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Andrew Karic
Construction Expert Witness & Consultant
6601 E. Grant Rd., Suite #119
Tucson AZ 85715
USA
phone: 520-323-1005
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Andrew Karic is a licensed General Contractor in Arizona, California and Texas with over 35 years of experience in Commercial and Residential Construction and Development. Mr. Karic's experience includes executive (CEO), entrepreneurial, and construction management expertise in virtually all areas of the construction industry. He has managed a staff of 50 plus employees and been responsible for marketing and the financial profitability for five different construction and development companies owned or operated since 1978.

Andrew Karic has worked with some of the most prominent law firms in Arizona providing expert testimony and consultation related to Construction Claims and Disputes. He has given several depositions and has issued numerous expert opinion reports. He has testified in 12 mediations and numerous bench trials for breach of contract and construction claims, including a 600 page forensic investigation for a multi million dollar glass balcony defective material case.

Most all cases have been referred to Mr. Karic based on his excellent reputation. He is known for his ethical and non-wavering approach in construction cases. Mr. Karic provides services to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense.

Construction Claims Services:
  • Construction Disputes
  • Construction Breach Of Contract
  • Construction Defects
  • Construction Scheduling
  • Construction Change Orders
  • Construction Damages
  • Construction Delays
  • Construction Forensics
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    Michael Panish
    Construction Expert Witness & Consultant
    PO Box 725
    Woodland Hills, CA 91365
    ---------- Available ----------
    ALL STATES
    USA
    phone: 818-429-1963
    fax: 818-888-7302
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    Mike Panish is an expert witness & consultant for most construction trades, specializing in automatic door systems and door sensors, door, door hardware, cabinetry, and architectural millwork.

    Extensive experience working for plaintiff & defense (Federal & State). Highly credible & solid testimony.

    Licensed in CA as a General Building Contractor, Electrical Contractor, Door, Lock & Security Equipment Contractor, Cabinet & Millwork Contractor, and Painting & Finish Specialties Contractor. 30+ years hands-on experience in all construction trades.

    Local to CA & New England. Nationwide Inspection & Testimony.

    Mike Panish is the most retained and the leading expert witness for Automatic Door injuries / Wrongful Death and Door Defects and Injuries. Security issues relating to daycare & healthcare centers. Construction defects, product liability, poor workmanship relating to contractor vs homeowner disputes and contractor fraud.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Automatic Door Personal Injury, Wrongful Death Cases
    • Door and Door Hardware Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Defects Cases
    • Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Furniture Personal injury, Defects Cases
    • Slip, Trip, Fall / Railings / ADA Personal Injury Cases
    • General Construction (all trades) Defects Cases, Personal Injury Cases, Wrongful Death
    • Premises Liability, Premises Security for Criminal Cases, Elder Abuse Cases, Wrongful Death
    • Building Inspections (all types), Site Evaluation, Product Evaluation, Defect Analysis, Poor Workmanship, Costs & Estimates, Plans Analysis, Proper Installation, Claim Analysis
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    1/5/2016 · Construction
    As a construction expert witness, I am often asked about the importance of using safety equipment. I have many years of personal experiences with the proper observance of safety procedures and appropriate safety equipment requirements.

    12/11/2015 · Construction
    I have been the retained expert witness by both the plaintiff and defendant to determine the causes of a variety of significant injuries that have happened as a result of improper cabinet and millwork installation practices. In most claims, if product abuse or deferred condition was not the reason for the injury, poor installation practices that have omitted required hardware was to blame. Architectural millwork injuries have occurred repeatedly in shopping centers and malls, hotels, hospitals, airports, and offices throughout the country. Casinos and restaurants are also routinely the location of significant cabinetry related failures leading to serious injuries. Many offices and industrial buildings that utilize modular furniture have had employees injured by improper or completely unattached components. In my other articles, improperly attached architectural millwork has been discussed. Heavy mirrors and headwalls have fallen upon hotel guests while they were asleep in bed. Generally, these failures occur due to lack of appropriate fasteners, missed structural connections, or product tampering.

