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Dr. Charles R. Anderson
President & Principal Scientist
9051 Red Branch Road, Suite C,
Columbia MD 21045
phone: (410) 740-8562
fax: 410-740-8201
Dr. Charles R. Anderson has long specialized in the Characterization of Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films and Coatings. Since 1972 he has applied surface and near-surface analysis techniques such as x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS or ESCA) and Auger microprobe to the solution of surface chemistry and coating problems. He worked for the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin Laboratories prior to starting his own laboratory in 1995.

Dr. Anderson served as an officer of the ASTM Committee E-42 on Surface Analysis and as U.S. Expert on several sub-committees of the ISO Technical Committee 201 on Surface Chemical Analysis. He especially enjoys integrating the results of multiple analytic techniques (surface analysis, thermal analysis, FTIR, SEM/EDX, optical microscopy)to solve tough materials problems.

Dr. Anderson has extensive experience in materials science as a result of solving the materials problems of many industries with the aid many analytical techniques. He is available to provide Expert Witness Services for legal matters involving Materials Failure, Intellectual Property Theft, Misrepresentation, Failure to Meet Contract Specifications, Materials Identifications and Characteristics, or Quality Issues. To ensure the accuracy and integrity of his testimony, Dr. Anderson and his staff independently analyzes the relevant materials in most cases.

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Edward S. George, PE
President, Principal Investigator
124 Calle De Leon
St Augustine FL 32086
phone: 904-826-1431
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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Kurt D. Humphrey
Managing Director, Principal Technologist
3780 Masters Drive
Colorado Springs CO 80907
phone: 719-331-9788
Kurt D. Humphrey has over 30 years of commercial Microelectronics and High-Tech Materials Design and Process Development, Corporate R&D Project Management, Reverse Engineering / Failure Analysis, and Patent / SME Consulting experience. With access to the best research tools, databases, labs and test equipment available, he is able to solve the most complex Intellectual Property technology issues.

An accomplished inventor, Mr. Humphrey holds patents in the areas of oxygen sensors, MEMS, and semiconductor process technology as a result of his innovative work with General Motors Corporation, United Technologies, and Rockwell Science Center. Before launching his own IP and patent technical consulting business, he served as Director of Engineering Programs at TAEUS International managing numerous patent evaluation and product investigation projects for several Global 25 high-tech companies in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Korea.

Litigation Support - Kurt Humphrey offers forensic engineering and SME services to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. His expertise is called upon for infringement litigation, IPR/PGR petitions and responses, expert reports and testimony, prior art, invalidity and FTO searches, product investigations and reverse engineering, claim charting and proof packages, and failure analysis.

Mr. Humphrey's expert witness experience includes infringement analysis, expert reports, and testimony on behalf of Hewlett-Packard in an ITC patent infringement case, HP v. Acer, involving microprocessor architecture and operation, and failure / forensic analysis and expert trial testimony for the Houston Rockets (Plaintiff) in the LED lighting product failure / liability case, Clutch City Sports v. iLight Technologies in 2012.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Advanced Wireless and Cellular Telecommunications Networks
  • Micro / nano-electronics, Ics, MEMS, Sensors, Imagers, Photovoltaics, LEDs, Packaging
  • Automotive Electronics and Systems, Smart Batteries
  • Flat Panel Displays: LCD / LED / OLED / E-ink, Plasma, and LED
  • Mobile Devices: Smartphones, Tablets, GPS, Wearables, etc.
  • Networks and Storage, Optical Networking, Opto-electronics /Photonics
  • Silicon and III-V Integrated Circuits/Devices: Digital, Analog, Mixed Signal, DRAM and NV Memory, Microprocessors, Smart Power
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Chemicals, Organic and Inorganic Technical Materials: Bulk, Films, and Coatings
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Don Skaff
Managing Director
Worldwide Availability. Offices in Singapore & UK
3455 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook IL 60062
phone: 800-326-5075 and Local 847-559-3000
fax: 847-559-3010
LWG Consulting is a global leader in Forensic Engineering & Recovery Solutions. They provide Cause & Origin, Failure Analysis, Fire and Explosion Investigations, Accident Reconstruction, Damage Evaluations and Equipment Restoration Services following disasters of all kinds. LWG has served the insurance, legal and risk management industries for over 25 years. Their Experts travel globally from 19 offices located across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Singapore.

