William N. Rowley, PhD, PE, D-IBFES, D-NAFE

Expert witness for aquatic accidents, drownings, suction entrapment, diving accidents, swimming pools, spas, wading pools, design, engineering, construction, construction defects, patents.

Drowning and Near-Drowning Accidents

Dr. Rowley has been retained in more than 300 drowning and near-drowning cases in swimming pools, spas, and natural bodies of water. From 1987 until 1997, Dr. Rowley was a member of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) and National Spa & Pool Institute’s (NSPI) National Swimming Pool Safety Committee's (NSPSC) Research Sub-Committee. As part of his duties, he personally reviewed approximately four hundred CPSC aquatic accident investigations each year.  

Having designed more than 675 major commercial swimming pools and spas, Dr. Rowley is able to provide insight into various elements that may or may not be relevant in a drowning or near-drowning case, including the following:

  • a swimming pool's design and construction
  • a swimming pool's compliance with code
  • water clarity issues
  • warning issues
  • supervision issues
  • operational issues
  • alcohol and drugs

    Dr. Rowley's expertise is relevant in cases involving residential and commercial pools, water parks, and natural bodies of fresh or salt water.


    If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Rowley.

    Rowley Forensic Engineering Inc

    2325 Palos Verdes Dr. W., Suite 312

    Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274-2755