Capt. Bret C. Gilliam - Case Appearances 1985-2017

As Expert Witness and Litigation Consultant

Summary: 158 case files detailed below

88 appearances as plaintiff's expert witness (55%)

70 appearances as defense expert witness (45%)

 

Since 1973, casework totals 312 files in diving, shipping, certification training and standards, operations procedure and protocols, swimming, marine, medical treatment of hyperbaric injuries, water sports, diving equipment, tropical resorts etc. These cases were nearly evenly divided between defense and plaintiff files over the course of the last 43 years. 154 cases from 1973 to 1993 are not completely itemized due to non-computerized records. The majority of those cases were venued in the Caribbean, Florida, and U.S. Virgin Islands as well as criminal case work for the USVI’s Attorney General and U.S. Attorney offices.

 

1985 Wetherhorn v. Cay Divers Inc.,

diver fatality, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

defense witness for attorney Joel Holt

 

1986 Magrary v. Scuba Divers Inc.,

diver fatality in training, Ft. Lauderdale

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Kevin Malone

 

1986 Matheison, et al, v. Sunsails,

injuries to passengers on sailing excursion vessel due to lightning strike

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Joel Holt, St. Croix, USVI

 

1986 Chitolie v. Caribbean Steel,

vessel construction failure, St. Croix, USVI

plaintiff’s witness for attorneys Bernard Pattie & Richard Daley

 

1988 Robl v. Garrard (d/b/a The Dive Shop), PADI, et al

diving fatality, Florida

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Kevin Malone

 

1988 Goddard v. V. I. Diving School

diving fatality/equipment failure, St. Thomas, USVI

plaintiff’s witness for attorneys Richard Hunter and Bruce Warren

 

1988 Alexander v. SeaQuest

diving fatality/equipment failure, Ft. Lauderdale

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Kevin Malone

 

1988 Sosebee v. Pelican Enterprises Inc., et al

diving accident on guided tour, St. Croix, USVI

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Michael Spencer

 

1988 Bradshaw and Commission of Labor USVI Government v. Undersea Industries d/b/a Scubapro: scuba tank explosion, St. Croix, USVI

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Richard Hunter

 

1989 Bogos v. Ken Moss, Nautilus Inc, the vessel Get Down, et al

diving fatality, Ft. Lauderdale

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Kevin Malone

 

1990 West v. Ocean Spirit, et al:

passenger injury on ship, Roatan, Honduras (Oregon venue)

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Steve Piucci

 

1990 Dodds v. Watersports Inc.,

diver death/Carbon Monoxide poisoning,

St. Thomas, USVI

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Joel Holt

 

1990 Black v. Sportsman’s, et al

diving fatality, Ft. Lauderdale

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Kevin Malone

 

1991 Dirkis v. Ionian Transport, et al

diving fatality, Guanaja, Honduras (Ft. Lauderdale venue)

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Kevin Malone

 

1992 National Union Fire Insurance v. Continental Casualty Co., PADI, et al

diving accident, California

defense witness for attorney Joseph A. Burrow

 

1992 Tancredi v. Dive Makai

diving accident, Hawaii

defense witness for attorneys Rick Lesser and Mark Hruska

 

1992 Demaegt v. Bubbles Below

diving accident, Hawaii

defense witness for attorneys Rick Lesser and Mark Hruska

 

1993 Dries v. Alaska Mining and Diving

commercial diving fatality, Alaska

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Richard Vollertsen

 

1993 National Union v. Continental Casualty

diving accident, California

defense witness for attorney John Burrow

 

1994 Rudman v. Technical Sales

commercial diving fatality, Tampa, Florida

defense witness for attorney Mark Hektner

 

1994 Anglin v. VIDS

diving accident, St. Thomas, USVI

defense witness for attorney Jim Boughey and Carol Hurst

 

1994 United States v. Sgt. Cosans

military court martial/dive fatality,

U.S. Marine Corps court martial trial proceedings, Okinawa, Japan

defense witness for attorney Michael Gross

(U.S. Congressional appointment to defense team)

 

1995 Whitmer v. Varlack Ventures

ship and vessel collision, St. Thomas, USVI

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Tom Alkon

 

1995 Clawson v. Native Son

ship collision, St. Thomas, USVI

plaintiff's witness for attorney Tom Alkon

 

