Robert S. Griswold, CRE, CPM, CCIM, PCAM, CCAM, GRI, ARM

Griswold Real Estate Management, Inc.
5703 Oberlin Drive, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92121-1743
Web Site
Phone: 858-597-6100
Fax: 858-597-6161

Currently active as a day-to-day hands-on practitioner, consultant and expert witness in all aspects of real estate (except valuation) - standards of care, standards of practice, best practices, industry standards, and custom and practice for real estate transactions, property management/ownership and fiduciary duty issues for all types of residential and commercial real estate – management, operations, maintenance, health & safety, habitability, mold, water intrusion, personal injury, trip & fall, premises liability, property inspection, broker or agent failure to disclose; misrepresentation; negligence/fraud & association board duties, and real estate receivership.
* Certified Property Manager (CPM), CRE, ARM, CCIM, PCAM, CCAM, GRI
* Real estate expert for NBC News This Weekend (KNSD-TV NBC 7/39 San Diego)
* Author - Property Management Kit for Dummies and Property Management for Dummies
* Co-Author - Real Estate Investing for Dummies and Landlord's Legal Kit for Dummies (2014)
* Featured columnist - SF Chronicle/San Diego Union-Tribune
* DRE & IREM National Faculty Instructor; lecturer
* Court-appointed receiver & bankruptcy custodian

A 3-time graduate of the distinguished Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with a BS ('81), MBA ('86) and MSBA (2nd Masters) ('88) in real estate and related disciplines.
Also holds the top professional designations in the real estate industry, including Counselor of Real Estate (CRE®), Certified Property Manager (CPM®), Accredited Residential Manager (ARM®), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM®), Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM®), Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM®) and Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI®).

1988 - Present - President and owner of Griswold Real Estate Management and recognized expert on management of all types of residential real estate, including apartments, community associations, single-family homes and individual condominiums and townhomes. Also, a very experienced property manager of all types of commercial properties, including office, retail, industrial, medical/dental, self-storage and motels.

Author of the nationally best selling book on real estate management "Property Management Kit for Dummies" which has sold over 100,000 copies in less than 5 years. Co-Author with Eric Tyson of “Real Estate Investing for Dummies” published by John Wiley & Sons has also been the bestseller in the category with nearly 100,000 copies sold. Co-Author with Lawrence Harmon of "Landlord's Legal Kit for Dummies" published 6/2014. Since 1995, the Real Estate Expert for the NBC-owned affiliate in San Diego (NBC 7/39) and appeared weekly on NBC News This Weekend answering live impromptu questions on any aspect of real estate from viewers. He was the host of the longest running weekly 2-hour live real estate news, information and advice radio show in the country for over 14 years. The show Real Estate Today! with Robert Griswold (along with his work for NBC) has won 5 national journalism awards and is unlike other real estate radio shows as his show is non-advertorial in nature.

The lead columnist for a California syndicated real estate column on tenant-landlord issues called Rental Roundtable where Robert and attorney Steve Kellman (the Executive Director of The Tenant’s Legal Center) go head-to-head over the best advice for reader’s questions. This popular column appeared from 1995 till 2009 every Sunday in the San Francisco Chronicle Real Estate section, bi-weekly in the San Diego Union-Tribune Sunday real estate section; and periodically in the Los Angeles Times. From 1995 to present - Robert is the columnist for a similar nationally syndicated column called Rental Forum which is found in 30 major newspapers around the country, including the Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Tribune, San Antonio Express News, Grand Rapids Press, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Daily Oklahoman, Dayton Daily News, Denver Post, Arizona Republic, The Oregonian, and many other major newspapers around the country.

Robert’s real estate advice in both print and broadcast journalism have provided a wealth of experience and practical knowledge in explaining complicated real estate issues to lay persons (and even an attorney or two!).

While Robert clearly stays quite busy, he is a hands-on property manager who personally manages several residential and commercial properties plus works closely with his clients to handle the occasional challenges that often occur with the management of real estate assets. But Robert is just one of 70+ great team members at Griswold Real Estate Management and it is these fine professionals that make the company an industry leader. Robert is extremely proud of his great staff of competent real estate management specialists that can truly boast that they are “Setting the Standards Others Follow”.

In the last 20+ years, Mr. Griswold has consulted on over 1,800 litigation matters, has been deposed over 250 times and provided sworn testimony in trial or arbitration on over 100 occasions in both state and federal litigation matters throughout the United States, including California, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming and Washington, D.C. His case work is very evenly divided between plaintiff and defense work.

