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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD
PO Box 1322
Millbrook NY 12545
USA
phone: 845-677-3091
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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD, specializes in Wood Science Technology. His focus is on the evaluation, assessment and testing in virtually every aspect of wood science and wood construction technology across the United States and Internationally.

Dr. DeBonis served as the manger of the Engineering Research and Development for the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) and taught at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Forest Products. He has carried out both basic and applied research over the years on many products, but his current focus is on the proper use of wood products in construction.

Litigation Support - Dr. DeBonis provides forensic investigations, failure analyses, research and development, and provide expert witness testimony in a wide variety of legal cases. He has provided technical support on projects ranging from construction problems in single family dwellings to national class action product liability suits. Dr. DeBonis has investigated products failures such:
  • Hardboard / Composite Wood Sidings
  • Fire Retardant Lumber and Plywood
  • Structural Lumber
  • Trusses
  • Scaffold Systems
  • Ladders
  • In Situ Lumber Grading
  • Lumber & Wood Products
  • Partial and Complete Building Collapses
  • Moisture Intrusion Problems
  • Building Envelope Performance
  • Wood Decay
  • Insect Attack
  • Chemical Degradation of Wood
  • NDT Resistance Drilling
  • Wood Testing
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    Dr. Stephen C. Wexler, PE, CPE CCS CPE CPMP CVS CBO CMC CSP
    Chairman
    4132 Del Rey Ave.
    Marina Del Rey CA, TX 90292
    USA
    phone: 310-306-3877
    fax: 310-306-7480
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    Stephen Wexler Construction Management ExpertExperience: 40 years experience in construction, construction management, safety and related. Unusual combination of safety engineering and construction and civil engineering permits separate areas within construction, safety, and premises liability. 6 years Instructor at UCLA Evening Extension in Engineering & Construction Management, and 4 years US Navy Seabees Instructor for Construction Management - Port Hueneme, CA and Gulfport, Mississippi.

    Licenses: Dr. Stephen C. Wexler, PE holds Licenses in Civil Engineering, Safety Engineering and is a "B" License General Contractor.

    Services: 50% of business in Construction Management in working with Owners, Contractors & Subcontractors in their Building Programs and 50% of business activity in Forensic Engineering in working with Attorneys in a variety of case types.

    Qualified Expert Witness: Testimony over 16 years in + / - 200 trials and + / - 500 expert depositions. Backed by a research staff of engineers. Both plaintiff & defense. High integrity & solid record - No skeletons or conflicting testimony. Litigation savvy with attractive record of Jury appeal.

    Other Expertise: Members of Wexco International have additional expertise in: Quality Control; Building and Design Codes; Earthquake / Fire / Flood Damage; Roofing; Waterproofing; Paints; Plaster; Flooring; Critical Path Method Scheduling; Delay Impact Analysis; Accidents relating to Scaffolds, Ladders, Forklifts, Guardrails, Cranes, Manlifts, Use of Tools, Electrocutions, Bulldozers, Stacking; Parking Lots, ADA Regulations; Electric Gates; Construction Area Traffic Control; Roadway Maintenance; Visibility; Lighting.
    The subject Case involved the Defendant traveling Southbound on a Freeway in Southern California, when the California Highway Patrol (CHP) performed a traffic stop. The CHP Officer indicated (at the time of the stop, as well as in the official Report) that the cause of the stop was excessive speed (speeding). During the traffic stop, the driver was cited for driving without a valid Driver License.

    7/24/2014 · Construction
    An employee of a Metal Framing / Drywall Subcontractor fell off a scaffold that allegedly was improperly situated for the work. Additionally, Plaintiff contended that the scaffold had no guardrail (at the time of the incident). The incident occurred during construction of a large mixed use building in Northern California. The result of the fall was a catastrophic injury to the Plaintiff.

    6/17/2014 · Construction
    The subject property is located in the City of Los Angeles, and is considered to be a landmark property. The improvements on the property were originally constructed in early 1910's. The property consists of: a Main House with a gross living area of 9,400 square feet; a Garage with a 900 square foot Guest House above; and, a 740 square foot Pool House. The three (3) buildings, swimming pool, reflection pond, fountain and gardens are situated on a 36,000 square foot lot.

