Alan A. Pearlman

Senior Consultant / P.E. / Nashville


Mr. Pearlman holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He has 11 years in the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of heavy machinery including cranes and railroad equipment and 35 years of experience in the field of failure analysis and accident reconstruction.

Mr. Pearlman has reconstructed accidents involving: commercial vehicles (tractor-trailers), high-speed fatality collisions, car-motorcycle accidents, vehicle rollovers, and involving multiple automobiles. He has also worked on product liability cases involving multiple types of vehicles and related systems, such as brakes, suspensions, steering. His experience includes investigation and analysis of accidents and equipment failures in both surface and underground mines, and application of the relevant MSHA regulations and railroad accidents related to road crossings and derailments.

Mr. Pearlman has experience in failures of various types of machinery and building systems, such as plumbing systems including fire sprinklers, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning, fire suppression systems, and water heaters. Several evaluations were also completed with respect to OSHA standards as related to workplace working environments and equipment (ladders, scaffolding, lifts, and other machinery). He has qualified and testified as an expert in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Mr. Pearlman’s areas of expertise also include machine design and component selection. Specific areas of experience include the railroad, oil field and crane industries. He has worked on various investigative projects related to mechanical design analysis, product design and safety analysis related to personal and commercial equipment such as chairs, plumbing systems, HVAC, water heaters and various sizes and types of equipment used in multiple industries. He also has extensive experience investigating accidents involving small trailers (under 10,000-lb GVWR).

Education and Certifications

  • Mechanical Engineering, B.S.: Purdue University
  • Registered Professional Engineer: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee
  • Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionist: ACTAR