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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 40 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
  • Loan 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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    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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    James E. Fitzgerald
    Executive Managing Director
    1601 Elm Street
    Floor 33
    Dallas Texas (TX) 75201
    USA
    phone: 9728001524
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    James Fitzgerald Hospitality Expert PhotoJames E. Fitzgerald has over 35 years of global experience creating value in the Real Estate and Hospitality Sectors.

    Mr. Fitzgerald is a highly skilled negotiator with deep expertise in consulting, finance, due diligence, loan origination, asset management, acquisitions, divestitures and workouts. He is a professional with an expansive network of relationships throughout the private equity, investment banking, real estate, legal, and hospitality communities.

    From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Fitzgerald served as Managing Director of Hotel Investments for Principal Global Investors. In this role, he created and executed a hotel investment program for Principal Real Estate Investors of over $4 billion. Mr. Fitzgerald led Principal’s efforts as JV partner on 1002 room JW Marriott Resort in San Antonio- $500 million project and exceeded budget for seven consecutive years. Over the course of his career, he has:
    • Advised on over $10 billion of hospitality transactions
    • Originated billions in hotel mortgage debt: CMBS, whole, and mezzanine Loans
    • Founded and successfully grew a national investment and advisory practice
    • Provided advisory and due diligence services to private equity firms and major hospitality corporations and hotel owners
    Litigation Support - James Fitzgerald and his team at Dauntless Hospitality Advisors provide attorneys with sound knowledge as they represent owners, lenders, managers, and brands. Services could address:
    • Bankruptcy / Workouts
    • Operational Matters
    • Owner / Operator Relationships
    • Management and Franchise Agreement Issues
  • Asset Management
  • Market Analysis
  • Valuation
  • Capital Structure
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    As an operating business without the benefit of long term leases, hotels can be volatile. With a perishable inventory of rooms to be sold each night, sophisticated marketing tactics are critical. In good times, it is easy to make money; however, as the economy slows, and new supply enters the market, cash flows lessen, and tensions rise. This is particularly true for overleveraged hotels.

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

    Mr. Miller has served on over 1,000 cases as an Expert Witness or Consultant in the property management field since 1996. He was the 2004 Northern California Expert Witness Association President. Mr. Miller's experience and thoroughness in research, depositions and trial situations makes him your best choice for an expert witness in property management litigation.

    Areas of Expertise
  • Accident or Assault - Safety/Security Conditions
  • Improper Eviction
  • Unpaid Rent - Habitability Standards
  • Contractor Dispute
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Bankruptcy
  • Animal Control
  • Security Deposits
  • Association Board Responsibilities/Management Duties
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    Frank S. Ferrantello, PLS
    Land Surveyor
    12 West Mall
    Plainview NY 11803
    USA
    phone: 516-249-6363
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    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.

    Litigation Support - A mapping professional, Frank S. Ferrantello will enhancing your case, whether it is a vehicular accident, tree collision, wrongful death, adverse possession, extreme error, or misconduct surveys and maps. He has extensive knowledge of the local Long Island zoning codes, site planning and subdivision regulations. His services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant, insurance companies, and experienced developers.

    Legal Services:
    • Expert Witness Testimony
    • Environmental Consulting
    • Legal Descriptions and Deeds
    • Liaison for Municipalities
    • Variance Applications
    • Wetlands Applications
    • Zone Changing Requests
    • Riparian Rights
  • Riparian Surveys
  • Beach Enhancements
  • Property and Easement Descriptions
  • Trip and Fall Surveys
  • Photo Dynamic and Exhibit Surveys
  • Vehicular Accident Diagrams
  • Forensic Surveys
  • Legal Affidavits
  • Areas of Expertise:
    • Accident Investigation Photo Analysis & Mapping
    • Sidewalks / Walking Surfaces
    • Slips Trips Falls
    • ADA Compliance / ADA Design
    • Commercial Development
    • Construction Zones
    • Real Estate Zoning
    • Drainage
    • Land Development / Site Work
    • Land Mapping
    • Land Surveying – PRIMARY
  • Land Use Planning / Site Planning
  • Urban Design / Development / Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Sanitary Engineering
  • Sewers
  • Aerial Photo Analysis & Mapping
  • Floods / Flood Studies
  • Site Analysis
  • DOT Rules & Regulations
  • Highway Sight Distance
  • Highway / Street Design
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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.

