General Contractor Expert 56897 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have more than 25 years of experience in the construction and home/building inspection fields. My expertise includes: inspections of residences, multi-unit dwellings, and commercial buildings; repairs in single-family homes, commercial spaces, and condominiums; remodeling of warehouses, manufacturing operations, apartment complexes, offices, and private homes; and custom and tract housing. My additional expertise includes: Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) compliance; blueprint analysis; building-code violations; construction defects; disregard for maintenance; improper installations; mold inspections/testing; non-permit work; product defects; and standards of care. I am familiar with all matters related to contracting: appliance installation, concrete, concrete inspections; door hanging, drainage, drywall, electrical, finish carpentry, flooring, framing, hardware, Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (H.V.A.C.), insulation, irrigation systems, lighting, painting, plumbing, roofing, siding, solid surface countertops, stucco, tile countertops, windows, and window covering. I have over 5 years expert witness experience.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes: Construction defects of new construction, remodels, and repairs; Standards of care and practice; Job site accidents and injuries; Mold and moisture investigation and testing; Code violations; Blueprint analysis; Delays and job abandonment.

As a Licensed General Contractor, I deal with asbestos building materials on a regular basis. This includes flooring made prior to 1978. I am an expert on the standards of care and practice as it relates to working on and/or near asbestos.

I have testified in several depositions, one jury trial, two bench trials, one Small Claims trial, two binding arbitrations and I have been the arbitrator in a home warranty case.

Relevant Experiences

I have installed different coatings for refinishing tubs and showers and I do know the standards of care regarding them. I have installed, replaced and built special frames for curved glass for over 30 years. I have extensive experience with temporary fencing for job sites. I am very familiar with the standards of care and who is responsible for the maintenance of the fence.

I have a great deal of experience with personal injury as it pertains to standards of care, building codes and job-site safety. I have testified in such cases and as an active general contractor, and I am familiar with the codes and standards. If there are any violations of these, I will be able to discover them.

I am a certified mold inspector and have been for several years. I am an expert dealing with the standards of care and practice. I have also been retained on mold cases.

I have a great deal of experience on construction of houses on hills. I am also familiar with the soil of the Hollywood hills. Several years ago I was retained for a similar case there. I have built homes on sloped grades and have provided consulting on such matters.

There are several things that have to be addressed regarding soil, slopes, concrete and engineering. I have expertise in all but the engineering.

I have been retained on personal injury cases before. I also have a great deal of experience with roofing and safety issues regarding the installation, job site area and standards of care and practice with most roofing materials.

I have a great deal of experience with refrigeration condensation leaks and their cause. I also teach refrigeration classes.

I do have experience with ADA issues and have been retained on matters of entrances as well as trip and fall cases. I have also been retained by OSHA for a trip and fall case.

I will be able to opine on the concrete slab, footings and stem walls for a custom home. I have been retained as an expert for concrete cases before. I have also worked on, formed, poured, reinforced and finished custom home slabs.

Over the last 14 years I have installed 7 roof top and two ground based solar electrical systems. I have also installed solar for swimming pools and solar water heater systems. I also do repairs for these systems and roof repairs related to them.  I can also opine on the proper use of sales people and how one should be registered with the state Register of Contractors.

For over 30 years I have worked with copper flashings. I have also been retained as an expert involving roofing cases and have testified on matters of roofing and flashings. I have also installed and repaired slate roofing. I am a licensed contractor and have recently finished a roof and a deck that I installed copper flashing.

I have extensive experience with the installation, standards and effects of defective drywall. I have experience working with defective sheetrock and have been retained on matters regarding this.

I have extensive experience with temporary fencing at construction sites. For over the last 22 years I have used them many times. I am very familiar with the standards of care and standards of practice for construction site fences. I have testified in jury trials, bench trial, binding arbitrations and of course, depositions. 



Licenses Certifications

California General Contractor's License
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Housing Disaster Inspector

Awards & Affiliation

Primary Affiliation

International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases