Construction Expert 531356 AR

Expertise Description

With over 35 years experience in the construction industry, I have an expertise in estimating, budget development, value engineering, writing general contracts, negotiating sub-contracts, contract administration, developing construction schedules, quality control, and project close out. I am familiar with residential, commercial, and government-funded projects. I have provided deposition, consultations, and courtroom testimony for more than 10 years as a construction expert witness.

Construction Engineer Expert 530679 AL

Expertise Description

I am a goal-oriented and budget-conscious construction and engineering professional offering more than 25 years of experience within the construction industry heading diverse, multimillion-dollar projects to successful completion. I have been involved in hundreds of projects with a total dollar value exceeding $1 billion with experience in all facets of development from initial feasibility through real estate, design development, construction, warranty period, and the operations and maintenance life-cycle. I have been an estimator, project manager, construction manager, Owner’s representative, General Contractor, consultant, and A/E’s representative on projects including condominiums, hospitals, schools, court houses, restaurants, and office buildings to name a few. I also have experience in Federal Government projects, both military and civil works, some of which are considered “mega” projects (exceeding $100 million in value). Additionally, I have experience in residential development including subdivision development and house construction. I have spent over 5 years providing consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony as a construction engineering expert witness.

Appeal for Contract Dispute: Expert Witness Not Designated During Discovery

Expertise Description

FraudA litigant in a contract dispute recently appealed from a judgment which modified the amount in favor of Appellee from $147,000 to $132,000.Inter alia, the litigant (“Appellant”) contended that the trial court erred in its interpretation of the contract, improperly precluding its expert testimony.Appellant sold a pizza shop to Appellee for $625,000.After the deal was signed but it settled, the parties made several written addendums for renovations, which were to be completed at Appellant's expense.The parties settled, and Appellant conveyed the property to Appellee, but then Appellant breached his obligation to pay rent and complete the agreed upon renovations.As a result, Appellee filed a complaint against Appellant asserting breach of contract and fraud.At a bench trial, Appellee presented a general contractor as a fact witness to testify on a construction proposal he completed for the property.The witness testified that he estimated the value of the renovations based upon blueprints submitted to him by Appellee.Appellant testified on his own behalf and admitted he failed to pay rent pursuant to the Agreement. He agreed with Appellee that he owed $18,000 as a result.Further, Appellant admitted that he breached the Agreement by failing to complete any of the contracted renovations to the property.However, he disputed the scope and cost of the work in Appellee’s contractor’s proposal. To support this, Appellant presented his own proposal estimating the costs of labor and materials for the renovations.Appellant offered his own estimate on the renovations but offered no evidence on the costs. Appellant also wanted to present the testimony of a general contractor to opine as to the renovations he was obligated to complete under the contract.The trial court precluded the general contractor 's opinion testimony, following Appellee's objection to Appellant's failure to disclose the general contractor 's expert status prior to trial.The trial court found in favor of Appellee for $139,000…$121,000 for failure to make the repairs mandated under the Agreement, and $18,000 for unpaid rent pursuant to the Agreement.Appellee filed a motion to include pre-judgment interest in the verdict, and Appellant didn’t respond. The trial court then corrected the verdict to $147,000.In response, Appellant filed a post-trial motion disputing the trial court's exclusion of its expert testimony of the general contractor.The trial court granted Appellant's motion in part by modifying the verdict from $147,000 down to $132,000 but denied its claim that it erred by excluding the general contractor's expert testimony.On appeal, Judge Jack A. Panella of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania noted that Appellant contended that the trial court erred by prohibiting his fact witness from testifying as an expert witness.Appellant argued that Appellee's failure to pursue the identification of expert witnesses pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 4003.5 through discovery, prior to trial, precluded the trial court's prohibition of the general contractor’s status as an expert witness.The standard for qualification of an expert witness is a liberal one, Judge Panella explained. However, when considering the admission of expert evidence, the judge said the appellate court’s standard of review is very narrow—“an evidentiary ruling must not only be erroneous, but also harmful or prejudicial to the complaining party.”Here, Judge Panella noted that the trial court thoroughly explained its decision to prohibit the general contractor from testifying as an expert.Appellee's counsel requested, through discovery, that Appellant produce the documents intended to be introduced at trial.Appellant’s general contractor didn’t prepare an expert report. Because of this, the trial court found that Appellant was able to avoid identification of the general contractor as an expert, and that this caused Appellee unfair surprise.Further, without the benefit of a curriculum vitae offered as evidence or any further elaboration on his experience, the general contractor wasn’t qualified to offer expert opinions as to the value of the work that was contemplated under the contract or criticism of Appellee’s estimate.Judge Panella noted that while Appellant was correct that Appellee didn’t request the identification of expert witnesses pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 4003.5, this didn’t lead to the automatic conclusion that the trial court should have allowed the general contractor to testify as a witness.The trial court found a number of reasons—including a lack of curriculum vitae, Appellant's attempt to “game” the discovery process, and limited qualifications—to support why the general contractor shouldn’t be confirmed as an expert witness.As such, there was no error of law in the trial court's reasoning for excluding this witness's expert testimony. The judgment was affirmed.

