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Robert John Anders
P.O. Box 609
Warwick NY 10990
USA
phone: 845-987-8674
fax: 845-987-8675
Robert John Anders is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America and the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society with more than 40 years of professional experience. Mr. Anders has been retained as an Industrial Design Expert for over 17 years.

During his academic career as a tenured Professor at Pratt Institute, he lectured internationally and had written and taught Universal Design and the ADA.

Mr. Anders' Areas of Expertise Include:
  • Industrial Design - Consumer Product, Furniture, Packaging and Retail Design
  • Human Factors
  • ADA and Design Management
  • Intellectual Property - utility and design patents, trademarks, trade dress and copyright infringement
2/2/2015 · Patents
Break lines are a well-known and frequently used drawing convention incorporated into certain design patent drawings to limit the length of a depicted product either because the length is irrelevant or of an excessive size to fit on the drawing page. Depicted below are two Break line drawing conventions, from one of the earlier published standards for lines used in technical drawings.

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R. Kevin Smith, P.E.
President, R. K. Smith Engineering
1539 Chalone Ct.
Crown Point IN 46307
USA
phone: 219-226-9510 (Office)708-790-1938 (Cell)
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R. Kevin Smith PE, BSME, MMAE, has been a specialist in Engineering Forensic Safety and Design for 35 years. He has consulted on over a 1,000 matters nationwide.

Mr. Smith is a registered professional engineer and holds a BSME and MMAE from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He specializes in Material Handling Equipment Safety, including lift trucks, dock safety, truck loading, conveyors, and aerial work platform safety.

Mr. has been actively involved as a member of the committee that writes the Safety Standard for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks (ASME/ANSI B56.1) for over 30 years. He also serves on the B56.6 committee (rough terrain lift trucks) and the ANSI A92.5 and A92.6 subcommittees (self-propelled elevating work platforms).

Litigation Support - Mr. Smith formerly worked for Triodyne, Inc. for over 15 years as a forensic engineer/principal engineer. As President of R. K. Smith Engineering Inc., he currently has a laboratory for examination and testing, and owns or has access to varied testing equipment and tools.

Kevin Smith has testified at depositions and trials on several hundred matters. He has performed hundreds of investigations into product failures involving injury and property damage, and has reconstructed numerous accidents. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Mr. Smith also is on the Adjunct Math faculty at Prairie State College.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Forklift Trucks
  • Aerial Work Platform Lifts
  • Product Testing
  • Material Handling / Lifting / Rigging Equipment
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Machine Guarding
  • Safeguarding
  • Warnings
  • Agricultural and Construction Equipment
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Stability Testing
  • Loading Dock Safety
  • Consumer Products / Testing
  • OSHA Citations
  • Codes & Standards
  • Standard of Care in Design
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    Scientific Advisory Services, Ltd.
    3 Baker Hill Road
    Great Neck NY 11023
    USA
    phone: 516-482-5374
    fax: 516-482-1231
    Dr. C.J. Abraham, P.E. is a Certified Professional Chemical Engineer with over thirty years of international experience consulting to insurance companies, municipalities, government agencies, and the legal profession. He provides consultation to International corporations in the areas of New Product Development, Manufacturing, Packaging, Warnings and Instructions. Dr Abraham's services include Expert Witness Testimony for both Plaintiff and Defense in matters involving Personal Injury and Product Liability.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Construction Accidents
  • OSHA
  • ADA
  • Labor Law
  • Human Factors
  • Household / Industrial Products
  • Safety Engineering
  • Retail Store Safety
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Textiles
  • Fires / Explosions / Flammable Fabrics
  • Slips / Falls
  • Recreational / Sports Accidents
  • Toxic Exposures
  • Over the course of several decades sports protection technology has been developed and optimized so that the users of various sports products have been offered a means to protect themselves from serious and permanent injuries. However, due to size, weight and shape of helmets and protective gear, the protection, at best, is limited

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    Adam K. Aleksander
    Principal
    PO BOX 140558
    Boise ID 83714
    USA
    phone: 208-321-0200
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    Adam AleksanderDr. Adam K. Aleksander, PhD, PE, CSP, has over 40 years of experience in the areas of Mechanical Engineering, Human Factors, and Safety Engineering. He combines both academic credentials and active work in industry to provide a grounded perspective in Product Liability, Industrial Incidents, Warnings, and OSHA related issues. He is also a VP of an Energy Services firm, with over 35 overseas assignments related to forensic services, power utility issues, and equipment failures.

