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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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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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Dr. Elliott E. Dudnik, PhD
FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CSI, ICC
913 Wesley Avenue
Evanston IL 60602
USA
phone: 847- 866-7760
fax: 847-866-7897
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Dr. Elliott E. Dudnik, PhD, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CSI, ICC, is Principal of Elliott Dudnik + Associates, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Illinois-Chicago, with more than 50 years of professional experience as an Architect, Structural Engineer and Planner encompassing numerous commercial, residential, industrial and public building projects. As a noted educator-researcher, award and grant recipient, and author of more than 30 publications, Prof. Dudnik has lectured and taught at major universities in the US, Asia, Australia and Europe and consulted on Building Code Development, Building Facade and Porch Failures, Inspector Training, and Accessibility.

Dr. Dudnik's litigation support activities on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants include investigations, analyses, expert witness reports, depositions, and testimonies that draw upon his extensive professional experiences as well as many years of teaching and lecturing to convey and explain complex concepts to judges and juries. Dr. Dudnik has now been engaged in more than 70 cases involving Architectural and Structural Engineering, Building Design and Construction, Defects, Collapses and Failures, and Building-Related Injuries.

Forensic Architectural Services Include:
  • Expert Witness and Litigation Support
  • Code Violation, Compliance and Interpretation
  • Building Failures and Remedial Design
  • Building Envelope and Water Intrusion
  • Design and Construction Defects
  • Slip, Trip and Fall and Other Personal Injuries
  • Handicapped Accessibility and ADA Compliance
  • Errors and Omission, Professional Liability and Standards of Care
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Robert S. Griswold, CRE, CPM, CCIM, PCAM, CCAM, GRI, ARM
5703 Oberlin Drive
Suite 300
San Diego CA 92121
USA
phone: 888-606-0617
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Robert Griswold Real Estate Management Expert PhotoRobert S. Griswold, CRE, CPM, CCIM, PCAM, CCAM, GRI, ARM, has over 30 years of specialized experience in the field of Real Estate Management. He is currently active as a day-to-day hands-on, licensed practitioner, consultant, and expert witness in all aspects of real estate (except valuation).

A 3-time graduate of the distinguished Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with a BS ('81), MBA ('86) and MSBA (2nd Masters) ('88) in real estate and related disciplines, Mr. Griswold is a recognized expert on management of all types of residential real estate. He has actively managed over 60,000 residential units and several million square feet of commercial, industrial, self-storage and retail properties nationally. He has extensive experience as a court-appointed receiver (over 160 times) for private lenders and major financial institutions.

Litigation Support - In the last 20+ years, Mr. Griswold has consulted on over 1,800 litigation matters, has been deposed over 300 times, and provided sworn testimony in trial or arbitration on over 100 occasions in both state and federal litigation matters throughout the United States. Also serving as a court-appointed bankruptcy Custodian and Referee, his case work is very evenly divided between plaintiff and defense work.

Mr. Griswold is uniquely qualified to opine on real estate related litigation matters having authored or co-authored the 3 best selling real estate books: Real Estate Investing For Dummies; Property Management Kit For Dummies; and Landlord's Legal Kit For Dummies. His 15+ years as an On-Air NBC-TV Real Estate Expert and a similar tenure as a major radio station weekly talk show host have prepared him to present opinions to juries.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Property Manager or Broker Fiduciary Duty
  • Transactions
  • Lease / CAM Disputes
  • Lease Mitigation
  • Premises Liability - Trip & Fall
  • Maintenance or Failure to Maintain
  • "Slumlord" Allegations
  • Health & Safety or Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Property Inspections
  • Water Intrusion, Mold
  • Bed Bugs
  • Fair Housing, Discrimination
  • HUD Management Issues, Criminal Acts
  • Management / Receiver Fees
  • Transfer Disclosures, Misrepresentation, Negligence
  • Negligent Hiring, Supervision, Termination
  • Association Board Duties and Negligence
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    A comprehensive guide to the laws and legalities of renting property. This one-stop legal reference provides both guidance and the correct forms that help landlords avoid tenant issues, which could lead to legal ramifications. From screening potential tenants to handling your own insurance and taxes, you'll find expert insight in this easy-to-read style that simplifies complex legal matters into understandable terms. The book includes access to all the needed legal forms in both English and Spanish, and contains current information about applicable codes, ordinances, and policies across the country.
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    Thinking about becoming a landlord? This book gives you proven strategies for establishing and maintaining rental properties, whether a single family or multi-resident unit. You'll find out how to prepare and promote your properties, select tenants, handle repairs, avoid costly mistakes and legal missteps—and meet your long-term goals.
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    Lonnie Haughton, MCP
    Master Code Professional
    318 Harrison Street, Suite 103
    Oakland CA 94607
    USA
    phone: 510-893-5501
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    Lonnie Haughton, MCP is the Principal Codes / Construction Consultant at Richard Avelar & Associates, a forensic architectural consulting firm in Oakland, California. He is a CA-licensed General Contractor.

    Mr. Haughton is Certified by the International Code Council as a Master Code Professional. He is also a Building Inspector, Plans Examiner, and Building Code Official with strong expertise in the California Building Code and, its predecessor, the Uniform Building Code.

    Mr. Haughton has spent the past fifteen years compiling a hard-copy library of historic codes and a digital library of more than 30,000 reference documents including building envelope standards, evaluation reports, and related research materials, which he relies upon in his current managerial position – specially created to reflect his MCP certification and codes expertise.

