Construction expert services for attorneys and litigants involved in construction disputes, including: defects and damages, costs to cure/replacement costs, fire and flood replacement costs, construction schedule defects and disruptions, construction accidents, construction and architectural product defects, breach of contract, and architect and contractor standard of care
Construction expert Derek Graham, is New York City building professional active in the Tri-State industry, since 1985, when he began as construction laborer with a hammer and tape measure. Since that time, he cut his teeth on high end or luxury residential projects, before he added large scale infrastructure and capital construction to his skill set.
It took Derek by surprise Derek 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 to give an expert opinion as to the quality of material and execution of a Lake Tahoe residence.
Construction expert, 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 construction expert reports for defect cases, 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 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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