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Our Product Liability Group includes Mechanical, Materials, and Electrical Engineers supported by our Warnings and Human Factors experts. These experts have designed, manufactured, tested, and repaired a wide variety of consumer, industrial, agricultural, recreational, construction, food service, and medical products. Common products include: household appliances; children's products and toys; machinery (design, guard, warn); refrigeration and freezer systems; forklifts, man lifts, cranes, conveyors; hoists, trolleys, chains; ladders, stepstools, tables; scaffolds, tree-stands;  shelving, racks, displays;  bicycles, strollers; furniture, chairs; elevators, escalators; clothing; power tools, yard equipment; boats, ski jets, snowmobiles; tents; sports and recreational equipment; playground and amusement park equipment; automatic and manual doors; agricultural equipment.

 

Product Liability Experts
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John Agosti, CFEI
Fire and Explosion Investigator
Mr. Agosti has more than 30 years experience involving fire investigations and prevention.  His experience includes structure fires; vehicle fires; fire deaths/injuries: evidence collection and spoliation; witness interviews; still and video photography; building and fire codes, including fire/building code violations; life safety code violations; smoke, fire, carbon dioxide detector and alarm issues; fire spread issues; fire sprinklers, walls, and doors; fire exits and illumination; fire prevention analysis; fire department practices, including fire department operations/ practices/ management; firefighter deaths/injuries/safety; origin and make initial determination of cause including structures, vehicles, equipment, and marine; insurance claims and criminal cases involving theft, fires, fraud, and conspiracies to commit arson; electrocutions; investigation of bombings and incendiary fires; boiler and furnace fires/ explosions; LP and natural gas fires/explosions; kitchen range fires; spontaneous combustions; electrical fires, including automobile, truck, boats, and equipment; fireplace, flue, and chimney fires; home appliance fires; industrial fires and explosions.

John is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and a member of the National Fire Protection Association; the Fire Marshals Association of North America; the International Association of Fire Chiefs; the International Code Council; the Fire Investigators Strike Force; the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association; the International Association of Arson Investigators; and the National Association of Fire Investigators.
 
Daniel E. Barker
Mechanical and Industrial Expert
Mr. Barker has more than 35 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer.  His experience includes mechanical system malfunctions and defects; product failures; industrial equipment electrical and mechanical safety incidents, including OSHA and UL listing requirements; assembly of aircraft flight instruments; design and testing of high volume production automotive engine components; water and air treatment systems; home appliance design, including refrigerators and vacuums.  Dan is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a Residential Builders License in Michigan.
 
Douglas B. Baumgarten, CHFD, CMES, CPES
Exercise and Fitness Expert
Mr. Baumgarten has more than 30 years experience in exercise and fitness, including recreational facilities, design, operation, and maintenance; exercise equipment; codes and standards; sports risk management; incident reconstruction; warnings liability; supervision liability; standard of care liability; personal coaching/training; fitness testing; and instructor training.

Doug is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the International Association of Fitness Professionals.  He is also a Certified Health/Fitness Director, and a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, and a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist.  Doug serves as Editorial Columnist for Boardroom Magazine and as an Advisory Board Member for Fitness Management Magazine.  He is a four time winner of Boardroom Awards' Excellence in Achievement Award as top Fitness Company/ Consultant.  Doug enjoys weight training, competitive baseball, golf, skiing, cycling/racing, running, hiking.
 
Mike Baumgartner
Ten Expert
Mr. Baumgartner has more than 10 years experience in tent operations.  His experience includes the layout, installation, repair, maintenance, inspection, and tear-down of tents, with sizes ranging up to approximately 10,000 square feet.

Mike has been contracted by Eureka Tent Co. to train tent customers in the proper methods to safely set and dismantle large tents - including their safe usage during adverse weather conditions.
 
Robert Belloto, Jr., RPh, PhD, CGP, FASCP
Pharmacology Expert
Licensed in Ohio and Pennsylvania
Dr. Belloto has over 25 years of experience in toxicology consultations concerning drug effects and opinion letters; drug information consultations, depositions, opinion letters, and court testimony in pharmacy and medical malpractice cases; medication therapy management services to patients and pharmacies; nursing home consulting services to pharmacies by reviewing patient charts in nursing homes and making recommendations concerning drug therapy, adverse reactions and drug therapy monitoring; drug information services for physicians and nursing staff; and contract instructional services for pharmacy students and technicians.

Bob is an Ohio and Pennsylvania licensed Pharmacist and a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. He is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists; the American Heart Association; the American Mathematical Society; the American Pharmacists Association; the American Society for Quality; the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists; the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists; the American Statistical Association; the Mathematical Association of America; The Ohio Academy of Science; the Ohio Pharmacists Association; and the Sigma Xi Society for the Scientific Detection of Crime.
 
Steve Bernheim, BCFE, ACFE, CPCM
Sports and Recreation Expert
Mr. Bernheim has more than 25 years experience as a sports and recreation consultant and has testified in more than 300 litigation cases in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.  Steve has served as an expert in a variety of sports injury negligence suits against schools, recreational facilities and amusement parks involving faulty equipment, improper supervision, poor facilities, non-adhearance to codes and standards, and human error.

Steve is a member of the Academy of Certified Consultants and Experts; the American College of Forensic Examiners; the American Board of Forensic Examiners; the ASTM Playground Surface Committee; the ASTM Playground Equipment Committee; the ASTM Hockey Equipment Certification Council; the National Recreation and Parks Association; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness; the National Association for Sport and Physical Education; the International Recreational Go Kart Association; the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officers; the New England Ice Skating Managers Association; the Recreation Safety Institute; the National Safety Council; the National Safety Management Society; the ASTM Mini Playground Committee; and the ASTM F8 Sports Facility and Equipment Committee. 

Steve has also given several dozen sports and recreation related presentations to various bar associations and has published a book dealing with games for the disabled entitled "The Road to Glory."

Paul R. Bladdick, FASSE, MP; Master Plumber Expert

Mr. Bladdick has over 40 years experience as first a Plumber Apprentice, then a Journeyman Plumber, and, finally a Master Plumber. His expertise includes plumbing codes and standards; fuel gas explosions; backflow device testing; plumbing technical training; plumbing construction management; welding technologies; combination and mixing valves; sewer design and control; and fire protection systems.

Paul is a Member of The American Society of Sanitary Engineering, The American Backflow Prevention Association, The Canadian Standards Associations (B-64 committee), The Michigan Backflow Prevention Association (President 2000 – 2009), The American Society of Plumbing Engineers, The National Fire Protection Association, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and several code development associations.

 
Dr. Theron Blickenstaff, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Medical, Occupational, and Environmental Expert
Dr. Blickenstaff has almost 20 years experience related to environmental, occupational, and industrial health and safety, including chemical exposure; premature mortality assessments; indoor air quality (Sick Building Syndrome); mold; disability and worker fitness-for-duty assessments; worker sensitivities; epidemiology; cancer causation; risk assessments; and MSDS’s.

Theron is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FACOEM), a member of the Tennessee College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine.
He has provided support for Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability, toxic tort, and product and premises liability cases.  His involvement has included review of records, verbal and written reports, affidavits, depositions, and expert testimony.
 
 
Christopher R. Bommarito, IAI;
Scientist/Chemist
Mr. Bommarito has over 20 years experience as a forensic scientist and chemist. His expertise includes trace evidence analysis; analytical methods including GC-MS, SEM-EDS, FTIR, HPLC, IC, and GC; wet chemistry; crime scene reconstruction; clandestine drug laboratory investigations; drug analysis; paint analysis; fiber and wood analysis; glass analysis; soil analysis; bloodstain pattern analysis; scanning electron microscopy; crime scene search; stereochemistry and chromatography; explosive residue and pyrotechnics;  footwear and footprints; fingerprinting; controlled substances; fire debris analysis; knots and ligatures; tire impressions; forensic photography; spectroscopy and microscopy; forensic entomology; human remains decomposition; airbag analysis; and lamp examinations.

Chris is a member of The Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS); The Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis (SWGMAT); The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS); The International Association for Identification (IAI); The American Chemical Society (ACS); and The Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists.

Chris has received the 2003 Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists “Outstanding Scientist” award; was one of ten forensic scientists selected to the Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis, Paint Subgroup, which sets international guidelines for forensic paint examination; and was the Statewide Coordinator for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (MSP), 2004-2006.
 
