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:
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.
David J. Brotman, FAIA, is an accomplished Senior Executive with proven career and solid experience in all aspects of Architectural and Engineering Firm Management, including project management, profit and loss, business development, mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing, and strategic planning. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, with over fifty years of practical experience.
Principal at Sunset Consultants, Mr. Brotman provides strategic planning and management consulting services for various entities, including those that need help with planning or architectural projects. He has served as Chairman of the City of Malibu Planning Commission where he advised on land use matters including the local coastal program, specific plans, zoning, conditional use permits, and subdivisions. Mr. Brotman spent 25 years with RTKL Associates Inc., one of the World’s largest Architect and Engineering Firms where he eventually served as its Vice-Chairman.
Presentation by: David J. Brotman, FAIA
Litigation Support - David Brotman provides expert witness services to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense. His skills include all facets of Architectural practice. His worldwide, multi-million dollar project experience includes retail, office, hotel, institutional, and mixed-use. Mr. Brotman's services include affirmative and rebuttal report preparation, mediation, and trial testimony.
J. Anthony "Tony" Huggins, AIA, cGC, has more than 30 years of experience as an Architect and over 15 years as a General Contractorincluding design and administration of more than one billion dollars worth of large, technically complex facilities.
Mr. Huggins is a former partner and Director of Florida Operations, served for 6 years with a North East firm, and earlier as Vice President for 18 years with a large national firm. His experience includes design-lead, business development, feasibility studies; detailed architectural, and project management on more than $900 million, in projects throughout the United States.
In the last five years, Mr. Huggins has played a major role in the completed design of more than $100 million of complex Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Office buildings, Residential Town-homes and condominiums, and has been involved in the planning and master planning of an additional $100 million in commercial facilities.
Architectural Specialization: Urban Planning, Commercial / Hospitality, Community, Historic Preservation, and Life Sciences projects.
Litigation Support:: Mr. Huggins provides expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant including on-site inspection, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
Areas of Expertise:
Building Code Analysis
Construction Accounting and Costs
Zoning and Land Use
Building Product Liability
Building Material Specifications
Selected Case List:
Clearwater Housing Authority vs Parker - Associates: Jim Parker, AIA; Snowden Engineering Inc; GM Tile & Roofing of Florida, Inc; RS Thomason Building Corporation; The Morganti Group, Inc; Dapau Enterprises, Inc; Farris Flooring, Inc; Future Capital Holding, Corporation; Florida Design Consultants, Inc; Terra Excavation, Inc. with Allen Dell, PA – Prepared Reports, and rebuttals for Housing Authority - 2009- 2015
Bush Gardens Morocco Theater vs XXX - Wells Law Group, PA – Prepared reports for defendant 2012-2013
Andre Franklin Inc and Andre Franklin vs Herb Case No. 12 018689- Division F-Wax and Jill Wax with Paul J Kelly, PA –Prepared Reports and rebuttals for defendant (contractor) - 2013
Towers of Channelside vs XXX – Reviewed documents and provided opinion on construction defects. 2015
Starr v. Bayfront Tower Condominium Association: 2018-2019: Reviewed documents and provided reports
Gregory (Greg) J. Burke, FAIA, NCARB, an accomplished and respected Architect, recognized for his nearly 40 years of leadership in advocacy, diversity, and mentorship, is one of only 3% of architects nationwide who have been elevated by the American Institute of Architects to the College of Fellows, (FAIA).
Mr. Burke is an award winning architect with a track record in design, project management and delivery of building, planning, and interior architecture projects for more than 10,000,000 square feet at a cost of more than $2B on time and on budget. Clients range from small families to several Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Burke held senior management roles with major architectural firms in Houston, Dallas, Princeton, New Jersey, and New York. His projects can be seen all over the United States and as far away as Abu Dhabi. Closer to home, his local Florida projects include the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, Jetson’s in downtown Vero Beach (phase one), St. John of the Cross Parish Hall, and St. John of the Cross Church.
Mr. Burke was appointed to the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design in August 2022, and has won numerous awards for his work nationally, regionally, and locally.
