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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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    Barbara Tarin CCIM, ALHS, GREEN, TRC
    PO Box 1229
    Temple TX 76503
    USA
    phone: 210-885-7400
    fax: 254-295-0257
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    Barbara Tarin, CCIM has over 40 years experience in the Real Estate Industry. She has been focused on expert witness work since 1998, including commercial and residential cases nationwide.

    Ms. Tarin's background includes 19 years of Property Management experience, including office (garden, mid rise and high rise), retail, industrial, and multi-family. She is knowledgeable in real estate marketing and market analysis. Ms. Tarin is also a leasing expert from both the landlord and tenant perspective. She recently achieved the National Association of Realtor's Green Designation, which is the only environmental real estate designation addressing multiple specialties.

    With extensive experience as an expert witness, Ms. Tarin has performed work on legal cases up to $200 million. Her litigation support services are provided to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense on such issues as Real Estate Ethics, Lease Disputes, Property Management, and Financial Analysis.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Commercial / Residential Real Estate Brokerage Practices
    • Landlord / Tenant Disputes
    • Property Management Issues
    • Real Estate Development
    • Financial Analysis
    • Operating Expense Disputes
    • Broker Opinion of Value
    • Marketing and Market Analysis
    • Commercial Real Estate Leases / Lease Buyouts
    • Corporate Real Estate
    • Due Diligence
    • Site Selection and Analysis
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    Peter W. Leibundgut, Esq.
    333 Stoney Brook Ln
    Marlton NJ 08053
    USA
    phone: 8569128470
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    Peter W. Leibundgut, Esq., has 30 years of transactional, public, and private commercial and real estate finance, legal and bank consulting experience. He currently provides a range of financial services to borrowers and domestic and foreign private and institutional investors in connection with structuring, placing, and conducting due diligence in Commercial and Real Estate Financing Transactions.

    Mr. Leibundgut has decades of experience performing due diligence investigations, structuring, closing and restructuring public and commercial financial transactions on behalf of lenders; county, state and federal authorities and issuers; underwriters; finance companies; private equity and hedge fund investors; and borrowers.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Leibundgut serves as an expert witness and provides litigation support in cases involving contract disputes and complex public and commercial finance matters centering on debtor and creditor rights. He has served as an expert, provided litigation support, rendered expert reports, and testified in cases involving several billion dollars over the last seven years. Three of his cases were nationally recognized and several were cases of first impression. Mr. Leibundgut has also represented the FDIC in forensic commercial loan review.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Ponzi Schemes
    • Lender Liability
    • Legal Malpractice
    • Whole Bank Acquisitions
    • Shared Loss Matters
    • Fraud and Gross Negligence
    • Niche Lending
    • Contract Expertise
    • Factoring
    • Securitizations
    • Bonds
    • Syndications
    • Healthcare
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • P3s
  • Transportation
  • Purchase Orders
  • Public and Private Offerings
  • Letters of Credit
  • Secured and Unsecured Transactions
  • Bank Policy and Procedure
  • Bankruptcy
  • Derivatives
  • Equipment Leasing
  • Microfinance
  • Aircraft and Vessel Finance
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    Richard Payne
    57 Union Place Suite 316
    Summit NJ 07901
    USA
    phone: 908-277-0250
    fax: 908-277-3391
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    Richard Payne is a Mortgage Banking Expert and Managing Partner for Payne Advisory, LLC. He has served as lead advisor for the RTC at Prudential Securities for Mortgage Securitizations and on the Regional Advisory Boards of both FNMA and Freddie Mac. Mr. Payne has also served as President and CEO of several large and small cap mortgage banking firms.

    Areas of Expertise include:
  • Expert Witness services
  • Put-Back Reviews
  • Mortgage Risk Evaluations
  • Loss Mitigation Strategies
  • Merger & Acquisition Advisory
  • Operational Overviews
  • Credit Reviews
  • Branch Reviews
  • Warehouse Evaluations
  • Board of Director Training
  • Government Relations
  • Hard Money Lending
  • Mortgage Capital Markets
  • Distressed Asset Reviews
  • Specialty Servicer Reviews


  • Payne Advisory, LLC, has thirty years of Wall Street and Main Street experience and assists Companies to proactively address mortgage crisis issues. Its consultants include Lisa Jones who specializes in all aspects of residential mortgage banking, state and federal regulatory compliance, underwriting, credit risk and loss mitigation.
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    Dr. Thomas A. Musil, DPA, CVA
    13857 Kendall St. NE
    Forest Lake MN 55025
    USA
    phone: 612-207-7895
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    Dr. Thomas A. Musil, CVA, has over 35 years of experience in the Real Estate field and is a retired full-time Real Estate Professor. He has extensive experience serving as an expert witness in residential, multifamily, commercial, industrial, and institutional property disputes. Dr. Musil is a real estate broker and holds the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation. He provides expert testimony, research and analysis services to counsel representing Plaintiff and Defense.

