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

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

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

    • Civil Engineering: Design of grading, drainage, utilities, roads, lakes, dams, detention basins, parking lots, shopping centers, subdivisions, apartments, condominiums, planned unit developments, specific plans, industrial parks, mobile home parks, mini warehouses, hotels and office building site plans; flood, drainage, and utility studies; low impact design; financial developability and constructability analysis of proposed developments; preparation of cost estimates; assisting clients in setting project budgets; designing projects to contain cost within determined project budget; construction project management, inspection, administration, and processing of contractors’ pay requests
    • Land Surveying: Topographic, Route, Land, Boundary, Utilities, Aerial ground control, Engineering design, and Construction Surveys
    • Land Planning: Land use/development feasibility analysis, planning and concept design of residential, commercial, industrial and municipal projects; zone change applications; planned unit development and specific plan applications; site selection consultation; and graphic presentations
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    Philip Simmons
    President
    P.O. Box 786
    Lake Arrowhead CA 92352
    USA
    phone: 310-439-4119
    fax: 310-300-3020
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    Philip Simmons Real Estate Expert PhotoPhilip Simmons has 30 years of experience managing major Real Estate Developments. Having served as Division President of the nation’s largest private residential development company, he has unique executive, development, legal, and brokerage skills.

    Mr. Simmons is a land use attorney and licensed California real estate broker. He has provided complex development project and organization management services to some of the nation's largest public and private development companies and public agencies, as well as individual land owners and businesses with real estate interests.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Simmons offers expert witness and non-testimony expert consultation on behalf of legal counsel or real estate developer / investor in matters involving front end due diligence, acquisition, contracting and entitlements relating to major real estate development issues. His services are available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. With superb presentation, testimony, and communication skills, Mr. Simmons offers creative solutions to difficult litigation challenges. Consulting and/or expert witness services.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Land Use
    • Acquisition
    • Entitlement
    • Development
    • Contracts
    • Syndications
    • Finance
  • Disposition
  • Project Management
  • Negotiations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Consultant Selection
  • Public Hearing
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    12/2/2015 · Real Estate
    Selecting any expert witness requires an attorney to understand the issues at bar, as well as the opinions of experts that will be required to provide clarity to the finder(s) of fact. Some areas of practice, such as land use and real property litigation, often create added dimensions of complexity in evaluating and planning for necessary testimony. Obviously, litigation varies widely from case to case, and the attorney's challenge in putting together expert testimony to clearly define the facts and relevant conclusions of the case cover a tremendous range of issues. Considerations that go into properly evaluating the need for expert testimony, and subsequently selecting and managing the experts, can be one of the most critical aspects of case and trial preparation.

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    Michael P. Russell
    Principal
    5764 W. 76th Street
    Los Angeles CA 90045
    USA
    phone: 310-745-1560
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    A "real world" expert witness for 35 years. In the last five years, clients have won over $80M in judgments. He does what he says he is going to do with integrity. Expertise in the valuing, buying, selling, financing, marketing, developing, constructing or redeveloping of office, residential, retail, resort and industrial projects. He has been involved in 80 cases, over 20 depositions and 15 trials.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Valuation
    • Damage Calculations
    • Standard of Care
    • Broker Standard of Care
    • Landlord Standard of Care
    • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
    • Partnership Disputes
    • Lender/Borrower Disputes
    • Buyer/Seller Disputes
    • Home Owner Association Disputesli>Title
    • Construction Defects
    • Assessment Districts
    • Hazardous Material, Environmental Habitat and Ocean Protection
    Experience:
    • 35 years of experience as an expert witness
    • 35 years’ real estate broker
    • Managed $2 billion in transactions
    • Sold over $500M in properties
    • Entitled over 5,000 residential units; 2 million SF of office space
    • Developed over 2 million SF of projects
    • Conducted over 300 consulting assignments in 30 states
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    The Andrew Shedlin Companies, Inc.
    Andrew Shedlin, BA, JD, CRX, CLS, CSM
    21275 Eleanor Lane
    Kildeer IL 60047
    USA
    phone: 847-438-2900 / Cell: 847-274-4392
    fax: 847 438 2066
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    Andrew Shedlin, BA, JD, CRX, CLS, CSM, is an acknowledged industry leader in the field of Real Estate Leasing. He specializes in consulting on the Development and Leasing of Shopping Centers & Airports for both developers and retailers.

