Our service often begins with a comprehensive construction site inspection to identify construction issues, defects or violations. Biller & Associates works with homeowners, builders, contractors, architects, attorneys and insurance companies to acquire the detailed information required to provide a clear and concise opinion, deposition, or expert witness testimony for construction dispute resolution or litigation support.
In the event a residential construction project moves to a litigation, the attorney for the plaintiff is generally required to establish “liability” (the breach of a legal duty or obligation) and “damages” (the compensation or other relief awarded due to the breach of such legal duty or obligation). The “trier-of-fact” (i.e., the judge, jury, or arbitration panel) is then responsible for determining whether the plaintiff has established entitlement with a requisite degree of certainty (i.e., a “preponderance of the evidence”) and, if so, what type and amount of damages to award.
If it would assist the trier-of-fact in making such a determination, and if making such a determination requires scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge beyond that ordinarily possessed by the average lay person, then expert witness testimony is almost always required. Conversely, the defendant will almost always utilize expert testimony in an effort to dissuade the trier-of-fact from deciding as to the liability and/or damages in favor of the plaintiff.
Each case is unique and may require varying levels of engagement for the expert witness. These services may include the following commitments:
(1) discern and evaluate issues within their scope of expertise and retention, including forensic or construction investigation
(2) evaluate possible solutions and recommend appropriate courses of action
(3) identify problem areas that necessitate additional evaluation
(4) deliver work-products, such as expert reports, on time or ahead of time so that last-minute revisions and rework can be avoided
(5) prepare for and provide persuasive affidavits, deposition and/or testimony in an unbiased opinion, to support the positions stated in expert reports
(6) provide an estimate of the fees and costs of the services to be provided and render those services in reasonable proximity to such estimate
(7) communicate with the attorneys frequently and respond to e-mails and calls in a timely manner; and
(8) take direction from the attorneys in terms of focusing on particular issues, collaborating with other experts, and preparing for depositions, hearings, and/or trials.
Scott is familiar with residential construction standards and requirements imposed by local jurisdictions and is familiar with reviewing prospective projects, developing detailed scopes of work, preparing price estimates for work, reviewing subcontractor bids, drafting contracts, supervising the work to insure completion of the designated work, the performance of residential rehabilitation/renovation work and preparing billing and other accounting documents relative to the work and business of Biller & Associates, L.L.C.
Scott Biller can provide general fact and expert testimony related to the work performed by the entity, including work performed at the direction of the entity by its general contractor, in and about the Property that is the subject of this litigation; the work required of the entity; the terms and conditions of the Agreement; the contract and addenda thereto between entity and its general contractor; the scope of work and obligations required of the entity under its contract on the Property; the performance of the entity’s work on the Property; the billing of the entity’s work on the Property; payment obligations under the terms of the Agreement; the work completed by the entity on the Property; the work not completed by the entity on the Property; the grounds for termination under the Agreement; the entity’s breaches of its obligations under the Agreement; and the entity’s breaches of its obligations as a licensed general contractor in Virginia.
Scott Biller has provided expert testimony during deposition proceedings and court hearings based on his review and analysis of all relevant Property documents as disclosed during discovery to include but not limited to the following:
Scott Biller may also testify and respond to any opinions or other testimony offered by the builder’s witnesses, expert or otherwise. Mr. Biller’s opinions are based upon his education, training, skill, experience in the construction industry, his review and analysis of Property, his review and analysis of Property documentation surrounding the builder’s performance on the Property and the work and services performed and supplied by third parties.
As first-time home builders, we felt out of our depth with scheduling a pre-drywall inspection, but Scott made the process incredibly easy and worked with us on a short turnaround. Scott responded to my request quickly, was very nice to work with, and provided an especially thorough report that allowed us to get helpful clarifications from the builder. We could not possibly be happier with the service we received.
Scott Biller was referred to me by my neighbor after other sources had not been helpful for us. My wife started suffering from ongoing health issues that ranged from skin issues, trouble breathing, joint pain, fatigue and other problems. She saw a physician that diagnosed her as being exposed to Mold, although our home had no clear indication of mold. We previously had roofers, plumbers and other specialists inspect to see if there were potential leaks/water damage where we could identify any areas of concern and none of them found anything. At recommendation of our neighbor, we called Scott for an inspection and within 30 minutes he identified a pipe leak in the wall and significant mold in the wall beside my wife’s office. It appeared the leak had been there for possibly 1-2 years. Scott Biller showed up, quickly found the issue when No one else could, and now we are able to fix the leak and remediate the mold. He was professional, proficient, logical and straight forward. Thanks to Scott, my wife can start her healing process and we can get back to normal. We will use his Mold investigation services after we have remediated the mold to make sure that it is all gone. Thank you and God Bless you Scott!