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Scott Cohen is available for on-site, online, and telephone consultations, expert witness testimony, and training and speaking engagements. Click here to review his curriculum vitae.

Please call us at (818) 280-0420 to schedule an appointment.

Residential Local On-Site Consultation | Online Consultation | Telephone Consultations
Out Of Area On-Site Consultation | Seminars


Industry Expert Consultation

Scott Cohen

Are you having problems with your contractor? Construction industry expert Scott Cohen can serve as your expert witness consultant for construction defects. Cohen is an absolute champion for integrity in the construction trade, and works regularly with the California State Contractor's License Board and private practice attorneys to perform onsite inspections and testimony. (For inspections, allow a minimum of one hour for each item on your list.) Please see topic list below.

Scott Cohen in WaterShapes
August 2010: Scott Cohen talks about Clients and Color Consistency
July 2010: Scott Cohen talks about The Hazards of Water Migration
June 2010: Scott Cohen talks about Planning for a Rainy Day
June 2010: Scott Cohen talks about Cold Joints: Avoiding Costly Repairs
May 2010: Scott Cohen talks about Becoming Wise

Construction Defect Inspections: $350 per hour

Expert Witness Testimony: $375 per hour, $750 minimum ($1500 retainer required)

Travel expenses: @ $.50 mile + hotel and any other applicable travel reimbursement applies.

CSLB and Better Business Bureau are eligible for a discounted rate.

Cohen has provided professional Forensic Services as a member of the Industry Expert Program for the Contractors State License Board since 2002
Cohen’s forensic Services are less than 10% of his professional services, offered equally for plaintiffs and defendants
Cohen has testified in trials, depositions, arbitrations, and mediations.

He has experience testifying in the following categories:

Swimming Pools and Spas:
gunite construction, leaks, heaves, popped pool shell, plaster, Pebbletec, colored plaster, design configuration, plastering, plaster delaminating, beach entries, steel placement, tile work, plumbing, coping, waterproofing, water migration, drainage, concrete, heaved concrete, colored concrete, cracks in concrete, mastic joints, raised bond beams, sheer descents, laminar jets, deck jets, swimming pool covers, lighting and electrical, hydrostatic relief.

Landscaping and Design specifications:
plans and take-offs, computer aided design, patio sizing, setbacks, irrigation systems, sprinklers, drainage, French drains, hydro-static relief drains, grading, retaining walls, seat walls, bender board, planting, rototilling, amendment, fertilization, maintenance practice, fine-grading, low-voltage lighting, transformers, lighting wiring, expansive soil, clay soil, voltage drop, seeding and sod.

Ponds & Waterfalls:
ponds, waterfalls, Aquascape systems, biological filtration, stagnant water, filtration, skimmer placement, plumbing, electrical, pond maintenance, leaks, excessive splash, rock selection, liners, and underlayment.

Hardscape: Patio sizing and placement, concrete, concrete cracks, score joints, stamped concrete finishing, colored concrete, concrete coping, cast concrete, concrete steps, footings, retaining walls, seat walls, swimming pool decking, delaminating, pop-outs, efflorescence, drainage, sheet flow, water intrusion, weep screed, pavers, stucco, pilasters, lighting, conduits, concrete counter-tops, fire-pits, gas plumbing, plan take-offs, accurate dimensions, decorative concrete.

Cohen’s forensic Practices Assurances:

  • Cohen will formulate and articulate his opinions with truthfulness and clarity
  • Cohen will provide opinions only on subjects where he is qualified and which are based on known facts that can be proven.
  • Cohen will accurately track and report time and services provided
  • Cohen’s opinions may be subject to modification as a result of new information
  • Cohen will examine all documents supplied by client in a timely manner.
  • Cohen will work overtime if case is urgent
  • Cohen is under no duty to provide opinions if given insufficient time or compensation to complete a thoughtful examination of the case
  • Cohen will provide opinions that are not inevitable and may be different than the client’s opinions
  • Cohen will notify client immediately if conflicts of interest are revealed that may prohibit further involvement of his services
  • Cohen may stop work if past due invoices are not paid
  • Cohen will provide reasonable cost of project repair based on evidence provided

Please call us at (818) 280-0420 or (800) 675-5296 to schedule an appointment.

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Buy Scott Cohen's Outdoor Kitchen Design Workbook on our Bookstore page! It's full of expert advice on everything from outdoor kitchen design, construction of cast-in-place concrete counters, and incorporating embedded objects such as glass chips and fiber optic! Scott Cohen's Outdoor Design Workbook