Sports Expert Witnesses

Sports expert witnesses and consultants listed here may be able to form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts on sports. The sports expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Athletics & Recreation, Automotive, Biomechanics, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Hand Surgery, Medical Devices, Orthopedic Surgery, Podiatry, Premises Liability, and Risk Management.

Adam Goodworth, PhD, PE, ACTAR Goodworth Biomechanic & Forensic Consulting

Goleta, California
Biomechanics, Automotive - pregnancy, eye injury, fetus injury, seat belts, fall, trip, brain injury, slip, biomechanics, injury, mechanism, airbag, EDR, event data recorder, accident reconstruction, NASS, CDS, CISS, research, sports, professor, professional engineer, kinesiology
Adam Goodworth, PhD, PE, is a biomechanics specialist providing expert opinions on • Claimed Injuries and injury mechanisms • Vehicle Occupant Kinematics • Event Data Recorder (EDR) • Work and Recreation Accidents (eg, slip, trip, falls) • Seat Belt Function • Fetus injuries Dr. Goodworth is a Professional Engineer in California (# M40242), an ACTAR Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist (# 2225), trained in EDR interpretation (“black box”), and active in research of restraint systems and occupant kinematics. Dr. Goodworth can perform vehicle Inspections and site investigations in California and across the US. Dr. Goodworth has been a Professor for over 13 years. Currently, a full tenured Professor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, Dr. Goodworth has over 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Defense. His teaching includes Biomechanic...

Laura Sonoda, MD, MPH Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists

San Ramon, California
Hand Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery - Carpal tunnel release, cubital tunnel, Dupuytren’s release and Xiaflex, DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, trigger finger release, ganglion cysts, fractures, arthritis, sports, joint replacement, LRTI, arthroscopy, tendon repair, tendon transfer, nerve repair, non operative, microscopic hand surgery
Dr. Laura Sonoda is a board-certified Orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery. In addition to her practice, Dr. Sonoda has been involved in depositions and IMEs. She also boasts several publications describing novel techniques, clinical review, and cadaver anatomical biomechanical studies. Dr. Sonoda completed her fellowship in Sacramento at UC Davis, her orthopedic surgery residency in Orange, CA at UC Irvine, and her medical school training at USC Keck School of Medicine. She also spent a year in New Orleans obtaining a Masters in Public Health degree with emphasis in epidemiology at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Sonoda was raised in the East SF Bay Area, and is happy to return to the area to raise her family. During childhood, she trained as a competitive gymnast and maintains an understanding of the mindset of an athlete. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, working out ...

Paul V Spiegl, MD Perimeter Orthopaedics

Atlanta, Georgia
Foot & Ankle Surgery, Podiatry - All adult foot and ankle problems including fractures, sprains, trauma, arthritis, sports, congenital deformities, reconstructive surgery, and infection
Orthopaedic training at Duke. Fellowship trained in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Board certified in 1986 with re-certification in 1996, 2006 and 2016 and now on the MOC pathway for recertification in 2026. Dr. Spiegl has performed a wide spectrum of surgical procedures and continues a full time clinical and surgical practice. Dr. Spiegl provides non-operative treatment, independent medical examinations, as well surgical treatment. Since beginning practice in 1983 as the first fellowship trained orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon in Georgia, he has gained extensive experience treating a wide spectrum of conditions from straightforward to the most complex.

