachment, Accessory Repair / Maintenance
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    Let's say you've been in a crash or perhaps someone close to you has been injured in one. Now do a little research as though you need an attorney. By the way does anyone know any good lawyer? What you'll find is that a number of firms and practicing attorneys include in their advertisement a portion dedicated to Early Response; if not predominantly then at least a minimum. Much is made of the importance of hiring a firm specializing in early response.

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    Leighton Spadone, President
    Tire Technology & Data Analytics
    14617 Cedar Road
    Beachwood OH 44122
    USA
    phone: 440-264-3638
    fax: 216-291-2823
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    Leighton Spadone Tire Technology Expert PhotoLeighton Spadone, President of DAAS Inc., has over 50 years of Tire Technology and Applied Statistics experience. He trains and consults tire companies on Tire Design, Tire Materials and Compound Formulations, Tire Curing, rubber processing, quality control, tire, compound, and materials testing.

    Mr. Spadone was employed by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co in International Technical Service and Domestic Tire Development for over 43 years and by Eurotire Inc for 6 years as the Chief Technical Officer. he is an experienced Materials Product Developer for Radial Light Truck Tires, Radial Medium Truck Tires, Farm Tires, and Off-Road Radial Earthmover Tires.

    Mr. Spadone has authored numerous tire technology conference papers for the ACS Rubber Division, ITEC, and JMP Discovery including Truck & Passenger Tire Testing, Treadwear prediction, Rubber Mixing, and Earthmover TMPH. Articles have been published in Rubber and Plastics News and The Quality Digest. He has specialized training in Statistics, 6-Sigma, Technical Management, and SAS & JMP statistics and programming.

    Regression Model to Predict Tire Performance: Paired Design Experiment

    Litigation Support - Leighton Spadone provides expert witness services for attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. He uses engineering experience and data supported statistical approaches to support expert witness testimonies, problem solving, and troubleshooting.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Tire Development
    • Tire Materials Testing
    • Tire Performance
    • Tire Failure Analysis
    • Tire Formulations
    • Tire Design
    • Rubber Processing
    • Tire Manufacturing
  • Tire Vulcanization
  • Giant Earthmover Tires
  • Farm Tires
  • Truck Tires
  • Passenger Tires
  • Tire Retreading
  • Mining Tire Operations
  • Tire Defects
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    This is a personal injury case in which a car windshield was smashed and the driver injured by a tire that "came off" a truck that the car was following on a high-speed interstate highway. The car driver was hospitalized and the car towed. The truck had one of its rear tires replaced and then departed the scene of the accident.

    A London based arbitration process for breach of a contract to purchase tires brought by an International Earthmover Tire Manufacturer, plaintiff, against an International Mining Company, defendant. The Mining Company contractually agreed to order a specified number of tires or to pay 40% of the agreed selling price for any tires not ordered. This is referred to as a “Take or Pay” arrangement. The tire manufacturer contracted to produce tires that met the Tire and Rim Association OTR Handbook standards. The manufacturer did not guarantee tire performance, in terms of any performance measure.

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    Kevin Abell
    Marketing Director
    Corporate Headquarters
    11321 Plantside Drive
    Louisville KY 40299
    USA
    phone: 800-482-5611
    fax: 502-267-6973
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    Donan, a family owned company founded in 1947, provides full-service Forensic Engineering and Fire Investigation Services. For over 60 years, Donan Engineering has been providing unbiased answers to their client’s complicated questions. Their team of licensed and experienced forensic experts provides investigative services in the fields of engineering investigations, fire and explosion origin & cause, roofing investigations, and component testing. The diversity of their multidisciplinary staff allows them to provide not only a complete service, but a complete service whose conclusions can be successfully and completely supported.

    Donan Engineering has become a richly diverse, industry leader with over 250 employees operating from 50 offices in 27 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Texas, West Virginia, Virginia, and Oklahoma. Throughout their growth, Donan has maintained their commitment to providing exceptional customer service, unparalleled quality, unmatched integrity, and timely reporting. Most importantly, they pride ourselves on delivering their clients quality services at an affordable price.

    Services Include:
    Engineering Investigations
  • Bridges
  • Foundations and Basements
  • Geotechnical / Sink Holes
  • Lightning
  • Low and High Voltage
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Retaining Walls
  • Steel Construction
  • Trusses
  • Vehicle Mechanical Studies
  • Vibrations: Earthquakes and Blastings
  • Water Infiltration / Mold
  • Wood Frame Construction

  • Fire / Explosion Origin and Cause
  • Commercial Fires
  • Equipment Fires
  • Vehicle / Residential Fires

  • Roofing Investigations
  • Commercial
  • Residential - Asphalt Shingle
  • Residential - Slate, Tile, Etc.

