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Expert in Chemical Patents, Air Bags, Product Contamination, Fires and Explosions, Chemical Exposure

Expert ID: 728775 Texas, USA

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Expert has been retained by plaintiff, defense and state Attorney General attorneys to investigate and provide expert opinions, expert reports, depositions, Daubert, Grand Jury & trial testimony for 91 air bag cases filed in Federal and State courts in 19 states (IL, Expert, CA, NY, VA, MN, PA, WI, LA, TX, Expert, GA, OK, OH, KY, Expert, NC, MI AND MS) against over 19 defendants (General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, Jaguar, Volkswagen, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Honda, BWM, Mazda, Subaru, Takata, TRW, Continental, Autoliv and numerous vehicle dealerships). These air bag cases include 25 General Motors defective ignition switch cases.

Expert analyzes and uses vehicle crash data downloaded by the Bosch CDR system to determine if frontal airbags should have deployed. He also locates, interviews and recommends experts to download crash data for case vehicles located throughout the U.S.

He also analyzes and uses Barrier Equivalent Velocities (BEV) calculated from frontal crush measurements to determine if frontal airbags should have deployed. He also locates, interviews and recommends experts to make frontal crush measurements and calculate BEVs for case vehicles located throughout the U.S.

Expert has examined over 25 defective ignition switch cases and determined if power loss prevented frontal airbag deployment.

He has provided 14 depositions and four court appearances in Federal and State courts. He has been qualified in Federal and State courts to testify about air bag issues.

Expert for Arizona Attorney General's wrongful death/personal injury case produced the largest fine-$ 1.8 million- against defendant in the history of the state of Arizona. Expert for Plaintiffs on wrongful death/personal injury case in Texas produced $10.5 million settlement. Expert for Plaintiffs in RCRA/CERCLA cases produced settlement of $ 27 million Expert for Plaintiffs in toxic tort case in Texas produced $ 27.5 million settlement.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Dallas, Texas - Fort Worth, Texas - Arlington, Texas - Plano, Texas - Garland, Texas - Irving, Texas - Grand Prairie, Texas - Mesquite, Texas - Waco, Texas - Carrollton, Texas

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1967 Degree: Ph. D. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Arkansas
Year: 1965 Degree: M. S. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Arkansas
Year: 1960 Degree: B.S. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Arkansas

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1988 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President/Owner Department: Responsibilities: Technical expert and expert witness for criminal defense and civil litigation for 126 cases involving defective automotive air bags, worker injuries caused by chemical plant fires & explosions, chemical exposure, environmental pollution, and State of Arizona Attorney General grand jury investigation, U. S. Department of Justice/Environmental Protection Agency investigations and U. S. Department of Labor (OSHA) investigations of workplace safety violations.
Years: 1987 to 1988 Employer: Title: V. P. Technical & Partner Department: Responsibilities: Designed, constructed & started up two major fuel alcohol plants. Developed business architecture, negotiated all contracts, selected and leased plant site, procured all equipment, secured feedstock purchase and product marketing agreements, selected and supervised construction contractor, obtained all environmental and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms permits.
Years: 1985 to 1987 Employer: Title: Vice President Department: Responsibilities: Developed fuel alcohol project that generated $ 4.2 million revenue during the first year of operation, preventing the company's demise and forfeiture of a $ 5.5 million net operating loss tax benefit. He developed the project business architecture, obtained $ 1.5 million in unsecured financing for equipment purchase, negotiated all contracts (site lease, feedstock procurement/product marketing, technology selection and licensing, and effluent disposal), designed, built and started up plant and hired and trained operations and maintenance staff.
Years: 1982 to 1985 Employer: Title: Vice President Department: Responsibilities: Worked with in-house counsel and EPA to obtain first Section 211(f) Clean Air Act Waiver for methanol gasoline blends.