1996 Rosbruch v. Country Day School

snorkeling accident/vessel operation, St. Croix, USVI

plaintiff's witness for attorney Tom Hart

 

1996 O'Grady v. Low Key Watersports

diving accident/vessel operation, St. Thomas, USVI

plaintiff's witness for attorney Brit Bryant

 

1996 Licata v. Kanoa

diving accident, California

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

1996 Mexican patent case

attempt to trademark the word “nitrox”, Mexico

defense witness for attorney Citlali Gallardo

 

1996 Steadman v. Menke

diving accident, West Palm Beach, FL

plaintiff's witness for attorney William Norton

 

1996 Saunders v. Collins

diving accident, Albuquerque, New Mexico

plaintiff's witness for attorney Steve Malouf

 

1997 Nelson v. V.I. Divers

diving accident/vessel operation, St. Croix, USVI

plaintiff's witness for attorney Tom Hart

 

1997 Jodice v. MAS Inc.

snorkeling accident/vessel operation, St. Croix, USVI

plaintiff's witness for attorney Joel Holt

 

1997 Small v. Gage

swimming accident, St. Thomas, USVI

plaintiff's witness for attorney Lee Rohn

 

1998 White v. Dacor

equipment accident, Illinois

defense witness for attorney Bill Turbeville

 

1998 Dao v. Shipway

diving accident, California

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

1998 Rosbruch v. Antilles School

snorkeling accident/vessel operation, St. Thomas, USVI

plaintiff's witness for attorney Kwame Motilewa

 

1998 Grame v. Scuba Shack

diving accident, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

1998 McDaniel v. Scuba West and Richard Rosato

diving accident, Tampa, FL

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Pamela Mills

 

1998 Courtney v. Rainbow Chaser, et al

diving accident/vessel operation, Hawaii

plaintiff's witness for attorney Michael Green

 

1999 Stuart v. Brandt, et al

diving accident, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2000 Switzer v. Scuba Shack, Scott Prokopetz

diving accident, Canada

defense witness for attorneys Bill Turbeville & John O'Sullivan

 

2000 Gerrard v. Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority

diving accident on commercial project, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney David Louie and Dennis O'Connor

 

2000 Toumey v. Bauer Compressors, Scuba Quest, et al

air compressor negligence case/carbon monoxide, Tampa, Florida

plaintiff's witness for attorney Michael Gillespie and Nathan Mirocha

 

2001 Queen v. Robinson, Kona Coast Divers, et al

diving accident/vessel operation, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Bill Turbeville

 

2001 Yargates v. American Dive Center

diving accident, Florida

plaintiff's witness for attorney Bill Terry

 

2002 Fisher v. Kainani Inc., d/b/a Sea Sports

diving accident, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2002 O'Pry v. Sand & Sea, et al

diving accident, Austin, Texas

defense witness for attorney Bill Turbeville

 

2002 Warren v. Maui Divers

diving accident, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2002 Hart (Carl Jones) v. Ocean's Window

diving accident, Texas

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2003 Graham v. Abysmal Diving Inc., and, Scuba Center

diving accident, Minnesota

defense witness for attorneyes Rick Lesser, Bill Turbeville & Michele Bass

 

2003 Kratter v. American Dive Center

diving accident, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

plaintiff's witness for attorney Brian Glick

 

2003 case name undisclosed

diving accident, Arizona

plaintiff's consultanting expert for attorney Jay Natolii

 

2004 Hughes v. Port Authority of New York

police diving accident, New York

plaintiff’s witness for Elizabeth Eilender

 

2004 Compton (Lovejoy) v. AquaZone, et al

diving accident/vessel operation, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2004 Hughes v. Maui Divers, et al

diving accident, Hawaii

plaintiff's witness for attorney John Hillsman

 

2005 Ilsidar v. Morris Hardware LLC (d/b/a Sharkey's Scuba Supply)

diving accident/vessel operation, Toronto, Canada

defense witness for attorney Kate Stephenson, Weir Folds

 

2005 Rubin and Ostrowiecki v. AIL (Aggressor Fleet) LLC, et al

twin diving fatality/vessel operation, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, venued in New Orleans

defense witness for attorney Patricia Krebs

 

2005 Bangs v. Dive Five Inc.

dive accident, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2005 Bournakel (White) v. 3090 Inc.

vessel liability fatality, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2005 Upmal v. Paradise Divers

dive accident/vessel operation, Florida

plaintiff's witness for attorney Andy Seiden

 