Mari S Truman, MS, PE OrthoBioMech LLC

Warsaw, Indiana
Biomechanics, Medical Devices - Occupant Motion, Injury Biomechanics, Orthopedics, Medical Product Liability, Duties of Manufacturer, Design, Testing, Manufacturing, Warnings, Instructions for Use, Injury Event Reconstruction, Failure Analysis, Injury Pattern, Soft Tissue Injury, Low Speed Collisions, Falls, Impacts, Sports
Licensed Professional Engineer Medical Device Design & Development  38+ years orthopaedic device development  12 patents Testified in State and Federal Courts , Injury Biomechanics and Medical Device Litigation  20+ trials  100+ depositions 38 years of experience in the biomechanics and orthopedics fields, 16 years forensic case analyses. I routinely deal with forces that are applied to the human body during many activities, including impact and injury scenarios. To assure the safety and efficacy of new medical devices, we define clinically relevant performance requirements for their installation and use, and then test to define the product specific performance characteristics. The physical principles and methods used in orthopedic biomechanics are the same as those used to reconstruct injury events. I am familiar with forces and loads applied to the hips, knees, wrist, shoulder, head, neck, lower back and skeleton in many typical activities, including sitting, walking, jumpin...

Nicholas Elisseou, MD, MBA

Newton Center, Massachusetts
Hand Surgery - Hand Surgery, Wrist Surgery, Peripheral nerve surgery, Sports medicine of the hand and wrist, Impairment Ratings, Personal Injury, Industrial Injury, Carpal tunnel, trigger finger, fractures, arthritis, sports, joint replacement, thumb arthritis, tendon repair
Dr. Elisseou is a board-certified practicing Hand Surgeon with offices at Norwood Orthopedic Associates and Nashoba Valley Medical Center. He also practices at the Providence VA Medical Center. Dr. Elisseou earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Brown University, where he was selected to serve as Executive Chief Resident in his final year of training and received the prestigious Outstanding Resident Teacher award. He completed his fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery at the University of Louisville. He is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Boston University. He has served as a hand and wrist consultant for the Massachusetts Pirates. Dr. Elisseou was recognized as a Top Doctor by Castle and Connolly and Boston Magazine in 2022.

Scott A. Bills Sports Field Solutions, LLC

Baptistown, New Jersey
Athletics & Recreation, Premises Liability - Sports, Fields, Athletic Fields, Sports Field Injuries, Athletic Field Injuries, Synthetic Turf, Artificial Turf, Natural Turf, Natural Grass, Sports Facilities, Athletic Facilities, Premises
Certified Sports Field Manager Sports field injuries can prove costly for both athletes and field owners. Scott Bills uses his experience and professional expertise to provide expert testimony in cases involving sports field-related injuries. Scott Bills is available to provide professional and expert investigation, site evaluation, safety assessment and testimony for plaintiff and defendant cases. Scott’s experience spans 30 years; he has worked with natural and synthetic athletic fields, park and recreation complexes, golf courses, premises, landscapes, and arboriculture. The scope of Scott’s expertise ranges from field evaluation to preparation of written reports and depositions for plaintiff and defendant sports field injury cases. Scott has opined on cases related to: *contract disputes *head injuries, *broken bones, *dislocations, tears, and sprains (knees, shoulders, ankles, wrists), *rotator cuff injuries, *growth plate injuries, *MRSA infection, and *permanent eye damage. ...

David Harlowe The Sport Management Group, Inc.

Greensboro, North Carolina
Athletics & Recreation, Risk Management - Health clubs, fitness studios, colleges, gyms, high schools, minor league sports, professional sports, emergency planning, stadiums, sports
- Founder and President of The Sport Management Group, Inc. (SMG), a national risk management company specializing in the athletic and fitness industries. SMG is currently in its 28th year of service. - Has personally performed over 3,500 safety audits on athletic and fitness facilities for his company, the Sport Management Group. - SMG has performed over 14,000 risk assessments nationwide. - Has been retained as an expert witness in over 30 cases nationwide. - Reviews and develops risk management strategies for the Atlantic Coast Conference and its member institutions. - Wrote “Fitness Center Safety” chapter in Risk Management in Sport, Second Edition, edited by Herb Appenzeller. - Has written a bi-monthly risk management column for Fitness Management Magazine. - Manages over 500 independent field inspectors around the country. - Authored various safety manuals and training programs designed for athletic directors, health club owners and managers. - Created and currently maint...