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Expert in Floors, Slips & Falls, Floor Covering, Carpet, Wood, Stone, Rubber, Vinyl, Coatings

Expert ID: 729887 California, USA

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Expert is a Board Certified Forensic Scientist in the area of floors. He has been the the construction industry for over 40 years and a licensed contractor for 35 years. Trained by manufacturers of most of the floor covering materials he was an Expert for the California State Contractors License Board for 13 years. He has published extensively on many topics in flooring and is a certified continuing education provider for the American Institute of Architecture, The Society of American Registered Architects, and the California Bar Association. He is a member of the National Wood Flooring Association, The Marble Institute of America, American Standards Testing and Materials International (ASTMI). He is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners, a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Examiners.

He has been the floor consultant for Kaiser Hospital, UCLA Facilities, USC Medical Center, UCSF Medical Center, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Holly Cross Hospital, Bob Hope Airport, Baltimore Washington International Airport, The GAP, Macy's, Finish Line, Crate & Barrel.

He was first certified as a competent expert in the field of commercial floor covering by the Los Angeles County Courts in 1979. He has testified numerous times as both a plaintiff’s and defense expert witness. In 1993 the California Department of Consumer Affairs certified him as a floor-covering expert. For 17 years, he was part of their experts program, he acted as an investigator and mediator in contractor-consumer disputes. He is currently an editor of the California Contractors License Examination.

Expert has handled over 1,500 ligation matters. He has testified over 25 times at trial, 150 depositions, and numerous arbitration's and meditations.

Expert has conducted studies on site suitability for specialty flooring products for all types of public facilities. He is the floor-covering adviser, and past member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles chapter, for the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA). He teaches continuing education courses for the American Institute of Architecture (A.I.A.) and SARA. He has had instructional and editorial columns for their national publications. Also, he conducts symposiums for A.I.A and SARA on concrete additives and moisture vapor, in preparation for floor covering and the "Standard of Practice for the Flooring Industry".

His certification is specialized to all matters pertaining to floors and their function as part of a system. Subsequently, he has conducted investigations for several private companies, individuals and public agencies. He investigates cases involving toxic fumes, toxic mold, premises liability, product liability, installation, industry standards of care involving the National Codes of Safety, and the International Building Code.

In August of 2002, Expert prepared a course text and was certified by the California Bar Association to provide Continuing Education, on all litigation matters pertaining to floors, premises liability, and toxins. In November 2005, he became a certified Mediator for the California State Contractors License Board.

While in college in 1964, he worked as a construction project manager, and was moved to the Commercial Real Estate Management department. In 1969 he was the Director of Daily Apartment Operations for Urbanetics Financial Corporation, and managed several thousand apartment units in
the Southwest, handling interior build-outs. In 1970, he was Director of Property Management for the Heritage Group.

In 1972, Expert went to work for Irving C. Rubin & Associates, a company that provided commercial floor covering to real estate managers. In 1974 he complete the educational requirements to qualify as a Certified Property Manager the National Board of Realtors. In 1976 he began his own chain of commercial floor covering outlets and became a licensed floor-covering contractor in California.

Over the next two years he was trained in fabrication and installation of all types of flooring materials. In 1978, Dupont Chemical sent him to seminars around the country to be trained in the use and specification of fiber systems. Specialty floor covering material manufacturers sent instructors to him to provide individual training for products such as, linoleum, cork, rubber, wood, vinyl, epoxy, and stone.

This training allowed him to train his sales and installation staff. His firm sold and installed over 5,000,000-sq. ft. of specialty products, for use in athletic facilities, schools, restaurants, factories, airports and hospitals

In 1977, he joined the faculty at Ambassador College and taught classes in textile specification for real estate managers. He began teaching this same course for the National Boards of Realtors as part of their Professional Property Manager’s certification, and The National Apartment Owners Association’s “Certified Managers Program”.

Expert has published several articles on floor covering specification in national trade publications such as The Journal of Property Management. He also writes articles pertaining to the specification of floor covering and site conditions for architectural publications.

Dupont enlisted him into their advisory counsel, made up of eight qualified contractors, where he was asked to confer with other floor covering contractors when they needed advice. In 1980, he opened a design center in Van Nuys California, where he taught classes in materials specification to Interior Designers and Architects. In 1984 he opened Interior Specifications, a consulting and management company, to service the design and construction community.

The Aviation Department of the State of Maryland. Hired to develop the floor covering specifications for the remodel of Baltimore Washingtopn International Airport.Bob Hope Airport. Hired to develop the carpet replacement specifications for terminal A.GAP Inc. Hired to write the installation protocols for wood flooring in North America.The City of Orange. Hired to oversee the installation of flooring in a new facility.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - San Diego, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Chula Vista, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1964 Degree: Associate of Arts Subject: Ergonomics Institution: Los Angeles City College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1976 to 2011 Employer: Interior Specifications Title: Owner Department: Floor Coverings Responsibilities: Floor covering contractor, consultant

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1997 to 2010 Agency: California State Contractors License Board Role: Expert & Mediator Description: Review and opine on consumer complaints of floor covering failure

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2005 to Present Country / Region: Canada Summary: Develop installation protocols for wood flooring

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American College of Forensic Examiners
American Standards of Testing And Materials
National Wood Flooring Association
Marble Institute of America
Licenses / Certifications
California State Contractor, FACFE, DABFE, DABFET
Professional Appointments
Board of Directors American Registered Architects

Areas of Expertise:
All floor covering products
Installation, Moisture Vapor Emissions, Adhesives, Performance
Standards of practice in the floor covering industry Slip & Fall, Forensic Investigation
Standards of practice in the retail industry (floors)
Awards / Recognition
Presidents Award for Achievement, Society of American Registered Architects
Publications and Patents Summary
12 articles on floor covering, 1 article on slip resistance testing

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Hired in over 1700 cases, 40% Plaintiff and 60% Defense. Testimony in over 200 depositions and 25 trials.
Training / Seminars
Taught many courses in floor covering materials to the Real Estate and Architectural industry. Taught continuing education to the legal profession. Published Forensic Science treatise on Floor Safety Testing

Specialty Training
Forensic Science
Institute of Real Estate Management, CPM
Mohasco Research and Development School
Armstrong Training School
Individual Specialized Manufacturer’s Training.
California Department of Consumer Affairs Expert’s training program

Teaching Positions:
Ambassador College
National Board of Realtors
National Apartment Owners Association
The Design Resource Center
West Los Angeles City College
University Nevada Las Vegas, School of Architecture
California Bar Association

Other Relevant Experience
Floor Testing in many protocols

Forensic Sciences
He provides test data for: moisture vapor intrusion investigations, site condition evaluations, site safety evaluations, design and material performance and failure opinions.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish He has rudimentry verbal skills

Fields of Expertise

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