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Recent Meteorological Expert Testimony

Richard J. Mancini

Expert meteorological opinion and expert meteorological reports have occasionally been presented at legal proceedings in my capacity as meteorological expert witness. Although experience began in 1980, below are listed more recent cases. No court has ever failed to accept this Certified Consulting Meteorologist as a qualified meteorological expert witness.

Smith v. Foster Grant; object visibility, forensic meteorological expert for
defendant. Deposition 4/28/93; Trial 5/21/93; Fort Lauderdale, Florida;
Loughren & Doyle; Joe Loughren; jury verdict for defendant.

Patton v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; forensic weather expert / lightning damage expert
for defendant 11/12/93; Montgomery County, Norristown, Pennsylvania; auto
accident; Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General; Eileen Weir; verdict
for plaintiff; appealed; subsequently settled.

Urban v. Radice; certified meteorological expert for plaintiff; 9/13/94,
Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; slip and fall; Ainsman &
Levine; Dave Ainsman; verdict for the defendant.

Ella Plummer v. First Baptist Church, McKeesport, Pennsylvania. meteorological
expert witness for defendant 10/17/94; Allegheny County Courthouse;
slip and fall; Meyer Darragh; Henry Sneath; verdict for defendant.

Conrail v. Ed Hanslovan Coal Company; thunderstorm expert / flood
expert for defendant 11/4/94; Clearfield County Court, Pennsylvania; Harvey,
Pennington, Herting & Renniesen; Joel Gusky; defense verdict.

Rygiel v. Giant Eagle Supermarkets; forensic weather expert for
defendant 12/2/94; Allegheny County CourtHouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; slip and fall;
Marcus & Shapira; Steve Zubrow; mid-trial settlement.

Thomson et vir. v. Gall et al.; certified expert witness for
defendant 12/6/94; Butler County CourtHouse; Butler, Pennsylvania; Sharlock,
Repcheck & Mahler; Michael Lang; Summary Judgement for defendant.

Merrill v. Coakley & Williams, et al. forensic weather expert
testimony for plaintiff 4/13/95; CourtHouse in Rockville, Maryland;
slip and fall; Silverstein & Mullins; David Dickieson; bench
verdict for defendant.

Hursh, et ux. v. DeRosa, et ux. certified expert witness for defendant
4/26/95; Rainfall; Lawrence County Court, Newcastle, Pennsylvania; flood/flash flood;
Jacobs & O'Connel; Maury Nusbaum; verdict for the defendant.

Anker Energy v. United Pittsburgh Coal Sales; forensic meteorological expert
for plaintiff; deposition 5/3/95; wet coal; Manion, McDonough &
Lucas; Laura Andrachio Johnson; favorable settlement for plaintiff.

Conrail v. Ed Hanslovan Coal Company; thunderstorm / flood expert
witness for defendant 3/28/96; Clearfield County CourtHouse, Pennsylvania; flood;
Robb, Leonard & Mulvihill; Bruce Rende; verdict for defendant.

Robert & Audrey Manna v. Joseph & Patricia Balint; forensic
weather testimony for defendant 10/10/96; Allegheny County
Courthouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; slip and fall; Reale & Fossee; Judith Olmstead;
verdict for the defendant.

Beaver Manor Apartments v. Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation; rainfall
expert / flash flood for defendant 4/16/97; Montgomery County Court, Pennsylvania; Flood;
Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General; John Abel; verdict for defendant.

(case name unknown); forensic weather expert for plaintiff 5/6/97;
Allegheny County CourtHouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; winter roof damage; Swensen,
Perer & Johnson; Alan Perer; verdict for plaintiff.

Paul & Mary Northcott v. Newberry Apartments; expert meteorological
testimony for defendant 5/14/97; Mercer County Court, Pennsylvania; slip/fall;
Meyer, Unkovic & Scott; Russ Ober; verdict for defendant.

Ciarmella v. Fair Plan Insurance; wind expert for defendant
10/21/97; Fayette County CourtHouse, Pennsylvanis; building damage; Meyer,
Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek & Eck; Wayne Ringeisen; verdict for
plaintiff.

Ronald Amati v. South Hills Health System; certified forensic weather expert
for defendant 3/17/98; Allegheny County Court, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; slip and fall;
Dickey, McCamey & Chilcote; Richard (Joe) Federowicz; verdict
for defendant.

Thomas v. Norwin Towne Center; forensic weather expert for defendant
3/17/98; Westmoreland County Court, Pennsylvania; Slip and fall accident;
Weimer & Relich; Paul Pongrace; verdict for plaintiff.

Sophie Marlin v. Bethel Park Shop 'n Save; forensic weather expert
for plaintiff 5/8/98; Allegheny County CourtHouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Slip/fall;
Edgar Snyder & Associates; Cynthia Danel; plaintiff satisfied with
courtroom settlement.

Miller v. Lake Properties, Inc. rainfall expert testimony for
defendant 6/1/98; Somerset County Courthouse, PA; flood; Weinheimer,
Shadel & Haber; Mr. Robert A. Weinheimer; arbitration verdict
for defendant.

Andrew Kolesar v. Frank Rezzatano, Jr.; forensic weather expert for
plaintiff 10/21/98; Alleghany County Courthouse, Pittsburgh, PA; Slip/fall;
Dominic D. Salvatori & Associates; Dom Salvatori; defense verdict.

