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Derek Graham is a thirty-seven year veteran construction expert specializing in construction disputes and litigation, including: defects and damages, schedule delays, safety and accidents, product defects, breach of contract, and architect and contractor standard of care. He has testified in several states, and many times in Federal court.
In addition to his role as a construction expert, Graham works as a New York City building professional in the Tri-State industry. He began his career, in 1985, as construction laborer with a hammer and tape measure. Soon after, he cut his teeth on high-end and luxury residential projects as a rough and finish carpenter, mill-worker, superintendent, project manager, and senior roles as cost estimator and CPM scheduler. His project history includes hundreds of projects in New York City, and billions of dollars in residential and commercial cost estimation.
From 2009 – 2016, Graham worked as a project controls and oversight consultant for major medical, infrastructure, and several MTA capital construction megaprojects, including Second Avenue Subway, East Side Access, Hudson Yards/Line 7 Extender, Fulton Center, and the World Trade Center Hub. As the market focus changed in 2016 to luxury residential, he continued work on large scale condominiums and mixed-use projects, including the USD $4B Times Square Crossing (TSX) at 1568 Broadway, New York Palace Theater / Hilton Doubletree Suites, a Level 5 finish hotel and retail tower.
It took Derek by surprise when he was retained to provide his first construction expert report. A Sacramento attorney had come across his publication “Managing Residential Construction Projects: Strategies & Solutions,” McGraw Hill, NY (2006), and sought a construction expert with custom luxury construction means and methods experience to give an expert opinion as to the quality of material and execution of a custom Lake Tahoe residence.
Says Graham
“I’m typically called to provide construction expert reports for defect cases, damage valuations, accidents, or construction project disruption/delay schedules, but I have also testified on product defects and standard of care, as well. In addition to forensic data analysis, I maintain a bench and workshop/lab where I assemble, disassemble, and document material, equipment, for my expert product analysis reporting. Read more about my background.
“I have been active in the construction industry since 1982, working my way up from laborer, rough carpenter, finish carpenter, and mill-worker/installer. Subsequently, I worked in site management, as a superintendent, and then project manager, for luxury general contractors. I reached executive and senior level of project management and project controls, beginning in 2000.
“My diverse background gives me a broad aspect with which to give diligent and professional consideration from many critical perspectives – including designer, builder, specialty contractors, and owner, or stakeholders. I have found that having a critical view of other member’s point of view is a priceless asset.
“Although I began studies in Fine Arts, I finished with a BA in British Literature, from Hunter College, 1991. My studies in rhetoric and literature are germane to my vocation as a construction expert in the way that I am able to consistently issue compelling reports and testimony. I endeavor to be an ‘expert’ construction expert – one who is as experienced in his discipline, as he is articulate and precise in his arguments, reporting, and testifying.

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