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    George Hedley
    Construction & Real Estate Development Expert

    Email: GH@HardhatPresentations.com
    Rancho Mirage CA 92270
    USA
    phone: 949-852-2005
    fax: 760-992-5343
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    George Hedley is the founder and President of Hedley Construction and Development Inc., a major General Contractor, Owner’s Representative, and Construction Manager headquartered in Southern California.

    Since 1977, Mr. Hedley has built and / or developed more than 1,000 projects totaling in excess of 15 million square feet of commercial, office, industrial, and residential projects valued at more than $700,000,000. As a general contractor and construction manager, he has constructed numerous projects ranging from $3,000,000 to $10,000,000 each.

    Mr. Hedley has served as a Past President of Associated Builders & Contractors and Southern California Builders Association. He has presented over 500 presentations and workshops to national construction conventions including over 60 programs at the World Of Concrete. He is author of 10 construction business books including “Get Your Construction Business to Always Make A Profit!”, and several workbooks on Estimating, Project Management, Field Management, and Contracts. He has also written over 250 published articles in major construction industry publications including Construction Business Owner magazine.

    Construction Expert Witness - Mr. Hedley offers construction expert witness and consulting services. His areas of expertise include:
    • Cost Estimating & Cost of Replacement
    • Defect Analysis and Inspections
    • Claims and Disputes
    • Standard Industry Practices
  • Schedule Delays
  • Contractor / subcontractor Disputes
  • Contracts and Change Orders
  • Field and Project Management
  • Real Estate Expert Witness - Mr. Hedley also offers Real Estate Development and Asset Management expert witness and litigation support services. His areas of expertise include:
    • Standard Practices Of Developers
    • Permits and Approval Processing
    • Architecture, Engineering & Planning Issues
    • Partnership and LLC Disputes
    • Financing, Construction Loans and Banking Disputes
    • Liability and Responsibility
    • Budgets and Proformas
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    George Hedley
    You can get your construction business to move to the next level, get organized and systemized, build an accountable responsible team, charge the right mark-up, always make a profit, and work exactly the way you want by drafting your BIZ-Builder Blueprint Action Plan.
    George Hedley
    This book tried-and-true methods to help fledgling business owners as well as seasoned ones who are just looking to increase capital and productivity. it offers a step-by-step process to help small business owners get what they want: profits, wealth, and freedom.
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    Richard K. Hollowell
    Managing Shareholder
    Kealoha Corporation
    1550 Bayside Drive, Suite 3
    Corona Del Mar CA 92625
    USA
    phone: 213-631-6116
    fax: 949-720-8169
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    Richard K. Hollowell is a real estate and finance expert who specializes in Real Estate Finance, Development, Loan Workouts, Asset Management, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Receivership, Valuation, Property Acquisition, Partnership Disputes and Landlord/Tenant Matters, including Determination of Damages.

    Mr. Hollowell has 45 years of experience as a key executive of major banks, real estate development firms, credit companies (G.E Capital), public accounting firms, and consulting firms including, Real Estate Recovery, the J.E. Robert Companies, and Alvarez & Marsal. His clients have included insurance companies, banks, pension funds, developers, law firms, real estate operating companies, and federal agencies including the FSLIC, RTC, and FDIC.

    Mr. Hollowell was one of five experts asked to speak before 20 of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's key people on August 12, 2008 at the inception of the systemic crash of the U.S. financial markets. Highly regarded by large banks, insurance companies, pension funds, federal regulatory agencies, and real estate companies holding large portfolios of assets. He is a widely recognized international speaker and published author.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Hollowell has over 1,000 hours of deposition testimony. His Rule 26 list includes 40 cases since 2003 and seven trial appearances in the past five years. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:

    Banks:
    • Officers and Directors Professional Liability
    • Lender Liability
    • Loan Underwriting Standards
    • Loan Risk Ratings
    • ALLL Reserves
    Bankruptcy:
    • Reorganization Plan Feasibility
    • Establishment of “Cramdown” Interest Rates
    • Fraudulent Transfers / Preference Actions
    Real Estate:
    • General Partner Liability
    • Loan Restructurings
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • CMBS Special Servicing
    • Construction Delays
    • Acquisition Due Diligence
    • Valuation Disputes
    • Brokerage Disputes
    • Land Development Disputes
    • Portfolio Asset Management
    • Real Estate Development
    • Ground Leases
  • Structured Real Estate Transactions
  • Homeowner / Developer Disputes
  • Receivership Management
  • Quantum Meruit Assessment
  • Condominium Hotels
  • Timeshare / Fractionals/ Destination Resorts
  • Condominium Association Management
  • Public Purpose Tax Districts
  • Troubled Housing Developments
  • Damages Assessment and Rebuttal
  • Residential and Commercial Construction Loans
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    Post Office Box 361606
    Birmingham AL 35236-1606
    USA
    phone: 205-425-5200
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    Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS ESQ, has been in the Land Surveying business since 1976. Mr. Lucas is a licensed land surveyor registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. He is a licensed attorney and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 2003.

