Automotive Design

An automotive design expert witness typically has extensive experience and knowledge in automotive engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and/or vehicle manufacturing. An automotive engineer specializing in design may also have a background in art or industrial design. Cahn Litigation Services is frequently called upon by law firms to locate an expert witness that can support issues involving automotive design matters. When an expert is needed, Cahn Litigation Services will hone in on experts with precisely the rights skillset and experience for the job at hand.

Automotive design refers to the art and science of developing the aesthetics and ergonomics for motor vehicles such as an automobile, motorcycle, race car, autonomous vehicle, bus, ATV, or commercial vehicle. The design of the vehicle body, as well as the interior components and accessories utilize the expertise of a professional in automotive design.

An automotive design expert witness could provide expertise in intellectual property matters — a patent litigation in federal court or a trade secret dispute. It could be a patent infringement case in the District Court, or a patent case or proceeding in the International Trade Commission (ITC). An automotive design specialist could be called to assist in trade dress, trademark infringement, or counterfeiting matters. An automotive expert in design might provide testimony in matters such as a product liability case or accident investigation.

Litigation support by a automotive design expert witness could include an expert report, forensic engineering, expert opinion, accident reconstruction and expert witness testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a technical expert with prior expert witness experience. It is essential that an expert witness possess the ability to provide expert testimony in such a manner that a jury and judge can understand the factual evidence.

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Automotive Design Expert Witness - Sample Bios

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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Automotive Design experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Automotive Design landscape.


Expert Witness #223826

This expert has made a career of consulting and providing expert witness services to the automotive industry. This expert's focus is on automotive systems and components as well as the dynamics of gears and power trains. This expert received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and is a Professional Engineer. This expert has a training certificate in Mechanics of Heavy-Duty Trucks and Truck Combinations, among others. This expert is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and is well published in the automotive field.


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Expert Witness #234032

This expert brings to the table many years of automotive industry and consulting experience in the design, development, testing, and analysis of domestic and foreign automotive products and components. This expert's experience gives a broad level of expertise, including the design, performance, testing, and manufacturing of vehicle body systems and components, energy absorbing frame elements, bumpers, roofs, closures (doors systems, hoods, trunk lids, folding tops), seats, trim and sealing systems. This expert has conducted and/or witnessed and analyzed the results from more than 200 full-scale vehicle crash tests in new product development, FMVSS and foreign certification, accident reconstruction validation, and research. This expert has also conducted numerous developmental and FMVSS certification tests on component-level items such as roofs, door beams and structures, door latches, door hinges, seat belt anchorages, and bumper systems.

This expert's experience with folding roof systems extends back many years when this expert was responsible for development and testing of a manual folding top system. This expert was responsible for the design and development of a luxury car manual folding top and a sports car manual folding top. This expert was contracted full-time as Director of Engineering to develop a power folding hardtop roof system. Sometime later, this expert was engaged as an expert in an IP matter involving the design of a folding roof system, including patent validity and infringement analyses and reports.

This expert has worked on several patent cases involving the design and function of mechanical systems on automotive products and vehicles.


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Expert Witness #254745

This expert attended a prestigious College of Design, graduated with honors, and was promptly selected to work with a luxury car manufacturer in a newly created North American design studio.

This expert's interest in alternative fuel vehicles was piqued by participation in the MCC concept design which formed the basis for the SMART car. This expert's early successes established a reputation as an innovative and conscientious automotive designer.

This expert moved on to another automobile manufacturer, where this expert worked on concept designs to help move the primarily electronics company into the auto arena. When a luxury auto manufacturer decided to open an American-based design studio, this expert was recruited for a senior design position as the first designer hired. This expert's work was instrumental in the finished exterior design.

Fueled by early success, this expert was committed to design work offering clients a leveraged advantage using design. This expert established a design studio with a focus on design-driven vehicular design, design consulting and product portfolio consultation. Clients include international auto manufacturers, start-up vehicle companies, major after-market accessory suppliers, as well as power-sports companies.

This expert is also an Associate Professor, teaching automotive design to both high level and foundation level students.


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Expert Witness #256699

This expert has a Masters in Design (Terminal Degree) and a PhD in engineering with course work that spanned product design, safety, industrial systems design, robotics, kinematics and mechanical engineering. This expert's expert witness experience includes intellectual property (patents, trade secrets and trade dress), product design, product liability and mechanical failure analysis, manufacturing system failure, safety analysis, and automotive and motorcycle system failures. This expert is a recognized artist, award winning producer, interior designer, author of a robotics text, journal and conference papers that include automation systems, alternative fuels and automotive engine design, a racing car engine researcher and designer, and the holder of six US patents that include alternative automotive fuels and furniture design. This expert is an Associate Professor in a Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems and an Associate Professor in a School of Visual Arts and Design.


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Expert Witness #261066

This expert is an automotive engineer with many years of professional experience, including working directly for automotive manufacturers. This expert has direct design and testing experience in vehicle structures, crashworthiness, and closure systems engineering. This expert applies expertise to expert witness investigations pertaining to vehicle crashworthiness, crash reconstruction, vehicle systems performance, and exterior/interior upper body mechanisms.

Upon completion of a degree in Mechanical Engineering, this expert held positions in Body Design, Closures Design, and Crash Safety. As a Crash Safety engineer, this expert was responsible for ensuring achievement of dynamic safety targets, both on a component basis and as complete vehicle performance. This included work in both the virtual design phase by simulation analysis, as well as overseeing and analyzing physical crash testing. This expert performed design/test work on sedans, pickup trucks, crossovers, and cargo vehicles throughout the entire development lifecycle and into mass production.

