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Capt. David G. Bacon

Santa Barbara, California
Maritime Expert Witness - Boating/Ship Accidents, Pleasure Craft & Yachts, Seaworthiness, Boating Captain & Crew Responsibilities, Marine Electronics & Navigation, Boat Equipment Failures, Vessel Collision & Damage & Sinking, Vessel Operations & Safety, Sport Fishing, Charter Boat Liability, Jet Ski, Yacht
Over 20 years of vessel charter experience; fishing, cruising, eco-tours, whale watching, diving, kayaking, photography, oil seeps & oil spills. Experience with crew training, safety procedures, crew drills and practice. Experienced with passenger safety orientation and creating/maintaining a safe environment for passengers including special needs passengers in for-profit and nonprofit (501c3) ventures. Skilled at vessel inspection, maintenance schedules and procedures, repair of equipment & systems. Experienced with at-sea or dockside equipment failure analysis and repair. Expert in marine electronics selection, installation, maintenance and operations. Expert writer; 30 years of experience in technical writing, marine electronics and electrical, reports, work procedures, user manuals, magazine articles, on-line publications, social media. Expert public speaker with 15 years of experience hosting seminars, informational/motivational lectures, presentations for civic organizati...

Michael C Monastra, Captain Monastra Maritime Expert Witness

San Diego , California
Maritime Expert Witness, Accident Reconstruction Expert Witness - Seamanship, Sailing Yachts, Motor Yachts, USCG Navigation Rules, Bareboat Charter contracts and disputes, Racing Rules of Sailing, Jones Act, Injuries, Accidents, Dismastings, Sinkings, Collisions, Allisions, Navigation, Engineering, Boatyard and Insurance Company repairs and disputes.
Professional Sailor since 1989. USCG Licensed Captain since 1990. STCW 95 endorsed for domestic service. World Sailing Group 3 (professional) Competitor since 2004. US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea certification since 2004. ASA certified Advanced Sailing Instructor since 1992. ASA certified Coastal Navigation Instructor since 1991. ASA certified Bareboat Chartering Instructor since 1991. US Powerboating certified Advanced Powerboating Instructor since 2010. RBPA certified Twin Inboard Powerboating Instructor since 2009. RPBA certified Single Inboard Powerboating Instructor since 2009. RPBA certified Directed Thrust Powerboating Instructor since 2009. Owner San Diego Sailing Academy and San Diego Powerboating Academy established 1989. I am an expert in seamanship, navigation, boathandling, docking, anchoring, mooring, and man overboard recovery techniques as related to large and small sailing and motor yachts.

James W. Allen J W Allen Enterprises, Inc.

Jupiter, Florida
Maritime Expert Witness, Aquatics Safety Expert Witness - Boating Accidents, Vessel Navigation, Rules of the Road, Collisions, Allisions, Aids to Navigation, Jones Act, Product Liability, OSHA, ABYC Standards, Transportation, Warnings and Labels
Thirty years in the United States Coast Guard serving as a Boatswains Mate and Chief Warrant Officer (BOSN). Experienced in the operation, navigation and maintenance of vessels ranging from small craft to ships. Maintenance and proper use of aids·to navigation. Directly and indirectly involved in thousands of Search and Rescue cases. Conducted a myriad of law enforcement boarding's to ensure vessels were in compliance with federal laws and safety requirements. Conducted appropriate investigations when necessary, as well as inspected and issued citations for vessels, marinas, chemical facilities, oil transfer stations, tow boats and barges. Prepared comprehensive case files, written reports, affidavits, and provided testimony in cases involving marine related accidents, pollution incidents, illegal immigration, and drug interdiction. My experience encompasses operation and maintenance of vessels in and upon the high seas, inland waterways, western rivers, inland lakes and rivers.

Arlen M Leiner AAC Marine

Bradenton, Florida
Maritime Expert Witness, Accident Reconstruction Expert Witness - Marine Boat and ship survey, condition, appraisal inspection and valuation, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Accident Reconstruction, including death, fire collision sinking, slip and falls, boatyard accidents, Diminished Valuation seaworthiness, Boat Proper Repairs and Build, Boat and ship engines, Paint
I am a licensed USCG Master since 1963 and have held a USCG Engineering License > 4000 H.P. My experience goes all the way back as a boy of six starting in my family's business of party and commercial fishing boats (a family business which goes back to the 1920's in New York). As I grew older I worked in the engine repair facilities and boatyards my family owned. At 14 I was docking 140' boats. I have done hundreds of inspections, depositions & court cases since the mid 1980's including work on the BP Deep Horizon oil spill. I have testified as an expert witness in cases world wide as well as the U.S. & Florida. I have done accident reconstruction on small craft, yachts, as well as commercial fishing & work boats & large ships including the newest 1000' long passenger ships. These include collisions, sinkings, fire, groundings, death cases including alcohol related. I have also done diminished value claims. My business has built over 150 vessels in Fiberglass, composite, woo...