Gregory L. Boso, PE;
Civil Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia
Mr. Boso has over 35 years experience in potable water, wastewater, and storm water; culverts; landslides; foundations; hydrologic and hydraulic analyses; flood plain management; water collection, pumping, treatment, distribution, and storage; residential, commercial, and industrial site development; blasting; transportation engineering; building construction; building code administration and enforcement; building inspections; trusses and sheathing; fences; hazardous materials; construction project resident engineering; fire fighting and training; and emergency vehicle operation.

Greg is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Member of The National Society of Professional Engineers, The National Academy of Forensic Engineers, The International Code Council, and The American Society of Civil Engineers; and is a West Virginia Certified Home Inspector.
 
Arthur M. Brate, PE;
Agricultural Engineer
Water drainage; hydrology; site development; environmental planning; flood control; dams; channels; levees; surface and subsurface water flows; agricultural and urban drainage problems; field topographic surveys; erosion control structures; construction inspection; land improvement; soil and water conservation; soil bio-engineering; damaged streams; hypoxia; grassed waterways; automated control structures.
 
Larry C. Brown, PhD; Agricultural Engineer Mr. Brown has more than 20 years experience involving agriculture and farm equipment, materials, and operations.  His expertise includes land drainage, erosion control, irrigation methods, soil and water management, land use assessment, and environmental surveys. 

Larry's professional memberships include:  the American Society of Agricultural Engineers; the Soil and Water Conservation Society; the Water Management Association of Ohio; the Ohio Academy of Science Membership; Sigma Xi; and Tau Beta Pi.

Christine Bruning, MSN, RN;
Nursing Expert
Ms. Bruning has over 20 years experience as a nurse, specializing in OB labor and delivery and their complications. Additional experience includes patient care; nursing practice; perinatal woman's health; nursing management and leadership; clinical research and practice; postpartum care; nursery care; birth center deliveries; childbirth education; caring for newborns; pediatrics; and medical surgery.

Chris is a member of The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and The Zeta Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International (Honor Society of Nursing).

Chris has also taught many nursing courses and has developed documentation and curriculums for several accrediting agencies, including The Ohio Board of Nursing and The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
 
Steven R. Copeland, RA
Architect
Mr. Copeland has more than 20 years experience involving building and facilities design, construction, and maintenance.  His expertise includes parking lots, restaurants, food courts, condominium developments, malls, cemeteries, and water/fire damage estimates and repairs.

Steve's professional memberships include:  the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Code Council (ICC).
 
Jeff A. Davis
SCUBA Diving Expert
Mr. Davis has trained more than 6000 students and 30 instructors in SCUBA.  His experience includes certified SCUBA diver; SCUBA services including operations, repairs, training and rescue operations; CO, CO2 and O2 poisoning; air embolism; nitrogen narcosis; equipment techniques; search and recovery; public sector training; navigation; dive control specialist.

Jeff has conducted rescue operations resulting in the location and retrieval of two diver fatalities, as well as emergency operations to rescue divers suffering from the bends.  He operates one of the top repair facilities in the country with state of the art testing and tools.  Jeff holds certificates as an Open Water and PADI Master Instructor as well as an SSI (SCUBA Schools International) Instructor Certifier.
 
Timothy J. Dickson, PE, SE;
Civil/Structural Engineer

Civil/structural engineering; field investigations; laboratory studies; commercial and residential buildings and bridges constructed of reinforced concrete (conventional, pre-stressed and post-tensioned), structural steel, masonry and timber; foundation underpinning systems; earth retention systems using soil nail walls, segmental retaining walls and sheet piles; structural failures/collapses; water infiltration; roofing failures; building façade evaluations; work zone safety; windows, doors, floors, stairs, and ramps; fire, wind, ice, and snow damage; professional liability claims; preparation of construction documents; evaluation of field test-data; property loss; construction defects; natural gas explosion damage; building settlement; deteriorated concrete and masonry; building rehabilitation and renovation; high wind, tornado, and blizzard damage; precast concrete planks; structural steel frames; fatigue and static performance tests; jointless bridges; parking garage rehabilitation; bracing failure investigations.

 
Todd D. Feliks, PE
Civil Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan
Mr. Feliks has more than 20 years experience in construction project management.  His expertise includes hospital, healthcare, and educational building design and construction, including flooring, painting, lighting and ceiling replacement; building standards and code compliance, including ADA, ANSI, NFPA, BOCA, IBC, and OSHA; Professional Liability issues and Standards of Practice; clean rooms and operating rooms; and  project contracts, including shop drawings, submittals, bid and project documents, and change orders.  

Todd is a Registered Professional Engineer in Michigan, and is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers. 
 
Lisa A. Ferrara, D.Eng
Biomedical Engineer
Mrs. Ferrara has nearly 20 years experience in biomedical engineering, including several years in the Department of Neurosurgery with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  Her expertise includes musculoskeletal injuries, brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, trauma induced injuries, spinal disorders and the biomechanics of spinal trauma.  Biomechanical behavior of the brain, head injuries, defective helmets and associated brain injuries, spinal injuries, etiologies that affect the central nervous system, sensory loss, child abuse, shaken baby syndrome, and the effects of substance abuse on the brain.

Lisa is a member of the American Society for Testing Materials; the North American Spine Society; the International Biomechanics Society; and the Biomedical Engineering Society.  She has nearly 20 years' experience in presenting lectures or articles regarding Biomedical Engineering, especially spinal issues.  Lisa has authored more than 60 book chapters.
 
Jon L. Filliez
Elevator and Escalator Expert
Mr. Filliez has more than 30 years experience in elevator and escalator maintenance operations.  His experience includes elevator and escalator maintenance, service and repair; elevator and escalator damage and malfunction evaluations; long range elevator modernization projects.

Jon holds a State of Michigan Elevator Class "A" Journeyperson's License and a State of Michigan Certificate of Competency (General Elevator Inspector).
 
Larry Fischer, RA, AIA, NCARB
Architect
Mr. Fischer has more than 30 years experience involving all aspects of building planning, design, and construction supervision.  Projects include healthcare, educational, corporate, commercial, industrial and residential construction, including ANSI, Life Safety Code, ADA, and zoning compliance.

Larry is a member of the American Institute of Architects; the Architects Society of Ohio; the Committee on Architecture for Health; the American Society of Hospital Engineers; the American College of Hospital Executives; the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and the Architectural Board of Review.
 
John Frackelton, ASE, MVIC, SSC;
Motorcycle, ATV, and Snowmobile Expert
Mr. Frackelton has over 35 years experience as a Motorcycle, ATV, and Snowmobile Technician, Sales/Service Manager, and Litigation Investigator. His expertise includes motorcycle, ATV, and snowmobile operations and functions; crash  reconstruction; steering, suspension, tires, wheels, and brakes; operator performance evaluations; mechanical, structural, materials, and electrical system malfunctions and defects; speed determinations; skid/scrape analysis; deformation/penetration patterns; racetrack liability; service training; product investigations and testing; fire investigations; simulator training; quality control; insurance investigations; air bag testing; and motor vehicle inspector.

John’s Certifications include ASE (Automotive Service Excellence); MVIC (Motor Vehicles Inspector Certification); and SSC (Snowmobile Safety Certification). John is also a Member of The American Motorcycle Association; The Society of Automotive Engineers; The Vintage Snowmobile Club of America; and The New York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstruction Society.
 
Seth Francis, HPET;
Engine and Vehicle Management Systems
Mr. Francis's vehicle and engine experience includes: engine and vehicle graphical user interface systems; knock control systems; fine tuning engine management systems; designing engine calibration systems; hexadecimal engine coding, chip addressing, and vehicle communication protocol; modifying ECU/ADM's for street cars and race cars; high performance engine tuning; vehicle and engine performance and repair; parts fabrication; vehicle emission inspection machines; chassis dynamometers; five gas analyzers; and controlling and reducing vehicle emissions.

Seth is a certified High Performance Engine Tuner (HPET) and a certified (Texas) vehicle emissions inspector.
 
Albert J. Galko, PE, CFEI
Civil Engineer; Certified Fire and Explosions Investigator
Licensed Engineer in multiple states, including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana (ask for full listing)
Mr. Galko has more than 30 years experience involving building design, construction, renovation, and maintenance, including structural evaluations.  Al's experience also includes roadway design, air pollution sampling, and work zone safety. 