    Mr. Lucas obtained his first land surveying license in Florida where he spent the first part of his surveying career. After relocating to Alabama, he has practiced across five southeastern states. His practice of law is focused on land boundary issues and real property law, including adverse possession, boundary disputes, professional liability, real property, and zoning and land use issues.

    Mr. Lucas has over 40 titles that he has developed in his seminar library, and has authored over 100 articles on surveying, boundary and legal issues. He has a regular column in P.O.B. Magazine since 2004. Mr. Lucas is the author of Alabama Boundary Law, The Pincushion Effect, The Multiple Monument Dilemma in American Land Surveying, and "Illinois Boundary Law."

    Litigation Support - Mr. Lucas is a recognized expert in Boundary Surveying, Land Title Surveys, and Property Law. He specializes in Land Boundary issues as an attorney, land surveyor, consultant, mediator, and expert witness. He has been a seminar leader on surveying topics that include:
    • Land Surveying
    • Boundary Law
    • Law of Easements
    • Boundary Dispute Resolution
    • Adverse Possession
    • Zoning
  • Land Use
  • Water Boundaries
  • Surveying Evidence and Procedures
  • Real Property Law
  • ALTA/ACSM Standards
  • Professional Liability
  • I'm not exactly sure where the phrase 'unwritten rights' came from, or who came up with the idea of unwritten conveyances in relation to surveying, boundaries and deeds, but it seems that it caught on quickly and then became a universal idea in the land surveying profession.

    Jeffrey Lucas
    American land surveying has a dilemma; it’s called the “pincushion corner.” This is a name used to describe the phenomena of multiple boundary monuments being set by land surveyors when only one boundary corner exists under legal contemplation. This book explores the full effect of the pincushion corner by exploring how the phenomena started and why it exists, and explores remedies to end the practices that allow the pincushion corner not only to exist, but to flourish.
    Jeffrey Lucas
    This is an essential reference book for anyone who needs to understand real property boundaries under Alabama law. Written primarily for land surveyors, this 607 page hardback (case wrap) book is also a valuable tool for real estate professionals, attorneys, and landowners. Arranged in twelve chapters, the subject matter includes the origination of real property title in the State of Alabama, how real property boundaries are established on the ground, deeds, conveyances, easements, rights-of-way, and water boundaries.
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    Maurice Robinson, ISHC, CRE, ASA
    President
    28 Dover Place
    Manhattan Beach CA 90266
    USA
    phone: 310-640-9656
    fax: 310-640-9276
    Qualfied Expert Witness & Consultant in Hotel and Real Estate Industry Business Issues:
    • Market, economic & financial feasibility
    • Valuation
    • Disputes between owner-operator, borrower-lender, franchisor-franchisee
    • Management contracts
    • Ground & building leases
    • Partnership & JV agreements
    • Concession contracts
    • Development agreements and loan documents
    • Expert witness testimony
    • Litigation strategy, consultation and support
    • Damage calculations
    • Lost profits analysis
    • Real estate appraisals
    • Deal structuring & workouts
    • New development
    • Strategic planning
    • Market demand assessment
    • Acquisition due diligence
    • Economic, financial & investment analysis
    • Can estimate damages and appraise property values under multiple scenarios
    • Trained Arbitrator & Mediator


    Winner of the Creative Counselor of the Year for appraising the Grand Canyon.
    Recently, we were engaged by the National Park Service (NPS) to appraise the structures and other improvements that have been constructed by commercial vendors or "concessionaires" operating hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services in National Parks.

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    John A. Dalkowski, III, CRE, MAI
    Corporate Office (FL, SC Offices Below)
    30 Wall St., 8th Floor
    New York NY 10005-3128
    USA
    phone: 212-983-2426 888-589-3444
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    John Dalkowski Real Estate Expert PhotoJohn A. Dalkowski III, CRE, MAI, is Managing Director of NRER, with offices in Miami, FL; New York, NY and Hilton Head Island, SC. He has over 45 years experience in Real Estate Valuation, Development, and Counseling in 26 states and has appraised in excess of $10 Billion in assets.