    11/2/2015 · Construction
    Mechanical fasteners, when properly used as recommended by the manufacturer, almost always assure safe and secure attachment of a fastened product. In commercial and residential applications, injuries resulting from mechanical attachment failures have often been attributed to inappropriate usage of products, improper installation procedures, or the failure of a poorly manufactured fastening product. When a product becomes disconnected from its point of attachment, serious personal injury can result.

    10/13/2015 · Construction
    This article will discuss plastic laminated products only. Although many other laminated materials are used for residential and commercial applications, plastic laminates are one of the most common products involved in casework claims and personal injuries.

    8/31/2015 · Construction
    My job as a cabinetry and millwork expert witness is to inspect and evaluate casework, cabinetry, or millwork that may have either failed or may be deficient in some way. Many of the past cases where I have been designated as the cabinetry and millwork expert witness have involved analyzing products that no longer exist because they have either been replaced or destroyed. What is available for review is often in the form of architectural elevations (renderings), photographs of the damaged cabinetry, or shop drawings and samples of the materials that were used. Generally, there is a question as to what entity is responsible for the monetary loss sustained. The usual course of action by attorneys is to sue all parties in the chain of events, from design through installation.

    7/21/2015 · Construction
    Having recently testified as the door hardware, lock and security expert witness on a very serious elder abuse case involving the rape of a 93 year old resident of a retirement home, I am intimately aware of the potential for physical violence and neglect aimed directly at senior citizens. The following is about a completely different kind of abuse involving our senior population.

    6/18/2015 · Security
    Rape and patient abuse are more prevalent and common place in daycare and long term skilled nursing facilities than anyone would think possible.

    5/19/2015 · Legal Issues
    The first two questions that I am often asked by attorneys during deposition or trial testimony are "On what percentage of cases do you work for the Plaintiff?" and "On what percentage of cases do you work for the Defense?"

    4/21/2015 · Construction
    Most of the misunderstandings pertaining to contractor and homeowner relationships occur as a result of unclear or wrongly interpreted construction contracts. Upon entering into a building contract, the enthusiasm for starting the proposed work often creates a kind of glazing over or dulling of the senses on the part of the homeowner. Many times questionable terms and arrangements for payment scheduling are accepted or unknowingly agreed to as the homeowner's urgent desire to start work overshadows common sense. Often, the lowest priced contractor seduces the homeowner with promises of more value for the money.

    3/19/2015 · Construction
    As a Construction Expert Witness, I have been involved in numerous homeowner vs. contractor lawsuits that turned out to be directly created by contractor fraud. In this article, I have combined a few different actual cases, highlighting the various tactics used by dishonest contractors to bait and then hook the homeowner. In all of these cases, the homeowner prevailed.

    2/18/2015 · Construction
    The need to have increased security to public venues such as airports, schools, religious facilities, day care centers, shopping centers, and government buildings is nothing new. However, it has become apparent that many unexpected assaults and deadly attacks are coming from individuals that have gained a certain level of intimacy with the venues and organizations that they are invading. The attackers are not necessarily strangers, but people we know.

    In December of 2012 a gunman broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and viciously murdered 20 children and 6 administrators. Adding Sandy Hook Elementary School to a growing list of other tragic school shootings confirms that any educational institution should be considered a viable target for future attacks.

    Every good attorney needs to consider the validity of every potential claim. As the most frequently retained door expert witness, working for both Plaintiff and Defense evenly, I have been retained on door injury and wrongful death claims that were not caused by malfunctioning doors or door hardware. As discovery has often shown, people in poor physical or mental condition who are left unattended or unassisted while moving through properly functioning doorways are often the genesis of their own injuries. All commercial venues have the responsibility to maintain their facilities to industry wide standards, seek proper routine maintenance, and provide daily inspections of their door systems. However, it is difficult to provide safe passage to every patron of their facilities when some of those patrons may include persons requiring diligent physical supervision, special assistance walking, or have special needs due to disease, mental incapacity, or other unknown infirmities.

    Injuries resulting from panic hardware are more prevalent than you might think. Injuries can be due to lack of maintenance on these devices and/or installation of spurious parts or components.

