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Automotive Dealer Operation Management Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Automotive Dealer Management, Operation of Dealerships, Termination or Non renewal Manufacturer Relations, Valuation, Bankruptcy, Fraud, Supply, Changes in Territory, Protests of New Appointments, Automobile Manufacturer, Automobile Dealers, Automobile Consumers, Light Truck Manufacturer, Light Truck Dealers, Light Truck Consumers, Heavy Medium Truck Manufacturers, Heavy Medium Truck Dealers, Recreational Vehicles, Manufactured Homes, Construction Machinery, Finance, Wholesale Floor Planning, Retail Floor Planning, Insurance, Diminution of Value Issues, Allocation Policies, Patent Infringement Claims, Reasonable Royalty, Value of Assets, Class Action Claims, Customer Insurance Claims, Customer Satisfaction, Customer Complaints, Bankruptcy Issues, Facilities Issues, Financial Performance, Inventory, Market Penetration, Assigned Area, Territory Protests, Departmental Operations, Franchise Terminations, Constructive Terminations, Manufacturer Goals for Automotive Dealer, Market Penetration, New Dealer Application Issues, TILA, Truth in Lending Act, Valuation of Dealerships, Working Capital

Expert Witness No. 62

Education

  • A.B. Harvard, 1958, cum laude
  • M.B.A. Columbia, 1964, marketing. Graduated in top third of class.

Professional Experience

  • Harbridge House, Inc., management consultants, 1964-1970
  • Organized Neville Associates Inc, management consultants, in 1971.
  • Began serving as a consulting and testifying expert in lawsuits in 1981.

Industries

  • Automobiles and light trucks: manufacturers, dealers, and consumers
  • Heavy and medium trucks: manufacturers and dealers
  • Recreational vehicles, manufactured homes
  • Motorcycles and ATVs
  • Construction machinery
  • Automotive finance and floor planning sources (wholesale and retail)
  • Automotive insurance (diminution of value issues)

Areas of Expertise

  • Allocation: supply, turn and earn, rate of travel
  • Automotive patent infringement claims, reasonable royalty
  • Class action claims in automotive industry
  • Customer complaints of improper or unfair treatment—new and used vehicle sales, leasing, financing, service, warranty, vehicle service contracts
  • Dealer bankruptcy issues
  • Dealer facilities issues
  • Dealer financial performance
  • Dealer inventory: new, used, parts—proper levels, turnover, value
  • Dealer market penetration: measurement, adequacy
  • Dealer add-point or move-point protests
  • Departmental operations: new vehicle, used vehicle, service, parts, F&I
  • Diminution of value insurance claims
  • Economic damages: presentation or rebuttal
  • Employee compensation claims
  • Floor planning issues: audits, credit limits, SOT, SAU, lenders’ security interests
  • Franchise terminations and constructive terminations (liability and damages)
  • Manufacturer goals for dealer: fairness, measurement
  • New dealer application issues
  • Sale of dealership issues
  • Working capital: measurement, adequacy

Publications Authored

  • Expert Witness Topics In Dealer Litigation (attorney newsletter)
  • Successful Dealer (former contributing editor to truck industry magazine)

Professional and Civic Certifications

  • Certified Management Consultant, 1980-2000
  • Guardian Ad Litem, State of Florida, 1990-
  • Commissioner, South Trail Fire District, Lee County, Florida, 1999-; Secretary-Treasurer, 2000-2006; Chairman 2006-
  • Director, Harvard Club of Lee County, 1995-2009; President, 2000-2002
  • Director, BMW Vintage/Classic Register USA (and predecessor), 1975-2004

Non-Litigation Experience In Automotive and Related Industries, 1964-1999

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