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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 and National P.E.


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.

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

 5 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.

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


Specific Experience

National Environmental Law Center
294 Washington St. Suite 500, Boston, MA 02108     
Josh Kratka Senior Attorney 617-747-4333 Cell 617-599-6979    
Fire protection failure, valuation on NFPA-25 Involved plant walkdown including issuing a detail report discussion NFPA-25 violation concerning inspections.
Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California 2049 Century Park East, Suite 2900    
Steve Nichols, Principal 310.203.5311   
Asbestos case involved Contractor worked at Bechtel Plant
Committee for Public Counsel Services
44 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108   
Shane Surrette
Accident concerning hot water failure
Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000 Minneapolis, MN 55402  
Aron J. Frakes, 612.492.7257  
Asbestos case involved Contractor worked at Sargent Lundy Plant
Cleveland Construction, Inc.
8620 Tyler Blvd. Mentor, Ohio 44060  
David Honig, Esq. 440-255-8000    
Plumbing failure on high rise building
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Hearst Tower, 214 North Tryon Street, Suite 3700 Charlotte, NC 28202-1078   
Ryan L. Beaver Partner 704.338.6038    
Dispute over the Piping design and analysis and the installation of Pipe Supports
Anthony M. Sciara Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C. 400 Renaissance Suite 3400 Detroit, Michigan 48243 313.259.8633 Direct   
Bill Bohlen, City Director of Water 989-439-7230 direct   
Dispute over the design, fabrication, installation of Pipe Supports
Fredrikson & Byron P.A. | 200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000 | Minneapolis, MN 55402   
Aron J. Frakes 612.492.7257 | Cell: 773.209.5781  
Involved workers being exposed to asbestos on Sargent & Lundy designed power plants
Mansell Engel & Cole 101 Park Avenue, Suite 665 Oklahoma City, OK 73102-7203 Telephone: (405) 232-4100   
Steve Marsell
(405) 232-4100  
Involved seismic evaluation on high riser piping After an earthquake failed piping and cause damage to building
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams, & Aughtry, 1200 Smith St., Ste. 1400, Houston, Texas 77002  
Ryan Oliver Cantrell, (713) 658-2536  
Dispute over the design, fabrication, installation and Transportation of a 20 ft. diameter 200 ft. long Spliter Vessel Column.
Fredman & Feiger, LLP
5301 Spring Valley Road
Dallas, Texas 75254   
Mr. John Sokatch 972-788-1400 
Dispute over a V-log Stack which was part of a valve that was installed in the Shin-Kori Nuclear Power Plant in South Korea
Edward Shapira Law
Providence, RI  
Ed Shapira
Building structure not in compliance with building code, performed structural analysis
Micolaides, Fink ,Thorpe. Michaelides, Sullivan LLP 505 Montgomery Street, Suite 600 San Francisco, CA 94111  
Ms. Sara Thorpe 415.745.3772 
Grinnell Valves Containing Asbestos. Dispute involved the exposure of asbestos due to the repair, fabrication, installation and maintenance of all types of Grinnell Valves
Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP
16 Collyee Quay Singaport 049318 
Jon Howes
Sadie Andrew
+65 6305 0914
Dispute over the price of fabricated steel and pipe support on a major oil refinery
K & L Gates, L.L.P.
Henry W. Oliver Building, 210 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2613
David Fusco, Esq., 412-344-6361 Cell 724-584-0080 
Crane Valves Containing Asbestos. Dispute involved the exposure of asbestos due to the repair, fabrication, installation and maintenance of all types of Grinnell Valves
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 Drive
Wakefield, RI 02879


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