    According to data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which utilized the 2007 Hospital EMS/Trauma Registry Data, Falls and Auto Accidents were the top 2 leading causes of injury within the State of Texas. Of the 91,703 injuries reported in 2007, the combination of Falls and Auto Accidents accounted for an amazing 64% (58,833 injuries). Individually, Falls made up 38% (34,418) of all statewide injuries reported.

    According to data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which utilized the 2007 Hospital EMS/Trauma Registry Data, Falls and Auto Accidents were the top 2 leading causes of injury within the State of Texas. Of the 91,703 injuries reported in 2007, the combination of Falls and Auto Accidents accounted for an amazing 64% (58,833 injuries). Individually, Auto Accidents accounted for 27% (27,415) of all statewide injuries reported. Additionally, motor vehicle accidents in Texas is the leading cause of death for residents under the age of 45, and 3rd leading cause of death to all residents.

    3/7/2014 · Construction
    Plaintiff was an Apprentice Plumber working at the Construction Renovation of a Coffee House.

    2/4/2014 · Construction
    The subject of this Case involves two (2) adjoining hillside properties in Pacific Palisades, California. One property (owned by Defendant) is at a higher elevation than the other (owned by Plaintiff). Both properties were developed and graded at the same time (in the 1960's). A sloped hillside is situated between each of the respective property building pads and yardscapes.

    1/3/2014 · Construction
    Plaintiff was a 5 year old child that fell through a gap between the horizontal railings of at a guardrail at an outdoor observation platform located on a small hill overlooking a lake.

    11/27/2013 · Construction
    The Project was a remodel of an existing multi-story residence located on a hillside in Beverly Hills, California. The Plaintiffs are the owners of the residence, the Defendant are the Design-Build General Contractors engaged by Plaintiffs to perform various design and remodelling to the hillside property. The Home Improvement Agreement and its amendments (i.e. 2 change orders) were drafted by Defendants.

    10/24/2013 · Construction
    The Project was a retrofit of a historic theatre that was converted to a Restaurant / Bar / Lounge. The Plaintiffs are the managers and operators of a nightclub in Hollywood, the Defendant are the General Contractors engaged by Plaintiffs to perform renovations. The contract and its attachments were created by Defendants.

    10/3/2013 · Construction
    The Plaintiff, an Insurance Adjuster, was performing an inspection of the roof of an automobile dealership that had reported damage as a result of wind and rain from a recent Hurricane. The subject roof consisted of corrugated metal panels, and translucent fiberglass panels with a matching corrugated pattern. Additionally, the subject roof had been covered with a white polymer "paint" coating for purposes of energy reduction.

    The Plaintiff (Decedent) was using a home , propane powered barbecue grill, when the attached propane tank allegedly suffered a catastrophic material failure, resulting in an explosion, which then caused a fire of the residence. Plaintiff obtained the subject propane tank from the Defendant Retailer, who had provided the tank as an exchange of the Plaintiff's empty tank. Defendant Retailer was not authorized by the Defendant Propane Supplier.

    Plaintiff was traveling Northbound in the #1 lane of Frank Sinatra Drive in the Plaintiff's 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee. At the time of the incident, the Plaintiff was attempting to execute a right hand turn into the main entry at The Bellagio, with the intention of traveling to the employee pick up area, to pick up a co-worker.

    7/26/2013 · Expert Witnessing
    The Plaintiff, a tenant of the subject apartment building, was on the roof of the building, when the Plaintiff fell through a rooftop skylight located above the apartment building hallway. The Plaintiff had been on the roof with a friend, but was alone at the time of the incident.

    At the time of the fall, the Plaintiff was apparently beginning to descend from the top (3rd) level of the scaffold. While transitioning from the top platform onto the ladder that was built into the scaffold frame, the Plaintiff attempted to utilize the midrail as a hand hold, when the midraild gave way. Plaintiff lost his balance and fell to the ground level below.

