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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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    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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    Hon. Steven Cohen, (Retired), JD, MBA
    President
    2530 Wilshire Blvd.
    3rd Floor
    Santa Monica CA 90403
    USA
    phone: 310-315-5404
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    Judge Cohen is a qualified Expert and Consultant with over 30 years experience in Construction Defects and Real Estate Standards of Care and Duty, Property Management, Property Inspection, Agents disclosure, Broker's disclosure, and Negligent and Intentional Conduct. Extensive experience in habitability, Civil Code 1941, Health and Safety Code §17920.3, transfer disclosure and all transactional requirements in the sale of property. Expert in construction arena in water penetration, roof defects, home inspection, structural defects, framing defects, electrical & mechanical problems, stucco, foundation and structural slabs, construction schedules and all mold related problems. Litigation consulting includes Case Risk Analysis and Assessment (is a case ripe for litigation?), Research and Litigation Support, Homeowner Associations HOA, Building Codes, Department of Real Estate Rules, Codes and Laws, Contractor's State Licensing Board Rules and Regulations, Uniform Building Code (UBC) compliance, Building and Safety. Expert in Mechanical, Electrical, Water Entry, Toxic Mold, Mildew and Sick Building Syndrome. American Arbitration Association (AAA) Arbitrator. Arbitrator and Mediator for State and Federal Cases. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practitioner. Graduate Level Certificate in Dispute Resolution (Mediation, Arbitration and Negotiation) from Pepperdine University School of Law. Licensed to practice law in California and Federal Court-Central District. Retired Administrative Law Judge, Inglewood Office of Appeals.



    Education/Licenses: Administrative Law Judge (Ret.), Attorney, M.B.A., Certified Property Mold Specialist (C.M.I. & C.M.R. Designation), RE Broker (Realtor), General Contractor (B1), Electrical Contractor (C10), Certified Mediator, AAA Arbitrator and Mediator, FINRA Arbitrator, Western Case District.



    Primary Area of Expertise: Real Estate, Construction Defects, Case Risk Assessment.
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    E. Robert Miller
    President, CPM, CIPS, CMC
    330 Primrose Road, Suite 606
    Burlingame CA 94010
    USA
    phone: 650-373-0705
    fax: 650-373-0709
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    E. Robert Miller has over 40 years of service to the real estate profession and has unrivaled expertise in Property Management Techniques. As President of E. Robert Miller & Associates, he provides Expert Witness Consulting and trial work, educational services and business development services.

    Mr. Miller has served on more than 980 cases as an Expert Witness or Consultant in the property management field since 1996. He was the 2004 Northern California Expert Witness Association President. Mr. Miller's experience and thoroughness in research, depositions and trial situations makes him your best choice for an expert witness in property management litigation.

    Areas of Expertise
  • Accident or Assault - Safety/Security Conditions
  • Improper Eviction
  • Unpaid Rent - Habitability Standards
  • Contractor Dispute
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Bankruptcy
  • Animal Control
  • Security Deposits
  • Association Board Responsibilities/Management Duties
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    Robert S. Griswold, CRE, CPM, CCIM, PCAM, CCAM, GRI, ARM
    5703 Oberlin Drive
    Suite 300
    San Diego CA 92121
    USA
    phone: 888-606-0617
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    Robert Griswold Real Estate Management Expert PhotoRobert S. Griswold, CRE, CPM, CCIM, PCAM, CCAM, GRI, ARM, has over 30 years of specialized experience in the field of Real Estate Management. He is currently active as a day-to-day hands-on, licensed practitioner, consultant, and expert witness in all aspects of real estate (except valuation).

    A 3-time graduate of the distinguished Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with a BS ('81), MBA ('86) and MSBA (2nd Masters) ('88) in real estate and related disciplines, Mr. Griswold is a recognized expert on management of all types of residential real estate. He has actively managed over 60,000 residential units and several million square feet of commercial, industrial, self-storage and retail properties nationally. He has extensive experience as a court-appointed receiver (over 160 times) for private lenders and major financial institutions.

    Litigation Support - In the last 20+ years, Mr. Griswold has consulted on over 1,800 litigation matters, has been deposed over 300 times, and provided sworn testimony in trial or arbitration on over 100 occasions in both state and federal litigation matters throughout the United States. Also serving as a court-appointed bankruptcy Custodian and Referee, his case work is very evenly divided between plaintiff and defense work.