    One of the most common types of expert related calls that I receive pertains to some sort of door injury. Door injuries caused by automatic pedestrian doors, manual doors, or garage doors often lead to serious and potentially life threatening high dollar liability and personal injury lawsuits. My case load as a door expert witness is evenly split between plaintiff and defense. I have written articles, testified, and been consultant on many door injury cases throughout the country and abroad. In addition, my services have been utilized by defense teams representing cross defendants such as door maintenance companies also named in the chain of commerce.

    As a door expert, I am called upon many times a year to evaluate garage door injuries. In my professional career as a general contractor and door & hardware contractor, I have installed many different types of garage doors. I have been involved with roll up doors, both for commercial warehouse applications and automotive repair facilities that allow the passage of a motor vehicle. I have installed and serviced life safety/fire drop doors typically seen in hospitals, pharmacies, labs, shopping centers and other commercial venues. I have placed sectional doors in apartment buildings, single family homes and condominiums. My company has custom built many types of garage enclosures that have had special cosmetic concealed purposes for themed attractions. Working on historic buildings has given me the opportunity to work on sliding barn type doors, hinged parting doors and old carriage style swinging doors. I have removed and replaced the older style, overhead vintage single panel pivoting hinged garage door from commercial and residential locations, and have installed a variety of newer and safer products.

    The overhead or floor mounted concealed door closer is a very common type of door closer mechanism which is normally unseen and unnoticed. In the majority of installations, these concealed closers are used on aluminum glazed storefront doors, hollow metal stand alone, or structural framed window systems. The concealed door closer design concept was initially engineered as a self-contained product that featured a center pivot allowing a variety of door functions with no exterior arm or visible operating hardware.

    During the past several years I have been contacted many times regarding door injury claims related to manual door closers. In response to numerous inquires asking if I have published any manual door closer articles similar to the primers I have done on automatic pedestrian doors, I am offering this article for general information to assist attorneys in determining potential issues relating to manual door closer mechanisms.

    We are all used to opening and closing doors on a daily basis. Unless you encounter a problem with the function of your doors, you probably don't give their operation and component make up much thought. I am continually contacted by attorneys seeking my advice on an injury that took place because of an improperly adjusted or malfunctioning door. In this article, I am simply discussing manually operated doors. Nothing fancy or automatic about them, the kind where you grab a lever, push a plate or bang on a bar to enter or leave a room or building. So, if you want to learn to communicate professionally and simply with your door expert or even your building manager, read on.

    If you run an active automatic door service company it is not a matter of IF you will be sued . . . it is a matter of WHEN ! What every door service provider can do to proactively protect their business.

    Automatic doors are generally grouped into two major categories. Low energy and high energy doors. The difference between the two types of doors pertain to the ways that the doorways operate.

    As the retained expert witness on many overhead door injury and wrongful death cases, some of the injuries I have seen include injured or severed fingers and limbs, bodily trauma, and death. Disabling injuries often lead to involved lawsuits due to the combination of jobsite and employer, landlord and tenant contractual agreements, and property owner liability insurance coverage. Knowing who is responsible for maintenance and inspections of these doorways is essential.

    In conjunction with many other articles that I have had published pertaining to high energy doors, or what most people think of when they say automatic doors, low energy systems can be equally dangerous and need to be appropriately and properly maintained.

    Within the past few months, I have been retained as expert witness to evaluate revolving door injuries in over a dozen different locations nationwide. While I usually see an even distribution of sliding door, swinging door, and revolving door injury cases, the revolving door injuries currently seem to be the most prevalent. What is particularly interesting is that no two of my recent cases were created by the same problem.

    I have been involved in many automatic door cases during the past few years working for both plaintiff and defense. As discussed in one of my previous articles (The Ins and Outs of Automatic Door Operation), automatic doors are highly complex pieces of equipment that require daily attention. Most injuries occur when some component of the automatic door system malfunctions.

    A basic primer in how they work, what to look for, and how to analyze defects vs. deferred maintenance. Expert door contractor, Michael Panish, takes you through the basics for your case. A basic primer about Automatic Door functions.

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    Thomas L. Luth, MAC
    Mold Assessment Consultant
    9020 Balcones Club Drive
    Austin TX 78750
    USA
    phone: 512-748-8800 (cell) or 512-401-9500 (office)
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    Thomas L. Luth, MAC, is a third generation builder with over 35 years of designing, estimating, and building experience in both Residential and Commercial Construction projects. He has extensive training, education, and hands on experience in all areas of construction.

