R. Rexford Upp

Dr. R. Rexford Upp

R. REXFORD UPP, PhD
PO Box 725
Campbell , CA 95009-0725
Office: 408-590-5587

Introduction

Dr. Upp is an Engineering Geologist and a Soil Engineer with almost 40 years experience is assisting clients with issues concerning earth movement (landslides, soil creep, fill settlement, expansive soil, erosion); geologic hazards (faults, earthquakes, liquefaction); and distressed building foundations.

He has earned six university degrees in earth science and engineering and holds five professional California licenses. He has testified at over 70 depositions and 20 trials for both plaintiffs and defense in civil and criminal cases.


Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Reconstruction & Safety
  • Civil Engineering
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: PhD, Engineering Geology, Stanford University, 1982
MS, Soil Engineering, Stanford University, 1977
MS, Watershed Management, Humboldt State University, 1975
BS, Environmental Resources Engineering, Humboldt State University, 1975
AB, Geology, Humboldt State University, 1975
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1966

California Professional Licenses:
Professional Geologist
Certified Engineering Geologist
Certified Hydrogeologist
Professional Engineer (Civil)
Registered Geotechnical (Soil) Engineer
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: CalGeo: The California Geotechnical Engineering Association - (President 2011-2012)
AEG: Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists – (President 2000-2001)
FEWA: Forensic Expert Witness Association - (Board of Directors – Northern California Chapter)
ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers (Life Member 2010)
GSA: Geological Society of America (Senior Member)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Teaching:
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (1983 to 1986), taught Soil Engineering and Rock Mechanics.
HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY (1974 to 1975), taught various geology courses.

Speaking:
Have spoken at over 30 professional conferences on landslides (e.g. "Scenic Drive Landslide, San Mateo County, Triggered by El Niño"), erosion (e.g. "Coastal bluff stabilization in Santa Cruz"), active faulting, Loma Prieta earthquake, distressed structures, ground water, and grading (e.g. "Grade a Road: Go to Jail - A Saga of California Criminal Justice").
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: Over 200
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: see listing
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 40% - 60%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 40% - 60%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: over 80
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2013
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: over 20
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: over 20
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: over 30
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consultating, document review, site inspections, engineering and geologic analysis, report preparation
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $250.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $250.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $450.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $450.00
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: $0.70 per mile in my car.
Expenses - cost plus.
Travel expense - negotiable

References

References upon request.