    Litigation Support Lonnie Haughton provides expert services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense throughout the western United States. He has multiple peer-reviewed articles and papers published nationwide.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Building Codes - Historic and present
    • ADA and Accessibility - California Certified Access Specialist
    • Personal Injury - Code Evaluations (including: ‘negligence per se’)
    • Contractor’s Duty of Care - Compliance with plans, specifications and industry standards
    • Water Damage & Interior Humidity - Identifying actual causes and mechanisms
    • Dataloggers - Measurements of ambient moisture content
    • Sampling - Qualitative v. quantitative sampling of the building envelope
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    4/3/2015 · Construction
    Who likely should be blamed for the blackish mold growth found at this new three-bedroom, two-bath apartment in San Jose, California? Unfortunately, landlords often rush to accuse their tenants of generating too much "lifestyle moisture". In many cases, such assessments are both inaccurate and unfair.

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    Matthew Roetter
    President
    PO Box 1506
    Hayden ID 83835
    USA
    phone: 208-704-4339
    fax: 208-772-4650
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    Matthew Roetter has approximately 16 years of experience working in the Fenestration Industry. He provides services nationally and internationally to consumers, attorneys, insurance companies, architects, contractors, and manufacturers.

    Mr. Roetter's fenestration work history includes sales, manufacturing, installation, marketing and service of Pella windows, Hurd windows, Kolbe & Kolbe windows and custom wood curved windows and moldings. He spent much time in the field working closely with architects, building contractors and consumers regarding the proper installation and service of fenestration products. He also has a very unique experience in that he designed and manufactured custom curved wood windows and curved wood moldings, therefore he has a perspective of correct design, manufacture and installation of fenestration products.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Roetter is the foremost fenestration expert in the United States based on the number of his class action cases and his 19 years of experience as an expert witness. He has been retained as an expert or consultant for counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant and has never been disqualified.

    Typically he is hired to determine if design, manufacturing, installation, or maintenance defects are the causation of damages.

    Mr. Roetter provides product liability and fraud investigations, forensic analysis of fenestration components, personal injury investigations, and criminal and civil investigations. His services include site inspection, report writing, destructive analysis of fenestration components, case investigation, and expert witness testimony when necessary. Mr. Roetter employs university laboratories to support his opinions.

    For over three years, Mr. Roetter has served as a member of the Idaho Board of Medicine Medical Malpractice Prelitigation Panel. Before a doctor or medical care provider can be sued in an Idaho Civil Court, the case must first be heard by the Prelitigation Panel.

    Recent Cases:
    • Water Infiltration
    • Premature Wood Rot
    • Sealant Failure
    • Seal Failure
    • Personal Injury
  • Inert Gas Loss
  • Manufacturing Defects
  • Design Defects
  • Installation Defects
  • Maintenance Defects
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    Property Development Consultant
    3861 N.31st Terrace
    Hollywood FL 33021
    USA
    phone: 954-987-1077
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    Howard N. Shapiro has over 40 years of experience in his field of Property Development. As a Director and Senior Vice President of Pacific International Equities, Inc., which, during his 26 year tenure, was Miami Beach’s largest, luxury, condominium, high-rise developer, he oversaw the acquisition, planning, design, development, and marketing of over 4,500 units with a market value exceeding $750,000,000.

    In 1997, Mr. Shapiro left Pacific to start his own firm, Howard Shapiro & Company, where he provides Consultancy and Expert Witness Services to the development industry. He currently lends his experience to the legal industry as an expert witness in cases involving real estate development. Mr. Shapiro is also qualified as a Florida Supreme Court Arbitrator. He is available for cases involving:
    • Property Development
    • Property Transactions
    • Condominium Development
    Given his experience, Mr. Shapiro has recently been asked by the University of Miami School of Law to assist its LLM Program in Real Property Development, which led to his being appointed to its Adjunct Faculty as its Developer in Residence. Working with law students and faculty, he lectures and assists students and professors in the classroom setting, where he present the client’s point of view and the reality of the real estate development industry, which complements the theoretical legal aspects learned by students through their law classes.

    Because of his broad development experience, particularly in the field of South Florida condominiums, he was invited by Florida’s pre-eminent condominium and association legal expert, Gary Poliakoff, Esquire, to edit his book, “New Neighborhoods: a Consumer's Guide to Condominium, Co-op, and HOA Living.”

    Approved by the Florida Supreme Court as a Certified Circuit Court Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator.

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    Francis A. Stanisz, AIA, CPC
    1497 S. Fairfax Street
    Denver CO 80222
    USA
    phone: 720-314-2256
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    Francis Stanisz, AIA, CPC, is a licensed practicing Architect and Certified Passive House Contractor (CPC) Master Builder with 35 years of architecture, construction, and development experience.

    Mr. Stanisz's experience includes the architectural design of numerous projects including restaurants, office buildings, recreational buildings, and financial institutions. He is responsible for the construction of projects totaling in excess of $50 million dollars. He is adept at contract negotiations, loan agreements, lease agreements, hiring and coordination of architectural and engineering services, construction management, and all development management.

    Litigation Support - Having been a real estate developer for 10 year, Mr. Stanisz offers a broad perspective with respect to architecture and construction litigation. He has worked on behalf of architects, general contractors, subcontractors, and real estate developers in several states, including Maryland, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Missouri, North Dakota, and Montana. He has the ability to work throughout the continental United States. Mr. Stanisz provides factual opinions and honest analyses. He has provided reports and testimony in over 100 cases.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Architect Standard of Care
    • Construction Defects
  • Contractor / Developer Standard of Care
  • Design / Build
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