    Mr. Luth obtained training through the American Indoor Air Quality Council, Environmental RX Training Facility, and the Department of State Health Services which qualify him to act as a consultant in microbial related matters. His experience, along with onsite air quality and microbial testing, remediation estimating, and remediation of over 100 projects, qualify him as an expert in evaluating and responding to air quality conditions, necessary remediation practices, and its associated causes and costs.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Luth offers services to project owners, contractors, attorneys, and insurance companies in matters of Construction Procedures, Defects, and Job Site Safety. He has participated in well over 100 lawsuits as an expert witness for trial work, evaluation reports, assignments of responsibility, damage assessment opinions, and preparing estimations for the cost of repairs and corrections. Mr. Luth also provides dispute resolution services to law firms, insurance companies, and construction organizations.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • OSHA
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Standards
    • Building Envelope Testing
    • ASTM Standards
    • Leak Testing
    • Structural Failures
    • Plumbing Defects
  • Air Quality Evaluation
  • Building Sciences
  • Job Site Safety
  • Roofing
  • Window Evaluation Falls
  • Equipment Failure
  • Improper Scaffolding
  • Improper Guardrails
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    Ronald Svarc
    CEO
    144 12th Street
    Seal Beach CA 90740
    USA
    phone: 949-683-4751
    fax: 562-296-8855
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    Ronald P. Svarc has provided general Construction Services to clients in Orange County and Southern California for more than 40 years. A Lifetime Certified Professional Estimator and General Contractor, his experience and knowledge have made Accurate Consultant Services the premier firm for Construction Estimation and Expert Witness Representation for all litigation needs. Mr. Svarc is a designated Expert Witness with specialized expertise in Construction, Cost Estimating, Project Managing and Scheduling. He provides unique qualifications as pertaining to analysis and interpretation of in-situ conditions and standard of care criteria.

    Mr. Svarc has played a pivotal role in the planning and management of many different construction types, from single family residences, multi-use family high rise to concrete tilt-up warehouses and explosion-proof buildings. Mr. Svarc has worked for a diverse group of employers including the Pacific Wharf Restaurants and Reservoir at Disneyland's California Adventure and the Hawthorne Police Facility, both contracted for $27 million. As a Chief and Senior estimator, Mr. Svarc has estimated projects from $30,000 to $365,000,000 in the areas of industrial, commercial, private, public works, churches, theme parks, reservoirs, schools, hospitals, multi-use family dwellings, and athletic fields.

    Expert Services:
    • Estimating in all Construction Trades
    • Claim Evaluations
    • Standard of Care in General Construction
    • Depositions
    • Mediation
    • Arbitration
    • Trial Witness
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    Thomas E. Hamilton, AIA, RRC, NCARB
    23 Ridgeview Drive
    East Rochester NY 14445
    USA
    phone: 585-385-9078
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    Thomas E. Hamilton, AIA, RRC, NCARB, is a Registered Architect and Registered Roof Consultant, with nationally recognized credentials. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) which provides him with reciprocal architectural licensing in all states and in numerous foreign countries.

    With more than 40 years of experience helping companies, institutions, and homeowners with their most complex and frustrating roof and wall problems, Mr. Hamilton is an expert in issues surrounding the building envelope. Working as an independent consultant, he uses his proprietary systems to provide accurate, objective information and clear communication to help resolve building envelope performance issues.

    Litigation Support - Working as an independent consultant, Mr. Hamilton uses his proprietary systems to provide accurate, objective information and clear communication to help resolve building Envelope Performance issues and Construction Defect issues. His Roof Report Card® and Wall Report Card® inspection services provide objective reporting and analyses for a wide variety of complex building problems. The information he gathers for these reports is then used to help design, maintain, negotiate, arbitrate and litigate roofing, insulation, and building envelope solutions for lasting performance.

    In his role as an objective third-party expert, Mr. Hamilton is able to help diffuse what are often emotionally charged and complicated building issues. While litigation can be necessary in some cases, he has also been known to resolve many issues without parties resorting to litigation.

