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Expert in Architect, Construction, Building Codes, ADA, Water Intrusion, Stairs, Ramps, Slip and Fall

Expert ID: 731996 Alabama, USA

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A Trial Experienced Expert Witness, Expert provides unbiased and impartial expert testimony and litigation support services for both plaintiff and defense attorneys. He can assess stairs, ramps, windows, water intrusion problems, slip and falls, handrails, guardrails, curb ramps, skylights, drawings and much more.

Some of the projects he has worked on include: a Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco, a merchandise mart in Brussels Belgium, a corporate headquarters for a manufacturing firm Alabama, a multifamily residential complex in Arizona, automobile dealerships, retail stores, shopping malls, residences, office buildings, restaurants, the Discovery School in Charleston SC, new offices for the Carter Presidential Center and a restaurant in Atlanta’s Woodruff Memorial Arts Center.

Expert has over 23 years of experience as an Architectural Expert Witness and has been involved in over 100 cases, been deposed over 30 times and has had 9 court appearances. He provides unbiased and impartial expert testimony and litigation support services for both plaintiff and defense attorneys.

Expert has been registered as an Architect in Georgia, Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, New York, Colorado, Alabama and Ohio. He has over 35 years of widely varied experience as a practicing architect as well as hands-on construction experience. This makes him uniquely qualified to analyze construction methods and drawings, to detect errors and omissions, to evaluate accident sites and determine if building codes or ADA regulations have been violated and to reconstruct sites when the only remaining evidence is photographs.

Expert worked on a case in Vermont where a woman tripped on an entrance floor mat for a store. The store had removed and disposed of the mat before she even left the store. The defense supplied the Plaintiff’s attorney with 3 pictures that were taken right after the fall. All of them poor quality cell phone shots. After determining that the bricks in a wall in the background were standard size bricks, he was able to project dimensions from them onto the floor below. Projecting the dimensions to the entrance door floor mat, he determined that the mat was too thick and in violation of the building code.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia - Roswell, Georgia - Marietta, Georgia - Birmingham, Alabama - Huntsville, Alabama - Decatur, Alabama - Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1969 Degree: Bachelor of Archirteure Subject: Architecture Institution: University of Florida

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1985 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Architecture Responsibilities: This architectural firm was involved in the development and design of such projects as a new corporate headquarters for firm in Alabama, a multifamily residential complex in Arizona, accessing and restructuring the flow of products through a manufacturing plant and the design of a large “sound stage” type studio for a professional advertising photographer in Atlanta. Other projects include: shopping malls, automobile dealerships, retail stores, residences, and restaurants. Projects have ranged from additions and adaptive reuse of older structures to totally new buildings, including the successful development of the Discovery School in Charleston South Carolina, new offices for the Carter Presidential Center, and a restaurant for the Woodruff Memorial Arts Center in the Atlanta.
Years: 1980 to 1986 Employer: Design Build Firm Title: Principal Department: Commercial / Residential Responsibilities: Expert served as President of this corporation involved in design and construction alike of projects in both commercial and residential markets.
Years: 1972 to 1980 Employer: Individual Practice Title: Solo Department: Architecture Responsibilities: Expert's eponymous design firm worked with both new construction and the renovation of older buildings. This work included a large amount of work with energy-efficient design and in designing safe environments for people that were highly sensitive to materials that out-gas.
Years: 1968 to 1972 Employer: John C. Portman & Associates Title: Team Member Department: Concept to Construction Responsibilities: Expert worked as part of a small team of architects within the firm designing and developing concepts into construction documents. These projects were international in character, consisting of large hotels, multi-story office buildings and merchandise marts in the United States and Europe.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Past memberships:
AIA, CSI
Licenses / Certifications
Expert has been registered as an Architect in Georgia, Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, New York, Colorado, Alabama and Ohio.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
A Trial Experienced Expert Witness, this expert provides unbiased and impartial expert testimony and litigation support services split almost evenly between plaintiff and defense attorneys. He produces factual, clear and concise reports that are easy to understand and has the ability to convey complex technical concepts to a jury in layman's terms.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has the experience and ability to evaluate accident sites and determine if building codes or ADA regulations have been violated and to reconstruct sites when the only remaining evidence is photographs. As an architect expert witness he has used photos to reconstruct accident sites and establish dimensions. He also has the ability to build models to explain sites and situations to a jury.

Fields of Expertise

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