Forensic Services

micrscopeForensic Science or Forensic Engineering is the process of investigating components, products and materials that fail to operate as designed.  Forensics can deal with solving crime from evidence at the scene or investigating questionable accounting practices. TV shows like C.S.I. and NCIS have made Forensics a household word, but in the real world, investigations are rarely solved in 42 minutes.

Our firm specializes in forensic investigations (often referred to as a root cause failure analysis) of mechanical systems and materials.  The investigation can be as simple as a broken axle causing an auto crash or as complex as the explosion of a chemical processing plant. Regardless of the level of complexity the process of investigation is the same.

Often a forensic investigation follows a failure that has resulted in injury, death, or a significant financial loss.  Certain protocols must be followed to ensure that no evidence spoilage occurs, and all parties are given a chance to view the evidence.  When destructive testing is required, this will often occur at a neutral lab in the presence of defense and plaintiff experts.

Dr. David Niebuhr has testified in both civil and criminal cases and has worked in cases in the following fields:

  • Biomedical implants and devices
  • Accident reconstruction
  • Consumer products
  • Utilities: water, gas, electricity
  • Structural defects
  • Personal Injury
  • Industrial accidents

Niebuhr Metallurgical Engineering provides litigation support in the following areas:

  • On-site inspections following an accident / failure within 24 hrs of occurrence
  • Project management of investigation including retaining additional experts
  • Merit of claim review in relationships to materials issues
  • Technical advice to counsel
  • Trial and deposition testimony
  • Complete engineering reports and documentation

Allow us to provide an honest assessment of your case before you proceed with litigation

To read about some of our past cases please click here.

Please call (805) 234-7081 or e-mail us to discuss your Forensic Investigation today.

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“NME has saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past 7 years. They have helped to improve our products, streamline manufacture and even improve customer relations by providing technical support for using our products in corrosive environments.”

Dan McNamara, President /Owner

Quiedan Corp.

“As a fast paced manufacturing business we must deal with a wide variety of materials challenges. We appreciate having NME available to help when specialized metallurgical knowledge is required. We know NME will provide a solution in a timely manner and at a fair price.”

Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench Co.

“We first retained NME in 2008 when our company was small and we had limited resources. Their help was invaluable in selecting, testing and sourcing the appropriate materials for our product. 6+ years later we are still relying on their advice as we bring our products to market.”

Steve Herbruck, CEO

GoTek Energy

“We have worked with numerous expert witnesses, but Dr. Niebuhr is heads above the competition for his focus on details and his ability to explain abstract concepts in everyday vernacular.”

Jeff Temple

Product Liability Attorney

After an employee was severely injured by an escaped liquid, we hired NME to determine the cause and origin of the leakage and what break down in procedures may have occurred to allow this accident. We were very impressed by Dr. Niebuhr’s level of professionalism, attention to detail and clear explanation of the issues at hand. I would hire his firm again in the future.”

Cal Branton, Attorney

Hellmuth & Johnson , PLLC

"Our case required several experts from different fields. We appreciated how seamlessly Dr. Niebuhr collaborated with the other experts to formulate a cohesive narrative of the events. The product was a clear description that the Jury could absorb and understand."

Milo W. Lundblad, Partner

Brustin & Lundblad, Ltd.

"Dr. Niebuhr always takes care of his clients, having worked on several cases with him, I am always impressed by his willingness to go above and beyond to ensure he has done everything he can to help."

Randy Perlman, Attorney

Charmasson, Buchaca & Leach, LLP