An automotive transmission expert witness typically has industry experience and a background in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and/or automotive engineering. Representing the plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation Services is often called upon by law firm clients to locate an expert witness to support automotive industry matters including cases involving transmission technology.
Often, matters requiring transmission expert witness service involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation in court, inter partes review in the PTAB, or trade secret disputes. Forensic engineering of components can prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. A specialist in transmission technology might also provide expert testimony in a torts matter like personal injury or a product liability case involving vehicle failure analysis, or be called upon as an auto accident reconstruction expert. Cahn Litigation Services has even placed a four wheel drive transmission design expert in a contracts disputes matter.
Litigation support by automotive transmission technical experts could include analysis, reverse engineering, accident reconstruction, expert opinions, deposition, an expert report, and expert witness testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a qualified expert with prior expert witness experience. In addition, clients may seek an automotive industry expert for pre-litigation consulting work. An automotive expert witness must have expertise in the subject and the ability to explain evidence to a judge and jurors.
Cahn Litigation Services has completed numerous searches for an expert witness in the automotive area, providing candidates for each case to the specifications provided by the attorney in charge. Whether it’s for a patent case or for pre-litigation reverse engineering work, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn the search around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony for the job at hand.
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 Transmission experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Transmission landscape.
This expert has spent an entire career working with transmissions and gear systems and had design and development responsibility for various types of transmissions including a new electronic controlled transmission targeted for class 8 trucks and a 6-speed electronically controlled transmission family. This expert's responsibilities included design changes and new features for OEMs and customers. This expert has direct experience supporting OEMs and distributors with the application and installation of transmission products. This expert also served as coordinator of an automobile manufacturer's litigation support team and testified numerous times as internal expert witness for transmission products.
This expert's career encompasses many years of service to an automobile manufacturer's powertrain engineering and general management functions. This expert has held various engineering positions was appointed Chief Engineer, and ultimately held the position of Director, Transmission Engineering. This expert is now President of the Transmission Division. This expert consults with the automotive industry in the powertrain and alliances areas. This expert has been a member of SAE International for many years and is an SAE Fellow.
This expert is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Mechanical Power Transmission design, test, manufacture, and failure analysis. This expert is Founder and Chief Engineer of a highly successful Mechanical Power Transmission consulting company. This expert leads a team of highly skilled and experienced Senior Engineers including metallurgists, gear and bearing and drive specialists. This expert also has a full-service forensic laboratory for gear system failure investigation.
This expert and team have an extensive gear/bearing system background which spans both high and low speed, heavily loaded, extremely critical gear systems for a variety of applications ranging from helicopters to space craft and from mine to mill. This includes complete design, manufacturing and quality control support for geared systems of all types and sizes as well as gear/bearing system failure analyses and root cause determination.
Prior to establishing a consultancy, this expert spent decades with an aircraft manufacturer's Helicopter Division and retired as Senior Technical Fellow - Gear Technology. This expert specialized in applied mathematics, kinematics, analytical gear system design and synthesis, finite element analysis, and computer programming. This expert was also responsible for the continued development and operation of the company's computer aided gear design systems as well as many related computer programs, including a complete Gear Finite Element Method Analysis System.
This expert is an active participant in the American Helicopter Society (AHS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), and the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers (AISE).
This expert has provided consulting services in field failure analysis and patent and trade secret litigation by detailing the State-of-the-Art in mechanical power transmission systems and interpreting technical information for the legal staff. This expert has also served as an expert witness in Federal Court.
This expert has worked with all types of gear and transmission systems for the better part of this expert's career, with transmissions and All Wheel Drive systems the dominant focus. This expert is well versed in the recently introduced 9- and 10-speed transmissions, particularly: additional degree of difficulty in calibration and testing, optimization of friction clutch size and number of plates, the introduction of dog clutches and the corresponding challenges in transmission calibration, system optimization / duty cycle and other technology challenges. Besides Automatic Transmissions (used mostly in North America) this expert also has extensive experience with dual clutch transmissions used in Europe and continuously variable transmissions used primarily in Asia.