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Civil Engineer Potable Expert Witness

Expert Witness No.874


B.S. — Civil Engineering — University of Nevada, Reno — 1988

Professional Work History

2000 – Present: Consulting, LLC: Provide Civil Engineering including design, planning and consulting on construction operations and maintenance, regulatory compliance and management services specific to the water and wastewater industry and consulting and expert witness testimony for attorneys. Have lived and/or worked in many of the United States as well as Jamaica, Mexico, Scotland, England, Spain, France, Italy, Honduras, Columbia, Belarus and Canada.

1986 – 2000: Engineering, Ltd.: President. Owned and managed this company until October 2000, when it was sold to two of the Principal Engineers. Through Shaw Engineering, Ltd., was involved in a diverse list of projects including water and wastewater planning, treatment, conveyance, collection, rehabilitation re-use and disposal facilities including planning, 
design, construction and contract management, operations, safety, and regulatory requirements. Through Shaw Engineering, Ltd., was appointed City Engineer for the City of Lovelock, 
and in 1989 provided that service as well as serving as the City Building official until 1999. Later, provided these services as well to Lander County, Nevada. More recent projects include:
 Duraflex International – Industrial Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Facility, Alpine Springs County Water District, Gold Mountain Community Services District, 
Pine Ridge Water Company (Nos.1 & 2), Matthew’s Ranch Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Facility, Quill Ranch Water Treatment Plant, Grand View Terrace Water Company,City of Lovelock Wastewater Treatment Facility (SBR); Lander County Public Safety Facility Construction Management; Battle Mountain Wastewater Treatment Plant; Lander County Humboldt 
and Reese River Contaminant Modeling; Lander County Pool Rehabilitation; CDB Effluent Reuse Facility-Hydraulic Analysis; Silver Lake Water Company System Mapping; Northstar 
Summit Deck & Grille; Sky Vista Sewage Lift Station and Force Main; Washoe County Utility Division Southern Washoe County Sewer and Water Utility System Mapping; Incline Village 
GID Burnt Cedar Beach Pool Rehabilitation; and numerous others.

1988 – 1995: SPB Utility Services, Inc.: Secretary/Treasurer. SPB is an operations company that provides contract operations, and operations and maintenance consulting services 
throughout the State of Nevada. As the Secretary of the corporation, was responsible for all of the local (Reno, Sparks, Washoe County) operations, employees and clients, as well 
as regulatory compliance, including OSHA, at all the facilities for which the company was responsible.

Registrations and Certifications

  • Professional Engineer – Nevada (Exp. 6/30/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Idaho (inactive)
  • Professional Engineer – New Mexico (inactive)
  • Professional Engineer – California (Exp. 12/31/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Vermont (Exp. 7/31/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Oregon (Exp. 6/30/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Wisconsin (Exp. 7/31/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Ohio No. (Exp. 12/31/2019)
  • Professional Engineer – Guam No. (inactive)
  • Professional Engineer – Washington (Exp. 2/21/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Michigan (Exp. 10/31/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Arizona (Exp. 6/30/18)
  • Professional Engineer – Georgia (Exp. 12/31/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – North Carolina (Exp. 12/31/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Virginia (Exp. 8/31/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Maryland (Exp. 3/8/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – New York No. (Exp. 1/31/2021)
  • Professional Engineer – Florida (Exp. 2/28/2019)
  • Professional Engineer – Texas (Exp. 12/31/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Montana (Exp. 6/30/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Massachusetts (Exp. 6/30/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Indiana (Exp. 7/31/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Missouri (Exp. 12/31/2019)
  • Professional Engineer – Utah (Exp. 3/31/2019)
  • Professional Engineer – Maine (Exp. 12/31/2019)
  • Professional Engineer – Tennessee (Exp. 11/30/2018)
  • Professional Engineer – Washington DC (Exp. 8/31/2018)
  • Professional Reviewer and Expert Witness for the Oregon Board of Examiners for Engineering & Land Surveying
  • NCEES Records Program – 19794
  • United Nations Consultants Roster - Member
  • United States Council for International Engineering Practice 
  • AWWA Certification – Grade IV Water Treatment Plant Operator 
  • AWWA Certification – Grade IV Water Distribution Operator 
  • WEF Certification – Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 
  • California DHS Certification – Grade V Water Distribution System Operator 
  • Nevada State Health Certification – Grade IV Water Treatment Plant Operator (inactive)
  • Nevada State Health Certification – Grade IV Water Distribution Operator (inactive)
  • State of Nevada Certification – Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (Exp. 4/10/2018)
  • OSHA Confined Space Safety Certification 
  • Certified Inspector – Polyethylene Fusion, McElroy University (Exp. 12/04/2014)