    Plaintiff was the front passenger in a vehicle traveling Northbound on a 2-lane roadway. While traveling through an "S" turn, the vehicle lost control and entered into a critical speed skid.

    5/29/2013 · Construction
    Plaintiff was a Laborer/Grade Checker who was working at a project involving grading and applying a new asphalt surface to a parking lot. The Defendant was a Contractor that was grading the parking lot utilizing a skip loader.

    4/23/2013 · Construction
    Plaintiff was an HVAC Technician, who was performing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning work at commercial shopping plaza. The shopping plaza buildings were single-story in height, and had exterior fixed ladders for access to the roof.

    3/20/2013 · Expert Witnessing
    Experts are a very important, and often critical, component of a lawsuit. Aside from all of the traditional elements and facets (Forensic Analysis & Testimony), is the litany of activities that the Expert may play in the initial role of Consultant to the Attorney.

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    Office of Design & Construction
    2115 Third Street, Suite 208
    Santa Monica CA 90405
    USA
    phone: 805-798-0010
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    Jeffrey Phillip Weinstein, AIA, a California licensed Architect since 1982, with Masters Degree in Real Estate Development from USC, has been involved in the development, design and construction of office buildings, high-rise condominiums, multi-family residential podium-type projects, retail, neighborhood shopping centers and regional malls, hotels and resorts, hospitals, and schools (K-12 and University).

    Expert in real estate development, government approvals, entitlements & permits, architect's standard of care, construction management, claims & defects, A/E/C agreements. Expertise includes building envelope & water intrusion, zoning & building codes, errors/omissions, destructive testing & repair, schools (DSA), hospitals (OSHPD), condominiums, commercial/retail/mixed-use projects, high-rise structures, hotels & resorts. Previous employers include Nadel and Callison Architects, Tishman Construction, Trammel Crow Company, Kaiser Permanente, and California State University.

    Professional Licenses / Certifications / Affiliations:
    • California Registered Architect, License #12822
    • Member, American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, Construction Specification Institute, and Society for Marketing Professional Services
    • Member, North Santa Barbara County Board of Architectural Review
    Litigation Support: Jeffrey Weinstein has been retained as an expert witness as Owner's Representative, Construction Manager, Contract Administrator, Project Manager and Architect by Developers, Builders, Institutional Owners (Hospitals & Schools), Municipalities, and Corporate Clients. Mr. Weinstein provides professional Architectural and Construction Expert Witness opinion, testimony and services on matters, such as:
    • Architectural
    • Forensic Architectural
    • Construction Management
    • Building Code Requirements
    • Construction Industry Standards
    • Professional Standard of Care
    • Design Defects, Errors & Omissions
  • Construction Defects & Failures
  • Architectural Practice & Peer Review
  • Construction Claim Evaluation
  • Change Order Analysis & Cost Overruns
  • Zoning Entitlements, Land-Use, and Permitting
  • Project Delivery - Fast-Track, Design-Build, GMP
  • Design & Construction Accident Claims
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    9/11/2017 · Construction
    ln our current climate of economic prosperity and rising real estate values, the prevalence and usefulness of construction litigation may be on the wane. Much of the litigation and expert opinion in recent years has resulted in unrealistic repair schemes for the sole purpose of producing a settlement among parties to the litigation. When a plaintiff expert recommends a "remove and replace in its entirety"1 scenario (for example, arguing that all exterior stucco must be demolished and reinstalled due to a lack of expansion joints), the defense expert frequently advocates a more modest "fix what's broken" scheme to provide a minimum repair at the lowest cost. This process consumes considerable time and resources, and creates a difficult environment in which to craft a settlement. More often than not, neither party is pleased with the outcome; unreasonable plaintiff positions often result in settlement amounts ranging between 15 to 25 percent of the claim amount.

