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Profile: Russell Darnell, PhD, EdD, MBA, BSE, CAI

Global Solutions
P O Box 5586
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Phone: (916) 825-5592
Fax: (530) 676-1513

DR. RUSSELL DARNELL is a retired motorcycle/auto racer who has been active in accident litigation since 1974. Dr. Darnell has testified more than 1,000 times and has qualified as an expert in many disciplines involving vehicles. As an expert, he has experience testifying in State, Federal, and International Courts and accepts both plaintiff and defense cases.

Darnell’s extensive career in motorsports includes 1,121 career wins in motorcycle and auto events; Hall of Fame Motocrosser; product development for 100 companies; product, safety gear, and vehicle testing for major manufacturers; safe riding instruction for more than 100,000 students. Additionally he has reconstructed more than 1,000 accidents.

Darnell has the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully deliver complex accident information to juries in laymen’s language.

Education/Licenses

Ph.D. – Engineering Management
ED.D. – Doctorate of Education
MBA – Global Business
Bachelor of Science Engineering

LICENSES:

Certified Chief Instructor for The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
Licensed Master Research Technician, European Auto Union
Class A Engineering Contractor, California
Certified N.I.A.S.E. Master Technician
A.M.A. Professional Motorcycle Racing License
F.I.M. International Motorcycle Racing License
C.M.C. Professional Motorcycle Racing License
A.F.M. Professional Racing License

SOCIETIES:
Society of American Engineers (SAE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Society of Nautical Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)
Forensic Expert Witness Association

Russell E. Darnell, Ph.D. has been retained by the following law firms:

