Fred P. Smith, P.E., CSP.

Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc.
111 West Canyon Crest Road
Alpine , UT 84004
Office: 801-763-8484
Fax: 801-763-5755


We have been in the consulting engineering field for over 25 years and specialize in the development of equipment in the following industries:

Hydraulically operated equipment, trucks and related equipment, aerial lifts, industrial equipment, mobile equipment, material handling, fork lifts, boom trucks, suspension systems, manlifts, garbage trucks, front loaders, side loaders, automated loaders, rear loaders, roll offs and liftgates. We have also designed consumer products such as kitchen appliances, exercise equipment and golf products.

We have over 100 U.S. patents. When we create a product, we must sell it to our customer. We use resources such as our model shop, computer graphics and animations, full size prototypes and written descriptions to communicate our ideas to our customers. We effectively teach them about the product and its merits.

We apply the same skills we use in developing new products to our work as expert witnesses. We give honest, understandable opinions with the underpinning required to help attorneys, judges and jurors make good decisions.

We have testified regarding product liability, mechanical design, human factors, industrial safety, accident reconstruction, failure analysis, DOT compliance, compliance with standards, hydraulic systems, patents, patent infringement, IP and patent validity.

Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Automotive
  • Bicycle
  • Bus & Truck Safety/Accident
  • Computers
  • Conveyors
  • Demonstrative Evidence/Exhibits
  • Design Engineering
  • Electrical
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Ergonomics
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Forklifts
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labels & Warnings
  • Ladders & Scaffolds
  • Licensing
  • Lifts
  • Machine Guarding
  • Machinery & Equipment Appraisal
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • OSHA
  • Patents
  • Playground Safety
  • Polymers
  • Power Tools
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Engineering
  • Safety Equipment
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Structural Engineering
  • Tractors
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: BSME, California State Long Beach, California Registered P.E., Utah Registered P.E., Nevada Registered P.E., Certified Safety Professional in general practice, Certified Overhead Crane inspector, Certified Mobile Crane Inspector, Aerial Lift Trainer, Forklift Train the Trainer
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
National Safety Council
Utah Safety Council
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Have given over 25 talks on various subjects. Taught advanced leadership training to both adults and youth for the Boy Scouts of America on many occasions.
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 150 times.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Intellectual Property, Product Liability, Aerial Lifts, Cranes, Refuse Equipment, Heavy Equipment, Trailer Design, Liftgates, Truck Roll Over, Material Handling, Human Factors, Patent Infringement, Skid Steer Loaders, Pallet Trucks
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: 50+
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Within the last month.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Approximately 15+
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Approximately 20+
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 15+
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Inspections, Reports, Consulting, Testing, Simulations, Animations, Exhibit Preparation.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $295
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $295
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $295
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $295
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel $150 per hour, Out of Pocket Expenses at Cost


Product Liability:

Roger Braugh Jr.
Sico, White & Braugh, LLP

Steve Norris
Norris & Cantu, LLP
(713) 222-2007

Bruce Barze
Balch & Bingham, LLP
(205) 226-8716

Mike Zaccheo
Richards, Brant, Miller, Nelson

David E. Russo
Sterling & Clack
(415) 543-5300

Mike Conley
Kenney & Conney, PC
(886) 433-9758

Ernest Bustamante
Ricker & Bustamante, LLP
(602) 277-9900

Amy Clemmons
Evans, Craven & Lackie, P.S.
(509) 455-5200

Intellectual Property:

Brett L. Foster or Mark Miller
Holland & Hart, LLP
(801) 799-5836

Scott Brown
Hovey Williams LLP
(816) 474-9050

David L. Applegate
Williams, Montgomery & John Ltd.
(312) 855-4851

Marc S. Blackman
Jones, Day, Reavis, & Pogue

Ronald A. Sandler or Marc S. Blackman
Jones, Day, Reavis, & Pogue

Christopher J. Lewis
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Phone (503) 796-2456

Wesley Lang Esq.
Clayton Howarth & Cannon, P.C.
Phone (801) 255-5335

Alex Menchaca
McAndrews, Held & Malloy

Tom Goots
Jones, Day, Reavis, & Pogue