LWG's experience counts when equipment, systems, structures, or data have been threatened by catastrophe or litigation. Their experts and advisors determine cause and responsibility, and identify the nature and extent of damage or loss and provide a full range of solutions to protect their assets. LWG's technical professionals are trusted advisors and industry leaders. Their expertise is broad and deep, capable of withstanding all forms of scrutiny. LWG's services are available globally so that certainty is assured no matter where in the world it is needed. As the recovery from disasters has grown more complex, LWG Consulting has developed a comprehensive array of services to help their clients and has associates located around the globe to provide assurance no matter the type of loss or location of the disaster.

LWG helps attorneys quickly get to meaningful answers on the many technical issues at the center of a dispute. Their engineers have decades of experience working with both defendants and plaintiffs. They offer effective Expert Witness Testimony, with the ability to communicate effectively, build rapport with juries and judges, and maintain adherence to structured, methodical approaches in drawing conclusions are all extremely critical. LWG Consulting understands how critical the selection of an expert can be, and we understand what makes experts effective. Their court qualified experts have extensive experience providing expert testimony on a wide variety of engineering and technical matters.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Aviation & Aerospace
  • Biomechanics
  • Construction Defects
  • Digital Forensics
  • Electrical Injury & Electrocutions
  • Causation
  • Chemical
  • Computer / Network Equipment Failure
  • Construction Defect
  • Disputes over Reparability of Damage
  • Electrical Failure
  • Equipment Restoration
  • Fire & Explosion Analysis
  • Equipment Restoration
  • Industrial / Manufacturing Equipment
  • Materials Failure
  • Mechanical Accidents
  • Mechanical Failure
  • Medical / Laboratory Equipment
  • Product Failure / Liability
  • Project Management
  • Structural Failure
  • Subrogation
  • Utility & Energy
  • Valuation of Structures or Equipment
  • Vehicle Accident Investigation
  • Workplace / Premises Accidents
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    2/18/2014 · Medical
    All is quiet at 10:30 pm until a nurse notices water on the 2nd floor hallway. Building maintenance is called and discovers a ruptured pipe fitting in a bathroom on the 2nd floor. The water is shut off at 10:45 pm but unfortunately the damage has been done. It is later discovered that water penetrated through perforations in the ceiling in the CT suite on the 1st floor exposing the 16-slice CT gantry and patient table to water.

    1/14/2014 · Machinery
    The role that water plays in our existence is well understood. Without it, most living things will rapidly wither and die. Equally catastrophic of course, are the consequences of too much water. Not only to living things, in terms of widespread flooding, but also in terms of damage to machinery and equipment from exposure to water.

    Is it possible to differentiate between lightning related surges and artificially generated electrical surges?

    E-Discovery is the process of collecting and exchanging electronically stored information (ESI) that is requested during the discovery phase in civil litigation.

    3/14/2013 · Corrosion
    An ominous cloud of smoke continues to billow as the sprinklers rain water throughout the facility. The production manager's mechanical and electrical equipment is rapidly deteriorating, and within hours, the previously pristine equipment normally used to manufacture precision circuit boards will have a thin coating of flash rust with further damage forthcoming.

    1/25/2013 · Damages
    Doctors and nurses need to make quick, educated decisions to minimize the impact of difficult situations. These decisions are based on the practitioner's years of experience, their education, the science and technology available, and with the assistance of critical analytical and diagnostic equipment.

