Construction Consultants + Forensic Expert Witnesses + Mediation
WHO WE ARE: MPGroup was created in 1962 by Michael S. Poles and is a Los Angeles county-based collaboration of architects, engineers, contractors, and other construction technical experts skilled in the design, management, and construction of all types of buildings for human occupancy.
WHAT WE DO: MPGroup provides a diversity of construction related services for businesses, government agencies, insurance companies and consumers, with our primary service sector of Construction Litigation Support, under the direction of legal counsel:
• CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANTS
• CONSTRUCTION FORENSIC EXPERT WITNESSES
• CONSTRUCTION MEDIATION
Utilizing more than 50 years of experience, we have consulted and testified in a multitude of construction issues ranging from SAFETY to CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS for all types of projects including apartments, commercial, condominiums, custom homes, fire stations, hospitals, hotels, industrial, office buildings, police stations, public schools, public works, shopping centers, single-family residential, skilled nursing facilities, tenant improvement, theme parks and tract housing.
COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE: Moving forward into 2020, our seasoned team of experts continue to utilize their many years of experience in construction litigation support and courtroom testimony. We effectively educate the triers of fact in the technical aspects of the case and are committed to the highest professional and ethical standards to assist legal counsel and their clients realize positive results.
While serving both plaintiff and defense sides of the aisle, we follow the material facts. Our expert team understands the technical and legal challenges while working very closely with our clients to convey all construction-related technical aspects of their case ensuring they are fully prepared for trial. WE GET RESULTS!
MPGroup specializes in construction related forensic expert witness, forensic photography and litigation support services for the legal, insurance and business communities for both plaintiff and defense. Our areas of specialty include: Building Code Compliance, Construction Defects, Accident Reconstruction, Construction Safety, Electrical, Plumbing, Reinforced Concrete, Reinforced Masonry, Scaffolding, Structural Failure, Water Intrusion, Mold, Swimming Pools and Spas, and many more.
As the founding principal of MPGroup, Michael S. Poles has a wide and extensive field of capabilities within the construction industry. Utilizing 56 years of first-hand experience as a general building contractor, construction manager, and building inspector with numerous years in building code enforcement, he brings unique expertise and a complete team of professionals to assist legal counsel with the litigated case.
Litigation Support Services
MPGroup offers expert testimony on construction related issues and forensic photography for architects, attorneys, corporations, developers, contractors and insurance companies who require high-resolution and micro-photography for the preservation and documentation of evidence for use in litigation as Demonstrative Evidence Exhibits.
Furthermore, Michael is a mediator trained by the Institute for Mediation Studies and at the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law. He has served 6 years mediating cases for the Los Angeles County Superior Court as a member of their panel of neutrals. Michael Poles currently provides private construction and premises liability mediation services, as a “non-attorney” mediator.
Areas of Expertise
Construction Mediation, California Contractors State License Board (CSLB), California Building Codes, Accessibility & The Fair Housing Act, Architectural Design and Planning, Building Code Standards, Change Orders, Claims Analysis and Mitigation, Construction Administration, Contract Compliance, Cost Estimating, Contractors State License Board, Customs and Practices, Design and Implementation, DSA, Earthquake Hazard, Fire Sprinkler Systems, Fireproofing, Flooring and Floor Covering, Framing (Wood and Steel), Geotechnical and Hydrological, OSHPD, Project Management, Quality of Workmanship, Reinforced Concrete, Reinforced Masonry, Scheduling and Delays, Slips, Trips and Falls, Standards of Care, Standards of Practice, Steps, Stairs and Railings, Structural Steel and Welding, Swimming Pools and Spas.
MPGroup was established by Michael S. Poles in 1962. We are a collaboration of architects, engineers, contractors and other construction technical experts skilled in the design, management and construction of all types of buildings for human occupancy: Industrial, Commercial, Institutional, Healthcare, Fire & Police Stations, Schools, Single-Family Residential and Multi-Family Residential.
We specialize in all types of Construction Related Forensic Expert Witness, Mediation and Forensic Photography services for the legal, insurance and business communities.
When litigating the Construction Case, nothing can take the place of experience in the technical aspects of the issues being litigated. MPGroup brings more than 50 years of hands-on experience and technical expertise that makes all the difference for the successful outcome of your case.
We get results!
Our Team of Experts:
Michael S. Poles, GC, CM, RCI, DABFET, ACFE
General Contractor; Construction Manager; Registered Construction Inspector;
Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology;
American College of Forensic Examiners
Construction Expert Witness and Mediator
Founder and Chief Executive of MPGroup
Robert A. Hawthorne, Architect, NCARB
Architectural Expert Witness
Gregg E. Brandow, PhD, PE, SE
Professional Engineer; Structural Engineer
Structural Engineering Expert Witness
Shlomo I. Rosenfeld, PE
Mechanical Engineering Expert Witness
Charles C. Munroe, III, FCPE, ASPE
Fellow & Certified Professional Estimator - American Society of Professional Estimators;
Fellow New Jersey Professional Estimator's Association
Construction Cost Estimating Expert Witness
Joel I. Berman, CIH, CSP, CIAQM
Certified Safety Professional
Certified Asbestos Consultant
Certified Industrial Hygienist
Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager
Certified Lead Sampling Technician
Biographies of our experts can be viewed in our website under "Firm Profile".
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Michael Poles has garnered more than 50 years of unique hands-on construction experience. He is licensed in the State of California as a General Building Contractor (263193-B), a Certified Construction Manager and a Registered Construction Inspector for schools and hospitals, certified and licensed as a Special Inspector for structural concrete and masonry, and has inspected hundreds of residential and commercial properties representing the buyers of real estate. He has built, administrated, and inspected the construction of projects including: apartments, airports, commercial, industrial, condominiums, custom homes, fire stations, hospitals, office and warehouse buildings, police stations, public schools, shopping centers, public works, and tract housing.
