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Israel Reyes, Esq.
Managing Partner
One Columbus Center
1 Alhambra Plaza Ste. 1130
Coral Gables FL 33134
USA
phone: 305-403-2272
fax: 305-403-2273
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Israel Reyes, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner of The Reyes Law Firm, P.A., has over 30 years of experience in the fields of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. He currently handles all types of civil and criminal litigation representing attorneys, receivers, commercial entities, and individuals.

Background Experience:
  • Former Circuit Court Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida - Appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2003, Mr. Reyes retired in 2011, after approximately 30 years of public service.
  • Assistant State Attorney - Mr. Reyes served in the Racketeering / Organized Crime Unit, Civil Forfeiture Section. While there, he handled the litigation of civil forfeitures concentrating on illegal drug money laundering cases. He was one of the principal drafters of the revised state money laundering bill signed into law by Governor Bush in 2000.
  • Personal Injury Attorney - Mr. Reyes served as personal injury law associate handling the litigation of personal injury, wrongful death, and professional (medical malpractice) negligence cases, and civil actions.
  • Police Officer / Detective with the Miami-Dade Police Department - From 1980-1995, Mr. Reyes worked in the Homicide Bureau, Media Relations Section, and Special Investigations Division’s Criminal Conspiracy and Racketeering Squads. He served in the Organized Crime Bureau; U.S. Secret Service Task Force; Police Applicant Background Investigation Unit, Firearms Training Section, and Uniform Patrol Division, earning numerous commendations and awards.
Litigation Support - With his extensive background in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, Israel Reyes offers wide ranging Alternative Dispute Resolution Services in civil, criminal, probate, and family law matters. He currently serves as an:
  • Arbitrator
  • Police Procedure Expert Witness
  • Attorney’s Fees Expert Witness
  • Private Judge
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Mediator
  • Special Magistrate
  • Insurance Umpire
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    Daniel J. Knight, Esq., MS
    Attorney, Contractor, Real Estate Broker
    PO Box 3557
    San Luis Obispo CA 93403
    USA
    phone: 805-316-1180
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    Dan Knight Construction Defect Expert PhotoDaniel J. Knight, Esq., MS, specializes in Construction Law Consulting and serves as a knowledgeable Construction Defect Expert Witness.

    Background - A third generation California contractor, he founded Dan Knight Construction & Plumbing in 2006 which has been operating as a General Engineering, General Building, and Plumbing construction company. In 2010, Mr. Knight returned to school, earning a BS and MS in Accounting and is currently working on passing the four sections of the CPA examination. While studying for the CPA exam, he decided to attend Law School. Running Dan Knight Construction & Plumbing through college and Law School, Mr. Knight graduated from the Santa Barbara Colleges of Law with a Juris Doctorate and dual certificates of concentration in Business Law and Family Law. While waiting on Bar Exam results, he also studied for and passed the California Real Estate Brokers’ Exam.

    Mr. Knight is currently practicing construction law and serving as an expert witness in the construction industry. Most recently, he was hired to lecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Polytechnic University in the Construction Management Department teaching: Construction Law, Construction Accounting, Introduction to Construction Management, and Building Engineering Systems, MEP. In addition, he is a Part-time Lecturer at Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, teaching Construction Business Management and Managerial and Financial Accounting.

    Litigation Support - Daniel J. Knight has been regularly retained as an expert in construction-related matters for the Sate of California, Contractors State Licensed Board, to work on testing and industry expert opinions on behalf of the State. He was also appointed by the San Luis Obispo City Council to the Planning Commission and has severed as a planning commissioner as well as an appointment to the Administrative Review Board for the City.

