William R. Acorn is founder of Acorn Consulting Services, LLC, an engineering firm. As a consulting mechanical engineer, Bill provides project analysis, forensic reconstructions and litigation support services relating to the design, delivery, and functioning of high-tech manufacturing facilities, semiconductor fabrication facilities, institutional laboratories, data centers, health care facilities and a variety of commercial buildings. He is a recognized expert in the evaluation of deficiencies in HVAC systems, cleanrooms, piping systems, refrigeration systems, construction defects, building and fire code compliance, and patent and trade secret disputes. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants.
Bill has more than 40 years of experience as a professional engineer and is a recognized expert in assessing, evaluating, remediating and providing testimony on complex project design, construction and operational matters. His consulting expertise has been influential in shaping approaches to code compliance and life safety in semiconductor and similar advanced technology facilities.
Certifications and Designations:
Registered as a Professional Mechanical Engineer in the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.
Registered with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying NCEES (Certificate No. 6999)
Fellow in the HVAC industry leading organization ASHRAE
Visiting lecturer at the Arizona State University Del E. Webb School of Construction in Tempe, AZ
Advisor to CREATE, ACE – Alliance for Construction Excellence and the IAB – Industry Advisory Board, all affiliated with ASU
Building Systems Analysis:
HVAC and Refrigeration
Process and Power Piping
Standard of Care in Design and Construction
Chemical Exposures in the Workplace
Cleanroom Design and Performance
Codes and Standards
Patent and Trade Secret Disputes
Litigation Support: Bill’s pragmatic approach to both forensic and litigation consulting as well as project consulting is based on more than 40 years of real-world experience as a design professional, mentor and forensic analyst, as well as many years as an instructor in professional and academic settings.Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of jurisdictions throughout the US and Asia. Bill’s ability to explain complex issues to non-technical audiences, including juries, mediators and judges, is a key to successfully solving your litigation challenges.
Strategic Litigation Consulting
Acorn Consulting Services
Consulting Services: Services range from peer review to conceptual design to development of strategies and programs for expedited project delivery.
Bill frequently acts as an owner’s agent and mentor, functioning as an extension of the owner’s project team. On other projects, Bill serves as a subject matter expert assisting project delivery firms in their development of viable solutions and review of construction documents.
As a project consultant, Bill assures the project gets off to the right start and provides his expertise through completion and operation to maximize return on investment.
Introduction: In our first Volume of the Forensic Exchanger, we discussed some of the all too many reasons why HVAC systems fail. If you missed that edition and are interested in that topic e-mail us and we will gladly send it to you. We will follow up with more discussion of that important topic in later editions
Facilities which utilize hazardous liquids and gases represent a significant potential liability to the owner, operator, and general public in terms of personnel safety and preservation of assets. It is obvious that a catastrophic incident or loss of property or personnel is to be avoided at all costs. This book was conceived to give the reader a guide to understanding the requirements of the various codes and regulations that apply to the design, construction, and operation of facilities utilizing hazardous materials in their processes.
Biomedical Business Resources LLC is a network of experts in the Medical Device Industry. With over 35 years of industry experience, their services include:
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Principal, Peter A. Crosby, has over 35 years of experience bringing multiple products to the world market from concept to market release. Mr. Crosby has been CEO of six medical device companies (public and private) in four countries, and member of the Board (including Chairman of the Board) of ten companies. His experience includes company formation, capital raising, product research and development, manufacturing, quality management systems, market launch, and sales management. With over 30 US patents and applications, he has managed the intellectual property portfolio of multiple companies.
Mr. Crosby's product experience includes implantable devices (cochlear implants, cardiac pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, artificial heart, neurostiumulation), in vitro diagnostics, imaging (ultrasound and X-ray), software, AEDs, and patient monitoring. His clinical domain experience includes ophthalmology, otolaryngology, cardiac surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, pain management, anesthesia and intensive care.
Imagine this scenario: Early stage company Smallco develops an exciting new technology, which it uses to create the prototype of its first product - Brakethroo! A large company in the same field, Bigco, becomes aware of Brakethroo, and realizes that if the product works as hoped, it could be a valuable addition to Bigco's product range. Bigco offers to buy the technology and product from the shareholders of Smallco. The merger and acquisition (M&A) agreement specifies an up-front payment, and one or more payments dependent on achievement of milestones. Bigco agrees to use "commercially reasonable efforts" to achieve the milestones. Smallco and Bigco sign the agreement, the shareholders of Smallco get an immediate payout and look forward to further milestone payments.
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mdi Consultants, Inc - Experts in FDA regulatory affairs, quality assurance and ISO 9000 certification. With 6 years in the FDA and 26 years consulting to the industry, mdi Consultants, Inc. has been an invited Speaker worldwide on FDA regulations and policies and has obtained FDA expert status as third party auditors.
We utilize the following three part approach to providing high quality services to our clients:
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Michael Arrigo is the Managing Partner, Healthcare Practice for No World Borders, and is a testifying expert witness. He works with health systems, health IT companies, and health plans. Recent retentions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) include drug pricing, patent infringement, medical coding, and billing and Qui Tam False Claims Act and fraud case specialties.
Mr. Arrigo has in-depth experience in HIPAA mandates, the HITECH Act and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and is a published author and regular speaker. He consults to clients including Health IT investors, Health IT companies, and health plans and hospital systems in matters regarding HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA Security Rule, HIPAA Breaches, Revenue Cycle Management.
Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Care Records
Quality Measures for Medicare Advantage Hospital Value-Based Purchasing
Medicare Advantage HEDIS 5-Star Ratings for Health Plans Mr. Arrigo was recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal Venture Capital Dispatch regarding medical coding standards and Wall Street Journal Health Blog regarding venture-backed information-technology companies that serve hospitals and health insurers.
Medicare Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) and National Coverage Determinations (NCDs)
Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) initiatives are underway in healthcare organizations across the country, with the aims of improving care and reducing costs. Are they working? At least one such initiative, at Baptist Health South Florida, is providing solid return on investment.