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Israel Almodovar

Israel Almodovar

Ankura201 E. Washington St.Suite 1700PhoenixArizonaUSA85004

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Thought Leaders - Construction Experts 2020

Q&A

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Israel Almodovar is an “impressive expert” who is “highly regarded by clients” for his “prompt” and “high-quality” work.

Questions & Answers

Israel Almodovar is a senior managing director at Ankura, based in Phoenix, Arizona, with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He specialises in providing expert witness and advisory services on domestic and international construction projects in the areas of schedule delay, costs overruns, and other project managements issues. Mr Almodovar has lectured at various international conferences regarding project administration and construction claims issues, and is fluent in Spanish.

What do you enjoy most about your current role? 

I truly enjoy the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects – from highways to power plants, and from commercial developments to offshore facilities – and I enjoy the fact that those projects are located in very diverse regions. That is what makes this job so challenging: no project is ever the same. However, what I enjoy most is working with our team on a daily basis and watching them grow professionally. 

How do you prepare for a testifying case?

The preparation to testify starts on day one of the engagement. Every step that we take – every analysis, every written word – becomes a building block for that testimony. As such, the preparation for testimony starts with defining the objectives, going through the detailed analysis, and the eventual issuance of expert reports. The final step is then testifying during hearings which requires a lot of work to re-learn the details of the matter, but if the first steps were done properly, then preparation efforts for the final stage become very straightforward.

Looking back over your career, what is the most memorable case you have been a part of?

There have been many memorable cases in my career for various reasons, including the teams involved (both from our firm and the client), and location (especially those located in my homeland of Puerto Rico). My most memorable case, and I think this is probably the case for most practitioners, is the first matter in which I testified. I will never forget the sleepless night before the hearings, the lack of appetite, and the ever-present voice of one of my mentors that I kept repeating to myself: “You will never be over-prepared.” I still use that mantra in preparation for testimony for my cases.

Which technologies are playing the most prominent role in construction practice, and how are they enhancing day-to-day tasks? 

Project controls are becoming more sophisticated, including the use of building information modelling (BIM), which certainly helps in reporting the status of projects. What is more important is how teams use that information for the benefit of the project, as models on their own do not manage projects. For instance, 4D models could be very helpful to understand the progress of certain activities, but the project team also needs to make sure that the information is disseminated to the appropriate parties, and with the correct background information, so that managers can use the data to make the most educated decisions. 

To what extent is a global and multilingual presence necessary in current arbitration practice?

With a globalised world, multiculturalism is present in most arbitration proceedings. My practice focuses heavily on work in Latin America, so the use of Spanish is naturally prevalent with clients, counsel, and arbitrators. A significant number of projects in that region require investment, cooperation, or involvement from international firms, especially from the US, Europe and Asia. As such, almost every project that we work on requires an understanding and appreciation of that diversity.

As a senior managing director, what are your main priorities for Ankura’s development over the next five years?

My main priority is to continue providing our clients with high-quality work, advising them at the appropriate time, and helping them navigate dispute resolution processes. This certainly requires being the bearer of bad news when needed, but comes with the role of being an independent and objective consultant. In my view, if Ankura continues on this path, and continues to be considered as trusted advisers by our clients, our practice and firm will continue to grow and develop naturally.

You have enjoyed a very distinguished career so far. What would you like to achieve that you have not yet accomplished?

I think complacency is one of our worst enemies. I continue to look for new challenges to push me out of my comfort zone and achieve that feeling of accomplishment every day.

Where, in your opinion, does the future of the practice area lie?

Projects worldwide continue to grow in size and scope, and pressure from stakeholders is also increasing to complete projects on time and on budget. This, in turn, requires more complex forensic analyses. There lies what I see as the biggest challenge ahead of us; we still need to explain those analyses in the simplest, most effective, and efficient manner to our audience. The more complex the project, the bigger the challenge. That is part of the fun.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Israel Almodovar is acclaimed by commentators as a “convincing and independent witness” who performs “very well under cross-examination”.

Biography

Israel Almodovar is a managing director at Ankura, based in Phoenix, with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He specialises in providing expert witness and advisory services on domestic and international construction projects in the areas of schedule delay, cost overruns and other project management issues. Since 2017, Israel has been recognised in the annual rankings of Who’s Who Legal: ConstructionWho’s Who Legal: Consulting Experts and Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration. He has lectured at various international conferences regarding project administration and construction claims issues. He is fluent in Spanish.

The projects for which Israel has provided his expertise entail a variety of issues such as delay, disruption, acceleration, force majeure, differing conditions, contract risk allocation and termination for default, among others. His clients include owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and insurance companies. Israel’s project experience includes work in various countries throughout the United States and Latin America.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Israel Almodovar is an “impressive expert” who is “highly regarded by clients” for his “prompt” and “high-quality” work.

Biography

Israel Almodovar is a senior managing director at Ankura, based in Phoenix, with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He specialises in providing expert witness and advisory services on domestic and international construction projects in the areas of schedule delay, cost overruns, and other project management issues. Since 2017, Israel has been recognised in the annual rankings of WWL: ConstructionWWL: Consulting Experts and WWL: Arbitration. He has lectured at various international conferences regarding project administration and construction claims issues. He is fluent in Spanish.

The projects for which Israel has provided his expertise entail a variety of issues such as delay, disruption, acceleration, force majeure, differing conditions, contract risk allocation and termination for default, among others. His clients include owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and insurance companies. Israel’s project experience includes work in various countries throughout the USA and Latin America.

Israel’s recent disputes and expert witness experience includes performing a delay analysis for the construction of a US$200 million, 300km gas pipeline in Peru, involving the provision of expert reports summarising Israel’s opinions and expert witness testimony on behalf of the contractor during the ICC arbitration hearings related to the dispute between the contractor and the project owner.

He also provided expert testimony on behalf of a tunnelling subcontractor during ICC arbitration proceedings between the subcontractor and the project EPC contractor in relation to a hydroelectric power plant in Guatemala. The dispute arose due to the termination of the US$55 million tunnelling subcontract by the contractor, who was responsible for the construction of a 114MW hydroelectric power plant in Guatemala. Israel’s opinions were based on his analysis of delays to the tunnelling work and the overall project.

He also performed a delay analysis related to the fabrication and erection of structural steel work for the construction of a $475 million upscale shopping centre in Puerto Rico. Israel provided expert opinions on behalf of the structural steel subcontractor, in its dispute against the project’s general contractor, during the American Arbitration Association proceedings between the parties, which was settled prior the scheduled hearings.

Israel also provided expert opinions on behalf of the owner regarding the termination of a US$15 million contract for the construction of a 9MW hydroelectric power plant in Panama. He provided expert reports and hearing testimony during the ICC arbitration proceedings between the owner and the contractor. His testimony addressed issues such as delay, disruption, and damages.

Israel provided advisory services to the owner of a portfolio of gas transportation assets in Mexico. His services included the review of project records, including communications, schedules and cost reports, and providing recommendation to management for claims management and mitigation purposes.

He provided advisory services, including contract and project control management, to the owner during the construction of a US$500 million, 300MW coal fired power plant in Guatemala. Due to significant delays encountered during the construction of the project, the owner terminated the EPC contractor for default. Israel continued to provide his services through the termination of the contractor and the re-procurement of the project and provided litigation support services for the termination-related arbitration proceedings.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Israel Almodovar is a standout name in the industry, well versed in delay analyses and expert testimony in disputes for high-value cases in the US and Latin America.

Biography

Israel Almodovar is a senior managing director at Ankura, based in Phoenix, with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He specialises in providing expert witness and advisory services on domestic and international construction projects in the areas of schedule delay, cost overruns, and other project management issues. Since 2017, Israel has been recognised in the annual rankings of WWL: ConstructionWWL: Consulting Experts and WWL: Arbitration. He has lectured at various international conferences regarding project administration and construction claims issues. He is fluent in Spanish.

The projects for which Israel has provided his expertise entail a variety of issues such as delay, disruption, acceleration, force majeure, differing conditions, contract risk allocation and termination for default, among others. His clients include owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and insurance companies. Israel’s project experience includes work in various countries throughout the USA and Latin America.

Israel’s recent disputes and expert witness experience includes performing a delay analysis for the construction of a US$200 million, 300km gas pipeline in Peru, involving the provision of expert reports summarising Israel’s opinions and expert witness testimony on behalf of the contractor during the ICC arbitration hearings related to the dispute between the contractor and the project owner.