  • Heavy Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Passenger Vehicles
  • A fire investigation at the end of a long day was a perfect illustration of staying open to potential causes, and, a reminder that sometimes discovering the origin and cause of a fire is a life-saving endeavor when it prevents future dangers.

    8/21/2017 · Engineering
    Does this sound familiar? The chimney is leaning and separating from the house. You observe separation between the chimney and the house that increases in width with height (i.e., there is no separation at the bottom and there is upwards of 2 inches of separation at the roofline) (Figure 1). The heavy self-weight of the chimney comprised of masonry components is prone to rotating away from the house due to settlement of the underlying soils. Further, due to the height of the chimney, a relatively small rotation of the chimney foundation could result in a significant separation toward the top of the chimney. Most commonly and rightfully so, the cause of the chimney displacement is settlement of the underlying soils supporting the chimney foundation.

    7/20/2017 · Construction
    Commonly called "flat roofs," most commercial buildings are actually clad with roof systems that provide about 1/8 to ¼ inch per foot of positive drainage. These roof systems are constructed differently than most steep-slope roof coverings and are typically watertight rather than water-shedding assemblies.

    6/27/2017 · Finance
    A recent Donan forensic fire investigation found that a poor connection in a floor-mounted duplex receptacle was the cause of fire. The receptacle was located in the area of origin and all other identifiable causes were eliminated during the investigation. While conducting the research for this particular case, Donan investigators evaluated many scholarly sources in order to clearly educate the client on how a loose connection in a receptacle could lead to a structure fire which, in this case, nearly consumed the bedroom. The best explanation was found in the chemistry associated with the formation of an oxide that contributes to the condition.

    Over the past several years, there has been a clear trend of phasing out "dry-charge" air conditioners and heat pumps. What happened, why are some contractors still selling them, and what are the current common repair/replace options? Read this insightful article for everything you need to know on the topic.

    12/2/2016 · Engineering
    The term plumbing is derived from the Latin word "plumbum," the name of the metal lead that was the preferred material used by the Romans to construct their empire's water supply systems. This bit of history is even relevant today as the continued use of this potentially toxic metal has made headlines because of recently exposed problems in the Flint, Mich., water supply.

    7/29/2016 · Forensics
    Most forensic investigation projects include a scope to determine the cause of some damage or condition. Project scopes often request determining the cause and origin of the damage. Since insurance policies contain descriptions of covered and non-covered situations, clearly specifying causes and origins is crucial for clients' coverage decisions. This article discusses the differences between and significance of these two important terms.

    4/18/2016 · Construction
    Brick masonry chimneys have been prevalent for centuries, but it wasnt until recent decades that brick-clad, wood-framed chimneys became common in residential construction. This trend resulted from the increasing popularity of metal insert fireplaces. While they may appear similar from the exterior, the structure and weather-resistant envelope of wood-framed chimneys are very different than masonry-built chimneys. Prior to studying damage, it is important to understand critical elements in the structural support and weather-resistant envelope of wood-framed chimneys and the types of damage that can result from improper construction.[1]

    Fires can be caused by devices that fail due to a manufacturer's defect. Quality assurance procedures have gone a long way to eliminate out-of-box failures but manufacturers sometimes bypass quality checks on consumer products for competitive reasons. Even the most ethical companies are susceptible to human error that can cause an almost imperceptible change in an otherwise flawless manufacturing procedure.

    As the days get shorter and temperatures turn milder, most HVAC systems are taking a well-earned vacation. For a short while, a cool breeze through open windows will be enough to keep us comfortable in our homes. But soon, homeowners will switch their thermostats from cooling mode to heating mode, and some of them will unfortunately discover their HVAC system does not heat. It's time to pull out those extra blankets and make the call to a service professional sooner than expected.

    12/21/2015 · Construction
    Wood bowstring trusses were used extensively in commercial buildings from the 1920s to the 1960s. Wood bowstring roof trusses provided long clear spans necessary in warehouse and industrial buildings. Many roofs supported by bowstring trusses are still in service today. Compared with other structural timber-truss types, bowstring trusses have exhibited more frequent structural problems. The structural deficiencies encountered are attributable to deficiencies in the original design of the trusses combined with damage due to exposure and age.

    9/28/2015 · Engineering
    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released a 2015 edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. It covers and assists in complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Association's requirements, including changes to requirements since the last edition. For personal safety in forensic studies it is important to stay informed of these updates. NFPA 70E covers arc flash risk assessment, establishment of arc flash boundaries, requirements of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), use of PPE within the arc flash boundary, and equipment labeling requirements regarding arc flash hazards. The following examples illustrate the importance of staying abreast of the latest standards.