    Real Estate Sales Agent & Broker Disputes:
    • Ethics & Conflicts of Interest
    • Negligence & Malpractice
    • Standards of Care
    • Due Diligence
    • Real Estate Industry Standards
    • Fiduciary Duties & Breach of Duty
    • Disclosure of Material Facts
    • Licensing Requirements
    Expertise and Experience:
    • Arbitration
    • Financing
    • Practices & Procedures
    • Water & Mold Damage
    • Seller Misrepresentation
    • Property Management
    • Housing Discrimination
    • Landlord/Tenant
    • Planning & Zoning
    • Economic Impact of Development
    • Development
    • Economic Loss
    • Business Interruption Damages
    • Disparate Impact in Housing Code Enforcement
    • Fraud
    • Mortgage Foreclosure Practices
    • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
    • Premises Liability
    • Property Defects
    • Homeowners Association (HOA) Disputes
    • Tenant in Common (TIC) disputes
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    Straightline Advisors
    President
    2808 Ashworth Circle
    Las Vegas NV 89107
    USA
    phone: 805-373-6840
    fax: 888-473-6510
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    Scope & Range of Services

    Overview: Kenneth Free is a hotel and resort with 43-years experience in the business. He is a highly credible resource for operations, real estate development, feasibility, business valuation, and business interruption issues.

    Degrees and Licenses held by the Principal: MBA-Finance, Bloch School of Management (University of Missouri in Kansas City); BS-Hotel Administration, Harrah College of Hotel Administration (University of Nevada in Las Vegas); Registered Resort Professional, American Resort Development Association; Master Hotel Supplier, American Hotel & Lodging Association; Real Estate Broker licensed by the California Department of Real Estate.

    Detail: Mr. Free’s company, Straightline Advisors, provides Advisory and Expert Services for Hotels, Resorts, Resort Timesharing, Fractionals, Condo Hotels, Casinos, Spas, and Recreational Real Estate. These services may be in relation to new properties going through the development or pre-development stages, those that are open and in need of fundamental change, or in any situation where disputes have arisen among the parties.

    Key areas of consulting and expert effectiveness are –

    Advisory & Expert Services:
    • Project Concept Development
    • Project Amenity Programming
    • Strategy Development
    • Project Predevelopment Matters
    • Project Management Issues
    • Acquisition of Financing
    • Repositioning and Expansion Strategies
    • Due Diligence for Property Acquisitions
    • Management of Property Dispositions
    • Investment / Financing Package Development
  • Lost Profits Calculation & Business Interruption Impacts
  • Retail Pricing Analysis
  • Absorption Forecasting
  • Brand/System Affiliation Studies and Negotiations
  • Franchise Disputes
  • Disputes Between Partners
  • Management / Marketing Company Search and Negotiations
  • Operational Reviews or Audits
  • Marketing Program Assessments
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    Robert Kehiayan, CPM
    34071 La Plaza
    Suite 140
    Dana Point CA 92629
    USA
    phone: 949-443-3030
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    Robert Kehiayan Commercial Real Estate Expert PhotoRobert Kehiayan, CPM, has over 35 years of experience in Asset and Property Management and Investment Brokerage. He specializes in commercial property including office and medical buildings, industrial parks, retail centers, and over 20,000 residential units.

    Background Experience - Mr. Kehiayan's experience with commercial properties is nationwide and involves leasing, sales, and management. He has substantial experience with commercial tenant leases, representing both landlords and tenants in leasing and property management. He has been intimately involved in countless lease transactions and lease administration.

    At a senior level, Mr. Kehiayan also supervises and trains agents in this regard. He is a California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) certified instructor and teaches an advanced continuing education CalBRE credit course on the topic of leasing, management, acquisition, and sale of commercial real estate. He is credentialed as a Certified Property Manager (CPM) by the Institute of Real Estate Management (the most respected organization in this sector or real estate).