Al is a Registered Professional Engineer in 26 states, and is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator; a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers; the American Institute of Architects; the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers; the International Conference of Building Officials; the National Academy of Building Inspecting Engineers; and the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
 
 
Richard Gregory
Elevator and Escalator Expert
Mr. Gregory has more than 35 years experience related to elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and similar equipment.  Dick’s experience includes ANSI/ASME A17 Code interpretation and compliance; elevator/escalator design, maintenance, and repair; inspections and assessments; electrical and control systems; and installation/construction, including modernization.

Dick is a member of over a dozen organizations and committees related to elevator/escalator design, installation, operation, maintenance, and safety.  Dick is also a nationally known lecturer and course instructor on vertical transportation systems, and has 2 elevator-related patents.
 
Paul H. Gross, CCM; Meteorologist Mr. Gross has over 20 years of meteorology experience including weather-related evaluations for vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road); special events planning; construction delays; slip-and-fall incidents, including black ice formation; lightning strikes; property damage; time-of-death investigations; and fire investigations. Paul is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist.
 
John H. Hanst
Sports and Recreation Expert
Mr. Hanst has more than 35 years experience as a government and court qualified expert in more than 800 litigations involving sports and recreational activities.  John's professional licenses and certificates include:  licensed investigator, licensed pilot, emergency medical technician, licensed pool and water lifeguard, water safety instructor, CPR and first aid instructor, scuba diver, alpine ski and ski binding specialist, playground safety inspector, USTA tennis trainer, and amusement ride safety inspector and  operations technician.

John is a member of NRPA, USTA, USCF, PPOA, ASTM, NFPT, IAAPA, and NAARSO.
 
Vanessa R. Heckman, RN, MSN, CNP, CLNC
Nursing Expert
Ms. Heckman has more than 10 years experience in nursing.  Her expertise includes medical malpractice cases; independent medical examinations and histories; summarize, translate, and interpret medical records; identify causation issues; assess damages/injuries; analyze research studies; identify need for Life Care Planner; family practice, urgent care, and retail medicine; neonatal intensive care; medical-surgical; home health; pediatrics; office nursing; assess, diagnose, and treat acute illnesses; patient and family education; suturing, eye examinations, and foreign body removal, splinting, and reading X-rays; pelvic exams and newborn assessment; lab result and X-ray reviews.  Vanessa is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Richard Hermance, FE, ACE;
Vehicle Crash Reconstruction and Snowmobile Expert
Mr. Hermance has over 30 years experience investigating motor vehicle crashes. Specific expertise includes snowmobile operations and functions, including safety; operator performance evaluations; speed determinations; skid/scrape analysis; deformation/penetration analysis; vehicle and component research and testing; seat belts, including child restraints; pedestrian and bicycle incidents; crash computer simulations; trail design and safety, including signage; human factors, including daytime/nighttime visibility and reaction times; occupant trajectory; motorcycles, ATVs, racing cars, and watercraft; buses, motor homes, and trailers, including campers; dynamic traction analysis; injury and crash biomechanics; Crash Data Recorder (CDC) analysis; acceleration and braking tests; and farm equipment.

Richard's certifications include a certificate as an Accident Reconstruction Expert (ACE) by the National Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (1992); a certificate of Training, Commercial Vehicle Reconstruction: NATARI, NAPARS, NYSTARS (1999); a certificate of Training, Advanced Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, Crash Testing and Speed from Crush: NATARI, NAPARS, MATAI, NJAAR (1996); a certified Snowmobile Safety Instructor, State of New York; and a Board Certified Forensic Examiner (FE), The American Board of Forensic Examiners.

Richard is a member of The International Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists; The National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The Research/Testing and Evaluation Committee, National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The Ethics Committee, National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The American Board of Forensic Examiners; The National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction; and the New York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstruction Society Inc.
 
Thomas J. Hern
Automotive Consultant
Mr. Hern has over 30 years experience in the automotive dealership business including automotive dealership sales, service, and operations; automotive dealership evaluations; relationships between dealers and manufacturers; dealership and vehicle valuations; dealership training; technology consulting; accounting systems; cost segregation studies; and benchmark reviews. 

Tom was a recipient of the 1997 Dow Searle Fellowship and a winner of the 1997 Faculty Excellence Award.
 
James R. Heyl, PE
Electrical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, New Mexico
Mr. Heyl has more than 30 years experience involving building electrical system and equipment design, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.  His experience includes residential, commercial, industrial, and manufacturing facilities and their appliances/equipment.  Jim has been involved with automation and robotic systems; computers and PLC programming; low and medium voltage distribution systems; code compliance; and standby and prime power generators.

Jim’s experience also includes controls and instrumentation systems as well as investigations of electrical systems and components as the origin or cause of fires. 
Jim is a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and IES (Illuminating Engineering Society). 
 
James R. Hill, PE
Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Wisconsin
Mr. Hill has more than 30 years experience involving building HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical systems and components.  His experience includes design, installation, code compliance, damage, defects and personal injury.

Jim is a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers) and NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers).  Jim is a Registered PE in 7 states and has expert witness courtroom experience.
 

Jim’s past projects have included bakery and food processing equipment and facilities; commercial and industrial refrigeration/freezer systems; hot water and steam boilers systems; turbines, compressors, pumps, fans, and vacuum systems; kitchens, locker rooms, dining rooms and restrooms; and code and safety compliance, including ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
 
Norman B. Hochfeld
Electrical Expert
Mr. Hochfeld has almost 25 years experience involving building electrical system and equipment design, installation, operation and maintenance.  His experience includes consumer electronics; control systems; material handling systems; fiber optics; computers and PLC’s; robotic systems; process controls and instrumentation; metal processing operations; HVAC systems; hydraulic elevators; security systems; automatic fire systems; dust and fume collection systems; roofs and pavements; and plant safety.

Norm is a member of NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and ISA (Instrument Society of America).   He has extensive experience with NFPA, ANSI, NEC, UL, ISA, JIC, and IEC codes and standards.
 
 
Dwight Keith Hoffman, PhD
Adhesive/Sealant/Coatings Expert
Dr. Hoffman has more than 30 years experience involving adhesives; sealants; coatings including water-based coatings; organic chemistry; homogeneous catalysis; epoxy resins; polyurethanes; ring opening polymerization; micro encapsulation; vinyl polymerization; foams including polystyrene foam products and processing, automotive seat foams and isocyanurate foams; modular windshield adhesives; copolymer polyol processing; and high surface tension emulsion polymerization. 

Dwight has received numerous awards for his research including being the first recipient of the Central Research "Excellence in Science" award for Dispersion Polymerization and the Recipient of the Dow Future New Products award for Copolymer Polyols.  He holds more than 30 patents for techniques involving various adhesives, sealants and coatings. 

Dwight is a Member of the Society of the Plastics Industry; the American Chemical Society; and the Controlled Release Society.
 
Laurence A. Jacobs, MD, FACOG;
Ob/Gyn – Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Expert
Licensed in Illinois
Dr. Jacobs has over 30 years experience in reviewing medical records; gynecologic laparoscopy surgery complications (bowel, bladder, or blood vessel); infertility, in-vitro fertilization, and reproductive endocrinology; multiple pregnancies and tubal ectopic pregnancies; fertility drugs, miscarriages, and pelvic infections; and endometriosis and pelvic adhesions.

Dr. Jacobs' Professional Associations include:
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow (FACOG); Chicago Gynecologic Society; American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM); and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL). He is also on the Medical Advisory Board of The American Fertility Association (Formerly the AIA).
 
Dennis Michael King, FAIA, FESD, LEED, AP;
Architect
Construction property damage, defects, and personal injury; architecture construction claims; premises/professional liabilities; construction operations; construction marketing; project management; claims arbitration; dispute settlement; LEED Green Buildings; energy and environmental design.
 
John W. Koshak, QEI, CEI
Elevator and Escalator Expert
Mr. Koshak has more than 30 years experience including elevator and escalator damage, malfunction, and personal injury/death; risk analysis facilitation; code compliance; elevator system design, including design of a machineroom-less elevator system; designed the LifeJacket hydraulic elevator safety device; direct and indirect hydraulic elevators; geared and gearless traction elevators; escalators; moving walks; wheelchair lifts; and dumbwaiters.

