Robert Secrest

Robert Secrest


Irvine , CA 92618
Office: 858-367-0446
Introduction

As a licensed professional civil engineer P.E., Mr. Secrest has over 15 years of experience as an expert witness and damages witness. I have performed professional expert witness services on over six (6) court cases in California and one in Texas performing audio and video depositions. Robert has also performed inside the courtroom delivering witness testimony as a damages witness (cost estimator) and civil engineer expert witness.
Robert has over 25 years of experience in the fields of transportation including traffic engineering, signage and striping, MUTCD, AASHTO, Green Book, IBC, UBC, NEC, UPC, OSHA, materials testing, highway, pavement, bridges, and rail, marine construction, water, wastewater, and recycled water including pipeline transmission and distribution, water rights, property rights, property disputes, plat maps, property descriptions, land surveying, cell tower and switch sites, zoning conflicts, environmental engineering, contaminated soil, environmental law, ADA and ABA, real estate, contract law, construction law, construction claims, design defects, construction defects and failures, damages, AACEi standards, construction scheduling, delay claims, delays, injury claims, workers compensation claims, USL&H, and civil engineering as a certified and licensed construction cost estimator performing expert witness services.
Mr. Secrest is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in California and a licensed Mortgage Broker. Robert is a Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality, CPSWQ as well as a Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan SWPPP Developer. Mr. Secrest is also a Certified Infrastructure Asset Manager through the Institute for Asset Management, MIAM. Robert is a certified facilities engineer. Robert is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. Mr. Secrest is also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, LSSBB. Robert is a certified Project Management Professional, PMP. Robert teaches classes in engineering and cost estimating at the local University (The New School of Architecture and Design). Mr. Secrest is a licensed FAA pilot. Robert stops at nothing to ensure satisfied clients. Mr. Secrest has completed four (6) expert witness cases in California and one (1) case as an expert witness in Texas. Robert has served both defendants and plaintiffs. He looks forward to exploring your case with you.


Areas of Expertise
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Damages
  • Construction Insurance
  • Construction Site
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • OSHA
  • Pipelines
  • Scheduling Delay & Analysis
  • Traffic/Highway Safety
  • Transportation Construction

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, P.E.
Certified Cost Engineer, CCE
Project Management Professional, PMP
Certified Contracting Officer Representative, COR Level II
Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, LSSBB
Certified Contractor Quality Management, CQM
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, LEED A.P.
Certified Cost Estimator, EP2, American Society of Professional Estimators, ASPE
Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality, CPSWQ
Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Developer, QSD
Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Practitioner, QSP
Certified Infrastructure Asset Manager, MIAM, The Institute of Asset Management, IAM
Master of Business Administration, MBA
Licensed FAA Pilot.
Licensed Real Estate Broker, CalDRE
Licensed Mortgage Broker, NMLS
Certified Office Contract Analyst, OCA
Eagle Scout Medal, The Boy Scouts of America.
Federal Service Medal.
Marathoner.
Triathlete.
Passed FBI Entrance Exam.
Passed Notary Public Exam.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Chair of the Board, President, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE P-E.
Board of Directors, United States Green Building Counsel, USGBC San Diego.
Member - California Association of REALTORS, CAR.
Member - National Association of REALTORS, NAR.
Member - Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS, SDAR.
Member - Water Environment Federation, WEF.
Member - California Water Environment Federation, CWEF.
Member - Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International, AACEi.
Member - Toastmasters International.
Member - American Public Works Association, APWA.
Member - American Water Works Association, AWWA.
Member - Construction Management Association of America, CMAA.
President - American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, ACSM.
Recording Secretary - Associated General Contractors of America AGC.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Half Moon Education, Engineering and Construction Cost Estimating.
New School of Architecture and Design, NSAD, Teaching Engineering and Construction Cost Estimating.
Upright Citizens Brigade, Live, On-stage, Improvisational Comedy, UCB Sunset, Hollywood, California.
Cost Estimating and Construction Management, American Water Works Association, AWWA and Water Environment Federation, WEF Annual Conference and Convention.
Cost Estimating and Construction Management, Construction Management Association of America, CMAA.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No. N/A.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 1. City of Los Angeles vs. Tetra Design, Inc. as plaintiff.
2. AAA Building vs. Westside Purple Line Extension, WPLE as defendant witness.
3. Oceanside Construction Case as plaintiff witness.
4. Houston Rapid Transit as defendant witness.
5. BART Marine Barrier, as defendant witness.
6. State of California Case, as defendant witness.
7. State Case, as defendant witness.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Cost Estimating - Damages Expert Witness.

Civil Engineering - Design / Construction Defect Expert Witness.
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: Two (2). Audio and Video.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: August 2019.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Two (2).
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Two (2).
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 15 (Fifteen) years since 2004.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Expert Witness. Consulting. Reports. Cost Estimates. Site Inspections. Research. Testimony. Deposition. Claims research and analysis. Damages Witness.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Rate is negotiable upon agreement.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Rate is negotiable upon agreement.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Rate is negotiable upon agreement.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Rate is negotiable upon agreement.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel Expenses are at cost, plus 10%. Copy fees are $2.00 per page. Reports are an additional $4.00 per page. Appearance fee is minimum $500 per day for appearances of less than one hour.


References

1) Kenneth Mattfeld, Deputy City Attorney, City of Los Angeles, California. Phone: 562-335-4490. email: kmattfeld@portla.org [Construction - Design Defect claim case] {Mr. Secrest is designated as the sole and exclusive City of Los Angeles Damages Witness for the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works}.

2) Robert Ewert, Attorney, Dallas, Texas, Texas Bar: 24036540. Phone: 972-638-8660. email: robert.ewert@lewisbrisbois.com [Construction - Design Defect claim case]

3) Stuart Melman, Attorney, San Diego, California. Phone: 619-304-0600. email: jgmellman@mellmanlaw.com [Real Estate Law]
[Business - Real Estate - Property Management]

4) Ron Stormoen, Attorney, San Diego, California. Phone: 619-236-8655.
[Construction - Defect claim case]

5) Bryan Snyder, Attorney, San Diego, California. Phone: 619-398-8379.
[Construction - Defect claim case]

6) Terry Goldberg, Attorney, Goldberg & Gage, California. Phone: 818-883-5935.

Additional References Available Upon Request.