Richard M. Balgowan

Mr. Richard M. Balgowan

RM Balgowan Forensic & Engineering Services, LLC
55 Church Street
Hamilton, NJ 08620-9546
Mobile: 609-915-4952
Office: 609-915-4952

Rich Balgowan is a licensed Professional Engineer, a licensed Professional Planner, Certified Public Manager, Certified Public Works Manager and a Public Works Leadership Fellow. He is also a certified asphalt technician and has a snow and ice control supervisor certification. Rich has more than 35 years of professional experience. He applies his expertise to roadway/highway design, construction, maintenance, drainage, traffic control (signs and lines), intersections/crosswalks, snow and ice control, bridges and dams, etc. Rich also has considerable expertise in facility maintenance including buildings, parks and playgrounds, etc. He performs injury investigations involving residential, commercial, state and municipal projects, including heavy highway and bridge construction and maintenance.

Rich's experience working as a Construction Manager, Director of Public Works, Regional Maintenance Engineer and as being President of his own engineering company, provides him with valuable insight and knowledge pertaining to construction/maintenance and safety, etc. Rich is involved with several international and national committees through the Transportation Research Board and American Public Works Association. For more than six years, Rich was the Director of Public Works in New Jersey. He was a Regional Maintenance Engineer for the New Jersey Department of Transportation having worked there for almost twenty-five years. Rich was a Construction Manager for Gannett Fleming working on major road and bridge projects on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway. Rich was also President of his own engineering firm with a concentration on small dams.

Rich resides in Hamilton, New Jersey. He has worked on both plaintiff and defense cases throughout the country. He is available for casework on a nationwide basis. Rich has a degree in Civil Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a licensed professional engineer in twelve states.

Areas of Expertise
  • Accident Investigation
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Concrete/Cement
  • Construction
  • Construction Safety
  • Corrosion
  • Disabled Access
  • Geology
  • Motorcycles
  • OSHA
  • Parking Lots/Garages
  • Pesticides
  • Professional Engineering
  • Safety
  • Soil
  • Traffic/Highway Safety
  • Transportation Construction
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Transportation Safety
  • Weather & Meteorology

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering
Licensed Professional Engineer in NJ, PA, NY, CT, DE, MD, NC, SC, CO, WA, NM
License Professional Planner in NJ
Certified Asphalt Technician
OSHA Certified
Snow and Ice Control Supervisor Certification
Certified Public Works Manager
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Society of Civil Engineers
American Public Works Association
Transportation Research Board (TRB)
Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Rutgers University- Traffic Control Coordinator course
Rutgers University- Snow and ice control, work zone safety
University of Wisconsin- Snow and ice control
Transportation Research Board- Snow and ice control
American Public Works Association- asphalt paving, steel road plates, pavement edge drop-offs, snow and ice control, weather forecasting, etc.
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: 300 plus
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Roadway, highway and bridge construction and maintenance.
Snow and ice control.
Work zone safety.
Traffic Control.
Buildings, decks, walkways, etc.
Concrete Median Barriers.
Guide Rail.
Crash Attenuators.
Steel Road Plates.
And many more.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 75%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 25%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 51
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: February 2021
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 25
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 25
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 9
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, investigations, inspections, reports, etc.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Initial consutation is free. $450 per hour, thereafter.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $450 per hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $450 per hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $450 per hour.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: $2,000 retainer required.


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