    Mr. Shedlin serves as a developer and consultant for dozens of shopping center landlords. He also has extensive experience in Airport Retail and Restaurants as both landlord and tenant. Mr. Shedlin has developed or redeveloped more than 35,000,000 square feet of shopping centers as principal or consultant and at all of the top 50 airports in the US, and negotiated more than 15,000 leases as principal, consultant, landlord or tenant (as a business person and attorney), his clients have included dozens of international, national, regional, and local retailers and restaurants.

    Mr. Shedlin is a longtime member of ICSC’s faculty of the John T. Riordan School for Professional Development and a founding member of ICSC’s CLS Admissions and Governing Committee. He has received the ICSC Trustee’s Distinguished Award, serves on the ICSC Illinois State Committee and was previously NY/NJ state director for ICSC. Mr. Shedlin has taught at both Columbia University Graduate School of Business and Georgetown University Law School and holds a JD from Boston University. He frequently lectures at business schools, law schools, and for industry groups on Shopping Center Leasing, Understanding Leases, and Business Ethics.

    Litigation Support - Considered the definitive industry expert in negotiating and interpreting shopping center and airport leases, Andrew Shedlin has worked as an expert on dozens of landlord / tenant disputes involving Interpretation and Enforcement of Leases. He has worked with major law firms in numerous cities throughout the US. His services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defendant and include written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Mall Leasing
    • Airport Leasing
    • Landlord / Tenant Disputes
  • Lease Interpretation
  • Lease Enforcement
  • Shopping Center Development and Redevelopment
  • Background Experience:
    • Halperin, Shivitz, Scholer & Steingut - Associate
    • Arlen Shopping Centers - Executive Vice President & Counsel
    • Equity Properties and Development Company - Executive Vice President (responsible for leasing and development)
    • Previously owned and operated 2 retail businesses
    • Facilitated entry of several international retailers into the US market
    • Authored several chapters in real estate publications on subjects of leasing and understanding the lease
    • Co-authored definitive audio tape on lease negotiations
    • Frequently quoted in media publications
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    Maurice Robinson, ISHC, CRE, ASA
    President
    28 Dover Place
    Manhattan Beach CA 90266
    USA
    phone: 310-640-9656
    fax: 310-640-9276
    Qualfied Expert Witness & Consultant in Hotel and Real Estate Industry Business Issues:
    • Market, economic & financial feasibility
    • Valuation
    • Disputes between owner-operator, borrower-lender, franchisor-franchisee
    • Management contracts
    • Ground & building leases
    • Partnership & JV agreements
    • Concession contracts
    • Development agreements and loan documents
    • Expert witness testimony
    • Litigation strategy, consultation and support
    • Damage calculations
    • Lost profits analysis
    • Real estate appraisals
    • Deal structuring & workouts
    • New development
    • Strategic planning
    • Market demand assessment
    • Acquisition due diligence
    • Economic, financial & investment analysis
    • Can estimate damages and appraise property values under multiple scenarios
    • Trained Arbitrator & Mediator


    Winner of the Creative Counselor of the Year for appraising the Grand Canyon.
    Recently, we were engaged by the National Park Service (NPS) to appraise the structures and other improvements that have been constructed by commercial vendors or "concessionaires" operating hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services in National Parks.

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    Dr. Thomas A. Musil, DPA, CVA
    13857 Kendall St. NE
    Forest Lake MN 55025
    USA
    phone: 612-207-7895
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    Dr. Thomas A. Musil, CVA, has over 35 years of experience in the Real Estate field and is a retired full-time Real Estate Professor. He has extensive experience serving as an expert witness in residential, multifamily, commercial, industrial, and institutional property disputes. Dr. Musil is a real estate broker and holds the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation. He provides expert testimony, research and analysis services to counsel representing Plaintiff and Defense.

    Real Estate Sales Agent & Broker Disputes:
    • Ethics & Conflicts of Interest
    • Negligence & Malpractice
    • Standards of Care
    • Due Diligence
    • Real Estate Industry Standards
    • Fiduciary Duties & Breach of Duty
    • Disclosure of Material Facts
    • Licensing Requirements
    Expertise and Experience:
    • Arbitration
    • Financing
    • Practices & Procedures
    • Water & Mold Damage
    • Seller Misrepresentation
    • Property Management
    • Housing Discrimination
    • Landlord/Tenant
    • Planning & Zoning
    • Economic Impact of Development
    • Development
    • Economic Loss
    • Business Interruption Damages
    • Disparate Impact in Housing Code Enforcement
    • Fraud
    • Mortgage Foreclosure Practices
    • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
    • Premises Liability
    • Property Defects
    • Homeowners Association (HOA) Disputes
    • Tenant in Common (TIC) disputes
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    Straightline Advisors
    President
    2808 Ashworth Circle
    Las Vegas NV 89107
    USA
    phone: 805-373-6840
    fax: 888-473-6510
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    Scope & Range of Services

    Overview: Kenneth Free is a hotel and resort with 43-years experience in the business. He is a highly credible resource for operations, real estate development, feasibility, business valuation, and business interruption issues.