    Mr. Hamilton is available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant and insurance adjusters needing information for a claim. He has been deposed and/or testified 7 times since 2010.

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    Norman Katz
    Managing Partner
    18881 Von Karman, Suite 1175
    Irvine CA 92612
    USA
    phone: 949-263-8700
    fax: 949-263-0770
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    MCS Associates is a nationally recognized consulting group that has provided financial, operations and regulatory/compliance consulting services nationwide to financial institutions, insurance companies and regulatory agencies as well as real estate and financial services organizations for over 30 years.

    Expert Witness and Litigation Consulting are a primary focus of our services. We undertake expert witness assignments throughout the United States and our clients include several hundred leading law firms around the country, working on behalf of both plaintiff and defendant financial institutions, borrowers, depositors, investors, developers, insurance companies and their insured, securities/insurance/real estate brokers/agents, regulators and government agencies, and individuals.

    Together with MCS Associates’ specialized resources in banking, financial services and real estate, we also draw on key strategic alliances in insurance, economics, academia and the securities industry to meet a wide range of expert witness needs. Our litigation experts include experienced bankers, lenders, consultants, regulators, managers, brokers & agents in insurance, real estate, and securities; insurance claims and underwriting managers; economists, accountants, appraisers, real estate analysts, and academics.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
  • Banking Operations/Administration
  • Check Fraud
  • Lending Policies, Custom and Practice
  • Loan Underwriting & Credit Administration
  • Sub Prime Loan Originations, Underwriting, Securitizations & Servicing
  • Bankruptcy, Foreclosures and Workouts
  • Trust & Fiduciary Issues / Operations
  • Securities Brokerage & Investments
  • Valuations & Damages Analysis
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Employment / Compensation
  • Real Estate Brokerage & Management
  • Title Insurance & Escrow
  • Real Estate Appraisal & Transactions
  • Insurance Industry Custom & Practice
  • Insurance Coverages / Claims Handling
  • Insurance Bad Faith
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    Allan D. Snyder
    Principal
    3943 Irvine Blvd., Ste. 412
    Irvine CA 92602
    USA
    phone: 657-859-6133
    fax: 657-859-6142
    PROPERTY MANAGEMENT EXPERT
  • Depositions: 800+
  • Mediations & Arbitrations: 100+
  • Trial Testimony: 80
  • More than 10,000 properties inspected.
  • RETAINED BY 300 LAW FIRMS IN 23 STATES
  • California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio
  • Nevada, Arizona, Washington, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa
  • Hawaii, Idaho, Alabama, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma
  • Montana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota
  • AREAS OF EXPERTISE
  • Standard of Care; Custom and Practice
  • Building & Safety Codes
  • Fair Housing Practices (FEHA)
  • Personal Injury (Slip, Trip & Fall)
  • Premises Liability
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • PROPERTY TYPES
  • Multi-family Units Managed: 25,000
  • Association, Hospitality, & Timeshare Units Managed: 100,000
  • Associations Managed: 1,000
  • Commercial Properties Managed: 1,250,000 sq.'
  • Mobile Home & RV Spaces Managed: 3,800
  • Single Family Units Managed: 3,500
  • Commercial Property Inspections Performed: 900
  • Association Property Inspections Performed: 3,600
  • Parking lots and Parking Structures: Personal Injury; Snow & Ice


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    Allan D. Snyder, S.P.C.I.
    Member: ACGIH, AIHA, Pest Control Operators of CA
    3943 Irvine Blvd., Ste. 412
    Irvine CA 92602
    USA
    phone: 657-859-6133
    fax: 657-859-6142
    Allan D. Snyder: TERMITE & ENTOMOLOGY EXPERT WITNESS