    Mr. Knight's experience with actual hands-on building coupled with academic training and extensive experience in the residential and light commercial building industry allows generation of realistic easy to understand reports and narratives. He offers opinions on constructability and feasibility of repairs in residential and commercial construction. His services include reports on defects, de-constructive investigations to discover root causes, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. In addition, Mr. Knight offers standard or care opinions for “A” General Engineering Contractors, “B” General Building Contractors, and “C-36” Plumbing Contractors.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Construction Defects
    • Project Management
    • Private, Public, and Government Construction
    • General Engineering Contractor Standard of Care
    • General Building Contractor Standard of Care
    • Plumbing Contractor Standard of Care
    • SB 800 Reasonability and Feasibility Opinions
  • Foundations
  • Retention Walls
  • Site Drainage
  • Vertical Construction Opinions
  • Underground Construction Opinions
  • Habitable and Constructive Eviction Opinions
  • Fit and Finish Warranty Claims
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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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    Lawrence H. Jacobson
    Attorney at Law · Expert Witness · Litigation Consultant
    9401 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1250
    Beverly Hills CA 90212
    USA
    phone: 310-598-1586
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    Larry Jacobson Real Estate Legal Malpractice Expert PhotoAttorney, Lawrence H. Jacobson, has been practicing in the area of Real Estate Transaction Law and Litigation for more than 50 years. Over the past 30 years, he has been sought out as an expert witness in real estate and legal malpractice disputes and lawsuits in litigation cases throughout the country. His firm, The Law Offices of Lawrence H. Jacobson, A Professional Corporation, is recognized as one of the nation's premier offices providing expert testimony in litigation involving all Real Estate Matters and Legal Malpractice.

    Mr. Jacobson has been engaged in the practice of law in Los Angeles since 1968. Formerly Vice President of Legal Affairs for the California Association of Realtors, Mr. Jacobson has served as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Municipal Court Systems and as an adjunct professor of law focusing on real estate secured transactions and administrative law. He is Past President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He has written and lectured extensively on business and real estate related matters. He has served on the faculty of the Graduate Realtors Institute of the California Association of Realtors and a lecturer author for the California Continuing Education of the California Bar.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Jacobson offers an impressive record of success as an expert witness in real estate, business and finance. Included among the numerous cases in which he has testified as an expert witness are disputes over the interpretation of real estate documents, real estate and mortgage brokers’ standard of care and legal malpractice related to real estate transactions and business law including issues involved in corporate finance, merger and acquisition and ethics.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Real Estate Agency Obligations
    • Real Estate Broker Fiduciary Duty
    • Mortgage Broker Fiduciary Duty
    • Commercial & Residential Real Estate
    • Leasing Issues
    • Real Estate Malpractice
    • Mortgage Fraud
  • Mortgage Lending
  • Real Estate Ethics
  • Real Estate Standard of Care
  • Real Estate Standard of Practice
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Legal Fee Disputes
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    6/6/2017 · Real Estate
    The tenancy-in-common (TIC) has survived into modern times as a method of concurrent ownership of real property. In a TIC, each owner is referred to as a tenant-in-common, and each owns a fractional interest of real property under a separate distinct title.1 TIC's are common where the co-owners are not married or have contributed different amounts to the acquisition of a property.2 Insofar as each tenant-in-common owns an undivided interest in the entire property, each is entitled to an undivided interest in the revenues from the property, subject to the rights of the other co-tenants.

    A lawyer who is also an expert witness should be mindful that although he or she may not always be wearing his or her "lawyer hat," it is never far away. Although the California Rules of Professional Conduct do not place specific restrictions on practitioners who act as both lawyers and expert witnesses, the rules governing lawyers' conduct generally place constraints on lawyers' activities in other businesses and professions. See California State Bar Ethics Opinion No. 1995-14. Of particular importance are the rules relating to advertising, lawyer-client confidences, competence, fee arbitration, and conflicts of interest.

    7/13/2016 · Legal Issues
    Although many articles have been written about the use of the expert witness in litigation, almost all are written by lawyers and rarely by an expert witness who is also a lawyer. Having practiced law since 1968 in the area of real estate and business transactions with a real estate broker's license since 1978, I have testified frequently as an expert witness in litigation involving the interpretation of real estate documents, the standard of care of real estate brokers, in legal malpractice actions involving real estate and business transactions and in legal fee disputes. As such, I thought it would be helpful to litigators handling real estate litigation matters to have the perspective of an expert witness on issues affecting the choice, usage and cross-examination of an expert witness in such litigation.

