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Murray & Trettel, Inc.
Thomas Piazza
600 N 1st Bank Dr.
Palatine IL 60067
phone: 847-934-8230
fax: 847-446-8480
Thomas R. Piazza, CCM, President and CEO of Murray and Trettel, Incorporated, brings to the company more than 35 years of experience in the field of Meteorology with more than 20 years in positions of management. He joined Murray and Trettel in 1975 after four years of experience as a Weather Officer in the U.S. Air Force.

In 1987, Mr. Piazza was named President of the Operational Forecast Division, in 1991, Executive Vice President of the Company and in 2001, President and CEO. In addition to his administrative responsibilities as President, he is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist holding Certificate #661.
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H. Michael Mogil
Consulting Meteorologist
5644 Tavilla Circle Suite 201
Naples FL 34110
phone: 239-591-2468 Main 240-426-2900 Cell 239-529-1200
H. Michael Mogil Meteorology Expert PhotoH. Michael Mogil is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (M.S. Meteorology) with over 40 years of experience, nearly 30 of them with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In addition to working for the National Weather Service as a forecaster, researcher, and severe storm program manager, he also provided satellite training to many governmental agencies and hundreds of TV meteorologists.

Litigation Support - Mr. Mogil has worked with the legal industry for approximately 20 years. His forensic services include the reconstruction of past weather events, their interpretation, and expert witness testimony for various legal and insurance matters. These include, but are not limited to, criminal investigations, automobile accidents, personal injury cases, and cases involving property damage.

Mr. Mogil has been retained as an expert over 120 times and worked dozens of cases (both civil and criminal), supporting both plaintiff and defendant. He is able to present information orally and through varied visual media to ensure understanding by judges, juries, and attorneys. Mr. Mogil is able to access varied data sources to ensure honest and accurate event reconstruction. He has worked on cases involving:
  • Lightning
  • Rainfall
  • Snowfall
  • Flooding
  • Roof Collapses
  • Visibility
  • Boating Accidents
  • Slip and Falls
  • Hurricane
  • Thunderstorm-related Wind Damage
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    10/10/2017 · Meteorology
    We all know that statistics themselves don't lie, but the people who use statistics may intentionally or unintentionally do so. A Tweet late yesterday by Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) was the most recent example to catch my eye. With the Atlantic Ocean region bustling with intense hurricanes at this time, it would be easy for some people to draw an incorrect conclusion from Holthaus' data (Fig. 1) - i.e., that intense hurricane activity is escalating. But that's not necessarily what is happening.

    9/25/2017 · Meteorology
    During the past two weeks, I spent many hours helping Dave Elliott and his team at WGUF-FM (98.9) radio here in Collier County, FL. Stephen Johnson (control room) and Scott Fish (101.9 - Gator Country radio, simulcast with WGUF) rounded out the team.

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    Extreme Weather, a new book in the visually stunning, groundbreaking INSIDERS series, answers all these questions and more. Packed with high quality images and diagrams on everything from types of storms to how to observe weather to places known for their specfic extreme weather. Full-energy spreads approach the topics through unique and unexpected angles, taking the reader inside the action. Engaging and fun to read, this series will appeal to know-it-all kids and reluctant readers alike.
    H. Michael Mogil
    The ultimate guide to the planet-altering effects of extreme weather, featuring full-color photos and fascinating explanations of how weather systems work. H. Michael Mogil presents the results of his 35 years of meteorological research in a comprehensive overview of extreme weather systems, noting historical trends as well as what to expect in the future. He also explains how many events occur because the earth's environment self-regulates, while others may be influenced by such factors as rising temperatures in cities, deforestation, and population increases.
    H. Michael Mogil
    Tornadoes are one of the most fascinating and powerful weather phenomena. These twisting columns of air can be incredibly destructive and often lethal when they touch the ground. Weather forecasters have long studied tornadoes in an attempt to better understand their origins and how to predict them. H. Michael Mogil expertly explains the mechanics of tornadoes, how and where they form, and what happens when they strike. He describes how advances in technology, including radar and weather satellites, have led to improved warning systems.
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    Frank Ferrese
    414 First Avenue
    Haddon Heights, NJ
    NJ, PA
    phone: 856-924-4690
    Frank T. Ferrese, PhD, PE, is a highly experienced Electrical Engineer specializing in design and control of electrical systems, electrical safety, power systems, industrial automation systems, and in root-cause failure analysis and forensics of electrical systems.

    As a researcher, Dr. Ferrese is interested in cyber-physical systems, resilient control systems, control theory, and optimization theory. He has over 20 years of experience in the engineering of electrical systems and industrial control systems.

