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Rappoport Development Consulting Services LLC

Rappoport Development Consulting Services LLC

1286 University Avenue #807
San Diego, California 92103

Phone(858) 205-4748

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Jeremy Rappoport, President of Rappoport Development Consulting Services LLC. RDCS LLC, provides professional consulting services in the fields of arboriculture, landscape, horticulture, land development and site construction. Services include forensic expert witness consulting and litigation support for attorneys and insurers and professional commercial consulting for land and property owners, civil, planning, and environmental consulting firms, builders and developers, homeowner associations and property management companies.


Mr. Rappoport consults as an expert witness within his specific fields of expertise of arboriculture, landscape, horticulture and land development.

Legal Expert Witness Consulting Services and Litigation Support May Include:

-Standard of Care
-Trip and fall accidents
-Tree property line encroachment issues
-Tree damage to site work, infrastructure
-Deposition and trial testimony
-Discovery and due diligence
-Site investigations and inspections
-Feasibility and Quantification reports
-Tree Health or Tree Risk Assessment
-Tree Appraisal and Valuation
-Landscape Contracting and Construction Issues
-Landscape Standard of Care and Negligence Issues
-Landscape Standard of Care
-General Contractor-Subcontractor Disputes
-Client-Contractor Disputes
-Irrigation Testing, Performance Observations and Issues
-Drainage, Flooding Issues
-Horticulture and Plant Selection Issues
-Land Development, Due Diligence, Land Acquisition, Entitlement and Permit Issues

Litigation Support Services

Rappoport Development Consulting Services LLC provides forensic expert witness consulting services for construction, specializing in landscape, horticulture, certified tree arborist and tree risk assessment, and site construction issues.

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

Registered Consulting Arborist, Certified Arborist, Landscape Contractor, Site Work, Horticulture Consultant.


Jeremy Rappoport is the President and founder of Rappoport Development Consulting Services LLC, providing forensic expert witness consulting services and litigation support for the attorneys and insurers. Mr. Rappoport fields of expertise include arboriculture, landscape, horticulture and land development.

Jeremy Rappoport is a practical, experienced, university educated horticulturist, certified and registered consulting arborist, qualified tree risk assessor, California C-27 landscape contractor, construction and land development professional with over three decades experience managing, supervising and consulting on landscape, arboriculture, horticulture, land development and infrastructure issues. Mr. Rappoport’s analytical abilities and problem solving skills enable him to comprehend pertinent data and critical issues. Decades of experience, industry and professional credentials support Mr. Rappoport’s expert opinions and ability to convincingly communicate his opinions in simple, decisive, and easy to understand language.

Consulting Practice

Throughout California, and All of the United States

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Professional Experience

Rappoport Development Consulting Services LLC 2008 - Present

Director of Land Development S. CAL Region
K. Hovnanian Homes, Irvine, CA 2005 – 2008

Director of Operations
Starwood Santa Fe Valley Partners LLC, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 1999 – 2005

Landscape & Grading Superintendent
Continental Homes, Carlsbad, CA 1996 – 1999

Project Engineer
Valley Crest General Engineering Contractor, Santa Ana, CA. 1990 – 1996

Landscape / Offsite Superintendent
The Baldwin Company, San Diego, CA 1985 – 1990

Landscape Horticultural Services,#436000, San Diego, CA 1980 – 1985


-Certified Arborist, #WE-9083A, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
-Registered Consulting Arborist, RCA #564, American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA)
-Tree Risk Assessor Qualified, #1220, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
-C-27 California Landscape Contractor, #43600
-B.S. degree, Ornamental Horticulture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA.

Legal Experience & Services

Seven years as an independent expert witness and consultant for landscape, horticulture, arboriculture, land development and site construction issues, an experienced for deposition and trial testimony services.


