Mutual Engineering, Inc. - MEI

Richard A. Rice, PE SE, CBO

List of Engineering Subjects:
Mutual Engineering, Inc. has provided civil/structural forensic and consulting services to government/private entities, the insurance, legal, and construction industries throughout the US and Mexico for more than twenty-five years.  A sample of services include the following:

  • Commercial and Residential Property Evaluations
  • Building Code Evaluations as Certified Building Official
  • Aerial Drone Surveys:  Residential and Commercial
  • Structural Collapse/Failure Investigations
  • Workplace/Construction Fall Protection
  • Building Envelope/Water Intrusion
  • Commercial and Residential Roof Damage Evaluations
  • Structural Fire Damage Assessments
  • Construction Accidents - Disputes and Defects
  • Drainage/Hydrology Engineering and Evaluations
  • Geotechnical/Subsurface Investigations
  • Walking/Working Surface Evaluations
  • Highway/Roadway Accident Causations
  • Airport Incident Investigations (Design and Construction)
  • Pavement Analysis (Concrete/Asphalt)
  • Civil/Structural Engineering Design Services
  • Roadway Design/Construction Investigations
  • Construction Cost Estimating
  • Scaffolding Failures
  • Foundation Failures
  • OSHA Compliance/Safety Evaluations
  • Standards Research
  • Subrogation Assistance
  • Catastrophe Response

MEI maintains associations with engineering experts of all disciplines.  Please call MEI with any engineering/technical issue.

Mutual Engineering, Inc. - MEI
​13009 Panhandle Road
Hampton, GA 30228

Telephone:  404.395.7441

Case Videos/Video Shorts:

Death by Drywall
Scaffold Failure/Counterweight Misplacement
Bad Scaffold Found in Charleston, SC
Atlas Chalet Shingles
Roadway Defects/Hydroplaning
Wood Deck Failures

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Client Testimonials:

I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Mr. Richard Rice whom I have had the professional pleasure of working with on various premise liability cases since beginning in early 2006 or 2007.  Richard is most knowledgeable and skilled as a Professional Engineer and has been my go to guy whenever I have a case that involves construction, code and engineering issues.  My first case I worked with Richard involved an elderly lady who walked down a flight of steps at night at a business establishment that had a sudden drop off that could not be seen.  The lady fell and struck her head and ultimately died from her injuries.  Richard was able to determine several code violations relating to the dimensions of the steps and our practice was able to use his findings to assist us in achieving a significant settlement for the decedent's family.  Since that time Richard has assisted me with several cases all of which have resulted in my securing significant recoveries for my clients.  The most important and significant aspect of Richard Rice is that he has continued over the years to educate himself in an effort to enhance his professional engineering knowledges, skills and abilities.  I would recommend Richard Rice highly to other law firms and attorneys who work premise liability cases in Georgia that may have code violation or other construction issues that need to be expertly addressed.  Richard Rice is the consummate engineering professional.  

Lamonte E. Scott - Attorney

"I've worked with Richard Rice on two cases. In both, his ability to quickly and adeptly master the case's key engineering issues was superb. In a recent large case, we turned to Richard when we encountered some engineering issues very late in the litigation. With Richard's help, we were able to present our case so effectively that we secured a record-breaking $10 million verdict for our client. I highly recommend Richard for any significant case with an engineering component."
Robb Howell - Attorney
Howell Law Firm

“Mr. Rice is my go-to for forensic engineering matters. He is hard-working, knowledgeable, and, most importantly, a trustworthy professional. I had the occasion to work with him on several matters. Mr. Rice truly understood the nuances of the cases, and I appreciate him being so well informed about the current trends with forensics. I strongly recommend him and look forward to working with him again.”

Kevin Patrick – Attorney
Kevin Patrick Law
Atlanta, GA

“I have known and worked with Richard Rice for almost 17 years.   Whether working as a consultant or an identified expert, I have always found his work to be detailed and thorough.   Richard’s work has been essential in assisting me in preparing for the discovery phase of litigation and through trial.”
Rodney F. Barganier – Attorney
Birmingham, AL

“Richard Rice and I have been colleagues for well over twenty years; and, we have worked closely on several projects.  He is disciplined in his application of engineering, and creative in his approach to problem solving.  Attorneys and adjustors like that he presents defensible and understandable solutions.  I like his work and the feedback from our shared clients.”
Drew Peake, PE, DEE, CIH, CSP
Captain, US Navy (Ret)
Peake Engineering, Inc.
Marietta, GA

“I have been aquatinted with Richard Rice for quite a few years.  We have worked on fires, water losses and in particular a loss in which the claimant stated one of the building materials could not be obtained and the interior contents would need to be moved along the area of damage, which we engaged Mutual Engineering to assess.  Not only was the building material located but also the interior contents stayed in place saving the carrier unneeded expense.  He is always accessible and I can count on his opinion.“
Bruce Dunlap
Owner CCAdjusting
Independent Adjuster

“I have had the pleasure of working with Richard over many years.  I have found him to be conscientious and a stickler for details, going beyond what is expected in researching the information he needs to come to his conclusions.  He communicates his findings clearly and effectively, which is invaluable when presenting information in front of a jury.“

Gwendy Schulte, SCLA, AIC, Property Claim Examiner
OneBeacon Insurance Group
"In a field where carriers put a high degree of stress on the adjusters due to unobtainable time frames, big ego’s, and situations where being honest may require more work of all parties involved, Mr. Rice is a breath of fresh air as the person in the room you can always count on to be honest and direct, all while still being sensitive too and being empathetic to the insureds situation, which in this field is usually the most catastrophic event the insured has ever had to ordeal up to that point in their lives.

I can say with absolute confidence that if anyone is in the unique position of needing an engineer, and has access to Richard Rice but chooses not to utilize them, they are not only doing a disservice to the insured, but creating more work for themselves by allowing another engineer to miss the details of the loss that Mr. Rice has a reputation of discovering."

Robert T. Dunlap, HCRI
General Adjuster – GA License 858943

“Mr. Rice has done excellent work as a forensic consultant on construction claims for my law firm.  He is very knowledgeable about all aspects of construction, and he is able to articulate engineering concepts in a way that is easy for non-technical people to understand.  He also has excellent skill as a writer and produces compelling, well-reasoned reports.  I strongly recommend Richard to colleagues and look forward to working with him again.”

Edward C. (Mickey) Bresee, Jr. - Attorney
Managing Partner
Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins LLP

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