    Dr. Aleksander has been a practicing engineer since 1972, focusing his Manufacturing, Consulting and Forensic investigations on Problem Definition and Root Cause Analysis of complex problems in confidential issues. His firm has experience encompassing an enormous variety of claims, from large $45 million dollar dam claims, to environmental clean-up claims, to small road construction claims. His litigation services often involve reconstruction, perception reaction studies, warnings, equipment operation, mechanical failures, industrial accidents, skiing, and bicycling injuries.

    As an Expert Witness, Dr. Aleksander has worked with many clients, including plaintiff's and defendant's attorneys, both civil and criminal, attorneys representing corporations, corporations in the power utility area, and corporations that produce products. His services are also available to insurance executives with complex claims issues that involve industrial or utility related losses. Dr. Aleksander has been retained over 125 times in a wide range of technical investigations.

    Litigation Expertise:
    • Product Liability - Design, Manufacturing and Marketing Defects, Involving Damage, Injury or Fatality
    • Equipment Failures - Proximal Cause of Failure with Contributing Factors
    • Human Factors, Visibility, Ergonomics, and General Research Issues - Product Usability, Warnings, Instructions, Perception, Reaction Time, Visibility and Conspicuity Issues
    • Construction, OSHA, and Safety Engineering - Regulatory and Safety Issues
    • Industrial Projects
    • Power Utility - Service and Equipment Failures
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    Karl R. Leinsing, MSME, PE
    77 Spur Rd.
    Dover NH 03820
    USA
    phone: 603-203-0365
    fax: 603-749-0079
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    Karl R. Leinsing, MSME, PE, President of ATech Designs, Inc., is a Professional Mechanical Engineer who specializes in Medical Device Product Development from concept to production.

    Mr. Leinsing has been granted over 20 patents (needle free IV valves, laparoscopic devices, needlescopic devices, suture lockers, catheters, mitral valve repair devices, knitting machines) and excels in solving the most complicated problems and design challenges. His company has a fully equipped medical lab with calibrated measurement and test equipment and all is fully documented with high quality reports with pictures and video to provide credible results and easy to understand compelling data.

    The winner of five design awards, Mr. Leinsing is recognized as one of the top 100 medical device professionals in the nation by MD&DI. For dedication to his industry, he was made the 2014 Chairman of the Medical Device and Manufacturing Conference in Anaheim, CA. Mr. Leinsing has also been acknowledged for his work in a publication by Life Magazine.

    Mr. Leinsing offers litigation support services to the legal community. He has extensive experience with Patent and Product Liability cases including report writing, depositions, and testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Intravenous (IV) Systems & Disposables
    • Hernia Repair
    • Endometrial Ablation
    • Laparoscopic Instruments
    • Injection Ports
    • Catheters
    • Heart Valve Repair / Replacement
    • Subcutaneous Ports
  • Bed Rails
  • Cervical Screws
  • Syringes
  • IV / Insulin Pumps
  • Glucose Monitors
  • Peritoneal Dialysis Pumps
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair
  • Sleep Apnea Devices (CPAP)
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    6/24/2014 · Expert Witnessing
    Experienced Medical Device Experts can assist with a case in many different ways. First, they have industry knowledge of the medical device industry and can assist with prior art in patent litigation cases for example. They understand the technology and how claim terms are understood for one skilled in the art of medical device design, testing, and manufacturing. This firsthand information can then assist with proper claim construction and infringement analysis. Experience with medical devices product development can also assist in determining what is obvious in the field and what is not as it pertains to patent validation.

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    Dr. Shri Thanedar, Ph.D., MBA
    CEO, Chief Chemist
    4840 Venture Drive
    Ann Arbor MI 48108
    USA
    phone: 800-930-5450
    fax: 800-930-5479
    Dr. Shri Thanedar, Ph.D, is the CEO and Chief Chemist at Avomeen Analytical Services.