Agajanian & McFall, Universal City, CA
Alevizon, Smith & Lawrence, Santa Ana, CA
Avila & Peros, El Segundo, CA
Richard Alkauskas Atty., Davis, CA
George A. Altenberg, Santa Rosa, CA
Theodore Anderson Law, Brea, CA
Stanley Bell Legal Corp., San Francisco, CA
Berman, Berman, & Berman, Los Angeles, CA
Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen, Milwaukee, WI
Bowman & Brooke, Phoenix, AZ
Breidenbach, Huchting & Hamblett, Los Angeles, CA
Charles H. Broward, Honolulu, HI
Bullivant, Houser, Bailey, Portland, OR
Ralph Buss, Painesville, OH
Callahan, Curtiss, Carey & Gates, Greenfield, MA
Caplan, Danner & Bishop, Los Angeles, CA
Caulfield, Davies & Donahue, Sacramento, CA
Cacey Gerry, San Diego, CA
Cesari, Werner & Moriarity, San Francisco, CA
Christensen Law, Las Vegas, NV
City Attorney's Office, City of San Jose, CA
Clinnin, Syracuse & Belcher, Los Angeles, CA
Cluff Law Corp., Phoenix, AZ
Cohen, Johnson & Day, Henderson, NV
Mosely Collins Atty, Sacramento, CA
Brett Cook Esq, San Luis Obispo, CA
Cooksey, Howard, Martin & Toolin, Orange, CA
Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog, Charlotte, NC
Crosby, Heafy, Roach & May, Oakland, CA
Ben Luis Day Esq., Baton Rouge, LA
John Day Law, Scottsdale, AZ
Devereaux, Stokes, Nolan, St. Louis, MO
Dillingham and Murphy, San Francisco, CA
Dines, Gross & Esquivel, Albuquerque, NM
John J. Donovan Law, Fullerton, CA
Ellen Dove Law, Sacramento, CA
Dummit & Agajanian, Los Angeles, CA
Durrett, Hardin, Hunter, Dameron & Fritchie, Baton Rouge, LA
Eberle, Berlin, Kading, Turnbow & McKlveen, Boise, ID
Foley, Hoag & Elliot, Washington, DC
Flynn and Flynn, San Diego, CA
Gallagher & Kennedy, Phoenix, AZ
John J. Garibaldi Law Group, Los Angeles, CA
Gartner, Bennett and Schupp, Minneapolis, MN
George & George, Baton Rouge, LA
Georgeson, Thompson & Angaran, Reno, NV
William Goforth, Lafayette, LA
Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler, Santa Monica, CA
Michael Gums, Sacramento, CA
Thomas Gundlach, Greenbrae, CA
Hager, Tripple, Macy and Jensen, Fresno, CA
Hagerty & Donhue, Newark, NJ
Hays, McConn, Price & Pickering, Houston, TX
Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, San Diego, CA
Honda Motor Corporation Legal Dept., Torrance, CA
Horton, Knox, Carter, & Foote, El Centro, CA
Howard, Brenner and Nass, Philadelphia, PA
Jebb R. Johnson, Newport Beach, CA
Johnston & Duplass, New Orleans, LA
Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, Phoenix, AZ
Judge & Knight, Park Ridge, IL
Kawasaki Motor Corporation Legal Dept.
Keller, Weber & Dobrott, Irvine, CA
Kern & Supowit, Los Angeles, CA
Max Kirk, Waterloo, IA
Robert Martin Kissel, Pleasant Hill, CA
Joseph Kobayashi, Kauii, HI
Kolod & Wager, Escondido, CA
Knox, Lemmon, and Anapolsky, Sacramento, CA
Liebert, Short, Fitzpatrick & Hirshland, Philadelphia, PA
Lynch, Loofbourrow, Helmenstine, Gliarded & Grummer, San Franciso, CA
Mallery & Stern, Claremont, CA
Marcovich, Cochrane, Milliken and Swanson, Superior, WI
Mathews, Atkinson, Guglielmo, Marks & Day, Baton Rouge, LA
George M. Mavris, Crescent City, CA
McDonald, Saeltzer & Morris, Sacramento, CA
Meaderis & Grimm, Los Angeles, CA
Medlap, Peabody & Pleasant, Perth, Western Australia
Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek & Eck, Pittsburgh, PA
Meyer & Mitchell, Hayward, CA
Morey & Upton, Costa Mesa, CA
Morgan, Melhuish, Manghan, Arvidson, Abrutyn & Lisowski, NY, NY
Morton, Lewis, King & Krieg, Knoxville, TN
Larry Nettles Atty, Minneapolis, MN
Owen, Melbye & Rohlff, Redwood City, CA
Owen, Richardson, Taylor, Mathews & Atkinson, Chicago, IL
Michael Padway, San Francisco, CA
Patterson, Hanna & Associates, Fullerton, CA
Peatross, Greer & Haytor, Shreveport, LA
Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, Springfield, MA
Pettit & Martin, Washington, DC
Francis Piscal Atty, Toms River, NJ
Ponce, Ritter & Shoup, Hesperia, CA
Portnoy, Leader, Peidgeon & Roth, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Pryor, Carney & Johnson, Englewood, CO
Reid, Richards & Miyagi, Honolulu, HI
John Rey, Los Angeles, CA
Reynolds, Beeby, Magnuson & Kenny, Detroit, MI
J. Cranor Richter, Newport Beach, CA
Rigg & Dean, Santa Ana, CA
Roberts & Morgan, Riverside, CA
Rawlings, Olson, Cannon, Las Vegas, NV
Ruben and Jones, Los Angeles, CA
Rumberger, Kirk, Caldwell & Burke, Orlando, FL
Russo and Graham, Seattle, WA
Jean Schaefer, Sacramento, CA
Schell & Delamer, Los Angeles, CA
Schuman, McClusky & Slicer, Charleston, WV
Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, Minneapolis, MN
West Seegmiller Attorneys, Newport Beach, CA
Shepherd, Sandberg & Phoenix, St. Louis, MO
Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, Charleston, WV
Shuttleworth, Williams, Harper, Waring & Derrick, Memphis, TN
Snell & Wilmer, Irvine, CA
Somers, Hall, Verrastro & Kern, Los Angeles, CA
Stanfield & Wightman, Phoeniz, AZ
Sternberg, Eggers, Kidler & Fox, San Diego, CA
Summerhill, Hull & McNamara, Toms River, NJ
Swope & Rodante, Tampa, FL
Taylor & Braun, Detroit, MI
Ralph Temple, Merced, CA
Tendy, Ellis & Cantor, Poughkeepsie, NY
Thompson & Dreyer, Sacramento, CA
Thompson, Rhodes, & Cowie, Pittsburgh, PA
Toy, Coleman & Davies, Sacramento, CA
United States Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney
United States Forestry Service
United States Bureau of Land Management
Veen Law Firm, San Francisco, CA
Vitale & Lowe, Rancho Cordova, CA
David E. Wattel, Mesa, AZ
Williams, Lanza, Kastner & Gibbs, Canoga Park, CA
Williams & Wiese, Las Vegas, NV
Willington & Barnes, Pretoria, South Africa
Wilson, Elser & Moskowitz, New York, NY
Wilson and Prescott, Los Angeles, CA
Winder & Haslam, Salt lake City, UT
Wood, Ris & Hames, Denver, CO
Wright, Robinson, Osthimer & Tatum, San Francisco, CA
Yamaha Motor Corporation Legal Dept.
Young, Ward, Sonora, CA.
York & Pokorny, San Diego, CA

