1 Curriculum Vitae Capt. John L. Suchocki (EAL, Ret.) 4701 North Federal Highway Suite 350 Pompano Beach, FL Profession Education President, Eyewitness Animations (Forensic Animation firm) Undergraduate studies: Business Administration University of Miami State University of New York at Buffalo Aviation Cal-State Aviation Academy Computer/Video Systems and Software Advanced Computer Animation - Autodesk, Sausalito, CA Computer Animation Systems Control - Diaquest, Berkeley, CA Advanced Computer Graphics - Truevision - Atlanta, GA , 1992 Human Form Modeling and Animation - Biomechanics of America Orlando, FL Advanced Training - 3D Studio - Autodesk, Sausalito, CA 1994 Advanced Training - Animator Studio - Autodesk, Atlanta, GA 1994 Advanced Training - 3D Studio MAX - Autodesk, Orlando, FL 1995 Numerous courses and seminars on the subjects of computer graphics, animation and video recording and editing Licenses and Ratings: Airline Transport Pilot (ATP): Multi-Engine Land, DC9/MD80, B727 Commercial Pilot: Single Engine & Multi-Engine Land Instrument Rating Flight Engineer Licenses: Reciprocating Powered Aircraft Turbo Jet Powered Aircraft Memberships and Associations Air Line Pilots Association Lawyer Pilots Bar Association Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Florida Aero Club U.S. Pilots Association Experimental Aircraft Association South Florida Forensic Association
2 Professional Experience Present President Eyewitness Animations A division of American Multimedia Systems, Inc. a Florida Corporation in the business of producing computer generated forensic animation and trial exhibits. Frequent Lecturer, speaker, panelist and author on the subject of forensic animation. Court certified expert in Forensic Animation,Crime Scene Reconstruction and Aviation Safety and operastions Present Expert Florida Department of Transportation Under open contract as computer graphics and animation expert Present Member Advisory board - Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute Advisory board - Computer graphics and animation degree program 1993 Research Advisor NASA - Langley, VA Member of research study group in development program for Flight Management Systems for next generation aircraft President American Phoenix Computer Systems, Inc. A Florida corporation in the business of marketing and selling computer aided design (CAD) and graphics systems and custom programming Pilot representative Eastern Air Lines / Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Chairman, Eastern Air Lines Negotiating Committee Chairman, Eastern Air Lines Merger Committee Pilot / Captain Eastern Air Lines, Inc. Lockheed Constellation L-749 / L-1049 Lockheed Electra - L-188 McDonnell Douglas DC 8 McDonnell Douglas DC 9 / MD80 Boeing B ,000+ hours flying experience NO accidents, incidents or violations
3 Aviation Expert Experience Kennedy vs. Eastern Air Lines: 1991 Client: Stuart & walker Issue: As a result of an encounter with severe turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean east of Daytona Beach, Florida on Eastern Air Lines flight 791 on October 3, 1990 several passengers were injured, one fatally. The issue in the case was whether the flight crew had exercised poor judgment and operated the aircraft in a careless and reckless manor in electing to penetrate an area of severe thunderstorm activity which could have been easily circumnavigated. Independent Air: 1992 Client: Podhurst, Orseck and Josephsberg Issue: A chartered DC-8 enroute from Spain to the Dominican Republic crashed on a mountain top in Santa Maria, Azores while on approach to the airport for a fuel stop. The issue in this case centered around the flight crew s actions. The specific issue was whether the crew had acted in a careless and reckless manor by descending to an altitude less than minimum safe enroute altitude without a proper clearance, while at the same time deviating from their ATC route clearance. Murphy vs. Beechcraft: 1995 Client: Wolk & Genter Issue: A Beechcraft 99 commuter aircraft crashed into Long Island Sound while on a training flight. Both pilots on board were fatally injured. The issue in the case was whether the aircraft broke apart in the air as a result of an in-flight engine separation due to the failure of the right engine mount assembly or was the result of pilot error. Hunter vs. USA: 1997 Client: W. Hoppe, P.A. Issue: The pilot of a general aviation aircraft was fatally injured in the crash of his aircraft. The aircraft was put into an unrecoverable inverted flat spin as a result of an encounter with wake turbulence from a Delta Air lines Boeing 727. Both aircraft were on IFR flight plans and being controlled by ATC. The issue in the case was whether the controller had provided safe, adequate separation of the aircraft. Chayte vs. USA: 2000 Client: Wolk & Genter Issue: A general aviation aircraft crashes while on approach to Lakeland airport in central Florida during the annual Sun & Fun Fly-In. The pilot and 2 passengers were fatally injured. At issue were the landing and take-off procedures established by the FAA for the annual event and the handling of the accident aircraft by the controllers at the time of the accident.
