In many areas of litigation, weather factors can be crucial, sometimes decisive factors in establishing liability and the size of a reasonable settlement. As a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and expert witness with over 30 years of professional experience, including extensive experience providing testimony at trial and depositions, I can be a great ally to plaintiff and defendant alike, in separating fact from fiction, and reconstructing what actually happened. The following areas of specialization are provided:
--- Identification of weather issues relevant to the matter at hand
--- Analysis of marine, coastal, urban, mountain, desert and local weather conditions
--- Reconstruction of weather and sea conditions for accidents and Personal Injury (P.I.) investigations
--- Determining when weather or sea conditions impact aviation, boating, auto and building construction issues
--- Comparisons of observed to normal conditions
--- Determining if observed conditions were foreseeable
--- Estimating degrees of unusualness
--- Selection, acquisition and evaluation of data that is representative of conditions at the time and place of interest
--- Experienced Trial testimony, depositions, reports and analyses
--- Weather factors in marketing and industry analyzed
--- Weather and climatic planning for travel considerations, renewable energy and homeland security
Additional phone: 310-454-7549
BackgroundQ: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: --- (2001) Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) designation awarded by American Meteorological Society (AMS)
--- (1963) Masters Degree (M.A.) in Meteorology, University of California at Los Angeles, U.C.L.A., Department of Meteorology.
--- (1959) Bachelors degree (B.A.) in Meteorology, New York University (N.Y.U.), Department of Meteorology and Oceanography.
--- (1970) Nine credits in Broadcasting, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles
--- Various training in satellite data interpretation, radio/radar meteorology, air pollution meteorology, weather and it's impact on emergency response, National Incident Management System, and management techniques.
--- (2007) National Weather Service Official Skywarn Spotter (ID# LAC548) to make and report important weather observations from the field
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: --- Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM), American Meteorological Society (AMS)
--- American Meteorological Society (AMS), full Member
--- Former Chair, AMS national Board for Government Operational Meteorologists
--- Subject-matter-expert (SME) on weather for Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group (TEW)
--- Los Angeles Chapter, American Meteorological Society (AMS)(former Member and awardee)
--- Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter, American Meteorological Society (AMS)(former Chair)
--- Sigma Xi, the Honorary Research Society of America
--- International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA)(former contributor)
--- Member, AMS Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists (CCMB)
--- Volunteer for law enforcement agency on Homeland Security issues
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: I have taught courses in Meteorology for Pilots, and Soaring Weather at U.C.L.A. Extension, and have given over 100 presentations on various topics in meteorology at professional and government conferences of the AMS, IEEE, AGAARD, NATO, U.S. Navy and many others including invited presentations at the 2005 American Meteorological Society (AMS) special course on Forensic Meteorology in San Diego, and the 2007 program of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists in San Antonio.
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: Approximately 250
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Meteorology & Oceanography
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: Approximately 75
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: November 8, 2013
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Approximately 25-50
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Approximately 25-50
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 25 years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, Data acquisition, Analysis, Report Preparation, Site Inspections, Testimony
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: Travel time at $125/hr
ReferencesDonna Silver, Esq.
Stolpman, Krissman, Elber & Silver LLP
111 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA
Ph: (562) 435-8300
Bruce Lindsey, Esq.
Moss, Hovden & Lindsey
13215 East Penn Street, Suite 100
Bruggeman, Smith & Peckham, LLP
524 North Mountain View Avenue
San Bernadino, CA
Robert J. Gokoo, Esq.
250 North Golden Circle
Santa Ana, CA 92705
and many others on request