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Michael B. Plunkett, P.E.


BSME, 1969 University of New Haven
MSME, 1972 University of Rhode Island
P.E. Licenses: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, NC, Maine, New Hampshire, NY, Florida & National PE


Summary of Experience

Forty-Five Years’ experience in the design analysis, inspection and auditing of piping, pipe supports, pressure vessels, tanks and other mechanical products. Extensive experience in performing design reviews, failure analysis, field inspections and reviews, rate cases, and expert witness testimony. Experience on Asbestos disputes concerning Power Plants, Industrial Facilities, Chemical Plants, Petro-Chemical , Water Treatment and Manufacturing Facilities.

 15 years Experience in developing litigation rate-case exhibits and detailed supporting testimony for utilities and law firms. Areas involved were: piping, pipe supports, structural failure of products, failure analysis, seismic analysis, fire protection, pressure vessel, tanks, construction, fire protection, heat transfer analysis, environmental qualification of equipment, welding, product design, and patent information.

 10 years Experience in quality assurance and related disciplines. I have performed numerous technical NRC & DOE audits to assure compliance with ANSI N45.2.11, ASME Section III licensing requirements. I have been a consultant to the Department Of Energy concerning the Hanford Wastewater treatment facility.

 10 years Experience in design, analysis and field engineering of piping, supports, structures Pressure vessels and mechanical equipment considering thermal, deadweight and earthquake in accordance with ASME, ANSI, AWS, and NRC requirements. As Director of Research, Development and Engineering, was responsible for the development and qualification testing of a new line of hydraulic snubbers designed for extended life.

 10 years Experience performing system design and analysis for naval nuclear submarine piping systems. Duties included on board system evaluation during sea trials.


Specific Experience

Kahrs, Nelson, Fanning, Hite & Kellogg
200 West Douglas Avenue
Wichita, Kansas 67202-3089
Legal Counsel
James Robinson
Retained as expert witness to perform evaluation on underground piping load bearing insulation failure. Issue with construction delays due to insulation replacement.
Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey
500 West Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661
Legal Counsel
Marc A. Quinlivan
Scope included reviewing the integrity of the structural steel on the Marble Hill Project and product failure. Expert opinions included, Project Management, Construction delays, Structural steel integrity, and Code compliance. Also reviewed design of the ductwork to precipitator for design Errors & Omissions.
O'Melveny & Myers
400 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Legal Counsel
John Crose
Retained as technical experts to support rate case. Testified as expert witness for piping and pipe support issues to the Public Utility Commission. Project overruns due to changes in ASME regulation.
Snell & Wilmer
3100 Valley Bank Center
Phoenix, AZ 85073-3100
Legal Counsel
George Lyons
Retained as technical experts to support overall rate case, pipe support, construction issues, etc. Testified as expert witness.
Kirkland & Ellis
200 East Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Legal Counsel
Jim Cusick
Retained as technical expert for review of the effect of Mark II changes on the design of the reactor during litigation.
Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn
426 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Legal Counsel
Philip Abramowitz
Retained as technical expert to support gas well accident which injured two people. Case involved structural steel failure.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Comanche Peak
Larry Shao
Prepared for Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) hearings for granting of operating license to Comanche Peak Nuclear Station. Provided testimony at hearings.
Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice
P.O. Drawer 84
Winston Salem, NC 27102
Legal Counsel
Gene A. Dickey
Retained as expert witness on a storage tank failure. Provided expert testimony relating to tank design adequacy.
Weston Hurd Fallon Paisley & Howley
2500 Terminal Tower
Cleveland, OH 44113-2241
Legal Counsel
William H. Baughman, Jr.
Retained as expert witness on a valve failure in a high pressure steam piping system which resulted in the death of three people.
Pepe & Hazard
Goodwin Square
Hartford, CT 06103-4302
Legal Counsel
Peter Costas
Patent infringement case involving an industrial door hinge design. Retained as expert witness.
Foley & Lardner
Firstar Center
777 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202-5367
Legal Counsel
Jim McKeown
Retained as expert witness to perform evaluation on pressure vessel analysis and attachments.
Morrison, Mahoney & Miller
250 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
Legal Counsel
Liz Waterfield
Retained as expert witness to perform evaluation on the design and construction of building structures.
Murphy & Beane
3 Center Plaza, Suite 500
Boston, MA
Legal Counsel
Sean Teehan
Retained as expert witness to perform evaluation on pressure piping failures at Major Power Plant.
Nixon & Peabody
300 Clinton Square
Rochester, NY
Legal Counsel
Brian Kuhn
Performed evaluation on piping & manhole failure Issued expert report.
Fox & Rothschild
1250 South Broad Street
Lansdale, PA
Legal Counsel
Anthony De Michele
Retained as expert to present case to the Springfield school district for tax assessment appeal on Limerick power plant.
Subrogation Partners
Farmingville, NY 11738
Brian Kuhn, Esq.
Brian Corringham
John O’Connor
Sal Blanco
• Accident involving a hot water heater
• Accident involving a fireplace space heater
• Accident involving dryer, fire resulting
• Accident involving a stove, fire resulting
Trafton & Matzen
Ten Minot Avenue
Auburn, Maine 04212-0470
Verne E. Paradie
Accident involving a safety belt. Improper design of safety buckles led to fall from tree.
Clark,Bablboni & Gildea
203 Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
Fain P. Gildea
Accident involving a gas grill explosion.
Kydd & Backman
Brian Kydd
Wall steamer case, Kathleen Potter VS Rental Of Boston, Stant Enterprises.
Liberty Mutual Group Weston, MA
Barry Cheskin
Rhode Island Power plant Fire Due to welding on plant outer structure.
David Malik
Attorney At Law
Chesterland, Ohio
David Malik
Pressure reducing valve failure during repair activities.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn & Ferris
Kathleen Brink
Freezing/water loss. Line to humidifier froze and burst, damaging dwelling and contents.

Michael B. Plunkett, PE
58 Briarwood Dr.
Wakefield, RI 02879


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