Industrial Lubricants Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Organic Chemistry, Lubricant Additives, Industrial Lubricant Formulation, Industrial Lubricant Performance Testing, Synthetic Lubricant Formulation, Lubricant Effects On Micropitting Of Gears And Bearings, Testing Of Lubricants For Micropitting Resistance, Wind Turbine Gearbox Lubrication, Lubricant/Elastomer Compatibility, Product Failure, Patent Infringement,

Detail oriented professional with advanced knowledge and documented success working as a Consultant. Track record of addressing customer complaints and resolving technical problems involving lubricants, lubrication, and production. Demonstrated expertise in base stocks, mechanical systems, and gear oil formulation. Served as an Expert Witness in litigation.

Qualifications Summary

Ability to provide technical leadership to a group of scientists, technicians, chemists, and engineers that develop new industrial lubricants with a focus on advanced synthetics and new lubricant additives.
Proven success planning, executing, and finalizing multiple consulting projects concurrently.
Able to actively lead and liaise with the teams on critical initiatives important to the customer and in turn critical to the success of the industrial lubricants business line.

Consulting Experience

President and Consultant, 2006 to Present

Provide consulting services and serve as a successful expert witness in litigation related to product performance.
Provided expert testimony in court for Clow Valve. Clow Valve was awarded $11M against Chevron.

Essex Consulting Group, Consultant with ExxonMobil Industrial Lubricants & Specialties, Lubricants Technical Service and Industrial Lubricants Group, 2004 – 2020.

Applied advanced laboratory technology to determine root cause of complex customer problems involving mechanical systems. Proposed steps to solve the current problem and to avoid future issues.
Facilitated formulation development. Promptly resolved issues related to foaming, deposits, product performance, and lubricant manufacturing.
Located and qualified a new additive supplier of a component while avoiding loss of valuable synthetic sales and customers.
Identified need for skills improvement and conducted regular training sessions for newly hired employees including formulators that improved overall work efficiency.

Additional Experience

  • Team Lead, Industrial Lubricants Formulation & Development, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company, Paulsboro, New Jersey
  • Developed industry leading micropitting resistant synthetic gear oil for wind turbines and other applications.
  • Provided leadership in metalworking fluid, thermal oil, and heat transfer fluids. Issued one U.S patent for invention of non-toxic, biodegradable industrial gear oil.
  • Group Leader, Additive Synthesis, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company, Paulsboro, New Jersey
  • Provided technical leadership to a group of four Ph.D. chemists and three B.S. technicians in the synthesis and development of new additives to enhance the properties of lubricants and fuels.
  • Issued 55+ US patents.
  • Additives Laboratory Manager, Mobil Chemical Company, Edison, New Jersey
  • Designed a process for overbased calcium phenate sulfide and a high pressure process for direct sulfurization of olefins to produce commercial gear oil additives.
  • Insecticide Synthesis Chemist, FMC Corporation, Agricultural Chemicals Group
  • Performed synthesis and testing of new parathyroid insecticides. One U. S. patent resulted from this work.
  • Teaching Assistant, Chemistry Department, Temple University

Publications and patents available on request


Doctor of Philosophy in Organic Chemistry
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, Merck Index Award
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • American Gear Manufacturers Association, Member, 1995 – Present
  • AGMA National Specifications and Information Sheets, Co-Author
  • Lubrication Committee, Member
  • Helical Gear Rating Committee, Tribology Subcommittee, Member
  • Wind Turbine Committee, Member
  • Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers, Member, 1994 – Present
  • American Chemical Society, Member, 1968 – Present













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