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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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    Allan D. Snyder
    Principal
    3943 Irvine Blvd., Ste. 412
    Irvine CA 92602
    USA
    phone: 657-859-6133
    fax: 657-859-6142
    PROPERTY MANAGEMENT EXPERT
  • Depositions: 800+
  • Mediations & Arbitrations: 100+
  • Trial Testimony: 80
  • More than 10,000 properties inspected.
  • RETAINED BY 300 LAW FIRMS IN 23 STATES
  • 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
  • AREAS OF EXPERTISE
  • Standard of Care; Custom and Practice
  • Building & Safety Codes
  • Fair Housing Practices (FEHA)
  • Personal Injury (Slip, Trip & Fall)
  • Premises Liability
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • PROPERTY TYPES
  • Multi-family Units Managed: 25,000
  • Association, Hospitality, & Timeshare Units Managed: 100,000
  • Associations Managed: 1,000
  • Commercial Properties Managed: 1,250,000 sq.'
  • Mobile Home & RV Spaces Managed: 3,800
  • Single Family Units Managed: 3,500
  • Commercial Property Inspections Performed: 900
  • Association Property Inspections Performed: 3,600
  • Parking lots and Parking Structures: Personal Injury; Snow & Ice


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    J.F. Chip Morrow
    Nationwide coverage
    San Antonio ALL States 78261
    USA
    phone: 866-365-7212 (Toll Free)
    fax: Toll free 866-869-4062
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    Profile: 47+ yrs experience in financial, mortgage & business institutions including 17+ President, CEO & Director & 6+ director of a mortgage company. 15+ years of leadership/ directorships in national & state trade associations. Over 500 federal & state nationwide cases i for FDIC, FannieMae, financial institutions, mortgage companies, businesses, non-banks, individuals. Services provided: consulting, depositions, reports, affidavits & court testimonies.

    Expertise: Financial Institutions, Mortgage Institutions, Business, Real Estate. Residential mortgage loans,construction loans, commercial real estate loans, business loans, SBA; Operations; Fraud; Lender Liability; Policy & Procedures; Fiduciary Duties, D & O conduct, Other. Reports, depositions & court testimony in Federal, Bankruptcy & state courts.

  • 500+ nationwide cases working both for defendants and plaintiffs.

  • 20+ years of in-house, industry, and outside expert witness experience.

  • 75+ depositions taken and 35+ court appearances in both Federal and state courts.

  • Clients: FannieMae, FDIC, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA, Viacom, Wells Fargo Bank, State of CA, Bank of America, Amex, Citicorp Mortgage, Washington Mutual, Bank One, Long Beach Mortgage, EMC Mortgage, JPMorganChase Bank, PacifiCare, Beal Bank, Avnet, Fidelity Title & First American Title

  • Approximately 50% of cases are for financial institutions, 40% against financial institution and 10% are other.

  • Serving clients nationally— 40% plaintiffs and 60% defendants.

  • Resume, fee information and references provided on request.
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    J. Michael Feeks
    Principal
    See Locations Below
    MA, NJ USA
    phone: 978-887-3960
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    Offices:
    150 Allen Road, Suite 100
    Liberty Corner, NJ 07938
    8 Kate's Lane
    Boxford, MA 01921

    Profile: J. Michael Feeks, one of the founders of Bank Experts Group, provides litigation support and expert witness services to law firms in banking-related matters. He has handled approximately 70 cases as an expert and has provided court-room and/or deposition testimony in more than 15 of these matters.

    Expertise: Mr. Feeks has served as an expert in cases involving:
    • Commercial and Real Estate Lending
    • Loan Approval, Workout and Administration
    • Business and Consumer Banking Operations
    • Management Policies, Practices and Procedures
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Bankruptcies and Frauds
    Law Firms Served, include: Bailey Kennedy, Cahill Gordon & Reindel, Elliott Reihner Siedzikowski & Egan, Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas, Margolis Edelstein, McCarter & English, Scarinci & Hollenbeck, Schenck Price Smith & King, Shearman & Sterling, Shipman & Wright, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf.

