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Arboriculture Horticulture Expert Witness Samnik and Ballard

Joseph Samnik, Certified Arborist
Lori Ballard, Certified Arborist
1499 19th Street
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
phone: 727-786-8128
Samnik & Ballard Expert Tree Consultants, LLC, entering its 46th year of practice, offers expertise in the areas of arboreal and horticultural consulting, tree and plant appraisals, eminent domain, education, expert witness and dispute resolution in tree and landscape issues. Expert Tree Consultants has been a trusted resource to developers, professional engineers, landscape architects, attorneys, and insurance companies with the complex problems that relate to trees.

Joe Samnik, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist. Mr. Samnik has over 46 years of practice encompassing tree issues, arboreal and horticultural consulting, dispute resolution, tree and plant appraisals and an expert witness in tree and landscape issues. Mr. Samnik has presented at 75 national and international conferences and has been awarded the Edward W. Bok award for recognition of lifetime achievement in the excellence of arboriculture.

Joe Samnik has dedicated his career to representing developers, professional engineers, landscape architects, attorneys, and insurance companies with the complex problems that relate to trees. He is uniquely qualified as a consultant with a special focus on tree preservation and resolving tree disputes.

Mr. Samnik has been an Expert Witness in an excess of 500 litigation matters. His accomplishments include reducing a $30 million tree nursery product liability damage claim to an undisclosed six (6) figure number by utilizing arboreal forensic discovery. He also reduced a tree assessment from $3.2 million to $193,000 by understanding and interpreting nuances in tree ordinance language. His litigation support services are available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury
  • Eminent Domain
  • Tree and Landscape Appraisals
  • Product Liability
  • Arboreal and Horticultural Damage Issues
  • Tree and Plant Appraisals
  • Pest Control Operations
  • Tree Preservation
  • Arboreal and Horticultural Education
  • Lori Ballard International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist, Florida Nurseryman, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) Certified Horticulture Professional.

    Ms. Ballard has been intricately involved as a litigation support arborist with tree and landscape nursery business damage assignments in the areas of eminent domain and insurance claims. She manages all neighbor dispute claims in the practice has been the architect of several multi-million dollar settlements as they relate to placing values and business damages on plants and trees.

    Ms. Ballard has performed tree assessments for the United States Department of Justice, engineering firms, builders, and developers. She has also supervised the implementation of environmental preservation specifications in accordance with governmental permitting.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Arboreal and Horticultural Consulting
    • Tree and Landscape Assessments and Inventories
    • Tree and Plant Appraisals
  • Neighbor Disputes
  • Eminent Domain
  • Continuing Education
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