Construction expert witness, Derek Graham: “I have been serving as a technical construction expert, since 2009, reporting or testifying on more than forty cases. I have testified Federally, and in several states.
I’m typically called to provide reports for construction defects, damage valuations, accidents, or construction project disruption/delays, but I have also testified on product defects, 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 sympathetic view of other members 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 an expert in the way that I am able to consistently issue compelling reports and testimony. I endeavor to be an ‘expert’ 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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