    Litigation Support - Robert Kehiayan is a qualified expert witness, asset manager, property manager, leasing agent, and licensed Real Estate Broker & Realtor® in CA and TX. experience includes deposition and testimony in court. He has also completed declarations including a rule 26 federal court report.

    Expert Witness Services:
    • Courtroom testimony concerning industry standards, customs and practices in order to evaluate the legal liability of all parties
    • Supply analysis in order to ascertain the facts and determine the historic context of the disputed issue
    • Evaluate the arguments of opposing experts and assisting with the development of lines of questioning or specific questions for use in expert witness depositions
    Areas of Expertise:
    • All Commercial Real Estate including Retail, Office Spaces, Industrial, Apartment Properties, Shopping Centers, Storage Facilities, and Undeveloped Land
    • Property Management
    • Asset Management Leasing Representation for both Landlords and Tenants
    • Investment Property Analysis, Due Diligence, and Acquisition for Buyer
    • Broker Standard of Care
    • Buyer and Seller Representation
    • Due Diligence
    • Guidance through 1031 Exchange Process
    • Landlord and Tenant Issues
    • Industrial Real Estate
    • HOA Standard of Care
    View Robert Kehiayan Consulting Profile.
    9/27/2016 · Real Estate
    This article can help prevent a law suit arising over the interpretation of the terms "broom clean" and "normal wear and tear" at the early stages of drafting a lease agreement. If the lease is already in effect with these ambiguous terms, then this author offers a suggestion to prevent a conflict after the tenant moves out.

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    George Hedley
    Construction & Real Estate Development Expert
    1200 Quail St. #210
    Email: GH@HardhatPresentations.com
    Newport Beach CA 92660
    USA
    phone: 949-852-2005
    fax: 760-992-5343
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    George Hedley is the founder and President of Hedley Construction and Development Inc., a major General Contractor, Owner’s Representative, and Construction Manager headquartered in Southern California.

    Since 1977, Mr. Hedley has built and / or developed more than 1,000 projects totaling in excess of 15 million square feet of commercial, office, industrial, and residential projects valued at more than $700,000,000. As a general contractor and construction manager, he has constructed numerous projects ranging from $3,000,000 to $10,000,000 each.

    Mr. Hedley has served as a Past President of Associated Builders & Contractors and Southern California Builders Association. He has presented over 500 presentations and workshops to national construction conventions including over 60 programs at the World Of Concrete. He is author of 10 construction business books including “Get Your Construction Business to Always Make A Profit!”, and several workbooks on Estimating, Project Management, Field Management, and Contracts. He has also written over 250 published articles in major construction industry publications including Construction Business Owner magazine.

    Construction Expert Witness - Mr. Hedley offers construction expert witness and consulting services. His areas of expertise include:
    • Cost Estimating & Cost of Replacement
    • Defect Analysis and Inspections
    • Claims and Disputes
    • Standard Industry Practices
  • Schedule Delays
  • Contractor / subcontractor Disputes
  • Contracts and Change Orders
  • Field and Project Management
  • Real Estate Expert Witness - Mr. Hedley also offers Real Estate Development and Asset Management expert witness and litigation support services. His areas of expertise include:
    • Standard Practices Of Developers
    • Permits and Approval Processing
    • Architecture, Engineering & Planning Issues
    • Partnership and LLC Disputes
    • Financing, Construction Loans and Banking Disputes
    • Liability and Responsibility
    • Budgets and Proformas
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    George Hedley
    You can get your construction business to move to the next level, get organized and systemized, build an accountable responsible team, charge the right mark-up, always make a profit, and work exactly the way you want by drafting your BIZ-Builder Blueprint Action Plan.
    George Hedley
    This book tried-and-true methods to help fledgling business owners as well as seasoned ones who are just looking to increase capital and productivity. it offers a step-by-step process to help small business owners get what they want: profits, wealth, and freedom.
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    Catherine Ghiglieri
    President
    2300 Cypress Point West
    Austin TX 78746
    USA
    phone: 512-329-5101
    fax: 512-329-5166
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    Catherine Ghiglieri, former Texas Banking Commissioner, has more than 25 years bank regulatory experience, including 18 years with the Comptroller of the Currency. Ms. Ghiglieri has provided banking expert witness testimony in Federal and State Courts throughout the country. Ms. Ghiglieri founded Ghiglieri & Company, a full service consulting firm, which provides strategic planning, management studies, director training, and assistance with bank regulatory agencies. Ms. Ghiglieri co-founded The Bank Directors' College which provided training for bank directors and is co-author of The Ultimate Guide for Bank Directors and The Ultimate Guide for Bank Directors, Revised Edition.

