Expert 17804 - CA(S)


Expertise Description

I have more than 35 years experience in the field of Construction with expertise in General Contracting. I have experience with apartment and commercial income property investments, contractor delay claims, real estate, personal injury, construction defects and injury investigation, scheduling, estimating, and claims analysis. I was the person responsible for safety both as an employee of the general contractor, and as owner of a construction company. I have over 20 years expert witness experience with consultation, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise


Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes cases of real estate, and personal injury mediation and litigation; specialties include construction defects and injuries, scheduling, estimating, claims analysis, building code compliance, and quality and delay evaluation. 


Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes the development of economy hotels overseas, overseeing site selection, acquisition, design, and construction. 


Professional Experiences

My professional experience includes being the Founder and President to a general contracting building firm, as well as Managing Partner of apartment and commercial income property investments; with prior experience as a Consulting Developer, Developer and Contractor, Project Management Consultant and General Contractor, and Field Superintendent.


Relevant Experiences

I have over thirty years of experience as a general contractor and also as a licensed professional engineer. Code compliance and permit research are among my specialties.

As a Civil Engineer, general contractor, and person responsible for safety on many projects, I have considerable experience with the issues in this case. I have supervised many projects that use scaffolding and was the general contractor for my own hillside residence. Also, I have been an expert witness on several jobsite injury cases involving scaffolding. Notwithstanding all of the above, I am not a scaffolding specialist, and therefore would approach the case from the point of view of an owner and general contractor who is very familiar with standards of care for the work described.

I have been in the development and construction business for 39 years, and have developed and built numerous residential and commercial projects. In addition, I have taught development and construction (including Entitlements) at multiple universities.

As a consultant, I have worked on numerous injury cases, including some involving falls from roofs, and a few involving falls through openings in roofs. I am very familiar with Standards of Care for construction jobsites.

My forensic caseload is split about evenly between plaintiff and defense. I have several attorneys available as references. Both general litigators and Personal Injury specialists.

I have been a Civil Engineer and a General Contractor in California since 1980. I have also worked in Property Management, and been a forensic consultant on many cases involving Personal Injuries. In those capacities I have worked on several hundred projects, ranging from single family to multi-family, to commercial projects.

For most of those projects, I have been the individual responsible for safety and for code compliance. In addition, I was the Project Manager for a large multi-family project in Los Angeles that included the design and construction of a playground.

I have considerable experience as both a general contractor and as a forensic consultant on projects involving safety, code compliance, and inspections for property upgrades. I have work on numerous cases involving stairs, landing, handrails, slip-and-fall.


Education

DegreeSubjectInstitution
BSCivil EngineeringPrinceton University

Licenses Certifications

California Professional Engineer
California General Contractor

Awards & Affiliation

Member
American Society of Civil Engineers

Primary Affiliation

American Society of Civil Engineers


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