Fee Schedule

Personnel Services

Initial Consultation Free, includes discussion of project details, budget and timeline
Engineering Analysis $275 per hour, includes travel*
Laboratory Work $275 per hour + applicable expenses
Depositions $350 per hour, includes any preparation time
Trial $350 per hour, includes waiting and any pre-trial review
Retainer** Required for larger jobs, applied against time & costs

* Travel time is negotiable depending on distance and duration
** Retainer amount is negotiated at onset of project

Materials, Travel and Transportation Expense

Laboratory Time Personnel time + cost for any specialty equipment***
Travel Actual cost only + personnel time as negotiated
Mileage $0.65 per mile plus parking and tolls

*** NMC contracts with several materials analysis labs for any specialized materials characterization, this may include SEM, AFM, EDS, Certified mechanical testing, etc. More basic analysis such as: optical microscopy, metallography, hardness testing, etc. are done in-house and included in the personnel rate of $275 /hour. Note in some instances a larger retainer may be required if extensive contract lab work is required.


“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