    Degrees and Licenses held by the Principal: MBA-Finance, Bloch School of Management (University of Missouri in Kansas City); BS-Hotel Administration, Harrah College of Hotel Administration (University of Nevada in Las Vegas); Registered Resort Professional, American Resort Development Association; Master Hotel Supplier, American Hotel & Lodging Association; Real Estate Broker licensed by the California Department of Real Estate.

    Detail: Mr. Free’s company, Straightline Advisors, provides Advisory and Expert Services for Hotels, Resorts, Resort Timesharing, Fractionals, Condo Hotels, Casinos, Spas, and Recreational Real Estate. These services may be in relation to new properties going through the development or pre-development stages, those that are open and in need of fundamental change, or in any situation where disputes have arisen among the parties.

    Key areas of consulting and expert effectiveness are –

    Advisory & Expert Services:
    • Project Concept Development
    • Project Amenity Programming
    • Strategy Development
    • Project Predevelopment Matters
    • Project Management Issues
    • Acquisition of Financing
    • Repositioning and Expansion Strategies
    • Due Diligence for Property Acquisitions
    • Management of Property Dispositions
    • Investment / Financing Package Development
  • Lost Profits Calculation & Business Interruption Impacts
  • Retail Pricing Analysis
  • Absorption Forecasting
  • Brand/System Affiliation Studies and Negotiations
  • Franchise Disputes
  • Disputes Between Partners
  • Management / Marketing Company Search and Negotiations
  • Operational Reviews or Audits
  • Marketing Program Assessments
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    Robert Kehiayan, CPM
    34071 La Plaza
    Suite 140
    Dana Point CA 92629
    USA
    phone: 949-443-3030
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    Robert Kehiayan Commercial Real Estate Expert PhotoRobert Kehiayan, CPM, has over 35 years of experience in Asset and Property Management and Investment Brokerage. He specializes in commercial property including office and medical buildings, industrial parks, retail centers, and over 20,000 residential units.

    Background Experience - Mr. Kehiayan's experience with commercial properties is nationwide and involves leasing, sales, and management. He has substantial experience with commercial tenant leases, representing both landlords and tenants in leasing and property management. He has been intimately involved in countless lease transactions and lease administration.

    At a senior level, Mr. Kehiayan also supervises and trains agents in this regard. He is a California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) certified instructor and teaches an advanced continuing education CalBRE credit course on the topic of leasing, management, acquisition, and sale of commercial real estate. He is credentialed as a Certified Property Manager (CPM) by the Institute of Real Estate Management (the most respected organization in this sector or real estate).

    Litigation Support - Robert Kehiayan is a qualified expert witness, asset manager, property manager, leasing agent, and licensed Real Estate Broker & Realtor® in CA and TX. experience includes deposition and testimony in court. He has also completed declarations including a rule 26 federal court report.

    Expert Witness Services:
    • Courtroom testimony concerning industry standards, customs and practices in order to evaluate the legal liability of all parties
    • Supply analysis in order to ascertain the facts and determine the historic context of the disputed issue
    • Evaluate the arguments of opposing experts and assisting with the development of lines of questioning or specific questions for use in expert witness depositions
    Areas of Expertise:
    • All Commercial Real Estate including Retail, Office Spaces, Industrial, Apartment Properties, Shopping Centers, Storage Facilities, and Undeveloped Land
    • Property Management
    • Asset Management Leasing Representation for both Landlords and Tenants
    • Investment Property Analysis, Due Diligence, and Acquisition for Buyer
    • Broker Standard of Care
    • Buyer and Seller Representation
    • Due Diligence
    • Guidance through 1031 Exchange Process
    • Landlord and Tenant Issues
    • Industrial Real Estate
    • HOA Standard of Care
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    9/27/2016 · Real Estate
    This article can help prevent a law suit arising over the interpretation of the terms "broom clean" and "normal wear and tear" at the early stages of drafting a lease agreement. If the lease is already in effect with these ambiguous terms, then this author offers a suggestion to prevent a conflict after the tenant moves out.