Captain John C. Timmel Starboard Ten Maritime Expert Witness Services

Tampa, Florida
Maritime Expert Witness, Accident Reconstruction Expert Witness - Admiralty Law, Marine & Maritime Incident Analysis & Accident Reconstruction, Commercial Vessel, Passenger, Cruise Ship, Tug, Barge, Towing, Pilot, Piloting, Navigation, Seamanship, Rules of the Road, Boating Safety, Boating Accident, Yacht, Pleasure Craft, Sailboat, Sailing, Jet Ski & PWC
Captain Timmel began his professional career after attending New York Maritime College serving as an officer in the US Merchant Marines for seven years. He sailed in many different positions, attained his Master’s license, and has been a Tampa Bay harbor pilot since 1989, including serving as President. He has made over 6,500 transits piloting yachts, tugs & barges, and ships of all types and sizes including freighters, tankers, container ships, ferries, cruise and passenger vessels, naval vessels, research vessels, and tall ships. Captain Timmel has taught as an Adjunct Professor at New York Maritime College teaching shiphandling, piloting, watchstanding practices, and seamanship to cadets aboard their training ship, the T/S EMPIRE STATE VI, during Summer Sea Terms. Active in boating and yachting all of his life, Captain Timmel served as Youth Sailing Director, Fleet Captain, Governor, and Commodore of the Tampa Yacht Club and is serving as a Director, Gulf Coast Fleet Captain...

Commander David S. Smith, Ph.D., USCG (RET). Smith Aquatic Safety Service

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Aquatics Safety Expert Witness, Maritime Expert Witness - Boating, Swimming, Drowning, Boating Accident Reconstruction, Boat Collisions, Diving, Jet Skis, Swimming Pools, Life Jackets, Dams, Jones Act, Hypothermia
Retired as Commander, USCG after 25 years service. Chief of Boating Safety Division, Second USCTG District at retirement and a nationally known lecturer, aquatic safety/hypothermia author. Wrote "Water Rescue" as text for waterside emergency responders. Presented numerous accredited aquatic/boating safety/hypothermia seminars for fire/police/EMS personnel throughout North America. Have testified/been retained in hundreds of legal cases through last 35+ years. Numerous national and international awards/recognitions in boating and swimming safety. PhD dissertation on Improving Aquatic Safety Through Research and an Educational Based Model for Behavior Modification. have been retained in cases throughout US and Canada.

Ronald L Signorino The Blueoceana Company, Inc.

Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Maritime Expert Witness, OSHA Expert Witness - Marine cargo handling, Longshoring, Intermodal transport, Marine terminal operations
In the ten year period that preceded the launching of his firm, Mr. Signorino was Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Maersk organization in North America. In that position, his principal business responsibilities centered upon all aspects of Federal and State regulatory compliance incumbent upon the Maersk business groups (inclusive of thirteen marine terminals, intermodal trucking groups, logistics centers and agency operations) and in the molding of enabling legislation at Washington, D.C. and various State Capitols. Prior to his assignment with Maersk, he headed the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Office of Maritime Standards at the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. Mr. Signorino’s professional career with OSHA spanned a sixteen year period; the first three of those years assigned as a senior compliance officer at the Port of New York & New Jersey. He is the principal author of 29 CFR Part 1917 (OSHA’s regulations for marine terminals) and 29 CFR ...

CAPT Sean P. Tortora, MS, USMS Long Island Maritime, LLC

Long Island, New York
Maritime Expert Witness, Fire Expert Witness - Marine Casualty, Admiralty, Collisions, Allisions, Groundings, Fire, Marine Fire, Towing, Seaman Claims
CAPT Sean P. Tortora, M.S., U.S.M.S., is a Master Mariner with twenty-five years at sea. He is also an unlimited Master of towing vessels and Master and Commander of U.S Naval underway replenishment vessels. During his career at sea, CAPT Tortora had command of many different classes of vessels, including tankers, dry cargo, break bulk, ammunition, ocean towing, and salvage, special mission, as well as underway replenishment vessels. CAPT Tortora is a native of Long Island, New York. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School and holds a BS in Marine Transportation and MS, with honors, in International Transportation Management, both from the State University of New York Maritime College at Ft. Schuyler. He has served in the first Gulf War 1991-1992, Operation Noble Eagle—the response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, and Operation Iraqi Freedom—the second Gulf War from 2002-2010. CAPT Tortora’s decorations include U.S. Navy MSC-Command-at-Sea Designat...

John M Walker, CEng,CMarEng,FIMarEST, SAMS AMS Braemar Technical Services

New York, New York
Maritime Expert Witness, Engineering Expert Witness - Marine, Ship, Shipyard, Ship building, ship repair, maintenance, repair, Yacht, super yacht, Boilers, Turbines, Bunkers, Salvage, Hull, Machinery, Cruise Ship, Maritime, accident investigation, root cause analysis, bunkers, fuel, lubricants, failure analysis, ISM, SOLAS, classification society, product liability,
Has acted as an expert for shipowners, engine manufacturers and insurance Underwriters in several high profile marine and energy casualties, both in the United States and worldwide. • Experienced Marine Engineer and Chartered Engineer(CEng), Surveyor and Consultant with 24 years in the marine industry • In depth experience of project management, fleet maintenance and new construction; cruise ships, mega yachts and refrigerated cargo ships • Design and construction planning of marine power plants and propulsion systems • Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (FIMarEST) SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE: • Cruise ships and super yachts; new building and repair management • Casualty Investigation • Root cause analysis of major incidents and failures • Diesel electric and pod propulsion • Gas turbines propulsion, large crosshead type diesel engines, medium and high speed diesels • Refrigerated cargo ships / cellular container ships • Pre purcha...

