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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 and Construction Project Manager since 1982, with a Masters Degree in Real Estate Development from USC, is actively involved with development, design and construction management. Mr. Weinstein provides preconstruction (entitlements, plans, permits) through on-site construction administration services (change order analysis, cost evaluation) on a wide range of building types.

Expertise: Mr. Weinstein has extensive experience in real estate development, acquiring government approvals, entitlements and permits, architect's standard of care, construction management, claims & defects, and A/E/C agreements. His expertise includes scope of services and design fees, zoning and building codes, errors/omissions, construction defects, destructive testing and repairs. Previous positions include Director of Operations, Preconstruction Director, Senior Project Manager, Construction Manager and Administrator for Nadel and Callison Architects, Tishman Construction, Trammel Crow Company, California State University and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.

Project Experience: Jeff's project experience includes high-rise residential and mixed-use developments, multi-family residential podium-type apartments and condominiums, retail, big box, neighborhood shopping centers and regional malls, corporate and tenant improvements, hospitality including wineries and breweries, themed resorts and casinos, K-12 and university buildings, hospitals and medical facilities, custom and production homes.

Professional Licenses / Certifications / Affiliations:
  • California Registered Architect, License #12822
  • AIA Certified in Construction Management, Contract Administration and Specifications
  • Member, American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, Construction Specification Institute
  • Member, North Santa Barbara County Board of Architectural Review
Professional Services Include:
  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) Project Management
  • Owner’s Representative / Real Estate Development / LEED Design-Build
  • Director of Operations and Pre-Construction Services / Construction Administrator
  • Forensic Architect / Construction Expert Witness
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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 D. Wamble, PE, RLS
PE, RLS
40 Middleton Street
Nashville TN 37210
USA
phone: 615-251-9555
fax: 615-251-9034
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James D. Wamble, PE, RLS has over 30 years of experience as a Professional Civil Engineer and Registered Land Surveyor. During the course of his career, Mr. Wamble has worked on land planning, land surveying, or civil engineering projects in all counties of the middle and west Tennessee regions, and several counties in east Tennessee.

Selected Recent Projects:
  • Lake Forest Estates – Approximately 5000 residential units and numerous commercial parcels. Largest subdivision in the state. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
  • Reelfoot Lake – Boundary survey of an 18,000-acre public lake to determine the pre-1917 Ordinary Low Water Mark for a Federal lawsuit in Lake County and Obion County, TN. Performed land surveying and expert witness services
  • Tapestry – 393 unit condominium and apartment development with 6,000 sq. ft. of commercial space in a Traditional Design Town Center in Brentwood, Williamson County, TN. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
  • Evans Hill - 340 mixed residential units designed as a Traditional Specific Plan in Hermitage, Davidson County, TN. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
  • Evergreen Hills - 900 mixed residential units designed as a Traditional Specific Plan in the Cane Ridge Community of Nashville, Davidson County, TN. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
Services Include:
  • Civil Engineering
  • Land Use Planning
  • Land Surveying
  • Retail, Res., Industrial, Comm. Site Design
  • Construction, Grading, Drainage Plans
  • Roadway, Detention, Basin Design
  • Erosion Control
  • Water Quality Design
  • Engineering Studies
  • Cost Estimates / Financial Analysis
  • Developability / Constructability Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Residential, Industrial, Commercial, Mixed-Use
  • Zone Change Request
  • Planned Unit Development Design
  • Specific Plan Design
  • Natural Resource Analysis
  • Graphic Presentation
  • Site Selection Consultation
  • Boundary
  • Topography
  • As-Built
  • Route
  • ALTA Land Title
  • Utility
  • Aerial Ground Control
  • Construction
  • GPS


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    Philip Simmons
    President
    P.O. Box 786
    Lake Arrowhead CA 92352
    USA
    phone: 310-439-4119
    fax: 310-300-3020
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    The Simmons Group, Inc. provides clients with over 30 years experience in managing all phases of real estate land acquisition, entitlement, development, construction and marketing. They provide complex project management services to both public and private development companies and public agencies, as well as individual land owners and businesses with real estate interests.

