Design Engineering Expert Witnesses
What is a design engineering expert witness?
Design engineering expert witness candidates are often licensed professional engineers, with extensive experience and expertise in mechanical engineering, structural engineering, automotive engineering, civil engineering, computer science, biomechanics, or electrical engineering – depending on the specific product or technology involved in the case. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a design engineer with prior expert witness testimony experience. A design engineering expert witness may be involved in an industry organization, such as IEEE or the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).
What types of cases require a design engineering expert witness?
A design engineer is tasked with developing products that adhere to their intended function and performance. Commonly, a design engineer works closely with manufacturing engineering and makes changes and corrections throughout the life of the product. A design engineering expert witness could provide expertise in intellectual property matters, such as a patent litigation, a trade secret dispute, or a proceeding in the International Trade Commission (ITC). A design engineer could also be called in for an accident reconstruction, product liability, personal injury, or failure analysis project.
Design engineering expert witness case examples
Example assignment have included:
- human factors,
- failure analysis of a commercial HVAC system located in Georgia,
- structural design,
- systems engineering dispute in Indiana,
- geotechnical engineering,
- Arizona roofing design assessments,
- personal injury case in New York involving golf club design,
- semiconductor patent infringement,
- automotive parts design, and
- medical device biomechanics.
What litigation support work might a design engineering expert witness be expected to perform?
Expert witness service by a design engineer could include mediation support, research and authoring expert reports, forensic engineering, providing expert opinions, and expert testimony in the courtroom. In addition, attorney clients may seek engineering design professionals for pre-litigation consulting services (for example – an electrical engineer, structural engineer, mechanical engineer, civil engineer, or other relevant professional engineer).
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Design Engineering Expert Witness - Representative Bios
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Design Engineering experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Design Engineering landscape.