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    James C. Walden, AIA, ASCE
    18 Knapp St., Ste. 4B
    Stamford CT 06907
    USA
    phone: 203-504-2471
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    James C. Walden, AIA, ASCE, is an internationally renowned Architect who has designed award winning low rise buildings in Greenwich, Connecticut and high rise buildings in New York City, New York. He has 50 years of experience practicing Architecture.

    Background Experience - Mr. Walden maintained a solo practice in Greenwich, CT for 25 years. His firm was absorbed by a major New York firm and he subsequently practiced with three major firms in New York City. Prior to that, Mr. Walden assisted in founding a new School of Architecture and Planning at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    Litigation Support: Registered to practice Architecture in the States of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, Mr. Walden provides expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. His services include forensic investigation of construction defects, written reports, depositions, arbitration, and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Preparation of AIA Contract Documents
    • Project Programming
    • On-Time Budget Project Delivery
    • Building Envelope Failure
    • Forensic Investigation
    • Restoration of Historic Structures
    • Zoning and Building Code Analysis
  • Owner's Representative Services
  • Due Diligence Studies
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Façade Restoration
  • Residential Projects
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Client Liaison
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    Paris (Perry) Tabor
    CE/SE, PMP, CDP, LEED AP, CAASH
    2671 Crow Canyon Rd., 3rd Floor
    San Ramon CA 94583
    USA
    phone: Ofc: 925-275-0110 / Cell: (925) 360-8259
    fax: 925-838-8901
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    Paris A. (Perry) Tabor, is a Structural Engineering Consultant with expertise in Forensic Construction Analysis. He has more than 30 years experience designing, analyzing and evaluating all low-rise building types, framing systems and construction materials.

    Specialties
    • Design-Analysis:
      • Commercial - retail/MOB/office/sports facility/hospitality/mixed-use
      • Residential - active adult/production housing/custom-estates/market-rate, for-rent & affordable
      • Building Rehabilitations/Additions (many with historically significant and adaptive-use demands)
      • Peer Reviews and Construction Administration services
    • Seismic Risk Assessments: Buildings/Facilities due-diligence/property conditions reports: (PML/SEL/SUL), post-earthquake observations and pre-construction reviews
    • Forensic evaluations, expert witness and litigation support; equally distributed between plaintiff and defense cases
    Structural Services
    • Design of New and Ancillary Structures - Office / Retail Structures, Motel / Hotel / Cultural / Educational / Community Structures, Multi-Family (Market Rate, Rental & Affordable) Housing, Production Housing (Attached & Detached), Industrial / Maintenance Structures
    • Structural and Seismic Evaluations of Existing Structures - Structural Alterations & Rehabilitation, Historic Preservation, Condition Assessment, Post Earthquake Evaluations
    • Special / Ancillary Structures
    • Peer Review / Constructability Reviews / Forensics
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    Shepherd Consulting Services
    John D. Shepherd, RRO, RRC
    Registered Roof Observer, Registered Roof Consultant
    PO Box 10010
    Torrance CA 90505
    USA
    phone: 310-378-0791
    fax: 310-378-0794
    John D. Shepherd, RRC, RRO, founder of Shepherd Consulting Services, a division of Shepherd Roof Consulting, has been actively involved in the Roofing and Construction Industry for over 40 years. He has spent 10 years as an active roofing contractor and the last 18 years as a Roofing, Waterproofing, Sheet Metal, and Exterior Wall Consultant.

    Over the last 18 years, Mr. Shepherd attended about 1100 hours of continuing education courses related to roofing, waterproofing, sheet metal, exterior walls, windows and other various building envelope components. He is an RCI Registered Roof Consultant and Registered Roof Observer, a HAAG Certified Residential and Commercial Roof Inspector, a licensed roofing contractor in California and Arizona, and a Certified Building Science Thermographer.