John is a Member of the Elevator and Escalator Safety Foundation, and has been a Trustee and on the Board of Regents.  He is also a Member of the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities International; the Canadian Standards Association; the B44 Associate Committee; the International Association of Elevator Engineers; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the A17 Standards Committee; the A17 Mechanical Design Committee; the A17 New Technology Committee; the A17 International Standards Committee; the A17 Code Coordination Committee; the A17 Alternate Member of Hydraulic Committee; the International Standards Organization; and the National Association of Elevator Contractors. 

John holds six patents for elevator safety and control devices, and has his Private Pilot Certificate.
 
Con Larrabee;
Mining Engineer
Mr. Larrabee has over 40 years experience involving mine planning, operations, production, compliance, equipment, training, safety, and supervisor/management. Specific expertise includes underground and surface mines; mine equipment; mine safety; mine production; mine compliance; operations utilizing shovels, trucks, loaders, dozers, drills, graders, dragline, and various support equipment; seam mining; mountain top removal; contour mining; haul road construction; impoundment; coal haulage; coal preparation; MSHA/WV Training; reclamation and reforestation; belt moves/installation/track; power and section moves; mine management; and surveyor.

Con's Professional Certifications and Training include: WV Certified Instructor – Underground and Surface; MSHA Certified Instructor; Mine Inspector; Mine Safety Trainer; EMT; Dust/Noise Certification; Haulage Way Safety Design and Management; Eco–planner with emphasis on Reclamation and Reforestation; and Teaching Certification from the Mine, Health, and Safety Academy.
 
John P. Lauhoff, PE, CSP
Safety Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Massachusetts
Mr. Lauhoff has nearly 30 years experience as a safety engineer.  His experience includes injuries, damage, malfunctions, and personnel issues related to machinery and equipment design, fabrication, maintenance, operations, procedures, training, and safety procedures; accident investigation/reconstruction; slips, trips, and falls; industrial vehicles; machinery/equipment guarding; hand/power tools; work-related injuries; safety grievances; safety training programs; monitor outside contractors.

John is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is a Certified Safety Professional.  He is a Licensed Pilot: Multi-engine, Instrument, Commercial License and a Certified Scuba Diver.
 
Stephen K. Li, RA
Forensic Architect
Licensed Architect in multiple states, including Ohio, Michigan
Mr. Li has more than 30 years experience involving residential and commercial building and facilities design, construction and maintenance.  His previous experience includes: super center designs; shelving, displays, and racks; fall, slip, and trip protection; illumination; wind, water, and hail damage; parking lot safety guidelines; security systems; grading and drainage; foundations; ADA compliance; and AandE professional liability issues. 

Steve’s continuing education includes: International Building Code Seminar; Michigan Law for Design Professionals; International Council of Shopping Center Conferences; Retail Store Development Conference; and Store Planning, Equipment and Construction Services.  Steve is currently a Registered Architect in 12 states. 
 
David M. Manuta, PhD, FAIC
Environmental/Occupational Expert
Dr. Manuta has more than 20 years experience specializing in the application of chemical principles to solve problems for commercial product and industrial process improvements.  He has served as an expert witness in litigation involving damage, defects, and personal injury involving fundamental chemical principles.  His expertise includes fundamental chemical principles; electrochemistry, thermodynamics; handling safety of gases, chemicals, and oxidizers; industrial and manufacturing operations safety; fire and explosion investigations (including arson); hazardous material and radiation exposure; clandestine manufacturing of illegal drugs; cleaning and disinfecting products and equipment; worker chemical sensitivity assessments; dust and fumes exposure; fireworks incidents; spontaneous combustion; skin care products; infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography testing; and refrigerant hazards.

Dave is a member of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), ACS (American Chemical Society, Inorganic and Fluorine Divisions), ACCandCE (Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers), AIC (American Institute of Chemists), ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), NFC (National Forensic Center), and the Ohio Academy of Science.  Dave has also published and presented more than 20 papers and reports.
 
Daniel C. Maser, CIH, CSP, ROH
Environmental/Occupational Expert
Mr. Maser has more than 25 years experience in the fields of environmental, fire protection, industrial hygiene, and safety compliance.  Dan has extensive experience in conducting comprehensive industrial hygiene surveys, regulatory type safety inspections, emergency incident responses, chemical safety programs, application of engineering controls, hazardous waste regulations, indoor environmental quality studies, and employee training.

Dan is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society, the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
 
Lawrence S. Mayer, MD, MS, PhD;
Medical and Epidemiology Expert
Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer has over 40 years experience as a Medical Health Physician with special expertise in Epidemiology and Biostatics. His expertise includes Epidemiology and Biostatistics; statistical data analysis; study and model review; valuation of epidemiological studies and clinical trials; meta-analysis; evaluation of causal content of epidemiological studies; drug and medical development and regulation; product liability; occupational and environmental exposures; medical malpractice; toxicology; cardiology; OB/GYN; surgery; psychiatry/neuropsychiatry; internal medicine; disease prognosis; biomedical informatics; multiple regression; time series modeling; stochastic processes; multivariate analysis; statistical inference; public policy; and energy analysis.

Dr. Mayer has over 100 publications and presentations. He is a Member of The Society of Epidemiological Research; The Society of Environmental Epidemiology; The Royal Statistical Society; The Society for Medical Decision Making; The American Statistical Association; The Biometrics Society; The Institute for Mathematical Statistics; The Psychometric Society; The Econometric Society; and The American Association for the Advancement of Science.
 
Timothy R. McGreal, PE;
Mechanical Engineer
Mr. McGreal has almost 20 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer, with over 25 years experience as an Automotive Mechanic. His expertise includes consumer products; automobile/trucks/other vehicles; fuel-fired appliances; explosions; fire suppression systems; fire alarm systems; plumbing systems; gas supply systems; code compliance; moisture intrusion; roof damage assessments; HVAC equipment; construction, agricultural, commercial, and industrial equipment and machinery; computational fluid dynamics (CFD); power tools; medical equipment; product design and packaging; human factors and warnings; and patent infringement.

Tim is a Registered Professional Engineer and has been awarded two patents. His Professional Affiliations include The Society of Fire Protection Engineers; The National Fire Protection Association; and The Society of Automotive Engineers.
 
Norman S. Miller, MD, JD, PLLC
Medical Expert
Dr. Miller has more than 25 years experience in the medical field, including psychiatry; addictions; medical malpractice; product liability; medications; neurology; criminal responsibility; independent medical evaluations; detoxification; and alcohol and drug addition, abuse and treatment.

Norm has been named as one of America's Top Doctors by The Best in American Medicine numerous times.  He has completed residencies in psychiatry, neurology, pathology, and internal medicine, as well as a fellowship in clinical pharmacology and has received his Jurist Doctorate.  He is licensed to practice both law and medicine in Michigan and has been certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Psychiatry, and Neurology.

He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry Medical Education Committee and is a past member of the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism, the Assoc. for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists, and the American Psychiatric Association.  Norm currently sits on the admissions interview board for the College of Human Medicine, the Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Curriculum Development Group, and the Faculty Search Committee for Michigan State University.
 
Lawrence W. Moriarty
Product and Materials Expert
Mr. Moriarty has more than 30 years of product design and materials engineering experience.  His experience includes product design and testing; failure analysis; chemical, physical and metallurgical testing; manufacturing operations; quality control; materials and fasteners; corrosion protection; responses to banned substances (asbestos, lead, cadmium, PVC, mercury and hexavalent chromium); FMVSS, SAE and ISO requirements; evaluation and testing of cloths, carpets, leather, plastics, metals, rubber, glass, lubricants, paints, sealers, and adhesives; development of advanced automotive bumpers, body structure, and hardware; heat treating operations.

Lawrence is a member of the American Society for Metals (ASM); the ASTM B-8 committee on Electroplating; and the SAE Wrought Aluminum subcommittee.  He has taught courses in metallurgy, materials science, physics, mathematics, and strength of metals.
 
Susan K. Murry, MSN, CRPN
Nursing Expert
Ms. Murry has more than 25 years experience as a nurse, including more than 10 as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Her experience includes patient care; nursing practices; medical facility "standard-of-care" procedures; OSHA compliance; school health; family care including pediatrics, gynecology and gerontology; occupational injury assessment and treatment; child abuse and neglect screening; communicable diseases including STD's; community health education; pharmacology; and pathophysiology.

