Frederick C. (Fritz) Kucklick

Frederick C. (Fritz) Kucklick

IMT Consulting, Inc.
21274 Sail Bay Drive
Cassopolis , MI 49031
Mobile: 574-286-7740
Office: 269-445-8826

Introduction

Mechanical Engineer with significant business and technical acumen.

Complex litigation experience includes Breach of Contract, Patent, Trade Secrets, and Personal Injury. Issues generally involve Industrial Manufacturing, Machinery, Manufacturing Processes, Tools and Dies, Products, Safety, and/or Machine Guarding. Experienced with international litigants.

Over 25 years' key management and technical positions with Automotive Tier 1 and industrial machinery / machine tool manufacturing companies in the USA and Europe.

Co-founded Hess Industries, Inc., a Michigan-based international group of manufacturing machinery and machine tool companies serving automotive and primary metals manufacturers, among others. During company growth from 2 co-founders to 500 employees worldwide, responsibilities included design engineering, machine installations, field service, project management, international sales, and corporate governance. Founded and operated a European sales, service and manufacturing operation.


Areas of Expertise

  • Automotive
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Design Engineering
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Failure Analysis
  • Intellectual Property
  • Machine Guarding
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Occupational/Environmental Health
  • Patents
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Safety Equipment

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: BS Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University
Notre Dame, additional studies at college of business.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Society of Automotive Engineers
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Ohio Northern University College of Business Administration concerning entrepreneurship; Ohio Northern University's Tau Beta Pi annual induction meeting concerning engineers in the marketplace; Consultant's Roundtable concerning litigation consulting.
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: More than 20.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Trade Secrets
Project Management
Manufacturing
Industrial Manufacturing Machinery
Intellectual Property
Lathes
Machine design
Machine Guarding
Machine Safety
Machinery Installation
Machining
Machining Centers
Manufacturing Processes
Metal Forming
Presses
Robotics
Roll Forming
Steel Wheels and Rims
Subcontracting
Tooling and Dies
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Less than half.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: More than half.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: More than 20.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2015
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: More than 3
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: More than 3
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 18
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Engineering, Management and Litigation support for Industrial Machinery and Complex Manufacturing Issues. Document review, site inspections, engineering analysis, project management evaluation, installation evaluation, buyer and seller responsibilities in machinery transactions and usage, storage, damage inspection, business practice analysis, failure analysis, expert reports, testing.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Inquire
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Inquire
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Inquire
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Inquire
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: No charges for telephone or fax. Out of pocket expenses, such as travel expenses and research materials, are at cost plus fifteen percent. Nominal charges for office expenses such as copies, printing, etc. These and other terms and conditions of engagement will be contained in an Engagement Agreement upon initial inquiry for a matter.

References

C. Bryan Wilson
Williams & Connolly L.L.P.
725 Twelfth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 434-5428
bwilson@wc.com

John W. Clay
Ajamie L.L.P.
711 Louisiana, Ste. 2150
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 860-1613
jclay@ajamie.com

Jean-Paul Layrisson
Scandurro & Layrisson, L.L.C.
607 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-7100
Jean-Paul@scanlayr.com