Continuing an automotive career, this expert then worked in Research & Development, where this expert was responsible for closures design engineering as a design team chief. This expert led a team of design engineers in developing all aspects of minivan slide doors. This expert also served as design chief for minor-model updates on pickup truck door and tailgate closures. This expert has expertise in all elements of upper body design, including structures, dynamic and static crash safety, sealing, NVH, power-door systems, latches, and exterior/interior components, among others.

This expert earned an Engineering degree from one of the nation's most respected programs. This expert has accumulated a multitude of patents for key innovations in upper body design. This expert's education and deep industry experience designing and testing vehicles qualify this expert to investigate a broad range of vehicle topics.


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Expert Witness #237271

This expert has many years of experience in the automotive industry. This expert is a veteran of automotive component litigation, having testified at trial numerous times in high profile automotive component matters. This expert has extensive design, testing, and development engineering experience in the automotive industry and is thoroughly experienced in the design of linkages, brackets, sealing, and mounting designs. This expert has tested and worked on structures and systems for vehicles that include sunroofs, convertible roofs, closures, as well as testifying about compliance of these systems to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, including FMVSS 216 Roof Crush Resistance, FMVSS 214 Side Impact Protection, FMVSS 208 – Occupant Crash Protection, FMVSS 201 Upper Interior Head Protection. This expert has also served as an expert witness and corporate representative, where this expert analyzed defect claims, many of which involved mechanical and structural systems, and testified in depositions and trials throughout the United States.

Due to extensive experience in the automotive industry, this expert is intimately familiar with sealing issues. For the U.S. Army, this expert worked on numerous systems and their associated issues involving hatches, doors, see-through armor, gates, and the associated mechanisms linkages, reinforcements, as well as systems and components that employ hard or soft materials, as well as the associated accessibility, serviceability, durability and reliability of these systems and components.

This expert is thoroughly experienced in Design for Assembly as well as the quality and reliability issues associated with component and system design. This expert is a Licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in chemical engineering, and a BS and an MS in electrical engineering.

This expert has served extensively as an expert witness and has testified, authored reports, and analyzed patents and prior art in numerous automotive cases. This expert has extensive experience in infringement/non-infringement, and patent validity/invalidity, including 101, 102, 103, 112 and prior art arguments for automotive and transportation components and systems, thoroughly understands the issues involved in intellectual property and patent litigation and is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO. This expert has done analyses under literal infringement and the under the doctrine of equivalents, as well as direct infringement, contributory infringement, inducement of infringement, willful infringement, authored numerous reports and declarations and put together claim charts for infringement/non-infringement contentions, invalidity and validity arguments (including secondary considerations such has nexus/commercial success), claim construction hearings (in support of Markman briefs and hearings), and has authored numerous expert reports including ITC testimony documents, for IPR matters as an automotive/mechanical systems expert, for numerous intellectual property and patent cases, and has deposition and/or testified in Inter Partes Review proceedings before the PTAB, as well as various Federal District Courts. This expert also has extensive deposition and trial testimony experience, including testifying experience in IP and patent litigation cases. This expert has authored reports and declarations for numerous intellectual property and patent cases, and has testified in Inter Partes Review proceedings before the PTAB, as well as various Federal District Courts.


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Expert Witness #252121

This expert is a full-time automotive consultant and expert witness. As a Product engineer with an automobile manufacturer, this expert focused on Truck Exhaust system design and engineering, including thermal management, quality and reliability. This expert also had cost-management responsibility for all truck product exhaust system components. As a vehicle engineer, this expert was involved in the entire lifecycle of vehicle design and manufacture. This expert designed and engineered systems for concept vehicles, tuned and validated systems on prototype vehicles, resolved manufacturing issues during production, and made improvements to enhance vehicle quality and safety after the start of manufacture. This expert has experience as an expert witness in automotive matters.


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Expert Witness #258974

This expert is a full professor in a Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering. This expert is a licensed engineer and has been actively involved in the design and evaluation of advanced power producing systems for many years. This expert is the director of an Automotive Research Center and the head of a graduate Automotive Engineering program.

This expert has been involved in advanced throttle control fuel injection/combustion systems and was funded by NASA in advanced gas turbine engine fuel injection and combustion systems. Since that time, this expert has also been involved in optimizing fuel, throttle and fuel injection and combustion systems for transportation automotive and trucking applications along with racing applications. This expert has hands on experience in dyno testing of complex throttle and fuel injection systems along with track testing and advanced computational modeling on supercomputing clusters.

This expert has chaired technical sessions for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in exhaust and particulate emissions systems, direct injection spark and compression ignition engines, fuel injection and sprays, HCCI combustion, hybrid electric vehicle powertrains, high efficiency engine concepts, multidimensional engine modeling, on-board diagnostics, fuels and fuel additives, cold start characteristics, engine boosting systems, dual fuel combustion, spark assisted compression ignition combustion and heady duty lubricants. 

Areas of interest are jet and rocket propulsion systems, advanced low pollutant emission, high efficiency combustions systems for advanced aircraft and automotive applications, alternative fuels and renewable energy systems.

This expert has been deposed and testified in court over 60 times as an expert witness involving the design and analysis of advanced Mechanical Engineering systems. Further, this expert has been involved with numerous cases an expert related to intellectual property and patent litigation, including cases with related to engine control and throttle systems.


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