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Garage Door Contractor Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Garage Door Contractor, Garage Door Industry, Garage Door Manufacturing, Garage Door Hazard, Garage Door Child Hazards, Garage Door Safety Labels, Garage Door Warning Labels, Garage Door Safety Instructions, Garage Door Manufacturer Appreciation of Risk, Garage Door User Appreciation of Risk, Garage Door Product Safety Design, Garage Door Standards, Garage Door Product Design, Garage Door Safety, Garage Door Installation Instructions, Garage Door Openers, Garage Door Operators, Garage Door Electric Opener, Torsion Springs, Garage Door Section Joints, Garage Door Injury, Garage Door Death, Garage Door Insurance Claims, CPSC, Consumer Product Safety Commission, US Consumer Products Safety Commission Workings, DASMA Workings, ANSI Workings, UL Workings, Garage Door Consumer Safety Specifications, Garage Door Hardware, Gates

Expert No. 3189

Professional Experience

Garage Door Industry Consultant and Expert Witness
Private Practice
1985 – Present
Sandy, UT

1960 – Present
Salt Lake City, UT

2002 – Present
(Retail Garage Door Dealership)
Las Vegas, NV

2004 – 2006, 2009 – Present
(Retail Garage Door Dealership)
Salt Lake City, UT

2009 – Present
(Retail Garage Door Dealership)
Buena Park, CA

Officer & Director
President 1990 – 1991
Vice President 1988 -1999
Board of Directors 1987 – 1992
Technical Committee Chairman 1986 – 1990
National Association of Garage Door Manufacturers
(Presently merged into Door & Access Systems Manufacturer’s Association)
Chicago, IL
Officer & Director
President 1986
Board of Directors 1983 – 1987
South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
Salt Lake City, UT

2003 – 2007
Home Builders Association of Greater Salt Lake
Salt Lake City, UT

Qualification Summary

Garage Door Injury data analysis
-Assess hazard probability and severity
Identify hazard patterns
-Identify hazard potential

Garage Door Product design safety evaluation
-Determine if hazards can be eliminated via design
-Assess whether hazards could be addressed by warnings

Warning label design, test, and evaluation
-Determine validity of “failure to warn” claims
-Optimize label effectiveness in being seen, read, understood, and followed

Recommendations form the basis for product safety standards, product design and label specifications, instructions, publications, presentations, and testimony in litigated matters.   Qualified as an expert in state and federal courts across the country.  Expert work is both national and international in scope.  Provide guidance to manufacturers, trade associations, distributors, testing laboratories, and attorneys.   Have 40 years experience in the garage door industry.

  • Product safety design
  • Children’s hazards
  • Safety labels and instructions
  • Workings of US Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Appreciation of risk (manufacturer vs. users)
  • Workings of standards groups DASMA, UL, ASTM, ANSI, ISO,
  • Workings of building code groups (IBC, IRC, UBC, and state codes)


University of Utah
BS Business Management
Magna Cum Laude, Skull & Bones, Owl & Key, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma
Salt Lake City, UT
David W. Buker & Associates / John E. Boyer & Associates
Salt Lake Community College
Manufacturing Extension Partnership
MRPII Manufacturing Resource Planning
Lean Manufacturing Implementation
ISO9001 Implementation
Salt Lake City, UT

Certifications and Licenses

  • Accredited, Institute of Door Education & Accreditation
  • State of Utah, Licensed Garage Door Contractor (Qualifier)
  • State of New Mexico, Licensed Garage Door Contractor (Qualifier)
  • State of Arizona, Licensed Garage Door Contractor (Qualifier)
  • State of California, Licensed Garage Door Contractor (Qualifier)
  • State of Nevada, Licensed Garage Door Contractor (Qualifier)
  • Together with Martin Door Manufacturing, licensed/qualified in the following additional states: 

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana,
Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.


Available Upon Request

Memberships and Associations

  • Underwriter’s Laboratories Standard (Garage Door Operator) Standards Technical Panel
  • Door & Access Systems Manufacturer’s Association
  • Products Liability Committee
  • Technical Committee
  • Marketing Committee
  • Membership Committee (Chairman)
  • International Door Association
  • National Association of Home Builders

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