Member of the following Associations:

Technical Advisory Services for Attorneys (TASA)
American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA)
California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA)
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego (PTCA)


Professional Horticulturist
Licensed C-27 Landscape Contractor
Certified Arborist WE-9083A, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
Registered Consulting Arborist, RCA #564, American Society of Consulting Arborists, (ASCA)
Certified Tree Risk Assessor, CTRA 1220, ISA

Awards & Honors

Elise Bachelor Horticultural Scholarship
Moulder Brothers Landscape Contracting Scholarship

Seminars & Training

Tree Risk Assessment in Urban Areas and the Urban/Rural Interface: Dunster, J. 2009
FEWA sponsored Expert Witness Marketing training workshop by Rosalie Hamilton, Expert Communications.
FEWA sponsored Seminar by Hugh Christensen of Forensic valuations, Preparing and Defending Your Expert Report.
Digital Evidence Legal Video Services, Mr. Michael Jones, video deposition training seminar and workshop.
PTSA, City of San Diego Parks and Rec, UC Cooperative Extension sponsored seminar "Its a Risky Business", technical information of professional arboriculture training.
ISA sponsored seminar "Quality Trees", Growth and care of nursery developed trees.
Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP)


The Arboricultural Consultant, Issue 3, 2001, Trees and Litigation, Considerations for Plaintiff and Defendant Cases

Numerous articles by Jeremy Rappoport have been published to the company website. Topics include:
Irrigation construction standard of care
Trees and Civil Litigation, Considerations for Plaintiff and Defendant Attorneys
Trees, Premise Liability and Risk Management
Why You Should Consider Horticulture Design
Defendant or Plaintiff Expert?
Why Obtain a Construction Change Order
Standard of Care in the Landscape Industry

Trees and Civil Litigation, Considerations for Plaintiff and Defendant Attorneys was published in the monthly Technical Advisory Services for Attorney (TASA) newsletter and website.

Jeremy Rappoport publishes relevant topics about arboriculture, landscape, horticulture and land development issues on the company website, The articles are content rich, meant to inform and provide insight for the reader.

Professional References

Starwood Santa Fe Valley Partners
Mr. Noel Humphrey, Director of Development
8011 Del Dios Highway
Rancho Santa Fe, CA. 92067
(858) 756-6300 office
(949) 374-3525 cellular

Barratt American Homes
Mr. Robert Cummings, Regional President
5950 Priestly Drive
Carlsbad, CA. 92008
(760) 431-0800 ext 210 office
(619) 672-1959 cellular

Higgs, Fletcher, Mack LLP
Mr. Peter Doody, Attorney at Law
401 West "A" Street, Suite 2600
San Diego, CA.
(619) 236-1551 office

Higgs, Fletcher, Mack LLP
Mr. Stephen Pellitier, Attorney at Law
401 West "A" Street, Suite 2600
San Diego, CA.
(619) 236-1551 office


Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona CA. Emphasis in landscape contracting.

Articles Published by Rappoport Development Consulting Services LLC

 Did You Take the Right Photo

Tree failures can have severe consequences. Unfortunately, evidence is often cleaned and removed from an accident making forensic analysis difficult if not impossible. That is why taking effective photographs of a tree failure may provide valuable evidence for forensic analysis to determine the cause of the failure.

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 Trees Damaging Los Angeles Infrastructure, Who Is Responsible for Liability and Repairs?

The City of Los Angeles estimates there are over ten thousand miles of damaged sidewalks within the city limits, 40% of the damage caused by street trees. Many of the tree were planted in city parkways. After generations of neglect, the mounting number of complaints and payouts for litigation has forced the City to address the problem. Who is responsible for repair and maintenance caused by the trees and how will the City proceed?

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 Why Attorneys Should Hire a Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA) as a Tree Expert Witness

Attorneys looking for a tree expert witness usually hire a certified arborist. Yet there is an even more elite designation for consulting arborists, that being the Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA) designation administered by the American Society of Consulting Arborists. There are many reasons why an attorney should consider hiring an RCA.

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 What is the Duty and Standard of Care for Landscape and Tree Care Contractors

Landscape and tree contractors may not realize their potential liability for work performed for a client. A particular problem is ignoring field conditions. Perhaps the contractor is unaware of their duty of care to avoid acts or omissions that would be likely to harm others. This article examines the duty of care for landscape, maintenance and tree care contractors and how they can satisfy the industry standard of care for field issues and repairs.

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 Landscape Contracting Practices Resulting in Trip and Fall Litigation: Part 1-Irrigation

Landscape architects and contractors have distinct roles in the development of a successful landscape project. The design by the architect create a template that a landscape contractor adheres to in bidding and constructing the project. Landscape plans include specifications that dictate correct installation of products and materials. If a field construction worker deviates from a particular specification, their action may create a hazard that could result in an accident.

