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 Expert  728775

Expert in Chemical Patents, Air Bags, Product Contamination, Fires and Explosions, Chemical Exposure


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Texas (TX)
USA
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has been retained by plaintiff, defense and state Attorney General attorneys to investigate and provide expert opinions, expert reports, depositions, Daubert, Grand Jury & trial testimony for 91 air bag cases filed in Federal and State courts in 19 states (IL, AZ, CA, NY, VA, MN, PA, WI, LA, TX, AL, GA, OK, OH, KY, AR, NC, MI AND MS) against over 19 defendants (General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, Jaguar, Volkswagen, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Honda, BWM, Mazda, Subaru, Takata, TRW, Continental, Autoliv and numerous vehicle dealerships). These air bag cases include 25 General Motors defective ignition switch cases.

Expert analyzes and uses vehicle crash data downloaded by the Bosch CDR system to determine if frontal airbags should have deployed. He also locates, interviews and recommends experts to download crash data for case vehicles located throughout the U.S.

He also analyzes and uses Barrier Equivalent Velocities (BEV) calculated from frontal crush measurements to determine if frontal airbags should have deployed. He also locates, interviews and recommends experts to make frontal crush measurements and calculate BEVs for case vehicles located throughout the U.S.

Expert has examined over 25 defective ignition switch cases and determined if power loss prevented frontal airbag deployment.

He has provided 14 depositions and four court appearances in Federal and State courts. He has been qualified in Federal and State courts to testify about air bag issues.

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battery explosion

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blast resistance

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blasting damage

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boat explosion

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boiler explosion

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chemical explosion

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chemical plant explosion

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domestic explosion standard

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explosion

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explosion cause

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explosion chemistry

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explosion investigation

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explosion measurement

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explosion origin

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explosion prevention

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explosion safety and hazards analysis

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explosion standard

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explosion-proof appliance

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gas explosion

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grain dust explosion

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international explosion standard

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oil explosion

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propane explosion

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steam explosion

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sympathetic detonation

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unconfined vapor-cloud explosion

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vehicle explosion

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inhalation exposure standard

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microorganism exposure

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neurotoxin exposure

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toxic exposure

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toxic tort

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toxicity

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active occupant-restraint system

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air bag

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air bag igniter

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crash sensor

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occupant restraint system

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sodium azide

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chemical exposure


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Dallas, Texas;  Fort Worth, Texas;  Arlington, Texas;  Plano, Texas;  Garland, Texas;  Irving, Texas;  Grand Prairie, Texas;  Mesquite, Texas;  Waco, Texas;  and Carrollton, Texas.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1967   Ph. D.   Chemical Engineering   University of Arkansas   SIGMA XI
1965   M. S.   Chemical Engineering   University of Arkansas  
1960   B.S.   Chemical Engineering   University of Arkansas  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1988 to

 

Expert's Firm

 

President/Owner

 

Technical expert and expert witness for criminal defense and civil litigation for 126 cases involving defective automotive air bags, worker injuries caused by chemical plant fires & explosions, chemical exposure, environmental pollution, and State of Arizona Attorney General grand jury investigation, U. S. Department of Justice/Environmental Protection Agency investigations and U. S. Department of Labor (OSHA) investigations of workplace safety violations.

1987 to 1988

 

Virtex Oil & Gas

 

V. P. Technical & Partner

 

Designed, constructed & started up two major fuel alcohol plants. Developed business architecture, negotiated all contracts, selected and leased plant site, procured all equipment, secured feedstock purchase and product marketing agreements, selected and supervised construction contractor, obtained all environmental and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms permits.

1985 to 1987

 

Virginia Oxygenates, Inc.

 

Vice President

 

Developed fuel alcohol project that generated $ 4.2 million revenue during the first year of operation, preventing the company's demise and forfeiture of a $ 5.5 million net operating loss tax benefit. He developed the project business architecture, obtained $ 1.5 million in unsecured financing for equipment purchase, negotiated all contracts (site lease, feedstock procurement/product marketing, technology selection and licensing, and effluent disposal), designed, built and started up plant and hired and trained operations and maintenance staff.

1982 to 1985

 

Cellanol Corporation

 

Vice President

 

Worked with in-house counsel and EPA to obtain first Section 211(f) Clean Air Act Waiver for methanol gasoline blends.

Responsible for design and engineering of barge mounted methanol.


Publications:
Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Mealey's Emerging Toxic Tort Series  
 - Society of Automotive Engineers  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1988 to 1993   US DOT-OSHA   Expert   Inspection of chemical plants for workplace safety violations.
1991 to 1994   US DOJ   Expert   Provided technical assistance for successful prosection of Benzene NESHAPS statute.
1991 to 1994   US EPA   Expert   Provided technical assistance for successful prosecution of Benzene NESHAPS statute.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert for Arizona Attorney General's wrongful death/personal injury case produced the largest fine-$ 1.8 million- against defendant in the history of the state of Arizona.
  • Expert for Plaintiffs on wrongful death/personal injury case in Texas produced $10.5 million settlement.
  • Expert for Plaintiffs in RCRA/CERCLA cases produced settlement of $ 27 million
  • Expert for Plaintiffs in toxic tort case in Texas produced $ 27.5 million settlement.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Construction gas explosion expert for consulting on Probable gas explosion on constrution site.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has provided expert services in 126 civil and criminal cases, 44 depositions, 10 court appearances in 15 different practice areas.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Petroleum processing expert for consulting on Request for CV and further information.
  • Expert for consulting on Heater explosion at a Paramount (Alon) refinery in LA area.
  • Expert in anhydrous ammonia fertilizer safety for toxic tort litigation case.
  • Air bag expert for consulting on Air Bag sensors.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1973 to 1973   England   Inspection of low pressure methanol plant that used ICI technology.
1973 to 1973   Germany   Inspection of low pressure methanol plant. Discussions with UHDE and LURGI on chemical technology licensing.
1974 to 1974   Brazil   Inspection of RHODIA & CELANESE DO BRASIL chemical plants.

Inspection of plants in BAHIA.

1968 to 1968   Canada   Inspection of Celanese chemical plants. Discussions with National Research Council on membrane separation technology.
1983 to 1983   Brazil/Spain   Inspection of automtovie production and research and development facilities at Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen General Motors. Technical discussions on use of ethanol to replace gasoline and diesel fuel.

Discussions with Spanish Goverment regarding purchase of hydrous ethanol for shipment to U. S.


 

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