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 Expert  724169

Expert in Home Inspection Standards of Care; City building inspection; Construction defects

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has over ten years of combined experience and has completed over 10,000 estimated inspections utilizing building codes as a city building inspector, code enforcement inspector, and real estate inspector. He has utilized building codes for new construction inspections, code violations, real estate inspections, and properties require building code compliance investigations.

building code

As a City Building Inspector, Expert possess extensive knowledge in building construction regulations. Regulations including new construction, existing construction, land use, safe occupancy, and unpermitted construction issues with residential, commercial and industrial land uses.

building construction regulation

He has extensive experience in the inspection of residential, commercial and industrial facilities. Inspections for code compliance and safe occupancy, including mechanical, plumbing, electrical, foundations and roof structures. Inspection experience includes code compliance inspections, new construction, damaged building assessments including red tagging unsafe structures for city building departments.

building inspection


home diagnostics

Expert has extensive knowledge in minimum building safety standards. This includes inspections regarding safe use and occupancy. As a city code enforcement inspector, building inspector, and real estate inspector the inspection of safe occupancy is his primary responsibility. Expert has inspected over 10,000 residential homes and commercial businesses involving code compliance and safety during his career. This experience includes completing damage assessments from vehicles crashing through buildings and the assessment of fire damage in relation to safe occupancy.

building safety

Expert has extensive construction inspection experience including framing, plumbing, mechanical, electrical systems in residential uses and secondary knowledge of construction practices in commercial and industrial land uses. He specializes more in residential construction and building code compliance. Expert also has extensive experience in the inspection of construction sites for storm drain compliance. This includes best management practices in reducing the amount of urban runoff to the storm drain system as part of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program.

construction inspection

He has extensive residential building construction experience as a city building inspector and as a private residential real estate inspector. Expert has completed thousands of residential building construction projects as a city building inspector and has performed over 250 private real estate inspections for real estate buyers, sellers, and agents. In 2004, he started a business that specializes in the assessment of construction defects for real estate buyers. As the owner, he has saved buyers thousands of dollars in discovering construction defects including foundations requiring repair and engineering analysis, faulty wiring and suspect main electrical panels, framing damage, roof damage assessment, and other related defects.

residential building construction

Expert has extensive experience in the inspection and assessment of residential housing as a city building inspector, code enforcement officer, and as a residential real estate inspector. Inspections include single-family residences and multi-family dwellings including condominiums and townhomes.

residential housing

Since 1997, Expert has utilized the Uniform Building Code to complete inspections of residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. He became an International Code Council certified Building Inspector in 2005. He utilizes the building code daily as part of his normal duties as a city building inspector and real estate home inspector.

Uniform Building Code


standard of care

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  San Diego, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Glendale, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  San Bernardino, California;  and Chula Vista, California.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1999   Bachelor's of Science   Criminal Justice   Cal State Long Beach  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2004 to


Expert's Firm


Building Division


NPDES / Building Inspector


Inspect new and existing residential, commercial, and industrial construction for uniform building code compliance, and water quality regulations for storm drain compliance. Issue correction notices, apply building codes, enforce code violations, etc.

2000 to 2004


City of Fountain Valley


Planning Department


Code Enforcement Officer / Inspector


Inspect and enforce municipal, building, zoning, and housing code violations. Inspect residential and commercial properties for code compliance. Prepare prosecution reports for City Attorney for code violation cases.

1997 to 2000


Expert's Firm


Planning Division


Code Enforcement Intern


Under training supervision, inspected and enforced municipal code violations including fire code violations, building, housing and zoning.

Career Accomplishments:

NACHI - National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Member; ICC - International Code Council - Certified Building Inspector


ICC - Certified Building Inspector; NACHI Certified Inspector

Professional Appointments

President, Westminster Municipal Employees Association.

Publications and Patents Summary

He authored a home manual.

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1997 to 2000   Expert's Firm   Code Enforcement Intern   Inspect and enforce municipal, building, housing zoning code violations.
2000 to 2004   City of Fountain Valley   Code Enforcement Officer   Inspect and enforce municipal, building, housing zoning code violations. Prepared code related prosecution reports for City Attorney
2004 to 2007   Expert's Firm   Building Inspector / NPDES Inspector   Inspect new and existing construction for building code compliance, water quality storm drain compliance, enforce building and fire code violations, issue correction notices to code violators, prepare reports for city department directors.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Evaluating a civil case involving home inspector standards of care and other construction defects for the plaintiff's case, Walter vs. Steelman, Columbia County, Washington. Reviewed case documentations, inspector reports, seller disclosure, and other court filed documents. Provided preliminary reports involving the home inspector's negligence regarding a plaintiff's real estate transaction. Expert was qualified as an Expert Witness in the field of Home Inspection by the judge and testified for the case, a jury rendered a judgment against the defendants.
  • Evaluating home inspector standards of care regarding a residence that possessed a sloped floor that was not level after property was purchased by owner. Case was being prepared for litigation, consultation and inspection was provided for plaintiff.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Building code violations House
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Barnett vs. Steelman - Columbia County, WA civil case: expert witness consultant for plaintiff's attorney, Michael Hubbard. Case is pending litigation.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Build code compliance expert for consulting on Montefaro v. Centex -.
  • California home inspectors expert witness for consulting on testimony in arbitration concerning scope of inspection.
  • Municipal rel
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Training seminars for Expert's Firm Employees on storm drain compliance and requirements regarding the (NPDES) National Pollution Discharge Elimination System program

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He is an authorized dealer for Porter Valley Software that produces inspection software for home and commercial inspectors.

Other Skills and Services

He is a certified International Code Council (ICC/ICBO) Building Inspector and has taken courses at Saddleback College in Combination Dwelling Inspection and Uniform Building Code. He has conducted hundreds of private Home Inspections for buyers and sellers and real estate agents and has completed thousands of code related building inspections for the Expert's Firm and Fountain Valley during his career.


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