In this chapter we identify 226 of the leading construction expert witnesses from around the globe. They are selected for their excellence across a wide range of matters, including delay and quantum analysis, and giving testimony on commercial and contractual disputes.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list firms, only individuals. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
David Barry is a “practical and commercial expert” who “is immensely knowledgeable about how to assess delays and construction management issues”.
Peers “would definitely recommend” Joanne Prior noting that she is “extremely reasonable, and her reports are really good and very well written”.
David Goodman is commended as an “absolutely first-class” expert. One source recommends him as the “‘go-to’ delay expert” and “a top name in construction”.
Austin Duffy stands out as a “rock star delay expert” and is regarded as “the best prepared delay expert I’ve cross examined” by one impressed source. They add, "His key skill is his ability to see both the big picture and dig into the minutiae."
David Falkenstern is a well-established name in the construction market, commended for his “ability to set out delay analysis on very complex projects in a very easy to understand way”.
Michael Stokes is “quite simply the best quantum expert I have worked with” according to an impressed source who also notes “his ability to understand complex matters, and attention to detail is without parallel”.
Guy Elkington is a standout name in the field and is lauded as “one of the best quantum experts, if not the best in the region”.
Scott Jardine is “building a really good name” in the construction industry thanks to his experience of projects in a variety of sectors. One source adds: “I am impressed with his construction programming work.”
Tony Farrow “has a high level of expertise and the ability to assess the case and extract the important information” remark sources who add, “His presentations are always clear and understandable."
Franco Mastrandrea is commended as “one of the best in the field” by sources who remark, “He is a seasoned and respected quantum expert who regularly acts as adjudicator and arbitrator."
Michael Tonkin “has extensive knowledge of the construction industry in the Middle East” and is “always well prepared for cross examination".
Doug Neville at HKA "is an excellent expert in the field of structural engineering" and is commended as “excellent in the witness box".
David Atkinson is singled out among peers for his “deep understanding of delay analysis”. Sources add: "He is able to distil a large number of very complex programming issues into a few crisp points."
Mehmet Karakoc impresses sources with his “excellent ability to recall facts and figures – his forensic grasp of the detail is exceptional”.
Thierry Linares gains praise for his ability to “quickly understand the underlying legal theory” and stands out for his “engaging personality and genuine presentational skills”.
Thomas Hofbauer is lauded for his “professional, yet hands-on approach for his expert report and witness testimony” and his ”profound and persuasive answers”.
Roy Andrew “is thorough, clear and user-friendly, and is great during cross-examination". He is applauded as “an excellent quantum expert” who “produces a very professional report to which he can speak with confidence”.
John Mullen is a “very diligent and thorough” expert comment market sources, who applaud his “sensible approach”. They add that he is “a distinguished, straightforward and honest quantum expert”.
Keith Strutt is an “authoritative, measured, balanced and reliable” expert and is “very impressive in the witness box”.
The “excellent” Timothy McGoldrick "is a pragmatic and thorough quantum expert" who “has the absolute trust of his clients".
David Merritt “is very highly regarded by the market” and “is considered a thought leader and one of the most renowned experts in the Middle East”.
Other Leading Individuals
Wendy MacLaughlin of gb2 “has an excellent global reputation”, with sources adding that “her greatest quality is her ability to get to grips with complex technical issues very quickly and then cut though the myriad of detailed events, to provided easy to follow advice”.
Colin Byford is “an outstanding quantum expert”, distinguished as “very good at breaking down complex cases and making them easy for tribunals to understand”.
Secretariat’s Liam Holder “is very impressive” and “has a real thoroughness and diligence on the numbers but is also open-minded to different approaches on the analysis”.
George Taft is “an excellent name in the market” and “great to work with”. Sources add: “George is very sensible, pragmatic and knowledgeable.”
Andrew Yendall of Yendall Hunter Limited is an “excellent name” in the market where he stands out as a leading light in the construction sector.
Hervé de Trogoff at Accuracy leaves sources “very impressed” with his “sleek and credible” approach to construction claims.
Volker Schmitz at EY “is able to understand and handle a variety of different technical and economical claims and variations” comment impressed sources. They add: “He provides sound, robust and well-substantiated expert opinions on highly complex matters.”
