HVAC Expert Witnesses
What is an HVAC expert witness?
HVAC expert witness candidates are typically licensed professional engineers with extensive experience and an advanced degree (e.g., a PhD) in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, or has a background in MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) design. The chosen expert may be a member of an industry organization such as the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); or the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
What types of cases require an HVAC expert witness?
An expert in HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) could provide expertise in intellectual property matters, including patent infringement or a trade secret dispute. It could be an Inter Partes Review (IPR) in the PTAB (where the only expert testimony is through a deposition), or a patent case or proceeding in the International Trade Commission (ITC).
HVAC expert witness case examples
Representative matters where Cahn Litigation Services has searched for HVAC experts include:
- forensic analysis at a Texas manufacturing facility,
- energy management at a New York facility,
- product liability investigation for California insurance companies,
- a Pennsylvania health care facility’s water heaters installation,
- forensic engineering for patent infringement allegations,
- failure analysis of a ventilating unit in Colorado, and
- root cause analysis of industrial HVAC system failures in Florida.
What litigation support work might an HVAC expert witness be expected to perform?
An HVAC expert might provide expert opinion in a matter such as product liability cases, accident investigations, breach of contract, or provide testimony in a personal injury case. Litigation support could include expert witness services such as research and authoring expert reports, failure analyses, construction defect analyses, accident reconstruction, forensic engineering, deposition, and expert witness testimony in the courtroom. A law firm may also request a mechanical engineer with specialized knowledge in HVAC systems for pre-litigation consulting services.
Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for an HVAC expert witness around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony experience.
HVAC 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.
The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those HVAC experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the HVAC landscape.