    Services:
    Ms. Ghiglieri provides expert witness testimony on the following subjects:
  • Bank regulatory practices of the FDIC, OCC, Federal Reserve, and state banking departments
  • Banking industry standards
  • Banking practices and procedures
  • Federal and state banking laws and regulations
  • Bank fraud and Ponzi schemes
  • Check fraud & check kiting
  • Deposit account procedures
  • Directors' and officers' fiduciary duties
  • Corporate governance
  • Fraud detection procedures
  • Bank internal controls


  • Qualifications:
    Ms. Ghiglieri is the former Texas Banking Commissioner and has over 25 years of bank regulatory experience, including 18 years with the Comptroller of the Currency. As Texas Banking Commissioner, Ms. Ghiglieri was responsible for the supervision of the third largest state banking system in the United States, and the regulation of trust companies, foreign bank agencies, prepaid funeral contract providers, sale of check licensees, and money transmission businesses. She served as statutory receiver for failed trust companies, prepaid funeral contract providers and perpetual care cemeteries. Ms. Ghiglieri directed the statutory modernization of all statutes under the Texas Banking Department, most notably, revision of Texas’ 50-year-old banking laws. She made numerous appearances before the U.S. Congress and the Texas Legislature providing testimony on subjects such as financial modernization, and bank and funeral regulation.

    Education:
    University of Notre Dame - BBA in Finance
    Georgia State University - JD

    Licenses:
    Member of the State Bar of Georgia and the District of Columbia Bar.
    10/10/2016 · Banking
    Strategic planning has always been an important function of the board of directors, but it takes on an even more critical role when under the regulatory microscope. The OCC announced that, for the remainder of 2016, it will continue to focus on strategic risk, as banks change their business models to adapt to innovative products and services.

    8/12/2016 · Forgery & Fraud
    Ten years ago, I wrote an article on how banks could minimize their litigation risks. Unfortunately, many of the same schemes are present today as they were ten years ago, such as check fraud, check kiting, elder abuse, bookkeeper fraud, and construction loan fraud. Today, cybersecurity and other high-tech risks are consuming bankers' attention in order to reduce their operational and reputational risks. While these issues are important, here are a few of the low-tech ways in which banks can minimize their litigation risk.

    10/20/2014 · Banking
    Many banks need to add new board members because some are reaching a mandatory retirement age or because others who agreed to stay through the financial crisis now want to rotate off the board. Banks need to keep in mind that they will be under close scrutiny by any prospective candidate who will be conducting due diligence on the bank at the same time the bank is conducting due diligence on the candidate. In order to ensure your bank can attract top candidates for board positions, consider the following before beginning the recruiting process:

    11/8/2013 · Banking
    Directors in community banks are usually picked for two reasons: their expertise and their ability to bring business into the bank. Upon taking their places at the board tables, however, directors immediately learn that while bringing business into their bank is a laudable goal, they also have to ensure that their bank operates in a safe and sound manner. Directors, thus, walk a fine line between these two goals.

    2/27/2013 · Banking
    Strategic risk is currently a focus of regulatory scrutiny and the board of directors should understand what it is and how to manage it. Strategic risk is the risk to a bank's earnings and capital from making poor business decisions, from not implementing business decisions properly, or from failing to respond to industry changes.

    1/22/2011 · Banking
    As more and more banks are being downgraded to a problem bank status in this difficult economic environment, they are facing the prospect of a regulatory enforcement action.

    10/15/2009 · Banking
    Corporate governance refers to the manner in which a company is directed by its board of directors. With the collapse of such companies as Enron, WorldCom, and others, there has been greater scrutiny of corporate governance and the manner in which boards of directors make decisions affecting their companies.

