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


Expert Witness #260698

This expert leads the technical staff of an internationally renowned consulting firm that serves major power generation technology developers and sells commercial software packages worldwide. This expert is also recognized throughout the world as the author of over 240 technical papers on air pollutant formation and control.

This expert and consultancy performed sponsored research to develop and validate detailed chemical reaction mechanisms to predict the partitioning of mercury (Hg) along coal-fired utility gas cleaning systems. These mechanisms accurately describe the fate of Hg as flue gas moves through economizers, SCR units, air preheaters, ESPs and fabric filters, and FGD scrubbers in utility power plants. They also accurately predict Hg capture efficiencies for bromine and chlorine additives, activated carbon injection, and the full domain of gas cleaning conditions. The predictions have been validated with measured Hg speciation from over 200 field tests at commercial power plants.

This expert's firm's reaction mechanism for bromine/chlorine/Hg chemistry is regarded worldwide as the best-in-class. Collectively, this expert's publications on Hg control have been cited more than 800 times and research also spawned three patent applications. The work also spawned two software packages.

This expert has served as an expert witness on two cases of patent infringement involving Hg control with bromine and activated carbon at coal-fired power stations.


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Expert Witness #216341

This expert provides Expert Witness, Investigation, and Technical Consulting services for Industrial Control Systems, Automated Systems, and Safety Systems. This expert has litigated several cases that involve PLC ladder logic, and has designed scores of systems which utilize PLC code. This expert manages an automation engineering group, and writes/analyzes PLC code virtually every day. Experience includes:

Automated Machinery – Manufacturing Plants, Production Plants

Robotics – Assembly Lines, Semiconductor Plants, Packaging Plants

Control Systems – PLC Controls, Computer Controlled Machines

Automatic and Revolving Doors

Amusement Park Rides – Control Systems, Safety Systems

Bowling Centers – Equipment Systems

Mining – Surface and Strip Mining, Coal, Quarry, Minerals, Oilsands, Conveyors, and Crushers

Lasers – Etching Equipment, Production Lines

Egg Production and Packaging

Food and Beverage Plants – Snack Foods, Cereal, Pasta, Soft Drinks, Beer, Meat Packaging

Breweries

Conveyors – Belt Conveyors, Bucket Conveyors, Packaging Machines, Vibratory Systems

Wood Production – Sawmills, Chippers, Wood Pellet Plants

Patents – Control Systems, Automated Devices, Production and Manufacturing Machines

Contract Disputes – Control Systems, Production Equipment, Manufacturing Equipment

This expert has acquired many years of experience in electrical, electronic, automation, robotics, bulk materials handling, and mechanical system design. As an inventor, this expert holds several electronic and mechanical patents. This expert’s technical background includes extensive experience with digital logic circuits, vision systems, laser research involving Co2 lasers (Class 4 100 watt), and laser diodes (Class 3B). This expert has established and managed several engineering, CAD, automation, and field service groups, for deployment of automated machinery in the food, beverage, refinery, coal, oil sands, pharmaceutical, and chemical plant industries. Most of this work carried over to the field, where this expert managed electrical and mechanical field construction projects.

This expert’s memberships have included ISA (Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society), and AEE (The Association of Energy Engineers). Authorships include Whitepapers for RAM (Remote Asset Management), Energy Management, Automation, and cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) for FDA related validation procedures in lab environments. Intellectual property and patent experience includes work as a Technical Expert Witness involving patent infringement and automation related accidents.


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Expert Witness #260722

This expert has many years of extensive experience in the power generation field. This expert's air pollution control system experience includes wet and dry FGD systems, low-NOx burners/combustion controls, SCRs, SNCRs, ESPs, and baghouses for boilers and SCRs for gas turbines. This expert has provided testimony to various legislative committee on the impact of air pollution control legislation. This expert has in-depth knowledge of combustion processes and the control of dioxins through combustion technologies and mercury control in power plants and waste-to-energy facilities. This expert is also experienced in project development, financing, conceptual engineering, evaluation of business ventures including feasibility and risk analysis, and contract negotiations. This expert has assisted in compliance strategies for current and emerging air pollution rules and regulations, technology transfer and acquisition of technologies. This expert is a recipient of numerous certifications and awards based on work in the waste-to-energy and fossil-fuel industries and has published over 100 technical papers on environmental issues.

This expert started working with activated carbon for mercury (Hg) control many years ago with mercury control on waste-to-energy plants. This expert was involved in research work that used both brominated and un-brominated activated carbon for coal-fired applications, and was importing activated carbons.  This expert went to work leading a mercury control business unit. Part of this expert's responsibility was importing, marketing, and technical support for activated carbon products. This expert was involved in several DOE test programs evaluating various activated carbons. This expert is very familiar with many competitor's products and methods of injecting activated carbons.

This expert leads a highly respected energy consultancy, specializing in emission compliance strategies, business development as related to EPA regulations, and licensing of new technologies. This expert also provides strategic planning assistance with compliance strategies for current and emerging air pollution rules and regulations. This includes, among others, regulatory applicability analysis, control technology evaluations, and integrated compliance strategies and compliance options for viable long-term viability.

This expert has prior litigation experience.


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Expert Witness #259442

This expert has prepared and presented claims on behalf of general contractors and specialty contractors, and evaluated and refuted claims on behalf of owners, engineers and contractors.

This expert has had in-depth involvement in efficiently researching and analyzing facts relating to disputes and presenting them in a clear and concise manner. This expert's areas of expertise include critical path schedule analysis, time extension requests, labor productivity analysis, damages calculations and preparation of comprehensive reports. This expert has experience in mediation, arbitration and has provided various litigation support services. This expert has also provided formal presentations for Mediation Settlement Conferences in addition to expert testimony for deposition and trial. This expert's assignments have included projects associated with power generation, penal institutions, commercial facilities and transit systems.

This expert was a Project Architect for a architectural firm that specialized in the construction of public facilities. This expert was a Senior Associate for a construction claims consulting firm. This expert's experience there was the preparation and defense of construction claims related to commercial, industrial and public work projects. This expert also worked as a Project Architect for an architectural firm specializing in the design of commercial interiors and public facilities.

This expert received a B.S. in architectural technology, and a M.S. in civil engineering. This expert also received a J.D.

This expert has qualified as an expert and has provided lectures on the topic of construction claims.


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