Sue is an Advanced Practice Nurse with Prescriptive Authority (Ohio registration), a Certified Nurse Practitioner, and a Nursing Doctorate Candidate.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau; the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses; the Medical College of Ohio Alumni Association; and The Ohio State University Alumni Association.
 
John R. Nixon, PE
Firearm and Ballistics Engineer
Licensed Engineer in multiple states
Mr. Nixon has nearly 20 years experience involving firearms and ballistics including guns and ammunitions technology, design, manufacturing, usage, safety, supervision and failures.  His expertise includes weapons training, wound ballistics, non-destructive testing and ballistics "fingerprinting."

John's professional memberships include:  the National Society of Professional Engineers; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; the Expert Witness Institute; the Institute of Management; the Institute of Materials; the British Engineering Council of Professional Engineers; the UK Explosives, Safety, Performance, and Compatibility Committee; the National Rifle Association, and the Izaak Walton League of America.
 
Dr. Joseph S. Ohr, Jr, MD, RPh;
Medical Surgeon, Pharmacist, and Pathologist
Dr. Ohr has over 20 years experience as a pharmacist and 10 years experience as a pathologist and a Doctor of Medicine. Specific expertise includes anatomical, clinical, and trauma pathology; wounds; sudden infant death syndrome; cancers and tumors; therapeutics; tissue mortality; psychopharmacology; drugs and drug abuse; HIV; viruses and bioterrorism; CPR; and funeral home operations/procedures, including embalming.

Dr. Ohr holds the following licenses: American Board of Pathology Certification – Forensic Pathology, 2008; American Board of Pathology Certification – Anatomical Pathology, 2008; Physician and surgeon – Ohio, 2005; Physician and surgeon – Illinois, 2002; Board certified – registered pharmacist, Ohio, 1987; Permanent ECFMG certified, #0-574-847-0.

Dr. Ohr’s memberships include The National Association of Medical Examiners; The College of American Pathology; The American Society of Clinical Pathology; The Ohio State Medical Association; The Columbus Medical Association; and The Ohio State Pharmacy Association.
 
Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI, CVFI, CFATE;
Senior Forensic Vehicle Analyst
Mr. Painter has over 20 years of experience in vehicle transponders, ignition locks, steering columns, and anti-theft systems; vehicle fraud; production and testing of keys and locks; air bags; fire and explosion origin and cause; vehicle collision repair; auto and medium/heavy duty trucks; vehicle brakes, steering, suspension, engines, drive train, axles, air conditioning, and electrical/electronic components; and auto dealership management.

Rob is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner; an ASE Certified Auto, Collision, Med/Hvy/Duty Truck Technician; a Certified Airbag Specialist; a Certified Forensic Locksmith; a Certified Forensic Auto Theft Examiner L-5; a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator; and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator. He is a Member of The International Association of Forensic Auto Theft Examiners; The International Association of Arson Investigators (Multiple chapter membership); The North Central Regional Chapter of International Association of Auto Theft Investigators; The International Automotive Technicians Network; The South Carolina Insurance Fraud Investigators; The National Association of Fire Investigators; and The American College of Forensic Examiners.
 
Ethan Parker, PE
Civil Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia
Mr. Parker has more than 25 years experience in Civil Engineering including vehicle crash reconstruction, including automobiles, trucks, buses, trailers, motorcycles, water craft, and trains; analysis of mechanical and structural failures, including foundation, wall and roof collapses; vehicle defects and failures, including hydraulic/air brakes, steering and suspension, drive trains, and tires; mold remediation in homes, schools, and commercial buildings; vehicle fires and explosions, including arson; product defects, including mechanical and electrical failures; water infiltration, hail, and wind damage; roadway incidents, including road design and visibility analysis; design analysis; building code compliance; fire investigations; steel structures; glazing and roofing systems; conveyance systems; crane runways; traffic flow and accident patterns; signage and traffic signals.

Ethan is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; the Miami Valley Association of Traffic Collision Investigators and Reconstructionists; the National Society of Professional Engineers; the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers; the Society of Automotive Engineers; and the Structural Engineers Association of Ohio.  He is ACTAR accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, and an ASE Certified Technician for automobiles, trucks, and school buses.
 
Thomas A. Parker, PhD;
Entomologist
Mr. Parker has over 40 years experience as an Entomologist. His expertise includes entomology, including pest control, wood-destroying organisms, pesticides, and bedbug infestations; termite control; lawn spraying; commercial sanitation; fumigation; smoke odor; fungi and mold; vegetation control; aerial spraying; mosquito and malaria spraying; infectious disease control; water quality monitoring; disease surveys; field and forage crops; control of spiders; insecticide formulations; ultra-violet radiation; and mosquito ecology.

Mr. Parker has over 30 publications dealing with pest control and management. He is also the inventor of "The Silver Skunk," a metered pesticide power spray unit for professional termite control and lawn spraying.

Clinton Parks, PE; Products and Equipment Expert
Licensed in Ohio, Virginia, Louisiana, and North Carolina
Mr. Howard has over 20 years of experience in specialized machinery; medical products; hydraulics and pneumatics; control systems and electronics; rotating and pressurized process machines; seismic analyses; product safety; structures and structural analyses; commercial products; boilers; refrigeration systems; finite element analysis; pulp and paper industry; wood science; design for manufacturing and assembly; regulatory compliance; operational and maintenance training; and field support.

Clint is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Louisiana, has a NCEES record on file, and is a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and The American Institute of Steel Construction.
 
Thomas B. Peeler;
Plastics Expert
Part/mold design optimization; polymer materials; medical implants; CAE Analysis, including mold flow/cooling/warp analysis and FEA; problem solving and failure identification; design and cost assessments; material selection and performance; solids CAD modeling experience (Pro-E, Solidworks); process condition optimization; metal to plastic conversions; injection molding machines.
 
Robert C. Peters, PE
Civil Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Mr. Peters has more than 35 years experience related to electricity and electric power lines, including equipment/material malfunctions; review of wood pole maintenance programs; single pole design (wood and steel); antenna support analysis (lattice steel towers, tubular poles and wood H-frame structures); tubular steel poles design; double circuit guyed lattice tower design; transmission line routing; distribution line design projects and mapping; and substation design. 

Bob has extensive class room instruction experience, having taught numerous courses, and presented numerous seminars regarding power systems.  He is a member of the Life Member American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); the Conference Internationale des Grands Reseaux Electriques a Houte Tension (CIGRE); the National Society of Professional Engineers; the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) Subcommittee 5, Loading and Strength; the  American National Standards 05 Committee on Wood; the IEEE Transmission and Distribution Committee; the IEEE Towers Poles and Conductors Subcommittee Steering Committee; the IEEE Working Group on Coordination of Changes to the NESC ; the IEEE Loading and Strength Working Group TPandC Subcommittee; the IEEE Loading and Strength Working Group TPandC Subcommittee, and the ASCE/IEEE Committee on Foundation Design for Transmission Structures (and author of section on anchors).  He is chairman of the IEEE Overhead Line Structural Materials and Hardware working group, TPandC subcommittee and the working group 5.2 , subcommittee 5 NESC; and Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 
 
Thomas R.  Piazza, CCM;
Certified Meteorologist
Meteorological incidents and weather-related evaluations for: vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road), special events planning, construction delays, slip and fall incidents, lightning strikes, property damage, fire investigations; cyclogenesis; ozone studies; Doppler Radar; weather code displays; computer generated surface maps; road pavement temperatures; renewable energy.
 
Duane B. Priddy, PhD
Materials and Chemistry Expert
Dr. Priddy has more than 35 years experience involving the analysis, design, manufacturing, and testing of organic materials and products, notably plastics.  Duane has served as an expert for litigation involving product defects, premises damage, and personal injuries. His area of expertise also includes medical implants (e.g. hip/ knee/ shoulder/ elbow).

Duane is a member of ACS (American Chemical Society) and has 65 U.S. patents.  He has authored more than 100 publications, including 5 encyclopedia articles and 8 book chapters, and has written more than 200 Dow Plastics Internal Research Reports.  He has also written and published a book entitled "Modern Styrenic Polymers" (Wiley, 2003).
 
Richard W. Rau
Mechanical Expert
Mr. Rau has more than 35 years experience involving the design, planning, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of automotive assembly plant equipment.  His experience includes preparing and presenting safety training guidelines, including ergonomic requirements.  Richard was also responsible for OSHA crane and hoist inspections.

