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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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    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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    Cantrell Associates
    James H. Cantrell, CPM
    1315 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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    Carl E. Peters, PE, PLS, PP, CO
    720 King Georges Road
    Suite 402
    Fords NJ 08863
    USA
    phone: 609-751-4104
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    Carl E. Peters, PE, PLS, PP, CO, has a broad range of expertise in the areas of Land Use, Municipal Engineering, and Code Enforcement in the State of New Jersey. His rare combination of professional credentials enables him to analyze the development process from concept design through issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. He is one of fewer than ten people in New Jersey who holds licenses as a:
    • Professional Engineer
    • Professional Land Surveyor
    • Professional Planner
  • Construction Official
  • Building Official
  • Plumbing Official
  • Litigation Support - Mr. Peters' expertise is beneficial in the resolution of disputes between project owners, design professionals, contractors, and insurance carriers. He has testified before the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Historic Preservation Review Committee, and Site Plan Review Advisory Board, and NJ Civil Courts. He is also a mediator on the roster of the NJ Civil Courts.

    Mr. Peters provides litigation support for counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His cases have involved:
    • Engineering Matters
    • Property Line Disagreements
    • Drainage Problems
    • Streets and Sidewalks
    • Sewers
    • Construction Disputes
    • Land Use
  • Land Surveying
  • Construction Codes
  • Construction Permits
  • ADA Compliance
  • Local Government Matters
  • Engineering Malpractice
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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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    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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    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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    Jeffrey S. Lapin, CPM®
    3500 Cincinnati Ave.
    Suite 325
    Rocklin CA 95765
    USA
    phone: 818-448-9100
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    Jeffrey S. Lapin, CPM®, is an expert in maintenance and management procedures and reasonable standards of care for commercial properties. He has been directly involved in Commercial Real Estate Management, Leasing and Construction for over 35 years.

    Mr. Lapin is a Certified Property Manager (CPM®), certified by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) and a California licensed Real Estate Broker. Mr. Lapin is a certified instructor for IREM® and for the Building Owners and Managers Institute International (BOMI®), teaching courses for these prestigious international property associations, including courses required by IREM® and by BOMI® for the respective professional accreditations they offer, centered around construction and maintenance topics.

    He also served as President of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) Chapter 22 in Sacramento, California in 2016. Mr. Lapin remains on the board of directors for IREM Chapter 22, presenting educational programs for IREM®. He is also Co-chair of the Commercial Advisory Counsel for the Sacramento Association of Realtors®.

    Mr. Lapin specializes in Property Maintenance and Upkeep, Management Policies and Procedures, and Asset Value Protection. His background includes roles with institutional landlords including TIAA CREF, MetLife, The New England Life Insurance Company, and Principal Mutual Life, as well as a diverse group of private property owners. His experience is in managing and leasing all types of property including commercial and multi-family residential, industrial, office, and retail real estate assets.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Lapin provides expert witness services on Commercial Real Estate Standards of Practice. His cases involve injuries, personal and financial, that occur as a result of an alleged failure by a commercial landlord to follow reasonable standards of care, for either the landlord or a non-landlord plaintiff's counsel.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Commercial Real Estate Personal Injury
    • Commercial Real Estate Financial Injury
    • Policies, Procedures for Maintenance
    • Commercial Property Operations
    • Commercial Property Management
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Expense Management
  • Slip and Fall
  • Trip and Fall
  • Gross Negligence
  • View Jeffery Lapin's Consulting Profile.
    5/9/2016 · Real Estate
    Tenants, visitors and vendors who enter upon commercial properties (office buildings, retail centers, apartment communities, industrial buildings, etc.) are entitled to the presumption of safety when traversing public spaces. They should, and do, expect that the owner of that property, by making it accessible to the public, will maintain the property (parking areas, lobbies, hallways, grounds, pools and the walkways that connect these elements) to a reasonable standard of care.

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    Tim Truwe
    President
    250 Hallock Drive, Suite 100
    Santa Paula California 93060-9218
    United States
    phone: (805) 933-1389
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    Petru Corporation is a full service land consulting company offering a full line of Title, Natural Resources, and Land services.

    Incorporated in 1986, Petru serves the needs of the title, title insurance, oil, gas, mineral, geothermal, wind, solar, mining, environmental, and right-of-way industries; legal, engineering, subdivision, developers, and land planning professions; government; lending and trust institutions; water purveyors; utilities; real estate companies; and the individual and business communities.

    Petru Corporation and Tim Truwe were featured on Enterprises TV, aired on Fox Business Network and were published in Black Gold in California, the story of the California Petroleum Industry and also in The Business Elite, Corporate America.

    Consulting Services:
    • Title Consulting
    • Title Searching
    • Title Examining
    • Title Reports
    • Title Engineering
    • Title Insurance
    • Plot Descriptions and Easements
    • Map Drafting and Map Review
    • Property Inspections
    • Right of Way/Easements
    • Water Rights
  • Leasehold Estates
  • Oil, Gas, Mineral and Mining Consulting
  • Subdivision Map Act
  • Negotiate Oil and Gas Leases
  • Regulatory Consulting
  • Permitting/Regulatory
  • Title Insurance Underwriting Support
  • Title Insurance Claims
  • Due Diligence
  • Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • Mining Claims
  • Timothy B. Truwe, President and Chief Financial Officer of Petru Corporation, is a Registered Professional Landman (#23542) and a Registered Environmental Property Assessor (#569045). He specializes in Title, Natural Resources and Land Matters issues and offers a full line of title, and land services.

    Background - Mr. Truwe started his career in 1973 in the title, resource, and regulatory industries. His career includes employment and training at Ticor Title Insurance Company (now Chicago Title Co.) as Title Searcher, Title Officer, and Title Engineer. He also worked at Ogle Petroleum Inc., as Assistant Land Manager in the Land/Legal Department. His responsibilities at Ogle included both onshore and offshore assets and the technical and administrative oversight of several thousand parcels of land and leases in excess of one million acres.
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    Lic. Gonzalo Viquez, Jr.
    Attorney and Notary Public
    San Jose Costa Rica, 200 Mts. North From Parque De
    La Amisted (Rhomoser)
    Rhomoser
    CRI
    phone: 506-2296-4432
    fax: 506-2231-6505
    Our firm specializes in Real Estate Law. We represent and help individuals and investors throughout the legal closing procedures, from due diligence stage until closing as per the constitution of Costa Rican Corporations to own property. We are also authorized representative for Stewart Title providing title insurance and escrow services in Costa Rica.

    Please feel free to address any legal questions you may have regarding purchasing property in Costa Rica.
    6/8/2006 · Real Estate
    Why should you invest in Costa Rica by purchasing a piece of property or develop your own real state project? The answer to this question my vary in accordance to each specific case, nevertheless many if not all aspects that motivates your decision are basic; Costa Rica is a small country full of wonders around each corner