    Mr. Griswold is uniquely qualified to opine on real estate related litigation matters having authored or co-authored the 3 best selling real estate books: Real Estate Investing For Dummies; Property Management Kit For Dummies; and Landlord's Legal Kit For Dummies. His 15+ years as an On-Air NBC-TV Real Estate Expert and a similar tenure as a major radio station weekly talk show host have prepared him to present opinions to juries.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Property Manager or Broker Fiduciary Duty
    • Transactions
    • Lease / CAM Disputes
    • Lease Mitigation
    • Premises Liability - Trip & Fall
    • Maintenance or Failure to Maintain
    • "Slumlord" Allegations
    • Health & Safety or Personal Injury
    • Wrongful Death
  • Property Inspections
  • Water Intrusion, Mold
  • Bed Bugs
  • Fair Housing, Discrimination
  • HUD Management Issues, Criminal Acts
  • Management / Receiver Fees
  • Transfer Disclosures, Misrepresentation, Negligence
  • Negligent Hiring, Supervision, Termination
  • Association Board Duties and Negligence
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    Do you want to get involved in real estate investing, but aren't quite sure where to start? Real Estate Investing For Dummies is your go-to resource for making sense of the subject, offering plain-English, step-by-step explanations of everything you need to know to keep yourself one step ahead of the competition. Inside, you'll discover how to overcome the challenges of the market, take advantage of the opportunities in any real estate environment—including a down market—and so much more.
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    A comprehensive guide to the laws and legalities of renting property. This one-stop legal reference provides both guidance and the correct forms that help landlords avoid tenant issues, which could lead to legal ramifications. From screening potential tenants to handling your own insurance and taxes, you'll find expert insight in this easy-to-read style that simplifies complex legal matters into understandable terms. The book includes access to all the needed legal forms in both English and Spanish, and contains current information about applicable codes, ordinances, and policies across the country.
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    Thinking about becoming a landlord? This book gives you proven strategies for establishing and maintaining rental properties, whether a single family or multi-resident unit. You'll find out how to prepare and promote your properties, select tenants, handle repairs, avoid costly mistakes and legal missteps—and meet your long-term goals.
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    John Gillies
    Principal, RICS FRICS FBEng
    22a Ives Street
    Chelsea London
    GBR
    phone: 44-0-20-7377-6247
    fax: 44-0-1702-304-277
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    John Gillies Chartered Bulding Surveyor ExpertJohn Gillies is a Chartered Building Surveyor and the Senior Director of Johnson Gillies. Mr. Gillies is frequently involved in dilapidation assessments for Landlords and Tenants. In addition, he is often called upon to produce opinions and evidence in matters of dispute. Mr. Gillies provides Expert Witness reports for legal issues and appears in Court as an expert on construction and related matters.


    The firm's Building Consultancy and Expert Services Include:

    Surveys: Building, Homebuyer, Vendor, and Measured Surveys. Planned Maintenance, Defects Analysis, and Due Diligence Investigations.

    Audits: Fire, Health and Safety, Environmental, Access, and Commercial EPC.

    Development Consultancy: Development Monitoring, Party Walls, Planning, Rights of Light.

    Construction Consultancy: Contract Administration, Design, Employers Agent, Feasibility Study, Fit Outs, New Build, CDM Co-ordination, Project Management, Refurbishment, Repair & Maintenance.

    Landlord & Tenant: Dilapidations, Services and Charges, Licences and Alterations, Photographic Schedules, Schedules of Condition.

    Dispute Resolution: Expert Witness, Adjudication, and Arbitration of:
  • Building Contract Disputes
  • Cost and Quality of Building Works Disputes
  • Expert Reports
  • Legal Evidence at Court
  • Insurance: Building Reinstatement Valuations and Insurance Loss Assessing.
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    Joey T. Lee
    Property Inspector & Building Consultant
    Dana Point CA 92629
    USA
    phone: 949-682-6668
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    Joey T. Lee is a General Building Contractor and Real Estate and Roof Inspector with over 35 years of experience in the building trades, the last 20 of which have been dedicated to Inspection.

    Mr. Lee is an ASHI Certified Inspector & Master CREIA Inspector (MCI). He is also an International Code Council (ICC) Certified Residential Combination Inspector with certifications in all four disciplines; Building, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing.

    A licensed general contractor in the state of California since 1992, Mr. Lee has extensive experience working in Commercial and Residential Construction. He has been involved in hundreds of residential repair, remodel and ad-on jobs as well as commercial property tenant-improvement projects including the construction and/or remodel of gas stations into mini market stores for Arco, Mobil, Shell, Texaco, and Thrifty Corporations..