    He has over 20 years of experience serving as chief scientist or expert witness on over 20 litigation support projects involving chemical analysis, product failure analysis, reverse engineering, and polymer and rubber analysis.

    Dr. Thanedar has participated in dozens of depositions and in-court testimony sessions, including jury trials. He is experienced in the preparation of detailed expert reports and testimony and is able to explain complicated scientific analysis in simple terms, understandable by members of a jury.

    Dr. Thanedar is familiar with scientific instrumentation such as FT-IR, NMR, GC/MS, LC/MS, TGA, DSC, SEM, EDS, ICP, AA, DMA, TMA.

    Materials tested include plastics, polymers, rubbers, composites, pharmaceuticals, neutraceuticals, cosmetics, building products, surfactants, detergents, adhesives, sealants, and additives.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Failure Analysis
    • Material Characterization
    • Unknown Identification
    • Chemical Analysis
    • Plastics Testing
    • Rubber Testing
    • Polymer Additives Identification and Quantification
    • Paint and Coating Analysis
    • Organic and Inorganic Analysis
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    Deformulation is a reverse engineering process that separates, identifies, and quantifies the ingredients in a product. During the deformulation process, specialty chemical analysis labs attempt to identify and quantify the ingredients and chemical composition of a complex mixture.

    We have extensive experience helping both established and startup companies get their products ready for production and through the regulatory steps. From the initial steps of analyzing your competitor's products and reviewing current patents to helping create a new product from concept or refining an existing product. Our chemistry experts have a range of specialties to fit your needs.

    6/30/2014 · Product Liability
    Marketplace competition, changing Federal and State regulations, as well as next-gen innovation measures combine to prompt product improvement. Whether your industry is coatings or polymers, cosmetics or cleaners, the drive for "new and improved" products is ever on your mind.

    5/23/2014 · Product Liability
    It seems the problem is at an all-time high. Daily news articles reveal recalls due to product mislabeling. Everything from peanut butter to medications have been taken off the shelves in recent months, many companies explaining that there is nothing wrong with their product, it just does not contain the necessary warning label or ingredient listing. The questions beg to be asked. Why were these voluntary recalls necessary? Why were these products not correctly labeled from the beginning? What can be done to rectify the situation as well as prevent similar mistakes?

    4/22/2014 · Failure Analysis
    Many companies struggle with running their in-house laboratories due to the high fixed costs associated with them. The problem often originates because many company's testing project needs vary over time both in size and importance but the lab itself has large fixed costs regardless of usage. Lab outsourcing is when all or certain testing and analysis functions are done through an independent laboratory instead of being done in-house. This can be done in a variety of areas from R&D, failure analysis, competitive product analysis, to patient litigation support services.

    3/20/2014 · Chemical Industry
    Outsourcing laboratories are nothing new. But when you are ready to outsource your project, do you know how to find the best laboratory to meet your needs?

    2/11/2014 · Chemical Industry
    When a need is determined for chemical analysis, a client begins by contacting capable chemical testing laboratories. During a project inquiry, the most frequently requested information is the cost of the service. With only general details, the laboratory's representative is able to provide a general price range for a service; however, a specific and accurate price quote involves a bit more time and consideration.

    Failure analysis reports are usually created when companies suffer from a manufacturing or product failure and do not know what the cause of the problem or how to fix it.

    12/4/2013 · Failure Analysis
    The definition of quality control testing, also called QC testing, is a process in which a variety of factors that deal with a products production, packaging, and shipping are reviewed in order to find potential problems for product failure and put solutions in place to prevent or solve any issues that are determined.

    10/30/2013 · Chemical Industry
    Deformulation is the scientific term for chemically reverse engineering a products formulation breaking it down into its basic components. Many times deformulation work is performed in order to get the data necessary to reformulate or reproduce the original formulation that one is trying to mirror or improve upon.

    10/7/2013 · Chemical Industry
    Choosing an expert witness in a case involving issues of chemical testing and analyses can be confusing to an attorney who does not have a background in chemistry. Many of the considerations for choosing a chemistry expert are similar to choosing an expert generally; however, it is particularly important to select an expert who has the right type of training and subject matter expertise within a relevant sub-discipline of chemistry.

