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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: 30 Courts
  • STATES RETAINED: 27 - 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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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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    Robert S. Griswold, et al
    Do you want to get involved in real estate investing, but aren't quite sure where to start? Real Estate Investing For Dummies is your go-to resource for making sense of the subject, offering plain-English, step-by-step explanations of everything you need to know to keep yourself one step ahead of the competition. Inside, you'll discover how to overcome the challenges of the market, take advantage of the opportunities in any real estate environment—including a down market—and so much more.
    Robert S. Griswold
    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.
    Robert S. Griswold
    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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    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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    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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    Steven Zivolich, MA, ACI, CMC, CCI
    2133 Schaeffer Rd.
    Sebastopol CA 95472
    USA
    phone: 707-239-2601
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    Steven Zivolich, MA, ACI, CMC, CCI, has over 20 years of experience specializing in Mold and Indoor Air Quality investigation.

    As Senior Inspector of Sherlock Homes and Mold Inspection “Protecting Health & Home” for over 20 years, Mr. Zivolich has completed over 7,000 residential, commercial, property, mold, and environmental inspections. He has also delivered over 50 mold educational seminars for inspectors, code enforcement officers, and professional organizations.

    Certifications and Memberships:
    • CREIA Certified Property Inspector, CCI, California Real Estate Inspector Association
    • ASHI Certified Property Inspector, ACI, American Society of Home Inspector
    • Radon Measurement Provider, California Department of Public Health
    • Certified Microbial Consultant, CMC, American Council for Accredited Certification
    • National Microbial Certification Board, American Council for Accredited Certification
    • California Real Estate Inspectors Association
    • American Society of Home Inspectors
    • National Environmental Health Association
    • American Society of Radon Scientists and Technologists
    • Board of Directors, California Real Estate Inspectors Association
    Litigation Support - Mr. Zivolich provides expert witness services for Mold and Indoor Air Quality Real Estate Inspection litigation. His services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include site inspection, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Indoor Air Quality
    • Mold
    • Black Mold
    • Moisture Mold
    • Tenant / Landlord Mold Issues
    • Stachybotrs
  • Mycotoxin
  • Mold Illness
  • Allergen
  • ERMI
  • Environmental Relative Mold Index
  • Thermal Imaging Mold
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    Stanisz CM, LLC
    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, has 35+ years experience as a licensed Architect and General Contractor. In addition to providing expert services, Mr. Stanisz works part time as Director of Pre-Construction Services for a Denver area general contractor.

    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 has provided investigation, reports, and testimony in over 100 cases including
    • Architect Standard of Care
    • Construction Defects
    • Contractor / Developer Standard of Care
    • Design / Build
    • Job Site Safety
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