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    Richard K. Hollowell
    Managing Shareholder
    Kealoha Corporation
    1550 Bayside Drive, Suite 3
    Corona Del Mar CA 92625
    USA
    phone: 213-631-6116
    fax: 949-720-8169
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    Richard K. Hollowell is a real estate and finance expert who specializes in Real Estate Finance, Development, Loan Workouts, Asset Management, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Receivership, Valuation and Property Acquisition.

    Mr. Hollowell has 45 years of experience as a key executive of major banks, real estate development firms, credit companies (G.E Capital), public accounting firms, and consulting firms including, Real Estate Recovery, the J.E. Robert Companies, and Alvarez & Marsal. His clients have included insurance companies, banks, pension funds, developers, law firms, real estate operating companies, and federal agencies including the FSLIC, RTC, and FDIC.

    Mr. Hollowell was one of five experts asked to speak before 20 of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's key people on August 12, 2008 at the inception of the systemic crash of the U.S. financial markets. Highly regarded by large banks, insurance companies, pension funds, federal regulatory agencies, and real estate companies holding large portfolios of assets. He is a widely recognized international speaker and published author.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Hollowell has over 1,000 hours of deposition testimony. His Rule 26 list includes 33 cases since 2003 and seven trial appearances in the past five years. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:

    Banks:
    • Officers and Directors Professional Liability
    • Lender Liability
    • Loan Underwriting Standards
    • Loan Risk Ratings
    • ALLL Reserves
    Bankruptcy:
    • Reorganization Plan Feasibility
    • Establishment of “Cramdown” Interest Rates
    • Fraudulent Transfers / Preference Actions
    Real Estate:
    • General Partner Liability
    • Loan Restructurings
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • CMBS Special Servicing
    • Construction Delays
    • Acquisition Due Diligence
    • Valuation Disputes
    • Brokerage Disputes
    • Land Development Disputes
    • Portfolio Asset Management
    • Real Estate Development
    • Ground Leases
  • Structured Real Estate Transactions
  • Homeowner / Developer Disputes
  • Receivership Management
  • Quantum Meruit Assessment
  • Condominium Hotels
  • Timeshare / Fractionals/ Destination Resorts
  • Condominium Association Management
  • Public Purpose Tax Districts
  • Troubled Housing Developments
  • Damages Assessment and Rebuttal
  • Residential and Commercial Construction Loans
  • 6/5/2017 · Real Estate
    It's no secret that some 20 major brick & mortar retail chains are on the financial ropes, rating agency downgrades are prevalent, and just last week J.C. Penney announced the closure of 140 stores and two major distribution centers. Just three weeks ago, I was called to discuss analyzing the real estate holdings of a major department store chain; on the other line, a hedge fund that wanted to buy the debt of the chain, but was fearful of how the real estate could be reused. And of course, internet shopping trends continue to batter the brick & mortar model. On Black Friday, internet based shopping actually eclipsed purchases made by consumers in stores.

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    Douglas W. Dal Cielo
    1503 Grant Road
    Mountain View CA 94040-3270
    USA
    phone: 650-327-2672
    fax: 650-688-8333
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    Douglas W. Dal Cielo is a partner at the prestigious law firm of Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP, and serves as an Expert Witness in Legal Malpractice lawsuits. He offers his services to counsel representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants in cases involving Real Estate, Business Torts, Employment Litigation, and Elder Abuse matters. Specifically, Mr. Dal Cielo has testified on issues relating to:
    • Professional Negligence
    • Legal Malpractice
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • Breach of Contract
  • Promissory Estoppel
  • Fraud
  • Negligent Misrepresentation
  • Unjust Enrichment
  • As an attorney, Mr. Dal Cielo specializes in general Business Litigation, Real Estate, and Family Law. Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1991, he possesses significant trial experience, including eight jury trials and over 12 court trials. He has taken over 300 depositions, and served as a court appointed arbitrator and mediator. He has been admitted to the United States District Courts for Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern California.

    Mr. Dal Cielo's recent accomplishments include a $12 million jury verdict for his client in Santa Clara County, a $2 million jury verdict for his client in Sacramento County, and representation of several families in a CC&R claim in Santa Cruz County (see case studies as part of the attached CV for more detail). He has also testified as an expert in numerous jury and court trials, as well as binding arbitrations on the issue of the standard of care in legal malpractice cases.

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