Offering a practical, high level of experience from not only my own construction & building inspection companies but also from the extensive, continuing experiences gained in diverse consulting cases. My objective as an Expert Witness is to be factual, fair & objective, to evaluate the other party’s position but represent totally the best interests of my own Client. In Arbitration & Mediation understanding each party’s position is a given. My arbitration/mediation program for construction disputes is considered unique.
Review contracts, other documentation covering the scope of the work; conduct site inspections; evaluate workmanship & conformance with contractual obligations; determine professional liability exposure; estimate repair, reconstruction & completion costs; establish fair & reasonable value; determine State & Federal Code compliance or violations; determine conformance with industry standards; issue detailed, factual & objective reports for trial, arbitration, mediation or settlement.
In the course of investigation licenses and registrations of all parties is done, including the credentials of other Expert Witnesses.
Personal Injury Claims
Conduct site inspections; interview injured parties (preferably on site), others if relevant; evaluate the site conditions; determine negligence if any; cite State & Federal Code compliance/violations; issue detailed, objective reports for trial, arbitration, mediation or settlement.
Home & Building Inspections
Review inspection reports for clarity & accuracy; conduct site inspections; evaluate Inspectors’ competence; check Inspectors’ licensing & insurance coverage; check membership in recognized organizations; identify errors & omissions; cite breaches of Industry Standards of Practice; estimate repair, replacement or reconstruction costs; issue detailed, objective reports for trial, arbitration, mediation or settlement.
In March 1999 I was invited to testify at a subcommittee hearing of Massachusetts State Senators & Representatives in support of a bill to examine, license & insure home inspectors. A section of the bill was recommended by me. The bill is now law.
Product Liability Claims
Test equipment for conformance with manufacturer’s specifications, recognized usage. Interview injured parties.
Research professional liability claims in construction and personal injuries.
Inspect structural and mechanical building components, determine condition, life expectancy; forecast replacement costs.
Divorce (Construction Matters only)
Evaluate & determine fair & reasonable value for construction, repairs & related matters claimed by either party.
BACKGROUND & WORK EXPERIENCE
DONALD A. DODDRIDGE & ASSOCIATES; from 1975 As Principal Consultant, Mediator, Arbitrator, handle most matters personally, calling on others with specialized disciplines when required. Cover all the areas recited herein.
DODDRIDGE ASSOCIATES (FORMERLY DODDRIDGE CONSTRUCTION); from 1980.
General Contractors; Project Managers; Dealers, prefabricated modular homes; new site built homes & light commercial construction, additions, remodeling. Design & specification counseling, estimating, contract negotiation. State licensed Construction Supervisors accountable for all construction phases including State & Federal Code conformance, supervision of employees & subcontractors, equipment oversight, supplier contracting.
BUILDING & HOME INSPECTION:
GUARDIAN NATIONAL INSPECTION & WARRANTY CORP., from 1975 to1990.
Founder & Working President. Offered pre-purchase inspections of residential commercial & industrial properties. Employed Architects, Engineers & licensed Builders. Averaged 3500 inspections annually. Warranties offered guaranteeing life of components inspected. Also provided consulting & expert witness testimony in construction & negligent home inspections by others.
Massachusetts Department of Public Safety; Construction Supervisor license
Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations & Standards; Home Improvement Contractor registration
American Arbitration Association; appointment to panel of arbitrators 1993-1996.
Building Code Board of Appeals, Orleans, MA; since 1998.
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Note: travel time is not charged, it is considered a business expense
DONALD A. DODDRIDGE
179 Brick Hill Road
Orleans, MA 02653
(508) 255-2354 Massachusetts
(401) 588-5144 Rhode Island
Fax (508) 240-3857