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Forensic engineering is defined by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) as “the application of the art and science of engineering in matters which are in, or may possibly relate to, the jurisprudence system, inclusive of alternative dispute resolution.” These engineers serve as consultants to the legal profession and as expert witnesses in courts of law.


A CV is what a Forensic Engineer’s expert witness resume is called. The more detailed and complete it is, the more qualified they will appear.

Include the following items:

  • Specialty—Summary of your area of expertise.
  • Education—Starting with college and including degrees and honors, post-graduate studies, and certifications.
  • Professional registrations—List states and numbers.
  • Professional practice—Present and previous company affiliations, positions and titles.
  • Professional affiliations—Memberships in professional/technical groups and offices held.
  • Honors and awards—List name of honor/award and group presenting it.
  • Publications—List title, publication, and month and year
  • Lectures—List title, group presented to, and month and year
  • Forensic activities—List the most recent first, including:

Title (example) LIGHTNING INVESTIGATION, Westerly, RI.

Date hired.

Your job number.

Parties to the case and official court case number and venue.

Retaining attorney (Also list if for defense or plaintiff).

Synopsis: Two brief paragraphs, the first describing the incident and the second describing your assignment including whether it involved deposition and/or testimony at trial.

Print your CV on your stationary (letterhead for the first page and second sheet for the others) and bind it between covers embossed with your company name. Distribute this to potential clients like litigation attorneys and insurance adjusters.

See my next blog for the first few pages of my CV.

Litigation consulting is interesting, challenging, and profitable. If what is involved interests you, I recommend adding “Forensic Engineering” to your practice as a consulting engineer. Get Jack’s new book: The “Complete Guide” to FORENSIC ENGINEERING to learn the details. Also, the largest chapter in his book: The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING covers the “highlights of Forensic Engineering. Visit to find out more.

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