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.
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 #249424
This expert brings to the table many years of experience with Commercial and Industrial HVAC Systems, Commercial and Industrial Electrical Equipment and Systems, Power Systems, HVAC Controls, Refrigeration, Process Cooling, Temporary Power, and Chilled Water. This includes Operations and Maintenance, Facility Management, Preventive Maintenance, and Non-destructive diagnostics (Eddy Current Analysis, Thermographic Imaging, Radiography, Real-time radiography, Vibration Analysis, Oil Trend Analysis, Laser Alignment, Frequency and Harmonics Analysis, and Voltage and Current Analysis). This expert has extensive experience with Data Centers. This expert performed HVAC, Controls, Electrical, and Fire & Security systems service for data centers all over the world including several data centers for a bank. As Principal for an industrial building systems and forensic engineering consultancy, this expert understands how building systems age and how to keep them operating safely, effectively, and efficiently 20 or 30 years after they are built. This expert provides Forensic Engineering, Failure Analysis, and Expert Witness services to large Commercial and Industrial Property owners, Insurance Carriers, and Attorneys.
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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 #249456
This expert has many years of experience in building systems design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance. An industry leader in promoting the practice of commissioning and in developing commissioning standards, including serving as a contributing author to the AIA B291-2003 document outlining commissioning services, this expert is also the author of monthly columns in Engineered Systems magazine, and has been frequently invited to lecture at seminars given by such industry organizations as:- Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA)- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE),- American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
This expert is nationally noted for work in the design of energy-efficient building systems. This expert has received twelve energy engineering awards for the design of building systems. The commissioning expertise of this expert and team has been recognized since its inception by their selection to provide commissioning services for some of the largest commissioning efforts underway today. This expert has developed a new process that takes the commissioning process beyond building systems start-up, to protect and optimize the owners' facilities investments throughout the life of their buildings. This process, which encompasses and extends the elements required for the LEEDTM extra credit point, assists owners with the development and implementation of a facility management business plan for new or existing buildings within the commissioning process. It also provides the building owner with proven methods, software, and other tools needed to efficiently and effectively manage the facility.
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Expert Witness #254474
This expert is an electrical engineering expert with many years of hands-on experience in industrial controls, automation, machinery, equipment, industrial safety and machine safeguarding. This expert applies expertise to forensic casework involving industrial controls, machine safeguarding, workplace safety, industrial/commercial/residential electric power systems, electrical related fires, electric shocks, and electrocutions. This expert is proficient in the National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code, Electrical Safety in the Workplace, OSHA Standards for General Industry, and OSHA Electrical Safety Standards.
For many years this expert was a controls engineer for a control system integrator, where this expert was involved in control panel design, industrial automation, machine control, electrical design, software programming, installation, electrical contractor supervision, machine safeguarding, commissioning, project management, electrical power distribution and workplace safety. This expert was a corporate engineer performing electrical engineering in 4 different manufacturing facilities, including industrial controls, automation, process control, process engineering, quality control, robotics, industrial safety, machine safeguarding manufacturing supervision, and product development.
This expert is a licensed Professional Engineer in more than 20 states and a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), American Association of Safety Engineers (ASSE) as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
This expert provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving design, construction, operation, maintenance and training of electrical systems, equipment and devices.
This expert’s areas of expertise include:
Automation, controls, automated manufacturing, automated assembly lines, conveyors, robotics, material handling, packaging, robotic cells, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), test cells, gantries, cranes, elevators, conveyors, lifts, turn tables, pumps, fans, scales, instrumentation, motion control, process control, boiler control, steam control, speed control, industrial controls, HVAC systems, air conditioners, air handling, boilers, compressed air, exhaust, centrifugal and absorption chillers, heaters, ovens, presses, grinders, cutting, broaching, stamping presses, hydraulics, pneumatics, vision, inspection, weighing, RFID, barcode, RF Radios, recipe/batch management, gas analyzers, motor controls, motion control, electrical control panels, control panel design/build (UL certified), PLC, HMI, MES, SCADA and software development, industrial communications (wired and wireless), information systems, data collection, data reporting, alarming, and industrial safety.
This expert’s expertise also extends to:
Industrial control software, programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interface (HMI), graphical user interface (GUI), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). Other software Visual Basic, C++, Microsoft SQL. PLC Software, Allen Bradley/Rockwell RSLogix/5/500/5000/IPDS, Siemens S5/S7/TIA Portal, Mitsubishi MEDOC/GX Developer/GX Works, Omron, Telemechanique, Modicon,B+R, Opto22, Steeplechase VLC, PC Worx, Wago, Automation Direct, Koyo HMI / GUI / SCADA Software, Rockwell RSView, Rockwell FactoryTalk, Allen Bradley Panelbuilder, Siemens WinCC, Mitsubishi GOT, Mitsubishi GX Worx, Wonderware, Intellution, Iconics, Cimplicity, Proficy iFix, Indusoft, Automation Direct C-more, Industrial Communication Networks, Ethernet, Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet I/P, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Interbus, and ASi-Bus.
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Expert Witness #243851
This expert is a Professional Engineer with an MS in Electrical Engineering. This expert has extensive experience in industrial controls, including developing ladder logic and source code. This expert has designed processing machinery, material handling systems, tooling, industrial controls, data acquisition systems, and safety interlocks for manufacturing lines. This expert has created mechanical drawings, electrical wiring diagrams, electrical schematics, and control logic. This expert has led seminars and continuing education workshops related to designing analog block logic, digital ladder logic for process control applications, human-machine interface (HMI) graphics, wiring, and hardware for distributed control system (DCS) applications. As a Consulting Engineering Manager, this expert managed intellectual property and regulatory compliance matters, and developed, designed, and tested digital and analog electronics, embedded systems, industrial control system logic, and mechanical components for the food, consumer product, medical device, transportation, utility, HVAC, and agricultural equipment industries. As Plant Engineer, this expert designed machine elements, tooling, and automated control systems for food production lines. This expert is the author of numerous technical and programming publications, is a patent holder, and has provided expert witness services for over 15 years, testifying in depositions and in the courtroom.
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Expert Witness #260025
This expert is a licensed professional engineer with many years of experience. This expert’s experience includes the design of plumbing, piping, HVAC, and sprinkler systems and forensic investigations.
This expert’s design experience with commercial and industrial projects include convention centers, schools, office buildings, condominiums, apartment buildings, hotels, churches, manufacturing facilities, medical buildings, restaurants, historic buildings, dormitories, fire halls, and maintenance facilities.
This expert has also provided forensic investigations, litigation support, and expert testimony. This expert’s specialty areas include mechanical/plumbing/piping system design, hot water systems/scalding, carbon monoxide poisoning/gas venting, fuel gas fires and explosions, legionella, and failures to mechanical/plumbing/sprinkler systems. This expert represents plaintiffs and defendants and has provided testimony at depositions and trials.
This expert worked for an electric utility as a mechanical engineer with experience in piping, valves, heat exchangers, boilers and maintenance and operations. This expert also has extensive training and experience in failure analysis and taught many courses on this subject for the company.
As an expert witness, this expert has been involved in over 60 cases involving legal and insurance claims. This expert has provided testimony at depositions and trials, and represented both plaintiffs and defendants.
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