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Jeffrey E Fuchs

Jeffrey E Fuchs

Delta Consulting Group4330 Prince William ParkwaySuite 301WoodbridgeVirginiaUSA22192
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Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Jeffrey Fuchs is “imbued with credibility” according to sources who praise his “intellectual strength and his ability to make complex subjects easy to understand”.

Questions & Answers

Jeffrey E Fuchs, PE, CPA, president and co-founder of Delta Consulting Group, has over 35 years of experience in the engineering and construction industries. His expertise includes analysis and resolution of contract disputes (including schedule and delay analyses, quantum calculations, and productivity impacts); forensic engineering and accounting; and expert witness testimony. Mr Fuchs has a BS in civil engineering and an MS in construction engineering and management from the University of Maryland.

As president of Delta, how do you see your firm’s large-scale international practice growing over the next five to 10 years?

We have a robust business plan to continue the expansion of our international practice. Our plan includes hiring experts from a broad and diverse background including native Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Kurdish, and German speakers. In addition, we encourage all personnel to further their understanding of languages and cultures. This year we opened a London office, which strengthened our international presence and allowed our experts to provide additional, complementary services to our clients. In addition, we have seen considerable growth in our Latin American practice. Delta’s Latin American experts have testified in many of the largest international arbitrations in the world. Four of our experts work predominantly on these arbitrations where Spanish is the predominant language of the documents, witnesses and testimony.

What do clients look for in an effective construction expert?

The most important quality is hiring an expert who will be objective and independent. However, it is also important for them to look for an expert who knows the construction industry and has the appropriate education and experience for the job. Often, I have found that if an expert has experience with the full cycle of a construction job, they will understand what can go wrong. This can save a client valuable time and money. In addition, the expert needs to be a great communicator. Because once the expert determines the facts, they must be able to articulate them to the client as well as the arbitrators.

Looking back over your career, what is the most interesting case that you worked on?

I have always enjoyed complex mega-projects with disputes that are over US$1 billion. Last year I worked on two significant matters that involved the Panama Canal. One was the expansion of the canal, and the other was the Atlantic Bridge that spans across the canal at the Atlantic entrance. These massive billion-dollar disputes are interesting because they typically involve many aspects of a dispute. As an example, on the bridge we provided expert reports and testified on the quantum, delay, risk analysis, and loss of productivity – using four different Delta experts. This type of job is very rewarding because, not only do I have an opportunity to testify, I also get to see younger Delta experts testify on these massive cases.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

As a PE and CPA, I have been able to testify on both quantum and delay on very challenging construction and commercial damages cases. This has allowed me to have a lot of variety on interesting cases throughout my career. In addition, I’ve also enjoyed building Delta Consulting Group into a worldwide consulting firm. Being recognised by GAR as a Power 30 firm, the sixth largest in construction and the 10th largest in energy arbitrations, helped confirmed that our vision has become a reality. When Mark Dungan and I established Delta, almost 20 years ago, we made a commitment to three core values: providing clients with top-quality services; creating “fertile ground for growth” for our employees; and straightforward honesty and integrity in everything we do. It’s extremely rewarding to see that we are “making the difference” for our clients.

What measures do you take to ensure you provide clients with quality service?

Delta has always been committed to providing our clients with top-quality services. About two years ago, we established strategic leadership teams. These teams have become highly effective management groups that provide the structure for training our younger-in-their-career professionals, encouraging collaboration and sharing at “lessons learned” lunch sessions. In addition, they provide a forum for executing peer reviews, developing and improving standards, and identifying new software, to name a few. Since the formation of these groups we have found that our experts are becoming “a mile deep” (learning and sharing current cases, trends, software, etc), which in turn allows them to provide high-quality services for our clients.

As president of Delta Consulting Group, what are your main priorities for Delta’s development over the next five years?

We have a robust business plan for growth that includes a strong commitment to maintaining our culture and quality work product on every job for every client. One aspect of the plan is to continue the expansion of our international practice. While our current strengths are in the US, Europe and Latin America, we are developing additional alliances in the Middle East and China. Because we can handle so many components of a case, growing worldwide is a natural path for Delta.

Thought Leaders - Construction Experts 2020

Q&A

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Jeffrey Fuchs is acclaimed for his “phenomenal” work providing expert testimony in “complex construction disputes”.

Questions & Answers

Jeffrey E Fuchs, PE, CPA, President and co-founder of Delta Consulting Group, has over 35 years of experience in the engineering and construction industries. His expertise includes analysis and resolution of contract disputes, including schedule and delay analyses, quantum calculations, and productivity impacts; forensic engineering and accounting; and expert witness testimony. Mr. Fuchs has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. Construction Engineering & Management from the University of Maryland.

In what ways has coronavirus impacted your work, the construction market, and how do you envisage the market changing as a result? 

Fortunately, several years ago we enhanced our hardware and software, which allows our consultants to work remotely from anywhere, at any time, around the world. As a result, our experts and clients have not experienced any interruptions due to covid-19. We also have a strong team environment at Delta, so we have not felt any negative impact on our ability to work together on projects. 

