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

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

Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc. has 6 consulting mechanical engineers. We have a total of nearly 100 years of experience designing mechanical equipment. Our engineers have over 80 U.S. patents on products we have designed. As a result of our design and patent experience, we have also assisted in over 600 lawsuits, both product liability and intellectual property.

We have testified regarding patent IPRs, patent infringement/non-infringement, and patent validity/invalidity, product liability, mechanical design, human factors, industrial safety, accident reconstruction, failure analysis, DOT compliance, compliance with OSHA and other standards (i.e. ANSI, ISO, ASTM, etc), hydraulic systems. With all our experience, you will find us a joy to work with.

Our services include a testing and prototype lab, model shop, computer graphics and animations, the ability to create full-size prototypes. We provide written descriptions to effectively communicate to a jury. We effectively teach them about the case. There is nothing better than a good model or animation to get our points across. With all our patents, you might get the impression that we are pretty innovative. We use this same innovation in our expert witness work. Often we come up with arguments that were not previously considered. We give honest, understandable opinions with the underpinning required to help attorneys, judges, and jurors make good decisions.

Fields we have worked in: Oil & gas, mining, slip & falls, hydraulically operated equipment, trucks, and related equipment, trailers, aerial lifts, industrial equipment, farm equipment, mobile equipment, material handling, forklifts, boom trucks, suspension systems, man lifts, garbage trucks, cranes, lift gates, pneumatic dump, front loaders, side loaders, automated loaders, rear loaders, recycling trucks, patient lift system, lawnmowers, roll offs and liftgates. We have also designed consumer products such as kitchen appliances, exercise equipment, chairs, ziplines, amusement park rides, and golf products.

Areas of Expertise
  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Amusement Parks
  • 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: A member of the Utah Safety Council, National Safety Council, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of American Value Engineers, the National Honor Society, and Tau Beta Phi, a national engineering honor society. Nominated for membership in Phi Kappa Phi, and has been named to Who's Who in California, Who's Who in the West, and the National Registry of Who's Who in Executives and Businesses. Received the Utah Genius Award for being one of Utah’s top inventors.

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Taught groups over 25 times on various subjects. Certified as a trainer in 1st aid, CPR, and AED. Certified as a train-the-trainer for lift truck operators. Certified as a trainer for aerial work platforms and aerial boom lifts. Also certified as an overhead, mobile crane, and rigging inspector. Licensed as an Amateur Radio Operator (License - KC7URM).
Co-authored a white paper entitled, “An Engineering Guide for Trailer Safety Chain Installation, Attachment, and Use.”
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: Retained over 500 times as an expert. Alpine Engineering has been retained more than 650 times.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Intellectual Property, Mechanical Engineering, 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, forklifts
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: 100+
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 40+
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Approximately 40+
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 20+
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Inspections, Reports, Consulting, Testing, Simulations, Models, Animations, Exhibit Preparation.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $400
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $400
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $400
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $400
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel $200 per hour, Out of Pocket Expenses at Cost


Intellectual Property

Scott Brown
Hovey Williams LLP
(816) 474-9050

Brett Foster or Mark Miller
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
(801) 933-4082

Rob Brunelli or Kendria Pearson
Sheridan Ross, P.C.
(303) 863-9700

R. Scott Johnson
Fredrickson & Byron
(515) 242-8930

Product Liability

Kyle Rowley
Sheehy, Ware & Pappas
(713) 951-4609

Craig Sico
Sico, Hoelscher & Harris, LLP
(877) 653-3334

Patrick N. George
Racine Olson
(208) 232-6101

J. Angus Edwards
Jones Waldo
(801) 534-7465

Michael B. Pullano
Lewis Brisbois
(215) 977-4093