Kevin A Rider, PhD, PE, CPE Forensic Human Factors, LLC

Columbus, Ohio
Human Factors Expert Witness, Engineering Expert Witness - Distracted driving, Driving behavior, Reconstruction, Biomechanics, Maritime, Manufacturing, Mining, OSHA, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Safety, Slips, Trips, Falls, Transportation, Warnings, Conspicuity, Cell phones, Texting, Lighting, Perception, Visibility, Instructions, Human Factors
Dr. Kevin Rider is a human factors expert and owner of Forensic Human Factors, LLC, providing investigations, reports and expert testimony for personal injury cases – plaintiff and defense. His expertise involves investigating how people interact with other people, products and environments in predictable ways, and applying this understanding to effective, efficient and safe products, services and systems. He has been retained as an expert in more than 25 states (+ Puerto Rico). Dr. Rider’s expertise includes: • MVAs and pedestrian collisions, incl. trucks, trains, buses, motor/bicycles • Illumination, nighttime visibility, and conspicuity • DUI/DWIs, where intoxication was not a proximate cause of crash • Adequacy of product designs and warnings • The design and maintenance of safe civil and occupational environments • Premises liability, and slips, trips and falls • Workplace and construction safety Dr. Rider is a Professional Engineer (PE), a Certified Professio...

Timothy J. McCoy, PhD, PE McCoy Consulting, LLC

Box Elder, South Dakota
Engineering Expert Witness, Maritime Expert Witness - Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Ship, Boat, Systems Engineering, Control Systems, Electric Power, Propulsion, Shipyard, Shipbuilding, Failure Analysis, Intellectual Property
I provide technical expertise to the marine, naval and power systems industries. With over 33 years experience working in government, industry and academia, my knowledge includes ship design, shipbuilding, power systems, control systems, marine engineering, ship repair, ship operations, program management as well as education and training. I have worked on several shipbuilding programs in various stages from concept level design through detail design and lead ship construction. I am also experienced with technology development from academic research through prototyping, system integration and test, and fleet introduction. I have completed root cause analyses for failed equipment and ship damage events. I served in the US Navy for 22 years and was also on the faculty at MIT where I taught graduate courses in ship design and systems engineering. An honorably discharged disabled veteran, I am Fellow of the IEEE, member of ASNE, SNAME, a Licensed Professional Engineer and have pub...

Walter S Laird, PE, CFEI, CFII, CMI, CFI Forcon International

Richmond, Virginia
Mechanical Engineering Expert Witness, Maritime Expert Witness - Metallurgy, Plastics, Equipment, Machinery, Products, Vehicles, Boat Crash, Fuel Gases, Plumbing, Lifts, Fire Cause & Origin, Marine Engineering
Received his education from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University. He obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, and Materials Engineering. Walter is a Certified Marine Investigator and a Certified Fire Investigator with over thirty years of experience conducting complex investigations. He has been Lead Engineer for FORCON International in charge of the Mid-Atlantic region for over 20 years, conducting marine accident, personal injury, property damage, and product failure analysis and providing expert testimony in areas of noted expertise.

Robert Bruce Woodruff, Captain U.S. Navy (Ret) RICHMOND CONSULTING GROUP

MIDLOTHIAN, Virginia
Maritime Expert Witness, Mechanical Engineering Expert Witness - MARINE ENGINEERING, ASBESTOS & MESOTHELIOMA, MANUFACTURING PRODUCT LIABILITY, NAVAL SHIP OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE, SHIPYARD CONSTRUCTION, SHIP CASUALTIES & ACCIDENTS, PROGRAM MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, POWER GENERATION, GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS & CLAIMS, SHIP DESIGN & REPAIR, NAVAL ARCHITECT, TURBINES & GENERATORS
My years of active duty were spent in ship design, construction, operations, and overhaul. This included destroyer type tours as Chief Engineer/Assistant and Repair Officer on a nuclear certified destroyer tender.Two tours were at naval shipyards that overhauled destroyers, aircraft carriers, and nuclear submarines.MIT graduate studies centered on the propulsion systems of ships. RICHMOND CONSULTING GROUP was formed in 1996 as a sole proprietorship with minimal overhead. MOST RECENT ASSIGNMENTS have been providing asbestos exposure analyses for Navy/commercial crews and shipyard workers. Practice has included more than seventy-five cases with law firms nationwide. Engagements include document research and analysis, notarized reports, and preparation for deposition and trial testimony. With a comprehensive understanding of shipboard steam system valves, turbines, piping, and pumps, my first step is to advise client of the extent of the plaintiff’s proximity and likely exposure to as...
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