Richard has been involved in raising, handling, training, showing, and judging horses for more than 40 years.  He presently holds a judges license for six breeds, and judges 20-30 shows per year across the United States and Canada.  He still competes in horse shows in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana with his two daughters.
 
Rollie L. Robert, PE
Electrical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Massachusetts, Provinces of Ontario, Quebec
Mr. Robert has more than 30 years experience involving the electrical design, construction, and maintenance of residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, and manufacturing buildings and building equipment/facilities.  His experience includes robot, stamping press, and welding cell ANSI compliance; underground tanks; electrical power, controls, and instrumentation; safety procedures and incident reports; AandE professional liability issues; electrical substations; illumination requirements; communication and security systems; and hazardous facilities operations. 

Rollie has authored over 20 papers and has prepared and conducted over 40 workshops on Construction Safety, 100 Workshops on Machine/Equipment Safety, and 60 Workshops on Risk Assessment.
 
Sheila M. Roof, BSN, RN, CNML, LNC;
Nursing Expert
Ms. Roof has over 40 years experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Her expertise includes patient care; nursing practice; standard-of-care procedures; acute care; STEPPS care; dialysis and renal care; Medicare and Medicaid coverage; emergency department care; cardiac arrest; STEMI care; stroke care; arterial venous fistula care; certification of dialysis technicians; dermatology practice; regulatory compliance; medical records validation; allergy, dermatology, neurology, nephrology, pediatrics, oncology, endocrinology, and plastic surgery care; medical surgical care; CAPD training; chemotherapy treatments; ambulance transport; allergy care; surgical instrument handling and sterilization; surgical suite preparation; surgical technician; and medication administration.

Sheila's Certifications and Licensures include State of Michigan Nursing License, Legal Nurse Consultant Certification, and Nurse Manager Leader Certification.

Her Affiliations include: The Michigan Organization of Nurse Exectives (MONE); The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE); The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC); The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA); and The Emergency Nurse Association (ENA).
 
Barry S. Rope
Packaging and Material Handling Expert
Mr. Rope has more than 30 years experience as a packaging and material handling professional, including more than 20 years with the ASTM D-10 Committee writing packaging and handling standards and test methods.  His expertise includes packaging, labeling, storage and transporting (by land, sea or air) of sensitive electronic equipment and parts, consumer products, service parts and Rx/OTC pharmaceuticals.

Barry's professional memberships include: the American Management Association Packaging Council; the ASTM Committee D-10 on Packaging Standards; the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Packaging Technology; the Institute of Packaging Professionals; the New Technology Assessment Committee; the Protective Packaging of Computers and Components Committee; the Council of Packaging Specialists; and the Packaging Consultants Council.
 
Lawrence M. Roslinski, PhD
Toxicologist
Mr. Roslinski has more than 35 years experience in the field of environmental and occupational toxicology in both the private and public sectors.  Larry has been involved in all aspects of chemical hazard identification, regulatory requirements, and risk reduction -- related to health, safety, and toxicology. 

Larry is a member of the Society of Toxicology, the American Board of Toxicology, and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
 
Donald E. Sanders, DVM, Dip ACT, PAS
Veterinarian Expert
Dr. Sanders has more than 25 years experience as a veterinarian.  His expertise includes animal reproduction; animal welfare; animal biotechnology; animal embryo transfer; livestock water supply; bovine mastitis; animal production; milk production; artificial insemination; farm management; animal parasitism; euthanasia; malpractice; animal environment; dairy management; animal nutrition; animal diseases; stray voltage; and toxicology.

Don is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the American College of Theriogenology, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and the Society for Theriogenology.  He is licensed in Michigan, Ohio, New Mexico, and has reciprocity in 23 other states.
 
Thomas H. Sawyer, EdD, NAS, AAHPERD
Recreation, Exercise, and Sport Safety Expert
Dr. Sawyer has more than 25 years experience in Recreation, Exercise and Sport Safety.  His expertise includes sports, exercise, recreation, physical education, amusement, and fitness activities and equipment; facilities operation; sport finance; sport governance; sport law; sport management; sport marketing; sport sociology; facility design including skate parks, aquatics parks, swimming pools, hot tubs/saunas/steam rooms, campus recreational sport facilities, parks/recreation areas; golf courses; and coaching and training.

Tom is a member of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the Sport Management Council, the Indiana AHPERD, the Midwest District AAHPERD, the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, the Council on Facilities and Equipment, the Sport and Recreation Law Association, the Sport Lawyers Association, the International Sport Law Journal, the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Thomas has been a member of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and has received the Indiana AHPERD Mover and Shaker Award, the Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award, the Safety and Risk Management Council Distinguished Scholar Award, the NASPE Sport Management Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Indiana AHPERD Sport Management Professional Award
 
Bert Schiller, PE, CIH, ROH
Environmental/Occupational Engineer
Licensed Engineer in California
Mr. Schiller has more than 30 years experience as a Safety Engineer and Environmental/Occupational Health Expert.  He has operated an environmental safety and health service firm and has served as Senior Industrial Hygienist for clients in the eastern United States.  He has served as an Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer for MIOSHA, and has given testimony as an expert witness in Worker's Compensation cases.

Bert is a member of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society, and the American Insurance Services Group - Chemical and Environmental Science Committee.
 
Jim Scott;
Railroad Operations, Equipment, and Safety Expert
Mr. Scott has over 40 years experience as a Train Operator, Foreman, and Trainer. His expertise includes railroad operations and equipment; safety training; train performance; commodities transportation; locomotive engineer; brakeman/foreman/conductor; air brakes; event recorders; locomotive engineer training; loading and unloading; end of train devices; derailment investigations; train emergencies; and train simulators.

Jim's Certifications include FRA Certified as required by 49 CFR Part 240 and FRA Certified Conductor as required by 49 CFR Part 242.
 
Robert B. Shuman, MD;
Pediatric Neurology/Neonatology
Dr. Robert B. Shuman has over 40 years experience as an Experimental Psychologist and Pediatric Neurology/Neonatology Medical Specialist. His extensive experience and expertise includes: pediatric neurology/neonatology; fetal development; perinatal medicine; birth defects; birth trauma; child development, including schooling; neuropathology; neurotoxicology; neurophysiology; epilepsy; neuroimaging: MRI, CAT, EEF; pharmacology; anatomic pathology; surgical pathology; surgical case review; peripheral nerve disease; stroke; spondylolisthesis; vitamin therapy; Downs Syndrome; electromyography; whiplash injuries; traumatic brain injury; frontal-subcortical circulation; advanced evoke potentials; migraines; headaches; depressive disorders; Alzheimer’s Disease; epileptogenesis; epilepsy; cocaine effects; closed head injuries; AED Therapy; ADHD; developmental disabilities; autism; brain tumors; neurosciences; child abuse; seizures; anti-depressive therapy; prenatal diagnosis; seasonal affective disorder; bipolar disorder; childhood depression; Tourette Syndrome; neuralgia; vagus nerve stimulation; intractable seizures; psychopharmacolory; antipsychotic and psychotropic therapy; and antiepileptic drugs.

Dr. Shuman’s Professional Achievements include:
NIH Training Fellowship in Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine; NIH (NINDS) Research Fellowship in Neuropathology; Fellow, Graduate College Faculty, University of Nebraska; The American Medical Student Assoc., GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for Distinguished Teaching; Fellow, Graduate College Faculty, University of Oklahoma; and Ambassador, International Congress of Neuropathology Delegation to the People's Republic of China.

Dr. Shuman’s Past and Present Memberships include:
The American Academy of Neurology; The American Association for the Advancement of Science; The American Association of Neuropathology; The American Medical Association; The American Society of Neuroimaging; The Child Neurology Society; The Council of Biology Editors, Inc.; The International Academy of Pathology; The National Foundation for the Prevention of Birth Defects, March of Dimes, S.E. Nebraska Chapter (Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee); The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Okla. Chapter (Professional Advisory Board); The National Tuberous Sclerosis Association, Secretary; The New York Academy of Sciences; The Oklahoma State Medical Association; The Pediatric Pathology Club; The Society for Experimental Neuropathology; The Indiana State Medical Association; The American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology; The American Epilepsy Society; and The American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (formerly American EEG Society).
 
