Mechanical Engineer Safety Forklift Equipment Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Mechanical Engineer, Safety, New Product Design, Patents, Safety, Forklift Operator, Counterbalanced Forklift Operator, Rough Terrain Telehandler, Aerial Boom Lift Operator Trainer, Aerial Work Platform, Scissor Lift, Mobile Crane, Rigging Inspector, Thrill Rides, Aerial Lifts, Trailers, Towing Sytems, Tarping Systems, Refuse Trucks, Exercise Equipment, Forklifts, Telehandlers, Drilling Equipment, Oil and Gas Equipment, Cranes, Scaffolding, Heavy Equipment, Hydraulic Equipment, Plastic Design, Structural Analysis, Designing Standards,


Expert is a Mechanical Engineer, a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Safety Professional. As the Vice President of Alpine Engineering and Design, Inc. he specializes in new product development, product design, patents, safety, and expert witness work.


  • MBA, Brigham Young University, Emphasis in Product Development (2011)
  • Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University (2011)
  • Thesis: Off-axis Stiffness and Piezoresistive Sensing in Large-displacement Linear-motion MEMS
  • Areas of study: Compliant Mechanisms, Springs, Structural Analysis, MEMS, Stress and Deflection analysis, FEA, Machine Design, Product Development
  • Bachelors of Science, Brigham Young University – Idaho, Mechanical Engineering
  • Cum Laude Graduate


  • Professional Mechanical Engineer (PE), Utah license
  • Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice (CSP), License
  • Certified Forklift OperatorCertified Counterbalanced Forklift Operator Trainer
  • Certified Rough Terrain Telehandler Operator Trainer
  • Certified Aerial Boom Lift Operator Trainer
  • Certified Aerial Work Platform (scissor lift) Operator Trainer
  • Certified Mobile Crane and Rigging Inspector


During his years as a consultant, Expert has been involved in hundreds of consulting projects. His major areas of focus and expertise include: thrill rides, aerial lifts, trailers, towing systems, tarping systems, refuse trucks, exercise equipment, forklifts and telehandlers, drilling equipment, oil and gas equipment, cranes, scaffolding, heavy equipment, hydraulic equipment, plastic design, structural analysis, designing to standards, and safety.


Expert has been retained as an expert on over 25 patent, product liability, and personal injury cases and has testified in a number of these. He has worked as a senior associate on an additional 45+ patent cases and an additional 75+ product liability/personal injury cases. Mr.
Smith has attended SEAK expert witness training and has experience and competency in the following areas:

Patent Invalidity/Non-infringement Patent Infringement/Validity
Prior Art Searching Claim Construction

Product Liability Personal Injury Accident Reconstruction Safety


During his time at Alpine Engineering and Design, Inc., Expert has become familiar with patent prosecution and patent litigation. He has written several provisional patent applications, and has worked with attorneys in writing the specifications, creating drawings and drafting claims for utility patents on products he has helped design. As part of the product development process, he has performed patent searches, both for informational purposes and to lessen the likelihood that new developments would infringe other’s intellectual property. Expert has four issued patents with multiple patents pending.

9,387,788 – Combination Trailer
9,616,799 – Pneumatic Tank Trailer
9,789,916 – Pneumatic Tank Trailer
15/470576 – Vehicle Receiver Hitch-Supported Cargo Rack Transformable into a Picnic Table with Benches (Issued early 2019)

Expert has also been involved in patent litigation in the areas of claim construction, prior art and patent searches, infringement/non-invalidity analyses and non- infringement/invalidity analyses on over 45 cases. The following are a few of the categories of patent issues Expert has consulted on:

  • Semi Trailers Mobile Equipment
  • Vehicle Mounted Equipment Agricultural Equipment Trailer Tarping Systems Oil/Gas Drilling Equipment Weight Machines
  • Athletic equipment
  • Plastic Components Office Supplies Food Processors Blenders
  • Coffee and Tea makers Camera Mounts Hospital Equipment
  • Marching Band Equipment
  • Hinges Seating Hand Tools Springs
  • Car seat gap fillers Light Fixtures and Connectors
  • Baby bottle warmers Cooler Latching Systems