Fred P. Smith, P.E., CSP.

Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc.
111 West Canyon Crest Road
Alpine, UT 84004
Web Site
Phone: (801) 763-8484
Fax: (801) 763-5755

We have been in the consulting engineering field for over 25 years and specialize in the development of equipment in the following industries:

Hydraulically operated equipment, trucks and related equipment, aerial lifts, industrial equipment, mobile equipment, material handling, fork lifts, boom trucks, suspension systems, manlifts, garbage trucks, front loaders, side loaders, automated loaders, rear loaders, roll offs and liftgates. We have also designed consumer products such as kitchen appliances, exercise equipment and golf products.

We have over 100 U.S. patents. When we create a product, we must sell it to our customer. We use resources such as our model shop, computer graphics and animations, full size prototypes and written descriptions to communicate our ideas to our customers. We effectively teach them about the product and its merits.

We apply the same skills we use in developing new products to our work as expert witnesses. We give honest, understandable opinions with the underpinning required to help attorneys, judges and jurors make good decisions.

We have testified regarding product liability, mechanical design, human factors, industrial safety, accident reconstruction, failure analysis, DOT compliance, compliance with standards, hydraulic systems, patents, patent infringement, IP and patent validity.

Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: BSME, California State Long Beach, California Registered P.E., Utah Registered P.E., Nevada Registered P.E., Certified Safety Professional in general practice, Certified Overhead Crane inspector, Certified Mobile Crane Inspector, Aerial Lift Trainer, Forklift Train the Trainer

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
National Safety Council
Utah Safety Council

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Have given over 25 talks on various subjects. Taught advanced leadership training to both adults and youth for the Boy Scouts of America on many occasions.

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No

Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Over 150 times.

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Intellectual Property, Product Liability, Aerial Lifts, Cranes, Refuse Equipment, Heavy Equipment, Trailer Design, Liftgates, Truck Roll Over, Material Handling, Human Factors, Patent Infringement, Skid Steer Loaders, Pallet Trucks

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: approximately 50%

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: approximately 50%

Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 50+

Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Within the last month.

Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Approximately 15+

Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Approximately 20+

Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 15+

Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Inspections, Reports, Consulting, Testing, Simulations, Animations, Exhibit Preparation.

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $295

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $295

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $295

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $295

Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel $150 per hour, Out of Pocket Expenses at Cost

References

Product Liability:

Roger Braugh Jr.
Sico, White & Braugh, LLP
877.653.3334
rbraugh@swbtrial.com

Steve Norris
Norris & Cantu, LLP
(713) 222-2007
snorris@norriscantulaw.com

Bruce Barze
Balch & Bingham, LLP
(205) 226-8716
BBARZE@balch.com

Mike Zaccheo
Richards, Brant, Miller, Nelson
800-789-6000
mpz@rbmn.com

David E. Russo
Sterling & Clack
(415) 543-5300
drusso@sterlingandclack.com

Mike Conley
Kenney & Conney, PC
(886) 433-9758
Michael@kenneyconley.com

Ernest Bustamante
Ricker & Bustamante, LLP
(602) 277-9900
e.bustamante@rblawoffice.com

Amy Clemmons
Evans, Craven & Lackie, P.S.
(509) 455-5200
AClemmons@ecl-law.com


Intellectual Property:

Brett L. Foster or Mark Miller
Holland & Hart, LLP
(801) 799-5836
bfoster@hollandhart.com

Scott Brown
Hovey Williams LLP
(816) 474-9050
srb@hoveywilliams.com

David L. Applegate
Williams, Montgomery & John Ltd.
(312) 855-4851
dla@willmont.com

Marc S. Blackman
Jones, Day, Reavis, & Pogue
312-269-4369
msblackman@jonesday.com

Ronald A. Sandler or Marc S. Blackman
Jones, Day, Reavis, & Pogue
312-269-4369
msblackman@jonesday.com

Christopher J. Lewis
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Phone (503) 796-2456
clewis@schwabe.com

Wesley Lang Esq.
Clayton Howarth & Cannon, P.C.
Phone (801) 255-5335
wlang@chcpat.com

Alex Menchaca
McAndrews, Held & Malloy
312-775-8000
amenchaca@mhmlaw.com

Tom Goots
Jones, Day, Reavis, & Pogue
216-586-7011
trgoots@jonesday.com

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