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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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    Cantrell Associates
    James H. Cantrell, CPM
    11315 North Point
    San Francisco CA 94123
    USA
    phone: 415-244-5927
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    James H. Cantrell, CPM® is a Real Estate expert with over 35 years of Asset and Property Management experience. He specializes in the turnaround of properties with Deferred Maintenance and Mismanagement.

    For both private and institutional investors, Mr. Cantrell has managed a variety of product types, apartments, high-rise office, association management, industrial I warehouse properties, retail, and large hotels. He is currently active in day to day asset and property management and has established management programs that have maximized the values of the various investments.

    Background - Mr. Cantrell served as the President of Cantrell, Harris & Associates, a San Francisco-based real estate management and consulting firm that was formed 30 years ago. He formed Cantrell Associates which provides property management, litigation support, and expert witness services.

    He currently teaches a number of courses for the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and has taught throughout the United States, in Russia and Poland. He was an Associate Professor at Golden Gate University for 9 years teaching an Asset/Property management course in the MBA program.

    He began his career with Arlen Realty as a property supervisor, handling properties in the United States Investment Fund Portfolio, and has held the position of Equity Administrator with Clevetrust Realty Investors, responsible for managing numerous properties throughout the Country. He also served as Treasurer of Regency Equities, a Real Estate Investment Trust, traded on NASDQE, and was President of Plaza Equities Management, Inc., with a national portfolio of mixed assets under his direction. He has served as a Court appointed Receiver on all types of assets throughout California.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Cantrell has served or consulted as an expert on behalf of both Plaintiffs and Defendants in over 100 cases. He is uniquely qualified with his experience and teaching background and is your best choice as an expert in litigation.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Standards of Care
    • Property Damage
    • Personal Injury
    • Habitability
    • Landlord / Tenant
    • Maintenance
  • Air Quality
  • Mold Issues
  • Receiverships
  • Lease Interpretation
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Trust Properties
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    Richard K. Hollowell
    Managing Shareholder
    Kealoha Corporation
    1550 Bayside Drive, Suite 3
    Corona Del Mar CA 92625
    USA
    phone: 213-631-6116
    fax: 949-720-8169
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    Richard K. Hollowell is a real estate and finance expert who specializes in Real Estate Finance, Development, Loan Workouts, Asset Management, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Receivership, Valuation and Property Acquisition.

    Mr. Hollowell has 45 years of experience as a key executive of major banks, real estate development firms, credit companies (G.E Capital), public accounting firms, and consulting firms including, Real Estate Recovery, the J.E. Robert Companies, and Alvarez & Marsal. His clients have included insurance companies, banks, pension funds, developers, law firms, real estate operating companies, and federal agencies including the FSLIC, RTC, and FDIC.

    Mr. Hollowell was one of five experts asked to speak before 20 of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's key people on August 12, 2008 at the inception of the systemic crash of the U.S. financial markets. Highly regarded by large banks, insurance companies, pension funds, federal regulatory agencies, and real estate companies holding large portfolios of assets. He is a widely recognized international speaker and published author.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Hollowell has over 1,000 hours of deposition testimony. His Rule 26 list includes 33 cases since 2003 and seven trial appearances in the past five years. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:

    Banks:
    • Officers and Directors Professional Liability
    • Lender Liability
    • Loan Underwriting Standards
    • Loan Risk Ratings
    • ALLL Reserves
    Bankruptcy:
    • Reorganization Plan Feasibility
    • Establishment of “Cramdown” Interest Rates
    • Fraudulent Transfers / Preference Actions
    Real Estate:
    • General Partner Liability
    • Loan Restructurings
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • CMBS Special Servicing
    • Construction Delays
    • Acquisition Due Diligence
    • Valuation Disputes
    • Brokerage Disputes
    • Land Development Disputes
    • Portfolio Asset Management
    • Real Estate Development
    • Ground Leases
  • Structured Real Estate Transactions
  • Homeowner / Developer Disputes
  • Receivership Management
  • Quantum Meruit Assessment
  • Condominium Hotels
  • Timeshare / Fractionals/ Destination Resorts
  • Condominium Association Management
  • Public Purpose Tax Districts
  • Troubled Housing Developments
  • Damages Assessment and Rebuttal
  • Residential and Commercial Construction Loans
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    Philip Simmons
    President
    P.O. Box 786
    Lake Arrowhead CA 92352
    USA
    phone: 310-439-4119
    fax: 310-300-3020
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    Philip Simmons Real Estate Expert PhotoPhilip Simmons has 30 years of experience managing major Real Estate Developments. Having served as Division President of the nation’s largest private residential development company, he has unique executive, development, legal, and brokerage skills.

    Mr. Simmons is a land use attorney and licensed California real estate broker. He has provided complex development project and organization management services to some of the nation's largest public and private development companies and public agencies, as well as individual land owners and businesses with real estate interests.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Simmons offers expert witness and non-testimony expert consultation on behalf of legal counsel or real estate developer / investor in matters involving front end due diligence, acquisition, contracting and entitlements relating to major real estate development issues. His services are available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. With superb presentation, testimony, and communication skills, Mr. Simmons offers creative solutions to difficult litigation challenges. Consulting and/or expert witness services.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Land Use
    • Acquisition
    • Entitlement
    • Development
    • Contracts
    • Syndications
    • Finance
  • Disposition
  • Project Management
  • Negotiations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Consultant Selection
  • Public Hearing
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    12/2/2015 · Real Estate
    Selecting an expert witness requires a thorough understanding of the issues in the case, as well as the type of experts that may be required to provide clarity of the issues for the finder of fact. Some areas of practice, such as land use and real property litigation, often involve added dimensions of complexity in evaluating and planning for expert testimony. Litigation varies widely from case to case, but the attorney's challenge remains the same: putting together expert testimony to clearly articulate the relevant facts and the conclusions that should be drawn from the facts. Con siderations that go into properly evaluating the need for expert testimony, including selecting and managing the experts, can be among the most critical aspects of successful trial preparation.

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    Lic. Gonzalo Viquez, Jr.
    Attorney and Notary Public
    San Jose Costa Rica, 200 Mts. North From Parque De
    La Amisted (Rhomoser)
    Rhomoser
    CRI
    phone: 506-2296-4432
    fax: 506-2231-6505
    Our firm specializes in Real Estate Law. We represent and help individuals and investors throughout the legal closing procedures, from due diligence stage until closing as per the constitution of Costa Rican Corporations to own property. We are also authorized representative for Stewart Title providing title insurance and escrow services in Costa Rica.

    Please feel free to address any legal questions you may have regarding purchasing property in Costa Rica.
    6/8/2006 · Real Estate
    Why should you invest in Costa Rica by purchasing a piece of property or develop your own real state project? The answer to this question my vary in accordance to each specific case, nevertheless many if not all aspects that motivates your decision are basic; Costa Rica is a small country full of wonders around each corner