    The Simmons Group offers full project and asset evaluation and management services on major land development, single family, multi-family, commercial and mixed-use projects throughout Southern California. On an organizational basis, The Simmons Group helps ensure the best possible assessment and response to the numerous legal, financial and operational needs of companies as they face crucial and ever-changing investment and development challenges.

    Services Include:
    • Land Acquisition and Development
    • Project Management
    • Organizational Management and Leadership
    • Strategic / Financial Management
  • Industry and Civic Relations
  • Land Positioning
  • Project Design
  • Executive Support
  • Philip Simmons Real Estate Expert PhotoPhilip Simmons has 30 years of experience managing major Real Estate Developments. Having served as Division President of the nation’s largest private residential development company, he has unique executive, development, legal, and brokerage skills.

    Mr. Simmons is a land use attorney and licensed California real estate broker. In this capacity, he assists clients in all aspects of corporate and real estate management and development services, including litigation support, project acquisition, entitlement, finance, workout, operations, project management, and staff development. Clients served include public and private investment, lending, development, construction, non-profit, and governmental organizations.

    Mr. Simmons is an is an accomplished and confident public speaker. He has expertise in wide variety of public and industry presentations, project coordination meetings, industry panels and speeches, educational programs, corporate presentations, media events, and neighborhood forums.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Mall Leasing
    • Airport Leasing
    • Landlord / Tenant Disputes
  • Lease Interpretation
  • Lease Enforcement
  • Shopping Center Development and Redevelopment
  • Background Experience:
    • Halperin, Shivitz, Scholer & Steingut - Associate
    • Arlen Shopping Centers - Executive Vice President & Counsel
    • Equity Properties and Development Company - Executive Vice President (responsible for leasing and development)
    • Previously owned and operated 2 retail businesses
    • Facilitated entry of several international retailers into the US market
    • Authored several chapters in real estate publications on subjects of leasing and understanding the lease
    • Co-authored definitive audio tape on lease negotiations
    • Frequently quoted in media publications
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    Kenneth Free
    President
    2808 Ashworth Circle
    Las Vegas NV 91362
    USA
    phone: 805-373-6840
    fax: 888-473-6510
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    Scope & Range of Services

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

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

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

    Key areas of consulting and expert effectiveness are –

    Advisory & Expert Services:
    • Project Concept Development
    • Project Amenity Programming
    • Strategy Development
    • Project Predevelopment Matters
    • Project Management Issues
    • Acquisition of Financing
    • Repositioning and Expansion Strategies
    • Due Diligence for Property Acquisitions
    • Management of Property Dispositions
    • Investment / Financing Package Development
  • Lost Profits Calculation & Business Interruption Impacts
  • Retail Pricing Analysis
  • Absorption Forecasting
  • Brand/System Affiliation Studies and Negotiations
  • Franchise Disputes
  • Disputes Between Partners
  • Management / Marketing Company Search and Negotiations
  • Operational Reviews or Audits
  • Marketing Program Assessments
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    Timothy P. McCormick, PE, CBO, CASp,
    President
    21250 Hawthorne Blvd
    ste. 700
    Torrance CA 90503
    USA
    phone: 310-792-7044
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    McCormick & Associates helps property and business owners make their buildings and facilities accessible to persons with disabilities. They do this by working seamlessly as expert advisors to retained architects, engineers, contractors and attorneys. With decades of related design, construction and regulatory experience, they bring practical, timely, and cost effective solutions for even the most complex of compliance challenges.

