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Kenneth R Baker

Kenneth R Baker

HKAUSA
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WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ken Baker is highlighted for his superb ability on loss of productivity and schedule delay claims, combined with near-unmatched experience in the field.

Biography

Ken is a partner at HKA with more than 35 years of experience in the construction and engineering industries. A registered professional engineer and a licensed general contractor, his varied, hands-on project experience provides a strong basis for over 180 expert appointments in various delay, disruption and quantum matters.

Ken has worked as principal engineer, structural engineer, project manager and construction manager, and in various leadership roles, in the contracting, construction management and claims arenas. He has been involved in design-construction programmes and projects across North America including major infrastructure developments (including rail, roadways, bridges and dams); a wide variety of commercial, institutional, laboratory-research, residential and retail building projects; and major power, water, waste-water and industrial facilities.

Ken’s claims-related expertise includes the identification and evaluation of construction and real estate risk; claims concerning schedule delay and extended performance, lost productivity and disruption, and acceleration; scope, documentation and contract performance requirements; general contractor performance issues; construction manager professional practice issues; and construction defect matters. He has prepared and evaluated as-planned and as-built schedules; contemporaneous and retrospective delay analyses; productivity impact and acceleration analyses; issue merit and responsibility analyses; construction defect lists and repair cost estimates; and cost and damages claims. Ken also provides services to clients in the areas of project advisory risk assessments, claims avoidance and mitigation; distressed real estate asset investigations; mechanics lien claim analysis, priority and valuation; construction management; and general contracting services during pre-construction, design, construction and post-construction.

Ken develops expert reports and provides expert testimony in arbitration, litigation and mediation. He specialises in complex construction claims related to delay, lost productivity, acceleration, disputed contract scope and extra work, professional practice issues, construction defect matters, and claim damages. In support of his extensive expert testimony experience, he has developed graphs, charts spreadsheets, annotated schedules and visual displays of quantitative information for use as trial exhibits and in expert presentations. He has been cross-examined at arbitration and trial on more than 20 occasions, including concurrent evidence (hot-tubbing).

Ken has written articles and delivered numerous seminars regarding his specialist subjects. Clients agree that Ken is a “consummate professional” and that his expertise has been “a key component in being able to reach a negotiated settlement”. Others agree that he “quickly grasped the issues [and] successfully bridged the gap between the parties” and that he “works without bias and in the most neutral manner possible”.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kenneth Baker is a seasoned expert in the construction space where he excels when it comes to sophisticated delay claims and analysis.

Biography

Ken is a partner at HKA with more than 45 years of experience in the construction and engineering industries. A registered professional engineer and a licensed general contractor, his varied, hands-on project experience provides a strong basis for over 180 expert appointments in various delay, disruption and quantum matters.

Ken has worked as principal engineer, structural engineer, project manager and construction manager, and in various leadership roles, in the contracting, construction management and claims arenas. He has been involved in design-construction programmes and projects across North America including major infrastructure developments (including rail, roadways, bridges and dams); a wide variety of commercial, institutional, laboratory-research, residential and retail building projects; and major power, water, waste-water and industrial facilities.

Ken’s claims-related expertise includes the identification and evaluation of construction and real estate risk; claims concerning schedule delay and extended performance, lost productivity and disruption, and acceleration; scope, documentation and contract performance requirements; general contractor performance issues; construction manager professional practice issues; and construction defect matters. He has prepared and evaluated as-planned and as-built schedules; contemporaneous and retrospective delay analyses; productivity impact and acceleration analyses; issue merit and responsibility analyses; construction defect lists and repair cost estimates; and cost and damages claims. Ken also provides services to clients in the areas of project advisory risk assessments, claims avoidance and mitigation; distressed real estate asset investigations; mechanics lien claim analysis, priority and valuation; construction management; and general contracting services during pre-construction, design, construction and post-construction.

Ken develops expert reports and provides expert testimony in arbitration, litigation and mediation. He specialises in complex construction claims related to delay, lost productivity, acceleration, disputed contract scope and extra work, professional practice issues, construction defect matters, and claim damages. In support of his extensive expert testimony experience, he has developed graphs, charts spreadsheets, annotated schedules and visual displays of quantitative information for use as trial exhibits and in expert presentations. He has been cross-examined at arbitration and trial on more than 20 occasions, including concurrent evidence (hot-tubbing).

Ken has written articles and delivered numerous seminars regarding his specialist subjects. Clients agree that Ken is a “consummate professional” and that his expertise has been “a key component in being able to reach a negotiated settlement”. Others agree that he “quickly grasped the issues [and] successfully bridged the gap between the parties” and that he “works without bias and in the most neutral manner possible”.

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