One of the biggest changes we have experienced during this pandemic has been that several of our litigation and arbitration cases were converted to virtual depositions, trials, and hearings. We have also been asked to provide project advisory services to clients who have experienced delays and disruptions due to covid-19. Last month, I had an ICC virtual hearing. I found it to be very efficient and cost effective. Anyone who has been involved in a construction proceeding knows the costs in terms of time and expense are substantial. 

Certainly, in some cases, I can see virtual options being included in the future. In addition, I believe increased project advisory work on construction sites is going to continue for quite some time. We have a lot of clients who are seeking advice regarding how to turn their project around and prove or mitigate impacts. 

What is the key to becoming a successful expert witness in large-scale, high-profile construction disputes? 

Learning how to listen and communicate effectively are really the keys to success. You can help your career by adding construction experience and certifications, but as an expert you must be able to explain your findings to your clients and their lawyers, and then to a judge, jury, or arbitration panel. My PE and CPA licenses have always been important because they add to my credibility, as both have strict Codes of Ethics that the person is required to adhere to. On big disputes you have to be a good listener in order to understand and flush out the issues and know the important questions to ask. However, clients and their lawyers, especially on high-profile cases, want an expert who will review all the relevant facts concerning the case, analyse them thoroughly, and then clearly and concisely explain the case. When you are on the stand, you must be able to engage and sustain the interest of all parties.

Early in your career you worked at one of the Big Four and with construction companies. Why did you decide to switch over to expert witness testimony?

The challenge. I enjoy working with many different types of clients and lawyers on cases involving delays, damages, and loss of productivity issues. As a testifier, I have been on construction sites around the world and I have experienced first-hand, complex projects being constructed under varying laws and restrictions. It has been a fascinating career. When I was first testifying, I also realized that I could make a difference for my clients. Knowing that my ability to understand, analyse, and present the facts of the case, could be the deciding factor in the outcome, is exciting and challenging to me.

Delta has experienced a lot of growth over the past few years. Why do people want to work at Delta; what distinguishes you from your competitors? 

Our employees tell me that they love working at Delta because of the people who work here. We have a culture that is built on caring about our employees and our clients. If we are working on a mega job in Chile or a complex rail project in California, everyone wants to “make the difference” for our clients on that job. When Mark Dungan and I founded Delta 20 years ago, our vision was to create an environment that would be a “fertile ground” for growth for our employees. We have enjoyed giving our younger employees the tools and mentorship that is needed to learn and grow. We sought to build a company that had a team oriented, hardworking, friendly culture with a focus on continuous improvement. I believe we have accomplished that at Delta; and that is what sets us apart.

What are the greatest challenges an expert faces when preparing for an arbitration proceeding?

In arbitration, the expert’s testimony often will make or break a case. On large construction projects, it takes a considerable amount of time to comb through the data, extract the key facts, and then analyse that information correctly. This is something Delta has exceeded in by staying up to date on new technology and providing these tools to our employees. If our client has good records, we have been able to greatly improve the data extraction and analysis time with the use of advanced specialized software. This has been a big advantage for our clients. 

Also, over the years, I have found that the more successful arbitration lawyers know and understand the incredible value the expert testifier brings to the proceeding. They will ensure these challenges are mitigated and the experts are retained early on.

You have enjoyed a very distinguished career so far. How do you see your practice evolving over the next five years?

I thoroughly enjoy testifying on large litigation and arbitration cases throughout the world, so I hope to continue working on these types of projects. I especially like the complexities of the mega construction jobs that have a combination of damages, delays, and productivity issues. These cases often allow me the opportunity to introduce our clients to the incredible talent that we have mentored and trained over the years at Delta. The strength of our company is in the next generation and I really enjoy working with our younger experts on these complex jobs. I find the dual role of expert and mentor to be very rewarding and it is a great benefit for our clients to have a new generation of testifiers with this level of expertise working on their jobs.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jeffrey Fuchs has over 35 years of experience in construction, and is widely considered one of the foremost testifiers in the expert witness market. He is chiefly known for his work on damages and delay matters.

Biography

Jeffrey E Fuchs, PE, CPA, president and co-founder of Delta Consulting Group, has over 35 years of experience in the engineering and construction industries, and has testified in over 60 cases in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, North America, South America and Mexico. He has provided testimony for complex litigation and arbitration on numerous matters involving delay, disruption, damages, loss of productivity and defects, among others.

Mr Fuchs has extensive experience in the areas of energy (including nuclear, coal, fossil fuel, wind, hydroelectric), oil and gas, water and waste-water, rails, subways, bridges, roads, tunnels, dams, buildings (including airports, courthouses, prisons, hospitals, data centres, schools, hotels), and manufacturing. He has testified in federal and state courts throughout the United States; at ICC arbitrations in Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Mexico, Panama and New York; at UNCITRAL in Qatar and Switzerland; and at the ICDR in New York.