    Branch 2 Structural Pest Control Licensee (Household Pests & Insects)
    • Entomology, Insect Pathology
    • Bed Bugs, Cockroaches
    • Rats, Mice, Ants, Moths
    • Pesticides, Insecticides
    Branch 3 Structural Pest Control Licensee (Wood Destroying Pests & Organisms)
    • Termites, Fungus, Dryrot, Beetles
    • Fumigation, Fumigation Safety
    CONSTRUCTION DEFECT EXPERT
    • Water Damage, Fungus, Mold
    • 10,000 Properties Inspected
    TESTIMONY EXPERIENCE
    • Depositions: 800
    • Trial Testimony: 80
    • Testimony Given: 28 Courts
    • STATES RETAINED: 23 - California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, Hawaii, Idaho, Alabama, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Montana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota
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    40 Brambledown Road
    Wallington SM6 0TF
    GBR
    phone: +442084012873
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    Geoffrey Beresford Hartwell is a Chartered Engineer who practices as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Expert for Determination. Geoffrey is the former Senior Partner of Consulting Mechanical and Electrical Engineers BHA Cromwell House.

    A one time Chairman of the Expert Witness Society, Geoffrey Hartwell has experience giving evidence in court (in both civil and criminal matters) and in International Arbitration. He sometimes is retained as a Single Joint Expert or as a Tribunal Expert. His services are offered to both Plaintiff and Defense. Even when retained on behalf of a Client he, like all Experts, has an overriding responsibility to the Court or Tribunal.

    After his early career in aerospace and nuclear energy, Geoffrey entered private practice in association with the late Leslie Heap and Gerald Lewis of Heap and Digby, Consulting Engineers, in 1969. While with them he designed water and sewage equipment and also the bascule moving machinery for the Lowestoft Bridge, in Suffolk. He practiced also as Beresford Hartwell and Associates and, in 1971 established a separate office in Wallington, South London.

    In parallel with his design career, Geoffrey was first appointed as arbitrator in 1972 and his first foreign arbitration, an ICC appointment in Switzerland, took place later that year. He studied Law to Intermediate level and then transferred to the examinations of the Institute of Arbitrators (now Chartered) of which he became Chairman in 1996-1997 and for whom he taught in various countries on several courses, including the prestigious Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration.

    Technical Expertise:
    • Electrical Engineering and Design
    • Mechanical Engineering and Design
    • Instrumentation
    • Automation and Computer Control Systems
    • Maritime and Infrastructure Engineering
    • Process Engineering
    • Solid Waste Handling
  • Communications
  • Manufacturing
  • Computer Cartography
  • Moving Bridges and Lock Gates
  • Construction Project Management
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Water and Waste Water Treatment
  • Arbitration: Geoffrey Hartwell also acts as an arbitrator and adjudicator, as an expert mediator and conciliator, as an expert investigator and assessor for arbitral tribunals, and also as a Special Referee in the High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man. His services have been required in the UK and internationally.

    Dispute Boards: Geoffrey Hartwell has experience both as Member and as Chairman of Dispute Boards?. He has been a member of Dispute Boards, retained from the beginning of a project or, alternatively, appointed on an ad hoc basis when a problem arises, Dispute Adjudication Boards to determine a binding decision, and on Dispute Review Boards to make decisions that are advisory but not binding.

    Adjudication: Similar to arbitration, Mr. Hartwell adjudicates domestic and international disputes which are only temporarily binding unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties.

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    12/4/2013 · Mediation
    International Commercial Arbitration, the chosen basis of the annual Willem Vis Moot, is arguably not au fond a process at law. It is quite simply the performance of an agreement between two parties to have a chosen third party hear and determine some difference between them.

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    Ben F. Tunnell III
    Chairman
    605 West Olympic Blvd.,Suite 820
    Los Angeles CA 90015
    USA
    phone: 866-256-9300
    fax: 213-532-3807
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    BTI Appraisal is a broad-based appraisal company which provides a consistently high level of Real Estate Appraisals, Business Valuations, and Machinery and Equipment Appraisals for Business, Professional, Public and Private Sectors.

    When you choose BTI Appraisal, you benefit from a strong tradition of experience and accuracy. A corporate philosophy stressing efficiency and attentive service has made us a leader among independent appraisers. We are proud of our reputation for stability, responsiveness, and accomplishment in and out of the courtroom.

    At BTI, our seasoned staff of success oriented professionals treats each assignment with precise attention to detail, providing needed research and responsive service on a wide range of appraisal needs.

