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Eric L. Risberg
President
268 Bush #2100
San Francisco CA 94104
USA
phone: 415-531-1414
fax: 415-449-3606
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Eric Risberg is a Commercial Real Estate Expert Witness with nationwide experience and a strong emphasis on California real estate. He has been advising clients on commercial real estate matters since 1993. Mr. Risberg is the founder of Advanced Appraisal International, Inc., based in San Francisco, California. Earlier in his career, he provided commercial real estate appraisal services to American Appraisal Associates, the world’s largest independent valuation firm. Mr. Risberg has appraised property for more than 400 clients, including over 20 Fortune 500 companies in over 30 states.

Noteworthy projects include participation in the valuation of more than 200 investment-grade properties for a major U.S. Life Insurance Company, more than 50 hotel valuations for Marriott International, nationwide retail property portfolio valuations for Copley Real Estate Advisors, and the appraisal of high-rise office buildings in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.

Mr. Risberg has been hired as an Expert Witness on many occasions and has testified at trials for a number of cases. His expertise is called upon to value complex properties and advise clients on real property matters. Consulting Services are also provided in mediations, arbitrations or other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) settings such as JAMS or the American Arbitration Association to resolve matters that are not expected to go to trial.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Changes in Market Conditions
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Forensic Valuations
  • Land Value Disputes
  • Real Estate Broker Standard of Care
  • Ground Leases
  • Residential Properties
  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes
  • Physical Damage Claims to Real Estate Due to a Variety of Natural or Man-Made Causes
  • Land Use and Zoning Issues
  • Lease-Option Arbitrations
  • Divorce Cases
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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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    Cantrell Associates
    James H. Cantrell, CPM
    11315 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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    Capital Consultants Realty Services
    Roland Freeman
    CPM, CRE, FRICS
    5720 LBJ Freeway Suite 460
    Dallas TX 75240-6328
    USA
    phone: 972-233-3550
    fax: 972-233-3540
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    Roland D. Freeman is a Real Estate Finance and Property Management Expert with experience in Group Investment, Acquisitions, Marketing and Development. He holds the CPM, CRE and FRICS designations from IREM, Counselors and Royal Chartered Surveyors. Mr. Freeman's total lifetime transactions have passed the four billion dollar level. Besides being involved in some manner with over 175,000 apartments, he has handled development, management, and/or finance on several million square feet of retail, industrial, and office space as well as six hotels. His subdivision and site development experience has covered nearly 1,000 acres. During the last 50 years, Mr. Freeman estimates that he has been to 2,000 closings and signed nearly one billion dollars worth of real estate mortgages. He now has over 100 public and private real estate syndications added to his experience.

    Mr. Freeman now devotes most of his personal time to consulting, research and litigation support. His cases deal with Property Management, Finance, Construction, Development, Acquisitions, Due Diligence, Syndication, Partnership and Real Estate Brokerage and Accounting Issues. He has given testimony in Federal Bankruptcy, Tax and District Courts and numerous State and County Courts. He also participates in arbitration panels and as an NASD arbitrator. Mr. Freeman's cases have been 70% defense, 30% plaintiff in twenty-five years as an expert.

    Mr. Freeman has been an officer in numerous professional and trade organizations including the Presidency of two national groups. He is a frequent speaker and writes and teaches in industry schools and seminars. He has received numerous awards for outstanding service and achievement in his field of expertise.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Maintenance and Security
    • Development Feasibility
    • Bankruptcy Plan Feasibility
    • Property Management Standards
    • Fraud in Sales Transactions
    • Due Diligence Issues
    • Standards of Care in Employee and Resident Screening
    • Contractor Supervision
    • Forensic Property Management Accounting Issues
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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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    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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    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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    Steven D. Epcar
    Principal, CPM
    2031 Hardwick Way
    Granite Bay CA 95746
    USA
    phone: 916-899-6218
    Steven D. Epcar, CPM, is an Expert in Real Estate and Property Management Issues with 35+ years of experience;including residential, commercial, retail and mixed-use properties. Experienced in litigation support including standard of care, partnership conflicts, brokerage issues,landlord/tenant disputes, valuation,personal injury and life safety cases. Mr. Epcar is a member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA).

    Mr. Epcar is a real estate consultant for institutional and private investors and provides an array of services including: asset/property management related assignments, organizational assessments, financial feasibility, due diligence,and new development services.

    Previously, Mr. Epcar served as President, Residential Services for Carmel Partners a R/E investment/management firm in San Francisco, Principal/Founding Partner of Ventana Property Services, a West Coast third party management and consulting firm and President,Prometheus Management Group,a development/investment/management firm.
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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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