Commercial Vehicle Expert Witnesses

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Commercial vehicle expert witness candidates typically a background in mechanical engineering, DOT requirements, human factors, and/or automotive engineering. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a professional with prior expert witness experience. Representing the plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation is often called upon by law firm clients to locate an expert witness to support commercial vehicle industry matters.

What types of legal matters require a trucking or commercial vehicle expert witness?

 An automotive or trucking expert witness could provide testimony in matters such as a product liability case or accident investigation. An expert witness in this field could also provide expertise in intellectual property matters (e.g., patent litigation, trade secret dispute, trade dress, trademark infringement, counterfeiting). Cahn Litigation Services has completed numerous searches for expert witnesses in the commercial vehicle area, providing candidates for each case to the specifications provided by the attorney in charge. Example cases include:

Litigation support by a commercial vehicle expert could include accident reconstruction, depositions, expert opinions, expert report preparation, and expert witness testimony at a trial. In addition, clients may seek an automotive industry expert for pre-litigation consulting work. Cahn Litigation Services has completed numerous searches for an expert witness in the automotive and transportation arena, providing candidates for each case to the specifications provided by the attorney in charge. Whether it’s for a patent case, or for pre-litigation forensic engineering, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn the search for a transportation expert witness around quickly. The firm has an earned reputation for providing candidates with the right balance of expertise and testimony to get the job done.

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Commercial Vehicle 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.

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

Expert Witness #255724

This expert has many years of experience in the design, development and/or manufacture of over 350 different products that use IC and MEMS in new and innovative ways for automotive, medical, industrial and commercial applications. This expert continues to work directly as an engineer in nearly all aspects of the semiconductor industry, including as a circuit and sensor design engineer and as part of systems engineering groups. This expert's work in automotive sensors started many years ago when this expert was responsible for developing high-pressure MEMS sensors. This expert's graduate research grew out of a summer internship, which subsequently funded this expert's Ph.D. thesis on sensors and circuits for automotive applications. This expert spearheaded the design, development and manufacturing of inertial and other MEMS sensors and automotive accelerometers. That work resulted in the high-volume production of accelerometers for airbags and vehicle stability system. This expert's work on internal inertial sensor R&D involved the physical design of the MEMS structures, the fabrication processes, and the interface and control circuits.

This expert has designed the MEMS structures, and both analog and discrete time circuit elements including filters, amplifiers, demodulators, A/D converters and as well as circuits that use these signals to calculate velocity, and change of acceleration (jerk) for calculating both motion and heading. This expert has published several papers and is named as an inventor on several of these topics.

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Expert Witness #261111

This expert has focused on commercial trucks and busses since for many years and has specific knowledge of trailers and car carriers. This expert provides professional consulting and expert witness services to commercial firms and to law firms on all manner of commercial vehicle operation and safety including facility material flow for warehouse facilities. This expert is a Professional Engineer, and a Licensed Motor Vehicle Inspector and holds a CDL Class A-M with endorsements for Doubles and Triples.

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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 #261138

This expert has many years' experience as a consultant and testifying expert in all CMV (Truck) matters from vehicle crashes to freight loading/off- loading matters, having handled over 1,000 of such freight cases. In addition to this expert's years of experience responding to and/or investigating truck crashes, this expert spent several years behind the wheel as an 18-wheeler CMV tractor-trailer driver. In this expert's overall driving experience, this expert was a driver of low-boys (flatbeds), dry-van trailers and cargo-tanks. During this expert's experience as a CMV operator, this expert became extensively experienced as to both driving, loading and offloading of van trailers, load securement on drop-decks (flatbeds) and cargo-tanks.   

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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 #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 #245232

This expert has worked with all types of driveline, gear and transmission systems for the better part of this expert's career. During this expert's time as a Chief Engineer, this expert was responsible for the development and integration of transfer cases in light truck applications. The slip joints are integral components of such transfer cases, typically providing propshaft length adjustment to the driveline and sealing to the transfer case. Vehicle integration requires careful layout of slip joints regarding their adjustment capacity, lubrication and venting to maintain smooth operation over the lifetime of a vehicle this expert has worked with solid axles requiring large displacement capacities for slip joints. This expert has served as an Expert Witness on one case, providing an expert report before the case settled.

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