Brandon W. Erickson, PE, SE

Mr. Brandon W. Erickson, PE, SE

Erickson Structural Consulting Engineers, PC
10000 NE 7th Avenue, Suite 130
Vancouver , WA 98685
Office: 360-571-5577
Fax: 360-571-5578


Mr. Erickson provides consulting structural engineering services, including forensic structural engineering investigations of distressed structures, assessment of structural design errors and construction defects, and structural remedial design. He is familiar with a variety of structural construction materials, including steel, concrete, wood and masonry. Mr. Erickson's practice includes building structures and their foundations, construction means and methods, and seismic evaluations and upgrades. In addition to assisting attorneys, Mr. Erickson provides services to insurers regarding the assessment of claims involving structurally distressed buildings. His written reports are clear and detailed, suitable for use by both engineers and non-engineers. He has been retained as an expert witness by both defense and plaintiff clients, and is familiar with ADR. Licensed in WA, OR, HI, CA, AK, UT, ID,MT NV and AZ.

Additional Office:

95 E Lipoa Street #A208
Kihei, Hawaii 96753

Areas of Expertise

  • Building Codes
  • Concrete/Cement
  • Failure Analysis
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Professional Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:

Stanford University, MS, Structural Engineering, 1997

Brigham Young University, BS, Civil Engineering, 1996


State of Washington, professional structural engineer, license # 38582

State of Oregon, professional structural engineer, license # 65812PE

State of California, professional structural engineer, license # S 4592

State of Alaska, professional civil engineer, license # 11420

State of Hawaii, professional structural engineer, license # PE - 12219

State of Idaho, professional structural engineer, license # P-11446

State of Utah, professional structural engineer, license # 323798-2203

State of Montana, professional civil engineer, license # 30868PE

State of Nevada, professional structural engineer, license # 023162

State of Arizona, professional structural engineer, license # 60759


Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB) approved, certification # 1912-1105

State of Oregon Post-Earthquake Damage General Inspector, license # 430GQI

Professional Reviewer and Expert Witness for the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS). Mr. Erickson reviews the technical merits of allegations of structural engineering negligence or incompetence brought to the attention of OSBEELS.

City of Portland Structural Advisory Committee
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)
AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction)
AWS (American Welding Society)
EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute)
SEAO (Structural Engineers Association of Oregon, past member of Board of Directors, past program committee chair, past member of the month and current member of Vintage Building Committee)
SEAOH (Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii)
ACI (American Concrete Institute)

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Mr. Erickson has developed and delivered presentations in mediation and arbitration settings. Mr. Erickson has developed and presented a 16-hour technical seminar regarding an overview of structural steel design for an industrial client that provides heavy equipment to the concrete industry. The seminar was attended by engineers and other technical employees of the client, and the seminar notes are used by the client to train new employees.

Mr. Erickson presented at the 7th Annual Construction Defects Conference in December, 2010, in Seattle, Washington, on the subject "The Consultant’s Perspective on Construction Defects and Design Errors, Working Effectively with Experts." Mr. Erickson presented at the 11th Annual RCI Hawaii Winter Workshop in January, 2011, in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the subject "The Consequential Structural Effects of Improper Design or Installation of Non-Structural Systems." Mr. Erickson presented at the Structural Engineers Association of Washington NW Conference in September, 2011 in Spokane, Washington, on the subject "Seismic Upgrades Using Center Coring: An Introduction and Case Study." Mr. Erickson presented at Brigham Young University in February, 2012, in Provo, Utah, on the subject "The Art of Engineering with Existing Building Structures." Mr. Erickson presented at Portland State University in May 2013, May 2014, May 2015 and May 2016, in Portland, Oregon, on the subject "Forensic Structural Engineering Case Studies."

Mr. Erickson has also developed and presented multiple in-house technical presentations to engineering staff, and engineering presentations to building owners, school boards, church committees and architectural clients.
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: In excess of 100 claims and cases (insurers and attorneys combined)
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Building code compliance
Construction defect investigation
Engineering design errors
Distressed concrete slabs and decks
Fire- and water-damaged structural framing
Investigation of concealed structural damage
Investigation of soil and foundation movement
Corroded and deteriorated steel framing
Chemical corrosion of concrete and steel
Structural steel design
Structural modifications of existing buildings
Structural remediation of damaged buildings
Structural remediation of improperly designed buildings
Procurement of building permits
Foundation distress and remediation design
Flood damage to building structures
Vehicle impact and resulting structural damage to buildings
Structural collapse due to snow, fallen trees and similar events
Structural collapse resulting in bodily harm
Structural failure and distressed buildings
Structural damage due to adjacent construction

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Approximately 2/3 of cases
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Approximately 1/3 of cases
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 6
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: December 2015
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 3
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 5
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 20 years as a structural engineer, of which approximately 13 years have been with attorneys, insurers and other clients providing forensic services.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Structural forensic engineering services relevant to the structural design, construction, performance, failure and remediation of buildings and similar structures.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Please contact Mr. Erickson at Erickson Structural Consulting Engineers, PC at (360) 571-5577 for fee and retainer information.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Please contact Mr. Erickson at Erickson Structural Consulting Engineers, PC at (360) 571-5577 for fee and retainer information.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Please contact Mr. Erickson at Erickson Structural Consulting Engineers, PC at (360) 571-5577 for fee and retainer information.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Please contact Mr. Erickson at Erickson Structural Consulting Engineers, PC at (360) 571-5577 for fee and retainer information.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Expenses, including travel, document reproduction, shipping, etc. are billed at 110% of direct costs.


Robert Christie
Christie Law Group, PLLC
2100 Westlake Ave. N, Suite 206
Seattle, Washington
(206) 957-9669

Todd Renda
Attorney at Law
Tacoma, Washington
(253) 566-6701
"I enjoyed working with you. You made complex engineering issues easy for me to understand. This greatly helped me develop my case and focus on winning strategies. You presented very well with the jury and explained the issues in lay terms. Several jurors commented on your testimony in my interview with them after verdict. They said your testimony was helpful in understanding the relevant issues and that you were a believable witness."

Kevin Herring
Ashford & Wriston
Honolulu, HI
(808) 539-0441

Dave Merchant, Merchant Horovitz, LLLC
Wailuku, Hawaii
(808) 242-5700