Steven M. Murow has been retained on over a hundred matters to offer expert witness services related to mass grading, earthwork and site development issues involving standard of care of contractors, inspectors and construction managers; billing and change order validity; cost to repair grading and site defects; pay quantity issues; bidding and numerous project related issues. He has performed these services for contractors, municipalities, landowners, homebuilders, homeowners, civil engineers and lenders. Mr. Murow has over 34 years of experience in the general engineering contracting and construction management arena. He was a principal in two contracting firms prior to joining the Moote Group in 2000 to lead its Construction Management group and Litigation Support team.
John V. Markel retired from Rancho Mission Viejo in 2009 after 40 years in theland development and construction industry. He was VP of Construction with Santa Margarita Company and Rancho Mission Viejo Company for 20 plus years and was responsible for the land development operations in Rancho Santa Margarita, Las Flores and Ladera Ranch in southern Orange County. John offers a developer’s viewpoint into land acquisition agreements, construction agreements, development agreements with municipalities and agencies, procedural activities involving all entitlement issues and negotiations with homebuilders, contractors, municipalities, state and federal agencies. John has assisted Steve for three years on various litigated matters.
Syl L. Egan has over 40 years of experience in the land development/building industry. He has served several major development companies in Southern California, Northern California and Colorado as a vice president in charge of all construction related operations. He was employed by the Mission Viejo Company (14 years), Greystone Homes (10 years) and Catellus Residential Group (4 years) in the position of Vice President, Operations. He has also worked in the building trades and has been a partner in a carpentry framing company. Mr. Egan holds an active California Class “B” General Contractor’s License. Syl’s expertise is in identifying, analyzing and costing repair of building defects in residential, commercial and hotel construction. Syl has assisted Steve on numerous litigated matters over the past five years.
Edward B. Silveri brings over 40 years of construction experience in the industry, primarily in the fields of general engineering and land development. He has been a successful company owner, has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and holds a California Class “A” General Engineering license. Mr. Silveri has also served in the capacity of Civil Engineer for the City of Los Angeles, California and as Project Engineer for the City of Downey, California. Ed’s expertise is in the area of street and highway improvement construction and construction management standard of care issues on land development projects. Ed has been assisting Steve on several street improvement and general engineering contracting claims the past two years.
Paul Gentosi has been in the construction industry for over 40 years. Born into a self-performing general construction business operated by his father, he began working as a laborer and then a carpenter in high school. He worked his way through college at CSULB and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Construction Management program. After graduation Paul continued working in the field in roles of carpenter, foreman and superintendent. After about five years, he began his training in the office as estimator and project manager. Eventually Paul took more and more responsibility over from his father and began running the company as President in the mid-80’s. Over the course of his construction career, Paul concentrated on new commercial and industrial projects and has put in place millions of square feet in various types of projects and has built thousands of buildings. Beginning in 2008, Paul transitioned into litigation support and that has now become his primary focus.
Mr. Armstrong has an over thirty eight-year history providing engineering geology consulting services throughout southern California with special emphasis on large and small land development projects, master planned communities, and transportation corridors including all levels of engineering geology consulting services from land acquisition phase studies to final construction monitoring services. Mr. Armstrong’s consulting history includes extensive experience in the identification, investigation, and remediation of geologic hazards, field exploration and analysis, and presentation of findings. Geologic hazard evaluation experience includes analysis and exploration of complex landslide terrains, potential active faults, character of hard rock, and unstable slopes and the determination of remediation and design alternatives for geologically sound
Mr. Porterfield brings over 27 years of experience in the general engineering construction industry. Mr. Porterfield began his career in 1987, where he worked as an estimator for Clayton Engineering, Inc. It was there he first met Steve Murow and was responsible for bidding private and public works projects for the company. Mr. Porterfield also administered the project’s purchase orders, contract with subcontractors, change orders, project schedules, the preparation of monthly invoicing and coordination efforts with the superintendent. In September 2000, Mr. Porterfield became Vice President for Contracting Engineers, Inc. where his duties ranged from authoring contracts and change orders to supporting the financial, accounting and bonding processes for the company. In August 2005, Mr. Porterfield reunited with Mr. Murow by becoming the Director of Construction Management (“CM”) at The Moote Group, a full service land management company. While there, he maintained and coordinated the company’s CM Standards of Practice Program and the company’s construction managers. He also supported the Bid Admin Division with constructability and bid package review, created pro formas associated to mass grading and infrastructure development and construction scheduling and project management service oversight.
Mr. Prend is a land development specialist and business strategist with over 28+ years’ experience in land acquisition, planning, civil engineering, entitlements, due diligence, project costing, and construction management. Upon his graduation from San Diego State University, Mr. Prend joined Albert A. Webb Associates. During his career with Webb, he became Senior Vice President and supervised a staff of forty-five engineers, hydrologists, designers, drafters, surveyors, and project coordinators. Mr. Prend is very familiar with the procedures of obtaining final approvals by local jurisdictions and has assisted numerous clients to obtain permitting on large industrial and commercial projects.
Mr. Prend has been involved in the planning and design of numerous public works and land development projects in Southern California. He has extensive experience in the planning and design of public facilities and commercial/industrial projects with improvement costs in excess of several hundred million dollars.