Forensic Engineers



Thielsch Engineering, Inc. is a professional engineering firm that provides a complete range of consulting, design, and energy services to customers throughout the United States and internationally. There multi-disciplined engineering and technical staff specializes in failure analysis, engineering design, process optimization, and condition assessment, and they are experts in implementing solutions for any type of engineering challenge. Thielsch’s engineering services are supported by a full range of QA/QC services including metallurgical, environmental, nondestructive, and construction laboratories along with experienced field service personnel ready to provide rapid response to customer requests.

(Jack’s Comment)
Thielsch Engineering is a 500+ person engineering firm made up of many unrelated engineering divisions. I sold my engineering firm to them and we became their 13th division; their first “buildings” division and I stayed on for 3 years to help establish the new division. My division grew from a staff of 11 to 17 and became a multi-discipline firm by the time that I actually retired. I only have great things to say about Thielsch Engineering, Inc. and their President and CEO, Thomas E. Lent.


Kleinholz Inc. is a consulting engineering company that specializes in product development, mission critical facility consulting, and general electrical forensic engineering services including expert witness work.

The founder, James R. Fink, PE has technical, business and interpersonal abilities. Those skills aren’t always standard equipment on engineers. His clients benefit from Jim Fink’s 20 years of diverse electrical and mechanical engineering experience, but they also frequently remark on the eloquence of his delivery and the refreshing simplicity of content. As a client you can expect your project will be addressed with technical rigor, filtered with a common sense of business, and expertly communicated.

(Jack’s Comment)
I have worked with Jim and respect him both professionally and personally.


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.



  • Interesting work
  • Low liability
  • High hourly rates
  • Advanced payment via retainer
  • Little competition


  • Can be stressful
  • Sometimes requires travel

Because litigation consulting is interesting, challenging, and profitable, I recommend adding “forensic engineering” to your practice.


John D. Gaskell, Retired P.E. (Jack)