Mr. Cargill first testified as an expert in
1980. The case involved products liability litigation against the Bavarian Motor Works
(BMW) of North America. Since the claimed damages were in excess of $10M, significant
discovery efforts were undertaken in preparing BMWs defense. Mr. Cargill played a
substantial role in developing key technical aspects of the case, including advanced
metallurgical tests which discredited central elements of the appellants allegations
regarding defective drive train "constant-velocity" joints.
Since that time, Mr. Cargill has functioned as an
engineering expert in over 300 litigation matters. These cases have included personal
injury, products liability, vehicular accident reconstruction, motorcycle / bicycle
accidents, vehicle-pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, weld joint failures,
materials degradation, piping corrosion, machinery failures, machinery guarding, device
failures, and contract disputes regarding technical specifications governing manufacturing
processes and process controls. Mr. Cargill has functioned as a defense expert in over 90%
of these cases.
In each of these cases the approach is the same: Apply
sound engineering principles and substantial real-world industry experience to accomplish
efficient and productive technical investigations. Mr. Cargill is accomplished in
presenting technical topics to judges and juries with cogent, understandable testimony and
demonstrative exhibits. His emphasis is on the application of practical methods in order
to produce results which make complex technical issues intuitively comprehedible to lay
In addition to his practical, real-world approach to
technical investigations, Mr. Cargill also practices engineering in behalf of technology
companies in Silicon Valley. As described in other areas of this web page, Cargill
Engineering designs and fabricates specialized scientific apparatus utilizing
state-of-the-art materials and technology. Mr. Cargill actively participates in several
professional engineering societies and maintains an ongoing effort to assure that his
technical skills remain up to date. As a result, he is knowledgeable of new and evolving
technologies as they come into general acceptance in the scientific community.
Mr. Cargill has also functioned as the defense expert for
the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army in a number of defense contract disputes. These cases
typically involve litigation against the Armed Forces by large defense contractors who
incur unanticipated costs or technical problems on fixed-price procurement contracts. Mr.
Cargill has served as the defense expert for cases involving military diesel generators,
jet engines for tactical aircraft, and machined forgings used in aircraft weapons.
This type of litigation typically involves disputes about
the adequacy of the contract technical specifications as well as the applicability of
Government inspection / acceptance criteria. In addition to large dollar amounts, these
cases also involve comprehensive discovery efforts requiring the review and analysis of
substantial volumes of technical discovery documents. Mr. Cargill has testified as an
expert in courts in California, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.