Serves as consultant or expert witness on real estate standards and custom and practice for real estate issues involving all property types (Office, industrial, retail, both large and small apartments, community associations, condos, single family, mobile homes, motel, mixed use, self-storage, medical/dental, land)

Court-Appointed Receiver and Bankruptcy Custodian

Specific issues include, but not limited to: property manager or broker fiduciary duty; transactions; lease/CAM disputes; lease mitigation, premises liability; maintenance or failure to maintain; "slumlord" allegations; health & safety or personal injury; wrongful death; property inspections; water intrusion; mold; bed bugs; Fair Housing, discrimination, HUD management issues, criminal acts; management/receiver fees; fiduciary duty; transfer disclosures, misrepresentation, negligence, fruad, negligence in hiring/supervision/termination; Association board duties and negligence.

Griswold Real Estate Management has a large portfolio of residential units, plus numerous community associations, commercial, retail, industrial and self-storage properties. Robert Griswold has actively managed over 60,000 residential units and several million square feet of commercial property nationally in the last 30+ years.

He is a member of:

· Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) -CPM® and ARM®

· American Society of Real Estate Counselors® (CRE®)

· San Diego County Commercial Association of Realtors® (SDCCAR)

· San Diego County Apartment Association (SDCAA)

· California Apartment Association (CAA)

· National Apartment Association (NAA)

· Community Associations Institute (CAI)-PCAM®

· California Association of Community Managers-Management Firm Council (CACM)

· San Diego Association of Realtors® (SDAR)

· California Association of Realtors® (CAR)

· National Association of Realtors® (NAR)-GRI®

· Forensics Consultants Association - San Diego (FCA)

· Forensic Expert Witness Association - Orange County (FEWA)

· Lamda Alpha - San Diego Chapter

· California Receivers Forum

Please contact us by fax, phone, mail or email to request Mr. Griswold's CV, Terms of Engagement, references and a current fee schedule. Mr. Griswold must agree in advance to be retained upon completing a conflict check and there is a non-refundable minimum name disclosure fee due upon the earlier of the commencement of a consulting assignment or formal designation.

Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: • 1988, Master of Science, Business Administration, Real Estate Development, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.

• 1986, Master Business Administration, International Finance and Real Estate & Urban Land Economics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

• 1981, Bachelor of Science, Finance and Business Economics/Real Estate Finance, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: • Counselor of Real Estate (CRE®) designation (Continuous since 1997). The CRE designation is extended by invitation only and is awarded based upon reputation, integrity, and in recognition of superior problem solving ability in various areas of specialization such as litigation support, asset management, valuation, feasibility studies, acquisitions/dispositions and general analysis.
Only 1,100 practitioners throughout the world carry the CRE Designation, denoting the highest recognition in the real estate industry. CRE members average 60+ years of life experience, including at least 20 years of high-level experience in the real estate industry. CRE members achieve results, acting in key roles for over 300 Fortune 500 firms in annual transactions and/or real estate decisions valued at over $41.5 billion

• Owner of an Accredited Management Organization (AMO®) firm (Continuous since 1988). A designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)--Only three percent of all management firms nationwide have earned this designation by fulfilling stringent requirements in experience, education, integrity and financial stability.

• Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from the Institue of Real Estate Management (IREM) (Continuous since 1985).

• Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

• Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM)

• Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM)

• Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI)

• Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) designation from IREM.

• California Real Estate Broker (since 1984)

• Nevada Real Estate Broker and Property Management Certificate holder (since 2002)

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: • NBC Real Estate Expert appearing weekly on KNSD (NBC San Diego) answering impromptu questions from viewers

• Hosted 2-hour live, real estate call-in program - "Real Estate Today! with Robert Griswold" for over 14 years

• Routinely speak to real estate industry groups at conventions and meetings

• National Faculty of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) since 1988.

Have taught many of the required courses ent) that lead to the CPM® designation plus course RES 201 (formerly 101-Successful On-Site Management), a requirement for the ARM® designation. Member of the IREM Academy of Excellence for instructors.

• A California Department of Real Estate Certified Instructor

• Approved National Apartment Association Faculty

• Planning Commissioner - City of San Diego - 2005 to 2013

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.

Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: I have served as a consultant or expert witness on over 1,800 litigation matters.

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: All aspects of real estate ownership including purchase/sale transactions and management except appraisal. All property types - Residential (Single-family; condos; apartment buildings of all sizes); Commercial; Retail; Industrial; Self-Storage; Mobile home parks; Community or Homeowner associations (have been both a volunteer board member and a property manager of HOAs since 1978).

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Total retentions 35-40%; Matters that resolved after deposition - 40-45%; Matters that went to trial - 45-50%

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Total retentions - 60-65%; Matters that resolved after deposition - 55-60%; Matters that went to trial - 50-55%

Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Over 250 with virtually an even split between plaintiff and defense work (See above).

Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Most likely within the last 30-60 days.

Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: I have testified as an expert witness in court or arbitration over 100 times.

Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: I have qualified as an expert in every one of the over 100 times I have testified in court.

Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: My real estate work experience began in 1978 and I have been consulting or testifying as an expert since 1990.

Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting and expert witness work, including file and document review, site inspections, reports (if required or upon mutual agreement), testimony, etc.