Litigation Support - With a wide range of expertise and experience across a spectrum of architectural services, Mr. Burke has served as an expert witness offering legal firms and their clients independent, expert, and unbiased opinions. His services are available to attorneys for plaintiff and defendant and include on-site inspection, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
Areas of Expertise:
Architectural Standard of Care
Ineffective Building Informational Modelling Plans
Gene Farmer, AIA, NCARB, LEED-AP, is president of Gene Farmer and Associates, Architects and Planners an award winning architecture firm. He has over thirty years of experience in the Design of numerous Residential and Commercial Projects in Florida, Texas, Illinois and Minnesota. His work has been published both locally and nationally and he has received numerous awards including two F.A.M.E. awards and the prestigious Price Waterhouse South Florida Business Journal "Up and Comer Award for 1990."
Mr. Farmer holds a license to practice architecture in the State of Florida, an N.C.A.R.B. Certification, and a Dade County Sub-Builder Certificate. He is also a certified Florida Building Inspector, a certified Florida Building Plans Examiner, a certified International Code Council ICC Commercial Building Inspector and a certified International Code Council ICC Building Plans Examiner. Mr. Farmer currently holds an OSHA 30 hour certification and has been a certified OSHA 500 instructor.
Mr. Farmer has served as an Expert Witness in numerous cases ranging from Construction Defects to Construction Claims Analysis.
Gene Farmer is a Professor Emeritus in the Moss School of Construction, in the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University. His teaching specialties include Principles of Construction Management, Building Construction Materials, Sustainable Construction, Building Codes, Quality Control in Construction, and Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Systems in Buildings.
In addition to his book entitled Architectural Detailing for Commercial Construction, published by McGraw Hill in 1991, he has a book entitled “A Contractor’s Guide to LEED Certified Construction” which was published in 2013 by Delmar-Cengage.
This is the consummate source of LEED information for anyone in or entering the construction industry. Unlike other LEED books that focus on the totality of LEED compliance, this one-of-a-kind resource focuses on the narrower topic of construction-related requirements. It offers detailed explanations of the rational for each construction credit, as well as strategies for achieving LEED compliance. With a clear, logical organization, the book will serve as a valuable constructor reference at the beginning of a project, as well as a useful step-by-step guide through the duration of the project.
James Rappoport, AIA, NCARB is Principal and Architect of Record at Daroff Design Inc. + DDI Architects PC, a full service Planning, Architectural & Interior Design practice founded in 1973 and specializing in ground-up, renovation and historic adaptive reuse projects for office facilities, hotels, resorts, restaurants, meeting, conference and training facilities, aviation terminals and entertainment projects throughout the USA and Internationally. Mr. Rappoport has successfully provided technical consultation, expert witness opinions, affidavits, certificates of merit, depositions, mediation presentations, testimony and trial support in more than 190 legal cases, engaged by both defendants' and plaintiffs' legal teams. Areas of Expertise:
Dr. Randy Atlas AIA , CPP is a Registered Architect, NCARB certified, and he practices Criminal Justice Architecture and Environmental Security Design. Atlas is a certified protection professional (CPP) with the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), and is an appointed member of the ASIS Security Architecture and Engineering Committee. Atlas has his doctorate in criminology and a masters of architecture. Dr Atlas is a Fellow member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Dr. Atlas has taught CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) and criminal justice courses at Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Miami, Keiser University, and he is a trainer with the National Crime Prevention Institute at the University of Louisville. Dr. Atlas has been a technical Assistance consultant with the National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, and the Florida Department of Corrections and U.S. HUD Drug Elimination CPTED Program.
He has conducted ADA accessibility compliance audits for private and public sector clients, and served as an expert witness on over 200 premises liability lawsuits.
Dr. Atlas has been a speaker and trainer at security conferences from New Delhi, India to Seattle, Washington and has written over 200 articles in various publications on security, safety, and counter terrorism issues.
BETWEEN LATE 2009 AND MARCH OF THIS YEAR, a national baked goods chain with franchises in Broward County, Florida, experienced a series of nighttime burglaries that resulted in thousands of dollars in stolen cash and damaged property.
When it comes to the issue of safety in schools, it is important to remember that long before the students walk the halls, a design team creates the building and its grounds, envisioning the subsequent relationships with its occupants.
This is the first and only book of its kind dedicated to the contributions and importance of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). It will educate the reader and design professional on the necessity of CPTED in reducing risks, threats, and vulnerabilities of and to our built environment post-9/11…