Construction Defect Claims Expert 519944 AL

Expertise Description

With over 30 years of experience in all facets of the Construction Industry, including over 20 years focused on disputes, contract negotiations and litigation. Whether as a manager of numerous complex projects or as as claims consultant in over 150 plus cases, ethical and fair dealing has remained the standard of my foundation. Ever conscious of schedule, cost and quality, I remain driven to provide the best possible result(s) for the stakeholders that I represent. I have worked for over 15 years as a construction expert witness and have provided numerous clients with consultations, courtroom testimony, and deposition.

Maritime Engineering Expert 417115 NJ

Expertise Description

My background has spanned over 40 years in the field of Maritime Engineering. My extensive experience includes working with marine torts and claims, design error, construction error, personal injury, liability and avoidance in marine design and construction, operation procedures, management procedures, design procedures, production quality control, shipbuilding practices, shipbuilding contracts, naval architecture, marine engineering, and subcontractors. I have also been working as a maritime engineering expert witness in New Jersey for more than two decades.

Legal Malpractice Expert 19226 CA(N)

Expertise Description

I have over 25 years experience as a practicing attorney with expertise in legal malpractice / construction claims. My experience includes insurance defense field. My areas of practice include construction litigation, premises liability, real property claims, inverse condemnation, mechanics liens, and business litigation. I have litigated construction defect claims in residential and commercial construction.

Civil And Structural Engineering Expert 165406 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have over 25 years experience in design engineering for wide range of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional projects including wood frame, steel, masonry and concrete structures varying in size from one to six stories. My other projects include: shoring and underpinning of existing structures, retaining walls, and earthquake evaluation and rehabilitation and fire damage repair projects. I also have over 15 years of experience as a Structural Engineering Forensic Consultant with extensive knowledge of current and past CBC, UBC, local building codes and ordinances. I have prior expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Real Estate Developer Expert 169205 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have more than 35 years experience in the field of Commercial Construction. I am the Founder and President of a general contractor and commercial real estate developer. My projects include: commercial and industrial buildings; retail stores and shopping centers; cost of repair; manufacturing facilities and corporate headquarters; office and medical buildings; self-storage mini-warehouses; tenant improvements and renovations; and off-site street improvements and land developments. In addition, I have built and remodeled custom homes and apartment projects. As a commercial real estate developer, I have participated as a principal or manager in the ownership, investment, development, acquisition, financing, planning, design, construction, and management of over 1,500,000 square feet of commercial, industrial, and office projects. I have over 15 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Construction Expert 348391 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have over 15 years experience in the field of Construction specializing in residential, commercial, and high-rise construction. My areas of expertise include cost estimates, bid solicitations, contracts, schedules, project management, and accounting. My experience also includes participating in strategic decisions for various companies, forensic investigation, document analysis, development of repair recommendations, cost estimating, contract disputes, mold investigation, and building code and materials research.

Construction Expert 400050 CA(N)

Expertise Description

I have over 40 years experience in Construction specializing in construction planning, CPM scheduling, estimating and project management experience, including schedule review and acceleration to meet key milestones. I am skilled in delay analysis and claims preparation including crafting creative solutions to complex technical construction problems. I also have arbitrator experience in estimating on conceptual and hard bid projects including finalizing all subcontractor quotes and final price on bid day. I have additional knowledge of activities management from small private works to multi-million dollar public works projects, including awarding subcontracts, requesting time extensions and managing change orders.

Construction Expert 400985 CA(N)

Expertise Description

I have more than 40 years experience in construction management/engineering. I have experience with international and domestic projects in such areas as nuclear, environmental, defense, alternate energy, offshore oil and natural gas, public works, and educational, to marine construction, civil, mid-rise, high-rise, entertainment and hospitality industry construction, to transportation, foundation, and concrete tilt-up. My extensive background also includes experience as a design team member, CREIA-certified building inspector, feasibility and constructability assessment team member, lobbyist for the construction industry, general contractor, expert witness on construction industry claims, injury investigations, and consultant. My former clients include governments, owners, developers, utilities, general contractors, subcontractors, insurance companies and law firms. I have prior expert witness experience.

Real Estate Expert 438227 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have over 40 years experience in the field of Real Estate Development and Construction. I have experience with managing operation and design, site planning, budgeting, scheduling, construction management processes, site selection, site inspections, budget monitoring, progress payments, accounting. I also have extensive experience in real estate development and construction. I have aided numerous U.S., State, and local government agencies on public improvement projects including, construction of streets, water, sewer, power, gas, traffic signals, and related infrastructure.

Construction Project Management Expert 323643 CA(N)

Expertise Description

I have more than 40 years experience in the field of Construction with expertise in project management, pre-construction, design build and hard bid, estimating, contractor delay claims, contract administration and negotiation, contractual dispute, conflict resolutions, logistics, scheduling, field operations, site safety, production, cost control, commissioning, OSHA regulations, and closeout. I have knowledge in Heavy Commercial, Structural, Concrete Slabs, Cast-in-Place Concrete construction, with substantial background in Civil work, Structural Steel, Seismic Retrofit, most MEP installations and all Finishes as well as journeyman level knowledge in multiple trades (concrete, rough & finish carpentry, electrical, drywall and painting). I have over 25 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.