    Expert Profile: BTI’s Founder and Chairman, Ben F. Tunnell III, has headed the firm since 1974. Previously, he spent eight years with First Interstate Bank of California as vice president at their corporate headquarters in Los Angeles. He served on the board of arbitrators for both the American Arbitration Association and the Better Business Bureau. He has also been a Registered Investment Advisor and Broker/Dealer with the Securities and Exchange Commission and a licensed, California Real Estate Broker.

    Mr. Tunnell is an ASA, the senior designation of the American Society of Appraisers, and a California Certified General Real Estate Appraiser #AG-6964. He has qualified and testified in Federal and Superior Courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings as an expert witness in business valuations, real estate, and machinery and equipment appraisals.
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    Thomas H. Burtness, PE
    2195 Wagon Trail Rd.
    White Heath IL 61884
    USA
    phone: 217-687-2000
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    Thomas Burtness Electrical Engineering Expert PhotoThomas H. Burtness, PE, is an Electrical Engineer specializing in both Electrical and Building Construction - equipment selection, specification, and installation (actually “working with the tools”), as well as cost control techniques.

    Background - Mr. Burtness has 40+ years of experience in the design, specification, construction contract administration, installation, startup, and troubleshooting of electrical power, on-site generation, distribution, control, and instrumentation systems and equipment for residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal occupancies. His experience also includes water, wastewater, and stormwater treatment plants, and military facilities.

    Additional expertise includes Illumination Engineering for street, roadway, and area lighting including photometric footcandle requirements, calculations, field verification, equipment specifications, installation, and analysis of failure, glare, overlighting and underlighting.

    Litigation Support - Since, 1981, Mr. Burtness has been providing forensic electrical engineering services to insurance companies and attorneys including accident and failure investigations, determination of cause and origin, litigation support, expert opinions, reports, and testimony. His services are available nationwide, with PE registration by comity available in most states.

    Cases Involve:
    • Industrial Accidents
    • Electrocution
    • Personal Injury
    • Fire
    • Equipment and Machinery Failure
  • Failure of Safety Circuitry
  • Grounding
  • Lightning Damage and Fire
  • Construction Defects / Contract Claims
  • Design and Specification Disputes
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    Carl E. Peters, PE, PLS, PP, CO
    4525 Route 27
    Princeton NJ 08540
    USA
    phone: 609-751-4104
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    Carl E. Peters, PE, PLS, PP, CO, has a broad range of expertise in the areas of Land Use, Municipal Engineering, and Code Enforcement in the State of New Jersey. His rare combination of professional credentials enables him to analyze the development process from concept design through issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. He is one of fewer than ten people in New Jersey who holds licenses as a:
    • Professional Engineer
    • Professional Land Surveyor
    • Professional Planner
  • Construction Official
  • Building Official
  • Plumbing Official
  • Litigation Support - Mr. Peters' expertise is beneficial in the resolution of disputes between project owners, design professionals, contractors, and insurance carriers. He has testified before the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Historic Preservation Review Committee, and Site Plan Review Advisory Board, and NJ Civil Courts. He is also a mediator on the roster of the NJ Civil Courts.

    Mr. Peters provides litigation support for counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His cases have involved:
    • Engineering Matters
    • Property Line Disagreements
    • Drainage Problems
    • Streets and Sidewalks
    • Sewers
    • Construction Disputes
    • Land Use
  • Land Surveying
  • Construction Codes
  • Construction Permits
  • ADA Compliance
  • Local Government Matters
  • Engineering Malpractice
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    Craig Moskowitz, MBA, MS, PE
    President/Managing Member
    PO Box 4532
    Stamford CT 06907
    USA
    phone: 866-432-4677
    fax: 203-504-8838
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    Since 2010, the President and Managing Member of CLM Engineering Associates, LLC, which concentrates its focus on forensic engineering/expert witness work for the insurance industry and legal community. In addition, we offer construction management, civil engineering and building inspection services.

    Extensive construction management experience on both commercial and residential projects. Performed safety inspections on both civilian and military projects through application of OSHA regulations. Designed drainage systems for the government while an officer with the United States military. Cost estimating for various projects exceeding $500 million. Design document creation and management of high-rise construction in Manhattan. Marketplace. Management of telecommunications projects for Verizon in Manhattan including CPM schedule creation and updating.