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    George Hedley
    Construction & Real Estate Development Expert
    1200 Quail St. #210
    Email: GH@HardhatPresentations.com
    Newport Beach CA 92660
    USA
    phone: 949-852-2005
    fax: 760-992-5343
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    George Hedley is the founder and President of Hedley Construction and Development Inc., a major General Contractor, Owner’s Representative, and Construction Manager headquartered in Southern California.

    Since 1977, Mr. Hedley has built and / or developed more than 1,000 projects totaling in excess of 15 million square feet of commercial, office, industrial, and residential projects valued at more than $700,000,000. As a general contractor and construction manager, he has constructed numerous projects ranging from $3,000,000 to $10,000,000 each.

    Mr. Hedley has served as a Past President of Associated Builders & Contractors and Southern California Builders Association. He has presented over 500 presentations and workshops to national construction conventions including over 60 programs at the World Of Concrete. He is author of 10 construction business books including “Get Your Construction Business to Always Make A Profit!”, and several workbooks on Estimating, Project Management, Field Management, and Contracts. He has also written over 250 published articles in major construction industry publications including Construction Business Owner magazine.

    Construction Expert Witness - Mr. Hedley offers construction expert witness and consulting services. His areas of expertise include:
    • Cost Estimating & Cost of Replacement
    • Defect Analysis and Inspections
    • Claims and Disputes
    • Standard Industry Practices
  • Schedule Delays
  • Contractor / subcontractor Disputes
  • Contracts and Change Orders
  • Field and Project Management
  • Real Estate Expert Witness - Mr. Hedley also offers Real Estate Development and Asset Management expert witness and litigation support services. His areas of expertise include:
    • Standard Practices Of Developers
    • Permits and Approval Processing
    • Architecture, Engineering & Planning Issues
    • Partnership and LLC Disputes
    • Financing, Construction Loans and Banking Disputes
    • Liability and Responsibility
    • Budgets and Proformas
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    George Hedley
    You can get your construction business to move to the next level, get organized and systemized, build an accountable responsible team, charge the right mark-up, always make a profit, and work exactly the way you want by drafting your BIZ-Builder Blueprint Action Plan.
    George Hedley
    This book tried-and-true methods to help fledgling business owners as well as seasoned ones who are just looking to increase capital and productivity. it offers a step-by-step process to help small business owners get what they want: profits, wealth, and freedom.
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    Frank S. Ferrantello, PLS
    Land Surveyor
    12 West Mall
    Plainview NY 11803
    USA
    phone: 516-249-6363
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    Frank Ferrantello Surveying Engineering Expert PhotoFrank S. Ferrantello, PLS, is a New York State Licensed Land Surveyor with over 20 years of experience in Surveying, Civil Engineering, and Land Use Planning.

    Both his field and office Work experience have dealt with a wide range of projects and sites including residential single, multifamily, high rise municipal, utility, private and public, commercial, and industrial.

    Prior to and post college, Mr. Ferrantello worked for the firm of John P. Ferrantello PC from 1998 to 2010 and MJM engineering from 2008 to 2016. His duties consisted of performing office and field surveying, drafting, research, computations, boundary analysis, solutions, investigations and determinations.

    Mr. Ferrantello also has extensive experience in Site Planning and Subdivision Consulting, examining title records, deeds and other recorded documents such as ingress and egress, pedestrian easements, right of ways, air and development rights, vista easements, bridle paths, beach, bathing and mooring rights, covenants and restrictions, real property, zoning, and other land use principles.

    Litigation Support - A mapping professional, Frank S. Ferrantello will enhancing your case, whether it is a vehicular accident, tree collision, wrongful death, adverse possession, extreme error, or misconduct surveys and maps. He has extensive knowledge of the local Long Island zoning codes, site planning and subdivision regulations. His services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant, insurance companies, and experienced developers.