    4/21/2009 · Banking
    For almost thirty years, bank regulators have operated under the Too Big To Fail (TBTF) Doctrine, whereby insolvent large banks are treated differently than insolvent community banks by keeping the large banks open and closing the community banks. Now is the time to do away with TBTF once and for all

    9/30/2008 · Banking
    Bankers are hearing horror stories about examiners’ demands and are confused as to how to plan for their next examination. What should they focus on? And will those things be the wrong things when the examiners come into their bank

    Catherine A. Ghiglieri and Jewell D. Hoover
    The Ultimate Guide for Bank Directors, Revised Edition provides bank directors with practical advice and updated information, including on Basel III, CFPB, cybersecurity and risk management, to guide the bank in a safe and sound manner.
    Catherine A. Ghiglieri and Jewell D. Hoover
    This book provides bank directors with a roadmap for navigating the challenges facing banks today.
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    Gerald M. Levy
    President
    11 W. 42nd Street, suite 508
    New York NY 10036
    USA
    phone: 212-992-3408
    fax: 212-992-3686
    Gerald M. Levy, real estate and banking consultant, serves as arbitrator and mediator of real estate and construction disputes and expert witness on practice standards for real estate lending, construction lending, commercial lending, credit risk, loan guarantees, brokerage, due diligence, negotiation of transactions, landlord/tenant disputes, ground and space leases, restructurings and workouts,real estate fraud analysis, corporate real estate, and real estate valuation.

    He is Professor at NYU and was Managing Director, Real Estate Finance Division, Chase Manhattan Bank; and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Real Estate and Corporate Services Division, Chemical Bank.

    Mr. Levy holds the MAI, CRE, and FRICS designations and is a neutral for American Arbitration Association. He is a New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker and a New York State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.
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    Douglas E. Johnston, Jr.
    Managing Director
    100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 940
    Santa Monica CA 90401
    USA
    phone: 310-917-1075
    fax: 310-393-9205
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    Douglas E. Johnston, Jr., is an expert witness in banking and corporate finance. He has 30 years experience across the US in senior management of leading Banking, Private Equity/Mergers and Acquisitions and Real Estate companies.

    Trained at a major AAA-rated East Coast bank, honored early in his career as a bank President, and confirmed by regulators in a Class 1 rated bank, Doug Johnston managed five full-service banking offices in Texas and California over 11 additional years, before expanding into mergers & acquisitions as EVP-Finance and Administration and a Founding Father of the largest private company in Los Angeles. He has due diligence, negotiation, documentation, and monitoring experience including as a lender, borrower, buyer, seller, manager and/or co-investor in hundreds of transactions including the service, technology, manufacturing, and real estate sectors across the US and also in Europe, with over $2 Billion in closed transactions. His over 3 decades in banking and finance management includes Bank Operations, Regulations, Credit Underwriting, Financial Statements, Commitments, Loan Agreements, Deeds, Guarantees, Purchase and Sale Agreements, Ventures, and Equity Partnerships, plus analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the parties. Doug is a published author on banking and finance topics since 2008, he is a past President of the Century City Rotary Club, and he is a frequent speaker to Advance Placement high school juniors in South Central Los Angeles under the Youth Business Alliance program.

    Litigation Support – Five Management, LLC and Doug Johnston provide complex business litigation support in Banking, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Due Diligence and Lender Liability for counsel representing Plaintiff and Defense. Mr. Johnston has provided litigation support in breach, misrepresentation, fraud and other actions in complex Business, Family and Employment cases since 2010.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Banking & Lending
    • Policy & Regulations
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Corporate Finance
    • Private Equity
    • Due Diligence
    • Operating Management
  • Leveraged Buyouts
  • Equity Syndications
  • International Business
  • Foreign Currencies
  • Hedging
  • Commodities
  • Marketing & Development
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    1/17/2017 · Real Estate
    Experts in the emerging field of data analytics now provide attorneys with powerful new tools to transform and evaluate 'data dumps' exchanged during legal discovery. While many national-scope firms have developed in-house data analytics skills, regional and local firms now also have full access to third party state-of-the-art processing algorithms and optical scanning software that convert paper images to analyzable data. Over the past five years, refinements in data analytics techniques and document review software have moved to the forefront of litigation support to dramatically change the landscape of discovery. To improve case outcomes, outside experts in data analytics look to: 1) get more out of the available case data, 2) reduce human error and risk, and 3) save 30-70% (or more) in costs and time. Several examples below illustrate the case for advanced analytics.

