During a shipbuilding, and naval architecture career spanning over 50 years, Tom Dyer has developed a broad knowledge of marine operations, seamanship, the shipbuilding business, and the technology and operation of workboats and pleasure craft. He also has knowledge of maritime patent infringement issues and shipyard pollution histories. He has served as an expert representing shipyards, vessel owners, and seaman; both plaintiffs and defendants. He has successfully testified in depositions, in state and federal court; before juries and judges; and has served as an arbitrator and a mediator.
971 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Areas of Expertise
- Admiralty & Maritime
- Marine Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Professional Engineer, Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, Washington State #12929;
US Coast Guard Licensed Master of 100 Ton Inspected Vessel, with Unlimited Passengers on Inland Waters, and with Sailing and Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsements,
Master of Science, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Fulbright Scholar in Naval Architecture, Technical University, Delft, The Netherlands;
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (Machine Design Emphasis), Naval ROTC, Stanford University;
Captain’s License – 100 Ton Masters and OUPV, United States Maritime Academy, Seattle;
The Management Program, Graduate School of Business, University of Washington;
Trained as an arbitrator by the North Pacific Dispute Resolution Center;
Avoiding Design Professional Liability, Dept of Architecture, University of Washington;
Fundamentals of Accounting, Graduate School of Business, University of Washington;
Liability Assessment and Quality Planning, Washington State University Seminar;
Industrial Hydraulics, Vickers Technical Training Center;
Operation and Maintenance of EMD Diesel Engines, General Motors Training Center;
Basic Marine Electrical Practice, American Boat and Yacht Council
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (Chairman, Pacific Northwest Section 1981 1982;
Ship Technical Committee for 133' Historic Wooden Schooner Adventuress
Columbia River Maritime Museum (Trustee, 1984-1996);
Seattle Marine Business Coalition (Founding Member, President, 1985-1987;
American Boat and Yacht Council;
North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners Association Vessel Safety Program;
Recreational Boating Association of Washington;
Center for Wooden Boats; Classic Yacht Association; Wooden Boat Foundation;
Society of Port Engineers; Propeller Club;
Wooden Yacht Racing Association (Founding Member, 1991-1999;
Naval Architects for Fishing Vessel Safety (1991-1993;
Port of Seattle Waterfront Development Panel (1988 1989;
Seattle City Planning Commission (1987 –1989;
Toastmasters International (1965-1969;
Sigma Xi, Scientific and Engineering Research Honorary (1963-1969;
various Non-profit, Political, and Church Boards and Committees
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Taught Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis) 1965-1969.
Toastmasters International (1965-1969)
Offered testimony to Seattle Port Commission and Seattle City Council on various waterfront development issues on numerous occasions.
Have addressed meetings of various organizations on which I have severed as an officer.
Have presented technical papers on naval architecture to national and international professional meetings
- 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: 122
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Maritime Patents
Trade Dress (Pleasure Boat Design)
Shipyard Worker Injuries
Seaman's Injuries and Death
Shipyard Pollution History
Vessel Equipment Defects
Boat Collision Reconstruction
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 43%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 50%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: 24
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: May 2017
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: 11
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: 11
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 15
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Consulting, Reports, Site and Vessel Inspections,
Regulatory Research, Testimony, Arbitration, Mediation
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $320
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $320
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $480
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $480
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Costs for travel out of the Seattle or San Francisco areas: Hourly rate is $190; fares, lodging, meals, etc are charged at cost. Travel is not charged for travel from Seattle to San Francisco. Other costs include long distance telephone charges, parking, non-routine reproduction, non-routine postage and delivery, non-routine clerical work and copy fees, and drafting.
Penny Slicer (patent attorney)
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
"The Court finds Dyer's testimony more credible than [that of the opposing expert] … The jury reasonably accepted Dyer's interpretation."
- Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. Senior U S District Court Judge; Civil Action No. 2;15 cv 21; Opinion & Order Doc. 356 … on Defendant's … Motions for a New Trial; U S District Court Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division
"Expert Tom Dyer, a naval architect and marine engineer, inspected the [vessel] and conducted an underway evaluation... Filling the void is Mr. Dyer's testimony, which the Court finds both credible and persuasive."
- R. S. Lasnick, U.S. District Court Judge, Memorandum of Decision No. C03-1161L, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington.
"I thought you did an excellent job as a witness the other day. You were straight forward and knowledgeable"
- David Kohles, Attorney
"You handled the aggressive cross examination very well" - Lynn Hubbard, Attorney
"Your careful analysis, evenhanded testimony, and obvious professionalism were recognized and much appreciated at trial and throughout the litigation. It was a privilege to work with you." - Thomas Waller, Attorney
“We were very impressed with how you related to the jury and were able to deliver such complicated information in a simple and understandable way…your low key profile and personable and warm delivery was received very well… there was not one juror with a negative remark about your presentation.” – James Shaker and Robin Schachter, Attorneys
“Thanks…for your help…especially for being available with a quick response and ready insight.” – Carol Hepburn, Attorney
“Terrific insight” - Matt Turetsky, Attorney