2005 Russo, et al v. Bowe, et al

dive fatality, Maryland

defense witness for attorney Patrick Stringer

 

2005  Sharack v. Regency Diving

diving accident, New Jersey

defense witness for attorney Andrea Rapuano

 

2006 Kingston v. Fling Charters Inc., et al

vessel collision, Texas

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2006 Carlock v. Ladd Provisions, Inc., et al

diver abandonment by vessel, Los Angeles, California

defense witness for attorneys John Mayes and Steve Hewitt

 

2006 James Light v. Jack’s Diving Locker

personal injury, vessel crewmember, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2007 Pan v. Edghill

diving fatality during resort intro training, Barbados

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2007 Karson v. Aqua Lung, et al

diving wrongful death/equipment liability, Illinois

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser and Steve McGuire

 

2007 Armington v. Wiens, et al

diving wrongful death, Los Angeles, California

Plaintiff’s witness for attorney John Hillsman

 

2007 Kusler v. Shaphard

diving wrongful death, Illinois

defense witness for attorney David Concannon

 

2008 Liberty Mutual v. Ultra-Dive

H. P. filling hose rupture, injury, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2008 Padulo v. Bruce Proper

diving wrongful death, Petawawa, Canada

defense witness for attorneys Carole McAfee Wallace and David Wingfield

 

2008 Skinner v. Aggressor Fleet, et al

diving wrongful death/vessel operation, Ecuador (venue New Orleans)

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser and Michele Nelson Bass

 

2008 Rowell v. Scuba Toys

diving wrongful death/equipment, Texas

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2008 Jordan v. PADI, et al

diving wrongful death, Hawaii

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Rick Lesser, Tom Weidner & Michele Bass

 

2008 Lewis v. Wyatt

diving wrongful death, Florida

 plaintiff’s witness for attorneys Jeffrey Melden and Tom Copeland

 

2008 Moore v. SSI and, Venture Sports and Outdoors, et al,

diving wrongful death, Alabama

plaintiff’s witness for attorney David Cain

 

2009 Larson v. Hawaii Sailing Co.

diving accident, Hawaii

defense witness for Attorney Rick Lesser & Michele Nelson Bass

 

2009 Heley v. Sea Quest Ltd.

diving accident, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser & Michele Nelson Bass

 

2009 Jakubek v. Blue Dolphin Charters

charter boating accident to passenger, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser and Michele Nelson Bass

 

2009 Malanog v. Pacific Shipyard Inc.

Jones Act seaman injury, Hawaii

plaintiff’s witness for attorneys Richard Turbin and Richard Lesser

 

2009 Lake v. Broadreach Inc. (St. Kittts: accident site)

diving vessel crew/divemaster injury, Wilmington, North Carolina

defense witness for attorney David Concannon

 

2009 McDougal v. Sorg

diving fatality during instruction, Ft. Lauderdale

defense witness for attorney David Concannon

 

2009 Myers v. Si Tech

diving fatality in California

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2009 Lewis v. Wyatt

diving fatality on cave dive, Florida

plaintiff’s witness for attorneys Jeff Melden, Tom Copeland and Don Geier

 

2010 Bowditch v. GALASCUBA S.A

diving injury, Galapagos Islands

defense witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2010 Lauritzen v. Fish Eye Scuba, Karen Green

diving fatality, Monterey, CA

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Rick Lesser

 

2010 Gray v. Scuba Center, et al

diving training fatality, Spokane, WA

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Susan Nelson and Bob Dunn

 

2010 Simmons v. Rapture Marine Expeditions, et al

freediving fatality, Hawaii

plaintiff’s witness for attorney John Hillsman

 

2010 Eek Bang, et al v. Beverly Dive Shop, et al

diving double accident with alleged DCS, Los Angeles

defense witness for attorney Terry Ross

 

2010 Dewolf v. Kohler, et al

diving fatality on deep shipwreck, Houston, TX

defense witness for attorney David Concannon

 

2011 Meyers v. Hicks, et al

diving fatality in training, Kenai, Alaska

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Phillip Weidner

 

2011 Donnelly and Blue Dolphin v. Knight and Carver, et al

vessel engineering defect in construction, Honolulu, HI

plaintiff’s witness for attorneys Rick Lesser and Michele Nelson Bass

 