    Legal Services:
    • Expert Witness Testimony
    • Environmental Consulting
    • Legal Descriptions and Deeds
    • Liaison for Municipalities
    • Variance Applications
    • Wetlands Applications
    • Zone Changing Requests
    • Riparian Rights
  • Riparian Surveys
  • Beach Enhancements
  • Property and Easement Descriptions
  • Trip and Fall Surveys
  • Photo Dynamic and Exhibit Surveys
  • Vehicular Accident Diagrams
  • Forensic Surveys
  • Legal Affidavits
  • Areas of Expertise:
    • Accident Investigation Photo Analysis & Mapping
    • Sidewalks / Walking Surfaces
    • Slips Trips Falls
    • ADA Compliance / ADA Design
    • Commercial Development
    • Construction Zones
    • Real Estate Zoning
    • Drainage
    • Land Development / Site Work
    • Land Mapping
    • Land Surveying – PRIMARY
  • Land Use Planning / Site Planning
  • Urban Design / Development / Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Sanitary Engineering
  • Sewers
  • Aerial Photo Analysis & Mapping
  • Floods / Flood Studies
  • Site Analysis
  • DOT Rules & Regulations
  • Highway Sight Distance
  • Highway / Street Design
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    12/13/2017 · Land Use
    Property owners have rights and protecting those rights was a central part of the Founding Fathers' goals. Nevertheless, there are certain circumstances in which owners can have their property taken from them. The process through which private property is legally dispossessed by the government is known as condemnation. Property owners are entitled to fair compensation and have the opportunity to offer their own valuation information in condemnation proceedings. There are various factors to consider for accurate property valuation: size, zoning, structures, use, accessibility, adjacent properties, leases, etc. An essential part of due diligence is determining precisely what the property comprises.

    Retention of a professional land surveyor prior to purchasing land, planning, developing or designing improvements is vital to protect the investment. In New York, only a survey made by a licensed land surveyor can define the size and location of property purchases, and most importantly, accurately convey what is really happening on the property, such as easements, situations with adverse possession, or indentifying structures in relation to existing certificates of occupancy.

    Over the centuries, surveys have been prepared for many reasons. The oldest types of surveys in recorded history are boundary surveys - these are essential to one's holdings - personal or investments.

    Easements can benefit or burden a number of parties on or around certain tracts of land. Easements are common on most parcels of land. An easement can give one the right to use another person's land for a stated purpose. It can involve a general or specific portion of the property for various different uses. Many surveyors today do not thoroughly research properties and do not always show easements on their work that may be crucial to the rights associated with a parcel of land.

    Now more than ever, it’s important for a land surveyor and lawyer to work as a team. The services of an experienced land surveyor can prevent future expenses or even the undertaking of defending a lawsuit.

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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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    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 over 1,000 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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    James E. Fitzgerald
    Executive Managing Director
    2708 Hanover Street
    Dallas Texas (TX) 75225
    USA
    phone: 9728001524
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    James Fitzgerald Hospitality Expert PhotoJames E. Fitzgerald has over 35 years of global experience creating value in the Real Estate and Hospitality Sectors.

    Mr. Fitzgerald is a highly skilled negotiator with deep expertise in consulting, finance, due diligence, loan origination, asset management, acquisitions, divestitures and workouts. He is a professional with an expansive network of relationships throughout the private equity, investment banking, real estate, legal, and hospitality communities.

    From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Fitzgerald served as Managing Director of Hotel Investments for Principal Global Investors. In this role, he created and executed a hotel investment program for Principal Real Estate Investors of over $4 billion. Mr. Fitzgerald led Principal’s efforts as JV partner on 1002 room JW Marriott Resort in San Antonio- $500 million project and exceeded budget for seven consecutive years. Over the course of his career, he has:
    • Advised on over $10 billion of hospitality transactions
    • Originated billions in hotel mortgage debt: CMBS, whole, and mezzanine Loans
    • Founded and successfully grew a national investment and advisory practice
    • Provided advisory and due diligence services to private equity firms and major hospitality corporations and hotel owners
    Litigation Support - James Fitzgerald and his team at Dauntless Hospitality Advisors provide attorneys with sound knowledge as they represent owners, lenders, managers, and brands. Services could address:
    • Bankruptcy / Workouts
    • Operational Matters
    • Owner / Operator Relationships
    • Management and Franchise Agreement Issues
  • Asset Management
  • Market Analysis
  • Valuation
  • Capital Structure
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    As an operating business without the benefit of long term leases, hotels can be volatile. With a perishable inventory of rooms to be sold each night, sophisticated marketing tactics are critical. In good times, it is easy to make money; however, as the economy slows, and new supply enters the market, cash flows lessen, and tensions rise. This is particularly true for overleveraged hotels.

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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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    J.F. Chip Morrow
    Nationwide coverage
    San Antonio ALL States 78261
    USA
    phone: 210-651-3749
    fax: 210-651-4076
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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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