Mining Expert Witnesses
What is a mining expert witness?
Mining expert witness candidates typically have areas of expertise in mining operations, oil and gas, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and/or geotechnical engineering. In mining safety related cases, an attorney may request an expert with a Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®) qualification and/or experience in OSHA regulations. Mining expert witnesses may be Professional Engineers (PE) or have advanced degrees (PhD) in environmental science, metallurgy, geology.
What types of cases require a mining expert witness?
Matters requiring mining expert witness services most often involve environmental, safety, or contract issues.
Mining expert witness case examples
Cahn Litigation Services has a vast network of experts and is regularly called upon to locate experts to provide litigation support. Exemplary matters have included:
- groundwater flow,
- arbitration involving surface mining,
- Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and OSHA regulations,
- coal mining company valuation,
- underground mine safety audit in Colorado,
- mining product liability, and
- West Virginia mining accident investigation.
What litigation support work might a mining expert witness be expected to perform?
Expert witness services could include research and authoring expert reports, providing expert opinions, depositions, and/or expert witness testimony in the courtroom. In addition, law firms may seek a mining industry expert for pre-litigation consulting work.
Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for a mining expert witness around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony experience.
Mining 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 Mining experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Mining landscape.
Expert Witness #254280
This expert has been a drive systems engineer, specializing in gear technology, for many years and has been deeply involved in the development of gear technology and active in national and international standards writing. This expert has designed gearing for fixed wing aircraft and rotorcraft propulsion and actuation, and turbo-machinery. Failure analysis and problem solving for problematic gearing components is a large part of this expert's overall expertise in gearing systems. This expert has been involved in all aspects of gear technology including materials and metallurgy, heat treatment, manufacturing processing and inspection, lubrication, stress analysis, rotor-dynamics and testing. This expert has performed failure investigations on gearing in mass transit vehicles, commercial and military aircraft; military and commercial ship propulsion, bridge machinery, cranes and hoists; industrial and power generation machinery; missile systems; and space based gear systems. This expert's experience in the inspection of various types of drive systems is extensive. This expert's experience includes shop testing and inspection of parallel shaft and planetary speed reducers. Field-testing and life expectancy studies of gearing components are also part of this expert's extensive experience in gearing technology. This expert has capability and experience in developing gear quality specifications and procedures for drive system applications ranging from aerospace actuators and missile systems to mining equipment and heavy movable structures. This includes material requirements and conformance, gear geometry and component dimensional accuracy and system performance. Services include evaluation of testing and measurement procedures, and evaluation of test and measurement results. This expert has provided consulting and forensic engineering services to the legal profession on numerous occasions and has served as an expert witness in litigation with claims over 20 million dollars. This expert has provided deposition testimony.
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Expert Witness #255263
This expert has many years' experience and is Vice President of a mining engineering company with an international practice. This expert is an authority on best practices and standards for blasting operations and consults as to planning controls regarding surface and cast blasting. This expert has significant experience as a testifying expert and has participated as an expert in Federal and State matters and has given testimony in depositions and trials.
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Expert Witness #260710
This expert has worked for many years as a metallurgical engineer and environmental geochemist for mining and consulting companies. This expert has worked extensively on environmental and social issues related to mining. As an associate professor of an Institute of Mining Engineering, this expert's research and teaching topics are focused on different topics that lead to improve the image of mining and contribute for sustainable mining communities.
This expert has worked as an expert of a Global Mercury Project. This includes the implementation of Environmental and Health Assessment of mercury pollution in artisanal gold mining. The project also included the implementation of procedures to reduce mercury emissions and local fabrication of pieces of equipment to reduce exposure of miners to mercury vapors and increase gold recovery.
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Expert Witness #216341
This expert provides Expert Witness, Investigation, and Technical Consulting services for Industrial Control Systems, Automated Systems, and Safety Systems. This expert has litigated several cases that involve PLC ladder logic, and has designed scores of systems which utilize PLC code. This expert manages an automation engineering group, and writes/analyzes PLC code virtually every day. Experience includes:
Automated Machinery – Manufacturing Plants, Production Plants
Robotics – Assembly Lines, Semiconductor Plants, Packaging Plants
Control Systems – PLC Controls, Computer Controlled Machines
Automatic and Revolving Doors
Amusement Park Rides – Control Systems, Safety Systems
Bowling Centers – Equipment Systems
Mining – Surface and Strip Mining, Coal, Quarry, Minerals, Oilsands, Conveyors, and Crushers
Lasers – Etching Equipment, Production Lines
Egg Production and Packaging
Food and Beverage Plants – Snack Foods, Cereal, Pasta, Soft Drinks, Beer, Meat Packaging
Conveyors – Belt Conveyors, Bucket Conveyors, Packaging Machines, Vibratory Systems
Wood Production – Sawmills, Chippers, Wood Pellet Plants
Patents – Control Systems, Automated Devices, Production and Manufacturing Machines
Contract Disputes – Control Systems, Production Equipment, Manufacturing Equipment
This expert has acquired many years of experience in electrical, electronic, automation, robotics, bulk materials handling, and mechanical system design. As an inventor, this expert holds several electronic and mechanical patents. This expert’s technical background includes extensive experience with digital logic circuits, vision systems, laser research involving Co2 lasers (Class 4 100 watt), and laser diodes (Class 3B). This expert has established and managed several engineering, CAD, automation, and field service groups, for deployment of automated machinery in the food, beverage, refinery, coal, oil sands, pharmaceutical, and chemical plant industries. Most of this work carried over to the field, where this expert managed electrical and mechanical field construction projects.
This expert’s memberships have included ISA (Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society), and AEE (The Association of Energy Engineers). Authorships include Whitepapers for RAM (Remote Asset Management), Energy Management, Automation, and cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) for FDA related validation procedures in lab environments. Intellectual property and patent experience includes work as a Technical Expert Witness involving patent infringement and automation related accidents.
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