    9/13/2013 · Chemical Industry
    Certain analytical testing laboratories can help get companies' products through its approval stages and onto shelves. FDA regulations, among others can be extremely strict and are constantly changing. Additionally consumers today are increasingly demanding safer and more environmentally friendly products from manufacturers.

    8/15/2013 · Chemical Industry
    If you are working at a GMP or GLP manufacturer or laboratory you will need to know what to do when the FDA's inspectors come to visit.

    Local grocery store patrons can see skin-care products lining the aisle advertising that they are organic, wrinkle-reducing, hypoallergenic, etc. However, after use, consumers are finding that the products not only do not provide the aforementioned results, they occasionally cause adverse reactions.

    7/10/2013 · Chemical Industry
    Chemical characterization is a complex process involving the identification of unknowns in organic and inorganic materials. This is an invaluable service for pharmaceutical and drug development organizations looking to improve their product by discovering and removing unwanted materials, experimenting in adding materials, or investigating competitive products.

    6/18/2013 · Chemical Industry
    Patent litigators encounter many different types of cases involving varied branches of science throughout their careers. When a case involving the chemistry of a product, such as a pharmaceutical product , is at issue, the patent litigator may have only a hazy idea of which experts to call on to help further her client's claim or defense.

    5/21/2013 · Failure Analysis
    From safety and regulatory consulting, to reverse engineering and product development, to product failure analysis and quality control services Avomeen's consumer product testing laboratory can help solve a variety of complex analytical problems and questions.

    Chemical analysis and testing laboratories can help businesses with a myriad of complex scientific and technical issues. Customized chemical testing and analytical outsourcing services can answer perplexing, yet important questions, such as:

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    Travis J. Barkalow, AAS
    65 W. State Road, Suite C
    Newaygo MI 49337
    USA
    phone: 231-652-2228
    fax: 231-652-2299
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    B.H. Barkalow & Associates, LLC (BHBA), has been established to provide consulting and support services in areas of Medical Technology, Software, and Devices as regulated by the FDA. BHBA provides services to a range of clients from healthcare organizations, other consulting firms, the FDA, insurance companies, medical device manufacturers, and law firms throughout the country.

    Litigation Support - BHBA provides expert assistance and consultation for matters related to medical technology and medical devices. Their services include confidential case review, incident simulations and investigations, export reports, and deposition and trial testimony when necessary.

    Healthcare Organization Related Expertise:
    • In-house, shared service, vendor, or other third party medical device support
    • Analysis of hospital medical technology profile, identification of problem areas, defining required support resources, compliance with JCAHO medical device related standards, identification of medical technology risk exposure, and case-related technical advice as to the quality and quantity of medical technology support
    • Medical Device support personnel job descriptions and performance review
    • JCAHO medical device related compliance
    • Federal and State compliance with medical technology codes and standards
    • Medical Device related User Training and Physician Credentialing criteria
    Medical Device Related:
    • Medical Device Failure Analysis
    • Medical Device Incident Simulations
    • Medical Device Labeling including: labels on the device; operator's manuals; and service manuals
    • Representations of the medical device function and suitability for use
    • User training
    • Warranty and after warranty service support
    • FDA 21 CFR related compliance
    Alan Lipschultz Clinical Engineering Expert PhotoAlan Lipschultz, MS, PE, CCE, CSP, Clinical Engineering Expert Consultant for BHBA, is a Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). During his nearly 40 years of experience as a Clinical Engineer, he has served as Director of Clinical Engineering for two large hospitals on the east coast. Mr. Lipschultz is the co-chair of the AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) Standards Board and serves on several other AAMI committees (BI&T Editorial Board, Electrical Safety, Infusion Device, Medical Device Alarm and Technology Management).

    Mr. Lipschultz's Medical technology experience includes familiarity with the design, use and malfunctions associated with defibrillators, electrosurgical units (ESU), infusion pumps, patient monitors and many other medical devices found in hospitals.

    Matthew Baretich Clinical Engineering Expert PhotoMatthew F. Baretich PhD, PE, CCE, Senior Clinical Engineering Expert Consultant for BHBA, has over 30 years of clinical engineering and biomedical engineering experience. He has served as Director of Clinical Engineering for Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters as well as Director of Biomedical Engineering for the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE), Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager (CHFM), as well as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM). Among Dr. Baretich’s credentials and professional activities are Founder and Past-President of the American College of Clinical Engineering and member of the World Health Organization’s Technical Advisory Group on Health Technology.

