Thomas R Dyer, P.E.

Headway Marine LLC
2547 Perkins Lane West
Seattle , WA 98199
Office: 206-618-8632
Fax: 206-285-1707


During a shipbuilding, and naval architecture career spanning over 40 years, Tom Dyer has developed a broad knowledge of marine operations, the shipbuilding business, and the technology and operation of workboats and pleasure craft. He has served as an expert representing shipyards, vessel owners, and seaman; both plaintiffs and defendants. He has successfully testified in depositions, state and federal court; before juries and judges; and has served as an arbitrator and a mediator.

California address:
973 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

Areas of Expertise

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Marine Engineering

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Professional Engineer, Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, Washington State #12929; 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, Naval ROTC, Stanford University; 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;
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;
Youth Maritime Training Association Advisory Board; 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; arious 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: 37
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Shipyard Economics
Shipyard Operations
Shipyard Workmanship
Shipyard Worker Injuries
Seaman's Injuries and Death
Vessel Seaworthiness
Trade Dress (Pleasure Boat Design)
Vessel Equipment Defects
Boat Collision Reconstruction
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 46%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 49%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 12
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: March 2007
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 7
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 7
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 11
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: $185
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $185
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $280
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $280
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: long distance telephone charges, parking, non-routine reproduction, non-routine postage and delivery, non-routine clerical work and copy fees, AutoCAD drafting, and costs for travel out of the Seattle area.


References upon request.