Affiliations & Memberships


  • American Water Works Association (AWWA CA/NV) - Asset Management Committee - Member
  • Water Environment Federation (WEF) - Sewer Collection Systems Committee - Member
  • North Carolina AWWA-WEA Collection & Distribution Systems Committee
  • American Membrane Technology Association - Member
  • University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Civil Engineering - Curriculum Advisory Board Member
  • American Water Works Association 
  • AWWA, Illinois Section - Water System Distribution Committee - Member
  • International Water Association (IWA) - Member
  • Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA) - Member
  • Tahoe Truckee Sanitary Agency (TTSA) - Board of Directors (2002-2005)
  • Washoe County Health Department – Sewage, Water, and Sanitation Hearing Board Member (appointed 1993-1998)
  • Tahoe-Truckee Engineers Association
  • Volunteers for Overseas Cooperative Assistance (VOCA) - Volunteer
  • Water for People – International Volunteer
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • National Association of Corrosion Engineers 
  • American Backflow Prevention Association -
  • Water Environment Federation - Member  (Exp. 4/30/2018)
  • National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) - Member (Exp. 12/31/2015)
  • NASSCO Industry Standards Committee - Member
  • NASSCO Infrastructure Condition Assessment Committee - Member
  • World Toilet Organization

Forensic / Expert Witness Projects 
Settled or Decided Cases
(For full list please request)

This case involved leaking water main which caused a land slide and destroyed several homes within a development. I was asked to review documents to determine the cause of the failure 
and whether the utility acted within the standard of care. I was not deposed nor testified at trial.

Defense (SAWS) VS. CDM SMITH (2015)
This case involved the design and construction of a wastewater treatment plant located in San Antonio, Texas. I was asked to review the design, construction, commissioning and operation 
of the headworks in order to develop opinions regarding its effectiveness and potential cause and remedies to any deficiencies found.

Defense (2016)
This case involved the design, construction and multiple failures of the District’s major booster pump station (17,500 gpm @ 300 feet TDH). I was asked to review the design, construction 
and commissioning of the project to determine the cause of the failures and advise the District regarding liability.

Consultations (2016)
This case involved the flooding of a building which was under remodel at the time causing damages valued at over two million dollars. I was asked to review the response, operation and 
maintenance associated with the water utility in order to determine if those activities were causal to the loss. The case settled prior to trial, after I was deposed.

Defense (2015)
This case involved the design, construction and operation of over one thousand individual wastewater treatment and disposal facilities in an upscale development located in northern 
California. I was asked to review the design, and construction in order to develop opinions regarding construction defects and standard of care regarding design. The case settled prior 
to trial, after my deposition.


Defense (2014)
This case involved the design, construction, operation and maintenance of several water treatment plants in Arizona. I’ve was asked to review documents and perform inspections in order 
to determine whether the facilities are failing as a results of use or other issues.
I produced one report for this matter which was settled by a three judge arbitration panel.

Plaintiff (2016)
This case involved the contamination of a groundwater aquifer located in Davis California. The contamination originated at a dry cleaning establishment which operated for decades in a 
mall near the City’s downtown area. The contaminant (PCE or PERC) was introduced into the aquifer from the City’s sanitary sewer collection system.
I was asked to review and comment on the City’s historical operation, maintenance and management of its collection system with regards to the industry standards over the time period in 
question. I wrote two reports regarding this matter and was deposed prior to the case settling.












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