2017 Expert Update

Rimkus Consulting Group, a leading forensic engineering and consulting firm, has assisted clients in the early resolution of a wide range of complex claims and disputes for more than 30 years. With worldwide experience, Rimkus specializes in forensic consulting matters involving energy and construction disputes, environmental toxic torts, transportation accidents and injury biomechanics, product and premises liability, fires and explosions, professional liability, and toxicology. Rimkus provides services from 50 office locations employing more than 400 consulting experts in the United States, Canada and the UK.

Barbara M. Worsham, P.I.
Houston, Texas                       

Ms. Worsham is the Vice President of the Video, Animation, and Graphics Practice Group based in our Houston office. She is a licensed Private Investigator in the state of Texas with more than 25 years of experience in video, video enhancement analysis, and creating animations and graphics for litigation. Ms. Worsham has expertise in enhancing and analyzing videos for claims or matters involving retail and hospitality establishments, restaurants, warehouses, fires, and vehicle accidents. She is a member of LEVA (Law Enforcement & Emergency Vehicle Video Association) with more than 100 hours of training in video and video enhancement and analysis. She is also a member of IPVM (IP Video Market) and is an IP Camera Fundamentals Certified Professional. She has testified in depositions and trials at the state and federal levels, typically testifying to the means and methods used to create forensic animations or enhance evidentiary videos. Ms. Worsham is a graduate of the Art Institute of Houston with an emphasis in Visual Communication.

Roger A. Champlin
Columbus, Ohio

Based in our Columbus office, Mr. Champlin is a Senior Consultant with the Forensics Practice Group. Mr. Champlin has more than 45 years' experience in tires, and rubber related products and processes including reinforcement materials development, compounding, rubber testing, tire design, tire production, and tire failure analysis. His areas of expertise also include the managing of race tire production and implementing quality control measures to reduce the failure rate of racing tires in the field. Mr. Champlin worked for 39 years at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and had assignments in all major divisions of the company including Research, Chemical Division, Engineered Products, Tire Development and the Race Tire Manufacturing Division at the Akron Technical Center. He was responsible for the testing and release of all reinforced components used in the manufacture of Goodyear racing tires for over 17 years at the Akron production plant. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Life member of Tau Beta Pi, an Engineering Honorary Society. Mr. Champlin is a graduate from the University of Dayton, Ohio with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering.

Drew B. Hains, P.E.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida                    

Mr. Hains is a Principal Consultant with the Forensics Practice Group based in our Fort Lauderdale office. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Alabama, Florida, and Washington and a Board Certified Forensic Engineer as a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. He is also a member of The Florida Engineering Society, The Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and National Society of Professional Engineers. Mr. Hains has managed the staff of naval architects, marine engineers, and draftsmen. For more than a decade, he was the qualifiying engineer for his prior firm's Certificate of Authorization from the Florida Board of Professional Engineers and oversaw the firm's engineering activities. Projects ranged from small craft to multi-million dollar yachts. He also provided specialized marine forensic engineering services including; ship design, ship and equipment defects, ship classification, maritime accidents, and ship valuations. He has testified on maritime matters in State and Federal courts. Mr. Hains holds a Bachelor's degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute in Glen Cove, New York.

Jackson, Mississippi

Mr. Asbell is the Jackson District Manager and a Fire Consultant with our Fire Practice Group. He is a Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI_CFI) with the International Association of Arson Investigators, a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI) with the National Association of Fire Investigators. Mr. Asbell has served as a firefighter, law enforcement officer, Emergency Medical Technician and as a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic for more than 18 years. He served as a Fire Investigator with the City of Charlotte, North Carolina Fire Department and the City of Norfolk, Virginia Fire Rescue. As a private fire investigator, he determined the origin and cause of more than 1,400 fires and explosions including industrial facilities, commercial and residential structures, passenger vehicles, agricultural equipment, heavy equipment, and fire-related fatalities. He has experience providing testimony and is a qualified expert witness for court proceedings pertaining to fire origin and cause. Mr. Asbell holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.