Responsible for design and engineering of barge mounted methanol.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1988 to 1993 Agency: US DOT-OSHA Role: Expert Description: Inspection of chemical plants for workplace safety violations.
Years: 1991 to 1994 Agency: US DOJ Role: Expert Description: Provided technical assistance for successful prosection of Benzene NESHAPS statute.
Years: 1991 to 1994 Agency: US EPA Role: Expert Description: Provided technical assistance for successful prosecution of Benzene NESHAPS statute.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1973 to 1973 Country / Region: England Summary: Inspection of low pressure methanol plant that used ICI technology.
Years: 1973 to 1973 Country / Region: Germany Summary: Inspection of low pressure methanol plant.Discussions with UHDE and LURGI on chemical technology licensing.
Years: 1974 to 1974 Country / Region: Brazil Summary: Inspection of RHODIA & CELANESE DO BRASIL chemical plants.Inspection of plants in BAHIA.
Years: 1968 to 1968 Country / Region: Canada Summary: Inspection of Celanese chemical plants. Discussions with National Research Council on membrane separation technology.
Years: 1983 to 1983 Country / Region: Brazil/Spain Summary: Inspection of automtovie production and research and development facilities Expert Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen General Motors. Technical discussions on use of ethanol to replace gasoline and diesel fuel.Discussions with Spanish Goverment regarding purchase of hydrous ethanol for shipment to U. S.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has provided expert services in 178 civil and criminal cases, 44 depositions, 10 court appearances in 15 different practice areas.
Areas include explosions and fires, weapons of mass destruction, regulatory agency enforcement, toxic chemical exposure, environmental, intellectual property/ trade secrets, chemical burns, animal farming nuisance, seat belts, infant/ child seat, medical devices, methamphetamine labs, business interruption insurance loss, industrial and chemical products, railroad tank car accidents.
Since 1989, I have been retained by attorneys Expert expert for 178 cases involving;
...Defective Automotive Airbags,
...Defective Ignition Switches & Seat Belts,
...Explosions,
...Weapons of Mass Destruction (ANFO, Ricin),
...Toxic Chemical Exposure,
...U. S. Patent Infringement,
...Misappropriation of Trade Secrets,
...Regulatory Agency Enforcement (DOJ,OSHA & EPA),
...Chemical Plant & Petroleum Refinery Accidents,
...Defective Child Seats,
...Environmental Contamination,
...Defective Industrial Chemical Products, and
...Railroad Tank Car Accidents.
I have provided 33 depositions and 9 court appearances for these cases.
AIRBAG CASES
I have been retained by plaintiff, defense & state Attorney General attorneys to investigate and provide;
... Expert opinions and reports,
...Depositions,
...Daubert testimony,
...Grand Jury testimony,
...Trial testimony,
...For Ninety four {94} air bag cases,
...Filed In Federal and State courts,
...In Nineteen {19}states (IL, Expert, CA, NY, VA, MN, PA, WI,
LA, TX, Expert, GA, OK, OH, KY, Expert, NC, MI and MS).
These air bag cases include 25 defective ignition switch cases.
During my investigations I have examined the air bag systems used or produced by General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Honda, BWM, Mazda, Volvo, Takata, TRW, Continental, Autoliv, Morton, Delphi and numerous dealerships Expert detailed below.
General Motors: Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR, Camaro, Geo Metro, Tahoe, Silverado, Sonoma, Impala, C1500, Malibu & Cruz, GMC Yukon, Cadillac Seville & Escalade, Pontiac Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Alero & Saturn Ion
Ford: F-150 & F-250, Contour, Mercury Grand Marquis, Explorer, Focus, Lincoln & Fiesta
Chrysler: Lebaron, Town & Country, 300, Dodge Ram, Neon & Caravan
Toyota: Corolla, Camry & Avalon
Nissan: 300ZX
Kia: Sportage & Optima
Hyundai: Elantra & Veracruz
Jaguar
Lexus: 430
Mercedes Benz: 190E
Mitsubishi: 3000
Honda: Passport
BMW: Mini Cooper
Mazda: Protege & MPV
Volvo: Volvo S80
These airbag systems include frontal (Single stage and Dual stage), seat-mounted side impact, side curtain & knee bolster, airbag control modules, seatbelt pretensioners and passenger sensing systems.
I have also examined over 25 defective ignition switch cases and determined if power loss prevented frontal airbag deployment.
I was previously retained Expert airbag expert by the Arizona Attorney General's office and testified before the Grand Jury fcase that resulted in the largest corporate criminal fine in Arizona history.
I have examined Takata frontal airbags that deployed defectively and the driver sustained injuries. I Expert familiar with how Takata airbag propellant containing ammonium nitrate can be damaged by cycling moisture and temperatures which cause excessive inflation gas production rate & peak canister pressure during airbag deployment with resulting canister rupture, production of shrapnel and injury to drivers.
I have provided 14 depositions and 4 court appearances in Federal and State courts. I have been qualified in Federal and State courts to testify about air bag issues.
Other Relevant Experience
CONTINUATION OF EXPERT WITNESS WORK:
NON-AIRBAG CASES
I have also been retained by plaintiff, defense and regulatory attorneys to investigate and provide expert opinions and reports, depositions, Daubert and trial testimony for 84 non-airbag cases filed in Federal and State courts in 17 states (TX, LA, Expert, MS, CA, Expert, KY, NM, MN, CO, VA, SC, NC, FL, MD, GA & NY) that include;
...U. S. Patent Infringement,
...Misappropriation of Trade Secrets,
...Explosions,
...Weapons of Mass Destruction (ANFO, Ricin),
...Toxic Chemical Exposure (Benzene-AML, ALL, CML, CLL),
...Chemical Burns,
...Regulatory Agency Enforcement (Benzene NESHAP
OSHA,EPA,DOJ),
...Chemical Plant & Petroleum Refinery Accidents,
...Defective Child Seats,
...Industrial Chemical Products and
...Railroad Tank Car Accidents.
For these 84 cases, I have provided depositions for 19 cases and Trial/Daubert testimony for 5 cases.

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