Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts

Best's Recommended Expert Service Providers - Engineering Experts

3201 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, Louisiana 70002

Established: 2006

About Us


Since its inception in 2006, U.S. Forensic has performed thousands of forensic engineering evaluations to determine the origin and cause of a loss and the extent of damages. Inspections have included various machinery and heavy equipment, commercial and passenger vehicles, residential and commercial buildings, roadways, and marine structures.


In 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana, three engineers and a businessman shared a vision. Equipped with knowledge, determination, and courage, they set out to build a forensic engineering company. Their goal was to hire good people who were the best in their respective fields. What started with a handful of employees in a small office, has grown into 62 locations across the country. U.S. Forensic is now a member of the ATS family of companies and offers clients access to 150,000 square foot engineering laboratory. Some of the technology available includes a wind tunnel, seismic tables, X-Ray and 3 Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM)s for material failure analysis and product testing.


U.S. Forensic provides quality unbiased forensic engineering reports. These include conclusive findings along with repair recommendations, photos, and diagrams. We can also provide schedules and costs of recommended repairs when warranted. All opinions rendered will be based on the facts of the specific assignment, and all work to complete an assignment will be performed under the rules and regulations of the authoritative engineering board of the state in which the evaluation is being conducted. Our experts have testified in local, state, and federal courts.
It is a priority of U.S. Forensic to provide our clients with conclusive, defendable reports that are timely and cost effective..

Services Rendered

  • Forensic Engineering
  • Property Damage Investigations
  • Structural Failures
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Roof Failure Analysis
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Product Failure Analysis
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Expert Witness
  • Construction Failure Analysis
  • Construction Forensics
  • Crash Investigation
  • Disaster Inspections
  • Elevator Consulting
  • Expert Testimony
  • Expert Witness
  • Heavy Equipment Inspection
  • Lift Trucks/Fork Lift Trucks
  • Lightning Damage Determination
  • Machinery and Equipment
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Product Defect Analysis
  • Property Damage
  • Reconstruction
  • Slip, Trip and Fall
  • Structural Analysis
  • Vehicle Fire Analysis
  • Vehicle Theft Analysis
  • Vehicular Crash Reconstruction
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Fire
  • Automotive Failures
  • Storm Damage
  • Flood
  • HVAC Systems & Lightning
  • Engineering Laboratory
  • Marine Structures
  • Moisture Intrusion/Duration
  • Property
  • Roof Damage
  • Tire Evaluations
  • Elevator Evaluations
  • Key Analysis
  • Vehicle Theft Evaluations


U.S. Forensic's experts have the appropriate education and training to perform the forensic inspections in their field of practice. For engineers, we require a minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Engineering, a Professional Engineering License, and specialized training or experience in their field of practice. Other experts such as accident reconstructionists and fire investigators are required to maintain necessary certifications. Experts participate in professional development courses and maintain professional association memberships.

Additional Locations

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Denver, CO
  • Grand Junction, CO
  • Pueblo, CO
  • Stratford, CT
  • Destin, FL
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Lafayette, LA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • Jackson, MS
  • Picayune, MS
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Newark, NJ
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
  • New York, NY
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Columbia, SC
  • Greenville, SC
  • Memphis, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Norfolk, VA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile, AL
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Boston, MA
  • Washington, DC

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • American Indoor Air Quality Council (AIAQC)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • Roofing Consultants Institute (RCI)
  • International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI)
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)
  • Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute of ASCE

Service Area

Servicing all 50 States and Puerto Rico

Personnel Information

U.S. Forensic Leadership Team

Gary L. Bell

Mr. Bell is the managing partner of U.S. Forensic, L.L.C. and is responsible for the day to day operations of the national forensic engineering consulting firm. Mr. Bell holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master of Science Degree and has over 18 years experience in engineering, fire investigations, environmental and construction markets. As the administrative manager for U.S. Forensic, he directs overall company growth strategies.

He has experience in hiring and training of administrative, sales and technical positions; has developed sales, advertising and marketing strategies; performed site selection and contract negotiation of physical locations; maintained customer relations programs; negotiated national service contracts and implemented technical quality controls. Mr. Bell has also taught two college level business management courses.

Bill Janowsky, P.E.

Mr. Janowsky oversees U.S. Forensic's Civil Engineering and Flood Departments. He obtained his Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University after his Bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans and is a registered professional engineer in civil engineering in numerous states. Throughout his career, Mr. Janowsky has performed forensic investigations and supervised the design and construction of numerous engineering projects consisting of new construction, modifications to existing features, and damage repairs, from the initial client contact through the completion of construction. He has coordinated efforts of structural, mechanical, electrical, surveying, and drafting department personnel to produce concise, constructible design concepts and accurate construction drawings and specifications.

Jeremy Hoffpauir, P.E.

Jeremy Hoffpauir, P.E., ACTAR manages U.S. Forensic's Mechanical & Electrical Divisions. He is a graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in nine states and an accredited accident reconstructionist. Mr. Hoffpauir's forensic engineering experience includes failure analysis and accident reconstruction of commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles, and motorcycles. He has extensive experience in conducting failure analysis evaluations involving automotive components, heavy equipment, plumbing systems, fire suppression systems, heating and ventilation, oil and gas field equipment, and logging equipment. His testimony has been accepted in both criminal and civil state courts.


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Forensic Services

National Coverage

News & Events

High Profile Cases

Carnival Triumph case on Mobile River, April 3, 2013. For more information on the details of the case and U.S. Forensic's findings, visit our Featured Projects page.

U.S. forensic provides national coverage. Our staff consists of civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers as well as accident reconstructionists and fire investigators.

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