    Dr. Baretich's medical technology experience includes familiarity with the design, use and malfunctions associated with a variety of medical equipment and building systems. Experience includes surgical equipment, dialysis equipment, critical care equipment, infusion pumps, pulse oximeters, emergency and isolated power systems, and other medical and building equipment and systems.

    Theodore Cohen Clinical Engineering Expert PhotoTheodore Cohen, MS, CCE, FACCE, serves as a Clinical Engineering Expert Consultant for BHBA. Mr. Cohen is a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and Fellow of the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE). He has more than 36 years of hospital-based experience in the field of clinical engineering, and served as Manager of Clinical Engineering at the University of California Davis Health System.

    Mr. Cohen is familiar with the design, application and uses of most FDA-regulated medical devices and technology. This includes such areas of application as for patient monitoring, surgery, clinical laboratory, cardiology, radiology, pulmonary (including respiratory therapy) as well as compliance with Joint Commission, CMMS and FDA standards and regulations. Mr. Cohen is also familiar with, and has experience in, teaching application of medical devices for physicians, nurses, and technicians. Among his accomplishments and professional activities are a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Clinical Engineering, serving as co-editor of ACCE News, and subject matter expert for the AAMI HTM Benchmarking Solutions and AAMI HTM Levels projects.

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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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    B.E.C. 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 B.E.C 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, B.E.C. 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 B.E.C. 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 B.E.C. Consulting, 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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    Bobby L. Lanford, PhD
    Bobby L. Lanford, PhD
    2066 Girls Ranch Road
    Camp Hill AL, MT 36850
    USA
    phone: 406-531-3541
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    Bobby L. Lanford, PhD is a Forest Operations Consultant with over 35 years of experience. Dr. Lanford is currently an Adjunct Professor at both Auburn and Clemson Universities.

    Dr. Lanford provides litigation support services on court cases involving Forestry Accidents, Product Liability, and Contractual Disputes. He has been retained for his expert witness services approximately 25 times. Dr. Lanford offers his expertise to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Selected Cases Include:
    • Contract Disputes
    • Forest Harvesting and Thinning Practices
    • Wood Handling Facilities Safety Standards and Procedures
    • Chainsaw Felling Personal Injury
    • Truck Off Loading Standards and Procedures
    • Timber Inventory and Mensuration
    • Logging Machines' Productivity and Performance
    • Potential Production and Profits of Logging Operations and Wood Products Facilities
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    2/11/2015 · Plants & Trees
    Anyone who has a home with trees around it will someday need to remove dead or dying limbs and trees. The best managed landscaping requires trees to be pruned or removed as they grow. In addition, storms often create dangerous situations as limbs and trees are broken or bent over. I remember living on Lake Martin in Alabama during Hurricane Opel. The storm hit at night and we sat in the basement listening to all the commotion and guessing what was happening to our home. Occasionally, I would go up to the main floor with a flash light (power was toast) and peer out the windows trying to assess the damage. One time I reported to my family that the porch roof was gone. The porch faced the lake and the direction of the wind. It had rained all day before the hurricane winds hit causing the soil around the trees that separated our home from the water to soften up. At day light we found all the lakeside trees pushed over onto our roof.

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    Edward S. George, PE
    President, Principal Investigator
    124 Calle De Leon
    St Augustine FL 32086
    USA
    phone: 904-826-1431
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    Edward George Product Liability Failure Analysis Expert PhotoEdward S. George PE, has over 30 years of experience in the field of Product Liability and Failure Analysis.

    Mr. George earned his BS and MS degrees from the University of Florida Department of Materials Science and Engineering, graduating with a specialty in metallurgy. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Florida. Mr. George is a member of The National Society of Professional Engineers, The American Welding Society, The National Association of Forensic Engineers, The Florida Engineering Society, American Water Works Association, and The International Society for Fall Protection.

    Mr. George has experience in a variety of material failures including Metals, Polymers, Plastics, Composites, Ceramics, Glass, and Porcelain.

