Samuel L. Sharpless

Vice President, Electrical Division / P.E., C.F.E.I. / Orlando / Jacksonville


Mr. Sharpless is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is also a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator with experience in more than 1,000 fire incidents. His professional career includes extensive practical experience in electrical engineering including control system design, circuit design, electronic troubleshooting, and technical management. He is experienced in the evaluation of electrical fire causes including structural, automotive, marine, and industrial fire incidents. He is regularly called upon to provide technical assistance relating to electrical failures, electrical injuries, lightning damage, and fire causation. Mr. Sharpless' experience also includes major control system design responsibility in the chemical, paper, and film industries. He has extensive experience commissioning large-scale factory automation systems.

Mr. Sharpless' assignments have included electrical service equipment failures, home appliance failures, electrocutions, electrical shocks/injuries, building code issues, industrial accidents and injuries, structural fires, corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) fires, automotive and marine fires, small appliance defect claims, cable damage evaluations, commercial power metering disputes, industrial production failures and losses, power surge analysis, lightning damage assessment, wiring damage and defect analysis, HVAC control circuit analysis, aircraft service equipment failures and commercial boiler fires.

Representative Engagements

  • Electrical fire cause defense in multi-million dollar automotive repair defense case in state court
    • Case coordination with mechanical and fire experts
    • Documented teardown of subject and exemplar vehicles
    • Evaluation of multiple fire ignition theories
    • Deposition and trial testimony
  • Electrocution death evaluation for plaintiff
    • Field examination of components
    • Supervision of multiple laboratory examinations
    • Detailed development of lab protocols
    • Development of electrical shock cause determination
  • Lightning strike examination of damaged drinking water well
    • Field inspection and surface examination
    • Examination of mechanical and electrical equipment
    • Full technical report with multiple technical defenses
    • Monitoring of replacement well drilling
    • Coordination with local permitting agencies
    • Supervision and analysis of down-hole well casing video


  • B.S. - Electrical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Registered Professional Engineer - Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Arkansas, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Maine and Arkansas