    Mr. Shepherd has been retained in over 400 construction defect litigation cases, representing plaintiffs, developers and/or sub-contractors. He has been deposed more than 60 times, testified in over 20 trials and has extensive mediation experience as well.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Construction Defect
    • Water Intrusion Investigation
    • Property Loss Damage Claims
    • Personal Injury Claims
    • Standard of Care and Building Code Issues Related to Roofing, Sheet Metal, Waterproofing, and Building Envelope
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    Mark C. Vanderslice
    22765 La Palma Avenue
    Yorba Linda CA 92887
    USA
    phone: 714-970-7400
    fax: 714-970-7474
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    Mark VandersliceMark C. Vanderslice has been actively involved in almost all aspects of the Roofing and Waterproofing industries since 1978. Mr. Vanderslice is an active member of RCI, Inc., formerly The Roof Consultants Institute, an international association of building envelope consultants who specialize in design, investigation, repair and management of roofing, exterior walls and waterproofing systems. In 1984 Mr. Vanderslice was the 16th to receive certification of 426 nationally recognized Registered Roof Consultants in the United States from a professional membership of approximately 2,800.

    Mr. Vanderslice's expertise includes performing architectural design reviews for roofing, waterproofing and building envelope exteriors for the purpose of verifying constructibility, conformance to material manufacturer's requirements, industry standards and Building Code requirements. He also performs complex leak investigations in order to determine the Cause and Origin of Leaks as well as developes comprehensive and effective scopes of long-term repairs. His services are available for cases involving water intrusion from various sources including roofing, waterproofing, sheet metal flashings, wall systems inclusive of stucco, stone cladding, masonry, cavity walls, DEFS, EIFS, Rain Screen and metal panels as well as waterproofing systems and virtually all types of water intrusion and related construction defects.

    Mr. Vanderslice has been designated as an Expert Witness in more than 550 cases and has been retained by Plaintiff, Defense, and as a Neutral Third Party. Mr. Vanderslice has provided expert witness testimony in over a dozen trials and been deposed well over 150 times.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Architectural Codes / Design & Standards
    • Ashaltic Shingle Roofs
    • Built-up (BUR) Roofs
    • Construction Defects
    • Construction Design
    • Construction Leakage Diagnostics
    • Copper Roofs
    • Deck Waterproofing
  • EIFS
  • Window & Door Water Intrusion
  • Forensic Inspection & Evaluation
  • Roofing
  • Stucco
  • Water Leaks / Moisture Intrusion
  • Below-Grade Waterproofing
  • Exterior Wall Systems
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    Stephen J. Callan
    44 Alley Lane
    Climax Springs MO 65234
    USA
    phone: 636-394-1480
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    Stephen Callan Plastics Polymers Expert PhotoStephen J. Callan, Founder, President & Technical Director of Polymer Testing of St. Louis, Inc., has a 40 year career in Polymer Chemistry.

    Litigation Support Experience - Mr. Callan has personally conducted more than 3,000 Military and Industrial Failure Analyses. He has had a twenty six year career as an Expert Legal Witness and has been used as an Expert Legal Witness in more than 50 cases involving Product Failure, Medical Malpractice, Pharmaceutical Contamination, Violation of FDA regulations, Failure to Warn, Fire, Explosion, Chemical Exposure, Personal Injury, Death, Murder, Environmental Contamination, Patent Infringement and IP theft. He has testified in State Court, State Supreme Court, and Federal Court.

    Mr. Callan has been used as an Expert in Polymer Chemistry/Materials Analysis/Failure Analysis & Reverse Engineering by 64 Independent Testing Laboratories, 35 Automotive Component Manufacturers, 26 Coatings / Adhesives Manufacturers, 30 Composite / Aerospace/ Military Manufacturers, 12 Environmental / Agricultural Product Manufacturers, 20 Packaging Manufacturers, 14 Electronics Manufacturers, more than 260 Plastic Manufacturers / Raw Material Suppliers, The U.S. Navy, The U.S. Army, and NASA.