    Litigation Support - A court-qualified expert, Mr. George has over 13 years of experience and has testified in depositions and trials. His forensic training is complemented by his industrial experience including:
    • Heat Treating of Metals
    • Welding and Joining of Materials
    • Materials Testing and Evaluation
    • Quality Control and Assurance
    • Optical and Scanning Electron Microscopic Techniques
    • Destructive and Non-destructive Physical Testing
    • Laboratory Equipment and Procedures
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    Dr. Paul Eason, PE, CFEI
    4600 Touchton Road,Building 100, Suite 150
    Jacksonville FL 32246
    USA
    phone: 904-279-9300 or 888-504-5454
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    Paul Eason is a Licensed Engineer, Nationally Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator and Forensic Consultant. His expertise comes from a strong background in industry and academia. In addition to his consulting practice, he is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of North Florida, and maintains a graduate faculty appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Florida.

    Dr. Eason has testified in numerous trials and depositions in the following practice areas: Product Design & Manufacturing Analysis, Metallurgy & Materials, Fire & Explosions and Industrial Accidents

    Areas of Expertise:

    Product liability and failure analysis, Product Defect & Safety Issues including: Metals, Plastics, Glass, Ceramics, Corrosion, Fatigue, Overload & Material Selection

    Fire and Explosion analysis including: cause and origin determination, product related fire causation, industrial process accidents, dust explosions, welding/brazing accidents
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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    USA
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    EFI Global is a full-service Engineering, Fire Investigation, Environmental, Health and Safety, and specialty consulting firm. Over the last four decades, they have grown from a boutique firm to become a recognized leader in engineering failure analysis, origin and cause investigations, and environmental consulting. This expertise coupled with the extensive coverage of our 27 national offices, more than 400 professionals, and global work abroad capability allows EFI Global to deliver timely responses that consistently meets their clients’ expectations.

    EFI Global's continuing record of success has earned them several rankings in national publications including Engineering-News Record, Business Insurance, and Zweig White. EFI Global employs professional engineers licensed in nearly all 50 states, as well as licensed fire investigators and environmental professionals. Their team of licensed professionals and numerous strategic partnerships can respond to most projects within 48 hours, regardless of location.

    When faced with litigation, EFI Global's clients rely on valid, factual conclusions that translate scientific and technical facts into understandable concepts that can be supported with expert witness testimony. From thousands of fire cause and origin investigation for cases in federal, district and state courts, EFI has expanded its testimony expertise to assist the legal community with disputes arising from forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, environmental consulting, asbestos-related cases, mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) litigation support, and catastrophe claims.

    Expert Witness Services:
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Environmental Litigation
    • Product Liability
    • Transportation & Accident Reconstruction
    • Construction Defects
    • Failure Analysis
    • Professional Liability
    • Contract Law
    • Catastrophic & Disaster Litigation
    • Real Estate
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    5/31/2016 · Damages
    Both large-scale catastrophe-induced losses and small-scale single event losses have the potential to impact employees, individuals, insurance personnel, general contracting restoration firms and associated property loss. In addition to the actual water-loss event, secondary losses can become equally as devastating depending on pre-existing and/or event-related building conditions, and the role the insured's take as part of required catastrophe restoration activities. During the water loss event, all project related information and environmental data generated is an integral part of the decision making process that may be disclosed at various stages to inform all the various "parties" involved with the project. All in all, a well-executed restoration project can minimize common delays and expenses of an ill-conceived and managed project.

    Sectors of the construction industry are reporting resurgence and growth in 2013. Single and multi-family housing, commercial, institutional and public works construction is predicted to increase up to 28% in some areas. This is good news for the industry and the economy but the increase in construction activity has historically led to an increase in construction accidents.

    In the course of an arson investigation one of the standard procedures is, when possible, to collect the clothing of arson suspects and have them tested for ignitable liquids. The hypothesis being that if the clothing tests positive for the same ignitable liquids that are found in the fire debris, it is good circumstantial evidence to place the suspect at the scene with an ignitable liquid.

    A growing concern in the insurance sector is soot and smoke damage claims due to wildfires. Some of these fires can affect properties hund reds of miles downwind, causing the potential number of claims to be astronomical. Besides the known risks for respiratory and other health problems, smoke, soot, and char can cause physical damage ranging from settled ash to property damage.