    2/26/2016 · Banking
    Negative interest rates are a confusing topic and they may be heading to the U.S. this year. Many Americans ask what they mean and why this is all happening. Since 2014, leading European central banks have initiated 'negative interest' policies as an economic stimulus measure by means of large government-issued or sovereign bond activities. Negative rates begin where major buyers of low-risk government bonds agree to accept a return less than their original investment when the bonds mature. Since Government bond rates are the bellwether for corporate bond rates, these once-improbable 'negative interest' bonds soon become a major influence in major bank bond portfolios. The Federal Reserve and U.S. banks are now looking at them.

    7/10/2015 · Banking
    While financial market observers in the US remain focused on the timing and magnitude of the Fed raising target interest rates over the months ahead, European bond markets have begun to experience just the opposite - the never-before-seen phenomenon of actual negative bond market interest rates. Since the Global Crisis of 2008, which saw both the Fed and foreign central bankers seeking both to calm markets and to encourage growth by reducing rates to the 'zero bound,' interest rates for bellwether German bonds and across Europe in late 2014 crossed into negative territory, and for the first time in world history.

    6/12/2015 · Finance
    As billionaire Warren Buffet once noted, "Price is what you pay. Value is what you get." Interested buyers, investors and bankers looking at new initiatives with companies often share similar objectives in 'kicking the tires' to be sure a target company has properly documented its business activities. On the other side of the transaction, the subject company's Founder, Board of Directors, CEO, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Accounting and/or other departments can find themselves overwhelmed by the volume of documentation requests. Third parties can test the bounds of both courtesy and reasonableness before committing to and funding a new transaction.

    5/12/2015 · Finance
    The emergence of structured finance products over twenty-five years ago enabled major commercial banks and investment houses to develop higher volumes of real estate, credit cards, automobiles and other asset-based loans in new and often more profitable ways. Historically, lenders normally generated these types of loans as portfolio loans, where the bank kept and monitored these loans on its own balance sheet and at its own risk. But beginning in the late 1980's, banks began to investigate taking an intermediary or conduit role for certain types of loan portfolios. When generating loans which met the advance underwriting criteria of large investors, banks and loan originators recognized they could simultaneously generate large fees and also promptly move these 'tailored' loan portfolios off the bank's books, by pre-packaging them for investor third parties.

    4/14/2015 · Finance
    "When it happens to you, you'll know it's true." Old Proverb A financial expert witness experienced in the due diligence process and in complex business negotiations can help unlock the valuation issues at the core of many business disputes. Merger and acquisition-related lawsuits can become an exercise in piecing together both the timing and materiality of various communications by representatives from both parties. Analysis of the specific due diligence activities undertaken and the data exchanged can yield key answers. With a full understanding of the processes and communications developed in due diligence and underwriting, business disputes can be more readily resolved.

    3/12/2015 · Economics
    Several important economic factors appear to be moving unfavorably for the US at the moment, both domestically and abroad, and there are increasing indications that America may not be able to orchestrate a global resurgence on its own. Despite encouraging signs of domestic recovery, fundamental structural problems persist in the US economy. The National Debt now exceeds $18 Trillion, the Department of Agriculture confirms that well over 46 million Americans continue on food stamps, and key voices have stepped forward asking for a deeper look at several U.S. economic statistics. Last week long-time Gallup CEO Jim Clinton very boldly drew attention to the government's recent 5.6% unemployment numbers, questioning them as overly optimistic interpretations of data, and noting on CNBC that the percentage of Americans holding full-time jobs is now the lowest in 60 years.

    2/13/2015 · Finance
    With the Federal Reserve's wide-ranging efforts to address the ongoing Credit Crisis through unprecedented money-creation activities, we are now likely witnessing the final phases of the U.S. Dollar's 64-year reign as the primary global reserve currency. Few Americans understand the implications of this dramatically unfolding global sea-change.

    1/14/2015 · Finance
    The global monetary system which was laid out by the Allied nations at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in 1944 is nearing its end, and daily we move closer to the threshold of a financial new world order. The United States, having created the most powerful economic system yet devised by man, and having earned global 'reserve currency status' for the US Dollar through America's unequalled military and economic power as the victor of two World Wars, is now nearing the unthinkable loss of the global financial dominance of the Dollar. Following the residential real estate 'Bubble' of 2002-2006, the sub-prime Credit Crisis of 2007, and the broader global financial meltdown which has followed, the U.S. has experienced dramatically declining levels of core lending & general economic activity.

