Mr. Ackerman is a retired VP of a large water utility and is experienced in all aspects of water utility operations, construction, safety, and maintenance. Additionally he has handled other commercial construction for past 10 years. Background includes treatment plant design, construction, maintenance, and operations; distribution system (tanks, pipeline, and pump stations) design, construction management, maintenance, and operations. Chairman of company safety committee for 10 years.
Miscellaneous areas of expertise include surge control (water hammer), pipeline and storage tank corrosion control, and chemical handling.
BackgroundQ: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: BS Mechanical Engineering, Univ of Missouri
MBA from Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Real Estate Broker
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: National Society of Professional Engineers
National Association of Water Companies
American Water Works Association
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Have been doing this type of work for past 15 years. Have been retained on about 15 cases.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Water Utility construction, design, and operations. This includes treatment plants, tanks, pump stations, pipelines, surge control, corrosion.
Also General Construction regarding construction errors.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Approximately 60%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Approximately 40%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: About 9 to 10
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Last year
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Three as an expert witness. Also,Several times related to rate hearings while working for St. Louis County Water Company. Most cases settle after deposition and/or report.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: About 10 years.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Investigation, consultation, site inspections, reports
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?
A: $200 with 4 hour minimum
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $200 with 4 hour minimum
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel fee is $100/hr. Expenses plus 20%
ReferencesClient: Peter DeClark; Williams, Jikek Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, Toledo, OH Represented plaintiff in personal Injury case. 419-241.2122
Client: Jeff Powers; Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton; Southfleld, Ml
Represented defendant in an errors and omissions case 248.936-1821
Client: Jim Wham; Wham & Wham; Centralla, IL
Represented plaintiff in personal Injury case. 618.632.6821
Client: Brian Duffy, McCormack Firm, Cambridge, MA
Represented defendant in E&O case. 617-951-2929
Client: John Horan, Foley and Lardner, Orlando, FL
Represented plantiff in E&O case. 407-244-3265
Client: Tyler Kolle, Berman and Simmons, Lewisville, Maine
Represented defendant in E&O case. 207-784-3576
Client: Chris Alutto, Rendigs Fry Kiely and Dennis, Cincinnati, OH.
Represented defendant in E&O case. 513-381-9269
Client: Daniel Simon, Daniel Simon LLC, Las Vegas, NV
Represented plaintiff in PE case. 702-364-1650
Client: Robert Gaines, Krigel & Krigel, Kansas City, MO
Represented plaintiff in property damage case 816-756-5800
Client: Jason Leasure, Vital & Vital, Huntington, WV
Represented plaintiff in property damage case 304-525-0320
Client: Charles Browning, Plunkett Cooney, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Represented defendant in Engineering Design case 248-910-4000
Client: Shelly Dreyer, Hershewe Law Firm, Joplin, MO.
Representing plaintiff in construction errors case. 417-782-3790
Client: David Coffman, Thompson Coburn, LLC St. Louis, MO
Represented defendent in an equipment failure case. 314-552-6250
Client: Brent Kinchen, Kinchen, walker Bienenu, Bargas and Reed, LLC
Batn Rouge, LA. Reprsented defendant in a personal injury case
225-292-6704 Ext 11 (Trial)
Client: Thabet Khalidi, Khalide Law Office, Tucson, AZ
Representing plaintiff in property camage case. 520-629-9909 (Trial)