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The Role of Experts and Consultants

March 23, 2022

Ted Bumgardner of the Vertex Companies (a designated expert in over 600 cases) and Frank Marsico of Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald, L.L.P. (a partner in Watt Tieder’s Chicago office with over 20 years of litigation experience) join the podcast to discuss the role of experts and consultants within the construction industry. The conversation includes topics touching on what makes a good expert or consultant and how to best utilize them.  Whether your project is in its initial stages or if a project dispute has reached litigation, this episode provides general guidance to help you understand the benefits of getting a third-party consultant or expert involved and their functions in supporting your company.

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About the Hosts

Jeffrey Katz

Jeffrey Katz is an Executive Vice President of VERTEX who leads the contract claims group. Mr. Katz is a professional engineer who has been involved as a consultant or expert on large files across North America, preparing claims and expert reports related to delay and schedule impacts, productivity claims, project completion costs, unforeseen conditions, design issues, overpayment, construction defects, and more. In 2018, Mr. Katz was selected as one of Civil + Structural Engineer magazine’s Rising Stars.

Brian Padove

Brian Padove joined Watt Tieder in 2018 after spending three years working as a litigation associate at a national insurance defense firm.

Brian focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law, and suretyship while representing a wide variety of clients including contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and owners.  He is admitted to practice law in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin as well as multiple federal district courts.

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