4 Aviation Expert Experience (Con t.) Lyall vs. AirTran: 2000 Client: Wolk & Genter Issue: A passenger and flight attendant aboard AirTran flight 426 on May 7, 1998 were injured during an encounter with severe turbulence and hail while penetrating an area of severe thunderstorms near Chattanooga, Tennessee. The issue in this case was whether the pilots of this flight had demonstrated poor judgment and decision making in electing to penetrate the line of thunderstorms rather than circumnavigating the area of weather activity. Jenkins vs. Causey Aviation: 2001 Client: Law Offices of James Farrin Issue: The pilot and two passengers aboard an air taxi flight were injured during an attempted landing in night conditions and fog at Rocky Mount Regional Airport, North Carolina. The main issue in this case was whether the pilot had exercised poor judgment in attempting to land her aircraft under the conditions that existed at the time of the accident. Other issues of careless and reckless operation of the aircraft were also in question as a result of her violation of several FAR s and attempting a landing from a position from which a normal approach and landing could not be accomplished. Walker vs. Midwest Air Traffic Services: 2001 Client: Wolk & Genter Issue: Seven fatalities resulted from a mid-air collision between two general aviation aircraft in the vicinity of Meigs Field, Chicago, Illinois. The issues involved in this case are whether the controller was negligent in her duties of providing air traffic services at the time of the collision. Walker vs. Segal: 2004 Client: Wolk & Genter Issue: Seven fatalities resulted from a mid-air collision between two general aviation aircraft in the vicinity of Meigs Field, Chicago, Illinois. The issues involved in this case were whether the pilot of an aircraft operating in the area was negligent and contributed to the accident by his continued presence in the approach area of the active runway and caused further distractions by excessive and needless communications on the tower frequency.
5 Aviation Expert Experience (Con t.) Allstate vs. Larson & Ladd: 2004 Client: Cozen / O Connor Issue: As a result of a midair collision between a Cessna 172 and a Piper Cheyenne over Denver Colorado all five people aboard the aircraft sustained fatal injuries. Several injuries on the ground and significant property damage resulted from the falling debris. The issues in this case related to the violations of several FAR s on the part of the pilots of both aircraft as well as the failure of the air traffic controller to provide timely conflicting traffic alerts to both aircraft while on his frequency. Baldwin vs. America West: 2004 Client: Wolk Law Firm Issue: A passenger boarding an America West flight in Las Vegas bound for Baltimore complained of symptoms consistant with a heart attack. Although he continued to complain of these symptoms during the taxi-out phase of the flight the plane never returned to the gate to seek assistance for this passenger. The aircraft departed LAS and despite the fact that the passenger s condition and discomfort continued to worsen to the point that he told the crew members on board that he was sure he was having a heart attack the flight continued enroute to BAL. Upon arrival the passenger was taken directly to the hospital where it was determined that he had, in fact, suffered a heart attack resulting in permanent heart damage. The issue was whether the flight crew should have diverted the flight to to an alternate airport in order to secure proper emergency treatment for the passenger. Simatos vs. Emory Riddle: 2004 Client: Wolk Law Firm Issue: While receiving recurrent flight training, a professional pilot in a twin engined general aviation aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with a student pilot and flight instructor in a single engine trainer aircraft. All onboard both aircraft were killed. The issue centered on which aircraft had the greatest responsibility and ability to see and avoid the other aircraft. The twin engined aircraft was practicing a simulated IFR approach while the single engine aircraft had just taken off VFR and was in a climbibg departure from the airport.
