In addition to providing services as a neutral using ADR methods, Mark Lopez has extensive experience as an Expert Witness. He has been involved in several disputes including wall, window and roof water intrusion, project misrepresentation, rentable area calculation misrepresentation, handicap access deficiencies, consultant coordination, entitlement issues, project scope definition, structural failure, building code interpretation, ADA / Disabled access issues, and construction quality assessment. His Litigation Support services include:
Case/Document Review: Early review of the issues and the relevant documents is crucial in determining the proper strategy for approaching a case. This includes a review of all contracts, written correspondance, the opposing parties promotional materials, the regulations pertaining to the issue, and verbal communincations. Although this service can be very instrumental in the success of your case, this service by a professional advocate in no way should substitute the legal opinion and guidance of a qualified Attorney.
Forensic Analysis: These services include on-site review of problem conditions to ascertain the proximate cause of the damage(s). Detailed records are taken of the observed conditions. Coordination with Architects of Record, Contractors and Testing Lab service providers (if necessary) is also included. When requested, a report of our findings and recommendations can be prepared.
Hearing Graphics: Clear Informational Charts, Drawings, and Lists are extremely valuable to emphasize and provide clarity to the testimony and evidence. Part of the responsibility of the team is to educate and convince the Judge, Jury or Arbitrator of the merits of the case. All too often, the "trier of fact" is not versed in the details and processes of the Construction Industry, its various terms, or the Standards of Care.
Expert Testimony: Utilizing his 30 years of experience, his past expert witness cases, and his training in ADR processes and strategies, Mr. Mark Lopez makes an ideal expert. Mr. Lopez carefully selects his expert witness cases and assists both defendants and plaintiffs. He has been used in cases for and against Building Owners, Developers, Tenants, Contractors, Architects, Property Managers and Engineers.