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Fire protection and fire safety expert witness candidates are typically licensed professional engineers with areas of expertise in mechanical engineering, fire safety, fire protection engineering, and/or are a Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator (CFEI). An expert in fire protection systems should also be familiar with applicable building code mandates, and OSHA regulations. The chosen expert may be associated with an industry  organization, such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), or the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFA). In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a fire safety professional with prior expert witness testimony experience.

Fire Safety Expert Witness Services

Frequently, matters requiring fire protection expert witness services involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation or trade secret disputes. A fire protection system expert witness might also provide testimony in fire origin and cause investigations, or a product liability case involving fire protection system failure analysis. Litigation support services could include accident reconstruction, an expert report, expert opinion, and testimony in the courtroom. Clients may seek a fire protection system expert for pre-litigation consulting work. When the need for a fire protection expert arises, top legal professionals call on Cahn Litigation Services. The firm has placed professionals for many matters, including:

Cahn Litigation Services has years of experience in expert witness searches, and has earned the reputation for providing fire experts with the right balance of expertise and testimony to support each unique project.

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Fire Protection 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 Fire Protection experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Fire Protection landscape.

Expert Witness #122855

This expert is considered one of the leading national experts on textile flammability and protective clothing and leads a highly respected fire safety consultancy. This expert frequently provides consulting to clothing manufacturers and end user organizations on proper design, selection, testing, and use of protective clothing and related equipment. This expert has written or coauthored over 120 reports, papers, and articles on various aspects of textile flammability and protective clothing and has been an invited as speaker for over 150 presentations.

This expert is responsible for promulgation of ASTM standards on test methods for physical, chemical, biological, thermal protection and human factors, comprehensive NFPA standards on fire fighter, chemical, and biological protective clothing; and 10 ISO standards on different areas of personnel protection.

This expert is considered a leader in textile flammability and has a thorough understanding of textile, rubber, plastic physical properties; flame and heat properties; chemical, biological, and particulate barrier properties; and comfort and ergonomic properties; laboratory auditing.

This expert has been involved in numerous projects and contracts for development of specific protective textile systems, evaluation of products against industry standards, support of new product introductions into specific market niches, identification of industry technology needs, and determination of safety/health hazards for particular applications. This expert has extensive prior litigation experience including deposition and courtroom testimony.

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Expert Witness #238854

This expert is a Master Alarm Technician with many years of expertise and experience in security system, access control, and life safety system design, development, installation, sales, service, maintenance, testing, operational management and UL Listed central station monitoring of almost all types and brands of burglar alarm systems and equipment. As an instructor to the technical community of the alarm and security industry, this expert has authored security and alarm system test questions which have been accepted by The American Society for Industrial Security for their coveted and internationally recognized Certified Protection Professional Certification Examination. This expert is an experienced consultant and expert testimonial witness in alarm science and systems, as well as alarm and security related matters for insurance companies, law firms, government and law enforcement agencies, public and private institutions and nationally recognized alarm and central station companies. This expert is court qualified in the forensic study of alarm systems, in part based on extensive experience in the analysis, examination, investigation and testing of equipment, materials and products for all different types of security and fire alarm systems, appliances, devices and sensors, as well as the performance of security and fire alarm system forensic analysis and investigation related experiments.

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Expert Witness #249431

This expert is a mechanical engineer, a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Specializing in HVAC, Clean-room and Laboratories, Central Utility Plants, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Controls/Automation, Property Condition Assessment, Commissioning Authority, Reporting and Presentation, this expert has many years of mechanical engineering experience in Building Technology synthesis, design, operation and assessment at a variety of firms including TRC Engineers, Engineered Automation Systems, Inc. and ESCO. This expert is an effective consultant on diverse and challenging projects due to a solid background in mechanical, electrical, controls, life safety and security systems. This expert provides engineering, analysis, project planning, resource management, engineering, quality assurance, and commissioning and client communications. This expert's broad project experience and unique ability to integrate project needs and solutions for multiple and overlapping disciplines and technologies enables this expert to serve as an effective expert and participant on challenging projects.

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Expert Witness #249401

This expert holds a PhD and serves as Principal of a successful consulting engineering firm. This expert founded the firm to provide comprehensive HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and forensic engineering services. This expert has served as senior plant engineer at a private research university and brings to the table many years of diverse engineering and contracting experience. This expert has extensive knowledge of building codes, mechanical systems, electrical systems, renewable energy systems and geothermal systems, building envelope and roofing systems, as well as site utilities. This expert has been involved in the design, energy analysis and commissioning for many LEED Certified Buildings. This expert is also a forensic engineering consultant.

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Expert Witness #214975

This expert is the founder and CEO of a highly successful consultancy specializing in plastics. This expert has spent many years in the Plastics Industry as a leading authority on plastic and composite part failure. This expert worked for a plastics product manufacturer as a leading Principal Scientist. This expert is a world-renowned scientist and author as evidenced by many awards. This expert is a member of ASM International (a society of Material Scientists), the American Chemical Society Polymer Chemistry and Polymeric Materials Divisions, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, the Failure Analysis Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Institute of Packaging Professionals, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. This expert has provided expert services in over 150 litigations involving plastics and composites. This expert is one of the top plastic failure experts in the world having analyzed hundreds of plastic and composite parts including, pipes, food packages, bottles, tanks, latches, toys, medical devices, exercise equipment, automotive parts, pulleys, chairs, and stools. This expert has authored >100 scientific papers, >60 US Patents, a book, and several encyclopedia articles on chemicals and plastics.


  • Forensic analysis/testing of plastic and composite parts
  • Manufacturing processes for plastic bottles including extrusion blow-molding, injection blow-molding, and stretch
  • Blow-molding
  • Root cause analysis of CPVC fire suppression system failures
  • Exercise equipment failure
  • Plastic piping products including ABS, PVC, CPVC, PEX, PP, PVDC, and HDPE
  • Additives for plastics including antioxidants and UV stabilizers
  • Design of plastic parts to meet the requirements of the application
  • Fracture mechanics of plastic materials and composites
  • Chemical resistance/degradation of plastics and elastomers
  • Discoloration and loss of clarity of plastics
  • Plastic part and package design and stress analysis
  • Polymer blends and compounding
  • Polyolefin based resins and applications
  • Additives for improved adhesion in polymer blends and composites
  • Chemicals and Plastics R&D
  • Monomer stabilization and polymerization
  • Molding and extrusion of plastics including foams and films
  • UV, thermal, and environmental degradation of chemicals and plastics
  • Plastic flammability and plastic flame retardant formulations
  • Migration of chemicals and additives from plastics
  • Chemicals and plastics for medical use
  • Composite and nanocomposite materials including carbon fiber composites
  • Permeability (vapors and odors) of plastics
  • Plastics used in medical applications
  • Abrasion resistance of plastics and elastomers
  • Material Selection (choosing the right plastic for the application)

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