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

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Mr Harvey, the founder and managing director of Secretariat International, 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. He has been engaged by multinational owners, developers and contractors on many of the world’s highest-profile construction disputes including the Panama Canal, Wembley Stadium and the Burj Khalifa. Mr Harvey has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from George Washington University.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION ARBITRATION?

My background in civil engineering/project management coupled with my ability to explain complex issues in an articulate fashion. Each project is like a new puzzle that needs to be solved.    

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE ARBITRATION YOU’VE WORKED ON?

The Panama Canal, due to the history of the canal itself and the engineering associated with the project.

WHAT HAS CHANGED DURING YOUR TIME AS AN EXPERT WITNESS AND WHAT NEW CHALLENGES HAVE ARISEN?

The time allocated for hearings is under constant pressure which increases the need for clear and concise analyses especially on the larger more complex projects.   

IN YOUR OPINION, ARE COURTS AND TRIBUNALS NOW SAVVIER WITH REGARDS TO CROSS-EXAMINATION OF EXPERTS?

Yes. Tribunals have become savvier with the cross-examination of experts through the use of techniques such as hot-tubbing, the joint expert process and the requirement for some direct evidence to explain opinions. These techniques allow tribunals to get at the heart of the issues in a more efficient manner.   

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN ARBITRATION AND LOOKING TO BUILD A CAREER AS AN EXPERT WITNESS?

Maintain your integrity and independence. Base your analyses on common sense and be able to explain your opinions in a manner that is easily understood.

CONSTRUCTION WORKS CONTINUE TO BE DELAYED AND OVER BUDGET. THIS CONTINUES TO GENERATE WORK FOR PRACTITIONERS IN THE AREA. IS THIS AN UNBREAKABLE NEXUS?

The inherent risks associated with large complex construction projects (ie, currency fluctuation, material supplies, subcontractors, site conditions, remote locations, cultural differences, changes, weather, design problems, etc) make the avoidance of delay and cost overruns difficult. 

HAS THERE BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE SIZE OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED IN THE INDUSTRY? IS THERE A CEILING TO BE REACHED ON THE QUANTUM OF CONSTRUCTION ARBITRATION CASES?

Projects are getting larger and more complex. As this trend develops, the size of the disputes will continue to increase.

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 revered expert witness with extensive experience in construction disputes.

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: Construction - Quantum and 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/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 in 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, 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 (TCC - 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/tunnelling/airports, hospitals, stadiums, high-rise commercial/residential, education, processing facilities, shipbuilding, 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 “very calm and incredibly bright” individual regarded among peers and clients as a true schedule delay expert.

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

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