Mr Fuchs has a BS in civil engineering and an MS in construction engineering and management from the University of Maryland, and is a licensed professional engineer and a certified public accountant. He is a retired US Air Force Reserve civil engineering officer. Prior to founding Delta, Mr Fuchs was the area director for Ernst & Young's construction industry consulting services for the mid-Atlantic US region. Additionally, he has served as an arbitrator and mediator and has lectured extensively and published numerous articles and books.

Delta Consulting Group is an international consulting firm of multidisciplined professionals in engineering, accounting, construction, project management and litigation support.

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Jeffrey Fuchs is acclaimed for his “phenomenal” work providing expert testimony in “complex construction disputes”.

Biography

Jeffrey E Fuchs, PE, CPA, president and co-founder of Delta Consulting Group, has over 36 years of experience in the engineering and construction industries and has testified in over 60 cases in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, North America, South America, Panama and Mexico. He has provided testimony for complex litigation and arbitration on numerous matters involving delay, disruption, damages, loss of productivity and defects, among others.

Mr Fuchs has extensive experience in the areas of energy (including nuclear, coal, fossil fuel, wind and hydroelectric); oil and gas; water and waste-water; rails; subways; bridges; roads; tunnels; dams; buildings (including airports, courthouses, prisons, hospitals, data centres, schools and hotels); and manufacturing. He has testified in federal and state courts throughout the USA; at ICC arbitrations in Spain, the UK, France, Switzerland, Mexico, Panama and New York; at UNCITRAL in Qatar and Switzerland; and at the ICDR in New York.

Mr Fuchs has a BS in civil engineering and an MS in construction engineering and management from the University of Maryland; and is a licensed professional engineer and a certified public accountant. He is also a retired US Air Force Reserve civil engineering officer. Prior to founding Delta, Mr Fuchs was the area director for Ernst & Young's construction industry consulting services for the mid-Atlantic US region. Additionally, he has served as an arbitrator and mediator and has lectured extensively and published numerous articles and books.

Delta Consulting Group is an international consulting firm of multidisciplined professionals in engineering, accounting, construction, project management and litigation support.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jeffrey Fuchs has “great attention to detail and deep knowledge of construction”, according to respondents who consider him “an experienced testifier – good on his feet and not fazed by anything”. 

Biography

Jeffrey E Fuchs, PE, CPA, president and co-founder of Delta Consulting Group, has over 36 years of experience in the engineering and construction industries and has testified in over 60 cases in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, North America, South America, Panama and Mexico. He has provided testimony for complex litigation and arbitration on numerous matters involving delay, disruption, damages, loss of productivity and defects, among others.

Mr Fuchs has extensive experience in the areas of energy (including nuclear, coal, fossil fuel, wind and hydroelectric); oil and gas; water and waste-water; rails; subways; bridges; roads; tunnels; dams; buildings (including airports, courthouses, prisons, hospitals, data centres, schools and hotels); and manufacturing. He has testified in federal and state courts throughout the USA; at ICC arbitrations in Spain, the UK, France, Switzerland, Mexico, Panama and New York; at UNCITRAL in Qatar and Switzerland; and at the ICDR in New York.

Mr Fuchs has a BS in civil engineering and an MS in construction engineering and management from the University of Maryland; and is a licensed professional engineer and a certified public accountant. He is also a retired US Air Force Reserve civil engineering officer. Prior to founding Delta, Mr Fuchs was the area director for Ernst & Young's construction industry consulting services for the mid-Atlantic US region. Additionally, he has served as an arbitrator and mediator and has lectured extensively and published numerous articles and books.

Delta Consulting Group is an international consulting firm of multidisciplined professionals in engineering, accounting, construction, project management and litigation support.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jeffrey Fuchs has “extensive knowledge and experience” in damages claims and valuation and brings “outstanding quality” to his work.

Biography

Jeffrey E Fuchs, PE, CPA, president and co-founder of Delta Consulting Group, has over 36 years of experience in the engineering and construction industries and has testified in over 60 cases in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, North America, South America, Panama and Mexico. He has provided testimony for complex litigation and arbitration on numerous matters involving delay, disruption, damages, loss of productivity and defects, among others.

Mr Fuchs has extensive experience in the areas of energy (including nuclear, coal, fossil fuel, wind and hydroelectric); oil and gas; water and waste-water; rails; subways; bridges; roads; tunnels; dams; buildings (including airports, courthouses, prisons, hospitals, data centres, schools and hotels); and manufacturing. He has testified in federal and state courts throughout the USA; at ICC arbitrations in Spain, the UK, France, Switzerland, Mexico, Panama and New York; at UNCITRAL in Qatar and Switzerland; and at the ICDR in New York.

Mr Fuchs has a BS in civil engineering and an MS in construction engineering and management from the University of Maryland; and is a licensed professional engineer and a certified public accountant. He is also a retired US Air Force Reserve civil engineering officer. Prior to founding Delta, Mr Fuchs was the area director for Ernst & Young's construction industry consulting services for the mid-Atlantic US region. Additionally, he has served as an arbitrator and mediator and has lectured extensively and published numerous articles and books.

Delta Consulting Group is an international consulting firm of multidisciplined professionals in engineering, accounting, construction, project management and litigation support.

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