Scheduling Delay & Analysis Expert Witnesses

Construction & Architecture Expert Witness Listings

You will find expert witnesses who may provide testimony on scheduling delays and delay analysis by clicking on the following links. Scheduling delay & analysis experts found on this page may consult on issues involving delay claims, feasibility analysis, scheduling claims, contract disputes, and construction delays. These experts may provide reports regarding delay damages, and delays due to a variety of unforeseen issues. Consultants found here may also provide expert witness testimony regarding construction scheduling claims, construction funds disbursement change orders, construction management, and cost estimating.

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L. Fredrick (Fred) Nolta (Nolta Consulting)
Southern Cal & USA; Fred Nolta is a true construction expert, licensed contractor, a degree in Construction Engineering with over 30 continuous years of hands on experience. His expertise encompasses all aspects of construction including cost (estimating),... Learn More ›
Steven J. Lang, R.A. (The Falcon Group)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Mr. Lang is a Regional Vice President, Building Envelope Division and an Architect involved with the firm's architecture and engineering projects. Mr. Lang is responsible for overseeing Townhome and Condominium...
Peter Petrovsky PE, ME, CE, IE, A B HAZ & C-12 MULTI-DISCIPLINED ENGINEER & CONTRACTOR (Diversified - dewinc@hughes.net, ateco@hughes.net, lppetrovsky@gmail.com)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Peter Petrovsky, PE, earned registrations as Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering, as well as, in Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, he earned licenses as a General Engineering Contractor, General...
Timothy D Bechtel (RETTEW)
Location: Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Bechtel is geophysicist/geologist, and a world-renowned expert on sinkholes. But not just sinkholes; bedrock conditions, caves, water pollution, and all issues related to karst terranes. Dr. Bechtel...
Bruce Corke AIA (Robson Forensic)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Bruce Corke, AIA, is a licensed architect with nearly 40 years of professional experience in design and construction, spanning every position from designer, to project manager, to firm owner. His career...
Gregory H. Pestine, P.E. (Robson Forensic, Inc.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Gregory H. Pestine, PE Construction, Construction Safety, Quality Control / Assurance, and Civil Engineering Expert Greg has nearly 30 years of experience in various roles in many types of construction...
Thomas Roney LLC
Location: Texas
Areas of Expertise: Thomas Roney LLC is an economic consulting firm specializing in economic damages calculation and expert testimony for attorneys throughout the country. Our team includes experienced economic, forensic...
David J. Brotman, FAIA (Sunset Consultants)
Location: Arizona
Areas of Expertise: Accomplished Senior Executive and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, with over forty-five years of experience. Twenty-five years with RTKL Associates Inc., one of the World’s largest Architect...
Gene Farmer (Gene Farmer and Associates)
Location: Florida
Areas of Expertise: Gene Farmer, AIA, NCARB, LEED-AP, is president of Gene Farmer and Associates, Architects and Planners an award winning architecture firm. He has over thirty five years of experience in the Design of numerous...
Consolidated Consultants
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Consolidated Consultants (CCc) continues to deliver high quality expert witness and medical expert witness referrals nationwide since 1995. CCc is the only referral service where you can view the full,...
George S Hedley (Hedley Construction & Development Inc.)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: George Hedley, owner of Hedley Construction & Development Inc., is a commercial general contractor and builder of over $700 million of projects ranging from $100,000 to $10 million. His experience includes...
Michael V. Sanders, MAI, SRA (Coastline Realty Advisors)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Over 35 years experience in real estate appraisal, specializing in the analysis of value diminution and real estate damage economics, including experience in the appraisal of both residential and commercial/industrial...
Keystone Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Location: Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise: Keystone Engineering Consultants, Inc. is a multi-discipline, broad-spectrum firm providing comprehensive and qualified forensic engineering, architecture, scientific, biomechanics, and fire/arson investigation...
Pedro Diez, R.A. (The Falcon Group)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Mr. Diez is the Lead Architect of the firm's Florida Architectural division. The Florida Office develops working drawings and construction documents for the firm's residential, commercial and retail projects,...
David M Bekus (DM Bekus Construction Services)
Location: New Jersey
Areas of Expertise: DM Bekus specializes in residential construction defects and concerns. With a NJ building inspector license and over 30 years of experience a wealth of knowledge is brought to each case. Reports are amply...
Joelson Vail Associates LLC
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: JOELSON VAIL ASSOCIATES is a forensic architectural, construction consulting, and construction management firm located in San Diego, California. The focus of the firm's practice over the last fifteen...