6 Aviation Expert Experience (Con t.) Buschman vs. Little Rock Airport: 2005 Client: Wolk Law Firm Issue: Eleven fatalities resulted when an American Airlines MD82 skidded off the end of a runway in the rain in Little Rock, AR. In June of 1999 and collided with with the structures supporting the approach lighting system for aircraft landing in the opposite direction. Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) require that a Runway Safety Area (RSA) be established which shall extend 1,000 beyond the end of a runway and 500 to either side which is clear of obstacles. Any structures placed within this RSA must be frangible or breakaway in the event they are struck by an aircraft which has departed the runway in an emergency situation. The approach lighting structures at the end of runway 4R in Little Rock were permanent in nature and not frangible. Al Haj vs. Embry Riddle: 2005 Client: Podhurst, Orseck, Josephsberg Issue: This case is the same accident described in Simatos vs. Embry Riddle listed above but for a different client. Al-Amin vs. Teledyne: 2006 Client: Wolk Law Firm Issue: While conducting a VFR (Visual Flight Rules) flight off the southern California coast the engine on a Cessna 172 failed. Despite the best efforts of the pilot to reach a safe landing site on the coast line the aircraft ditched in the Pacific waters less than a half mile from shore. The issue was whether the engine manufacturer had been negligent in the design, manufacture and integrationof the engine driven magneto system. Bench vs. Lycoming: 2009 Client: Wolk Law Firm Issue: While on approach to MCI (Kansas City, Missouri International Airport) a Piper Saratoga (PA-32R) suffered in an-flight structuaral failure resulting in the lose of the aircraft and the pilot and passenger on-board. The issue in the case was whether the structural failure was a result of a harmonic vibration associated with the aircraft s Lycoming engine or an encounter with the wake vortices of a Southwest Airline B737 flight which had preceeded the Saratoga on approach to the airport.
7 Courses and Seminars Given Association of Eminent Domain Professionals (AEDP) Orlando Seminar on the production and usage of forensic animation in Eminent Domain litigation. Nova Southeastern University Law School Ft. Lauderdale 2005 Seminar to graduating law students on the production and usage of forensic animation in civil and criminal litigation. Nova Southeastern University Law School Ft. Lauderdale 2004 Seminar to graduating law students on the production and usage of forensic animation in civil and criminal litigation. U.S. Department of Justice Columbia, SC 2003 Seminar on the production and usage of forensic animation in environmental enforcement litigation. Broward Co. Trial Lawyers Assoc. Ft. Lauderdale 2003 Seminar on the production and usage of forensic animation in the court. Nova Southeastern University Law School Ft. Lauderdale 2003 Seminar to graduating law students on the production and usage of forensic animation in civil and criminal litigation. Nova Southeastern University Law School Ft. Lauderdale 2002 Seminar to graduating law students on the production and usage of forensic animation in civil and criminal litigation. Southeast Claims Executives Assoc. Orlando, FL 2002 Seminar on the use and application of forensic animation and graphics in civil injury accidents. Nova Southeastern University Law School Ft. Lauderdale 2001 Seminar to graduating law students on the production and usage of forensic animation in civil and criminal litigation. SE Claims Executives Assoc. Jupiter, FL 2000 Seminar on the use and application of forensic animation and graphics in civil injury accidents. Nova Southeastern University Law School Ft. Lauderdale 1999 Seminar to graduating law students on the production and usage of forensic animation in civil and criminal litigation. Walt Disney Loss Prevention Symposium Orlando, FL 1999 Course on the use and application of forensic animation and graphics in civil injury accidents.