    Primary Areas of Expertise:
    • Military and Industrial Failure Analysis
    • Product Contaminant Identification
    • Plastics and Polymers
    • Coatings, Sealants, and Paints
    • Construction Claims
    • Corrosion Engineering
    • Reverse Engineering
    • Product Failure Analysis
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Intellectual Property
  • Materials Science
  • Medical Devices
  • Product Warnings
  • Roofing and Waterproofing
  • Structural Failure
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    Daniel D. Bawden, GMB, CAPS, CGR, CGP, JD
    5008 Locust St.
    Bellaire TX 77401
    USA
    phone: 713-723-8850
    fax: 713-729-7125
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    Daniel D. Bawden, GMB, CAPS, CGR, CGP, JD, has over 35 years of experience in the Construction Industry. He is a Graduate Master Builder, Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, and a Certified Green Building Professional.

    Mr. Bawden serves as an accredited Instructor for the National Association of Home Builders, certifying other builders in his own specialties. He earned both his Bachelor’s degree and Law degree from Baylor University. He is currently serving as Vice Chair of the NAHB Remodelers Council, on track to be the national spokesman for the remodeling industry in 2017.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Bawden has an outstanding reputation for winning cases. His combination of legal and hands-on construction experience, along with his numerous certifications, make him a highly credible witness in all facets of residential construction.

    Mr. Bawden helped write the "Residential Construction Performance Guidelines," which is the primary criteria for construction standards. With trial experience on behalf of both homeowners and builders, Mr. Bawden is a likeable persona, an excellent and clear communicator, effective before arbitrators, judges, and juries alike.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Construction Cost Estimates / Analysis
    • Construction Defects
    • Project Management Disputes
  • Construction for the Disabled (ADA)
  • Construction Delays
  • Code Compliance / Violation
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    10/13/2017 · Construction
    What is the first thing I should do if my home got flooded? Call your flood insurance company and file a claim, preferably before August 31st, when the flood settlement rates go down. How can I find out if I have flood insurance, and who to call?

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    Joey T. Lee
    Real Estate Inspector & Construction Expert
    24832 Pointe Trinity #B
    Dana Point CA 92629
    USA
    phone: 949-682-6668
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    CAREER SUMMARY:

    •California-licensed general contractor with over 25+ years’ experience in both commercial and residential construction. Involved in hundreds of residential repair, remodel and add-on jobs and commercial property tenant-improvement projects.

    •International Code Council (ICC) Certified Residential Combination Inspector with certifications in all four disciplines; Building, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing.

    •Over 20+ years’ experience as ASHI Certified Inspector & Master CREIA Inspector (MCI). Performed over 8,000 property inspections of residential and commercial properties.

    •Educational speaker for ASHI/CREIA monthly chapter meetings and annual conferences.

    •Veteran, United States Marine Corps, honorably discharged Sergeant, 1977.

    •Experienced construction consultant and expert witness.

    CURRENT POSITION:

    JOEY T. LEE - PROPERTY CONSULTANT 2009 - Present

    Business Owner Inspector / Consultant

    Perform state-of-condition, re-sale and triple-net lease inspections of residential and commercial properties for potential buyers, building owners, and leasers of commercial real estate. Provide consultation services in residential construction & construction defect conditions, and other construction-related issues.

    PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

    Licensed General Contractor – California “B” 644246 1992 - Present

    (ICC) International Code Council, Certified Member # 1018563 1996 - Present

    Residential Combination Inspector #1018563-95 1996 - Present

    Residential Building Inspector #1018563-100 1996 - Present

    Residential Electrical Inspector #1018563-101 1996 - Present

    Residential Plumbing Inspector #1018563-102 1996 - Present

    Residential Mechanical Inspector #1018563-103 1996 - Present
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    Michael C. Head, PE, LEED AP BD+C
    2451 Cumberland Pkwy, Suite 3338
    Atlanta GA 30339-6571
    USA
    phone: 404-909-0535
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    Michael C. Head, PE, LEED AP BD+C, has more than 35 years of Structural Engineering Analysis, Design, and Project / Construction Management experience in Saudi Arabia and the United States. His projects range from the design of new facilities and forensic investigations to renovation and retrofitting of existing structures in the GMP, Design/Bid and Design/Bid/Build delivery method.

    Mr. Head is a Registered Professional Engineer in 12 States (AL, AR, AZ, FL, GA, MA, MD, MS, NC, NH, SC, TN), Washington, D.C., and the United Kingdom, a registered Special Inspector in Florida and a LEED Accredited Professional.