    11/19/2012 · Damages
    A water pipe breaks in a healthcare provider's facility, saturating an MRI control cabinet. The manufacturer is called in and spends $200,000 on attempted repairs. The unit still doesn't work. The manufacturer says the entire unit needs to be replaced, at a cost of $240,000.

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    David G. Morrill
    340 S Lemon Ave., #4740F
    Walnut CA 91789
    phone: 626-252-0725
    fax: 626-609-0401
    David G. Morrill has over 45 years experience in every phases of the Swimming Pool business. He is a licensed contractor in the state of California with qualification for a C-53 (Swimming Pool Contractor) license #418811. He has expertise in the design and construction of residential and commercial aquatic facilities such as swimming pools, spas, and water play areas including the related construction trades applicable to such projects.

    Mr. Morrill served as Vice-President, President and CEO of one of the nation’s largest and most recognized residential and commercial swimming pool construction companies with corporate headquarters in Southern California. He had early experience in the pool construction process followed by several years in job scheduling, quality control, project supervision, design, sales, and company management. He has personally supervised the construction of thousands of swimming pools and spas and has evaluated how each phase of construction interfaces with the total project.

    Litigation Support - David Morrill has served as a member of several state and national industry organizations and has participated in establishing industry standards. He has made presentations to audiences in excess of 400 in both local and national venues. He is comfortable with public speaking and/or presentations to large or small audiences. His experience specifically includes vanishing edge pools, infinity edge pools, negative edge pools, overflow pools, gutter pools, resort pools, luxury pools, residential pools, commercial pools, hotel pools, waterfalls, hillside, indoor, and rooftop.

    Mr. Morrill has been retained as an expert over 200 times in the 10 years he has been providing services to the legal industry. He can assist with litigation support, forensic testing, materials testing, depositions, mediation, arbitration, and resolutions. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Swimming Pool Construction
    • Workmanship
    • Pool Products
    • Installations
    • Suction Entrapment
    • Code Compliance
    • Structural Failures
    • Glass Tile
    • Masonry
  • Concrete
  • Shotcrete
  • Gunite
  • Plaster
  • Stone Work
  • Pumps
  • Filters
  • Heaters
  • Design Defects
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    Thomas Read, PhD
    1435 Fulton Rd.
    Santa Rosa CA 95403
    phone: 707-544-2374
    fax: 707-544-2370
    Expert Background: Dr. Thomas L. Read is the Principal and CEO at A. Read Consulting, LLC. He received his PhD. from Stanford University in 1972 and has over 25 years of manufacturing experience in electronics, metallurgy, factory safety, failure analysis, glass fracture, glass failure and bottle failure. As a member of the electronics industry, he has earned process patents and has an extensive background in manufacturing techniques.

    In parallel, Dr. Read has spent over twenty five years as a consultant to attorneys and engineers. He has given more than 100 depositions and has appeared in court numerous times.

    Company Profile: Read Consulting, LLC is a full service laboratory providing services in the following areas:
  • Failure Analysis; Factory Safety and Personal Injury (including machine guards and manufacturing safety)
  • Glass Failure Analysis - Glass Fracture, Glass Failures and Bottle Failure
  • Metal and Ceramic Failure
  • Grinding Wheel Failures
  • Intellectual Property and Patent Disputes
  • Product Liability and Product Quality
  • Manufacturing Disagreements (such as Intellectual Property, Failed equipment and Contract Disputes)
  • Reverse Engineering
  • 4/23/2015 · Failure Analysis
    Read Consulting was asked to determine why a welded chair failed and caused injury to the person sitting in it.

    The root cause of the failure of customer returns of heated automobile rear view mirrors was investigated.

    During normal operation, the arm on an automatic wafer test station failed. Root cause failure analysis determined that the drive shaft on the right angle gear motor used to raise and lower the manipulator arm had failed first.