8 Courses and Seminars Given (con t) Embry Riddle University Daytona Beach, FL 1998 Course on the use and application of forensic animation in the investigation and reconstruction of general, commercial and military aviation accidents. Palm Beach Hispanic Bar Assoc. West Palm Beach, FL 1998 Presentation to membership on the application and use of forensic animation in civil and criminal court cases. Nova Southeastern University Law School Ft. Lauderdale, FL 1998 Class to graduating law students on the production and usage of forensic animation in civil and criminal litigation. Northeast Environmental Enforcement Project Trenton, NJ 1997 Presentation to membership at annual convention in Williamsburg, Virginia on the applicability and use of computer animation in the field of environmental sciences and litigation. South Florida Forensic Association - Ft. Lauderdale, FL Seminar on Usage of Forensic 3D Modeling and animation in crime scene investigation and analysis. (Crime scene investigators) Tennessee Farmers Insurance Companies: Annual Conference - Gatlinburg, TN Seminar on the production and use of Forensic Animation in accident litigation given to 230 attendees (Insurance adjusters). Tennessee Farmers Insurance Companies: Attorney Day - Nashville, TN Seminar on the production and use of Forensic Animation in litigation. New York Superior Court Division - White Plaines, NY Seminar on the production and usage of high technology presentations and animation in the courtroom. Southeast Adjusters National Convention - Nashville, TN Seminar on the production and use of Forensic Animation in litigation. Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) - Jacksonville, FL Seminar on Forensic Animation given to 800 attendees (Accident reconstructionists and police traffic accident investigators) at the Special Problems Symposium. Nova Southeastern University - Ft. Lauderdale, FL Nova University Law School - Presentation on the use of Forensic Animation. University of Florida Law School- Gainesville, FL University of Florida Law School students- Seminar on the production and use of Forensic Animation in the courtroom.
9 Courses and Seminars Given (con t) Embry Riddle University - Daytona Beach, FL Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium. Seminar on the use of computer generated animation in aviation accident cases and investigations. 150 attendees (Aviation attorneys). Autodesk University - Atlanta, GA Course on Forensic Animation attendees (Advanced professional users of Computer Aided Design, Graphics and Animation software). Dade County Community College - Miami, FL Panel member representing the industry on New Technologies in the Courtroom. A panel discussion presented by Dade County Community College and the General Electric Corp. Inns of Court Clearwater, FL 1994 Presentation to Judicial organization on admissibility issues of forensic animation in Civil and criminal court cases.
10 Publications & Media Featuring Work Accomplishments & Interviews Miami CSI 9/02 Forensic Files Court TV 4/01 Computer Graphics World 3/01 CyberCrime ZDTV 5/00 DV (Digital Video) Magazine 2/00 NBC Today Show 7/99 Discovery Channel Crash Detectives 1/99 Fox Network - Crackdown On Crime 11/97 CBS Nightly News w/ Dan Rather 4/94 ABC Good Morning America 6/93 U.S. News and World Report 12/95 AutoCad World 7/95 New York Times Multiple Washington Post Multiple Miami Herald Multiple Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel Multiple Associated Press Multiple Wired 11/95 Cadalyst 2/92 2/93 Cadance 7/93 Infoworld 9/93 10/95 PC Week 3/94 ABA Journal 12/92 The Prosecutor 9/95 Multimedia World 7/94 Investor s Business Daily 6/95 Daily Business Review 2/95 Photo Electronic Imaging 5/95 Medio CD ROM Magazine 3/95 Information Week 6/95 The Aspiring Millionaire 5/95 Simulation 6/95 Law Office Computing 10/92 National Trial Lawyer 11/93 California Lawyer 10/93 Publish 10/93 Nova Law Review 6/95 CIO 4/93 Popular Mechanics 2/95 Computer Graphics World 6/95 A/V Video 6/96
11 Articles, Books and Instructional Text on Forensic Animation authored by or containing contributions from John Suchocki Forensic Animation The Twenty First Century Eyewitness by John Suchocki, National Trial Lawyer, Nov Multimedia Specialists Course / McGraw-Hill, publishers Forenic Animation Evidence by Ted Gipstein / West Group, A Guide to the Use of Forensic Animation in Aviation Litigation by John Suchocki & Andrew Reese Aviation Law Symposium, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Hourly Compensation Video / Animation production: Case analysis, design and planning $ Computer Aided Design (CAD) modeling $ Animation programming $ Computer Graphics $ Computer Graphics system time $40.00 Digital Video post production $ Digital Imaging $ DVD Authoring Services $ Consulting and Expert Services (Aviation or Animation) $ Expert Testimony/Deposition: For deposition/trial testimony a daily minimum fee of $1, is charged. For deposition/trial testimony requiring less than four (4) hours, a fee of $ is charged. Travel expenses (mileage/airfare, lodging, food) will be reimbursed at actual cost. Non-restricted coach reservations will be made for all air travel.
