FIRE EXPERT WITNESSES

Expert Witness: E-246682
This highly qualified fire cause investigation expert has nearly 30 years of professional experience. He completed prestigious fire science training at Mission College and is a certified fire service instructor and a California commercial pyrotechnician. Additionally, this expert is a licensed private investigator by the California Department of Consumer Affairs. He has completed additional vocational training and educational courses in investigation, homicide, ...
Expert Witness: E-062791
This expert is currently a fire and explosion investigator and analyst at a top forensic firm in the Southeast. He is a highly qualified fire and explosion expert and has extensive credentials, including: multiple certifications, fire and explosion research, many published articles and papers, presentations, teaching, years of experience including hundreds of fire and explosion investigations, analyses, and testimony on numerous cases.
Expert Witness: E-142214
This highly qualified expert has extensive experience in the field of fire protection engineering. He received his bachelors and masters from the University of San Diego, both in mechanical engineering. His PhD in mechanical engineering was also granted from UCSD. He is on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Wildland Fire as well as the NFPA Technical Committee on Wildlife and Rural Fire Protection. Currently he serves as an associate editor for a ...
Expert Witness: E-098517
This expert has 27+ years of experience in specialty vehicle engineering and design. Currently, he works as the Manager of the Vehicle Engineering Group for a large scientific advisory company. The expert earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and has authored multiple publications in his field. Previously, he was the Director of Engineering for Capacity Trucks and the Chassis Development Leader for Thor Motor Coach. He is also a member of the ...
Expert Witness: E-095084
This expert has over 20 years of experience in wildland fire investigation, suppression, prescribed fire, and training. He is currently the President/Owner of a private wildfire investigation, consulting, and training firm. Previously, he served as a Special Agent with the US Forest Service, specializing in wildland fire investigation and performing as the national wildland fire investigation expert, as well as, detailing as the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge. He was ...
Expert Witness: E-082058
This former Chief California State Fire Marshal is a consummate expert in fire protection, building codes, and window safety. He has over 40 years of hands-on expertise and currently serves as Executive Director of the National Code Services Association. He also served as the Chair of California‟s Special Arson Task Force and has extensive experience in the investigation of fire origin, cause and spread and also negligence of fire department operations and management. ...
Expert Witness: E-142219
This highly qualified expert received his BS in Mechanical engineering, an MS in mechanical engineering and a second in aerospace engineering. His PhD in aerospace engineering was granted by the the University of Michigan. Formerly he served as as a senior fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in their fire research division. Currently he serves as professor and director of undergraduate studies for the department of fire protection at a major MD ...
Expert Witness: E-143683
This fire analysis expert received his PhD in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech. He is a licensed fire protection engineer. He has been involved in research for over 17 years and is currently an associate professor in fire safety engineering technology at an elite university.
Expert Witness: E-000849
This supremely qualified fire origin and cause investigation expert has served as a municipal fire marshal for over 20 years, and is a certified fire investigator who is the proprietor of a private fire investigation and fire/building code consulting firm.
Expert Witness: E-078517
This fire protection and construction codes expert has been active in his field for over 33 years. He earned his B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of New York. The expert began his career with fire protection and alarm system companies before becoming a Consulting Engineer with Lehr Associates, where he prepared code reviews. From 2000 until 2009, the expert was the Director of the ...
Expert Witness: E-071724
This expert specializes in electrical engineering issues, and has performed numerous investigations into fires caused/allegedly caused by electrical issues. His experience includes evaluation of electronics products and their failure modes to determine whether they adhered to relevant safety standards, including those established by Underwriters Laboratories and the Canadian Standards Association. He has also evaluated products and components for structural wiring ...
Expert Witness: E-035764
This expert has 25+ years of law enforcement experience, for the vast majority of which he served as a fire investigator for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A certified fire investigator with both the ATF and the International Association of Arson Investigators, he has consulted for police forces in countries such as Colombia and Latvia on arson investigation practices. Since 2014, he has operated an independent fire investigation consultancy.

FIRE EXPERT WITNESS CASE STUDIES

Woman Is Severely Burned In Space Heater Fire FIRE Expert Case

Woman Is Severely Burned In Space Heater Fire

…  claim involves an apartment fire that was allegedly caused by a space heater. The fire took place in January a week after the heating system in the plaintiff’s …  or furniture. One night, the space heater suddenly caught fire. As a result of the fire, the plaintiff suffered burn injuries to her hand …

Electrical Utility Provider Allegedly Causes Widespread Fire FIRE Expert Case

Electrical Utility Provider Allegedly Causes Widespread Fire

…  case involves an expansive wildfire in Texas that destroyed more than 3,000 structures and resulted in …  Investigations have concluded that the majority of the fire was caused by equipment and infrastructure maintained by a major …  As part of the growing set of legal cases surrounding the fire, a team of electrical utility experts familiar with fire risk mitigation, …

Yacht Explodes Following Negligent Inspection FIRE Expert Case

Yacht Explodes Following Negligent Inspection

…  line in the boat that the inspector missed. An expert in fire cause and origin with experience investigating boat fires was sought to review the matter and address causation and …

Forensic Engineer Determines Cause Of Gas Turbine Explosion FIRE Expert Case

This case involves a gas turbine explosion at a power plant in New Mexico that killed 2 workers. Further investigation of the turbine revealed that the compressor had suffered erosion damage causing changes in the blade profiles and airflow. The turbine in …

Substandard Plant Management Blamed for Industrial Gas Pump Fire FIRE Expert Case

…  involves a truck driver who sustained full-body burns a fire at an industrial gas pump. When he began to dispense the gas using the …  provided, it sparked and caused the truck to catch on fire. The individual sustained third-degree burns covering 90% of his body. The …

Negligence by Road Crew Allegedly Causes Wildfire FIRE Expert Case

Negligence by Road Crew Allegedly Causes Wildfire

…  case involves a fire which was allegedly sparked by a power line that came into contact with a tree, resulting in a wildfire that spread across numerous ranches and homes in Montana. After an investigation, it was determined that the fire started near a site where a municipal crew was trimming tree limbs away …

E-Cigarette Battery Explosion Causes Significant Leg Injuries FIRE Expert Case

This case involves a plaintiff in Illinois who was injured when e-cigarette batteries in the pocket of his pants exploded. On the date of the incident in question, the plaintiff had been driving for several hours to meet a friend in another city. Throughou …

Defective Stove Design Blamed for Kitchen Fire FIRE Expert Case

Defective Stove Design Blamed for Kitchen Fire

…  a man in Tennessee who sustained burn injuries from a fire started in his kitchen. The plaintiff had been cooking dinner when he …  The plaintiff attempted to shut off the gas, however the fire increased in size, causing a large fire to start in his kitchen and …

Fireplace Explosion is Linked to Defective Gas System FIRE Expert Case

Fireplace Explosion is Linked to Defective Gas System

…  from Oklahoma who was severely injured when an open gas fireplace with a glass guard on its perimeter exploded. The gas fireplace was located at a home owned by the plaintiff’s colleague, whom she …