    Mr. Head's diverse portfolio includes aircraft hangars, airline terminals, apartment complexes, arenas, central utility plants, churches, concert halls, convention centers, educational facilities, medical facilities, gymnasiums, hotels, laboratories, manufacturing plants, low and high-rise office buildings, parking decks, performing arts centers and radiation treatment plants.

    Litigation Support - Michael Head's investigation, design and construction experience make him highly qualified to engage in Forensic Structural Investigations and to assist the design, construction, and legal communities in analyzing problems and determining how to address and solve them. His expertise is called upon in the rare occasions when codes or standards are not met, structural materials are under strength, extraordinary loads are experienced on the structure, or safety methods on site prove to be inadequate.

    Mr. Head is available to assist attorneys, insurance companies, contractors, architects, engineers, owners, and developers in determining the reasons that the structural systems under-performed and, where possible, how to efficiently return the facility to fulfill its intended function.

    Areas of Expertise
    • Forensic Analysis
    • Building Codes and Standards
    • Construction Defects
    • Construction Failure Analysis
    • Building Distress
    • Concrete
    • Structural Steel
  • Seismic Retrofit
  • Hurricane Damage
  • Foundations Issues
  • LEED
  • Blast Design
  • Parking Decks
  • Low Medium and High-rise Buildings
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    Robert L. McNealy
    PO Box 91171
    Salt Lake City UT 84109
    USA
    phone: 801-574-0387
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    Robert L. McNealy, founder of Flooristics, specializes in Flooring Related Accidents and Defects. He is experienced in the testing of concrete, ceramic tile, carpet, resilient, bamboo, hardwood, laminate, and engineered flooring materials.

    With more than 11 years of experience in the flooring industry, Mr. McNealy has served in a variety of industry roles, including: flooring contractor, certified flooring inspector, industry standards developer, industry related media personality, and interior design school advisory board member.

    Mr. McNealy maintains the following industry designations and certifications: Walkway Audit Certificate Holder (WACH), Senior Carpet Inspector, Concrete Slab Moisture Testing Technician, Carpet Reinstallation and Repair Technician, Resilient Flooring Inspector, Wood and Laminate Floor Inspector, IFCI Flooring Inspector, Substrate Subfloor Inspector, Carpet Cleaning, Wood Floor Inspector.

    Litigation Support - Robert McNealy's unique hands-on experience, combined with his extensive academic and industry training, make him invaluable in determining the merits of cases, screening contracts and case records, understanding proper application of industry standards and best practices (even when they conflict), writing reports and affidavits, developing timelines, building out teams of other experts, scope of work analyses, providing expert opinion, and giving depositions and trial testimony regarding industry best practices. His services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of EXpertise:
    • Slip, Trip, and Fall
    • Coefficient of Friction (Tribometry)
    • Slip Testing
    • Specifications and Standards Review
    • Floor Project Consulting
    • Carpet Claims
    • Resilient Claims
    • Hardwood Claims
    • Floor System Integration
  • Floor Failures and Defects
  • Concrete Moisture Testing
  • Interior and Exterior Walkway Surfaces
  • Floor Coverings
  • Floor Matting and Rugs
  • Floor Cleaners, Polishes, and Coatings
  • Sidewalks, Parking Lots, Ramps and Curbs
  • OSHA Walking and Working Surfaces
  • ANSI, ASTM, OSHA
  • CV Available Upon Request

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    James R. Drebelbis, AIA, PE
    2909 Cole Ave
    Suite 100
    Dallas TX 75204
    USA
    phone: 214-468-8118
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    Drebelbis Engineering is an Architectural and Engineering firm specializing in Forensic Engineering. Their combined background in architecture, engineering, and business make Drebelbis Engineering uniquely qualified to address the complexities found in forensic engineering assignments.

    A Dallas-based company founded in 1996, their focus is structural, architectural and civil engineering as applied to buildings and site systems. They bring technical engineering knowledge, testimony, and remedy when construction fails to perform and when construction processes derail.