David S. Smith, PhD
Maritime/Aquatic Safety Expert; Commander, USCG (retired)
Mr. Smith has more than 30 years in maritime and aquatic safety, including more than 20 years in the US Coast Guard.  His experience includes marine and water recreation including personal injury; vessel and equipment design, construction, operation, and maintenance; search and rescue; boat collisions and groundings; rules-of-the-road; diving; personnel safety training, including life guarding and supervision; drowning progressions - signs of drowning; cervical spine injuries due to diving; pool/beach design and construction; water skiing and tubing; jet skis/wave runners; white water rafting; incidents at, in, or below hydro electric plants and low head dams; alcohol and environmental stressors/factors including hypothermia; signs and warnings; reconstruction of water and boating incidents; PFD's (personal flotation devices); towing incidents; and fire fighter water safety.

Dave has authored numerous publications and articles, and given multiple media presentations and lectures, including the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the Boy Scouts of America; the National Association for Search and Rescue; the National Safety Council-Congress; and the US Army Corps of Engineers.  He has been named Emergency Services Instructor of the Year by the Illinois EMT Association, and received the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Honor Recognition, and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators National Award, as well as several US Coast Guard Medals.  He is a member of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, the National Safety Council Safety Training Institute, and various State Nursing Boards.
 
Rick A. Smith, PE
Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Ohio
Mr. Smith has more than 30 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer, including more than 20 years working with thermal, energy and combustion systems, including boilers, furnaces, and ovens.  His experience includes industrial power plants and processes; thermal and combustion systems; CFC management; HVAC systems; air pollution control; process and power piping and equipment; cathodic protection; pump failure analysis; heat and fluid transfer processes, including energy conservation. 

Rick is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, as well as a Stationary Engineer, 3rd Class in Ohio.  Some of his clients include Anheuser Busch, the State of Ohio, Honda America Mfg., and Nestle.
 
Jack Spadaro
Mining Engineer
Mr. Spadaro has more than 25 years experience in mines and mine equipment; geotechnical engineering; drilling operations; blasting; day-to-day mine operations; noise and dust control; surface haulage safety; electrical hazards; inspection methods; roof control; training for metal, nonmetal and coal mine inspectors; unsafe dump and fill sites; vehicle maintenance; mine and safety hazard abatement; landslide stabilization; subsidence control; mine fires; coal refuse fires, underground mine subsidences; valley fill construction, coal waste disposal; mining reclamation; coal waste embankments; excess mine spoil fills; dam construction; surface mine drainage systems; slope stabilization; mine sediment control structures; hydrology pertaining to earth and coal-related structures; underground coal mine design and surveying; roof control and ventilation plans; and  underground and surface mining inspections. 

Jack is a recipient of the Engineer of the Year Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers.  He is a recipient of the Jenco Foundation Award for Service to Humanity in Appalachia, the Chuck Chambers Public Service Award from the W.Va. Environmental Council, the Helen Lewis Community Service Award from the Appalachian Studies Association and the Meritorious Service Award from the Secretary of the Interior.
 
Henry A. Spiller, MS, D.ABAT, D.ABFE
Toxicologist
Mr. Spiller has more than 20 years experience in toxicology and research, including coordination of international projects with the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization on pesticide safety, among others. He has more than a decade of experience in training toxicologists and specialists in Poison Information as well as writing for the national certification exam for Specialists in Poison Information.  

Henry has been published in more than 200 publications on toxicology related subjects, including peer review medical/scientific journals, comprehensive toxicology textbooks and abstracts from scientific meetings. He has directed, as principal investigator, more than 35 multi-center national studies in toxicology. He has been recognized by Courts in; Malpractice, Toxic Tort claims, Cause of Death, Workers compensation, DUI, including interpreting drug and/or toxicology screen, blood alcohol results, Dram shop cases, post-mortem drug and or toxicology results. Henry has experience in more than 40,000 clinical cases and hundreds of post-mortem evaluations.

He is a Registered Professional Nurse in NJ and KY; is Director, AAPCC Certified Regional Poison Center; is a Diplomate, American Board of Applied Toxicology and a Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Examiners; is a Fellow, American College of Forensic Examiners; a Member, Society of Forensic Toxicologists; and is on the Board of Directors, American Board of Applied Toxicology.  Henry is a member of American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC); American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT); American Board of Applied Toxicology  (ABAT); Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT); and a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.
 
Herbert J. Stern, MD, FACC, FSCAI;
Cardiologist
Licensed in Virginia, Ohio,
North Carolina, South Carolina
Dr. Stern has over 20 years experience in cardiac, cardiothoracic, and cardiovascular surgery; chest pain; down syndrome; drugs; heart catheterization; congenital heart disease; heart transplants; lesions; pulmonary atresia; arrhythmia; pulmonary hypertension; hypoplastic left heart syndrome; long QT syndrome; stents, balloons, and coils; cardioplegia; hypothermia; ventricular fibrillation; septal defects; pediatrics; pharmacology; sports medicine; strokes; Turner's Syndrome; echocardiography; and angiography.

Dr. Stern is a past or present Member of The American Board of Pediatrics; The American Heart Association; The Mecklenburg County Medical Society; The American College of Cardiology; The American Academy of Pediatrics; The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions; The Cardiovascular Society; The Adult Congenital Heart Association; and The Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
 
Theodore M. Streit, PE
Registered Petroleum Engineer; Natural Resources Expert
Licensed Engineer in West Virginia
Mr. Streit has more than 30 years experience in natural resources, including gas, oil and coal; the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of gas and oil pumping, piping, and delivery systems; drilling and production technology; lease and contract negotiations; oil and gas mineral property valuations; energy development programs; oil and gas regulatory policy and implementation; disputes between natural resource (gas, oil and coal) operators and owners. 

Ted is a Registered Petroleum Engineer in West Virginia.  He is the Chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee of the West Virginia Land and Mineral Owners Council; the Past Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission Energy Resources Committee, the Coalbed Methane Review Board and the Shallow Gas Review Board; and a past member of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
 
Harold Lynn Stringer, BSME
Vehicle Engineering Expert
Mr. Stringer has more than 25 years experience in vehicle engineering, including motor vehicle design, manufacturing, testing, and servicing including: passenger cars, trucks, buses, trailers, and private/commercial vehicle carriers; engines; fuel systems; electrical systems; lubrication systems; cooling systems; exhaust systems; drive trains; brakes; suspension; steering; wheels/tires; rear drive axles; A/C systems; vehicle crash safety structures; and laboratory testing procedures. 

Lynn has more than 280 hours of technical and management courses and seminars including the Dale Carnegie Institute, QS-9000 Internal Auditor, and Process Improvement Leadership Skills.  He is a Licensed Residential Builder and the National Director of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America.
 
Steven L. Stuard, QEI
Elevator Expert
Mr. Stuard has more than 30 years experience in elevator operations.  His experience includes elevator maintenance and repairs; modernization of elevators; installation, including associated service tasks; elevator damage and malfunction evaluation. 

Steve is a registered elevator inspector and a member of the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities and the National Association of Vertical Transport Professionals.
 
A. Robert Tantleff, MD, DR, RI
Radiologist
Licensed in New York
Dr. Tantleff has over 30 years of experience in diagnostic radiology; radiographic imaging; three dimensional radiography; MRI; cat scan; nuclear medicine; angiography; independent film review; second opinion; malpractice review; radiation safety; mammography; obstetrical and gynecological ultrasounds; and renal anatomy/radiology.

Robert has board certifications with the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology and Radiographic Imaging. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society; the Nassau County Medical Society; the New York State Radiology Society; the New York Roentgen Ray Society; the Long Island Radiology Society; the American College of Radiology Society; the New York State Medical Association; the Radiology Society of North America Society; the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Society; the American College of Legal Medicine Society; the American Roentgen Ray Society; the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine; and the Clinical Magnetic Resonance Society.
 
Shane Tecklenburg, AAEM;
Engine and Vehicle Management Systems
Mr. Tecklenburg has over 15 years experience in spark and diesel engines; data systems and sensors; turbochargers and superchargers, Bosch K/KE Jetronic and Motronic Systems; MoTec engine management systems; nitrous oxide systems; fuel injection systems; suspension systems; and engine team management.

Shane is certified in Advanced Automotive Engine Management (AAEM).
 
