Mechanical Engineer with significant business and technical acumen.
Complex litigation experience includes Breach of Contract, Patent, Trade Secrets, and Personal Injury. Issues generally involve Industrial Manufacturing, Machinery, Manufacturing Processes, Tools and Dies, Products, Safety, and/or Machine Guarding. Experienced with international litigants.
Over 25 years' key management and technical positions with Automotive Tier 1 and industrial machinery / machine tool manufacturing companies in the USA and Europe.
Co-founded Hess Industries, Inc., a Michigan-based international group of manufacturing machinery and machine tool companies serving automotive and primary metals manufacturers, among others. During company growth from 2 co-founders to 500 employees worldwide, responsibilities included design engineering, machine installations, field service, project management, international sales, and corporate governance. Founded and operated a European sales, service and manufacturing operation.
BackgroundQ: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: BS Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University
Notre Dame, additional studies at college of business.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Society of Automotive Engineers
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
ANSI Subcommittee Member with AMT, the Association for Manufacturing Technology
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Ohio Northern University College of Business Administration concerning entrepreneurship; Ohio Northern University's Tau Beta Pi annual induction meeting concerning engineers in the marketplace; Consultant's Roundtable concerning litigation consulting.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: More than 20.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Aluminum Wheels
Factory Layout & Design
Industrial Manufacturing Machinery
Steel Wheels and Rims
Tooling and Dies
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Less than half.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: More than half.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: More than 20.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Engineering, Management and Litigation support for Industrial Machinery and Complex Manufacturing Issues. Document review, site inspections, engineering analysis, project management evaluation, installation evaluation, buyer and seller responsibilities in machinery transactions and usage, storage, damage inspection, business practice analysis, failure analysis, expert reports, testing.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: No charges for telephone or fax. Out of pocket expenses, such as travel expenses and research materials, are at cost plus fifteen percent. Nominal charges for office expenses such as copies, printing, etc. These and other terms and conditions of engagement will be contained in an Engagement Agreement upon initial inquiry for a matter.
ReferencesSteven M Auvil
(216) 363 4686
Robert A. Surrette
McAndrews Held & Malloy LTD
(312) 775 8206
(617) 342 8114
Gerald W. Ghikas
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Vancouver BC Canada
(604) 640 4112
Mark S. Finkelstein
Shannon, Martin, Finkelstein & Sayre PC
(713) 646 5503
Sean M. Walsh
Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, PC
(248) 457 7091
O'Hagan, Smith & Amundsen
(815) 987 0441