    Principal, James R. Drebelbis, AIA, PE, is an Architect and Structural Engineer with over 40 years of experience in all phases of building construction and performance, project management, and producing documents for building construction (drawings, specifications, change orders).

    Litigation Support - Mr. Drebelbis specializes in Forensic Engineering for attorneys and insurance companies. His understanding of building types and construction systems includes site construction and earth retaining structures as well as residential, commercial, manufacturing, and institutional buildings.

    Mr. Drebelbis is retained for Cause and Origin of Structural Failures and disputes about construction performance that often emphasize the obvious (leaks, cracks, collapses). His expertise is available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Services include engineering investigation, documentation, testimony, and preparation of Certificates of Merit.

    Education/Licenses: - BS Arch. Engineering, MBA, Professional Engineer (Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico), Architect (Texas)

    Areas of Technical Experience and Expertise:
    • Construction Technology
    • Building Codes
    • Forensic Engineering
    • Fire, Weather, Disaster Related Damage
    • Roofing & Waterproofing Systems
    • Water and Moisture Intrusion
    • Stair Construction
    • Performance of Building Materials
    • Retaining Structures
    • Application of Building Materials
  • Selection of Building Materials
  • Structural Engineering
  • Site and Building Drainage
  • Foundation Design
  • Soil Behavior
  • Concrete Workmanship and Design
  • Contract Documents
  • Professional Ethics
  • Slip, Trip, Fall
  • Corrective Construction
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    David M. Bekus
    45 Hunt Lane
    Skilllman NJ 08558
    USA
    phone: 732-735-7444
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    David M. Bekus has over 35 years in the Construction Industry specializing in home design, construction, and remodeling. Mr. Bekus has been a project manager, overseeing all aspects of construction from conception and approvals to final sales for single homes and developments.

    Mr. Bekus is licensed by the State of New Jersey as a building inspector (RCS, ICS, and HHS), a licensed home remodeler, and a licensed new home builder. He is also certified in Project Management, Cost Estimating, Construction Methods, Construction Site Safety, and is a EPA Lead Safe Certified Contractor.

    Litigation Support - As a seasoned expert in the construction field, Mr. Bekus adheres to building code practices and high construction standards to provide reliable advice and credible expert witness testimony. His services include project evaluations, building code inspections, and clearly and precisely written reports. Mr. Bekus' expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant and has testified in NJ superior court Areas of Expertise:
    • Industry Standards
    • Building Code Compliance, Specifications
    • Contract and Plan Specifications
    • New Construction Defects
    • Roof Issues
    • Water Issues
  • Framing Defects
  • Siding Defects
  • Concrete Defects
  • Insurance Claims
  • Poor Workmanship
  • Home Owner Association Issues
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    David Neagley, AIA, Architect
    Forensic Architect
    PO Box 2265
    La Jolla CA 92038
    USA
    phone: 858-354-8070
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    David Neagley Forensic Architecture Expert PhotoDavid Neagley, AIA, Architect: Over thirty-two years of architectural design and construction administration experience with all building types, including educational, medical, R&D, corporate, commercial, custom residential, multi-family housing, military and industrial projects, totaling over 12.4 million square feet. Emphasizing use of durable, low maintenance materials including stainless, copper, bronze, zinc, cement-fiber, plastics, composites, specialty sealants & industrial paints.

    Building Reconstruction Specialist: Reconstruction design, details and specifications focused on solving complex construction problems and developing effective repairs for commercial and institutional buildings. Services include design for waterproofing, flashing, exterior finishes, roofs, decks, windows, and remediation of mold, wood rot, corrosion and structural damage.

    Construction Industry Expert: Visual inspection, intrusive testing, defect analysis, repair recommendations and forensic expert services for both plaintiff and defense parties. Specialized knowledge of construction materials, industry standards, code compliance, waterproofing, vapor transmission, exterior finishes, corrosion, condensation, ventilation, mold, wood rot, suspended ceilings, interior partitions, and structural issues.
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