    5/21/2012 · Failure Analysis
    This grinding wheel was part of a product liability and personnel injury case. It was claimed that the subject wheel had unexpectedly failed (i.e. flown apart) and an escaping piece had hit the plaintiff in the face causing serious injuries. According to the user, the grinder with the wheel was purchased approximately one hour before the grinding wheel failure.

    3/29/2012 · Failure Analysis
    A failed plastic lawn chair was examined to determine the cause of failure. This chair failed on the premises of a restaurant In this study the subject chair is examined and compared to several exemplar purchased at the same time. The objective of this study is to determine the cause of failure.

    11/8/2011 · Failure Analysis
    Glass Failure Analysis Expert Witness performs a failure analysis of a several tempered glass doors that had "spontaneously" failed at a construction site. The objective of this glass failure analysis is to determine the cause of failure and make recommendations to the contractor.

    8/30/2011 · Failure Analysis
    Materials failure analysis expert performs a failure analysis to determine the source of a metal piece found in tomato product.

    5/17/2011 · Failure Analysis
    A plumbing failure analysis was performed to determine why a cold water supply line to a bathroom sink had failed after only one year of service.

    A glass failure expert witness performs a root cause failure analysis on an exploding beer bottle. The object of this root cause failure analysis is to determine the cause of the bottle failure.

    7/7/2009 · Design
    Before expending the effort necessary to reverse engineer a device or object, it must be definite that the object under study is not covered by one or more patents. This avoids a dispute over patent violations. Once it has been established that no patent coverage exists, one can use multiple techniques to reverse engineer a product. These are summarized below:

    The cracked tank was first inspected in the "as received" condition. In this condition it was cracked, but it was still whole. Next, the failed tank was separated by pulling it apart. This was done to expose the fracture surfaces of the main crack. This allowed for a complete failure analysis and for a determination of where the crack initiated.

    Glass fractography is the most effective method for determining why a glass object, such as a bottle, failed. This technique consists of examining the fracture surfaces of the failure for artifacts such as Wallner lines and using them to trace the crack back to its origin. Once the origin has been identified, it can be examined in detail with a microscope to determine the cause of the failure.

    1/28/2006 · Failure Analysis
    Note: Glass Fractography is the most effective method for determining why a glass object, such as a bottle, failed. This technique consists of examining the fracture surfaces of the failure for artifacts such as Wallner lines and using them to trace the crack back to its origin

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    Matthew Roetter
    PO Box 1506
    Hayden ID 83835
    phone: 208-704-4339
    fax: 208-772-4650
    Matthew Roetter has approximately 16 years of experience working in the Fenestration Industry. He provides services nationally and internationally to consumers, attorneys, insurance companies, architects, contractors, and manufacturers.

    Mr. Roetter's fenestration work history includes sales, manufacturing, installation, marketing and service of Pella windows, Hurd windows, Kolbe & Kolbe windows and custom wood curved windows and moldings. He spent much time in the field working closely with architects, building contractors and consumers regarding the proper installation and service of fenestration products. He also has a very unique experience in that he designed and manufactured custom curved wood windows and curved wood moldings, therefore he has a perspective of correct design, manufacture and installation of fenestration products.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Roetter is the foremost fenestration expert in the United States based on the number of his class action cases and his 19 years of experience as an expert witness. He has been retained as an expert or consultant for counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant and has never been disqualified.

    Typically he is hired to determine if design, manufacturing, installation, or maintenance defects are the causation of damages.

    Mr. Roetter provides product liability and fraud investigations, forensic analysis of fenestration components, personal injury investigations, and criminal and civil investigations. His services include site inspection, report writing, destructive analysis of fenestration components, case investigation, and expert witness testimony when necessary. Mr. Roetter employs university laboratories to support his opinions.

    For over three years, Mr. Roetter has served as a member of the Idaho Board of Medicine Medical Malpractice Prelitigation Panel. Before a doctor or medical care provider can be sued in an Idaho Civil Court, the case must first be heard by the Prelitigation Panel.

