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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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    A. Patrick Sheahan
    Commercial Real Estate Consultant
    17470 N. Pacesetter Way
    Scottsdale AZ 85255
    USA
    phone: 480-251-5338
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    A. Patrick Sheahan has over 30 years experience in the Commercial Real Estate and Mortgage Banking fields. Mr. Sheahan has been a licensed Arizona Real Estate Broker since 1992 and owns and is the Designated Broker for Berry & Doyle, LLC.

    The company represents regional and national retail, office and industrial tenants as an Exclusive Tenant Representative. Clients include Wingstop, Baskin Robbins, Pizza Patron and Mr. Sheahan has represented H & R Block in well over 200 lease transactions in Arizona during the 15 years. They also represent clients as an Exclusive Buyer Representative in the acquisition of retail, office, industrial, and income-producing properties.

    Mr. Sheahan is approved by the Arizona Department of Real Estate as both an Instructor and a Real Estate School Owner. Commercial Real Estate Seminars was founded in 2003 and he has been an approved Instructor for over 18 years. Commercial Real Estate Seminars provides commercial real estate continuing education courses and Mr. Sheahan is approved to instruct over 35 commercial real estate courses and has taught courses and seminars in Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas.

    Litigation Support - A. Patrick Sheahan provides consulting and testifying expert witness services in support of litigation related to commercial real estate matters and has served as an Expert Witness in over 30 cases in the past eight years. Mr. Sheahan is available for expert witness assignments throughout the State of Arizona. Types of commercial real estate within Mr. Sheahan's area of expertise include, but are not limited to, shopping centers, office buildings, industrial properties, commercial land, and apartment complexes.

    Mr. Sheahan is qualified to address the following issues in his capacity as an expert witness:
    • Arizona Revised Real Estate Statutes
    • ADRE Commissioner's Rules
    • NAR Code of Ethics
    • Broker Standard of Care
    • Salesperson Standard of Care
    • Duty of Fair and Honest Dealings
    • Mitigation of Damages
    • Standards of Practice
  • Duties to Non-clients
  • Broker / Salesperson Misrepresentation
  • Agency
  • Contract Law
  • Disclosure
  • Licensee Fiduciary Obligations
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Commercial Leases
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    Cantrell Associates
    James H. Cantrell, CPM
    1315 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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    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