    Directed and managed all water distribution system and sewer system work while working as a contractor to the New York City Department of Design and Construction. Forensic work related to evaluation of structural steel systems with commercial building construction and insurance-related claims due to storm damage on commercial and residential structures.

    Craig Moskowitz has been deposed 4 times in litigation matters.

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    Robert C. (Bob) Jacobson, CBO, CBCO
    109 N. Main S.
    Ste. 1507
    Memphis TN 38103
    USA
    phone: 901-552-5772
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    Robert C. (Bob) Jacobson, CBO, CBCO, has over 30 years of experience in Construction Code Enforcement. He is certified by the International Code Council as a Building Inspector, Plans Examiner, Zoning Inspector, Residential and Commercial Energy Code Inspector, Residential Energy Code Plans Examiner, Certified Building Code Official, and Certified Building Official.

    Background - While working as Director of Code Enforcement for the city of Bartlett, TN, Mr. Jacobson served on committees with both the Southern Building Code Congress International and the technical subcommittees that helped create the International Codes. In this capacity, he was awarded the Tennessee Building Official of the year award, The President's Award, and twice awarded the West Tennessee Building Official of the Year. On his retirement, he was awarded a life time honorary membership to the TBOA.

    After retiring, Mr. Jacobson obtained a Tennessee General Contractors License and built light commercial and large residential structures. He also worked as a code consultant keeping up with the changes from Standard Building Code to International Building Code.

    Litigations Support - Mr. Jacobson currently offers litigation support services to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His cases involve:
    • Existing Building Codes - Sprinklers, fire alarms, rated walls, and fireproofing issues
    • Accessibility Codes - Americans with Disabilities Act - Title II and III, North Carolina Accessibility, California Title 24, ANSI, Chapter 11 of the IBC
    • Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence - Code compliance, appropriateness of buildings facilities, and zoning issues
    • Hazardous Material Storage - Manufacturing and storage compliance methods and alternatives in existing and proposed new facilities
    • Energy Code - International Energy Conservation Code, ASHRAE 90.1, and state energy code compliance during design and specification process
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    Hon. Steven Cohen, (Retired), JD, MBA
    President
    2530 Wilshire Blvd.
    3rd Floor
    Santa Monica CA 90403
    USA
    phone: 310-315-5404
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    Judge Cohen is a qualified Expert and Consultant with over 30 years experience in Construction Defects and Real Estate Standards of Care and Duty, Property Management, Property Inspection, Agents disclosure, Broker's disclosure, and Negligent and Intentional Conduct. Extensive experience in habitability, Civil Code 1941, Health and Safety Code §17920.3, transfer disclosure and all transactional requirements in the sale of property. Expert in construction arena in water penetration, roof defects, home inspection, structural defects, framing defects, electrical & mechanical problems, stucco, foundation and structural slabs, construction schedules and all mold related problems. Litigation consulting includes Case Risk Analysis and Assessment (is a case ripe for litigation?), Research and Litigation Support, Homeowner Associations HOA, Building Codes, Department of Real Estate Rules, Codes and Laws, Contractor's State Licensing Board Rules and Regulations, Uniform Building Code (UBC) compliance, Building and Safety. Expert in Mechanical, Electrical, Water Entry, Toxic Mold, Mildew and Sick Building Syndrome. American Arbitration Association (AAA) Arbitrator. Arbitrator and Mediator for State and Federal Cases. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practitioner. Graduate Level Certificate in Dispute Resolution (Mediation, Arbitration and Negotiation) from Pepperdine University School of Law. Licensed to practice law in California and Federal Court-Central District. Retired Administrative Law Judge, Inglewood Office of Appeals.



    Education/Licenses: Administrative Law Judge (Ret.), Attorney, M.B.A., Certified Property Mold Specialist (C.M.I. & C.M.R. Designation), RE Broker (Realtor), General Contractor (B1), Electrical Contractor (C10), Certified Mediator, AAA Arbitrator and Mediator, FINRA Arbitrator, Western Case District.



    Primary Area of Expertise: Real Estate, Construction Defects, Case Risk Assessment.
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