Who We Are
Like doctors who have passed the medical boards or lawyers who have passed the bar exam, professional engineers have fulfilled the education and experience requirements and passed the rigorous exams that, under state licensure laws, permit them to offer engineering services directly to the public. Professional engineers are bound by a code of ethics to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and to act truthfully, honorably and lawfully to perform services within their specific area of expertise. A state licensing board regulates the practice of engineering within each state. The National Society of Professional Engineers, in conjunction with its state chapters, represents the interests of professional engineers nationwide. A licensed professional engineer appends the initials PE to his or her name.
Over 100 Years of Engineering, Design, & Consulting Experience
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, electrical design, and electrical safety 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. Brad added two Associates and began offering insurance consulting as a regular service in 1996.
In 1997, Brad added two more Associates and expanded his design and consultation services to builders and developers and to local, state and federal government. Brad also continued to build his litigation support services, offering expert witness testimony throughout the U. S., Puerto Rico and as far away as Guam.
In 2012 the corporate form and 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 forty-five plus years of experience to our Company, as well as his credentials as a licensed Master Electrician and licensed building contractor.
Curtis Falany had been an independent forensic electrical engineer and expert witness for over twenty years before joining J. B. Shepherd & Company, Inc. Previously, he was the CEO of an electrical design build firm and a principal in a consortium of companies serving the electrical, computer, and communications industries worldwide. He has served as a member of the Florida Electrical Contractors Licensing Board and as the author of the Hillsborough County, Florida Electrical Code.
As a forensic engineer and expert witness, Curtis has assisted clients in the investigation and resolution of more than 500 cases both in the US and overseas. He has given expert testimony in both Federal and State litigation. Curtis has consulted on matters of Surety, Property, Casualty, and Fidelity.
Curtis is a Florida licensed Professional Engineer, Electrical Contractor, and Building Contractor. He is a member of the Florida Engineering Society (FES,) National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE,) and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE.) He is a National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) member and Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering by NAFE, a Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) Member Board
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Brad Shepherd, PE
Brad Shepherd has practiced professional engineering for fifty years as an electrical engineer and engineering manager in industry. He has an additional ten years prior experience as a working electrician, electronics technician and electrical project cost estimator in the commercial, residential, aerospace and marine environment.
Brad has served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Edison Electric Institute and as Chairman of the Distribution Committee of the Southeastern Electric Exchange. He has served on committees of The Electric Power Research Institute and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a member of The Florida Engineering Society, and The National Society of Professional Engineers. He is a Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering by National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE®), a program accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards. His participation in and supervision of lightning research studies resulted in significant developments in lightning protection theory and technology. He was instrumental in the evolution of underground cable design and the development of underground electrical utility equipment design and construction standards. His engineering cost studies and professional opinions have been accepted by Federal and State Courts, Insurance Adjusters and Underwriters. He has assisted in litigation support and served as an expert witness, and as a neutral Arbitrator. He has provided investigation and consultation for insurance adjusters in the settlement of property damage claims.
Brad is no longer accepting assignments from new clients as the engineer-of-record. He continues to practice as Chairman of J. B. Shepherd & Company and as consultant to our associates and clients
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Richard Mesker has over 20 years of experience in Electric Utility Power Plant Safety and Operation; Radiation Protection, Power Plant Water Chemistry Programs and General Utility Safety Management. Richard oversaw the safety program for a fortune 250 company with multi-state locations. Richard is a graduate of the US Navy Nuclear Power Program. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York and performed graduate studies at the University of South Florida in Industrial Hygiene and Safety Management. He is a certified safety professional, certified utility safety administrator, occupational health and safety technician, and registered with the national radiation protection technologists. Richard is qualified to teach many OSHA courses including OSHA 10 and 30 hour construction and general industry certification.
His current and past affiliations include the Nuclear Industrial Safety and Hygiene Association (NISHA), the Southeastern Electric Exchange Accident Prevention Section and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
Richard has experience with OSHA investigations, injury/fatality investigations, root cause determination, working with labor on investigations, site audits, training, procedure development and program oversight.
Employment history includes:
Manager of Safety and Health, Progress Energy Florida
Manager Safety and Training, Sumter Electric Cooperative