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Robert Heckel

Senior Forensic Architect, Forensics

Mr. Heckel has been providing forensic architectural services for 25 years, and previously was an award-winning design architect. Mr. Heckel has been a registered architect in California since 1985. During his career, he has provided expert witness services on behalf of both Plaintiffs and Defendants (including subcontractors and developers) for construction defect and professional liability matters, and has provided opinions at mediation, deposition, arbitration and trial. Case experience has ranged in size from single family home remodels to 40 story high-rise and mid-rise complexes with claims from $30M to > $100M.

In addition to construction defect and professional liability claims, Mr. Heckel’s experience includes real estate development and investing, zoning and planning studies, permitting, construction management, architectural and engineering copyright infringement, ADA/FHA review, and architectural peer review. He has also reviewed commercial construction documents in Spanish related to claims in South America.

Education & Certification

B.A., Art History, Brown University
M.A., Architecture, University of California at Berkeley
J.D., Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Registered Architect, States of CA, HI
Member, State Bar of California
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certificate
OSHA 10

SPECIAL TRAINING
Mediation – Mediation Center of the Pacific, Honolulu
Mediation – National Conflict Resolution Center, San Diego

Expert Witness Services

Forensics Technical, Architecture / Building Envelope