G. Fred Liebkemann IV, P.E.

Mr. G. Fred Liebkemann IV, P.E.

102 Legendre Drive
Slidell , LA 70460
Office: 985-781-2571
Fax: 832-201-5361

G. Fred Liebkemann IV, P.E. is a mechanical engineer and an experienced designer & analyst of heavy handling & construction equipment, oilfield drilling equipment & structures, and service vessels including liftboats & jackup rigs. Mr. Liebkemann is a qualified crane operator, mechanic, & rigger in accordance with API RP2D 7th edition. Current and recent projects include investigation of crane, heavy equipment, and oilfield accidents, and the design of heavy machinery for various manufactures. Other areas of design experience include personnel access equipment such as manlifts, ladders, stairs, & scaffolding. Marine design experience includes hull structures, facilities, pumping & piping systems, propulsion & steering systems, and launching arrangements.

Areas of Expertise
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Construction
  • Cranes
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Failure Analysis
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Ladders & Scaffolds
  • Lifts
  • Machine Guarding
  • Marine Engineering
  • Walking & Working Surfaces

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1986, University of Miami, Coral Gables
Louisiana Professional Engineer Liscense No. 25480
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: National Society of Professional Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Society of Safety Engineers
American Couincil of Engineering Companies
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Presentation of lectures on inspection and damage assessment of crane structures for crane mechanics. Presentation on new regulatory requirements and rule changes for crane mechanics & inspectors. Approximately 4 lectures are performed per year.
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: My services have been retained 46 times by attorneys in connection with accidents and disputes. 21 of these cases are currently active. My services are retained several times per year by industrial and manufactuing clients to investigate major equipment failures.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Crane design and operations, rigging, forklift operations, pile driving operations, oilfield drilling equipment design & operations, personnel access equipment design and operations, liftboat and jackup drilling rig design and operations, amusement ride design, & manual lifting practices.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 67%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 33%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 7
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 6/25/08
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: I have qualified & testified in court twice.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: I have testified in court twice and before arbitrators twice.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: I have offered my services to the legal profession for 5 years. My current practice is split about evenly between expert and design activities.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: I offer accident investigations, site inspections, still & video photography, engineering design & failure analysis, preparation of drawings & scale models, reports, & testimony.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $200.00 per hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $200.00 per hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $200.00 per hour, 3 hour minimum.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $200.00 per hour.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Expenses are charged at cost. Copies of receipts are provided.


References upon request.