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WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say:

"Robert is a highly skilled and impressive construction expert"
"A go-to and very strong expert witness"
 

Biography

Robert W Davenport is a senior managing director at Ankura, based in Atlanta. He was in Navigant’s global construction practice and the practice leader of the professional liability and construction defect (PLDC) group, acquired by Ankura in 2018. With more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction industries, he has extensive experience in leading the analysis and resolution of complex multimillion-dollar technical disputes involving design and construction issues relevant to owners, designers, constructors, their insurers and counsel.

Robert has a breadth of experience in leading the analysis, expert reporting and associated testimony in depositions, arbitrations and jury trial, including assistance in mediation/ADR environments. His broad project experience includes hotels/resorts, casinos, courthouses, prisons, embassies, airports, arenas, convention and performing arts centres, schools, condominiums, retail facilities, aquariums, healthcare facilities, and industrial processing facilities in North America and overseas.

Robert is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and is nationally certified through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He maintains active licences in 10 US states.

Robert provides expert analysis, reporting and testimony regarding design and construction processes including schedules; progress; productivity; delay; procurement; errors and omissions; defective design/construction; standard of care; and economic damages. He assists corporate and institutional owners in a risk-mitigative advisory role through review/evaluation of contract documents for their suitability for intended purpose and constructability before construction commences.

Robert has assisted multiple real estate investment trusts (REITs)/institutional owners in assessment, documentation, causation, liability, damages and testimony with respect to design/construction defect litigation, with values ranging from $15 million to $40 million, on multi-family and corporate facility assets nationally. He has also led the analysis of industry standards, causation, economic damages and expert reporting in multiple building product defect cases with values ranging from $300 million to over $1 billion at multi-state and global levels.

Robert has prepared various requests for equitable adjustment (REAs) on behalf of global top 10 ENR general building and defence contractors with respect to worldwide telecoms/data infrastructure works and a metropolitan assembly/arts centre. He has also assisted general contractors in analysis, expert reporting and dispute resolution on multiple design defect matters on US government overseas embassies. In addition, Robert has managed retail, institutional and hotel facility projects for major national developers, hospitality chains and owners directly responsible for contract negotiation, design, and production supervision, specification, quality control, and construction administration.

Robert recently led an in-house/out-of-house comprehensive expert team delivering deposition, arbitration and trial testimony on behalf of multiple insurance carriers in defence of a $45 million litigation alleging design and construction defects following the sales transaction of a luxury estate home. He also led a schedule and impact analysis on behalf of a US federal agency in defence of contractor certified claims asserted with respect to a mid-western US federal courthouse. In another case he assisted a major national hotel and residence chain in analysis and expert reporting with respect to its $100 million design and construction defect litigation on its high-rise luxury branded residential living and care centre in the USA’s south-east region. He has also led schedule/impact analysis, expert reporting and jury trial testimony in defence of the architect and structural engineer in a Midwest US aquarium matter adverse to municipal ownership’s affirmative lawsuit.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Robert Davenport is renowned for his deep expertise in delay analysis and has vast experience advising on major construction projects.

Biography

Robert W Davenport is a senior managing director at Ankura, based in Atlanta. He was in Navigant’s global construction practice and the practice leader of the professional liability and construction defect (PLDC) group, acquired by Ankura in 2018. With more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction industries, he has extensive experience in leading the analysis and resolution of complex multimillion-dollar technical disputes involving design and construction issues relevant to owners, designers, constructors, their insurers and counsel.

Robert has a breadth of experience in leading the analysis, expert reporting and associated testimony in depositions, arbitrations and jury trial, including assistance in mediation/ADR environments. His broad project experience includes hotels/resorts, casinos, courthouses, prisons, embassies, airports, arenas, convention and performing arts centres, schools, condominiums, retail facilities, aquariums, healthcare facilities, and industrial processing facilities in North America and overseas.

Robert is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and is nationally certified through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He maintains active licences in 10 US states.

Robert provides expert analysis, reporting and testimony regarding design and construction processes including schedules; progress; productivity; delay; procurement; errors and omissions; defective design/construction; standard of care; and economic damages. He assists corporate and institutional owners in a risk-mitigative advisory role through review/evaluation of contract documents for their suitability for intended purpose and constructability before construction commences.

Robert has assisted multiple real estate investment trusts (REITs)/institutional owners in assessment, documentation, causation, liability, damages and testimony with respect to design/construction defect litigation, with values ranging from $15 million to $40 million, on multi-family and corporate facility assets nationally. He has also led the analysis of industry standards, causation, economic damages and expert reporting in multiple building product defect cases with values ranging from $300 million to over $1 billion at multi-state and global levels.

Robert has prepared various requests for equitable adjustment (REAs) on behalf of global top 10 ENR general building and defence contractors with respect to worldwide telecoms/data infrastructure works and a metropolitan assembly/arts centre. He has also assisted general contractors in analysis, expert reporting and dispute resolution on multiple design defect matters on US government overseas embassies. In addition, Robert has managed retail, institutional and hotel facility projects for major national developers, hospitality chains and owners directly responsible for contract negotiation, design, and production supervision, specification, quality control, and construction administration.

Robert recently led an in-house/out-of-house comprehensive expert team delivering deposition, arbitration and trial testimony on behalf of multiple insurance carriers in defence of a $45 million litigation alleging design and construction defects following the sales transaction of a luxury estate home. He also led a schedule and impact analysis on behalf of a US federal agency in defence of contractor certified claims asserted with respect to a mid-western US federal courthouse. In another case he assisted a major national hotel and residence chain in analysis and expert reporting with respect to its $100 million design and construction defect litigation on its high-rise luxury branded residential living and care centre in the USA’s south-east region. He has also led schedule/impact analysis, expert reporting and jury trial testimony in defence of the architect and structural engineer in a Midwest US aquarium matter adverse to municipal ownership’s affirmative lawsuit.

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