Don Harvey
Office:
1175 Peachtree Road NE
100 Colony Square - Suite 400
30361
City:
Atlanta
State:
Georgia
Country:
USA
Tel:
+1 404 997 7524

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders Global Elite

Mr Harvey is the founder and managing director of Secretariat International. Secretariat International specialises in providing independent expert advice on construction projects in the areas of programming and scheduling (delay and disruption) contract review, programme assessment, cost and damages, and productivity and inefficiency. He has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry managing projects and advising clients on issues involving project and contract administration, claim preparation, delay, cost, disruption and productivity analyses.

Describe your career to date.

I was employed as a project manager in the construction industry for many years before focusing on the expert witness industry. I am a civil engineer by trade with an MBA in finance. I have given evidence on some of the largest projects in the world in many different arbitration forums and courts. I am currently the founder and managing director at Secretariat International. Secretariat is a world leading consultancy in the expert witness marketplace.

What skills make a successful testifying expert?

From my perspective, being a successful expert witness requires industry knowledge, the ability to communicate complex issues in a simple and effective manner, and a commitment to integrity.

What motivated you to establish Secretariat International?

The primary reason I established Secretariat International was I believed it was becoming more difficult to properly serve clients on the large company platforms due to the metrics in place that drove compensation/behaviour and conflicts.

To what extent is technology changing the nature of construction practice and disputes?

Technology and better communication are turning the construction dispute market into a truly global business. Companies are more interested in selecting the right expert rather than their geographical location.

What are the greatest challenges facing lawyers and experts in the construction sector at the moment?

Lawyers and experts are facing a backlash in the cost of litigation and arbitration. We are getting more inquiries for fixed-fee engagements. While I understand the sensitivities related to the costs associated with disputes, there needs to be a balance between the cost of expert work and the quality of service.

How do you expect the field to develop over the next five years?

I believe we will see an ever-increasing requirement for objectivity and integrity from experts rather than the “hired gun” approach. From my standpoint, presenting an analysis that is one-sided is a waste of time and client resources.

As managing director of Secretariat International, how do you see the firm adapting to address these changes and take advantage of new opportunities?

As a managing director as Secretariat International, I constantly reinforce the need for analyses that appeal to common sense and are based on a reasonable assessment of the facts.

What advice would you give to practitioners looking to establish their own firm?

I would advise practitioners to clearly define your firm’s core values and hire people with similar perspectives.

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Construction

Mr Harvey is the founder and managing director of Secretariat International. Secretariat International specialises in providing independent expert advice on construction projects in the areas of programming and scheduling (delay and disruption) contract review, programme assessment, cost and damages, and productivity and inefficiency. He has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry managing projects and advising clients on issues involving project and contract administration, claim preparation, delay, cost, disruption and productivity analyses.

Describe your career to date.

I was employed as a project manager in the construction industry for many years before focusing on the expert witness industry. I am a civil engineer by trade with an MBA in finance. I have given evidence on some of the largest projects in the world in many different arbitration forums and courts. I am currently the founder and managing director at Secretariat International. Secretariat is a world leading consultancy in the expert witness marketplace.

What skills make a successful testifying expert?

From my perspective, being a successful expert witness requires industry knowledge, the ability to communicate complex issues in a simple and effective manner, and a commitment to integrity.

What motivated you to establish Secretariat International?

The primary reason I established Secretariat International was I believed it was becoming more difficult to properly serve clients on the large company platforms due to the metrics in place that drove compensation/behaviour and conflicts.

To what extent is technology changing the nature of construction practice and disputes?

Technology and better communication are turning the construction dispute market into a truly global business. Companies are more interested in selecting the right expert rather than their geographical location.

What are the greatest challenges facing lawyers and experts in the construction sector at the moment?

Lawyers and experts are facing a backlash in the cost of litigation and arbitration. We are getting more inquiries for fixed-fee engagements. While I understand the sensitivities related to the costs associated with disputes, there needs to be a balance between the cost of expert work and the quality of service.

How do you expect the field to develop over the next five years?

I believe we will see an ever-increasing requirement for objectivity and integrity from experts rather than the “hired gun” approach. From my standpoint, presenting an analysis that is one-sided is a waste of time and client resources.

As managing director of Secretariat International, how do you see the firm adapting to address these changes and take advantage of new opportunities?

As a managing director as Secretariat International, I constantly reinforce the need for analyses that appeal to common sense and are based on a reasonable assessment of the facts.

What advice would you give to practitioners looking to establish their own firm?

I would advise practitioners to clearly define your firm’s core values and hire people with similar perspectives.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Expert Witnesses

Mr Harvey is the founder and managing director of Secretariat International. Secretariat International specialises in providing independent expert advice on construction projects in the areas of programming/scheduling (delay and disruption) contract review, programme assessment, cost/damages and productivity/inefficiency.

