Michael Plunkett

Mike Plunkett
(401) 783-1591
(801) 729-0611
Briarwood Drive
Rhode Island  
United States

BSME,  1969 University of New Haven

MSME,  1972 University of Rhode Island


15 years -  Experience in developing litigation rate-case exhibits and detailed supporting testimony for utilities and law firms.  Areas involved were:  piping,  pipe supports,  valves,  pumps,  structural failure of products,  failure analysis,  seismic analysis,  fire protection,  pressure vessel,  tanks,  construction,  fire protection,  heat transfer analysis,  environmental qualification of equipment,  welding,  product design,  and patent information.

5 years - Experience in quality assurance and related disciplines.  I have performed numerous technical NRC & DOE audits to assure compliance with ANSI N45.2.11,  ASME Section III licensing requirements.  I have been a consultant to the Department Of Energy concerning the Hanford Wastewater treatment facility.

10 years ‑ Experience in design,  analysis and field engineering of piping,  supports,  structures Pressure vessels and mechanical equipment considering thermal,  deadweight and earthquake in accordance with ASME,  ANSI,  AWS,  and NRC requirements.  As Director of Research,  Development and Engineering,  was responsible for the development and qualification testing of a new line of hydraulic snubbers designed for extended life.

5 years ‑ Experience performing system design and analysis for naval nuclear submarine piping systems.  Duties included on board system evaluation during sea trials. 


P.E.  Licenses:

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • NC
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • NY
  • Florida
  • National PE
Litigation Experience:









Kahrs,  Nelson,  Fanning,  Hite & Kellogg

200 West Douglas Avenue

Wichita,  Kansas   67202-3089

Legal Counsel

James Robinson

Retained as expert witness to perform evaluation on underground piping load bearing insulation failure.  Issue with construction delays due to insulation replacement

Bollinger,  Ruberry & Garvey

500 West Madison Street

Chicago,  Illinois 60661


Legal Counsel

Marc A.  Quinlivan


Scope included reviewing the integrity of the structural steel on the Marble Hill Project and product failure.  Expert opinions included,  Project Management,  Construction delays,  Structural steel integrity,  and Code compliance.   Also reviewed design of the ductwork to precipitator for design Errors & Omissions.

O'Melveny & Myers

400 South Hope Street

Los Angeles,  CA 90071



Legal Counsel

John Crose



Retained as technical experts to support rate case.  Testified as expert witness for piping and pipe support issues to the Public Utility Commission.  Project overruns due to changes in ASME regulation.

Snell & Wilmer

3100 Valley Bank Center

Phoenix,  AZ 85073-3100



Legal Counsel

George Lyons



Retained as technical experts to support overall rate case,  pipe support,  construction issues,  etc.  Testified as expert witness.


Kirkland & Ellis

200 East Randolph Drive

Chicago,  IL  60601


Legal Counsel

Jim Cusick



Retained as technical expert for review of the effect of Mark II changes on the design of the reactor during litigation.


Siegel,  Kelleher & Kahn

426 Franklin Street

Buffalo,  NY   14202



Legal Counsel

Philip Abramowitz




Retained as technical expert to support gas well accident which injured two people.  Case involved structural steel failure.


Nuclear Regulatory Commission ( NRC)

Comanche Peak



Larry Shao

Prepared for Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ( ASLB)  hearings for granting of operating license to Comanche Peak Nuclear Station.  Provided testimony at hearings.


Womble,  Carlyle,  Sandridge and Rice

P.O.  Drawer 84

Winston Salem,  NC  27102



Legal Counsel

Gene A.  Dickey



Retained as expert witness on a storage tank failure.  Provided expert testimony relating to tank design adequacy.


Weston Hurd Fallon Paisley & Howley

2500 Terminal Tower

Cleveland,  OH  44113-2241



Legal Counsel

William H.  Baughman,  Jr.



Retained as expert witness on a valve failure in a high pressure steam piping system which resulted in the death of three people.


Pepe & Hazard

Goodwin Square

Hartford,  CT  06103-4302



Legal Counsel

Peter Costas



Patent infringement case involving an industrial door hinge design.  Retained as expert witness.


Foley & Lardner

Firstar Center,  777 East Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee,  WI  53202-5367



Legal Counsel

Jim McKeown




Retained as expert witness to perform evaluation on pressure vessel analysis and attachments.



Morrison,  Mahoney & Miller

250 Summer Street

Boston,  MA   02210





Legal Counsel

Liz Waterfield




Retained as expert witness to perform evaluation on the design and construction of building structures.


Murphy & Beane

3 Center Plaza,  Suite 500

Boston,  MA 



Legal Counsel

Sean Teehan


Retained as expert witness to perform evaluation on pressure piping failures at Major Power Plant.


Nixon & Peabody

300 Clinton Square

Rochester,  NY 



Legal Counsel

Brian Kuhn


Performed evaluation on piping & manhole failure

Issued expert report.


Fox & Rothschild

1250 South Broad Street

Lansdale,  PA


Legal Counsel

Anthony De Michele


Retained as expert to present case to the Springfield school district for tax assessment appeal on Limerick power plant.


Subrogation Partners

Farmingville,  NY  11738


Brian Kuhn,  Esq.

Brian Corringham

John O’Connor

Sal Blanco

  • Accident involving a hot water heater
  • Accident involving a fireplace space heater
  • Accident involving dryer,  fire resulting
  • Accident involving a stove,  fire resulting


Trafton & Matzen

Ten Minot Avenue

Auburn,  Maine 04212-0470


Verne E.  Paradie


Accident involving a safety belt.  Improper design of safety buckles led to fall from tree.


Clark,Bablboni & Gildea

203 Main Street

Providence,  RI 02903


Fain P.  Gildea


Accident involving a gas grill explosion. 


Kydd & Backman


Brian Kydd


Wall steamer case,  Kathleen Potter VS Rental Of Boston,  Stant Enterprises

Liberty Mutual Group

Weston,  MA

Barry Cheskin

Rhode Island Power plant Fire

Due to welding on plant outer structure

David Malik

Attorney At Law

Chesterland,  Ohio

David Malik


Pressure reducing valve failure during repair activities

Mintz,  Levin,  Cohn & Ferris

Kathleen Brink

Freezing/water loss.  Line to humidifier froze and burst,  damaging dwelling and contents.

Chamberlain,  Hrdlicka,  White,  Williams,  & Aughtry


Ryan Oliver Cantrell


ASME Pressure Vessel case involving detail testimony concerning the design and construction of a 200 ft.  vessel.

Pinsent Masons MPillay

Sadie Andrew

Jon Howes

Evaluation of structural issues related to a power plant.  Wrote detailed report which was use in the final negotiation.

Stephen Malove


Malove Henratty P.A.


Case involved a power plant accident.  Pipe failed and injured a number of personnel.