Hepburn and Sons Origins and Background


Founded in 2010, Hepburn and Sons LLC, in the Commonwealth of Virginia as an S-Corp Veteran Owned Small Business, our focus is in naval engineering and architecture. A rapidly growing small business, we provide engineering support services, consulting and technical advisory services, technology transition, technology transition, and expert witness services. Our firm has a winning track record providing law firms with a team of senior officers who provide expert witness services to win cases involving ship design, acquisition, and asbestos exposure from naval service aboard ship, or trades working in shipyards.

Our founder and president, a retired Navy Captain, Rick Hepburn is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in several states. He served as Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Bath, Maine and as the Chief Naval Architect for combatant ships (NAVSEA 05D), and a recognized expert on dry dock construction and operations, and ship repairs. After retirement from the Navy and executive positions in the defense industry, he decided to start a company with his family to continue his passion for serving his country and fellow military service members by technical consultation.

Our firm has many veterans and former DoD civilian employees who bring experience in ship construction, repairs, design, integration, engineering, research and development.

Our technical expertise in a variety of engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical, nuclear, systems, information technology and cybersecurity, missile defense, material science, naval architecture, and naval engineering. Our strengths include program management, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), warfare and combat systems, to customers including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) Wallops Island, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Electric Ships Program Office (PMS 320), and Fortune 500 firms with technical analysis, quality, life cycle cost estimating, proposal preparation, business development, marketing, and capture management.

We are a company built upon trust

We keep trust at the forefront of every decision and customer we serve! We believe there is no greater principle in business or in life than that of building a solid foundation of trust. We honor handshakes and hold one another to the highest levels of integrity and ethics. We cherish every opportunity given to us by our clients. We consistently deliver excellence and more value than expected while also displaying the courage to honestly tell it the way it is. Our goal is to always seek a long term trusting relationship with our clients and vendors that we serve.