Roy Theophilus Bent, Jr. is a USPAP Compliant IACP Certified Auto Appraiser, Insurance Appraisal Clause Umpire, Certified Mediator / Arbitrator, Classic Car Judge and Trial Court Expert Witness at Houston Auto Appraisers. His services include detailed, court-approved written expert witness reports, IACP Certified Diminished Value and Total Loss Appraisals, Insurance Claims Disputes, ACV, FMV, State Value Policy appraisals, Classic Cars, Trucks, Luxury Cars, Commercial Vehicles, RV's, Motor Homes, Motorcycles, Heavy Equipment, Auto Collision Damage Estimates, Crash Data Retrieval CDR, Event Data Recorders EDR, Vehicle airbag control module imaging, vehicle black box download, Bus Accident Expert, HVEDR Black Box Extraction tools, Emergency Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Bad Repairs, Auto Manufacturer Defects, DTPA, Lemon Laws, Auto Title Fraud, Salvage Title Fraud, Odometer Fraud, Car Dealer Fraud, and Divorce/Estate/Probate Asset Valuations for legal purposes.
American Arbitration Association AAA Affiliate Mediator, Arbitrator & Umpire Appointee - Mr. Roy Theophilus Bent, Jr. have been independently vetted by attorneys with expertise in litigated claims exceeding $100K. He has demonstrated 25+ years senior-level business, professional and legal experience as an Arbitrator, Mediator & Insurance Appraisal Clause Umpire / Neutral in Federal Courts, District Courts, County-Level Courts, Justice Courts, and Municipal Courts. Mr. Bent is a University of Houston Law Center Alumni who currently practices ADR services on a panel of qualified Mediators and Arbitrators at Baytown Mediation Center, in Baytown, Texas.
Roy Theophilus Bent, Jr., IACP Certified Auto Appraiser & Expert Witness, is regularly retained by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Attorney General (AG), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Office of Inspector General, and various Police Departments resulting in criminal convictions and/or exoneration of Defendants for: White-Collar Crimes, Vehicular Homicide Crimes & Felony Drug Crimes resulting in Federal Criminal Forfeitures, Civil Judicial Forfeitures, Administrative Forfeitures & Seizures of Personal / Stolen Property including Exotic Luxury Cars, Luxury Yachts, Luxury Motorhomes, Aircraft, Automobile Theft Rings, Chop Shops and Used Parts Dealers, Stolen Parts Identification, Autobody & Engine Repair Shop Estimate Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Motor Home & Travel Trailer Dealer Fraud, Fraudulent Auto Titles, Salvage Titles Cleaned by Fraud, Fraudulent Mechanics Liens, Stolen Motorcycles & ATV’s, Stolen Heavy Equipment, Backhoes, Cranes, Commercial Equipment Appraisals and assisting the U.S. Government in gaining title to the property appraised.
- Antiques, Art, & Collectibles Appraisal
- Auto Insurance
- Automobile Appraisal
- Automobile Dealerships
- Aviation Valuation
- Bad Faith
- Black Box/Data Recorder
- Construction Damages
- Equipment & Machinery
- Insurance Adjuster
- Insurance Fraud
- Machinery & Equipment Appraisal
- Personal Property Valuation
- Property & Casualty Insurance
- Risk Management
- Seat Belts & Air Bags
- UTV (Utility Vehicles, Side by Sides)
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: IACP Certified Auto Appraiser - The Bureau of Certified Auto Appraisers
I-CAR Body Repair Man
Texas Certified Mediator / Arbitrator - University of Houston Law Center
Insurance Appraisal Clause Umpire
Manufactured Home Certified Appraiser - HUD/FHA/VHA & Title 1
Certified Aircraft Appraiser
Certified Personal Property Appraiser
Event Data Recorder - Technician & Analyst
Motorhome & Travel Trailer Defects Expert Witness
Auto Glass Claims Appraiser
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: Bureau of Certified Auto Appraisers, N.A.D.A., JD Powers & Associates, American Arbitration Association, Harris County Mediators, Dispute Resolution Center - DRC
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: University of Houston Law Center: Diminished Value Appraisals & Total Loss, University of Houston Law Center: Auto Collision Damage Estimates, University of Houston Law Center: Commercial Vehicle Accidents, Texas Department of Insurance: Actual Cash Value & Total Loss Disputes.
- 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: 325+ times throughout my entire career
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: To provide opinions involving most areas around automotive related legal matters including causation and damages, actual cash value appraisals, car dealer fraud, auto title fraud, auto accidents, repair shop negligence, odometer fraud, motorhome and travel trailer / RV manufacturers defects, torts, and certified valuation services which required actual cash value dollar amount.
- 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: 90+ times
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: November 2023
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: I have been qualified as an expert on every case that went to trial. I have been challenged to Daubert & Frye standards and have been approved by the presiding judge to testify on bench and jury trials for both plaintiff and defendants.
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: Consumer Arbitration on Auto, Truck & Motorhome lawsuits - 211 times
DTPA Auto Dealer Arbitration - 97 times
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 28 years
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Automotive consulting, field discoveries, photo review, expert witness reports, actual cash value appraisals, Insurance Total Loss claims. Crash Data Retrieval, HVEDR and Auto Accident Reconstruction
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $750.00
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $750.00
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $750.00 - There is a non-refundable $1,500.00 Court Expert Witness Designation Fee on all cases.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $750.00 - There is a non-refundable $2,500.00 Court Expert Witness Designation Fee on all cases.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Travel, hotel, rental car, basic standard.
References upon request.