My engineering consulting practice is focused on the following areas: Railroad Accident Reconstruction and litigation, Metallurgical Engineering/Failure Analysis, Railroad Engineering, new product development and Product Liability Litigation.
Areas of Expertise
- Accident Investigation
- Accident Reconstruction
- Automotive Engineering
- Black Box/Data Recorder
- Design Engineering
- Products Liability
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Thomas E. Johnson, P. E. has a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P. E.), ACTAR certified (ACTAR #1517), OSHA certified, and Hazwoper training certified.
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE-033313E), (1984 – Present)
• Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (1997 – Present)
• National Society of Professional Engineers (1997 – Present)
• Certified Accident Reconstructionist (2004 – Present)
• Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR # 1517)
• Adjunct Faculty, Material Science, Gannon University (1983-1993)
• American Society for Metals (ASM) (1978-present)
• American Foundry Society (AFS) (1997 – Present)
• Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) (1994 – Present)
• Certified OSHA General Industry Regulations (2011 – Present)
• Adjunct Faculty, University of Wisconsin – Madison (2008 – 2009)
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: I was an adjunct faculty professor at Gannon University in Erie, PA from 1983-1993 and taught introduction to Material's Science in Gannon's Engineering department. I was an adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin for their railroad operations class in 2009-2010. I taught metallurgical lab classes at St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute.
- 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: Over 240 legal cases
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Metallurgical Engineering & Failure Analysis, Railroad Engineering, Expert Witness – Railroad & Product Liability Litigation, Locomotive and Rail car Equipment & Operation Analysis, Railcar and Equipment Loading, Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR Certified), OSHA Regulations (OSHA Certified), Locomotive Event Recorder Download Analysis, Crude by Rail- Derailment Investigation & DOT 111 Tank Car Design, Diesel Engine Design and Re-manufacturing- Component Failure Analysis, Diesel Locomotive Fuel Consumption Analysis, Brake Design and Analysis, Train Derailment Analysis, Product Liability, New Product Development
- 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: I have had my deposition taken 40 times as of 7/1/2017
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: September, 2016
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: Numerous times besides actually testifying 9 times.
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: I have actually testified in court 9 times.
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 20 years.
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Engineering consulting, site inspections, equipment inspections, metallurgical lab work with MEE in Minnesota, report writing, deposition and court room testifying.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $350/hour
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $350/hour
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $350/hour
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $350/hour
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: All reasonable travel expenses reimbursed at cost. Administrative fee of 15% on all outside lab and other expert consulting fees. Mileage fees at current IRS rates.
References upon request.