Hornak v. Hamilton v. Cleary; certified meteorological expert for defendant May,
1999; Allegheny County GD No. 95 14376, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; slip-and-fall accident;
Weimer & Relich; Robert Weinheimer; Plaintiff counsel stipulated to
expert meteorological report; live expert testimony not needed; jury
verdict for defendant.

Harkins v. Amistade; visibility expert for defendant 7/15/99; Beaver
County CourtHouse, Pennsylvania; automobile accident with pedestrian; Frank Kelker, Esq.;
Jury found defendant only 56% negligent.

Teets v. Fox Hunter Associates, et. al.; certified meteorological expert for
defendant) 2/8/00; York County Courthouse, PA; slip and fall
accident; C. Roy Weidner, Johnson, Duffie, Stewart & Weidner;
jury verdict for the plaintiff.

O'Neil v. Maffei; certified meteorological expert for defendant 2/15/00;
Washington County Court; Washington, PA; slip/fall; Arthur Leonard;
Robb, Leonard & Mulvihill; jury verdict for defendant.

Poset v. Jefferson Township & Lutheran Welfare; wind expert witness
for defendant 4/6/00; Butler County Court, Pennsylvania; tree limb fell on
truck due to microburst; David Crissman; Kirkpatrick, Montgomery,
Crissman, Montgomery and Kubit; jury verdict for defendant.

Pennsylvania v. James Marino; meteorological expert for defendant
5/12/00; Westmoreland County CourtHouse; Greensburg, Pennsylvania; DUI charge;
Richard Joyce; Joyce & Bittner; jury verdict for defendant.

Fortunato v. Scott Township; rainfall expert / flood expert for
defendant 6/2/00; Allegheny County CourtHouse; Pittsburgh, PA; flood
Tricia Monahan; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; case
settled seconds prior to expert meteorological testimony; defendant
pleased with results.

Freed v. Long John Silver's; forensic weather expert for defendant
8/8/00; Lawrence County Court, PA; slip/fall; James Girman; Dickie,
McCamey & Chilcote; plaintiff and defendant each 50% negligent.

Lowe v. Glimcher Group, et al.; meteorological expert witness for
defendant 1/3/01; Westmoreland County Court, PA; slip fall; Robert
Weinheimer; Weinheimer,Schadel & Haber; defense verdict by
three-member arbitration panel; no appeal.

Zeigler v. Erdos; forensic weather testimony for defendant 4/11/01;
Butler County CourtHouse; Butler, PA; slip/fall; Lee A. Montgomery;
Montgomery, Crissman, Kubit & Petrancosta; verdict for defendant.

Carpenter v. Niando Construction; rainfall expert for defendant
10/31/01; Allegheny County CourtHouse; Pittsburgh, PA; Flooding;
Gary Balint; Margolis Edelstein; Jury verdict for the plaintiff.

Estep v. Thompson and Refuse Disposal; object visibility expert for
defendant; deposition 7/10/02; automobile accident Alum Creek, West Virginia; R. Ford
Francis; Schumacher, Francis & Nelson; settlement favorable for
defendant.

Elaine Kording v. West Haven Nursing Home; wind expert witness for
plaintiff 3/16/04; Armstrong County Court, PA; Stephan Drexler;
Ainsman, Levine & Drexler; verdict for defendant.

Jones v. McKnight et al.; certified meteorological expert for defendant
5/24/04; Allegheny County Court, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; slip fall; Tracey Wilson;
Safeco Insurance - Law Offices at Rosslyn Commons, PA; jury
verdict for defendant.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Gerald Gregg; weather expert for prosecutor; 11/4/05;
Washington County Courthouse, Washington, PA; murder case; sky condition and temperature;
Office of the District Attorney; jury verdict for the defendant.

Mary Troval v. John Siko; meteorological expert witness for defendant with respect to
heavy rain and flooding; 11/13/07; Westmoreland County Courthouse; Greensburg, PA;
David C. Pohland; Cassidy, Kotjarapoglus & Pohland; no bench verdict yet.

( ) v. Penneco Oil; rainfall and flooding expert witness for defendant; 3/10/08;
Allegheny County Court House, Pittsburgh, PA; Michael E. Lang Malone & Middleman;
bench verdict for plaintiff (significantly below final demand).

Dillard v. Arcadia Court Office Condominium Assn; certified meteorologist for defendant;
3/25/08; Allegheny County Court House; Pittsburgh PA; slip/fall; Gary M. Scoulos;
Meyer Darragh; jury verdict for defendant

Finger v. Dollar One; 07/02/08; slip/fall; expert weather testimony for defendant;
Cumberland NJ Court House; Gerald Eisenstat - Eisenstat, Gabage & Furman; jury verdict
for defendant.

Taren Alexander v. UPMC; 09/11/08; slip/fall; expert weather testimony for plaintiff;
Allegheny County Courthouse, Pittsburgh PA; Marvin Abrams Allegheny Law Associates;
jury verdict for defendant.

Travelers Indemnity A/S/O Camilo Office Furniture v. Centimark; Hurricane damage 2005.
Deposition 8/4/10 Law & Finance Bldg., Pittsburgh, PA. Meteorological expert witness for defendant
regarding wind velocities vicinity of Miami FL during Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.
Client was Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, Brickell Bayview Centre Suite 3000, Miami, FL 33130(Gregory Palmer)

 

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