United Arab Emirates
The “excellent” John Boultwood Turner & Townsend enjoys a “fantastic reputation” as “a very strong and very reliable quantum expert”.
Mike Saulsbury is regarded as “the best and the most experienced delay expert in UAE”. “He can simplify delay issues with ease” and “puts forward calm and persuasive presentations”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Jeffrey Fuchs is highlighted as a “very capable and confident expert” as well as “a great communicator who is excellent under cross-examination”.
Dakus Gunn is highly recommended” as an “extremely knowledgeable, skilful, enthusiastic and client-friendly” expert who “can handle both delay and quantum with ease”.
Gene Lash “is exceptionally hard working" and “dives right into the materials, knowing the areas on which to concentrate". One source adds: "He anticipates counter testimony from the other side’s experts."
Charles Heckman “has a great ability to understand and assimilate nuance vital to the key issues" remark commentators adding: “He is fantastic to collaborate with.”
The “exceedingly bright” and “technically savvy” Meera Wagman gains praise from sources one of whom notes, “She is the best delay expert I have seen.” She “knows construction and delay analysis from the ground up”.
Ted Scott is a “thorough” and “diligent” expert with “a very thorough knowledge of construction practice and procedure”.
Don Harvey “is the cornerstone of the industry” effuse sources, who consider him |outstanding” and an expert who “always does a first-rate job".
Christopher Larkin “has significant experience in all manner of construction claims and disputes” and “has a breadth of experience in projects that lends credibility to his analysis”.
Dan Clark is “an amazing expert who is very detailed and has significant experience”. Respondents add: “He understands the all components related to testifying in complex litigation matters.”
Patrick McGeehin “is extremely experienced, pragmatic and persuasive as an expert witness” where he “is very clear and direct in examination”.
Paul Ficca is singled out by sources who say he is “thorough in his approach and fully addresses the issues in the proceeding”. They add: “He is able to respond quickly to cross-examination questions.”
Andrew Rhodes “is as good as they get”. He is “well regarded” by peers as “one of the pre-eminent consultants in our field”.
Kenneth Baker is a “smart and seasoned construction expert” who “provides strategic consulting expertise to his clients”.
Scott Hollingsworth is “everything you want in a scheduling/ damages expert”. He is extremely “precise and detail oriented” and “top-notch in every way”.
Frank Giunta is distinguished as “a very efficient construction expert" who “always takes a great strategic approach to cases".
The “simply amazing” Paul Pocalyko is lauded as an “excellent advocate” with fantastic “knowledge and command of all materials”.
Peter Wallace is a “seasoned and experienced expert” who is praised for his impressive ability to “focus on the details and issues that matter”.
Peter Badala “is one of the most respected construction quantum experts in the US”. “His analyses are detailed, strategic and will withstand all scrutiny” remark commentators who note, “On the stand, he is great at explaining very complex issues in a straightforward and objective manner.”
Greg Crider is highlighted as a “top-notch scheduling guy” by sources who regard him as “on the short list of top scheduling and delay experts for any significant matter”.
Toshi Dezaki “is a strong expert witness in the construction industry” who is “well respected by clients”.
Anamaria Popescu is regarded as “as powerhouse”, “a true expert in delay analysis” and praised as “a gifted communicator who is able to distil difficult concepts into easy-to-understand language".
Philip Urwin is held in high esteem by market commentators who applaud his “ability to take technically complex issues associated with liability and alleged delay damages, and reduce them to easily understandable concepts”.
Richard Fultineer “is a thoughtful and honest consultant and expert” who “is very good at breaking down complex concepts and explaining them in a straight forward and easily digestible manner”.
Other Leading Individuals
Neil Gaudion with Lighthouse Consulting Group is a “smart and strategic construction delay expert”. He is lauded by one source as “the top consultant I have dealt with”, while commentators also note “his attention to detail and preparation are unmatched”.
Bob Groves at TM Financial Forensics is “well respected by clients” and regarded as “one of the best in the business”.
At J.S. Held Mark Cohen is hailed for his ability to “provide comprehensive insights into critical issues, credible on-stand testimony and presentations”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Graham McNeill “always hits deadlines and is prepared to go the extra mile” applaud sources adding: “His work is always done to an extremely high standard and he is a pleasure to work with.”
