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Horizon Consulting Service
Dennis Wilson
909 14th Street
Modesto CA 95354
phone: 209-491-7620
Dennis E. Wilson has over forty years of experience in Land Planning, Civil Engineering, and Land Surveying. His company, Horizon Consulting Service, specializes in Entitlements, In-Fill Projects, Civil Engineering, and Land Planning and Design for commercial, industrial and residential properties. Mr. Wilson works on both private and governmental projects.

As an Expert Witness, Mr. Wilson has participated in property line disputes, condemnation resolutions and land use issues.

Professional Memberships:
  • American Planning Association
  • Past Chair of Land Use Committee, National Association of Home Builders
  • Past Chair Land Use & Government Affairs, California Building Industry Association
  • Past Chair of BIACC PAC
  • Past Chair/Current Member on Land Use & Transportation Committee, Modesto Chamber of Commerce
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    Straightline Advisors
    2808 Ashworth Circle
    Las Vegas NV 89107
    phone: 805-373-6840
    fax: 888-473-6510

    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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    John A. Dalkowski, III, CRE, MAI
    Corporate Office (FL, SC Offices Below)
    30 Wall St., 8th Floor
    New York NY 10005-3128
    phone: 212-983-2426 888-589-3444
    John Dalkowski Real Estate Expert PhotoJohn A. Dalkowski III, CRE, MAI, is Managing Director of NRER, with offices in Miami, FL; New York, NY and Hilton Head Island, SC. He has over 45 years experience in Real Estate Valuation, Development, and Counseling in 26 states and has appraised in excess of $8 Billion in assets.

    Mr. Dalkowski's major focus is litigation and arbitration support and expert witness services, distressed property solutions, and valuation advisory services, particularly on specialized or complex transactions such as major office buildings and hotels and other trophy real estate assets, including ski resorts, waterparks, outdoor entertainment venues, resort hospitality and timeshare properties, and correctional facilities. He has completed numerous valuations of major Manhattan hotels and office buildings and more than 100 distressed asset valuations for the FDIC, as well as complex litigation support such as the recent Chinese Drywall test case in Louisiana.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Dalkowski is experienced in providing transactional counseling, litigation, arbitration support, expert witness testimony, forensic appraisals, and valuation advisory services, particularly on specialized or complex transactions.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Acquisitions
    • Dispositions
    • Full and Partial Interests' Appraisals
    • Complex Valuations
    • Development
    • Market and Feasibility Studies
    • EB-5 Feasibility Studies
    • Investment Analysis
    • Diminution of Value Damages
  • Environmental Stigma
  • Tax Appeal Asset Allocation
  • Air Rights
  • Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs)
  • Foreclosure / Deficiency Judgments
  • Eminent Domain
  • Condemnations
  • Construction Defects
  • Historic Façade Easements / Conservation Easements
  • Miami Office
    701 Brickell Avenue
    Suite 1550
    Miami, FL 33131
    South Carolina Office
    Flamingo Street
    P.O. Box 7523
    Hilton Head Island, SC 29228

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    Property Development Consultant
    3861 N.31st Terrace
    Hollywood FL 33021
    phone: 954-987-1077
    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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    Michael P. Russell
    8209 Tuscany Avenue
    Playa Del Rey CA 90293
    phone: 310-745-1560
    fax: 310-305-8570
    Michael P. Russell and Mark McCaslin has over 75 years of Real Estate experience as an expert witness regarding the buying, selling, financing, leasing and developing of all property types. In 2011, serving as their real estate expert witness, my clients and legal teams were successful in winning judgments of $50.3M (validated four joint ventures), $22M (valuation of real estate portfolio) and $3M (Substantiated terms of payment due by a public agency to a private developer).

    • Managed $2B in Transactions
    • Sold over $500M in Property
    • Entitled over 5,000 residential units; 7 million sq. ft. of office space
    • Developed over 2 million sq. ft. of office
    Areas of Expertise:
    • Receiverships
    • Valuation
    • Partnership Disputes
    • Lender/Borrower
    • Landlord/Tenant
    • Broker Standard of Care
    • Entitlements
    • Title and Easements
    • Public/Private Agreements
    • Homeowner Associations
    • Real Estate Contracts and Instruments
    • Divorce--Real Estate Forensics, Valuation and Distribution
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    Philip Simmons
    5023 Butterfield Ct.
    Culver City CA 90230
    phone: 310-439-4119
    fax: 310-300-3020
    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
    Any thoughtful expert regularly struggles with the desire to offer our hiring attorneys ideas or information that go beyond the scope of the matters on which we were asked to opine. As experts in our field, we often bring a perspective and understanding of the often complex and multi-dimensional issues that go well beyond that of our attorney clients. Some lawyers welcome the broader view we can offer, some actually craft their case around our positions, but some just want to limit us to answering the questions we were asked. Technically our job, after all, is to advocate for our opinion - not to advocate for a specific outcome of the litigation. That said, our value to our client attorneys is enhanced when we help them craft arguments that will win the case.

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    James D. Wamble, PE, RLS
    PE, RLS
    40 Middleton Street
    Nashville TN 37210
    phone: 615-251-9555
    fax: 615-251-9034
    James D. Wamble, PE, RLS has over 30 years of experience as a Professional Civil Engineer and Registered Land Surveyor. During the course of his career, Mr. Wamble has worked on land planning, land surveying, or civil engineering projects in all counties of the middle and west Tennessee regions, and several counties in east Tennessee.

    Mr. Wamble has offered litigation support services as an expert witness in cases since 1976. In the last four years, he has testified 12 times in 8 lawsuits. These litigation cases include land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering issues. Mr. Wamble has experience with depositions, trials, hearings, and arbitrations.

    Expert Witness Services Include:
    • Research
    • Site Inspections
    • Engineering Analysis
    • Land Surveys
  • Survey and Civil Engineering Drawings
  • Investigation
  • Report Writing
  • Exhibit Preparation
  • Areas of Expertise:

    • Civil Engineering: Design of grading, drainage, utilities, roads, lakes, dams, detention basins, parking lots, shopping centers, subdivisions, apartments, condominiums, planned unit developments, specific plans, industrial parks, mobile home parks, mini warehouses, hotels and office building site plans; flood, drainage, and utility studies; low impact design; financial developability and constructability analysis of proposed developments; preparation of cost estimates; assisting clients in setting project budgets; designing projects to contain cost within determined project budget; construction project management, inspection, administration, and processing of contractors’ pay requests
    • Land Surveying: Topographic, Route, Land, Boundary, Utilities, Aerial ground control, Engineering design, and Construction Surveys
    • Land Planning: Land use/development feasibility analysis, planning and concept design of residential, commercial, industrial and municipal projects; zone change applications; planned unit development and specific plan applications; site selection consultation; and graphic presentations
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