Paul A. Joelson, AIA, CASp (Joelson Vail Associates LLC)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Mr. Joelson is a licensed architect, DSA certified access specialist (CASP), general contractor and certified building inspector. He consults on the building codes interpretations, architectural and construction...
George A. Jouganatos, Ph.D. (George A. Jouganatos, Ph.D. Consulting Group)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: George Jouganatos has been a college lecturer for more than 30 years. He has taught economics, finance, management, ethics, and quantitative analysis at University of California, Davis, University of California,...
J. Richard Claywell, CPA, ABV, ASA, CBA, ICVS, CVA, MAFF, CFD, ABAR
Location: Texas
Areas of Expertise: Preparation of valuation reports since 1985 for Exit Planning, Estate and Gift Tax, Buy/Sell Agreements, Adequacy of Life Insurance, Economic Loss Analysis, Partner Disputes, Dissenting Shareholder Actions,...
Randall Bell (Landmark Research Group, LLC)
Location:
Areas of Expertise: MAI Appraiser - Author of "Real Estate Damages" published by the Appraisal Institute. UCLA, MBA in Real Estate. PhD, Fielding University. Valuation and Damage Economics. Testified in Federal and multiple...
Anthony J. Shinsky, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (Robson Forensic)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Architecture, Construction and Premises Safety Expert Anthony Shinsky, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP is a Registered Architect with nearly three decades of professional experience in the construction consulting....
Daryl Ebersole, P.E. (Robson Forensic Inc.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Daryl L. Ebersole, PE, is a licensed Professional Engineer in more than 10 states. He has also testified at trial in approximately 10 states. He is a proven investigator of electrical causes of fires,...
Orell Anderson, MAI (Strategic Property Analytics, Inc.)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Orell Anderson specializes in real property damage economics and has consulted on some of the world’s largest challenges such as Hurricane Katrina, the Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Sites, the World Trade...
Robert A Tucknott (Robert A. Tucknott and Assoc. Inc.)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: I am an electrical expert with over 50 years of experience in the electrical construction and maintenance industry. I have extensive experience in fire and impact damage repairs and have worked cases...
Scott Klimek, AIA (Robson Forensic)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Scott Klimek is an architect with 20+ years of experience in building design, document preparation, code compliance, and construction administration procedures. Scott holds LEED accreditation in the design...
William C. Stein, Jr., PE, CCM (Precision Construction Engineering & Services, LLC)
Location: Louisiana
Areas of Expertise: More than 40 years of roadway / heavy highway construction and materials engineering experience. Offers consulting and expert services for attorneys on issues regarding road, street, highway, temporary...
Fari Barzegar, Ph.D., P.E. (Habitat Engineering & Forensics, Inc.)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Expert consultant/witness in over 70 cases with testimony/trial experience. Dr. Barzegar is a licensed professional engineer providing a broad range of services in civil/structural engineering and construction...
Scott Wilton, P.E. (The Falcon Group)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Mr. Wilton is a Senior Engineer for the Firm, specializing in the evaluation and design of building and site improvements for residential and commercial properties; and owner representation with respect...
Stephen E. Fournier, P.E., NCEES (Robson Forensic, Inc.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: STEPHEN E. FOURNIER, P.E., NCEES Construction Injury, Construction Equipment, Workplace Safety, Ladder Expert Steve has over 35 years in the construction field and has performed more than 1,000 forensic...
Richard A Kane (Kane Construction Management Inc)
Location: Florida
Areas of Expertise: Richard Kane is President of Kane Contract Management Company and has over 25 years of construction management and claims consulting experience. Mr. Kane is Chairman of the Florida Construction Industry...
Matt LeVesque (Bishop Construction Services, Inc.)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Active California General Engineering and General Building contractor, with extensive experience as an industry expert investigating Contractors State License Board violations. Serves as a forensic construction...
Makarand (Mark) Hastak, Ph.D., P.E., CCP, CRIS (Hastak Consulting Services)
Location: Indiana
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Hastak is Professor and the Dernlan Family Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management as well as Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. He has been involved with...
Franklin Fong, G.E. (Franklin Fong, G.E.)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Franklin Fong, G.E., is a Registered Civil Engineer and Geotechnical Engineer with over 45 years of extensive experience and practice. He provides geotechnical engineering consulting services to individual...
Barbara C Luna (White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna & Hunt)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Expert witness testimony in complex litigation involving business, real estate, personal injury, marital dissolution, liability issues, damage analysis of lost profits, unjust enrichment, reasonable royalties...