2011 Anderson, et al v. Adventure Scuba

double diving fatality Monterey, CA

defense witness for attorney John Giffin

 

2011 Wyssman v. Scuba Center, et al

diving injury/near drowning/prolonged coma, Spokane, WA

plaintiff’s witness for attorneys Robert Dunn and Susan Nelson

 

2011 Spencer v. Lone Wolf Documentary Group

diving death in Greece on deep shipwreck (venue Portland, ME)

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Terrance Duddy

 

2011 Gasinski v. Forfar Field Station

diving fatality, Bahamas (venue: Cleveland, OH)

plaintiff’s witness for attorneys Ryan Fisher and Alton Hall

 

2011 Booth v. NAUI

diving fatality, Seattle, WA

defense witness for attorneys Philip Lempriere and Bert Ray

 

2011 Watts-Payne v. Malani Nui, et al

injury aboard sailing excursion vessel, fractures broken ankle, Hawaii

plaintiff’s  witness for attorney Richard Lesse

 

2011 Kreiman v. Kerbel

diving fatality, Redondo Beach, CA

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Michele Nelson Bass

 

2011 Tuvell v. Blue Water Scuba of Logan

diving fatality in PADI DSD training, Utah

defense witness for attorney David Concannon

 

2011 Ousterhought v. NAUI, Regional Scuba

diving fatality, New York

defense witness for attorney David Concannon

 

2011 Curley v. Zimmerman, Island Divers, et al

diving fatality, Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Keri Mehling and Gary Grimmer

 

2012 Knier v. Sanchez

diving fatality, Florida

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Steven Deutsch

 

2012 Greene v. Boyer

diving death, Florida

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Kevin Woods

 

2012 Nielsen v. MSC Crociere, et al

diving death, Grand Cayman (Florida venue)

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Joe Rinaldi

 

2012 King v. Forever Resorts

diving death, California

defense witness for attorney Chelsea Yuan

 

2012 Ellyatt v. VR Technology and Delta P

diving injury, England (U.K.)

defense witness for attorney John Collins

 

2013 Shultz v. Huffman Construction, et al

commercial diving company injury, Dallas,TX

defense witness for attorney Tate Seideman

 

2013 Rampurkar v. Scuba Shack

diving injury in vessel sinking, Florida

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Chris Drury

 

2013 Frisk v. Sea Pearls

injury due to tank explosion/fire, Austin, TX

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Alton Hall

 

2013 Rogers v. Liko Kaui Cruises Inc. and Debra Ho’okano, vessel Na Pali Kai III

passenger injury aboard excursion vessel in Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Courtney Crawford

 

2013 Ford v. Ontario Power Generation Inc., Toronto, Canada

diver fatality when trapped underwater in hydro-electric intake

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Laura Sardella

 

2013 Siegman v. Aqua-Lung, et al

diving computer product liability allegations, Washington

defense witness for attorney Richard Lesser

 

2013 Koh v. Patrick Leong Siew Kahn (Mako Subaquatics) and Chia Shee Liang

diving fatality Singapore

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Zack Quek

 

2013 Jackson v. Waterhorse Charters, PADI Americas, R. Simon,

Scuba Center, W. Elver, D. Volkman, C. Wilbarger, B. Atkins, et al

diving fatality in training on deep submerged wreck

plaintiff’s witness for attorney William Harris

 

2013 Reichert v. PADI

diving fatality in initial open water training

plaintiff’s witness for attorney William Harris

 

2013 Greensboro Scuba School & Grant Dawson v. James Robertson and Dolphi Graves

business defamation and financial loss

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Tom Kobrin

 

2014 Adkins v. Big Dipper Charters, et al

dual injuries to divers on boat charter in Tavenier, FL (venue Key West)

plaintiff’s witness for attorneys Chris Drury and John Hickey

 

2014 Hambrook v. Jay Smith, Hawaiian Scuba Shack, PADI, vessel HA-1639-CP (in rem)

diving fatality on boat charter, Hawaii

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Howard McPherson

 

2014 Siegman v. Aqua-Lung

diving fatality, Washington and Hawaii

defense witness for attorney Chris Tomkins

 

2014 Prickett v. BARE, et al

diving DCS injury on film project in Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia,  (venue Oakland, CA)

defense witness for attorney Richard Lesser

 