12 Partial Client List Corporations Walt Disney World Company, Florida Walt Disney Company, California American Air Lines Air Line Pilots Association United Technologies Corp. Exxon Avis Siemens White Consolidated Industries Government Agencies United States Department of Justice Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Judicial Adjutant General s Office (JAG) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Broward County State Attorneys Office Palm Beach County State Attorneys Office Palm Beach Police Department Orange County State Attorneys Office Prosecutor s Office, Fulton County, GA Prosecutor s Office, Albany, GA Westchester County, NY District Attorneys Office Broward County Public Defender s Office Palm Beach Co. Public Defender s Office City of Miami Beach Florida Department of Transportation Media Law Firms ABC Prime Time Live ABC 20/20 NBC Dateline CBS News Holland & Knight, Miami, FL The Wolk Law Firm, Philadelphia, PA Speiser, Krause, Madole & Lear, Washington, D.C. Robb & Robb, Kansas City, MO Gary, Williams, Parenti, Finney, Stuart, FL Podhurst, Orseck and Josephsberg, Miami, FL The Huggett Lawfirm, Miami, FL Krupnick, Campbell, Malone & Roselli Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sheldon J. Schlesinger, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
13 Court Testimony Forensic Animation Expert State vs. Pierce 1994 Broward Co. District Court, Ft. Lauderdale, FL State vs. Sheridan 1995 Broward Co. District Court, Ft. Lauderdale, FL State vs. Naidus 1996 Broward Co. District Court, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Murphy vs. Beech Aircraft 1996 Federal District Court, Bridgeport, Conn. Florida DOT vs. First Union 1996 Palm Beach Co. Dist. Court, W. Palm Beach, FL Hunter vs. United States 1997 Federal District Court, Orlando, FL State vs. McKinney 2000 Broward Co. District Court, Ft. Lauderdale, FL State vs. Bennett 2000 Broward Co. District Court, Ft. Lauderdale, FL State vs. Blackledge 2001 Broward Co. District Court, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Estate of Peter LeHaye 2003 Federal District Court, Seattle, WA Vs. Isreali Aircraft Walker vs. Segal 2004 Federal District Court, Chicago, IL State vs. Richardson 2004 Broward Co. District Court, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Waller vs. Hayden 2005 District Court, Jacksonvill, FL Buschman vs. Little Rock 2005 Federal District Court, Little Rock, AR Airport, AR State vs. Cortez 2005 Palm Beach Co, Dist. Court, W. Palm Beach, FL State of Florida vs. Ramirez 2006 Miami-Dade State Attorney s Office
14 Court Testimony Aviation Expert Murphy vs. Beech Aircraft 1996 Federal District Court, Bridgeport, Conn. Hunter vs. United States 1997 Orlando Federal District Court, Orlando, FL Walker vs. Segal 2004 Federal District Court, Chicago, IL Buschman vs. Little Rock 2005 Federal District Court, Little Rock, AR Airport Court Testimony Crime Scene Reconstruction Expert State of Florida vs. Ramirez 2006 Miami-Dade State Attorney s Office
