Roger W. Griffith, P.E.

Roger W. Griffith, P.E.

Griffith Engineering & Consulting, Inc.
P.O. Box 702
Jefferson City , TN 37760
Office: 865-471-8142

Introduction

Roger Griffith, P.E. provides engineering design, forensic analysis, and expert witness consulting in plumbing, fuel gas systems, HVAC, and fire protection. Specialty areas include hot water systems, scalding, carbon monoxide poisoning related to venting of gas appliances, and legionella.

He has provided expert witness services, including deposition and trial testimony for over ten years.

Roger W. Griffith is committed to providing investigative engineering, consulting and expert witness services that are thorough, credible and timely. As a licensed professional engineer he can assist in the following areas:

Construction Claims: He can review documents, perform site inspections, research industry standards, prepare reports and exhibits, and provide presentations to assist clients to resolve construction disputes involving changes, delays, damages and impacted labor efficiency as related to building mechanical, plumbing and sprinkler systems.

Design Errors and Omissions: Case review and analysis of HVAC, plumbing, piping, and sprinkler system design work to determine whether the engineering design meets the standard of care for the area and at the time the work was performed. This often requires document review, research and design calculations.

Litigation Support and Expert Witness: Roger Griffith prepares exhibits and provides testimony based upon independent and impartial investigation, research, analysis and testing. He also assists clients through the mediation and arbitration process.

Construction Defects: Roger Griffith investigates HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and piping system failures. After careful research and analysis, Roger provides objective opinions regarding causation and damages.

Litigation Support Services

Roger Griffith, P.E. provides expert testimony and litigation support services for plaintiff and defendants on plumbing, mechanical and fire sprinkler system defects and failures.

As a mechanical engineer, his training and experience designing plumbing, HVAC and fire sprinkler systems enable him to offer professional opinions regarding the adequacy of system design, construction, maintenance and operation.

As a mechanical engineer, Mr. Griffith's training and experience designing plumbing, HVAC and fire sprinkler systems enable him to offer professional opinions regarding the adequacy of system design, construction, maintenance and operation. With his experience and training in failure analysis, he can also evaluate equipment failures to determine their root cause.

Roger serves on the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) national design standards committee that provides industry guidelines for hot water temperature limits for plumbing systems to prevent scalding.

Areas of expertise include:

* Plumbing Systems and Equipment and associated failures, damages and injury causation
* Plumbing Code Compliance
* Hot Water Systems
* Hot Water Scalding
* Gas Appliances
* Venting of Gas Appliances and Combustion Safety
* Fire Sprinkler Systems
* Construction Defects
* HVAC Systems Design
* HVAC Equipment - Failure Analysis


Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Boilers
  • Construction Damages
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Plumbing & HVAC

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
Registered Professional Engineer in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)
• past Vice-President of Technical for East Tennessee chapter
• past Vice-President of Education for East Tennessee chapter
American Society of Sanitary Engineers (ASSE)
American Society of Testing & Materials (ASTM)
International Code Council (ICC)
National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), Board Certified
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Course instructor for problem solving techniques and fault-tree analysis for a major electric utility.
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: 42
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Plumbing fixture failures, water heater failures (gas), pipe failure, shower performance deficiency, plumbing installation, gas furnace, HVAC design, scalding, legionella
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 57
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 43
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 3
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2015
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 2
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 10
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Engineering design, consulting, forensic investigations, litigation support and expert witness testimony
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: $275/hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $275/hour
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel time is billed at standard hourly rate. Travel expenses are billed at cost.

References

Mr. Paul Whitt
Lewis King Kreig &* Waldrop, PC
Lewis, King, Kreig & Waldrop, PC
One Centre Square, Fifth Floor
620 Market Square
P.O. Box 2425
Knoxville, TN 37901
865-546-4646
pwhitt@lewisking.com

Mr. Loy Waldrop
Lewis, King, Kreig & Waldrop, PC
One Centre Square, Fifth Floor
620 Market Square
P.O. Box 2425
Knoxville, TN 37901
865-546-4646
lwaldrop@lewisking.com