He also provided expert testimony on behalf of a tunnelling subcontractor during ICC arbitration proceedings between the subcontractor and the project EPC contractor in relation to a hydroelectric power plant in Guatemala. The dispute arose due to the termination of the US$55 million tunnelling subcontract by the contractor, who was responsible for the construction of a 114MW hydroelectric power plant in Guatemala. Israel’s opinions were based on his analysis of delays to the tunnelling work and the overall project.

He also performed a delay analysis related to the fabrication and erection of structural steel work for the construction of a $475 million upscale shopping centre in Puerto Rico. Israel provided expert opinions on behalf of the structural steel subcontractor, in its dispute against the project’s general contractor, during the American Arbitration Association proceedings between the parties, which was settled prior the scheduled hearings.

Israel also provided expert opinions on behalf of the owner regarding the termination of a US$15 million contract for the construction of a 9MW hydroelectric power plant in Panama. He provided expert reports and hearing testimony during the ICC arbitration proceedings between the owner and the contractor. His testimony addressed issues such as delay, disruption, and damages.

Israel provided advisory services to the owner of a portfolio of gas transportation assets in Mexico. His services included the review of project records, including communications, schedules and cost reports, and providing recommendation to management for claims management and mitigation purposes.

He provided advisory services, including contract and project control management, to the owner during the construction of a US$500 million, 300MW coal fired power plant in Guatemala. Due to significant delays encountered during the construction of the project, the owner terminated the EPC contractor for default. Israel continued to provide his services through the termination of the contractor and the re-procurement of the project and provided litigation support services for the termination-related arbitration proceedings.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Israel Almodovar is a "well-known" testifying expert who is one of the "most impressive" in damages quantification thanks to his 20 years' experience. 

Biography

Israel Almodovar is a senior managing director at Ankura, based in Phoenix, with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He specialises in providing expert witness and advisory services on domestic and international construction projects in the areas of schedule delay, cost overruns, and other project management issues. Since 2017, Israel has been recognised in the annual rankings of WWL: ConstructionWWL: Consulting Experts and WWL: Arbitration. He has lectured at various international conferences regarding project administration and construction claims issues. He is fluent in Spanish.

The projects for which Israel has provided his expertise entail a variety of issues such as delay, disruption, acceleration, force majeure, differing conditions, contract risk allocation and termination for default, among others. His clients include owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and insurance companies. Israel’s project experience includes work in various countries throughout the USA and Latin America.

Israel’s recent disputes and expert witness experience includes performing a delay analysis for the construction of a US$200 million, 300km gas pipeline in Peru, involving the provision of expert reports summarising Israel’s opinions and expert witness testimony on behalf of the contractor during the ICC arbitration hearings related to the dispute between the contractor and the project owner.

He also provided expert testimony on behalf of a tunnelling subcontractor during ICC arbitration proceedings between the subcontractor and the project EPC contractor in relation to a hydroelectric power plant in Guatemala. The dispute arose due to the termination of the US$55 million tunnelling subcontract by the contractor, who was responsible for the construction of a 114MW hydroelectric power plant in Guatemala. Israel’s opinions were based on his analysis of delays to the tunnelling work and the overall project.

He also performed a delay analysis related to the fabrication and erection of structural steel work for the construction of a $475 million upscale shopping centre in Puerto Rico. Israel provided expert opinions on behalf of the structural steel subcontractor, in its dispute against the project’s general contractor, during the American Arbitration Association proceedings between the parties, which was settled prior the scheduled hearings.

Israel also provided expert opinions on behalf of the owner regarding the termination of a US$15 million contract for the construction of a 9MW hydroelectric power plant in Panama. He provided expert reports and hearing testimony during the ICC arbitration proceedings between the owner and the contractor. His testimony addressed issues such as delay, disruption, and damages.

Israel provided advisory services to the owner of a portfolio of gas transportation assets in Mexico. His services included the review of project records, including communications, schedules and cost reports, and providing recommendation to management for claims management and mitigation purposes.

He provided advisory services, including contract and project control management, to the owner during the construction of a US$500 million, 300MW coal fired power plant in Guatemala. Due to significant delays encountered during the construction of the project, the owner terminated the EPC contractor for default. Israel continued to provide his services through the termination of the contractor and the re-procurement of the project and provided litigation support services for the termination-related arbitration proceedings.

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