15 Depositions Case Year Client State of Florida vs. Cooney 1992 Broward Co. State Attorney Xxxxx vs. Independent Air 1992 Podhurst, Orseck and Josephsberg State of Florida vs. Pierce 1993 Broward Co. State Attorney Miller vs. GMAC 1993 James King, P.A. Delnecky vs. Walt Disney World, Co Walt Disney World, Co. Monteiro vs. Avis 1994 B. Ruggerio Nuvy vs Cassens Groves 1994 C. Scully Muchado vs. Baxter 1994 R. Corirossi State of Florida vs. Sheridan 1995 Broward Co. State Attorney Murphy vs.beechcraft 1995 Wolk & Genter State of Florida vs. Naidus 1996 Broward Co. State Attorney Medina vs. Siemens 1996 J. McDonald Hunter vs. USA 1997 W. Hoppe Walker vs. Coca Cola 1997 H. Uterwyk Cessna vs. Werner 1999 D. Feldman Flatt vs. Pacific Pizza Co Michael Josephs, P.A. Birth vs. Briggs & Stratton 1999 Sheldon J. Schlesinger & Assoc. Chayte vs. USA 2000 Wolk & Genter Stamp vs. Atlantic Express 2000 Huggett Law Firm Walker vs. Midwest Air Traffic 2001 Wolk & Genter
16 Depositions (con t) Case Year Client Taylor vs. Teledyne 2002 Wolk & Genter Fernandez vs. U.S. Automotive 2002 Goldfarb, Gold, Gonzales & Wald White vs. Consolidated Freight 2002 Wood, Atter & Assoc. P.A. Moody vs. Commadore Cruise Lns 2002 Huggett & Watford Denenberg vs. Teledyne 2002 Wolk & Genter Mintz vs. Boca Airport 2002 Krupnick, Campbell, Malone Walker vs. Segal 2002 Wolk & Genter Al Haj vs. Embry Riddle 2003 Podhurst, Orseck, Josephsberg Estate of A. Leve v Stabinsky & Funt Enterprise Rent-A-Car State of Florida vs. Richardson 2004 Fredrick Haddad, P.A. Waller vs. Hayden 2005 Zisser, Robison, Brown, et al. Buschman vs. Little Rock 2005 Wolk Law Firm Airport, Little Rock, AR. McLeod vs. Cara Transportation 2005 Robert Bonner. McLeod vs. Cara Transportation 2005 Wicker Smith. Basner vs. TRS & Magnolia, Inc. State of Florida vs. Cortez 2005 Palm Beach Co. Public Defender Basner vs. 7-Eleven, Inc Wicker Smith Carmona vs. Infante 2006 Krupnick, Campbell, Malone Knoester v. Mitsubishi Heavy 2006 Wolk Law Firm Industries America, Inc
17 Depositions (con t) State of Florida vs. Ramirez 2006 Miami-Dade State Attorney s Office State of Florida vs. Downes 2007 Pinellas Co. State Attorney s Office State of Florida vs. Ronald Hill 2008 Michael Bloom, P.A. Comair 5191, Lexington, KY 2008 Plaintiffs Steering Committee Madrigal vs. City of Mesa, AZ 2008 Raymond J. Slomski, P.A. Zota vs. Lighthouse Intracoastal 2008 Rothestein, Rosenfeldt, Adler, P.A. State of Florida vs. Ronald Hill 2008 Michael Bloom, P.A. Gromarac vs. Moore 2009 Patricia Garagozlo, PA (Nationwide) Rojas vs. Allied Crane 2009 Bret Probinsky, P.A. Dieschbourg vs. Nationwide 2009 Law Office of Neil Pitts, P.A. Graham vs.lake Heron HO Assoc Patricia Garagozlo, PA (Nationwide)