    Recent Cases:
    • Water Infiltration
    • Premature Wood Rot
    • Sealant Failure
    • Seal Failure
    • Personal Injury
  • Inert Gas Loss
  • Manufacturing Defects
  • Design Defects
  • Installation Defects
  • Maintenance Defects
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    Dr. Joseph H. Guth, Certified Industrial Hygienist
    121 Tuscany B
    Delray Beach FL 33446
    phone: 757-620-1988
    fax: 757-299-8005
    45+ years of independent, multi-disciplinary scientific experience in basic and applied research, university teaching and large commercial laboratory operations for your litigation/consultation needs. Nationally known expert in over 400 individual, consolidated and class action cases. Daubert - qualified.
  • Civil & Criminal (for defense/plaintiff/prosecution)
  • FELA/Admiralty Law/Military court qualified
  • Workmen's Comp Hearings
  • Insurance claim investigations
  • Union-Government Arbitration Hearings
  • EPA Arbitration Negotiations
  • Governmental & Congressional Hearings and Commissions
  • Peer Reviewer for EPA and NIOSH
  • Reviewer for Natl Science Foundation
  • Toxic & carcinogen exposure assessments & retrospective modeling of past exposure histories
  • 4/27/2012 · Legal Issues
    For those of you not dealing with much product liability or personal injury case work, you may not have noticed some newer up ticks and trend lines. For others who have been too focused on one area of this specialized litigation, this note will add to your awareness of things to come.

    Water and molds have been here much longer than Man. We utilize some, coexist with others, and battle many more of them. Molds help us make cheese, produce penicillin and other useful medicines; but they can also harm us. It is the latter problem that requires a better response from the medical community

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    Dr. Arun Kumar
    250 N. Nash Street
    El Segundo CA 90245
    phone: 310-322-2011
    fax: 310-322-2243
    Arun Kumar, Ph.D. has 34 years of experience in Metallurgy, Materials Science and Failure Analysis of Metallic and Non-Metallic Materials at Rockwell International, Hughes Aircraft Company and SEAL Laboratories. He manages and supervises approximately 17 engineers and technicians performing a variety of analytical services and failure analysis.

    Dr. Kumar provides metallurgical consultation, performs failure analysis and serves as an expert witness in product liability trials involving materials failures. He has extensive experience in metallurgical failure analysis of aircraft, helicopter, automobile and motorcycle components, machineries, medical implants, machine tools and household appliances.
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    Wayne Rendely, PE
    phone: 631-351-1843
    Wayne Rendely, PE is a Licensed Professional Structural Engineer specializing in Fabric Structures. The Engineer of Record on more than 350 projects, he has also offered significant contributions on over 700 projects, both nationally and internationally.

    A former Director of the Fabric Structures Association, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, Mr. Rendely has experience on numerous types of buildings including stadiums, amphitheaters, hangars, tents, pavilions, storage buildings, and temporary buildings.

    Mr. Rendely provides Litigation Support services to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense. His cases involve inspection of tents and forensic engineering of tent failures. Mr. Rendely's services include fabric strength analysis, fabric testing, bi-axial testing, non-linear analysis, and safety factor analysis.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Tensile Membrane Fabric Structures
    • Spaceframes
    • Tents
    • Domes
  • Air Houses
  • Fabric Covered Buildings
  • Fabric Patterning
  • Aluminum Extrusion
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    8/18/2015 · Materials
    This paper reviews and compares the results of ASTM Standard fabric tests and my Bi-Axial Rip Test (BART) to introduce a formula that can be further developed to provide for factors of safety (FOS) in designing tensile fabric structures that take into acount fabric tears and tear propagation.

    7/10/2015 · Engineering
    This paper reviews the design and engineering of fabric membrane clad buildings. As these structures become more prevalent, larger and used in structures of higher importance, it is essential that engineers consider the unique forces imposed onto the structural framing by the membrane cladding.