Barbara Blades-Lines is a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (CAPP) as awarded by the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). She provides extensive Appraisal Valuation services on fine art property, antiques, and residential contents for the following purposes: estate, equitable distribution, divorce settlement, probate, expert witness testimony, insurance or insurance damage claims.
Ms. Blades-Lines has over 25 years of professional experience and education in appraisal methodology. She is qualified to execute appraisals that are USPAP compliant and meet IRS requirements.
Experience: Ms. Blades-Lines has appraised collections for the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Marriott Bermuda, the Bank of Butterfield, Norton Rose Fulbright, Peter Paul Petroleum, the University of Houston, and she has worked closely with the Bermuda National Gallery’s collections of furniture, European paintings, and the Bacardi Biennial.
Projects have included services for clients in Bermuda and all over the United States, primarily in Texas but also California, Massachusetts, Kentucky, New Mexico, Maine, Seattle and New York. Select public institutions that have received her appraisals include, the White House and the Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Art Museum, and many more.
As a generalist appraiser, she has a broad background in appraising:
Litigation Support: Ms. Blades-Lines' provides correct valuation for the settlements of disputes, including divorce, claims, loss, negligence, or fraud. Her experience with legal projects, were over Fine Art Property, relating to divorce, the appraisal value for a collection, and the authorship of an artist.
Education / Training: A native Houstonian, Barbara graduated from the University of Texas and completed postgraduate studies with Christie’s Education in London. Pursuing a career as an independent appraiser, Barbara founded Blades Appraisal Services, in 1994, Houston, Texas.
Dennis M. Giuffré is an Economist and Professional Engineer in private practice since 1978, and previously with the consulting firms, Allstates Engineering Company and Equitable Environmental Health, Inc.
Background Experience: Prior to a consulting career, Mr. Giuffré engaged in basic subsurface research at Texaco, Inc., corporate planning and development at the Gulf Oil Corporation, process engineering and design at the Petro-Tex Chemical Corporation, and process engineering and economics at the Olin Corporation, among other companies.
Economic Damages Expert Services: Mr. Giuffré provides expert witness services primarily in the area of Economic Damages, and in related economics and technical issues. He has been engaged by both plaintiffs and defendants, and has testified as an expert witness in federal and state courts, and in arbitration and administrative hearings.
Mr. Giuffré has been retained as a damages analyst and expert in insurance claim losses, patent and other intellectual property infringement, trade secrets misappropriation, antitrust, breach of contract, deceptive trade practices, unfair competition, unconstitutional taking, products liability, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, defamation, slander, trespass, legal malpractice, and numerous other causes of action pertaining to business entities; as well as in personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, discrimination, retaliatory discharge, class action, and other causes of action pertaining to individuals and households.
Specific Litigation Expertise:
Expert Witness for Arboricultural, Landscape, Nursery Values and Conditions Landscape and Tree Risk Assessments Landscape and Tree Value Appraisals Landscape and Tree Damage Appraisals Storm Damage Assessments and Recovery Plans Landscape Health and Condition Evaluations Arboricultural Health and Condition Evaluations Landscape, Arboricultural, Forestry, Environmental Project Management Environmental Due Diligence Environmental Permitting and Mitigation Planning Environmental Permit Negotiations Municipal Tree Inventory and Management Plans GPS/GIS Environmental Mapping Projects Forest Resources Management Plans Grounds Maintenance Practices Arboricultural Practices
CERTIFIED RESTORERS * CERTIFIED INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS *
CERTIFIED MICROBIAL REMEDIATION SUPERVISORS * CERTIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL INFECTION CONTROL CONSULTANT * CERTIFIED STRUCTURAL DRYING SUPERVISOR * CERTIFIED INFRARED THERMOGRAPHERS *
IICRC CERTIFIED MASTERS * LIC. GENERAL CONTRACTORS #299472
SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE
Brian Spiegel and David Spiegel offer expert testimony and consulting services regarding smoke, water, fire, mold contamination property damage restoration, reconstruction, and construction defect related problems. Both have been speakers nationally and internationally on property damage restoration, construction, and mold contamination related topics. In the past at the Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) national mold symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina and at the Forensics Consultants Association on toxic mold litigation and mold remediation in Newport Beach, California. In the media, Brian and David have written articles for industry trade magazines and given television and radio interviews, including one with Brian on ABC TV “Good Morning America” featuring a segment on mitigating water damage.
CONSULTANTS AND EXPERT WITNESS
PROPERTY DAMAGE ASSESSORS