    7/16/2015 · Construction
    History shows us that building codes have been around for a long time - in fact, the earliest known was around in 2000BC[1]. Penalties were also much harsher for construction defects. If a builder constructed a house that collapsed and killed the owner, the builder was not fined, but was put to death. The United States has been a country with diverse codes - as many as 5,000 at one time. More recently, however, various states and municipalities have adopted "model" codes such as the International Building Code or International Residential Code. These provide a "base" and may be used as written or an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) may amend certain parts of the model code, making it more stringent and/or specific for a certain area.

    5/14/2015 · Forensics
    Whether it is helping us formulate our opinion or confirming an initial diagnosis, technology plays a valuable role in forensic engineering work. Following are a few examples of existing technology available to Donan's project managers. Though not standard issue, these tools are utilized when necessary to accurately determine or confirm a cause of loss.

    There are many types, manufacturers, and sizes of commercial HVAC systems which can make it difficult to create general guidelines for repair procedures and estimates for hail-damaged units. This guide uses the most common "light commercial" rooftop units (RTUs), which are 5-tons, 7.5-tons, and 10-tons in capacity, for estimating time to repair or replace.

    Imagine for a moment that you are sitting in your home, listening to the rain while reading your favorite novel. Then suddenly you hear a roar of thunder and your home becomes dark. What just happened? You may have just experienced a power surge. Although lightning is not the most common cause of this phenomenon, it is excellent for illustrating what a power surge is and how it can affect your home. A power surge is a term used to describe a condition where the voltage and or current increases beyond its normal levels. Power surges, when due to the elevation of the voltage being supplied by the electrical utility company, have the potential to change data streams, interrupt electrical control circuits, burn out components, cause arcs, create shorts between conductors, overload systems, and cause system failures. The most common causes of power surges are indicated as follows:

    1/7/2015 · Construction
    Concrete is a desirable construction material due to its inherent strength and durability, which make it well-suited for many applications in residential and commercial construction, especially foundations, floor slabs, driveways, sidewalks, and roads, among other things. In these applications, concrete that is properly designed, mixed, placed, and maintained will perform exceptionally well for many years. However, poor design or mix, improper placement, finishing techniques, or inadequate maintenance may result in concrete that does not perform as intended. Aside from cracking, which is probably the most common form of distress to concrete, since virtually all concrete will crack as it cures, surface distress due to scaling, spalling, and popouts are the most common forms of damage.

    12/2/2014 · Construction
    The relationship between wind, hailstone velocity, and impact energy is based on an understanding of fundamental physics. Over a half century of laboratory research and field studies have determined that the severity of hail damage to a roofing material is contingent on the kinetic energy at the point of impact and the roofing material's resistance to that impact energy. These studies have found that a hailstone must be of a certain mass (i.e., size), and it must be traveling at a certain speed (velocity) to result in functional damage to the roofing material. The kinetic energy is a composition of mass and velocity, defined by the following equation:

    10/17/2014 · Construction
    Chances are, it's happened to you. An unexpected period of cold weather occurs and temperatures drop well below freezing for an extended period of time. One morning you attempt to turn the water on in the kitchen sink and...nothing. Hot water? Nope. Cold water? Nope. What happened? Did you forget to pay the water bill...again? Chances are, your pipes are frozen. "How can that happen? They are inside the house!", you may say; however, just because your water lines are inside the building envelope, does not mean they are adequately protected from freezing.

    9/4/2014 · Construction
    If hail impacts a roof covering and the effects of this impact result in some loss in the material's overall integrity or functionality, this material is classified as "hail damaged." More specifically for cedar shakes and shingles, valid hail damage is typically a new fracture of the cedar corresponding to a clean spot or scuff mark from the hailstone impact.

    7/25/2014 · Construction
    Although sags along roof ridgelines can be discovered at any time, in northern climates they are often attributed to the effects of a past snow load. To make an educated analysis of the actual cause of this phenomenon, one must have a basic understanding of the structure and the loads to which it has been subjected.

    Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems consist of many components that work in unison to create the desired comfort level for our homes and offices. A well maintained system is designed to last around 15 years, but the life can be dramatically reduced when proper installation procedures and routine maintenance are not performed.

    5/28/2014 · Construction
    Ice dams and their resultant leaks are often a chronic and expensive problem in those regions where snow-covered roofs are a common occurrence. To understand their detection, cause, and prevention requires some understanding of the dynamics of a structure's construction, insulation, and ventilation.