    Background: 35+ years banking experience. Served major bank in business lending, branch operations and management. Served community banks as president, director and other senior positions. MBA – New York University. Graduate – Manhattan College and Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

    Bank Experts Group is a consulting firm that provides litigation support in banking-related matters and specialized assistance to banks and other financial institutions. The principals are experienced former bankers, regulators and educators with extensive experience in bank management.

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    Bank
    7/26/2006 · Banking
    How do some community banks manage to go from near-failure to above-average ROAs and ROEs in a matter of a several years? How do mediocre performers achieve top-tier financial performance in similar timeframes? Generally speaking, there are at least 10 success factors underlying most turnarounds of operations and earnings

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    A. Patrick Sheahan
    Commercial Real Estate Consultant
    17470 N. Pacesetter Way
    Scottsdale AZ 85255
    USA
    phone: 480-251-5338
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    A. Patrick Sheahan has over 30 years experience in the Commercial Real Estate and Mortgage Banking fields. Mr. Sheahan has been a licensed Arizona Real Estate Broker since 1992 and owns and is the Designated Broker for Berry & Doyle, LLC.

    The company represents regional and national retail, office and industrial tenants as an Exclusive Tenant Representative. Clients include Wingstop, Baskin Robbins, Pizza Patron and Mr. Sheahan has represented H & R Block in well over 200 lease transactions in Arizona during the 15 years. They also represent clients as an Exclusive Buyer Representative in the acquisition of retail, office, industrial, and income-producing properties.

    Mr. Sheahan is approved by the Arizona Department of Real Estate as both an Instructor and a Real Estate School Owner. Commercial Real Estate Seminars was founded in 2003 and he has been an approved Instructor for over 18 years. Commercial Real Estate Seminars provides commercial real estate continuing education courses and Mr. Sheahan is approved to instruct over 35 commercial real estate courses and has taught courses and seminars in Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas.

    Litigation Support - A. Patrick Sheahan provides consulting and testifying expert witness services in support of litigation related to commercial real estate matters and has served as an Expert Witness in over 30 cases in the past eight years. Mr. Sheahan is available for expert witness assignments throughout the State of Arizona. Types of commercial real estate within Mr. Sheahan's area of expertise include, but are not limited to, shopping centers, office buildings, industrial properties, commercial land, and apartment complexes.

    Mr. Sheahan is qualified to address the following issues in his capacity as an expert witness:
    • Arizona Revised Real Estate Statutes
    • ADRE Commissioner's Rules
    • NAR Code of Ethics
    • Broker Standard of Care
    • Salesperson Standard of Care
    • Duty of Fair and Honest Dealings
    • Mitigation of Damages
    • Standards of Practice
  • Duties to Non-clients
  • Broker / Salesperson Misrepresentation
  • Agency
  • Contract Law
  • Disclosure
  • Licensee Fiduciary Obligations
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Commercial Leases
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    Ben F. Tunnell III
    Chairman
    605 West Olympic Blvd.,Suite 820
    Los Angeles CA 90015
    USA
    phone: 866-256-9300
    fax: 213-532-3807
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    BTI Appraisal is a broad-based appraisal company which provides a consistently high level of Real Estate Appraisals, Business Valuations, and Machinery and Equipment Appraisals for Business, Professional, Public and Private Sectors.

    When you choose BTI Appraisal, you benefit from a strong tradition of experience and accuracy. A corporate philosophy stressing efficiency and attentive service has made us a leader among independent appraisers. We are proud of our reputation for stability, responsiveness, and accomplishment in and out of the courtroom.

    At BTI, our seasoned staff of success oriented professionals treats each assignment with precise attention to detail, providing needed research and responsive service on a wide range of appraisal needs.

    Expert Profile: BTI’s Founder and Chairman, Ben F. Tunnell III, has headed the firm since 1974. Previously, he spent eight years with First Interstate Bank of California as vice president at their corporate headquarters in Los Angeles. He served on the board of arbitrators for both the American Arbitration Association and the Better Business Bureau. He has also been a Registered Investment Advisor and Broker/Dealer with the Securities and Exchange Commission and a licensed, California Real Estate Broker.