Russell E. Darnell, Ph.D. has been retained by the following insurance groups:

Acadia Insurance
Allstate Insurance Company
American International Insurance group, New York, NY
Burlington Insurance Company, Burlington, NC
Chubb Insurance Group, Pittsburgh, PA
City of Sacramento (self-insured), Sacramento, CA
CAN Insurance, Dallas, TX
Consolidated Indemnity, Orlando, Fl
Continental Casualty
Crum & Forester Management, Newark, NJ
EMC Insurance Companies, Omaha, NB
Farmers Insurance Company
Great American Insurance Company, Cincinnati, OH
Great Northern Insurance Company, Pittsburgh, PA
Great Southwest Insurance, Scottsdale, AZ
Great Southwest Fire Insurance Company
Hanover Insurance Group
Hartford Insurance Group, Hartford, CT
Island Insurance Group, Honolulu, HI
Keeler & Company Inc., Baton Rouge, LA
K&K Insurance, Fort Wayne, IN
Lexington Insurance Company
Lloyds of London, London, England
Mutual of Enumclaw, Seattle, WA
Mutual of Omaha, Omaha, NB
National Fire & Marine Insurance Company, Omaha, NE
National Indemnity, Omaha, NE
Nationwide Insurance, Concord, CA,
Noritaki Marine Ltd. Osaka, Japan
Pekin Insurance Company, Pekin, IL
Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Addison, TX
Pruco Life Insurance of Texas
Prudential Insurance of America
Rand Casualty Group Limited, Johannesburg, South Africa
Safeco Insurance
St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, St. Paul, MN
Toplis & Harding Inc., L.A., CA
Traveler’s Insurance Company
Twin Cities Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, CT
Universal Underwriters, Irvine, CA
Victoria Insurance Providers Limited, Sydney, Australia
Yasuda Fire and Marine
Zurich Insurance, Sacramento, CA

Russell E. Darnell, Ph.D. has been retained by the following entities:

American Eagle MC Manufacturing Inc
American Honda Motor Company Inc., Gardena, CA
American Motorcycle Enterprises
Aragon Trailer Corporation
Army of the Republic of South Africa
ATK Motorcycle Company
Baird Oil Leasing- Houston, TX
Baum Tool Company
Bell Helmet Company
Blackhawk O.R.V. Park, Tulare, California
Bombardier Corporation, Canada
BP Oil Company, Great Britain
Brevard County O.R.V. Park, Cocoa Beach, FL
Bridgestone Tire and Rubber Company
British Small Arms Corporation Ltd., Great Britain
Broome Tioga Sports Center, Binghampton, NY
Cal-Tex Daytona Oil Corporation
CHAMCO Automotive Inc.
Champion Spark Plugs
China Industrial park, Tijuana, Mexico
Continental MotorSports Inc.
CooperCross Canada
County of Tulare, California
Curnutt Shocks
CZ Motorcycle Company, Strakonicz, Czechoslovakia
Daro Racing- Pretoria, South Africa
Dave Bickers Imports, Great Britain
Daytona Helmet Company
DeAnza Raceway
Dunlop Tire Corporation
Duralube International
DuraLube Oil Corporation
Electrofilm Corporation
Filtron Corporation
Firestone Tire Corporation
The Fleetwood Corporation
Force Dynamics Engineering Corporation
Ford Motor Company
Fortner Helicopter Services
Fullbore Racing Products Inc.
Girling Corporation, Great Britain
Glen Helen Raceway
Goki International
Grant Safety Helmet
Greeves Motorcycle Company Ltd., Great Gritain
GTE Northwest
Guazzoni Motorcycle Company, Italy
Hallman Racing USA
Harvey Titanium
Hawaii Raceway Park, Oahu, HI
Hodaka Heavy Industries Ltd.
Hondaline Products
Honda Motor Corporation
Hybrid Mexico Motors, Tijuana, Baja
Husqvarna of Sweden
Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial, CA
Indian Dunes Sportpark, Valencia, CA
Indoor Sports Promotion
The Irvine Corp., Irvine, CA
Jacwal Corporation
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Authority, Poona, India
Kawasaki Motor Corporation
Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Safety
Louis Garcia Construction
Maverick Shocks Inc.
Metzler Tire Company, Germany
Monark AB of Sweden
Mondial Motorcycle Company, Italy
Montesa Motorcycles, Spain
Montgomery Wards Corporation
Moto-Parilla, Italy
Moto-Villa, Italy
Motul Oil, France
Newhall Land and Development Company
Norton Motorcycles, England
Ohlin Racing
Ossa of Spain
Otto Laboratories
Packer Engineering
Poona Auto Racing Association, Poona, India
Penton U.S.A.
P.G.&E.
P.J. Corporation
Powerslide Inc.
Preston Petty Products
Racers Edge Inc.
Redline Bicycles
Reynolds Chain Ltd.
Rickman of Great Britain
Rio Bravo Raceway, Houston, Texas
Riverside County Sheriff, Search and Rescue Team
Saddleback Park Inc
Safety Engineering Associates
Scott U.S.A.
Sears Point Raceway
Shell Oil Company
Shoei Helmets, Japan
Sidi-Campa, Spain
Simpson Helmets
Smith USA
Smith Goggles
Snake Creek MX, Atlanta, Georgia
Southern Pacific Land and Development Company
Southern Pacific Railroad
Spectro Oil Company
Sprockets Park O.R.V.
Stadium Motorsports Inc.
Systems Technology Automated Resources (S.T.A.R.)
ST Racing Products International
Suzuki Motor Corporation
Sudco International
Super Seer Goggles
Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (S.V.I.A.)
Swallow Tire Company
Takla Safety Equipment, Sweden
Texaco Oil Company
Titanium Products Corporation
Tohotsu Heavy Industries
Torco Oil Company
Toyota Motor Corporation
Trelleborg Tire
Triangle Training Inc.
Tulsa Raceway Inc.
United States Air Force
United States Army
United States Department of Justice
United States Marine Corps
University of Alabama, Traffic Safety Department
University of Tennessee, Department of Industrial Engineering
Ventura County Sheriffs Department
Viking Oil Company
Vredestein Tire Company, Holland
Walters Safety Gear
Webco International
Wilson Sports Company International
Works Performance Suspension
Yamaha Motor Company
Yankee Motor Corporation, Schenectady, NY
Yokohama Tire and Rubber Company, Japan
ZhongXing Automobile North America
ZXAuto Grupo Mexico
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Area(s) of Expertise

  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • ATV Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Towing Accidents
  • RV Accidents
  • Tire-Related Accidents
  • Marine Accidents
  • Repair Fraud
  • Machinery
  • Fires- Source and Cause
  • Patent Issues

List of Court Qualifications 1974-2012: 

Motorcycle racing on-road/off-road
Motorcycle riding on-road/off-road
Motorcycle safety on-road/off-road
Motorcycle riding with passenger
Motorcycle accident reconstruction
Motorcycle design
Motorcycle testing on-road/off-road
Motorcycle mechanics and repair
Motorcycle valuation
Motorcycle training (instruction)
Motorcycle failure analysis
ATV training (instruction)
ATV repair
ATV failure analysis
ATV transmission design
ATV design
ATV accident reconstruction
ATV racing
ATV riding
ATV testing
OEM vs. after-market parts, systems
OEM vs. counterfeit auto parts
Motocross racing, riding, teaching, testing
Racetrack design, construction, safety
Off highway vehicle park design and construction
Warning signs and placement of same
Automobile accident reconstruction
Automobile restraint systems
Automobile failure analysis
Automobile racing on-road/off-road
Safety engineering
Bicycle accidents
Mechanism of injuries reconstruction
Recreation vehicle accident
Scooters--electric, engine, self-powered
Heavy truck accident reconstruction
Automobile clutches and transmissions
Tire testing
Tire research & development
Tire skid analysis
Tire failure analysis
Mechanical Engineer
Engineering management
Materials handling science
Brain injury mechanism, thresholds in impacts
Brain injury--inertial
Trailer accident reconstruction
Trailer testing & design
Machinist
Fires cause & origin
Motorcycle & ATV fire investigation
A.S.E. Master Technician
Safety helmets
Marine accident reconstruction
Photography
Photographic forensic analysis
Videographic forensic analysis
Electrical systems troubleshooting
Heavy equipment
Construction tools
Hand tools--use & safety
Bus accident reconstruction
Product warnings
Equipment guards
Barriers and catch fences
Patent cases, infringement, obviousness, technical comparison