    A space heater is a device designed to warm a small area. These devices are typically portable, but the category does include gas- and wood-fueled models that are permanently installed; however, these are not the focus of this article.

    3/12/2014 · Failure Analysis
    Washing machine failures can create significant damage, exposing insurers and their clients to property damage. These failures often involve a high volume of water and can occur without warning. Through the examination of several hundred washing machines, the DONAN Component Testing Laboratory has identified a statistically significant failure trend in General Electric (GE) washing machines. The amount of water supplied to the tub of the washing machine is controlled by a water valve (solenoid-controlled valve) and pneumatic controls. The washing machine's load selector is a pneumatic pressure switch, which activates and deactivates the water valve.

    2/10/2014 · Construction
    Shallow foundations are the most commonly designed and constructed structural foundation system. As opposed to deep foundations where structural loads are transferred to subsurface layers or multiple depth ranges, shallow foundations transfer loads to the earth (soil) relatively near to the ground surface. Some examples of shallow foundations include building components often seen in residential construction such as spread footings, continuous foundation walls and footings, slab-on-grade foundations, and mat-slab foundations.

    1/9/2014 · Construction
    After a tornado event, devastation and destruction are found along the tornado path. Due to the wood-framed construction predominant in Texas and Oklahoma, extensive damage to a house can occur. But how do you know whether visible cracks in the Sheetrock or brick finishes are just cosmetic damage or the signs of structural failure?

    12/10/2013 · Fires & Explosions
    Automatic fire suppression systems are by far the most effective and safest means of preventing extensive fire damage and saving lives. For this discussion, we will touch on automatic sprinkler systems (building systems) and kitchen hood suppression systems. These systems range from very simple to extremely complex.

    10/23/2013 · Construction
    Summertime rolls around and people start seeing condensation on ductwork. Their first thought is that something is wrong with their air conditioner. Actually, sweating ducts have several causes. Very few are attributable to defective air conditioners.

    10/4/2013 · Engineering
    In urban and suburban areas, stormwater systems are found everywhere. From surface waterways, such as rivers, streams, and ditches, to subsurface drainage systems, such as storm sewers and culverts, stormwater systems are as ubiquitous as concrete, which is one of the reasons they are so important (Figure 1). Impervious surfaces like concrete, pavement, and roofs prevent stormwater from naturally absorbing into the ground, and the resulting runoff can cause flooding, erosion, and subsequent structural damage.

    For many years, the fire investigation industry has seen numerous fires involving livestock buildings. These fires are often high profile, especially when masses of animals are lost or injured. Many times these losses are in older structures with neglected electrical and/or heating systems. Given the interior environment, corrosion and degradation to electrical and heating components are common.

    8/16/2013 · Construction
    Cupping, buckling, and crowning are three common problems encountered in wood flooring (flooring). These problems are caused by a combination of the normal material characteristics of the flooring and improper installation of the flooring.

    7/31/2013 · Waterproofing
    While shovels, snowblowers, plows, and deicing agents are used to clear snow and ice from driveways and sidewalks during the winter, removing frozen precipitation from the roof of a house is a bit more challenging. As snow and ice piles up on the roof and subsequently thaws out, the melt-water can sometimes result in damage to the interior of the structure.

    7/15/2013 · Construction
    "Hail has damaged my concrete driveway!" How many times have you heard this claim? A homeowner whose house has experienced a recent severe hailstorm starts to notice things they never noticed before around their house.

    A Donan fire investigator uses many techniques in order to determine the origin and cause of a fire. Chief among these are the investigator's observations of the scene and the conditions surrounding the scene.

    In this age of high energy costs, the price of heating the house will increase. People will be searching for alternate sources to heat their houses.

    4/24/2013 · Construction
    In our October 2010 newsletter, Bob Whelan, P.E., discussed how to approach a roof hail study by using the scientific method. In summary, one should perform a collateral study of the property, or neighboring properties, to gather information about the particular hailstorm in question.

    3/21/2013 · Construction
    Whether to build a residence on a concrete slab or conventional crawlspace foundation is a common decision homeowners must make.

    2/13/2013 · Construction
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    Is construction vibration just an annoyance, or does it have the potential to cause aesthetic and structural damage to nearby structures?

    1/7/2013 · Construction
    Attic ventilation problems can cause elevated relative humidity in an unheated, residential attic. Elevated relative humidity in the attic can promote mold growth and increase the moisture content in the wood framing to a level that promotes fungal growth and rotting.

    11/30/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Every year, Donan Engineering is asked to look at dozens of basement walls that have failed. A wall is determined to have "failed" when the structural integrity is compromised - such as with the development of a horizontal or vertical crack.

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