Dr. Gene Palermo

Palermo Plastics Pipe Consulting
654 Watershaw Drive
Friendsville , TN 37737
Office: 865-995-1156
Fax: 865-995-0115

Introduction

Dr. Gene Palermo has over 40 years experience in the plastic piping industry, primarily with polyethylene pipe used for gas and water distribution applications. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the field of plastic pipe. Dr. Palermo is a member of ASTM F17 and D20, AGA, GPTC, ISO, PPI, CSA B137 and CSA Z662. He has won the ASTM Award of Merit and AGA Platinum Award of Merit, which are two of the most prestigious awards in the plastic piping industry. Dr. Palermo has expert witness experience in over 50 cases related to plastic pipe.


Areas of Expertise

  • Failure Analysis
  • Materials
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pipelines
  • Plastics
  • Plumbing & HVAC
  • Utilities

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: PhD in Analytical Chemistry
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: ASTM, CSA, ISO, PPI, TRB, AGA, GPTC, AASHTO

Winner of AGA Platinum Award of Merit and ASTM Award of Merit.

Former Technical Director of the Plastics Pipe Institute.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Presented about 35 papers on plastic pipe at various industry organizations.

Developed one day course - PE 101 - for gas distribution plastic piping.
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: About 10
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: plastic pipe (polyethylene pipe, PEX pipe, flexible gasoline pipe)
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 30%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 70%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: four
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: June 2008
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: none
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: one
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: five
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: consulting
expert reports
affiliated with a test laboratory
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $275/hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $275/hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $375/hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $375/hour
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: normal travel expenses if travel is required (airfare/hotel/meals/rental car)

References

References upon request.