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Richard Sieracki

Richard Sieracki

HKA300 South Wacker DriveSuite 2600ChicagoIllinoisUSA60606

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Thought Leaders - Construction Experts 2020

Q&A

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Richard Sieracki has an “excellent” reputation among peers and clients alike, and possesses over 45 years’ experience in the construction sector. 

Questions & Answers

Rich Sieracki is a delay and quantum expert with over 45 years of experience in the construction and engineering industries. He has acted as an expert on numerous occasions in international and domestic arbitrations, federal and state courts, mediations and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings. Rich has worked on a variety of projects including aerospace, buildings, defence, industrial, infrastructure, oil and gas, power and utilities, and technology throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. 

Describe your career to date.

My career has had two distinct phases. Initially, I was involved in managing projects with a focus on completing those projects on time and within budget. In the second phase I have been involved in analysing project delays and cost overruns on hundreds of projects.

What qualities make for an effective testifying expert?

An effective testifying expert needs to be able to communicate complex analysis at an appropriate level of detail to the intended audience. The testifier must also have the ability to effectively respond to questions asked by either the trier of facts or opposing counsel on cross-examination. The testifier must also prepare appropriately through review of their expert report, work papers and reports prepared by opposing experts.

How has the construction market changed since you first started practising?

As an individual who analyses project delays and cost overruns the most significant change in the construction market, since I started my career in the 1970’s, is in the use of electronic tools and electronic communication to effectively manage projects. The often very detailed electronic schedules can be effective in managing projects but can also present significant challenges to analysing project delays and responsibility for those delays. In addition, the volume of email communication on projects today creates challenges in trying to capture all relevant facts to issues that have driven project delays and cost overruns.

What are the best ways of remaining impartial and independent when providing analysis and testimony?

The best way of remaining impartial and independent is to analyse, at an appropriate level of detail, the specific facts that contributed to the delay or cost overruns on the project being analysed. The testifier is one member of the dispute team and must coordinate effectively with fact witnesses and counsel to make sure the underlying basis for the testifier’s work is supported by the individuals that built the project.

How will the construction industry adapt to the rise in informal communications between owners and contractors?

The construction industry will develop an approach that addresses the increased level of informal communication between parties to the project. Training of personnel to ensure they understand that texts and other less formal communication means can, and will, be used in a project dispute to a similar degree as a formal letter submitted by a contractor to an owner. As such, the language used in a less formal communication is important and people need to be reminded, through training, of that fact. 

How has covid-19 affected expert work and the type of matters conducted? Can you see these changes being long term?

Covid-19 has both led to work for experts and, on disputed projects, adds another issue to what may be a series of already complex issues. Clients are reaching out to experts to advise on approaches to contemporaneously capture the cost and schedule impacts from covid-19. Segregating covid-19 impacts from other issues that are affecting a project can be a very challenging task. A detailed analysis of project status pre-covid-19, making sure that schedules and budgets truly capture the actual pre-covid status and a detailed contemporaneous documentation of covid issues is required.

What is not known is how will covid-19 affect certain traditional approaches used in performing expert work. Will travel to projects for site visits and meetings with project personnel become less frequent as we have adapted to travel restrictions resulting from covid-19? I believe we likely will see changes to travel for expert work.

What makes HKA stand out from its competitors in the market?

HKA’s global presence and the diversity of services and different types of experts HKA can offer is what makes HKA stand out from its competitors.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Be prepared and always tell the truth.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Richard Sieracki has an “excellent” reputation among peers and clients alike, and possesses over 45 years’ experience in the construction sector. 

Biography

Rich Sieracki is a delay and quantum expert with over 45 years in the construction and engineering industries. He was part of The Kenrich Group’s team of construction experts prior to the company joining HKA in July 2019.
Rich has acted an expert on numerous occasions in international and domestic arbitrations, federal and state courts, mediations and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings.
Rich has worked on projects throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. He has worked for clients from a variety of sectors, including aerospace, buildings, defence, industrial, infrastructure, oil and gas, power and utilities, and technology. His expertise has particular focus in the construction, electrical utilities and government contract sectors.
Rich has extensive experience in both damages and delay analysis. He is proficient in critical path analysis (CPA), analysis of project cost growth, productivity studies and other analyses related to issues arising from scheduling acceleration and disruption. He is also a skilled claims consultant with experience in construction management, delay and planning, programming and scheduling, and project monitoring. He has consulted for Fortune 500 companies and has over 11 years’ industry experience in design and construction.
Rich holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering and is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), AACE International, Project Management Institute (PMI) and a board member and fellow of the Project Management College of Scheduling (PMCOS).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Richard Sieracki is heralded as “knowledgeable, experienced, and very thorough”, and “a very strong witness on the witness stand”. His “honesty and integrity” are also “very much valued” by respondents.

Biography

Rich Sieracki is a delay and quantum expert with over 45 years in the construction and engineering industries. He was part of The Kenrich Group’s team of construction experts prior to the company joining HKA in July 2019.

Rich has acted an expert on numerous occasions in international and domestic arbitrations, federal and state courts, mediations and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings.

Rich has worked on projects throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. He has worked for clients from a variety of sectors, including aerospace, buildings, defence, industrial, infrastructure, oil and gas, power and utilities, and technology. His expertise has particular focus in the construction, electrical utilities and government contract sectors.

Rich has extensive experience in both damages and delay analysis. He is proficient in critical path analysis (CPA), analysis of project cost growth, productivity studies and other analyses related to issues arising from scheduling acceleration and disruption. He is also a skilled claims consultant with experience in construction management, delay and planning, programming and scheduling, and project monitoring. He has consulted for Fortune 500 companies and has over 11 years’ industry experience in design and construction.

Rich holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering and is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), AACE International, Project Management Institute (PMI) and a board member and fellow of the Project Management College of Scheduling (PMCOS).

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