J. David Gardner, P.E. (Robson Forensic)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Dave Gardner is a licensed Professional Engineer with more than 25 years of professional experience. He applies his expertise to construction claims and injury investigations involving residential, commercial,...
Thomas Collier
Location: Georgia
Areas of Expertise: Mr. Collier is an expert Claims and Damages Consultant in Commercial Construction, Personal Injury, General Contracting, Third-Party, Insurance, and General Commercial Areas. These include Developer and...
Tony Wayne (IronHorse LLC)
Location: Kansas
Areas of Expertise: IronHorse LLC is a boutique business consulting firm with practice specialties in business valuation, forensic accounting, fraud investigations, complex financial & commercial litigation, mergers & acquisitions,...
Robert J. O'Connor, P.E. (Robson Forensic, Inc.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: . Robert is an expert in civil, structural, and construction engineering. He provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of personal injury litigation, construction...
C. William Brewer, P.E. (Robson Forensic, Inc.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: C. WILLIAM BREWER. P.E. Civil Engineer, Land Development Expert Mr. Brewer has designed and directed large-scale, engineering, construction, and real estate development projects and design programs...
Joseph A Perry P.E. (Joseph Perry P.E., LLC)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: With over 40 years’ experience; Joseph A Perry P.E. is both a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer in California and Hawaii, and an Electrical Contractor in California. His multiple licenses require...
Scott D. Hampton, CPA, CFF, ABV (Hampton IP & Economic Consulting, LLC)
Location: Utah
Areas of Expertise: Scott D. Hampton is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) with over 34 years of accounting and forensic consulting experience....
William Henry, Ph.D, Registered Architect (RGA Design Forensics   LLC)
Location: Florida
Areas of Expertise: RGA Design Forensics: Providing customized expert witness solutions through experience and cutting edge technology At RGA Design Forensics we strive to provide our clients with superior expert witness...
Frank C. Morris, CBO, CFM, MCP, MCEP, CSP (Tri-State Consultants)
Location: Texas
Areas of Expertise: Construction and code consulting. 40+ years in the construction industry with over 45 certifications, Frank Morris provides building code consulting, plan reviews and inspections, training for code certifications,...
Rudolph P Frizzi, PE, GE, D.GE (Langan Environmental & Engineering Services)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Mr. Frizzi’s geotechnical engineering and project management experience is extensive, with particular emphasis on: foundation design and construction in urban areas, and large-scale land and waterfront...
Matthew Furlong, CBC, RBC, CFC, ICC member, OSHA 10 & 30 (Falcon Engineering )
Location: Virginia
Areas of Expertise: Mr. Matthew Furlong is a Senior Project Manager based out of the company’s Washington, D.C. metro office. He specializes in forensic engineering, scientific investigations, technical report writing and...
Robin W. Roberts, AIA, NCARB (Robson Forensic, Inc.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Robin Roberts brings over 25 years of diverse experience as an architect and construction professional. Prior to joining Robson Forensic, his career included building design, construction management, adaptive...
Roger W. Griffith, P.E. (Griffith Engineering & Consulting, Inc.)
Location: Tennessee
Areas of Expertise: Roger Griffith, P.E. provides engineering design, forensic analysis, and expert witness consulting in plumbing, fuel gas systems, HVAC, and fire protection. Specialty areas include hot water systems, scalding,...
Ronald K. Tyson (Tyson Enterprises, Inc.)
Location: Michigan
Areas of Expertise: BUILDING & PREMISES EXPERT, Review and research to render opinions on correct building codes and life-safety standards concerning construction, ADA & OSHA issues. Opinions on causation & foreseeability,...
Julian M. Toneatto, Ph.D., PE, PP(NJ) (Adler Engineers, Inc.)
Location: Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise: Highly experienced, articulate Professional Engineer (PE) in several states and Prof. Planner (PP)NJ. Engineering expert with 43 years experience in Engineering and Environmental Consulting. Doctorate...
Ray G. Helmer (Helmer Engineering, Inc.)
Location: Texas
Areas of Expertise: Mr. Ray Helmer is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Alabama and Ohio. He is available to perform Expert Witness Services in any of the 50 states. Ray Helmer...
Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., F.NSPE (Yarmus Engineering, P.C.)
Location: New York
Areas of Expertise: Yarmus Engineering, P.C. has been providing Engineering services throughout the tri-state area since 1974. Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., F.NSPE, President of the firm, has worked in various engineering and...