    3/24/2015 · OSHA
    Every year, approximately 3,600 workers are permanently disabled, and on average, one worker per day is killed, as a result of electrical incidents in the workplace.* To prevent these types of electrical injuries and deaths, building owners and managers should apply the safeguards included in NFPA 70E, the standard utilized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for building electrical assessments. OSHA utilizes the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to provide improved safety procedures for workers through proper warning labels, restricted access notification, personnel training and personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA compliance will minimize workplace injuries, accidents, illnesses, equipment damage, production losses, and legal costs, which are all avoidable and unnecessary factors in any business.

    10/29/2014 · Fires & Explosions
    The world of fire investigations is always changing and EFI Global is active in its research and testing methods. In an effort to support insura nce, subrogation, loss prevention and litigation relating to losses, EFI Global's chemical laboratories regularly perform chemical analysis on new products to identify potential accelerants and igni tion sources.. Recently, EFI Global laboratories conducted proactive chemical testing on a new matchless fire starter. This commercially available product is marketed and used to start wood and campfires.. The results of EFI Global's testing revealed the limitations and significance if this product is used as an accelerant.

    9/17/2014 · Environment
    Financial institutions require the completion of environmental due diligence of a commercial real estate collateralized lending transaction for many reasons. They may wish to understand the environmental condition of the proposed collateral and ensure a Borrower's compliance with applicable regulations prior to making a loan; to reevaluate the collateral during a renewal or refinance transaction; to determine the collateral's condition at the time of a loan default; or to obtain information about an unexpected environmental condition encountered within the loan term.

    Fire origin and cause investigation, and mold and asbestos testing of a six-story office building

    EFI Global (EFI) was hired by a legal team representing a tire product manufacturer to replicate the use of a tire inflation product in an off-road tire. Litigation was prompted when the tire inflation product was used in an off-road tire that exploded and resulted in a fatality. Our team was asked to evaluate the product when used when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions as written on the products label; when used in concert with pure oxygen, and when used in concert with compressed air.

    2/27/2014 · Damages
    Historically, fires and automobile accidents have been the primary types of property and casualty claims that presented a potential avenues of for subrogation. However, with the increased costs of mitigating the extent of water damage and reducing the potential for mold growth, claims involving large water losses have become another important area with subrogation potential.

    Mechanical ventilation systems have evolved from passive gravity vents (circa 1900) by adding modifications to improve comfort, occupant health, and energy efficiency. Early on, the maintenance of the system basically related to making sure the furnace was on and the windows would open. If you were lucky the school might have draft deflectors on the windows so the wind would not blow directly on your head.

    11/13/2013 · Damages
    Following a hurricane, damages to a residential structure can range from structural distress, to small areas of mold growth to a total loss of the structure. Storm damage can affect multiple components of a structure including the roof, windows, siding, foundation and interior finishes. Wind or water is often the most common cause of damage to residential properties; however, there are many factors to consider when assessing the various causes of damage. Some of the factors include material use, age, condition and construction methods as well as type, location and extent of the damage. It is essential that a professional with hurricane damage assessment experience evaluate these factors to accurately define the cause.

    One sunny spring morning, on a rural road just outside of Houston, Texas, Molly Jackson, a vibrant 16-year-old girl with a bright future and a new driver's license, was behind the wheel of her father's brand new Chevrolet C2500 crew cab pickup truck. At the same time, just seven seconds before she would draw her last breath, Rhonda Simmons, a 46-year old divorced mother of two teenagers, was approaching from the opposite direction in her sleek and sporty Pontiac Trans Am.

    Editor's note: A trend to require more fire safety equipment in residences and nursing homes will reduce deaths and injuries, both among firefighters and the general public, says E. Metts Hardy, vice president/Fire Investigations for EFI Global (www.efiglobal.com), a Kingwood, Texas-based provider of engineering, fire investigation, environmental, accident reconstruction, and laboratory testing services.

    8/21/2013 · Insurance
    Nationwide, water-loss claims continue to climb. In California alone, such claims have risen dramatically, with the percentage of homeowner claims growing from 24 percent in 1997 to 32 percent in 2001, costing insurers $1.7 billion. In a single year in California, between 2000 and 2001, claims rose $47 million. For some insurers, this meant that 40 percent of claim payments were for water losses.