Download a copy of Mr. Poles' Curriculum Vitae at: http://www.mpgroup.com/CV/cvpoles.pdf
General Building Contractor;
Hospitals, Schools and California Public Buildings (OSHPD and DSA);
Reinforced Concrete and Reinforced Masonry.
Other licenses and certifications are held by our professional associates in numerous states.
Legal Experience & Services
* 40+ Years Construction Litigation Support as an expert witness.
* 6+ Years Mediation both private and Los Angeles County Superior Court Mediation Panel.
See website for additional information.
American Bar Association
Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology
American College of Forensic Examiners International
American Society for Testing and Materials
American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles
Beverly Hills Bar Association
California Dispute Resolution Council
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Construction Specifications Institute
Forensic Expert Witness Association
International Code Council
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Los Angeles Construction Inspectors Association
National Fire Protection Association
National Forensic Center
Navy League of the United States Beverly Hills Council Member of the Board of Directors
Southern California Mediation Association
Structural Engineers Association of California
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
• Construction Process Can Lead to Defects
• Construction Defects Can Be Avoided!
• Construction Defects: What Often Goes Wrong and How the Contractor Can Avoid Defects Litigation
• Controlling Quality Construction - Part 1
• Controlling Quality Construction - Part 2
• Controlling Quality Construction - Part 3
• Construction Defects: Defending Against The Claims
A Program Syllabus designed for Insurance Claims Adjusters and Attorneys illustrating methods, case precedence and discovery items necessary to successfully manage the Construction Defects' Claims and subsequent Litigation.
• What Are Construction Defects?
• What Are Construction Defects? - An ICBO Symposium
A Program Syllabus presented for the Orange Empire Training Academy 1997 Training Matrix, Sponsored by the International Conference of Building Officials Orange Empire Chapter Symposium on September 3, 1997.
• Project Manual for the Private Sector
A Program and Book for the Construction Administration, Quality Control and Structural Inspection of the "Private Sector" Construction Project. Intended for use with the Uniform Building Code. An Excellent Resource for Administrators, Architects, Attorneys, Contractors, Project Managers, Superintendents, Inspectors, and anyone who wants to know Methods To Manage A Construction Project Successfully!
• School Project Manual
A Program and Book for the Construction Administration, Quality Control and Structural Inspection of the "Public School" Construction Project. Intended for use with the Uniform Building Code, the State of California Amendments Title 24 and the Division of the State Architect. An Excellent Resource for Administrators, Architects, Attorneys, Contractors, Project Managers, Superintendents, Inspectors, and anyone who wants to know Methods To Manage A School Construction Project Successfully!
To read/download articles, please visit our web site at http://www.mpgroup.com/articles.htm
Available upon request.
University High School, West Los Angeles, California
U.S. Navy Hospital Corps School, San Diego, California
Long Beach City College, Long Beach, California
Santa Monica City College, Santa Monica, California
Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, California
University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Lumblau Real Estate School, Los Angeles, California
Institute for Mediation Studies, Los Angeles, California *
Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, Reseda and Malibu, California *
* ( MEDIATION TRAINING: NON-ATTORNEY MEDIATOR )
Articles Published by MPGroup
Controlling Quality Construction - Part 3
The following, is a recommended check list that should be followed by the Project Superintendent and Special Inspector for STRUCTURAL STEEL AND WELDING INSPECTIONS:Read Article
Controlling Quality Construction - Part 2
The following, is a recommended check list that should be followed by the Project Superintendent for MASONRY INSPECTIONS:Read Article
Controlling Quality Construction - Part 1
This article is intended to give the reader a thumbnail sketch of how Quality Control relates to the project Superintendent on the job site.Read Article
Legal-Ease for Mediators Symposium - Construction Syllabus
Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Service DRS Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) CONSTRUCTION SYLLABUS March 7, 2009Read Article
What Are Construction Defects? - An ICBO Symposium
A Syllabus for the Orange Empire Training Academy 1997 Training Matrix, Sponsored by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) Orange Empire Chapter Symposium on September 3, 1997.Read Article
What Are Construction Defects?
Since the "Building Boom" of the 1980's and the advent of the ten year cycle ( California Code of Civil Procedure, Section 337.15 ) for "LATENT DEFECTS" ( A latent defect is one that a property owner does not know about and would not be expected to discover through the exercise of reasonable care. ) construction defects claims and subsequent litigation has exploded into horrific proportions.Read Article
Construction Defects: Defending Against The Claims
The following article has been written, in part, by a Lawyer, Mr. Thomas M. Condas, with Attorneys and Insurance Professionals in mind and, therefore, contains case law citations. The information contained herein, is intended to be highly useful for all persons interested in its subject matter.Read Article
Construction Defects: What Often Goes Wrong And How the Contractor Can Avoid Defects Litigation
Webster's Dictionary defines the word defect, as: 1. lack of something necessary for completeness; shortcoming 2. an imperfection; fault; blemish. To some Plaintiff Attorneys, and their Experts, the word defect has an entirely different meaning. It could mean that the work was performed with less than absolute perfection, with the "Standard" being "Absolute Perfection".Read Article
Construction Defects Can Be Avoided!
In my previous article entitled "Construction Process Can Lead to Defects", I illustrated various aspects of how the construction process may well lead to defects.Read Article
Construction Process Can Lead to Defects
Webster's Dictionary defines the word defect: 1. lack of something necessary for completeness; shortcoming 2. an imperfection; fault; blemish. When relative to construction claims, the word defect also equates to financial disaster when it reaches litigation.Read Article