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What Is and Why Do You Need an Expert Witness

A construction expert witness is someone with experience in the field of construction who is asked to testify at a trial in which issues related to construction have come up. The trial may be criminal or civil in nature, and the testimony requested could vary from a general discussion of construction standards and practices to a specific evaluation of a particular construction job. Construction expert witnesses are usually provided with special compensation for their time on the stand in recognition of the fact that they are not just testifying, but offering a professional service to the court. 

The expert witness provides testimony in court cases relating to some aspect of construction. A construction expert witness is someone with experience in the field of construction who is asked to testify at a trial in which issues related to construction have come up.

The background of a construction expert witness can vary. Because lawyers are concerned about how their witnesses will be perceived on the stand and how well their testimony will go over, it is conventional to select someone who is very robustly qualified. Qualifications ideally include construction training and experience, along with experience as an expert witness in other cases, because people who are used to testifying tend to perform better on the stand.

Testimony offered by a construction expert witness can shed general light upon a case and provide people with information which might be useful, or it can be a central part of the way in which a case is presented. When the witness is especially critical, lawyers are particularly careful to select a witness with impeccable credentials and experience to ensure that the testimony will go well and the witness will be accepted as credible by the jury.

Gordon's Expert Consultant/Witness Work:

Sacramento County Jail, Sacramento, CA (approximately 1-year) - $19.9 Million
Seattle Convention Center, Seattle Washington (approximately 14 months) - $27.8 Million
Cabrillo Beach Marina, Port of Los Angeles (approximately 11 months) - $3.7 Million
Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff, AZ (approximately 4-5 months) - $4 million
Harvey’s Resort Hotel and Casino, Lake Tahoe, NV (approximately 8-months) - $6 million
Phoenix International Raceways, Phoenix, AZ (approximately 7-months) - $750K
Pima County Prison, Tucson, AZ (approximately 4-months) - $600K
Light Rail Project in Los Angeles, Ongoing Assignment over 1-1/2 years
Highschool, Joseph City, AZ
Major New Toll Road, Orange County, CA through URS Consultants
City of Phoenix Multiple-site Cross-Generation Recreational Facilities
Yearout Mechanical in Albuquerque, NM
Department of the Navy – Trident Motor Storage Facility – Camp Navajo, Bellmont, AZ
City of Santa Fe, NM, Waste Water Treatment Plant
City of Durango, CO, Waste Water Treatment Plant
Fossil Fuel Power Plant, Mechanical Piping, Grants, NM

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