Experience, international education, interdisciplinary and intercultural competency
I was born and raised in the northern Bavarian city of Wuerzburg, an university city that celebrated 1,300 years of cityhood a few years ago in the early 2000's.
After high school, military service and one year as a salesman for Michelin Tire Corporation, I went to engineering school and got my degree in Mechanical Engineering. A job with Mercedes-Benz and a manufacturer of special purpose packaging machinery followed.
In the summer of 1984 I left Germany and emigrated to California, where I ran a service department for 3 years. I vividly remember having to repair machines I had never seen before and having only a cryptic manual to help me. I look at manuals not only with the eyes of an engineer and attorney but also from the perspective of the person who really needs the manual to help him to get the job done.
After this 3-year-stint, during which I gained invaluable experience, I studied Creative Writing (Ph.D.) and went to law school (J.D.). I have been working as a self-employed attorney in Los Angeles since 1991.
In 1999 I started getting involved with manuals, warnings and instructions and today my legal-technical consulting business is what I spend the bulk of my time on. I focus on product liability prevention, safety messages and warnings, ANSI Z535.6, proper structure of manuals and most importantly good and easy to understand US-English. If it pertains to a manual, it is my area. Manuals is what I do.
I also review and evaluate manuals, correct and improve them, hold seminars, do consulting and offer expert witness services.
I am the only attorney on the ANSI Z535 committee and member of the ANSI Z535.4 and, of course, Z535.6 sub-committees.
As an engineer and attorney as well as someone who has actual first hand shop experience and a good feeling for the written word, I offer a unique skill set to companies big and small when it comes to improving their manuals and lowering their product liability law suit risk.