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 Landscape Contractor Standard of Care During The Construction Process

In landscape construction, there is a significant diversity in project aesthetics, quality and success. Unfortunately, a C-27 California landscape contractor license is no guarantee of contractor competency. As a landscape consultant and landscape expert witness for defendant and plaintiff attorneys, Mr. Rappoport has consulted on numerous landscape construction defect cases, and while the types of cases vary, there is a pattern of contractor deficiencies common in each case.

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 Landscape Contractor Standard of Care: The Pros and Cons of Using a Landscape Design-Build Contractor

Landscape architects are utilized to design, prepare plans, make submittals and obtain permits for commercial, sub-division and public works projects. Their plans and specifications are part of the contract documents provided from their client to landscape contractors for bidding purposes. The landscape contractor performs a plan "takeoff", documenting all of the quantities, specifications, notes, and details and then creates their pricing and proposal based on that information.

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 Landscape Contractors, Does Your Work Satisfy the Industry Standard of Care?

Do landscape contractors understand how the legal term “standard of care” applies to their profession? The legal implications of Not performing to the industry standard of care may have serious consequences

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 There Is a Tree Service Standard of Care!

Certified arborist, registered consulting arborist, tree expert, tree service and landscape contractor, so many different consultants and contractors to choose from for tree care consultation and remedial work. How can you ensure your tree assets receive the state of are care they deserve? Certified arborists and tree care professionals adhere to the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) A300 tree and woody ornamental pruning standards.

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 Landscape and Maintenance Contractors, are you Creating a Trip and Fall Hazard (and Potential Lawsuit?)

As a landscape and certified tree arborist expert witness, I have been involved with several trip and fall construction negligence lawsuits. In many cases, the hazard was created inadvertently by a landscape or maintenance contractor. Often times, the homeowner association and property management company were unaware of the potential hazard. The article discusses landscape contracting and maintenance related trip and fall and other construction negligence cases and issues.

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 Get Your Tree off My Property

Jeremy Rappoport, President of Rappoport Development Consulting Services LLC discusses his most frequent tree consulting issues, tree root and canopy encroaching neighboring properties. The article examines tree selection and why property line encroachment and tree risk assessment are becoming increasingly frequent legal issues.

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 How Tree Selection and Location Influences Tree Risk Assessment in the Urban Area

Jeremy Rappoport is a certified arborist and tree risk assessor. In the article, Mr. Rappoport discusses the importance of understanding the cultural characteristics as they relate to tree size, location and use. Find out how a good tree sited in a poor location can affect the health and safety of the tree and how tree risk assessment is the current standard of care in determining the tree hazards and attendant risk.

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 Irrigation Landscape Construction - Standard of Care and Industry Practices

Attorneys involved in construction defect and negligence cases determine whether or not a defendant satisfied the industry standard of care. However, cases involving irrigation related accidents and resultant lawsuits maybe difficult to determine the standard of care for a variety of reasons. This article examines standard of care issues and provides useful information for plaintiff and defendant cases.

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 Trees and Litigation: Does the Tree Accident Merit for Defendant and Plaintiff Lawsuits?

Based on experience working with plaintiff and defendant cases, this article focuses on trees in the urban landscape and provides information that may prove useful for attorneys to consider in tree related cases.

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 Did Your Tree Fail and Cause Injury or Property Damage? Don’t Expect to Use an Act of God as Defense

In this article, the author writes about premise liability and the responsibilities of homeowners to protect the public by maintaining their property in a safe, hazard free condition. The same responsibility to protect the public has been increasingly extended to trees and hazardous conditions they represent. Are your trees creating a legal liability?

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 Economy Forces Property Owners and Managers to Go it Alone for Landscape Design & Contracting

The author discusses the challenges created by the economic downturn and ongoing drought in California. Property owners, businesses, homeowner associations and property managers have reduced or eliminated budgets for landscape design, renovation, construction and maintenance, and are having to make decisions on their own. He introduces a simplified method called Horticultural Design for those going it on their own.

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 An Expert for Which, Defendant or Plaintiff Cases? Impartiality Is the Key

Continuing his monthly expert witness publication, Jeremy Rappoport, President and founder of Rappoport Development Consulting Services LLC discusses the importance of impartiality governing the decision to represent defendant or plaintiff cases.

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