    Litigation Support - A member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA), Mr. Lee offers expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. He has performed over 9,000 property inspections of residential and commercial properties over the last 20+ years. His areas of expertise include:
    • Residential Construction
    • Construction Defects
    • Residential Construction Inspections
    • Pre-purchase / Leasing / State of Condition inspections of Residential and Light Commercial Properties
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    Randall Bell, PhD, MAI
    496 Broadway
    Laguna Beach CA 92651
    USA
    phone: 949-497-7600
    fax: 949-497-7601
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    Randall Bell, PhD, MAI is the owner of Landmark Research Group LLC which specializes in Real Estate Damage Economics. By utilizing advanced valuation methodologies, they are able to determine what impact, if any, that a detrimental condition has on property values. His clients include government agencies, oil, insurance and utility companies, corporations, developers, lenders and property owners.

    Dr. Bell specializes in environmental contamination, natural disasters, construction defects, complex real estate disputes, crime stigma and other detrimental conditions. As an Expert Witness and Strategic Consultant, Dr. Bell can determine the merits of a claim. His experience and research includes the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Sites, Chernobyl, Hiroshima, the Oklahoma City Bombing, Mt. St. Helen’s Volcano, the Manoa Hawaii Landslides and many others.

    Dr. Bell has a MBA from UCLA and is the author of the book "Real Estate Damages" published by the Appraisal Institute. His career has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, CNN, ABC's 20/20 and more.
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    Most appraisers will be asked to appraise property subject to detrimental conditions at some point in their careers. The unique problems that arise in these complex valuation situations can be addressed by applying fundamental economic principles and innovative valuation techniques. A comprehensive and valuable resource for all real estate professionals, Real Estate Damages: Applied Economics and Detrimental Conditions, second edition, provides a straightforward approach to solving these complex valuation problems.
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    Paul Grundy
    RICS, FRICS
    59 New London Rd
    Chelmsford Essex CM2 0ND
    GBR
    phone: 44-1245-347727
    fax: 44-1245-281700
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    Paul Grundy, RICS, FRICS, is a Chartered Building Surveyor and the Director of Paul Grundy Surveying. He became FRICS certified in 1984 and is a member of the RICS Expert Witness Registration Scheme, the Expert Witness Institute, and the Pyramus & Thisbe Organisation of Party Wall Surveyors.

    Mr. Grundy has acted as an Appointed Surveyor for both Building Owners and Adjoining Owners since the 1996 Act, to settle Party Wall matters. He has worked with Period Property since 1968, undertaking building surveys and advising on their maintenance, repair, alteration and extension. This includes all types of historic buildings in addition to those listed Grade 1 for their Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

    Mr. Grundy first appeared in Court as an Expert Witness in 1980. Since then he has been an Expert Witness in numerous property disputes and has appeared before the High Court. Mr. Grundy is often appointed as a Single Joint Expert whose duty it is to assist the Court in determining disputes. Paul Grundy Surveying Services Include:

    Property Disputes: Boundary, Building and Professional Negligence, Insurance Claims

    Architectural Services and Project Management: Extensions, Alterations, Repair, New Build and Historic Building Conservation

    Commercial Property: Building Surveys, Schedules of Dilapidation & Condition, Planned Maintenance

    Building Surveys: Residential and Period Property

    Party Walls: Building and Adjoining Owner Appointments
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    Ann E. Reisch, CCIM, CPM®, RPA
    Principal
    2316 Chinook Trail
    Maitland FL 32751
    USA
    phone: 407-628-2742
    fax: 407-628-2561
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    Ann E. Reisch, CCIM, CPM®, RPA, is a real estate expert with a specialization in Property Management and Leasing.

    Typical matters involve premises liability issues related to property operations, maintenance and management activities. Other common issues involve security, leasing, property inspections, landlord/tenant disputes and community association/board activities. Property types include apartment communities, shopping centers, office buildings, mixed-use properties, parking garages, industrial warehouses, single family homes and community & homeowner associations.

    Ms. Reisch has been retained in more than 150 litigation matters with a balanced history of working with both plaintiff and defense counsel.