Shakir R Shatnawi (Shatec Engineering Consultants)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Ph.D. in civil engineering and transportation engineering. Expertise covering industry and public agencies including Caltrans and FHWA. I provide expert witness services on cases related to accident reconstruction,...
JULES H KAMIN (ValuEconomics, Inc.)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Jules Kamin received his Ph.D. in business economics, finance and management science from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, rated #1. He is an expert on economic damages and...
Peter Vail (Joelson Vail Associates, LLC)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Mr. Vail is a California Licensed General Contractor, Concrete Contractor,Carpentry Contractor, Certified ICBO Building Inspector, Certified ACI Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1,has an extensive background...
Peter Combs, Architect Expert Witness (Combs & Associates)
Location: Alabama and Georgia
Areas of Expertise: 28 years as a trial experienced expert witness specializing in architecture, ADA compliance, construction, building codes, contract disputes, water intrusion and forensic reconstruction of personal injury...
Gerald M. Halweg, CTC, CSI (TILE INSTITUTE of AMERICA)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Mr. Halweg is an expert in construction problems and defect analysis, tile installation failures & allied material products; failure prevention, tile - the product and classifications, coefficient of friction,...
Allan D. Kleiner
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Does your expert have over 40 years of hands on Construction experience? Does your expert have an extraordinary resume of Legal Education and Training, which includes a Law Degree? Does your expert have...
Don L Gifford (Gifford Consulting Group, LLC)
Location: Nevada
Areas of Expertise: Don L Gifford, B.S., MBA, has served as a forensics expert for 20 years, specializing in electrical, lighting, fire and explosion analysis, product and system failure, surety/bonding matters, economic...
Scott Cohen (The Green Scene Inc. - Landscaping and Swimming Pools)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Scott Cohen is a licensed Swimming Pool, General and Landscape Contractor with over 30 years experience designing and building for California home-owners (lic#340258 B, C53, C57). Cohen is an experienced...
Dr. / Professor J. Rasty, Ph.D., PE, CFEI, CFII, President & CEO (Real World Forensic Engineering)
Location: Texas
Areas of Expertise: Since 1988, Real-World Forensic Engineering, LLC (“RWFE”) has provided engineering services to industries and government labs, as well as litigation support to both plaintiff and defense attorneys practicing...
Clinton J. Ford MS, CGC, ACA, CIE, CMR, CRMI ... (ADVANCED BUILDING CONSULTANTS)
Location: Florida
Areas of Expertise: Clinton J. Ford MS,ACA,CGC,CIE,CMR,CRMI has over 25 years of experience as a State Certified General Contractor and offers consultation and litigation support for attorneys in the following areas:...
Mark R Svinkin, President (VIBRACONSULT)
Location: Ohio
Areas of Expertise: * Email: msvinkin@roadrunner.com * VIBRACONSULT has over forty years of professional experience in prediction, measurement and analysis of soil and structure vibrations from construction and industrial...
ForensisGroup, Inc. (The Expert of Experts)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: For over 20 years, ForensisGroup has provided the nation’s top law firms, insurance agencies, government entities and many other industries with highly qualified expert witnesses and consultants. Experts...
Brian P. O'Donnell (O'Donnell Architects PC)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Mr. O’Donnell has over 25 years of experience in the design, investigation, repair and rehabilitation of the building envelope including: • Water intrusion investigation • Construction defects and...
Sylvia B. Deye AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (Robson Forensic)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Architecture, Construction and Premises Safety Expert Sylvia Deye, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP is a registered architect with over two decades of experience in design, construction, and project management for...
G. Robert Salisbury III (Salisbury Construction Service)
Location: Florida
Areas of Expertise: G. Robert Salisbury III provides consulting through planning, construction and post-construction phases of institutional, multi-family, commercial and industrial projects, including cost estimating,...
Michael Panish (ConstructionWitness.com)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Mike Panish is a legal expert witness and consultant specializing in most construction trades (defects & injuries), automatic door systems, doors, door hardware, door sensors, gates, cabinetry, architectural...
Alan D. Westheimer (Alan D. Westheimer, CPA/CFF, CFE)
Location: Texas
Areas of Expertise: Alan D. Westheimer, CPA/CFF, CFE is a consulting practice focusing on litigation support services as well as practice management consulting for professional firms. Alan D. Westheimer has practiced public...
Lee R. Connell, Jr, AIA (The Connell Group)
Location: Louisiana
Areas of Expertise: Specializing in creative solutions in the fields of design and construction. With special attention to water intrusion and other concerns of a building's weather envelope. Focused, cost-effective solutions...
