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Grant Stiefel, Esq.
Offices in Denver and Los Angeles
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phone: (424) 223-8252
Grant D. Stiefel, Esq., is a recognized Attorney Fee Dispute expert who has testified at trial, at deposition, and via declaration in numerous state and federal courts, including post-trial fee shifting applications and oppositions, class action fee and lodestar analysis, and attorney-client fee disputes.

As a fee expert, Mr. Stiefel has been retained by or evaluated billings from a number of the world's largest law firms, including Sidley Austin, Littler Mendelson, Pillsbury Winthrop, K&L Gates, Kirkland Ellis, Wilson Elser, Weil Gotschal, Buchalter Nemer, Kasowitz Benson and Nixon Peabody, among others.

Unlike most putative experts, he has first and second-chair trial experience, has taken and defended literally hundreds of expert depositions, and successfully argued for and against the exclusion of experts seeking to testify live or via declaration, so he truly understands the needs of counsel and the practicalities of expert discovery in the context of complex, high-stakes litigation. Furthermore, Mr. Stiefel has never failed to qualify as a testifying expert at trial, and as one of the few full-time fee experts and consultants in the country, provides efficient and effective expert advice and testimony at highly-competitive rates.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Overall Reasonableness of Legal Fees and Costs
  • Evaluation of Legal Fees and Costs, including "Desktop Audits" and In-depth Litigation Review
  • Evaluation of Law Firm and Lawyer Billing Rates
  • Preparation of Expert Reports and Declarations in Support or Opposition to Attorney Fee Motions and Attorney/Client Fee Disputes
As a member of the California State Bar, Grant is admitted to practice before all Courts of the State of California, and has appeared as trial counsel or attorney of record in trial and appellate courts throughout the state. He is also admitted to the bar of the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the United States Southern, Central, Northern, and Eastern District Courts of California. He has also appeared as counsel of record in numerous matters pending before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Background Experience - Prior to working as a full-time fee expert, Mr. Stiefel had more than a decade of experience as a trial lawyer for two of the world's largest law firms, K&L Gates LLP and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP, where he obtained favorable jury verdicts and dismissals in various state and federal courts. For many years, he was lead defense counsel and manager of a billion-dollar multi-jurisdictional products liability litigation portfolio, during which time he managed and supervised lawyers and law firms nationwide, and trained lawyers how to bill ethically and in compliance with client guidelines.

Colorado Office:
470 S. Grant Street
Denver, CO 80209
(424) 223-8252
California Office:
357 Avenida Castilla Unit C
Laguna Woods, CA 92637
(424) 223-8252

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Mark I. Harrison, Esq.
2929 North Central Avenue
Twenty-First Floor
Phoenix AZ 85012-2793
phone: 602-640-9324
fax: 602-640-9050
Mark I. Harrison, Esq. has been a civil and appellate litigator for over 50 years in Tort, Antitrust, and Commercial Cases. He has extensive experience litigating and testifying in cases involving Legal Malpractice, Legal Ethics, and Judicial Ethics. Mr. Harrison frequently serves as an expert witness in cases concerning the Standard of Care, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, and the Reasonableness of Attorneys' Fees. His client representation includes lawyers, law firms, judges and other licensed professionals.

Mr. Harrison has served as a consulting and/or testifying legal or judicial ethics expert witness in more than 160 cases and has been deposed or testified at trial in more than 20 matters in the past 10 years. He has been admitted to practice before all courts in Arizona since May, 1961 - United States District Court--District of Arizona, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He has also been admitted to practice in the state of Colorado since 1991.

Areas of Specialization:
  • Judicial Ethics and Disqualification
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Attorney Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Attorney Securities Fraud
  • Attorney Aiding and Abetting Clients' Torts
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Law Firm Dissolution Disputes
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Lawrence H. Jacobson
Attorney at Law · Expert Witness · Litigation Consultant
9401 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1250
Beverly Hills CA 90212
phone: 310-598-1586
Larry Jacobson Real Estate Legal Malpractice Expert PhotoAttorney, Lawrence H. Jacobson, has been practicing in the area of Real Estate Transaction Law and Litigation for more than 50 years. Over the past 30 years, he has been sought out as an expert witness in real estate and legal malpractice disputes and lawsuits in litigation cases throughout the country. His firm, The Law Offices of Lawrence H. Jacobson, A Professional Corporation, is recognized as one of the nation's premier offices providing expert testimony in litigation involving all Real Estate Matters and Legal Malpractice.

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

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

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

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

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