EXPERT WITNESS SPECIALTY INDEX
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Admiralty Maritime and Boating Safety Expert Witness | Florida
This expert is well versed in all areas of maritime safety and regulation. He spent 30 years in the United States Coast Guard serving as a Boatswains Mate and Chief Warrant Officer, among other positions in operations and safety. He has conducted a myriad of law enforcement boardings to ensure vessels were in compliance with federal law and safety requirements. He is Coast Guard trained in Jones...
Recreational Boating Accident Investigation & Police Procedures Expert Witness | New Jersey
The qualified expert is cross-trained in vessel and vehicle accident reconstruction and in homicide/criminal investigation. He has conducted more than 1,500 investigations of serious and fatal vessel and vehicle accidents, and of crimes against persons and property. He was a board member of New Jersey State Police review boards that evaluated police vehicle accidents and pursuits for compliance...
Boating Safety Expert Witness | California
This boating expert has nearly 30 years of experience in his field. He earned an AA in business administration from Rio Hondo Community College and is licensed as a captain through the US Coast Guard. In addition, he is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California and has contributed thousands of articles on fishing and boating to various media outlets. Formerly, this expert was an...
Admiralty and Maritime Law Expert Witness | Texas
This highly-qualified expert has extensive experience in admiralty and maritime law. After earning his BS in marine transportation from Texas A&M University, and this expert went on to complete testing for a US Coast Guard Third Mate Unlimited Any Gross Ton License. He spent seven years sailing on various types and sizes of US Jones Act and international trading tank vessels in charge of...
Aquatic Safety Expert Witness | Michigan
This highly qualified aquatic safety expert is an honors graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds a PhD from Saint Louis University. He served as a Coast Guard officer for 21 years, retiring as a Commander in 1981. His service experience encompassed numerous shore and ship commands, plus Search and Rescue, Aids to Navigation and Boating Safety duties. His last assignment was as Chief,...
Marine Engineering & Naval Architecture Expert Witness | Washington
This highly-qualified expert has over 25 years of experience in the field of marine engineering, naval architecture, and shipbuilding. He has lead teams performing analysis of stability, structure, performance, safety, and accessibility. Additionally, he works directly with shipyards throughout North America during the construction process to assess quality and schedule performance and ensure...
Dr. David Stewart Smith, MEd, PhD
Dr. David S. Smith has over 56 years of experience in Aquatic Safety and Maritime Accident Reconstruction. He earned his BS in Naval Science from the United States Coast Guard Academy, his M.Ed. from American University Washington DC, and his Ph.D. in Education from Saint Louis University. Formerly, this expert served in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring as a Chief of the Boating Safety Division....
Mr. Richard Allen Mueller
Mr. Richard A. Mueller has 39 years of experience in Maritime and Boating Safety. He graduated from Olmsted Falls High School and he formerly served as a Salesman with Hyde Products, Inc. Currently, this expert is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northeast Technical Services Co., Inc. and the Chief Executive Officer of Choice Ballast Solutions.
Mr. Richard Thomas Nicholls, MBA, PE
Mr. Richard T. Nicholls has 49 years of experience in Marine Engineering. He earned his BS in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from the University of Michigan, his MEng from Stevens Institute of Technology, and his MBA from Baldwin Wallace University. Today, this expert is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the States of Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Formerly, this expert served as a...
Mr. Tomas Octavio Busto
Captain Tomas O. Busto has 31 years of experience in the Maritime Industry. He earned his BBA in Management from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and then his BS in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University Galveston. He previously worked for Royal Caribbean International and Royal Caribbean Group where he served as a 1st Officer and Chief Officer, a staff Captain and Second in Command, and...
September 25, 2023
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January 6, 2022
This case involves a maritime insurance bad faith claim. An insured marina sued their insurer for damages allegedly caused by the mismanagement of...Read more
January 7, 2022
This case involves a Hawaiian franchise tour company with a variety of amphibious ‘duck boat’ tour vehicles. On the day of the incident, the tour...Read more
April 12, 2019
This case involves a female deputy who died in a boating accident during a training exercise in Michigan. The deputy frequently performed road and...Read more
September 3, 2019