John Dalkowski (National Real Estate Research, LLC)
Location: New York
Areas of Expertise: National Real Estate Research is a national real estate counseling and valuation firm specializing in litigation support, expert witness services and distressed property solutions. John A. Dalkowski III,...
Anthony Fenton AIA, RRC, REWC (Robson Forensic)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Architecture, Construction and Premises Safety Expert Anthony Fenton, AIA, RRC, REWC, is a registered architect who conducts forensic casework throughout the Midwest. He is registered in IL, IN, IA,...
Edward Fitzgibbon
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Mr. FitzGibbon holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University. He is also a licensed professional engineer in California since 1987. I have more than 35 years’ experience in the...
Allan D. Snyder (AFC Forensic Consulting - PEST MANAGEMENT)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: BED BUGS, COCKROACHES & TERMITE EXPERT WITNESS Licensed: Branch 2 Structural Pest Control (Household Pests & Insects) • Bed Bugs, Cockroaches • Entomology, Insect Pathology • Rats, Mice, Ants, Moths •...
Dale J. Cagwin, P.E. (Robson Forensic Inc.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Mr. Dale J. Cagwin, PE, is a Licensed Professional Engineer in seven states and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist. His experience includes fire protection engineering and HVAC, mechanical, electrical,...
David J Abraham, MAI (Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services)
Location: Michigan
Areas of Expertise: David Abraham is a Designated member of the Appraisal Institute, holding the MAI and SRA designations. He is experienced in the valuation easements (Member International Right of Way Association - IRWA)...
William Gulya, Jr. (Sitework Expert Consulting, Inc.)
Location: New Jersey
Areas of Expertise: William Gulya, Jr., President & CEO, Middlesex Trenching Company for more than 35 years, specializes in excavation & construction site preparation – earthwork and grading, water mains, sewer installation,...
Kurt Jensen, RA (The Falcon Group)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Mr. Jensen is an Architect with the firm. Mr. Jensen provides construction observation services on project sites ranging from roofing projects, façade re-cladding, waterproofing and transition reports...
Michael D. Klein, P.E., CHMM, C.F.E.I. (Robson Forensic, Inc.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: MICHAEL D. KLEIN, P.E., CHMM, C.F.E.I. Professional Engineer - Certified Hazardous Materials Expert - Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator - Manufacturing Processes & Procedures - Environmental Management...
MPGroup (Michael S. Poles, GC, CM, RCI, DABFET, ACFE  )
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: Los Angeles Construction Experts Working Closely With California Lawyers = CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANTS + CONSTRUCTION FORENSIC EXPERT WITNESSES + CONSTRUCTION MEDIATION ~ WHO WE ARE: MPGroup was created...
Dennis W. Eckstine (Eckstine & Associates, Inc.)
Location: Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise: Dennis Eckstine has over 25 years experience in engineering, quality, and product safety including company representative at trial for equipment manufacturers. He has experience with cranes, aerial platforms,...
Ted S Merrill (Ted S Merrill & Sons, Inc)
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: I have 63 years of construction experience, including all phases of construction, but specializing in damage repair work, including experience in estimating & reconstruction of buildings damaged by fire,...
Vincent A. Ettari, P.E. (Vincent A. Ettari, P.E., P.C.)
Location: New York
Areas of Expertise: Vincent A. Ettari, P.E., P.C. serves New York City & the counties of Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Ulster, Suffolk (Long Island), Nassau, Bronx (N.Y.), Queens, Brooklyn / Kings County,...
John J McNally (John J. McNally Architecture & Engineering)
Location: Florida and New Jersey
Areas of Expertise: Over forty years of experience in the building industry varying from the complete architectural and structural design of buildings to civil design projects that range from small renovations to new multimillion-dollar...
William E.J. Martin, A.I.A., NCARB (Robson Forensic Inc.)
Location: Multiple Locations
Areas of Expertise: Will investigates cases involving construction disputes and defects, workplace and construction site safety, premises safety, and architectural professional practice. He has more than thirty years experience...
Doug Se crest
Location: California
Areas of Expertise: As a licensed professional civil engineer P.E. and certified construction cost estimator I am your one stop for expert witness services. I am also a licensed Real Estate Broker in California and a licensed...
Curtis E Falany, P.E. (J.B. Shepherd & Company, Inc.)
Location: Florida
Areas of Expertise: We have been very effective in litigation support by assisting attorneys in their evaluation of the merits of impending action, in testimony and in consultation with counsel during preparation for trial....