Expert in Floors, Slips & Falls, Floor Covering, Carpet, Wood, Stone, Rubber, Vinyl, Coatings
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
|Year: 1964||Degree: Associate of Arts||Subject: Ergonomics||Institution: Los Angeles City College|
|Years: 1976 to 2011||Employer: Interior Specifications||Title: Owner||Department: Floor Coverings||Responsibilities: Floor covering contractor, consultant|
|Years: 1997 to 2010||Agency: California State Contractors License Board||Role: Expert & Mediator||Description: Review and opine on consumer complaints of floor covering failure|
|Years||Country / Region||Summary|
|Years: 2005 to Present||Country / Region: Canada||Summary: Develop installation protocols for wood flooring|
|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|
|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|
|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
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
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
He provides test data for: moisture vapor intrusion investigations, site condition evaluations, site safety evaluations, design and material performance and failure opinions.
|Spanish||He has rudimentry verbal skills|