J. Bradley Shepherd, P.E. retired in 1994 after thirty years as a professional engineer in practice in the electrical utility industry. However, he received constant calls from his former employer, business associates and other electric utilities with requests to continue his engineering consultation as an independent contractor. In 1995, J. B. Shepherd and Associates, Inc. was formed.
Calls for assistance from the legal profession also came in the first year. Brad was able to provide the answers to the electrical engineering and design questions that perplex attorneys and their staff in planning and presenting eminent domain, personal injury and property damage litigation. Brad's work experience and education qualified him as an expert in investigation support and in Court testimony.
Soon, referrals brought inquiries from insurance adjusters, underwriters and loss reduction and restoration companies. Shepherd added two Associates and began offering insurance consulting as a regular service in 1996.
In 1997, we added two more Associates and expanded our design and consultation services to builders and developers and to local, state and federal government. We also continued to build our litigation support services, offering expert witness testimony throughout the U. S., Puerto Rico and as far away as Guam.
In 2012 our corporate name changed to J. B. Shepherd & Company, Inc., to reflect the addition of Curtis E. Falany, P. E. as a shareholder, Principal Engineer and now President of the corporation. Curtis brings another thirty plus years of experience to our Company, as well as his credentials as a licensed Master Electrician and licensed building contractor.
Litigation support in matters pertaining to the electric utility industry, electrocutions, electric shock, structure fires and wildland fires of suspected electrical origin have become our primary focus. We have participated in over 400 investigations and litigated matters, being retained evenly by counsel for Plaintiff and for Defense. We have testified in deposition or in court in over 100 lawsuits.