    Mr. Tunnell is an ASA, the senior designation of the American Society of Appraisers, and a California Certified General Real Estate Appraiser #AG-6964. He has qualified and testified in Federal and Superior Courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings as an expert witness in business valuations, real estate, and machinery and equipment appraisals.
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    John B. Schnure
    President
    224 Orchard Road
    North Barrington IL 60010-2155
    USA
    phone: 847-372-3009
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    John B. Schnure, President of Cambria Associates, has 40 years of experience in Banking, Bank Management, Lending, Loan Review Due Diligence, and Commercial Real Estate. He has worked with Cambria Associates for over 25 years and has worked with over 100 banks as clients over the years.

    Background - Mr. Schnure holds an MBA from Columbia University with majors in International Business and Real Estate, and a BBA from University of Cincinnati with a major in Finance. He has post-graduate study at Dartmouth College and University of Virginia Business Schools. Mr. Schnure has been President and CEO of three Chicago area banks/thrifts, and prior to that was Vice President of The Northern Trust Company in commercial lending and management.

    Litigation Support - John B. Schnure has successfully completed 15 expert witness engagements in the last 3 years in banking, lending, and/or real estate. The clients he represented prevailed in each case. His expertise is available to counsel representing both debtors and creditors.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Bank Fraud
    • Banking Negligence
    • Due Diligence
    • Loan Policies
    • Banking / Regulatory Practice Violations
    • Underwriting
    • Closings
    • Servicing
    • Loan Review / Administration
    • Regulatory Repair
  • Role of Auditors
  • Insider Transactions
  • Workouts
  • Bankruptcy
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Landlord / Tenant Disputes
  • Check Kiting
  • Lender Liability
  • Loan Document Compliance
  • Commercial Real Estate Lending
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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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    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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    Commercial Assessment Consultants, Inc.
    Michael J. Schaaf
    President
    23744 Oakfield Road
    Suite 204
    Hidden Hills CA 91302
    USA
    phone: 818-888-2013
    fax: 818-888-2063
    Specialties: Property Tax Assessment & Valuation Issues affecting California Property.

    Consulting/Expert Witness Experience Civil: Testified in court and jury trials on issues related to property tax payments & adverse possession.

    Previous Positions/Appointments: Former Deputy Assessor, County of Los Angeles; Former Manager, Arthur Anderson; Former Senior Manager, Price Waterhouse.

    Publications: Quarterly Columnist, California Real Estate Journal; Frequent Contributor, Los Angeles Business Journal.

    Degrees/Licences: BS, Business Administration-Management Option, California State Univ, Northridge.
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    David J. Brotman, FAIA
    Principal
    29500 Heathercliff Road
    SPC161
    Malibu CA 90265-6161
    USA
    phone: 310-457-6048
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    David J. Brotman, FAIA, is an accomplished Senior Executive with proven career and solid experience in all aspects of Architectural and Engineering Firm Management, including project management, profit and loss, business development, mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing, and strategic planning. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, with over forty-five years of practical experience.

    Principal at Sunset Consultants, Mr. Brotman provides strategic planning and management consulting services for various entities, including those that need help with planning or architectural projects. He also serves as Chairman of the City of Malibu Planning Commission where he advises on land use matters including the local coastal program, specific plans, zoning, conditional use permits, and subdivisions.

    Mr. Brotman spent 25 years with RTKL Associates Inc., one of the World’s largest Architect and Engineering Firms where he eventually served as its Vice Chairman.

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    Litigation Support - David Brotman provides expert witness services to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense. His skills include all facets of Architectural practice. His worldwide, multi-million dollar project experience includes retail, office, hotel, institutional, and mixed-use. Mr. Brotman's services include affirmative and rebuttal report preparation, mediation, and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Professional Standard of Care
    • Construction Documents Analysis
    • Architectural Design and Coordination
    • Building Code Analysis
    • Scope of Work Definition
    • Errors and Omissions Analysis
  • Construction Defects & Negligence
  • Change Order Analysis
  • Communication Analysis
  • Construction Administration
  • Slip, Trip & Fall
  • Architectural Detailing
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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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    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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    Design, Analysis, Expert, Trial, Forensic Witness
    Counties of Westchester, Rockland, Queens, Putnam
    Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Nassau, Suffolk, Bronx, Statin Island
    Richmond & Brooklyn / Kings County Long Island / NY City / Manhattan / White Plains
    Shrub Oak NY 10588
    USA
    phone: 914-245-6320
    fax: 914-245-6335
    Vincent A. Ettari, P.E., P.C. specializes in many fields of Civil, Structural, Site, Coastal, Safety & Environmental Engineering, including the Design & Analysis of:

  • Structures, Buildings, Houses, Dwellings
  • Foundations, Footings, Elevators, Retaining Walls, Dams
  • Development Plan & Plats for Sites, Properties, and Residences
  • Underground & Subsurface Chamber / Chambers
  • Scaffold, Scaffolds, Scaffolding
  • Site Plans & Subdivisions: Industrial, Commercial, Residential
  • Roads, Roadways, Ramps, Walks, & Man Hole Cover / Covers
  • Sidewalks, Walkways, Paths & Pathways
  • Lighting: Lamps, Lights, Lamp Poles, Light Levels
  • Luminaries & Illumination (Specifications)
  • Rock Cuts & Blasting (Topography, Specification)
  • Soil Slopes / Samples / Mechanics / Geotechnical Engineers
  • Sanitary Facilities, Septic Systems (Board of Health Septics Approval)
  • BOHA / DEP Approvals
  • Water, Drains, Drainage, Sewer & Sewage Lines & Mains
  • Culvert / Culverts, Manholes (Man Holes) & Catchbasins / Catch Basins
  • Inspection, Supervision, and Certification of Construction
  • House Inspector & Inspections
  • Road, Roadway, Walk & Sidewalk Premises Liability (e.g., Steep Slope)
  • Walkway, Path, Ramp & Pathway Premise Liability (e.g., Steep Grade)
  • Coefficient of Friction / Slip & Fall (Snowy & Icy Conditions)
  • Vertical Discontinuity / Discontinuities / Trip & Falls
  • Small Ports / Port, Marinas / Marina, Marine Dredging
  • Levees, Jetties, Dolphins, Piers, Sea & Flood Walls
  • Wharves, Breakwaters, Bulkheads, Weirs, & Revetments
  • Groins, Dikes and Waterfront Structures
  • Drainage Basin Analysis, Rainfall, Floods & Flood Plain / Plains
  • Flooding Controls & Control Devices
  • Storm Water Runoff (10, 25, 50 & 100 Year Storms)
  • Pressure & Pressures: Wind, Wave / Waves, Ice, Snow
  • Rain Fall Run Off & Storm Water Pollution Treatment
  • Excavation, Grading, Fills & Filling Operations (Swales, Berms, Silt Fence)
  • Erosion Control, Sediment Barriers, Sedimentation / Catch Basins (Hay Bales)
  • Pumps and Pump System Line & Main
  • Slope, Dam, Levee, Jetty, Dolphin, Pier, Wharf & Breakwater Collapse
  • Bulkhead, Weir, Revetment, Groin, Dike, Footing & Foundation Failures
  • Failure of Fire Containment Wall, Elevator or Water Front Structure
  • Tenement House Façade Collapses
  • Code History of Existing Multiple / Multi-Family Dwelling / Building
  • Application of Municipal Building, Fire & Property Maintenance Codes
  • City, Town & Village Zoning, Planning, Steep Slopes & Grades, Wetland & Wetlands Ordinances
  • Testimony at Board Meetings as a Design Forensics Engineer
  • 3/23/2009 · Engineering
    In many places of NYS, public water supply systems are available. If your site is situated in such a location, then the lots which will result from your contemplated subdivision will be required to draw their water supply from the municipal water system

    3/5/2009 · Construction
    As you enter into a contract to buy a piece of commercial or industrial property, you should always keep in mind that your new town and county have rules which you must abide by. With regard to the exterior areas of your premises, there are rules concerning your septic system, the maintenance of your building, the addition onto your structure, etc

    12/28/2006 · Construction
    In developing a vacant piece of land, steep slopes are often an issue. And, the more prevalent the steep slopes are on a site, the greater the likelihood that retaining walls will be part of the Approved Site Plan. Let us consider three municipalities which regulate the final allowable slopes for land which is filled, cut, or graded

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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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