    Ms. Reisch has a B.S. in Business Administration with a Minor in Psychology, is licensed in Florida as a Real Estate Broker and Community Association Manager and holds the coveted professional designations of Certified Commercial Investment Member, Certified Property Manager® and Real Property Administrator. She is a past national Chair of the Industry Standards Advisory Board for the Institute of Real Estate Management. Additionally, she currently serves IREM as a member of the Ethics Committee. She has held many other nationally appointed positions in the past, and has served as President of her local IREM chapter.

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    Lonnie Haughton, MCP
    Master Code Professional
    318 Harrison Street, Suite 103
    Oakland CA 94607
    USA
    phone: 510-893-5501
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    Lonnie Haughton, MCP is the Principal Codes / Construction Consultant at Richard Avelar & Associates, a forensic architectural consulting firm in Oakland, California. He is a CA-licensed General Contractor.

    Mr. Haughton is Certified by the International Code Council as a Master Code Professional. He is also a Building Inspector, Plans Examiner, and Building Code Official with strong expertise in the California Building Code and, its predecessor, the Uniform Building Code.

    Mr. Haughton has spent the past fifteen years compiling a hard-copy library of historic codes and a digital library of more than 30,000 reference documents including building envelope standards, evaluation reports, and related research materials, which he relies upon in his current managerial position – specially created to reflect his MCP certification and codes expertise.

    Litigation Support Lonnie Haughton provides expert services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense throughout the western United States. He has multiple peer-reviewed articles and papers published nationwide.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Building Codes - Historic and present
    • ADA and Accessibility - California Certified Access Specialist
    • Personal Injury - Code Evaluations (including: ‘negligence per se’)
    • Contractor’s Duty of Care - Compliance with plans, specifications and industry standards
    • Water Damage & Interior Humidity - Identifying actual causes and mechanisms
    • Dataloggers - Measurements of ambient moisture content
    • Sampling - Qualitative v. quantitative sampling of the building envelope
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    Who likely should be blamed for the blackish mold growth found at this new three-bedroom, two-bath apartment in San Jose, California? Unfortunately, landlords often rush to accuse their tenants of generating too much "lifestyle moisture". In many cases, such assessments are both inaccurate and unfair.

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    Steven D. Epcar
    Principal, CPM
    2031 Hardwick Way
    Granite Bay CA 95746
    USA
    phone: 916-899-6218
    Steven D. Epcar, CPM, is an Expert in Real Estate and Property Management Issues with 35+ years of experience;including residential, commercial, retail and mixed-use properties. Experienced in litigation support including standard of care, partnership conflicts, brokerage issues,landlord/tenant disputes, valuation,personal injury and life safety cases. Mr. Epcar is a member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA).

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

    Previously, Mr. Epcar served as President, Residential Services for Carmel Partners a R/E investment/management firm in San Francisco, Principal/Founding Partner of Ventana Property Services, a West Coast third party management and consulting firm and President,Prometheus Management Group,a development/investment/management firm.
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    Brian Spiegel & David Spiegel
    CR, CIEC, CMRS, CEICC, CSDS, CMCC, IICRC
    PO Box 7577
    La Verne CA 91750
    USA
    phone: 800-266-8988
    fax: 909-596-8803


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    SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE

    Brian Spiegel and David Spiegel offer expert testimony and consulting services regarding smoke, water, fire, mold contamination property damage restoration, reconstruction, and construction defect related problems.

    Both have been speakers nationally and internationally on property damage restoration, construction, and mold contamination related topics. In the past at the Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) national mold symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina and at the Forensics Consultants Association on toxic mold litigation and mold remediation in Newport Beach, California.

    In the media Brian and David have written articles for industry trade magazines and given television and radio interviews, including one with Brian on ABC TV “Good Morning America” featuring a segment on mitigating water damage.

    CONSULTANTS AND EXPERT WITNESS
  • Mold & Bacterial Contamination
  • Construction Defects
  • Fire & Smoke Damage
  • Industry Standards of Care
  • Structural Damages
  • Water Damage
  • Sewage Backflow
  • Flooring Forensics
  • EXPERT SERVICES
  • Property Damage Contractor
  • Inspections & Formal Reports
  • Cause and Origin Investigations
  • Smoke Particulate Testing
  • Property Insurance Claims
  • Testing
  • Detailed Construction Estimates
  • Cost Damage Appraisals at Current Industry Pricing
  • Litigation Support
  • Infrared Structural Inspections
  • Concrete Moisture Testing
  • PROPERTY DAMAGE ASSESSORS
  • Residential and Commercial
  • Appraisal Process: Appraisers & Umpires
  • Contents and Structure