Construction Defect Litigation Services

Buckles & Associates, Inc. provides a full range of architectural and construction services for construction defect projects anywhere in California, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. Our professionals use a sophisticated data base and are trained to be consistent in their inspection methods to ensure a work product with the same level of quality and completeness for every job.

The quality of our work is reflected in the fact the Buckles & Associates, Inc. is listed on the Expert Witness Panels for two major insurance carriers.


Consulting Services:

  • Expert Witness Testimony – Scott L. Buckles, licensed Architect and General Contractor has given deposition testimony on 40 cases in the Western States and testified in three trials. Bruce Mardick, Director of Operations Colorado, has provided CD litigation support in over 30 cases and provided Expert Witness testimony in 5 Colorado cases.
  • Construction Defect Site Investigations – Perform visual inspections and destructive testing to investigate problems with buildings, both commercial and residential.  Site inspections are performed by licensed inspectors utilizing standardized methods of evidence collection. Site inspections are recorded using digital photography and detailed notation.
  • Construction Defect Evidence Organization and Reporting – Site inspection evidence is organized in a custom database that allows for accurate reporting of observations.  Reports are tailored to each case and are accompanied by printed versions of all photographs and notes.
  • Document Review and Reporting – Review and analysis of job records, daily superintendent logs, CPM schedules, job invoices, subcontractor proposals, materials specifications and testing results.
  • Construction Drawing Review – Review and analysis of construction drawings and specifications to compare as-built conditions with original project drawing requirements.
  • Uniform Building Code Analysis – Analysis of project as-built conditions and comparison with governing code compliance.
  • Contract Analysis – Review and analysis of contractor agreements for determination of scope of work and responsibility for building problems.
  • Responsible Party Analysis – Based on review of all project documentation, produce analysis of responsible parties.  Assist attorneys with development of proportional share allocation of cost of repair.


Estimating Services:

  • Analysis of Costs – Provide analysis of estimated cost of repair by others.  Develop comparison unit prices utilizing real world costs.
  • Repair Recommendations – Develop written repair recommendations, including new construction drawings and specifications.
  • Cost of Repair – Buckles Construction, Inc. can provide construction bid to perform repairs.  Buckles Construction, Inc. is licensed in California , Colorado and Arizona to perform repairs.  Most recently completed project was a $3.5 million repair to fire damaged structures at the San Diego Wild Animal Park


Mediation and Settlement

  • Designated experts will participate in mediations and settlement conferences to support our clients’ efforts to settle the case.


Final Opinions

Designated experts will:

  • Review all of the evidence.
  • Render final opinions for depositions and arbitrations.
  • Make Expert trial presentations with graphics and trial boards.