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: For 2014: $375 per hour with a nonrefundable 3-hour minimum name disclosure fee of $1,125.00.

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: For 2014: $375 per hour with a nonrefundable 3-hour minimum name disclosure fee of $1,125.00.

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: For 2014: $475 per hour payable at time of deposition.

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: For 2014: $475 per hour payable at time of deposition.

Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: All out-of-pocket administrative and travel expenses at cost without mark-up. Travel is based on portal-to-portal time charges except for out of town travel is only charged for actual transit time and work time not overnight or off-the-clock time.

References

The following is a representative sample of references:

Lane E. Webb or Peter J. Burfening, Jr.
Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman, LLP
501 West Broadway, Suite 1050
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 849-4900

Brian B. Frasch or Mark Saxon
Gordon & Rees
101 West Broadway, Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 696-6700

Ruben Tarango, Lisa Ricksecker, Craig Mann or Garth Ward
Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith
550 West "C" Street, Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-1006

Christina Karayan, Judy Zipkin, David Shapiro, Jay Lake or Jason Scupine
Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith
221 N. Figueroa Street, Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 250-1800
Also Orange County, San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Sacramento, and San Francisco offices

Jeff Patterson
Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory
501 W. Broadway, 15th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 235-1555
Also Los Angeles office

John "Mickey" McGuire or Vince Bartolotta
Thorsnes, Bartolotta & McGuire
2550 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1100
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 236-9363

Jon Epsten, Doug Grinnell or Mary Howell
Epsten, Grinnell & Howell
9980 Carroll Canyon Road, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 527-0111

Michael O'Connor, Jason Wilson, John Notti, Paul Carron
Early, Maslach & Van Dueck
700 S. Flower Street, 28th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 615-2547

Edward Morrison
The Morrison Law Group
333 S. Hope Street, 35th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 356-5501

Keith Bremer, Nicole Whyte or Tyler Offenhauser
Bremer, Whyte, Brown & O'Meara
20320 S. W. Birch Street, 2nd Floor
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 221-1000
Also Las Vegas office

Tamara Heathcote
Hollins Law
2601 Main Street, Penthouse Suite 1300
Santa Ana, CA 92614-4239
(714) 558-9119

Bernhard Bihr, Steve Segura, Jim Galloway, Mark Weinstein or Bruce Schechter
Veatch Carlson
700 S. Flower, 22nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 381-2861

Bill Slaughter
Slaughter & Reagan, LLP
625 E. Santa Clara Street, Suite 101
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 658-7800

Ken Ruttenberg or Brandon Tesser
Tesser & Ruttenberg
12100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 220
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 207-4022

Matt Eschenburg, Jack Nick or Jack Rheinholtz
Prindle, Amaro, Goetz, Hillyard, Barnes & Reinholtz, LLP
310 Golden Shore Parkway, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90801
(562) 436-3946

Jim Olson or Jeff Allen
Olson, Cannon, Gormley & Desruisseaux
9950 W. Cheyenne Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 388-9700

Kendall Steele or Mike Warzynski
Jardine, Baker, Hickman & Houston
3300 N. Central Avenue, Suite 2600
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 776-3024

Gene Goldsmith
McNamara, Goldsmith, Jackson & MacDonald
1670 E. River Road, Suite 200
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 624-0126

Rich Schoenberger, Matt Davis or Emily Wecht
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly, Wecht & Schoenberger
650 California Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 981-7210

David J. Caputo, Michael A. Trunk or Dominick Guerrini
Kline & Specter
1525 Locust Street, 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 772-1000

Dan Altschuler
Post & Schell
Four Penn Center
1600 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 587-1000

Mark Young, Esquire
Cokinos, Bosien & Young
1500 Woodson Tower
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 535-5500

JoJene Mills
Law Office of JoJene Mills
1670 East River Road, Suite 270
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 529-3200

Candace Cavanaugh, Esquire
Acosta & Associates
500 Marquette N.W., Suite 525
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 242-8654

Joseph A. Colosi, Esquire
Law Offices of Joseph A. Colosi
P. O. Box 800
Welch, West Virginia 24801-0800
(304) 436-6292

Robert Michael, Esquire
Shadoan & Michael
108 Park Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 762-5150

Walter J. Timby III, Esquire
Margolis & Edelstein
Curtis Center, 4th Floor
601 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1100

James Blair, Esquire
Reanud, Cook & Drury
Two Renaissance Tower
40 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1600
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 307-9900

Jack Henningsen
Turner, Aubert & Friedman
8383 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 510
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 653-3900

Greg Hill
Greg Hill & Associates
22850 Crenshaw Boulevard, Suite 200
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 782-2500

Brian Gearinger, Esquire
Gearinger Law Group
825 Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 440-3102

Michael Michel, Jeff Fackler, John Ingle or Kate Morrow
Michel & Fackler
2175 N. California Boulevard, Suite 550
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 933-7309

Can provide many more references upon request.

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