Civil Engineering Expert Witnesses
What is a civil engineering expert witness?
Civil engineering expert witness candidates are typically professional engineers with experience in construction, transportation engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and/or structural engineering. The expert witness chosen could be a member of an industry organization such as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA), the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), or the International Structural Engineering and Construction Society (ISEC).
What types of cases require a civil engineering expert witness?
With the wide array of civil engineering subspecialties, cases that require an expert witness vary. Cases that have environmental impacts may require a civil engineer with specific expertise in Coastal engineering or Environmental engineering. Cases related to mining, water resources engineering (hydrology), or hydrogeology require different expertise. Civil engineers with expertise in construction, Structural engineering, and/or Municipal or urban engineering can provide support in accident cases, worker’s compensation, or construction defects. Matters that involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation or trade secret disputes could be required is the case is related to the discover or design of new materials. Other subspecialties of civil engineering include:
- Earthquake engineering (design and planning for strong earthquakes on civil infrastructure),
- Geotechnical engineering (engineering behavior of earth materials),
- Materials science (design and discovery of new materials),
- Surveying, and
- Transportation engineering (planning, design, operation, and management of any mode of transportation).
Civil engineering expert witness case examples
Example litigation support matters that Cahn Litigation Services has placed experts for include:
- forensic investigation of a Los Angeles, California construction defect claim,
- storm water master planning in Florida,
- general contractor cost estimating,
- groundwater issues in Georgia,
- Texas building construction claims,
- site remediation in New Jersey,
- land surveying for an Illinois site development,
- California wastewater treatment plant Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance,
- accident reconstruction in Pennsylvania involving onsite hydraulics construction equipment, and
- structural failure of a bridge in New York.
What litigation support work might a civil engineering expert witness be expected to perform?
Expert witness services could include failure analyses, structural investigation and condition assessments, forensic engineering, authoring expert reports, providing expert opinions, depositions, and courtroom testimony. In addition, clients may seek a civil engineer or structural engineering consultant for pre-litigation consulting services. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request an expert with prior expert witness testimony experience.
Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for a civil engineering expert witness around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony experience.
- Architectural Engineering
- City Planning
- Coastal Development
- Coastal Engineering
- Construction Building Codes
- Construction Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Highway Design
- Land Acquisition
- Land Development
- Land Management
- Land Use
- Railroad Safety
- Structural Engineering
- Traffic Engineering
Civil Engineering Expert Witness - Representative Bios
Please Note: All Cahn Litigation expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences. Attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.
The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Civil Engineering experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Civil Engineering landscape.