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Construction Management Expert Witness

Expert Witness No.1429

Over 32 years experience in Construction Contracts specialty in large projects, mainly highways & bridges on public works including 10 years as Construction Attorney. Supervisory positions, versatile experience as a contractor, consultant, and representative of public agencies on multiple large projects.  Have excellent knowledge in HWY Caltrans contracts, Design/Build, A+B contracts, claims resolution, quality control, specifications, worked on over 150 bridges (concrete, pre-stressed, post tensioned, steel, cable stay, & rail road.) Neutral member of the American Arbitration Association for Construction disputes.

Contracts Manager – Private Company Construction, Inc. California (2012 – Present)

Working for Shimmick the managing partner of an international joint venture consortium, Shimmick/FCC/Impregilo on the $ 650 M Design-Build project.  The first cable stay structure in CA, Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement project; managed over $ 300M in subcontracts, Purchase Orders from bid packages to execution, and change orders. Responsible for all correspondence with the owner, Port of Long Beach.  Filed claim notices exceeding $ 100M, negotiated change orders, negotiated settlements, Dispute Review Board preparation, and presentations.  A very complex project in an environmentally sensitive area with tremendous environmental requirements.  

V.P. Contracts – SEMA Construction, Inc., California (2005-2012)

Managing over 15 HWY projects ($10M to $100M) simultaneously with over 100 craftsmen.  Drafting subcontracts over $50 M/year.  Approve over $ 15M in change orders.  Review schedules for complex phasing and traffic staging.  Bid evaluation risk analysis.  Prepare, present & won claims.  Resolving labor union issues, and insurance claims.

Construction Attorney - Andrade and Associates, California (2004-2005)

Practiced construction litigation, made Court appearances, draft motions, pleadings, answers, discovery and all aspects of representing contractors, and subcontractors.  Reviewed construction documents and evaluated claims merit.  Filed mediation briefs and successfully defended public work contractors. 

Construction Manager - Harris & Associates, California (1998-2004)

CM representing OCTA during pre-bid period of the widening of a $400M major D/B the 22 FWY project, 35 bridges and 19KM of Roadway.  Estimated the project for budget, pre-qualified major highway contractors, with a team, edited the request for proposal, technical specifications, quality control program, and contract.

Managed the construction of several City projects; including the construction of Avanida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, a major freeway inter-change on the I-5 Freeway.  Reviewed schedules, submittals, budget, change orders and close out.

Segment/Subcontracts Manager - Silverado Constructors J.V. California (1995-1998)

Contractor on TCA SR 241 a new $720 million privately funded design/build accelerated project. As Subcontracts Manager, I managed more than 70 subcontractors exceeding $270 million in value; drafted subcontracts, change orders, requests for proposals; pre-qualified, awarded subcontracts; performed claims review and analysis. As a segment manager on a $180 million portion, I managed the construction of eight miles of highway and 18 bridges, along with infrastructure, pipe jacking, drainage facilities; 12 million cubic yards of earthwork; regional utility relocation; negotiating subcontracts and claims; coordinated with the design team; and controlled the budget and schedule.

Resident Engineer - Department of Transportation, Caltrans, California (1989-1995)

A $500M Federally funded widening of the 110 Harbor FWY.  I represented the State of California in enforcing a rigid Quality Control Program as well as safety, negotiating and editing change orders. Projects involved more than 15 bridges from two- to 36-spans, demolishing bridges, jacking bridges, retaining walls, rigid and flexible pavements, all types of piles, ramps, pump station, bus stations, and complex staging to handle 250,000 VPD.  As an Assistant Structures Engineer, inspected $56 million of heavy highway construction, a 1.6 mile-long bridge reviewed false-work and shoring plans, as well as inspection of five, two-span cast in place post tension box girder bridges.

Project Manager – Damaa Engineering & Construction, Lebanon & Jordan (1983-1985)

Contractor managed the day to day operation of remodeling 3 public schools, commercial plaza and two houses.  Public bidding, purchase material, managed subcontractors, control budget & schedule.


Superintendent – Pegel Arabia, Saudi Arabia (1982-83)

Worked with the contractor on Dammam Military City; a $ 1Billion 1982 value project.  I supervised the construction of four concrete & masonry schools and ten housing units.  I managed over 35 craftsmen and the main concrete batch plant (600 CY/day) for the whole project.


Field Engineer - Pegel Arabia, Saudi Arabia (1980-82)

Worked with the contractor on the new Riyadh International Airport a $3 Billion project, the largest airport in the Middle East includes all aspects of heavy civil construction.  Construction of the main two terminals on various assignments, steel erection, survey, quality control, reinforced concrete and architectural precast.


B.S., Civil Engineering 1979 American University of Beirut

Certificate in Construction Management, 1991 UCLA

M.S., Civil Engineering “Environmental” 1994 California State University, Long Beach

Juris Doctor, & Certificate in Intellectual Property, 2003 Whittier Law School


Professional Engineer Civil

California Bar, 2003              

Licensed General Contractor, B inactive - California

Real Estate Broker – California

Admitted to all Courts in CA and the U.S, Supreme Court



American Society of Civil Engineers              

American, California, & Orange County Bar Association

American Arbitration Association, List of Neutrals



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