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. We have been in business since 2000. As a result of our design and patent experience we have also assisted in over 500 lawsuits, both product liability and intellectual property. The following are a sampling of some of the fields we have worked in:

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 use our design resources such as our model shop, computer graphics and animations, full size prototypes and 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 your point 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.

We have testified regarding 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, patent IPRs, patent infringement/non-infringement and patent validity/invalidity. With all our experience, you will find us a joy to work with.

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 200 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


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