Mr. Philip J. O'Keefe, PE, LLC
2008 North Clinton Drive
Winona , MN 55987
Office: 630-204-6963

Services nationwide.

Philip J. O'Keefe is President of Engineering, LLC. He's a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and certified Model Law Engineer (MLE). He has more than 30 years' experience in the fields of development, design, testing, and operation of a variety of things, including: medical devices, electronic devices, electric power tools, gasoline engine powered tools, hand tools, electrical appliances, manufacturing equipment, material handling systems, electric utility power plant equipment, industrial control systems, safety interlocks, and railway equipment.

Mr. O'Keefe is a recognized expert in the electric utility industry and a patent recipient within the medical device industry. He also acts as consultant to and certified training instructor within private industry, where he currently teaches seminars on a variety of technical subjects, including coal power plant technology and electrical arc flash hazards.

He provides forensic engineering services, engineering expert witness services, litigation support services, and insurance and private industry consulting in the fields of patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, product liability, personal injury, property damage, regulatory compliance, and professional malpractice. He advises both industry and private inventors on the design, manufacture and patent feasibility of products. He's also President of North Star Ideations, LLC, which designs electronic devices for the medical and sports industries.

In addition, Mr. O'Keefe has more than seven years' experience in developing and administering quality management systems in compliance with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resources Board (CARB), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.

His patent litigation experience includes performing infringement analyses, constructing claim charts, and writing Rule 26 reports to render opinions on literal infringement and infringement under Doctrine of Equivalents. He has worked with the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, so he understands the idiosyncrasies of claim drafting and esoteric concepts such as anticipation, non obviousness, and enablement.

What makes Phil O'Keefe different from most engineers is that he's also a visual artist, capable of producing illustrations, CAD drawings, museum quality scale models, and many things in between, all with an aim towards making it easier for the nontechnical to understand complicated subject matter. And when the situation calls for it, he works closely with a specially trained 3D artist to create meticulously accurate animations of subject matter that require moving, live-action portrayal to make clear their functionality. This is particularly useful in patent disputes, where the patents in suit and prior art are often hard to decipher.

Mr. O'Keefe has worked on a wide variety of cases for both plaintiffs and defendants throughout the country. Accomplishments aside, he is easily approachable and understood. Technical venues are not particularly accessible, especially to the layperson, and it is here that his abilities to communicate are truly appreciated.

In addition, Mr. O’Keefe is author of the Engineering Expert Witness Blog, which has the distinction of being one of the longest running engineering blogs on the internet and is routinely used by industry professionals, STEM program teachers, and university students as a source of supportive technical material, including those at Penn State University, the Electrical Engineering Schools website, and The 101 Best Resources for Electrical Engineers., LLC
Engineering Expert Witness and Litigation Support Services
Office: 612-756-3273
Cell: 630-204-6963
Skype: pokeefe6963

Areas of Expertise
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Black Box/Data Recorder
  • Boilers
  • Coal
  • Combustion Engineering
  • Computers
  • Conveyors
  • Design Engineering
  • Driver Behavior
  • Electrical
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Ergonomics
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fatigue
  • FDA
  • Fire
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Food
  • Food Processing Engineering
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Furnaces
  • Gas Turbine Engineering
  • Human Factors
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labels & Warnings
  • Latches & Fasteners
  • Lighting & Illumination
  • Machine Guarding
  • Machinery & Equipment Appraisal
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Metallurgy
  • Microelectronics
  • Networking
  • Oil & Gas
  • OSHA
  • Patents
  • Personal Injury
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Plumbing & HVAC
  • Power Tools
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Engineering
  • Railroad
  • Robotics
  • Safety Equipment
  • Software
  • Storage
  • Structural Engineering
  • Technology
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks
  • Transportation Engineering
  • TurboMachinery
  • Utilities
  • Vibration Analysis

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: - BS in Mechanical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
- Currently Working on Obtaining an MS in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University
- Registered Professional Engineer, State of Illinois, License No. 62-058772
- Registered Professional Engineer, State of Minnesota, License No. 45527
- Model Law Engineer, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, Certificate No. 29725
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Teaching/speaking experience includes:

Fossil Power Plant Fundamentals - A 2-day seminar that provides an overview of a utility power plant, from the coal pile to the electrical switch yard, illustrating the functions and operations of equipment used to generate electricity.

Arc Flash Program Fundamentals - A 90-minute web conference on the hazards created due to the rapid release of energy during an electrical fault that creates an arc between phases, neutral, or ground. The conference also covers setting up an Arc Flash Program to mitigate risk to electrical workers and comply with OSHA regulations, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, and Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards.

Turbine Heat Rate Testing - A course created to train utility power plant engineers and technicians in setting up and performing steam turbine efficiency tests in accordance with ASME Power Test Codes and turbine manufacturer guidelines. Course content included practical thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics as applied to power plant efficiency testing.

Transformers - Course content included theory, design, and operation of single phase and three phase high voltage utility transformers.

Problem Solving, Decision Making and Planning -
Course content included methods to identify true causes of problems and develop decision-making strategies to correct the problems.

First Line Supervisor Training - Course content included lessons in utility power plant operating procedures, maintenance procedures, and safety procedures. Course content also included lessons in management and supervisory skills.

Media experience includes:

"Curious and Unusual Deaths" - Appeared on the Discovery Channel television program as an engineering expert to explain how individuals were killed by an unplugged microwave oven, an improperly wired air conditioner, and a ruptured steam heating pipe.

"Understanding: Tunnels" - Appeared on the television program as a subject matter expert with regard to the design and operation of Chicago's abandoned narrow gauge freight subway system.

"Antique Phonograph Music Program" - Guest hosted an hour-long radio show on WFMU-FM, a radio station broadcasting at 91.1 Mhz FM in Jersey City, NJ.

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: Please contact me for an Exemplary Case List
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Retained as an expert in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering in cases involving patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, professional malpractice, product liability, personal injury, regulatory compliance, and property damage.

Fire inspection service:
• Cause and origin determination.
• Evidence collection, preservation, and storage.
• Forensic lab analysis of evidence.
• Non-Destructive Testing.
• Destructive Testing.
• Report writing

Please contact me for an Exemplary Case List.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: About 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: About 50%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Please contact me for this information.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Please contact me for this information.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Please contact me for this information.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
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Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Since 2000.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Expert witness and litigation support services including consulting, site inspections, scientific analysis of evidence, forensic engineering, testing, reverse engineering, expert reports, technical illustrations for courtroom visual aids, scale models for courtroom demonstrations, deposition testimony, and courtroom testimony.

In addition, I present technical training programs to the electric utility industry. I also provide product development and intellectual property consulting services to inventors and businesses.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Contact me for information.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Contact me for information.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Contact me for information.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Contact me for information.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Please contact me for more detailed information about hourly rates, retainers, expense reimbursement, and your obligations for payment as a client. You can reach me by phone at: 630-204-6963. My email is:


References and Exemplary Case List are available upon request.