    Background Experience - Dr. Ferrese's engineering and technical support activities have included lead responsibility for the design and construction of shipboard systems, industrial automation systems, satellite communication systems, navigation systems, and control systems for vehicles and machinery. He has expertise in both hardware and software design and is an expert in software engineering and in software development processes.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Ferrese provides Electrical Engineering forensic investigations, technical training, and consultation. He has provided expert reports and testimony in over a dozen matters. His services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defendant and include written reports, depositions, petitions for Inter Partes Review, declarations and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electrical Systems
    • Electrical System Safety
    • Electrical Accidents / Electrical Fires
    • Grounding / Lightning Protection
    • Industrial Control Systems / SCADA Systems
    • Control Systems
    • System Optimization
    • Sensors
  • Communication Systems
  • Power Systems
  • Cyber-Physical System Security
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Lighting Systems
  • Feedback Control Systems
  • Electrocution
  • Failure Analysis of Electrical Devices / Systems
  • Intellectual Property / Patents
  • Frank Ferrese, PhD
    The desire to build high levels of autonomy into distributed heterogeneous systems has led to new developments combining several areas of research including control theory, computational intelligence, economics, and cognitive psychology. However, there still are many unsolved problems in this area. This particular body of work focuses on two aspects of the autonomy problem and the benefit of interactions between the two.
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    Ernest Chiodo
    M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., C.I.H.
    221 North LaSalle,Suite 1748
    Chicago IL 60601
    phone: 312-351-0717
    Ernest P. Chiodo, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., C.I.H. is a physician, attorney, Certified Industrial Hygienist (C.I.H), and biomedical engineer. Dr. Chiodo is board certified in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. Dr. Chiodo served as the Medical Director of the City of Detroit and was the chief physician in charge of measures designed to protect the public health of over one million persons. He has also been the lead expert witness in a number of high profile cases including serving as the lead expert witness in a mass toxic tort case for Gerry Spence.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Toxicology
  • Epidemiology
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Mold
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Electrocution
  • Building Related Disease
  • Biomechanics
  • Bed Bugs
  • Genetic evidence in the form of DNA profiles has proven to be a powerful tool in the advance of justice by proving the innocence of accused persons.

    Low speed motor vehicle collisions are a common occurrence. The use of cellular phones, text messaging, and e-mailing while driving has only increased the frequency of low speed motor vehicle collisions. A motor vehicle collision where there is only minor damage to the vehicles may result in personal injury claims for substantial sums.

    10/11/2012 · Toxicogenomics
    In toxic tort litigation, a person is often claiming to have developed cancer or some other serious disease due to having been exposed to a particular substance. Determining if the exposure to the substance was the cause of the disease is often a central focus of the litigation.

    9/26/2012 · Medical
    It is a common error that an attorney retains the wrong type of expert to testify in a lawsuit. This error is particularly common when the expert is a medical specialist. It is widely believed that a medical doctor who specializes in a particular organ system is qualified to formulate opinions and testify as to all issues concerning that organ system.

    Ernest Chiodo, MD, JD, MPH, CIH
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    Daniel J. Maple, BCMA, RCA, MA, TRAQ
    9507 N. Division St., Suite K-1
    Spokane WA 99218
    phone: 509-953-0293
    Daniel J. Maple, BCMA, RCA, MA, TRAQ, is a Registered Consulting Arborist, Board Certified Master Arborist, ISA Municipal Specialist, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, and holds a Commercial Applicators License. As of August 2017, there are 284 RCAs, 698 BCMAs, and 884 MSs in the world. Mr. Maple has the distinction of having all of these qualifications as well as others.

    With over 30 years of industry experience, Mr. Maple has provided ethical, scientific sound arboriculture solutions to both the public and private sector. During this time, Mr. Maple owned and operated a tree service, and was a first responder in several natural disasters that resulted in thousands of tree failures. His investigations into the tree failures and the experience gained makes him uniquely qualified among his peers as a risk assessor and risk mitigation planner. Mr. Maple has used his years of hands on experience along with his formal education to advise states, cities, parks, developers, managers, HOAs and the private sector.

    Litigation Support - As an expert witness, Daniel J. Maple is well respected for his ability to document evidence, superior communication skills, forensic investigations, and pragmatism. He is articulate and knowledgeable under cross-examination. Mr. Maple's services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Line of Sight / Safety Issues
    • Tree Accident Investigation / Reconstruction
    • Tree Defect Personal Injury
    • Plant Damage Assessment
    • Tree Property Value
    • Tree Appraisal
    • Valuation of Landscape Plants
  • Tree Inspections and Risk Assessment
  • Border and Boundary Line Tree Disputes
  • Negligent or Intentional Timber Trespass
  • Insurance Claim Investigation
  • Lightning / Storm Damage Evaluation
  • Tree Preservation During Construction
  • Loss to Eminent Domain Taking
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