David Danaher, PE

J.S. Held’s Inaugural Global Risk Report Examines Potential Business Risks & Opportunities in 2024

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David Danaher

Senior Engineer


+1 720 545 1172 (Office)
6070 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Suite 200
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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David Danaher joined J.S. Held in July of 2021 as part of J.S. Held's acquisition of Kineticorp. David is a highly accomplished engineer with wide-ranging experience in accident reconstruction. His casework involves major mechanical systems, heavy equipment, and motor vehicles. As a professional mechanical engineer, Mr. Danaher has experience in mechanical design, operation, and failure analysis. His experience involves product design evaluation, strength of materials analysis, and failure mechanics. Mr. Danaher has also analyzed mechanical components that are part of larger industrial systems to demonstrate their operation and any related failures at locations both nationwide and internationally. The analysis performed in these industrial systems is then illustrated in a three-dimensional environment, breaking down individual components to show the operation's mechanics visually. Some of the systems previously analyzed by Mr. Danaher include power plants, boilers, industrial valves, oil refineries, and paper mills.

During his career, Mr. Danaher has investigated and analyzed hundreds of vehicular accidents and applies his knowledge of vehicle dynamics, simulation, crush energy, and driver response to accident reconstruction. He has also analyzed heavy equipment such as skid loaders, motor graders, oil drilling equipment, and other mechanical systems for safety and maintenance-related issues. Mr. Danaher has been qualified as an expert witness with extensive deposition and courtroom expertise.

In addition to his casework, Mr. Danaher is a well-known contributor to the forensic engineering industry. He has authored peer-reviewed publications related to forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, and visualization. He has also presented at conferences and seminars on various topics throughout the United States. Mr. Danaher has been featured several times on local and national television networks, including NBC, MSNBC, and CBS.

Mr. Danaher’s education, unique professional background, and reputation provide the foundation for his ability to effectively communicate his findings as an expert witness to juries, judges, and attorneys nationwide.

Key Expertise

  • Forensic Engineering
  • Mechanical Design & Operation
  • Industrial Systems Analysis
  • Product Evaluation
  • Failure Analysis
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • ACM/CDR Download & Analysis
  • Heavy Truck ECM Download & Analysis
  • Heavy Truck Reconstruction
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Driver Response
  • Simulation
  • Dynamics

Professional Registration:

  • PE 40905 / CA [State of California Engineering License]
  • PE 39736 / CO [State of Colorado Engineering License]
  • PE 0046062 / LA [State of Louisiana Engineering License]
  • PE 025871 / NV [State of Nevada Engineering License]
  • PE 093076 / PA [State of Pennsylvania Engineering License]
  • PE 39736 / TX [State of Texas Engineering License]
  • PE 21036252 / WA [State of Washington Engineering License
  • PE 16781 / WY [State of Wyoming Engineering License]
  • #703F / National Academy of Forensic Engineers, Diplomate, Fellow (NAFE)
  • #967 / Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction – Full Accreditation (ACTAR)
  • Certified – Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Technician
  • Certified – Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Data Analyst
  • Certified – Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Analysis and Application
  • Certified – Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders

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