Company History

The RTI group of companies is a well established multidisciplinary technical services consultancy specializing in accident and failure investigation as well as safety-related applications and education. RTI’s experienced professionals serve clients representing high-exposure industries and transportation operations worldwide. We are known for our ability to conduct objective investigations and audits as an independent third party and for providing both proactive and reactive practical solutions to private and public sector clients alike. RTI is also a leader in producing internationally accredited continuing education conferences for law and insurance professionals in the aviation and maritime industries.

RTI Group LLC, transitioned from FTI in 2003 by the co-founder and chairman emeritus of FTI Consulting, Inc, is headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland and continues a tradition of forensic engineering excellence begun in 1975.

In 2004 RTI founded its London office, RTI Ltd, as a wholly owned UK subsidiary with Aviation, Marine, Utilities, and Construction departments to serve Europe, the Middle East and Africa. RTI Latin America was established in 2008 in Panama City as an extension of the London office to serve Latin America and, in particular, the Panamanian Flag State and Canal Operations.

We continue to expand our worldwide range of analytical capabilities and services to other parts of the globe.


Joe Reynolds established the Investigative Engineering Department at CADCOM, Inc. FTI experience begins.

Joe Reynolds and associate Dan Luczak form the Forensic Engineering Directorate (FED) and are challenged to perform as a stand-alone business

MGM Grand Hotel Fire, 1980

Forensic Technologies International Ltd
Founded by Joe Reynolds and Dan Luczak in an attic in West Annapolis MD, combining their backgrounds in visuals and engineering, revolutionizes the presentation of technical courtroom evidence with computer models that help courtroom evidence with computer models that help technical merits of cases.

Initial Staff of 2.5 employees

The State of Illinois retains the firm to determine the cause of the largest telephone cable catastrophe in national history and to make recommendations to prevent future disasters.

Hinsdale Fire, 1988

FTI was retained to handle its first product case with an exposure in excess of one billion dollars. The project was to determine the validity of an
alleged product defect involving fire retardant-treated plywood used in the construction industry.

Construction of Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, 1990

FTI provides courtroom graphics and jury consultation for the O.J. Simpson trial.

Forensic Technologies International acquires their first engineering firm: Anamet, Inc.

Formation of AViCON concept in collaboration with Lloyds of London, Aviation Claims

Forensic Technologies International goes public in May of 1996. Trading under the ticker symbol FTIC, the firm raises $11.1 million on the NASDAQ, becoming one of the first public litigation-support services companies.

Value Jet, 1996

Forensic Technologies International acquires LWG ( now Envista), which provides consulting services to property and casualty insurance
claim adjusters and attorneys. The acquisition also expands the company’s presence in Canada.

Forensic Technologies International changes its name to FTI Consulting. The firm expands its investigation and research capabilities with the acquisition of S.E.A., Inc.

FTI Consulting enters the financial disputes business with the acquisition of its first non-engineering group: Klick, Kent, and Allen, Inc. The company also purchases Kahn Consulting, a forensic accounting practice.

Swiss Air 111, 1998

Orville Wright and Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge (right) being attended to after Wright’s airplane crashed at Fort Myer – September 17, 1908

The Wright Brothers undertook the world’s first successful motorized airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, NC in 1903. What most people do not know is that five years later in 1908, Orville Wright was piloting a plane that crashed causing the first airplane fatality.

The firm provides trial graphics and courtroom presentation technology for the landmark Bush vs. Gore case to resolve the disputed presidential election results.

Firestone Tires Tread, 2000

FTI Consulting begins trading as a public company and is now on the New York Stock Exchange under symbol FCN.

The company makes a major move into the corporate restructuring business with the acquisition of the business recovery
services practice of Price Waterhouse Cooperts.

The firm assists in the bankruptcy cases of Enron, WorldCom and Adelphia Communications.

Reynolds Technology International was established as a subsidiary of FTI Consulting to branch the Engineering division into its wholly owned company.

RTI LTD was registered in London and began operating.

Jacoby, 2005

RTI Group, LLC spun off and began operating in Annapolis Maryland.

Waterbury Power Incident, 2007

Air France 447, 2008

RTI Group, LLC breaks ground on its World Headquarters and Research Centre, located in Stevensville Maryland.

Rala v NStar, 2010

RTI relocates in summer 2013 to Stevensville

Back Bay Power Failure, 2015

RTI provides engineering support to the first UAS waiver of FAA regulations for CNN’s drone program