Russ Carlson is a highly skilled Registered Consulting Arborist (ASCA) and Board Certified Master Arborist (ISA). He has a background of 16 years in forestry and commercial arboriculture, and more than 24 years as a consultant. Russ has extensive experience in diagnosing tree-related problems. He specializes in tree risk assessment and management, forensic investigation and reconstruction of tree failures, tree and landscape appraisal and valuations, problem diagnosis, tree management on construction sites, and environmental site assessments and planning. He has worked on numerous litigation cases for both plaintiff and defense, and has testified in court many times.
BackgroundQ: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Registered Consulting Arborist (American Society of Consulting Arborists)
Board Certified Master Arborist (International Society of Arboriculture)
Maryland Licensed Tree Expert
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Society of Consulting Arborists
International Society of Arboriculture
Society of Commercial Arboriculture
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Lectures, seminars, and workshops on a variety of arboricultural topics, including certified arborist training, tree appraisal and valuation, tree risk assessment, and other topics. Faculty position for 14 years for the American Society of Consulting Arborists Consulting Academy, teaching forensics in arboriculture, report preparation, and other topics.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Tree assessment, tree failure forensic investigations, tree and landscape appraisal, personal injury (tree-related), property damage
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50% +/-
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50% +/-
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 20 +/-
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: March 2012
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Field and site investigations, lab and data analysis, written and oral reports, case consultation, expert witness, review of opposing expert reports.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel expenses, mileage, laboratory fees, outside testing. Fee schedule on request.