Robert T. Tolbert

Robert T Tolbert, P.E.
810 Paradise Cove Lane
Wilsonville, AL 35186
Web Site
Phone: 205-670-5733 or 205-937-2747

Robert T. "Robby" Tolbert, P.E. is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 39 years of work experience in mechanical, industrial and construction industries. Growing up in a small rural environment, he operated farm equipment, worked on tractors, lawn mowers, automobiles, motorcycles, and other machines. He was an avid drag racer for almost ten years, doing all of the mechanical work and driving duties himself.

During high school, he worked in a grocery store, as an auto mechanic and later he drove a delivery truck for a machine shop tooling and alloy supplier, entering most of the machine shops in and around Birmingham, Alabama. Beginning his mechanical work experience as an auto mechanic in high school, the next experience was in the United States Navy, working as a welder, pipe-fitter, damage control man, and machinist. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he then worked in machine shops and fabricating shops as a welder/machinist for the next five years.

After that period of time, Mr. Tolbert then owned and operated an excavation contracting service. This included operation and repair of heavy equipment (bulldozers, backhoes, scrapers, trackhoes, etc.) and trucks (dump trucks and tractor trailer trucks). Then he began to pursue the two engineering degrees and graduate level structural engineering certificate he has obtained since that time. He has worked as an engineer in consulting engineering firms, designing paper mills, food plants, beer plants and chemical plants. He has worked for manufacturers of mobile engine driven equipment for the logging and railroad industries. Employment also involved designing conveyors, robotics and materials handling equipment for materials handling manufacturers.

He has designed fume ventilation systems, fans, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. As a Project engineer for a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) retrofit company, he has upgraded older machinery with new state-of-the-art GE-Fanuc CNC Equipment. He attended Northwestern University’s Traffic Accident Reconstruction School for Engineers and was certified as an automobile, motorcycle, pedestrian and truck accident reconstructionist by Northwestern University. This certification has qualified him to perform numerous automobile accident reconstructions .

Currently holding two U.S. Patents, with two more in the works, Mr. Tolbert is an innovative individual. Technically qualified with two degrees and professional registration in several states, hands-on experience, natural insight for analytical thought involving machinery, accidents or structures, Robert T. Tolbert, P.E., is an excellent engineer for design, analysis, consultation or testimony. In overturning a lower court ruling (see Newton v Wright, 2003-2004), the Alabama State Supreme Court quoted Mr. Tolbert BY NAME in their ruling. Please see the Supreme Court tab of Mr. Tolber's website. Further, in 2010, the Alabama legislature amended the Workers’ Compensation laws of the state to reflect the Supreme Court ruling in whch Mr. Tolbert was quoted, citing the Newton v Wright decision. His education, experience, professional engineering licenses and accident reconstruction certifications have enabled Mr. Tolbert to overcome the Daubert challenges in the field of litigation. He has never been disqualified as an expert due to his qualifications.

Robert T Tolbert, P.E. is an experienced Professional Engineer with over 36 years of work experience. With a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Civil/Structural Engineering, Mr. Tolbert can handle a wide range of tasks. Serving as an expert for over 19 years, Mr. Tolbert has been the expert on judgments and settlements totaling over $20M. A true “hands-on” engineer, Mr. Tolbert has personal experience in drag racing, auto mechanics, heavy equipment design and operation, tractor trailers (he has a CDL Class A and owns an 18 wheeler). References available upon request.


Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Current State of Alabama Commercial Driver’s License Class “A”
State of West Virginia Professional Engineer License 18183 (2009)
State of Missouri Professional Engineer License Number PE-2009013120 (2009)
State of Georgia Professional Engineer License Number PE033488 (2008)
Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS; ADA) National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) (2007)
State of Tennessee Professional Engineer License Number 111157 (2007)
Alabama Onsite Wastewater Board – Advanced Installer’s License Number 2103 (2006)
State of Arkansas Professional Engineer License Number 12327 (2006)
State of Mississippi Professional Engineering License Number 16727 (2005)
Master of Science Civil Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2005)
Structural Engineering Graduate Certificate, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2003)
Certified in Traffic Accident Reconstruction, Northwestern University (2001)
SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) Gear Design seminar, Nashville, TN (2000)
GE Fanuc Ladder Logic Programming, Chicago, IL (1999)
GE Fanuc i-Series Maintenance and Troubleshooting, Chicago, IL (1999)
State of Alabama Professional Engineering License Number 21013 (1995)
Mechanical Engineering Review, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1994)
Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1990)
Numerous seminars on pumps, screens, cranes, electrical equipment, etc. (1988-1998)
Associate of Applied Science, Jefferson State Junior College, Birmingham, Alabama (1988)
Mining Safety Hazard Act (MSHA) Several seminars (1987-1989)
Welding School, Bessemer Tech, Bessemer, Alabama (1980)
Welding and Pipefitting, United States Navy, San Diego, California (1978)
Sheet Metal and Plate Fabrication, United States Navy, San Diego, California (1978)
Firefighting and Damage Control, United States Navy, San Francisco, California (1977)
Advanced Academic Diploma, Hewitt Trussville High, Trussville, Alabama (1976)
Basic Machine Shop Practice, Tarrant Vocational School, Tarrant, Alabama (1975)

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME),

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Engineering Design - University of Alabama; Basic Hydraulics- Jefferson State Community College; Advanced Hydraulics - Jefferson State Community College

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 300.

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Accident reconstruction, heavy equipment, railroad, agricultural equipment, ADA violations, OSHA issues, MSHA issues, building codes, machine guarding, product liability, hydraulics, mobile equipment, elevators, trip and falls, race tracks, racing, safety, industrial accidents

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 80 - 90%

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 10 - 20%

Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Over 100

Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Three weeks ago.

Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Never dsqualified. About 10 or 12 times. Most cases settle.

Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 10 or 12. See above.

Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Since 1994.

Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Conulting, site innvestigation, testing, analysis, reports, testimony, exhibits, etc.

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: First consultation is free if I am not retained. Hourly rate is $250.00 per hour for all work and travel.

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: First consultation is free if I am not retained. Hourly rate is $250.00 per hour for all work and travel.

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: First consultation is free if I am not retained. Hourly rate is $250.00 per hour for all work and travel.

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: First consultation is free if I am not retained. Hourly rate is $250.00 per hour for all work and travel.

Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: All out of pocket miscellaneous costs are marked up 25%. The attorney is always encouraged to pay any miscellaneous costs directly to avoid any mark up.


References available upon request.