    Mr. Dalkowski's major focus is litigation and arbitration support and expert witness services, diminution of real estate value / real estate damages, distressed property solutions, and valuation advisory services, particularly on specialized or complex transactions such as major office buildings and hotels and other trophy real estate assets, including ski resorts, waterparks, outdoor entertainment venues, resort hospitality and timeshare properties, and correctional facilities. He has completed numerous valuations of major Manhattan hotels and office buildings and more than 100 distressed asset valuations for the FDIC, as well as complex litigation support such as the recent Chinese Drywall test case in Louisiana.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Dalkowski is experienced in providing transactional counseling, litigation, arbitration support, expert witness testimony, forensic appraisals, and valuation advisory services, particularly on specialized or complex transactions.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Acquisitions
    • Dispositions
    • Full and Partial Interests' Appraisals
    • Complex Valuations
    • Development
    • Market and Feasibility Studies
    • EB-5 Feasibility Studies
    • Investment Analysis
    • Diminution of Value Damages
  • Environmental Stigma
  • Tax Appeal Asset Allocation
  • Air Rights
  • Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs)
  • Foreclosure / Deficiency Judgments
  • Eminent Domain
  • Condemnations
  • Construction Defects
  • Historic Façade Easements / Conservation Easements
  • Miami Office
    701 Brickell Avenue
    Suite 1550
    Miami, FL 33131
    South Carolina Office
    Flamingo Street
    P.O. Box 7523
    Hilton Head Island, SC 29228


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    Jeffrey S. Rothbart, JD, LLM
    1945 Techny Road, Suite 6
    Northbrook IL 60062
    USA
    phone: 312-620-2124
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    Jeffrey S. Rothbart, JD, LLM, founded Stack Real Estate, LLC (“Stack”) to focus on commercial real equity investments, development, capital markets advisory, and expert witness services. Since its inception, Stack has participated in over $1.5 billion in Commercial Real Estate Transactions.

    Mr. Rothbart is experienced in real estate acquisitions, development asset, portfolio management, capital markets, leasing, dispositions, and sustainability. He has been involved in office, residential, retail, industrial, hotel, self-storage, medical, and senior-living operations as an investor, developer, adviser, or expert witness.

    In addition to his responsibilities at Stack, Mr. Rothbart is also the Head of Investments for Peer Realty and a Principal at both Birchwood Health Care Properties, LLC and Insignia Homes. In his roles for Stack, Peer, and Birchwood, Mr. Rothbart is currently overseeing the syndication of over $65 million in real estate investments, including two residential subdivision developments, retail centers, and multiple senior living acquisitions and development opportunities. He is also LEED-AP for New Construction (v2.2) and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

    Litigation Support - Prior to forming and participating in several companies, Mr. Rothbart practiced real estate and tax law at a Chicago-based law firm and worked in the legal department of Related Midwest, one of Chicago’s largest multi-family developers. He has been an expert witness in real estate related litigation matters exceeding $300 million and has published over 40 articles on the commercial real estate markets. His services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Commercial Real Estate
    • Real Estate Valuation
    • Real Estate Acquisitions
    • Bankruptcy
    • Eminent Domain
    • Real Estate Development / Redevelopment
  • Landlord / Tenant Disputes
  • Manufactured Homes
  • Mortgages
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Agency Standards
  • Property Tax Appeal
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    Kenneth Free
    President
    2808 Ashworth Circle
    Las Vegas NV 89107
    USA
    phone: 805-373-6840
    fax: 888-473-6510
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    Scope & Range of Services

    Overview:Kenneth C. Free is a hotel and resort professional with over forty-years’ experience in the business.  He is a highly credible resource for hotel operations and real estate development issues.

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

    Detail:   Mr. Free’s company, Straightline Hospitality, Inc., provides Advisory and Expert Services for Hotels, Resorts, and Timesharing.  These services may be in relation to new properties going through the development or pre-development stages, those that are open and experiencing difficulties, or in situations where disputes have arisen among the stakeholders.   Additional current emphasis is in premises liability and wrongful death cases.

    Key areas of consulting and expert effectiveness are –

    Hotel Operations:

    • Wrongful Death
    • Premises Liability
    • Mismanagement
    • Operational Issues
    • Financial Issues
    • Security Issues
    • Industry Standards of Care

    Hotel Development:           

    • Economic Damages, Lost Profits, and Business Interruption Impacts
    • Brand/System Affiliation or Conversion Issues; Management Contracts & Franchising
    • Development Planning
    • Project Management
    • Strategic Planning, Market Repositioning, and Workouts for Distressed Properties


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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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    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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