Mr Harvey has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry managing projects and advising clients on issues involving project and contract administration, claim preparation, delay, cost, disruption and productivity analyses. Through his years of experience as a construction project manager and as an expert consultant, Mr Harvey has developed a detailed knowledge of construction, project management, scheduling and cost controls. He has been engaged by multinational owners, developers and contractors on many of the highest-profile construction disputes in the world such as the Panama Canal, Wembley Stadium and the Burj Khalifa. Mr Harvey has also been involved with several high-profile disputes related to government contracting and information technology (IT) development/implementation programmes.

Mr Harvey is known for an independent common-sense approach to assessing complex projects based on a detailed knowledge of construction and a practical application of facts. He has testified numerous times as an independent expert witness in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa under the following forums: ICC, Uncitral, Stockholm Institute, AAA, DIAC, LCIA, SIAC, Moscow Court of Arbitration, DRB and DAB. He has also given evidence in the Technology and Construction Court in London, and state and federal courts in the United States. Mr Harvey has experience in the following sectors: oil and gas, mining, power, nuclear, pipelines, rail, highways/bridges/tunnels/airports, hospitals, stadiums, high-rise commercial/residential, education, processing facilities, ship building and manufacturing facilities.

Mr Harvey has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from George Washington University.

WWL says: Don Harvey is a go-to name in the international arbitration market who is well known for his wealth of knowledge on programming disputes and damages quantification.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Arbitration which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Construction: Expert Witnesses

Mr Harvey is the founder and managing director of Secretariat International. Secretariat International specialises in providing independent expert advice on construction projects in the areas of programming and scheduling (delay and disruption) contract review, programme assessment, cost and damages, and productivity and inefficiency.

Mr Harvey has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry managing projects and advising clients on issues involving project and contract administration, claim preparation, delay, cost, disruption and productivity analyses. Through his years of experience as a construction project manager and as an expert consultant, Mr Harvey has developed a detailed knowledge of construction, project management, scheduling and cost controls. He has been engaged by multinational owners, developers, and contractors on many of the highest-profile construction disputes in the world such as the Panama Canal, Wembley Stadium and the Burj Khalifa. Mr Harvey has also been involved with several high-profile disputes related to government contracting and information technology (IT) development and implementation programmes.

Mr Harvey is known for an independent common-sense approach to assessing complex projects based on a detailed knowledge of construction and a practical application of facts. He has testified numerous times as an independent expert witness in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa under the following forums: ICC, Uncitral, Stockholm Institute, AAA, DIAC, LCIA, SIAC, Moscow Court of Arbitration, DRB, and DAB. He has also given evidence in the Technology and Construction Court in London, and state and federal courts in the United States. Mr Harvey has experience in the following sectors: oil and gas, mining, power, nuclear, pipelines, rail, highways, bridges, tunnels and airports, hospitals, stadiums, high-rise commercial/residential, education, processing facilities, ship building, and manufacturing facilities.

Mr Harvey has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from George Washington University.

WWL says: Don Harvey stands out as “the delay analysis expert of choice” for many sources, who note, “He is a very seasoned testifying expert, cool under pressure and thoroughly prepared for evidentiary hearings”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Construction which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Consulting Experts: Experts - Construction - Quantum & Delay

Mr Harvey is the founder and managing director of Secretariat International. Secretariat International specialises in providing independent expert advice on construction projects in the areas of programming and scheduling (delay and disruption) contract review, programme assessment, cost and damages, and productivity and inefficiency.

Mr Harvey has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry managing projects and advising clients on issues involving project and contract administration, claim preparation, delay, cost, disruption and productivity analyses. Through his years of experience as a construction project manager and as an expert consultant, Mr Harvey has developed a detailed knowledge of construction, project management, scheduling and cost controls. He has been engaged by multinational owners, developers, and contractors on many of the highest-profile construction disputes in the world such as the Panama Canal, Wembley Stadium and the Burj Khalifa. Mr Harvey has also been involved with several high-profile disputes related to government contracting and information technology (IT) development and implementation programmes.

Mr Harvey is known for an independent common-sense approach to assessing complex projects based on a detailed knowledge of construction and a practical application of facts. He has testified numerous times as an independent expert witness in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa under the following forums: ICC, Uncitral, Stockholm Institute, AAA, DIAC, LCIA, SIAC, Moscow Court of Arbitration, DRB, and DAB. He has also given evidence in the Technology and Construction Court in London, and state and federal courts in the United States. Mr Harvey has experience in the following sectors: oil and gas, mining, power, nuclear, pipelines, rail, highways, bridges, tunnels and airports, hospitals, stadiums, high-rise commercial/residential, education, processing facilities, ship building, and manufacturing facilities.

Mr Harvey has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from George Washington University.

WWL says: Don Harvey stands out as "the delay analysis expert of choice" for many sources, who note, "He is a very seasoned testifying expert, cool under pressure and thoroughly prepared for evidentiary hearings".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Consulting Experts which can be purchased from our Shop.

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