    5/11/2015
    "In his most recent article about the never-before-in-history advent of negative interest rates in Europe and the U.S., Douglas E. Johnston, Jr., Founder and CEO of California-based Five Management, LLC advisors addresses some of the early implications of this startling new market frontier, which was not even envisioned by John Maynard Keynes, the founder of modern economic theory."
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    Edwards and Cherney, LLP
    Craig Cherney
    14300 N. Northsight Blvd.
    #129
    Scottsdale AZ 85260
    USA
    phone: 480-240-0040
    fax: 480-656-9566
    Craig Cherney, Esq. is a Private Equity and Pooled Investment Fund Manager familiar with Standards of Care and Fiduciary Duties between investors and the real estate sponsor or developer handling the syndicated funds. He understands real estate business plans, budgets, reporting, disclosure duties, operating fees, management fees, brokerage commissions, finder's fees and reasonableness of third party vendor payments to real estate professionals. Mr. Cherney's other expertise includes land acquisition, pre-acquisition due diligence, valuation, procuring entitlements, zoning, land development, master plan communities and disposition and sale of paper lots and finished lots to public home builders.

    Craig Cherney has deep experience in acquisition and disposition of hundreds of millions of investment capital in residential land, master plan communities, commercial real estate development projects and entitlement and zone change opportunities throughout the United States. A Joint Venture expert between institutional capital, private investors and local real estate operators, he is able to conduct multiple financial models and sensitivity analysis showing present value and projected IRR rates of return and equity multiples that a real estate project should have delivered in the open market.

    Mr. Cherney is a licensed attorney in 3 states (AZ, CA, NV), a licensed real estate broker (CA), and a Member of the Urban Land Institute Council: Residential Neighborhood Development Council.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Real Estate Valuation
    • Commercial Real Estate
    • Land
    • Due Diligence
    • Fiduciary Duty
    • Standards of Care
    • Real Estate Finance
    • Real Estate Management
  • Real Estate Syndication
  • Real Estate Acquisition
  • Real Estate Entitlements
  • Land Development
  • Land Use
  • Land Valuation
  • Management Fees
  • Commissions
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    Douglas Minor
    Founder
    2625 Townsgate Rd. Suite 330
    Westlake Village CA 91361
    USA
    phone: 805-267-1118
    fax: 805-299-4980
    As Author of Anatomy of Credit Scores and Founder / President of Easy Credit Relief, Inc., Douglas Minor focuses on helping and teaching people how to understand the credit system. Showing them the best ways to use credit and maximize their score.

    Doug has spent the last 25 years reviewing personal credit reports and financial profiles of individuals. He has happily been quoted and interviewed for articles appearing in FoxBusiness.com, Yahoo! Finance, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

    During this time he has enjoyed answering thousands of questions regarding credit scores and the information contained in credit reports.

    Having a pragmatic disposition as well a broad base of experience in business he has the unique knowledge and academics to assess damages. He has performed training classes to audiences of all levels of sophistication including Professional Groups, Lenders, CEO’s, and Consumers. As a respected Expert in Credit Related Damages, Credit Reporting, and Scoring he serves as a litigation consultant / expert witness for those involved in credit damages litigation.
    Doug Minor
    This book is for professionals and consumers alike. In this comprehensive how-to guide and easy to follow references, provides in-depth coverage of the credit reporting, repairing and scoring system. This is an eye opening journey into one of the most misunderstood yet needed topics of today.
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    E. Robert Miller
    President, CPM, CIPS, CMC
    330 Primrose Road, Suite 606
    Burlingame CA 94010
    USA
    phone: 650-373-0705
    fax: 650-373-0709
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    E. Robert Miller has over 40 years of service to the real estate profession and has unrivaled expertise in Property Management Techniques. As President of E. Robert Miller & Associates, he provides Expert Witness Consulting and trial work, educational services and business development services.

    Mr. Miller has served on more than 980 cases as an Expert Witness or Consultant in the property management field since 1996. He was the 2004 Northern California Expert Witness Association President. Mr. Miller's experience and thoroughness in research, depositions and trial situations makes him your best choice for an expert witness in property management litigation.

    Areas of Expertise
  • Accident or Assault - Safety/Security Conditions
  • Improper Eviction
  • Unpaid Rent - Habitability Standards
  • Contractor Dispute
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Bankruptcy
  • Animal Control
  • Security Deposits
  • Association Board Responsibilities/Management Duties
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