    Consulting Services Include:
    • Site Surveys
    • Implementation Plans
    • Accessibility Design Requirements
    • Verification of Accessible Features Placement during Construction
    • Respond to Requests for information (RFIs)
    • Review of Shop Drawings and Product Submittals
    • Final site observation of Completed Work for Construction-related Accessibility Standards Compliance
    • Issue DSA approved CASp Inspection Certificates for Legal Requirements and Benefits
    • CASp Training
    Timothy McCormick ADA Accessibility Expert PhotoTimothy P. McCormick, PE, CBO, CASp, President career spans four decades related to the construction industry. He currently specializes in ADA Accessibility.

    Mr. McCormick is licensed in California as both a civil engineer and a general contractor. He holds certifications as a Building Official and Plans Examiner from the International Code Council and as a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) from the California Division of the State Architect.

    Background - Mr. McCormick's work history includes duties as a carpenter, superintendent, general contractor, civil engineer, and building official before starting his own consulting company. His construction experience spans from the simplest of residential structures to the largest of current mixed-use, campus and institutional buildings. Along the way, he developed a strong practical approach to code compliance that creates innovative solutions to meet client needs and the intent of applicable regulations.

    Mr. McCormick has authored several portions of local building codes and regularly participates in the development of State of California building code amendments related to accessibility. His professional memberships include the International Code Council, California Building Officials and the Certified Accessibility Specialist Institute.

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    Horizon Consulting Service
    Dennis Wilson
    Principal
    909 14th Street
    Modesto CA 95354
    USA
    phone: 209-491-7620
    Dennis E. Wilson has over forty years of experience in Land Planning, Civil Engineering, and Land Surveying. His company, Horizon Consulting Service, specializes in Entitlements, In-Fill Projects, Civil Engineering, and Land Planning and Design for commercial, industrial and residential properties. Mr. Wilson works on both private and governmental projects.

    As an Expert Witness, Mr. Wilson has participated in property line disputes, condemnation resolutions and land use issues.

    Professional Memberships:
  • American Planning Association
  • Past Chair of Land Use Committee, National Association of Home Builders
  • Past Chair Land Use & Government Affairs, California Building Industry Association
  • Past Chair of BIACC PAC
  • Past Chair/Current Member on Land Use & Transportation Committee, Modesto Chamber of Commerce
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    Frank S. Ferrantello, PLS
    Land Surveyor
    12 West Mall
    Plainview NY 11803
    USA
    phone: 516-249-6363
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    Ferrantello Group, PC is a multi-faceted, full service Long Island Land Surveying Company with engineering consulting services available as needed for all types of projects. Ferrantello Group, P.C. has provided quality service and technical excellence at price points designed to meet budgets in any economy.

    Awarded the Point of Beginning Top 100 Surveying Firms in United States, Ferrantello Group, PC has built solid relationships and an extensive community network throughout the years with many municipality and county governments throughout New York. Their service extends to land owners, lenders, title companies, real estate investment firms, commercial brokers, architects, engineers, contractors and developers. These relationships help provide our clients with the additional project resources that may be required for project submittal.

    Consulting Services:
    • Land Surveying and Mapping
    • 3D Scanning and Modeling
    • Construction and High Rise Layout
  • Flood Mapping and FEMA Certification
  • Site Planning / Subdivision Mapping
  • Litigation Support / Expert Witness
  • Frank Ferrantello Surveying Engineering Expert PhotoFrank S. Ferrantello, PLS, is a New York State Licensed Land Surveyor with over 20 years of experience in Surveying, Civil Engineering, and Land Use Planning.

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

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

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

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    12/13/2017 · Land Use
    Property owners have rights and protecting those rights was a central part of the Founding Fathers' goals. Nevertheless, there are certain circumstances in which owners can have their property taken from them. The process through which private property is legally dispossessed by the government is known as condemnation. Property owners are entitled to fair compensation and have the opportunity to offer their own valuation information in condemnation proceedings. There are various factors to consider for accurate property valuation: size, zoning, structures, use, accessibility, adjacent properties, leases, etc. An essential part of due diligence is determining precisely what the property comprises.

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

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

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

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