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Andrew Karic
Construction Expert Witness & Consultant
6601 E. Grant Rd., Suite #119
Tucson AZ 85715
USA
phone: 520-323-1005
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Andrew Karic is a licensed General Contractor in Arizona, California and Texas with over 35 years of experience in Commercial and Residential Construction and Development. Mr. Karic's experience includes executive (CEO), entrepreneurial, and construction management expertise in virtually all areas of the construction industry. He has managed a staff of 50 plus employees and been responsible for marketing and the financial profitability for five different construction and development companies owned or operated since 1978.

Andrew Karic has worked with some of the most prominent law firms in Arizona providing expert testimony and consultation related to Construction Claims and Disputes. He has given several depositions and has issued numerous expert opinion reports. He has testified in 12 mediations and numerous bench trials for breach of contract and construction claims, including a 600 page forensic investigation for a multi million dollar glass balcony defective material case.

Most all cases have been referred to Mr. Karic based on his excellent reputation. He is known for his ethical and non-wavering approach in construction cases. Mr. Karic provides services to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense.

Construction Claims Services:
  • Construction Disputes
  • Construction Breach Of Contract
  • Construction Defects
  • Construction Scheduling
  • Construction Change Orders
  • Construction Damages
  • Construction Delays
  • Construction Forensics
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    Alan A. "Scotty" Herd, CRE, FRICS
    Real Estate Expert Witness
    1800 Century Park East Suite 600
    Los Angeles CA 90067
    USA
    phone: 310-285-9600
    fax: 310-557-3611
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    Alan A. “Scotty” Herd, CRE, FRICS, has been a prominent expert in the Real Estate Industry since 1963. After graduation from UC Berkeley with a degree in business administration/real estate, Mr. Herd joined his father’s firm in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills until forming his own firm in 1966. He is currently licensed as a real estate broker in California, Colorado, and Arizona.

    Mr. Herd has been involved in more than 2,000 real estate transactions as either a manager or salesman and has formed more than fifty limited partnerships and joint ventures. He has also acted as a (non-litigation) fee consultant to companies and investors on real estate portfolios, including several Fortune 100 financials and industrials. Mr. Herd has served as president of three property owner associations (HOAs). He has taught and written articles on real estate consulting and was the principal author on real estate consulting in the State of California Real Estate Reference Book.

    Litigation Support - Scotty Herd has been engaged as a litigation consultant by more than 200 law firms in more than 650 cases in Southern California, including a third of the fifty largest law firms in Los Angeles County. He has testified as an expert witness more than 250 times.

    Mr. Herd’s client list includes not only infrequent real estate litigators, but litigators who do real estate all the time. Sixty-five per cent of clients are returning clients. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. Mr. Herd has jury-friendly testimony skills from more than thirty-five years of UC Extension real estate instruction experience.

    Mr. Herd has given court testimony in more than 65 areas of real estate topics, including but not limited to:
    • Sources and Applications of Standard of Care
    • Disclosure Responsibilities
    • Agent Supervision Criteria
    • Agent Custom and Practice
  • Due Diligence Responsibilities
  • Commission Disputes
  • Ethical Obligations
  • Obligation of Skill and Care
  • CV Available Upon Request
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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