Stephen George

Stephen George

Landscapes West
4876 Santa Monica Avenue, Suite 171
San Diego, CA 92107
Mobile: 619-247-5567
Office: 619-542-9125
Fax: 619-542-9126

LANDSCAPES WEST is a forensic construction company still in private practice in Residential and Commercial Landscape Construction.

Stephen provides litigation and consulting services to Attorneys and Homeowners regarding Landscape Design and Construction issues, as well as Personal Injury within existing Landscape Systems.

LW has over 40 years experience as a design/build landscape designer and landscape contractor. Along with being licensed as a C-27 landscape contractor in California, he has also been certified as an Industry Expert with the California Contractors State License Board.

Areas of Expertise
  • Brick & Stone
  • Concrete/Cement
  • Construction
  • Construction Damages
  • Demolition
  • Landscape Design
  • Soil
  • Tree/Arborist
  • Trees Appraisal

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Mesa Junior College - Nursery & Landscape Technology - Associate Degree
Cal Poly - Pomona, CA
C-27 Landscape Construction & Maintenance - #389976 & #961442

Certified Segmented Retaining Wall Installer - CSRW1
ICPI Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute - Certified Concrete Paver Installer
ICPI Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute - Permeable Paver Installation Specialist Course
MWEL Mastering Water Efficient Landscapes - California Landscape Contractors Association, (CLCA) & The Metropolitan Water District
Belgard Hardscapes - Belgard Authorized Contractor Certificate of Authenticity
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: (CLCA) California Landscape Contractors Association
(IA) Irrigation Association
(ISA) International Society of Arboriculture
(ICPI) Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
(NCMA) National Concrete Masonry Association
(PTCA) Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego
(BBB) Better Business Bureau - A+ rating
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: 70 plus.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Landscape construction defects, irrigation, drainage, water intrusion, hardscape/paving, concrete, fireplaces & firepits, property line disputes, horticultural evaluations, exterior landscape maintenance, residential fire & wildfire landscape evaluations, cost to cure and standard of care within the landscape.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 40%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 60%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 9 depositions
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: 8 times
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 4 trials
20 plus arbitrations for Jams and the San Diego Wildfires of 2007.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 11 years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: consulting, testing & destructive testing, reports, site inspections with photography.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $350.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $350.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $350.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $350.00
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: $350.00 for travel expenses. No charge for copy fees, except for large print plans.


Nathan Wirtschafter, Esq.
16501 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 610
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 660-2518
Case: Plaintiff - Embezzlement of construction funds

John Hugo
MGM, The Law Firm
125 High Street
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 670-8521 wk.
Case: Defense - Mesothelioma in the workplace

Aaron Kupchella
Grant, Genovese & Baratta, LLP
2030 Main Street, Suite 1600
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 660-1600
Case: Plaintiff - Landscape damage to commercial real estate property

Dan Livingston & Thomas Vincent
Payne & Fears
Jamboree Court
4 Park Plaza, Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 439-6345
Case: Defense - Construction Defect against developer