Michael R. Tillotson, CIH, CHMM
Industrial Hygienist
Mr. Tillotson has nearly 30 years experience in Environmental/ Occupational Health, including occupational safety; industrial hygiene; radiation safety and health; hazardous waste management; hazardous waste sites; emergency response; pesticides/ pesticides management; asbestos; lead; noise and hazardous materials/ waste management. 

Mike is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene; the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists; the Hazardous Materials Managers Institute; the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society; the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals; the National Lead Abatement Council.  He is a Registered Sanitarian (Michigan); a Certified Industrial Hygienist; a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager; an EPA AHERA accredited Inspector/Management Planner, Contractor/Supervisor, and Project Designer; and a Certified Lead Paint/Hazards Inspector/Risk Assessor and Abatement Supervisor.
 
Ewen C. Todd, PhD;
Food Safety and Public Health Expert
Food safety, including processing, handling, transporting, storing, and serving; food poisoning; hand hygiene; outbreak investigation; food science; hazards analysis and critical control points; restaurants and foodservice; disease transmission; toxicology; risk assessments; US and Canadian food regulations; E.Coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, Botulism, Ciguatera, Yeast, and other agents.
 
Carolyn S. Turner, RN, CLNC;
Nursing Expert
Ms. Turner has over 25 years experience as a Nurse, including Certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant. Her expertise and experience includes nursing practices; patient care; standard-of-care procedures; critical care; surgical attendant; ambulatory care; dialysis; orthopedics; recovery room; neurology; obstetrics; hospice; palliative care; high risk obstetrical; pre-eclampsia; HELLP syndrome; ruptured membrane; renal failure; multiple gestations; trauma; basic life support; advanced cardiac life support; and pediatric life support.

Carolyn is a Member of The National Alliance of Legal Nurse Consultants (NALNC) and The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC). She also holds the following Certifications: Basis Life Support (BLS); Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS); and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
 
Chad Walker
Safety Expert
Mr. Walker has more than 15 years safety and operating experience.  His experience includes construction and industrial equipment operation, procedures, malfunctions, damage, and personal injuries.  His expertise includes cranes, loaders, bulldozers, backhoes, fork lifts, skid steers, and aerial lifts; safety program training and maintenance; safety equipment requirements and orientations; employee safety and health issue investigations, reviews, and responses; OSHA and JSHA compliance; unsafe working conditions; safety audits; emergency response drills; and emergency action plans.   

Chad holds numerous safety and OSHA certifications, including Accident Investigation I and II; Vehicle Dynamics; Mechanical Maintenance; Skid Steer Loader/ Rough Terrain Fork Lift/ Industrial Fork Lift/ and Aerial Lift Certified Trainer; OSHA 500 Certified Trainer for Construction Industry; and OSHA 501 Certified Trainer for General Industry.
 
Robert P. Walson, PhD
Metallurgical and Materials Expert
Dr. Walson has more than 25 years experience in materials and metallurgical engineering.  His expertise includes mechanical and material failures; structure and component analyses including metals, plastics, glass, ceramics, wood, and construction materials; nondestructive, microscopic, and surface chemistry testing; industrial equipment; construction equipment; consumer products; chemical processes; Scanning Electron Microscope and X-ray failure analyses; engine and power system components and materials including turbines; ceramic valve seat inserts; machine elements and design; and high temperature cast irons alloyed with aluminum.

Bob is a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials; the American Society for Materials International; the Society of Automotive Engineers; and the Indiana Microscopy Society.  He holds a patent for the "Cutting of Germanium Semiconductor Materials used in Computers".
 
James S. Wickersham, PE
Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Utah
Mr. Wickersham has more than 20 years experience in construction, maintenance, and mechanical engineering.  His experience includes recreational activities/ facilities/ equipment, including amusement parks, playgrounds, and winter sports; fire/ explosion investigations; gas turbine and combined cycle power plants; ski resort maintenance and operations, including security, grooming, training and supervision of all personnel; boiling water reactors; nuclear energy plants, including maintenance, supervision, and mechanical tooling.

Jim is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Level I Amusement Ride Inspector, and Certified Playground Safety Inspector. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Society for Testing and Materials, F24 and F27 Committees; National Society of Professional Engineers; Professional Ski Instructors of America; and National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials.
 
Schield M. Wikas, DO, DF, FAOCD;
Medical Dermatology
Dr. Schield M. Wikas has over 30 years experience as an Internal Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine Specialist. His extensive experience and expertise includes osteopathic medicine; internal medicine; pharmacology; therapeutics; phlebology; dermal fillers; Botox injections; dermatology, including diseases, cancers, surgery, and injections; sclerotheraphy; hair transplantation/restoration; Staphylococcal Scaled-Skin Syndrome; Stevens-Johnson Syndrome; Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome; Hyperimmunoglobulin E. Syndrome; Scurvy; Epithelioid Angoisarcoma; Epithelioid Hemangioma; Scleromyxedema; Merkel Cell Carcinoma; cancer screening; venereal diseases; bacterial and fungal infections; cutaneous manifestations; hair and nail diseases; atopic dermatitis; cutaneous malignancy cancer; bullous diseases; Pyoderma Gangrenosum; acne/rosacea; and psoriasis therapy.

Dr. Wikas is Board Certified by The American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology and is a Past or Present Member of the following Professional Organizations: The American Osteopathic Association; The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology; The American Academy of Dermatology; Honorary title Fellow of Distinction of the American Osteopathic College of Medicine; The American Medical Association; The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology; The Ohio State Medical Association; The Ohio Osteopathic Association; The District 8 Osteopathic Academy; The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery; The American College of Phlebology; and The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education. Dr. Wikas also has over 40 Professional Publications and Presentations.
 
Michael T. Williams, PE
Civil and Environmental Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Indiana, New Mexico
Mr. Williams has more than 30 years of Civil/Environmental Engineering experience, including water distribution, sanitary and storm water sewer systems, pump stations, and wastewater treatment plants; administration, inspection and testing for construction of storm sewers, wastewater collection and treatment facilities, activated sludge systems, aerated lagoons, oxidation ditches, sequencing batch reactors, and secondary/tertiary treatment systems; inspector/technician training; site surveying and safety plans; project certifications; failures and malfunctions including foundations, retaining walls, roofs, structural failures, appliances, furnaces, swimming pools, spas, saunas, plumbing systems, hydraulic systems, fire suppression systems, environmental releases, and environmental remediation systems; hydrogeological investigations, aquifer tests, design and permitting.

Mike is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Water Environment Federation, and the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.
 
Christy L. Yano, BSN-RN, MSN-CRNP, ANCC, AANP
Dual Certifications;
Nursing Expert
Mrs. Yano has experience involving nursing; medical facility standard-of-care procedures; aesthetic medicine service procedures; women's health care; patient care assessments, including heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, telemetry reading, respiration rate, and pain block procedures.

Christy is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.  She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Registered Nurse.
 
Robert A. Yano, PE
Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, California
Mr. Yano has more than 30 years experience involving the design, installation, and operation of mechanical systems and components for residential, institutional, commercial, industrial, and manufacturing facilities. 

Bob’s experience includes: HVAC systems, including boilers; natural gas, propane, and oil furnaces, heaters, stoves, and dryers; manual and automatic doors; material handling systems; water piping and plumbing; dust and fumes collection equipment; noise attenuation systems; explosion investigations; turbines, compressors, pumps, fans, vacuum systems and combustors; refrigerators and freezers; lift gates, fork lifts, man lifts, loaders, and dumpsters; controls and instrumentation; machine design and safety; boats and jet-skis; bakery and food processing equipment; heat exchangers; piping and valving; pneumatic and hydraulic components; hand tools; tables, ladders, and chairs; waste treatment equipment; vehicular components; and chains, trolleys, and hoists.

Bob is a member of The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers; The Society of Automotive Engineers; The National Safety Council; The National Fire Protection Association; and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
 
Scott M. Yano, PE
Electrical and Medical Equipment Expert
Mr. Yano has experience in designing, developing, and operating advanced diagnostic medical equipment.   His work has included developing medical equipment requirements and specifications and demonstrating equipment performance.

Scott’s experience includes the design, installation, and operation of power supplies; electronic wiring schematics; and instrumentation and control equipment.  He performs software programming; evaluates wireless (RF) and sound controlled equipment performance; and is involved in determining the effects of electromagnetic fields on equipment and personnel.
   

Scott is a member of IEEE (Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers), Antennas and Propagation, Vehicular Technology, and Communication Societies.