Garry Crossley “very good and a very strong testifying expert” who “is very well prepared and very user friendly”.
Stephen Rae “is very responsive to requests, commercially astute and practical in his approach to his work” commend sources who note, “He delivers high-quality work on time without fail.”
James Taylor “is well organised, easy to get along with and always delivers work product in a timely fashion”. One respondent comments: “I would have no hesitation in appointing him on future matters.”
Mike Allen brings unrivalled expertise and you always know his work will be of the highest quality”. He draws high praise from sources who say: "He is head and shoulders above all other experts in Hong Kong.”
Amit Garg is “a technical expert in delay analysis” who is applauded for being “in a different league to everyone else” and for his ability “to quickly identify key issues for clients”.
Paul Roberts enjoys a strong reputation among market commentators, one of whom remarks: “He would be on any shortlist that I would put together for a QS expert in Australia.”
Ben Burley “is an excellent construction expert", applauded by sources who say that "he communicates very well with clients".
Other Leading Individuals
The “brilliant” James Lyall of Lyall Hamson “is a proven and established expert” and “is consistently a client favourite”.
Philip Blunden at Hinds Blunden ranks highly among peers and is distinguished as “the best in Australia” for complex construction claims.
Scott Adams of Scott Adams Consultants draws plaudits this year for his skill and knowledge in complex construction matters.
Jon Prudhoe of Ankura is highly respected in the Singapore market and is praised as “extremely competent in the evidence that he gives". Sources add: "He is responsive and holds up well under cross-examination."
John Lancaster with J.S. Held “is a pleasure to work with” according to impressed sources who regard him as “a leading delay expert in construction and infrastructure cases”.
Matt Wills is “an impressive quantum expert" who is “well known for his thorough analysis in construction claims".
In this year’s research into the world’s most prominent future leaders in the field of construction, we highlight 30 expert witnesses for their excellent work across quantum and delay analysis, and expert testimony.
FTI Consulting’s Ali Al-Ahmad is well thought of among peers who say he “is capable of synthesising a large volume of data and evidence, and translating it into a cogent, well-reasoned analysis”.
At Secretariat, Mark Vaughan-Jones is “great at breaking down complex analysis making it easy to understand". Respondents add: "Mark is a team player, and extremely impressive in explaining complicated concepts in a client-friendly way."
Daniel Miles with Aquila Forensics “is always on top of the details, he thinks outside the box and is willing to approach analysis in new and interesting ways”.
Faye Allen at ARCADIS has built up a notable practice and is highly respected for her extensive knowledge of the construction industry.
John Jones of HKA is “well versed in handling complex construction and engineering disputes”, and impresses with his “very clear style” that “makes difficult concepts easy to understand”.
Decipher Group’s Tom Francis is “extremely client friendly" and “is excellent at drafting clear and concise reports for use in litigation".
At Blackrock Expert Services, Mehmet Bircan gains high praise from sources, one of whom states, “He is among the best delay experts I have worked with.”
The “excellent” Mark Coghlan comes “highly recommended” for his ability to “get to the heart of the issue quickly".
Enrique Abiega at J.S. Held is an “excellent expert” who is “thorough and intelligent, accessible, friendly but also a hard-worker".
Javier Sánchez Llopes of Diales Expert Witness Services enjoys an excellent reputation in the field for his ability “to explain complex construction issues in understandable terms".
At KPMG Asesores, Alberto Rábano is “always exceptional;” and “has huge technical skills and a deep knowledge of this area”.
Accuracy’s Samuel Widdowson “has immense experience across many construction sectors" and is commended for his “impressive grasp of practical aspects of construction projects".
United Arab Emirates
Kagan Aktas with Secretariat is “technically excellent but brings a practical application to his advice which enables complex issues to be understood”.
Lance Crane of LC Consult is highly recommended by sources who remark he “is demonstrably flexible and is able to manage resource-strained projects”.
Brian Furniss at Delta Consulting Group is held in high esteem by market commentators who say that he “has detailed knowledge of the subject matter at hand, the ability to convey that expertise in a clear and concise manner, and objectively analyse the facts”.