A flammability expert witness typically has a background in fire science, fire safety, chemistry, flammable material, textile technology, and/or burn injuries. It is essential that a flammability expert witness possess the ability to provide expert testimony in such a manner that a jury and judge can understand the factual evidence. The expert witness chosen could be a member of an industry organization, such as the ASTM Subcommittee on Flammability, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), or the Society for Fire Protection Engineering (SPFA).
A flammability expert witness could provide expertise in intellectual property matters, such as a patent litigation or a trade secret dispute. Cases could also involve a personal injury incident, an insurance claim dispute, or a fire investigation. Litigation support by a flammability expert could include an expert report, expert opinion, deposition testimony, and courtroom testimony. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a subject matter expert with prior expert witness testimony experience. In addition, clients may seek a flammability standard expert for pre-litigation consultant work. Cahn Litigation Services has been approached by numerous clients to locate expert witnesses, on behalf of either the plaintiff or defendant, that can support matters related to flammability. Whether the case involves flammability testing, flammable liquids, fabric flammability, fire safety, fire dynamics, fire cause, vehicle fires, building material, consumer product failure analysis, or fire origin, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience needed to turn an expert search around quickly. The firm has an earned reputation for providing experts with the right balance of expertise and testimony experience for each unique project.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Flammability experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Flammability landscape.
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.
For many years this expert has provided consulting to insurance companies, municipalities, government agencies, and the legal profession as leader and technical advisor to a well-known consultancy. This expert has consulted in more than 5,000 matters involving human factors, safety, personal injury and product liability. This expert’s international consultation to corporations are in the areas of new product development, manufacturing, packaging, warnings and instructions.
This expert has:
Participated in litigation matters regarding furniture material flammability, the flammability of textiles, and the inconsistencies of the manufacturing process regarding flammability standards of textiles.
Written extensively on the Flammable Fabrics Act.
Created and pioneered an innovative approach for evaluating the adequacy and communication effectiveness of the warning and instructional materials associated with any product.
International experience in determining the causal relationship between the defect, violation, etc., and the resulting injuries or property damage.
Qualified as an expert for litigation in safety engineering and design.
Won awards for work in textiles, chemistry, and engineering.
This expert has extensive expert witness experience, primarily in product liability and patent matters. This expert is the named inventor on nearly 50 US and International patents.
This expert is recognized as an expert in chemistry, hazardous materials, metallurgical and plastics failure analysis and fire and explosion investigations. This expert is the founder and chief technologist for a nationally recognized fire science and forensic laboratory and specialized burn facility, equipped with among other apparatus, fabric flammability test cabinets, instruments used to characterize fabric density, warp/weave and composition (synthetic, cotton, blend, FR etc.), and a cone calorimeter which is a standard test method to characterize the fire performance of materials.
This expert performs investigation according to recognized and professional standard practices and methodologies for engineering failure analysis and fire investigation with results supported by testing, analysis, codes, standards and literature. Familiar with existing test methods on soft furnishings as well as changes in regulations with respect to fire retardants and fire testing, this expert often performs instrumented, modified standard or ad hoc fire tests on these materials.
This expert was the lead engineer that developed tests and criteria for assessing the burning rate hazard of solid chemical oxidizers based on research and testing at bench and intermediate scales that was accepted by the fire codes. This expert has training in Regulatory Fire Tests and is a principal member on a technical committee which addresses room fire hazards including fuel loads like furniture. This expert is also very familiar with other industry guides including the SFPE.
This expert has training in hazard assessment methodologies, failure analysis and hazardous waste operations and emergency response. This expert serves on hazardous chemical, combustible metals and combustible dust technical committees as well as on technical panels overseeing research related to hazards associated with combustible dusts, antifreeze in home sprinkler systems and separation distances.
This expert has been retained as a consulting and testifying expert by numerous law firms, insurance companies and corporations.
This expert has many years of experience with fire safety issues. This expert leads a well-known, internationally-recognized consultancy providing technical assistance with codes and standards issues (emphasis on fire), as well as consulting services for fire related legal cases.
This expert has published 500 papers and six books. This expert has a strong background in fire performance and the effects of flame retardants. This expert is very active on proposals for development and amendment of codes (leading to regulation), including the building codes (IBC and NFPA 5000), the life safety code (NFPA 101), the national electrical code (NEC, NFPA 70), the mechanical codes (IMC, UMC), the fire codes (IFC, NFPA 1), the residential code (IRC) and the wildland code (IWUIC). This expert is also very active in development of standard fire tests, practices, specifications and guides (nationally and internationally) within ASTM, NFPA, CSA, ISO and IEEE. This expert has been appointed to a number of positions of responsibility within codes and standards committees and has received several awards.
Among the many, this expert is a member of the following ASTM, ISO, and NFPA technical committees:
E05 (Fire Tests)
D09 (Electrical and Electronic Insulating Materials)
F15 (Consumer Products)
F23 (Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment)
TC61 SC4 (Plastics, Burning behavior)
TC92 (Fire Safety) -
Hazard and Risk of Contents and Furnishings
Building Code/Safety to Life: Interior Finish and Contents
This expert has extensive litigation experience having been deposed and testified in matters involving:
upholstered furniture or mattresses
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.
CONSULTANT AND EXPERT WITNESS ON CHEMICALS AND PLASTICS