Boating Expert Witnesses

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Boating expert witnesses specialize in a variety of fields, including maritime law, boating safety, marine engineering, and navigation. Some of the most common specialties among boating expert witnesses also include boat manufacturing defects, boating accident reconstruction, marine surveying, and yacht brokerage. They have provided opinions on the effects of negligent operation, equipment failure, collision liability, seaworthiness of vessels, and maritime regulations.

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Tomas Octavio BustoView profile

ID: 6841710

Mr. Tomas Octavio Busto

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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...

Admiralty  Maritime  and Boating Safety Expert WitnessView profile


Admiralty Maritime and Boating Safety Expert Witness

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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...

Richard Allen MuellerView profile

ID: 6935852

Mr. Richard Allen Mueller

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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.

Aquatic Safety Expert WitnessView profile


Aquatic Safety Expert Witness

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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,...


Richard Thomas Nicholls, MBA, PEView profile

ID: 6935853

Mr. Richard Thomas Nicholls, MBA, PE

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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...

Recreational Boating Accident Investigation & Police Procedures Expert WitnessView profile


Recreational Boating Accident Investigation & Police Procedures Expert Witness

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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...

Marine Engineering & Naval Architecture Expert WitnessView profile


Marine Engineering & Naval Architecture Expert Witness

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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...

Boating Safety Expert WitnessView profile


Boating Safety Expert Witness

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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 WitnessView profile


Admiralty and Maritime Law Expert Witness

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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...

Boating Expert Witness FAQs

What is the role of a boating expert witness in legal proceedings?

A boating expert witness provides specialized knowledge on maritime laws, safety regulations, and boat operations to assist in court cases or investigations.

What types of cases can a boating expert witness handle?

They can handle cases involving boating accidents, maritime law disputes, product liability claims for boat equipment, and personal injury claims related to boating incidents.

How can a boating expert witness help in a personal injury case?

They can provide insights into whether proper safety procedures were followed, assess the condition of the boat, and determine if negligence played a role in the incident.

Are there subspecialties within the field of boating expertise?

Yes. Subspecialties may include yacht operations, commercial fishing, marine engineering, navigation systems, and maritime safety regulations.

Why is it important to hire a boating expert witness with experience in marine engineering?

An expert with marine engineering knowledge can analyze technical aspects like boat design flaws or mechanical failures that could be crucial in product liability or accident cases.

How does Expert Institute select its Boating expert witnesses?

Expert Institute offers a personalized approach to help you find the highest quality experts. We source actively-practicing professionals who match all your requirements for specialty areas, work experience, litigation history, fee range, certifications, location, and more.

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