    8/7/2013 · Insurance
    Water damage is costly to both homeowners and insurance companies. It is estimated that the cost of household water damage in California, alone, exceeded $500 million for 2002. While the number of water-related claims varies year to year, the average amount paid for such claims increased steadily from $2,577 in 1988 to $3,646 in 2002.

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    James Parker
    205 Hammerstone Crescent
    Thornhill Ontario L4J 8A9
    Canada
    phone: 416-302-7501
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    James Parker Electronic Security Systems Expert PhotoJames Parker has over 32 years of relevant industry experience specializing in Electronic Security Systems & Sensors, Electronics R&D, and New Product Development. He has in-depth knowledge of electronic product design in both Wired and Wireless Technologies and outstanding knowledge of Environmental and False Alarm Immunity. Products, such as alarm systems, that Mr. Parker led the design of, have an installed base in the millions.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Parker provides Patent Litigation support to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has the ability to explain complex technical material in a straight forward manner. Mr. Parker's past clients include Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Fish & Richardson PC, Alarm.com, 2GIG Technologies, and Nest Labs. His services are available nationally and internationally.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electronic Security
    • Security Systems
    • Burglar Alarm Systems
    • Intrusion Detection
    • Motion Detection
    • Wireless Alarm Systems
    • Wired Alarm Systems
    • Occupancy Detection Systems
    • Premises Security
    • Residential Security
    • Commercial Security
  • Research and Development
  • Engineering Management
  • New Product Development
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • Alarm Control Panels
  • PIR (Passive Infra-Red) Motion Detection
  • uW (Microwave) Doppler Motion Detection
  • Solar LED Flood Lights (Patio to Street Level)
  • Patent Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Background - Mr. Parker is the Past Vice President of Engineering for Digital Security Controls Ltd. (DSC), a leading global manufacturer of electronic security systems and components with sales exceeding $400 million annually. He is currently the President at EE-Systems Group Inc. Canada (R&D) where he is responsible for overseeing new product and business development.

    A prolific inventor, Mr. Parker has been granted over 24 unique patents with approximately 80 patent documents published worldwide.

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    Dr. Richard Lynch
    President
    21 Scott Street
    Riverside NJ 08075
    USA
    phone: 856-764-3557
    fax: 856-764-3558
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    Environmental Safety Management Corporation, NJ's leading Industrial Hygiene Consulting Firm, was founded in 1992 by Dr. Richard Lynch, Ph.D., CIH, CMC, CMRS, CHFM. Clients include law firms, insurance companies, manufacturing, health care, commercial, office, schools & residential facilities.

    Expertise & Services:
    • Ph.D. in Public Health (Rutgers University & Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
    • Certified Industrial Hygienist (American Board of Industrial Hygiene)
    • Certified Microbial Consultant (Am.Council for Accredited Certification)
    • Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (Am.Council for Accredited Certification)
    • Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (American Hospital Association)
    • Fellow, American Industrial Hygiene Association

      Since 1992, Dr. Lynch has provided professional consultation & litigation support in matters related to:

    • Indoor Air Quality/Sick Building Syndrome
    • Mold Testing and Remediation Design Oversight
    • Fire & Water Damage
    • HVAC Assessment Services
    • Healthcare Infection Control Risk Assessments, Pre-Construction Risk Assessments
    • Healthcare, Office and Industrial Ergonomics Assessments
    • Back injury Prevention for Health Care, Office and Manufacturing
    • OSHA Compliance
    • Litigation Support & Expert Witness Services
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    Eugene R. Camerota, PE
    President
    PO. Box 15486
    Syracuse NY 13215
    USA
    phone: 315-676-5187
    fax: 315-676-5187
    Eugene R. Camerota is a Professional Consulting Engineer. His consulting experience includes the analytical and experimental studies of Engineering problems dealing with Accident Reconstruction and Product Liability. His work includes the following specialties:
  • Automotive / Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction
  • Crash Data Retrieval
  • Seat Belt Restraint Analysis
  • Automotive Component Design Evaluation
  • Construction Equipment
  • Industrial / Portable Machinery
  • Consumer Product Evaluation
  • OSHA
  • Slip and Fall
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