Dispute Resolution Litigation Support

Litigation Support

Litigation Support  

SOCOTEC professionals have an abundance of experience and knowledge in providing litigation support services. Our team of design experts, engineering experts, and construction experts have performed comprehensive detailed analysis on some of the world’s most complex projects. We are retained by clients, or their counsel, to provide assistance as consultants, analysts and as testifying experts during all phases of the litigation process and are able to assist in the resolution of construction disputes at all stages. SOCOTEC provides professional services to owners, contractors, engineering firms, architects, government agencies, financial institutions, insurance companies and legal counsel. 

SOCOTEC is experienced in numerous dispute resolution forums, including United States Federal and State courts, Canadian courts, other various foreign courts, and arbitration forums such as American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and London Court of International Arbitration. 

Our litigation experience includes: 

  • Calculation of Economic Damages 
  • Calculation of Lost Profits 
  • Claims Management 
  • Data Organization, Storage, and Control 
  • Deposition Assistance 
  • Development of Damages and Financial Models 
  • Demonstrative Graphics and Exhibits 
  • Discovery Assistance 
  • Document Management 
  • Evaluation of Claim Pricing Methods and Damages Calculations 
  • Expert Testimony 
  • Expert Reports 
  • Interrogatory Assistance 
  • Interpretation of Financial, Accounting, and Other Business Records 
  • Key Document and Issue File Set-up and Organization 
  • Re-creation of Financial and Accounting Records 
  • Reconciliation of Financial and Accounting records 
  • Representation in Settlement Negotiations and Mediation 
  • Review and Evaluation of Audits 
  • Systemized Processes for Document Review and Analysis 
  • Technical Issue Fact-finding and Analysis 
Cost Analysis and Damages Calculations  

SOCOTEC regularly conducts data gathering, fact-finding, cost analyses, and damage calculations.  We understand how projects are funded, how pay requests are approved, how contractors keep their books, how to identify compensable cost overruns, and how to negotiate an equitable contract adjustment.  We are intimately familiar with and have testified on matters including: 

  • Equipment Costs and Stand by Rates 
  • Field Office Overhead 
  • Home Office Overhead 
  • Labor Rates and Burdens 
  • Lost Productivity 
  • Labor Efficiency 
  • Material Procurement 
  • Mark-ups and Pass Through Costs 
  • Other General and Administrative Expenses 
  • Salaries 
  • Small Tools 

Our clients find us cost effective due to our hands-on experience and in-depth understanding of construction cost accounting systems. This knowledge makes us efficient when analyzing complex cost issues and allows us to provide to our clients with unique and innovative approaches to quantifying delay and disruption-related cost growth.  We develop straightforward and easy to understand damages models and we are known to develop meaningful conclusions from complex cost data. 

Our experience includes: 

  • Evaluation of claim pricing methods 
  • Evaluation and pricing of change orders 
  • Calculation of discrete event damage and impact 
  • Assessment of the cost impact of delay, disruption and acceleration 
  • Assistance with the review and analysis of audit rights clauses within contractor and/or owner contract agreements 
  • Evaluation of job cost reports, financial statements, budgets, bid documents, and time & material tickets 
  • Assistance with the evaluation of betterments 
  • Assistance with the evaluation of termination costs (amounts earned at the time of termination, amounts due, and costs to complete) 
Entitlement Assessment  

SOCOTEC professionals have lectured and taught at universities, conferences and seminars on all types of entitlement theories relative to construction contracts, and have been certified to offer continuing education credits by the MCLE, AIA, PMI, IACET, CPE, CA INS and 6-SIGMA accreditations.  In addition, we have evaluated and/or have testified on claim entitlement types that have included: 

  • Acceleration 
  • Breach of Contract 
  • Constructive Changes 
  • Contract Termination (for Cause/Default and Convenience) 
  • Defective and Deficient Specifications 
  • Delay 
  • Differing Site Conditions (Type-I and Type-II) 
  • Disruption 
  • Force Majeure Events 
  • Implied Warranty 
  • Interference and Denied Access 
  • Late Owner Furnished Items 
  • Labor Inefficiencies 
  • Work Suspension 
Demonstrative Exhibits and Graphics  

Our extensive litigation experience combined with our creative approach to complex matters allows us to create graphic exhibits that illustrate the issues in a simple and easy to understand format. Our multimedia capabilities add clarity, organization, and persuasion to a presentation of the facts. 

Our services include: 

  • Preparation of Exhibits and Demonstrative Graphics 
  • Multimedia Presentations 
  • Interactive Timelines and Schedules 
  • Animated Charts and Graphs 
  • Document Images 
  • Photographs 
  • 3-D Models 
Information and Document Management  

SOCOTEC has experience analyzing all types of contemporaneous project records.  We routinely analyze records that include: contracts, bids, budgets and estimates, business plans, home office and consolidated operations accounting records, field cost records, job cost reports, change design information, order pricing, quantity and manpower reports, payment applications, production and productivity studies, scheduling data and many other documents. 

Complex projects require the capture, coordination and filing of large quantities of varied types of project documentation.  SOCOTEC not only has the experience to perform this function, but also the knowledge to understand the importance of this duty and contract requirement. We know from our experience with claims that contemporaneous records are vital to the efficient management of a project, in addition to the resolution of disputes and claims. 

  • Our document handling and management services include: 
  • Database Set-up and Organization 
  • Discovery Assistance 
  • Electronic/Software Document Management and Organization 
  • Hard Copy Document Management and Organization 
  • Key Document and Issue File Set-up and Organization 
  • Systemized Processes for Document Review and Analysis 

Talk to our experts

Alan BIDDLE

Principal

Principal

alan.biddle@socotec.us +1 678 834 7600

Tod SOMERVILLE

Principal

Principal

tod.somerville@socotec.us +1 949 209 0938

Elaine WHITE

Principal

Principal

elaine.white@socotec.us +1 562 553 0055

Peter VAN DER SCHANS

Senior Vice President

Senior Vice President

peter.vanderschans@socotec.us 281.598.1190

Denny LEE

Principal

Principal

denny.lee@socotec.us +1 949 387 9400

Rodney SOWARDS

Senior Principal

Senior Principal

rodney.sowards@socotec.us +1 214-720-1995

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alan.biddle@socotec.us

Talk to our experts

Alan BIDDLE

Principal

Principal

alan.biddle@socotec.us +1 678 834 7600

Tod SOMERVILLE

Principal

Principal

tod.somerville@socotec.us +1 949 209 0938

Elaine WHITE

Principal

Principal

elaine.white@socotec.us +1 562 553 0055

Peter VAN DER SCHANS

Senior Vice President

Senior Vice President

peter.vanderschans@socotec.us 281.598.1190

Denny LEE

Principal

Principal

denny.lee@socotec.us +1 949 387 9400

Rodney SOWARDS

Senior Principal

Senior Principal

rodney.sowards@socotec.us +1 214-720-1995