2014 Estate of Michale Kucsma (Marcia) v. Town of Gorham, ME

diving fatality, venue Portland, ME

defense witness for attorney Alison Denham

 

2014 Benegas v. Kutowski, Anini Fishing Charters, M/V Sea Breeze

snorkeling fatality, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Howard McPherson

 

2014 Gregoire v. Paradise Cruise Ltd.

crew injury aboard cruise ship, Honolulu, Hawaii

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Richard Lesser

 

2015 Michael Ewing v. Bossarge Diving and Subsea Global Solutions

commercial diver injury, New Orleans, LA

defense witness for attorneys Leah Rhodes and Matt Stedman

 

2015 Elbe V. Brathwaite, Robert Collins and Shannon Conyers v. Phillip Xavier

d/b/a Gary’s Marine Service

maritime injury to passenger, St. Thomas, USVI

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Russell Pate

 

2015 Shamarah Halliday v. Cruise Ship Excursions, INc. d/b/a Kon Tiki Party Raft

maritime injury to passenger, St. Thomas, USVI

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Russell Pate

 

2015 Kathleen Sheerer v. Caribbean Maritime Excursions, Inc. d/b/a St. Thomas Fast Ferry

maritime injury to passenger, St. Thomas, USVI

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Russell Pate

 

2015 Bratkowski v. Cal Dive

commercial diving injury, New Orleans

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Thomas Discon

 

2015 Chris Goodwill v. Lawrence Factor

injury to technician due to breathing gas device explosion, New Orleans

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Altan Hall

 

2015 McNabb v. Ramon’s Village Resort, et al

diving fatality, Belize

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Altan Hall

 

2015 Quaresma v. Aqua-Lung

diving fatality, Los Angeles

defense witness for attorney Richard Lesser

 

2015 Mount v. Blue Ocean Mariculture, et al

diving injury, Hawaii

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Howard McPherson

 

2015 Strickert v. Neal

snorkeling fatality, Molokini Crater, Hawaii

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Howard McPherson

 

2015 Debra Carney v. Dargan Haddock

diving fatality, Key West, FL

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Joe Rinaldi

 

2015 Hope Combest v. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Fury Water Adventures, Inc

snorkeling fatality, Key West, FL

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Joe Rinaldi

 

2015 Beverly Wortham v. Coral Princess Cruises, et al

diving fatality, Australia

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Travis Shultz

 

2015 Tsing v. Elco Shipping

injury to seaman, Singapore

defense witness for attorney Micheal Ntong

 

2015 Erik De La Cruz v. Matthew Thibeaux, Courtesy GMS Automotie, et al

commercial diver injury, New Orleans, LA

defense witness for attorney Rhonda Thompson

 

2015 Diauna Tinker v. Yankee Freedom LLC

snorkeling fatality, Key West, FL (Ft. Jefferson National Park)

plaintiff’s witness for attorney Carol Finklehoffe

 

2015 Greenblatt v. Smith Ferry Service Ltd.

vessel collision, St. Kitts

defense witness for attorney Elton Stanley

 

2015 Andreano v. Cool Catamaren, Inc. and S/V Castaway Cat

injury to seaman, St. Thomas, USVI

plaintiff's witness for attorney Ryan Meade

 

2015 Ruoshu Liu v. Kevorkian Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Tarpoon Diving Center; RJ Diving Ventures,  Inc.; Southern Belle Scuba, LLC; and Mercedes Smith

diving fatality, Miami, FL

plaintiff's witness for attorney Brett von Borke

 

2015 Glenn J. Grosso & Dineen M. Franchina v. Salt 'N. Blue, LLC, Barkley & Robert W. Wranovics

diving fatality, Miami, FL

plaintiff's witness for attorney Eric Ansel

 

2016 Alfred Pucci and Michael W. Pucci v. Carnival Corporation d/b/a Carnival Cruise Lines and Cruise Ship Excursions, Inc.

snorkling fatality, St. John, USVI: venue St. Thomas and Miami FL

plaintiff's witness for attorney Dax Bello

 

2016 Harvey v. PADI Americas

diving fatality, San Diego, CA

plaintiff's witness for attorney Kurt Micklow

 

2016 Stadek v. defendants to be named

diving fatality, Miami, FL

plaintiff's witness for attorney Sean Cleary

 

2016 Sneed v. Aquatic Sports

diving fatality, Oregon

plaintiff's witness for attorney Jane Paulson