Consulting Expert Update

Rimkus Consulting Group, a leading forensic engineering and consulting firm, has assisted clients in the early resolution of a wide range of complex claims and disputes for more than 30 years. With worldwide experience, Rimkus specializes in forensic consulting matters involving energy and construction disputes, environmental toxic torts, transportation accidents and injury biomechanics, product and premises liability, fires and explosions, professional liability, and toxicology. Rimkus provides services from 50 office locations employing more than 400 consulting experts in the United States, Toronto, and London.

Ben B. Daee, Ph.D., P.E.
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Daee is a Senior Consultant with the Property and Construction Practice Group based in our Toronto office. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario with more than 10 years of experience in investigation, analysis and design of industrial, residential and commercial construction. He is an expert in complex civil engineering matters including building/structural failures, property damage, design/build issues, material failures, subrogation matters, professional liability, and engineering errors and omissions. His expertise extends to civil engineering engagements requiring site assessment, technical analysis, depositions, and testimony as an expert witness in mediation and the courtroom. Dr. Daee is a Certified Infrared Thermographer, Certified Contract Law Consultant and holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Chamran University, a Master's degree in Structural/Earthquake Engineering from TMU of Tehran and a Doctorate in Structural Engineering from The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

James N. Pyatt, M.S., P.E.
St. Louis, Missouri

Based in our St. Louis office, Mr. Pyatt is a District Manager with the Construction Practice Group. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas with more than 30 years of geotechnical and civil engineering experience. Mr. Pyatt has engineering consulting experience in the design of shallow and deep foundations, geogrid reinforced concrete modular block retaining walls, earthwork design, expansive clay remediation, gravity retaining walls, sheet piling, site preloading with wick drains, augured cast-in-place pile design and installation, pavement design, slope analysis and remediation, wastewater lagoon liner design and construction, dam and levee underseepage analysis, seismic and liquefaction studies, settlement analysis, subsurface mine impact studies, sinkhole evaluations, shoring design and forensic studies. He has investigated matters pertaining to residential, commercial, and industrial sites. Mr. Pyatt holds a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

Timothy L. Graves, M.B.A., P.E., R.A.
Los Angeles, California

Mr. Graves is a Senior Consultant with the Property Practice Group based in our Los Angeles office with more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of construction and design. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in California and a registered Architect in California, Florida, and Texas. Mr. Graves has consulting experience in design development, constructability reviews, value engineering, feasibility reviews, facility assessments, construction administration, along with project and construction management. His experience includes residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities with expertise in vibration monitoring and damage assessments, building envelope, water intrusion, exterior plaster, fire-related assemblies, site accessibility, construction claim analysis, and dispute resolution with extensive field experience and on-site investigations of construction related problems. Mr. Graves holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Jason P. Zeitler, M.S., A.C.T.A.R.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida                       

Based in our Fort Lauderdale office, Mr. Zeitler is a Senior Consultant with the Forensics Practice Group. Mr. Zeitler is retired from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office as a Sergeant after serving for more than 10 years in law enforcement experience. He is an Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist with extensive experience investigating collisions involving pedestrians, motorcycles, serious bodily injuries, occupant kinematics analysis, and assisting with collisions involving fatalities. He has extensive courtroom experience in hearings, providing depositions, non-jury and jury trials. Mr. Zeitler holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, a Master's degree in Occupational Health and Safety from Colombia Southern University, a Master's degree in Bioengineering from Florida Atlantic University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University.

Zohaib A. Alvi, P.E.
New York, New York                    

Mr. Alvi is a Consultant in our Construction Practice Group based in our New York office. He is a registered Professional Engineer in New York with nearly a decade of construction, rehabilitation, structural design, and forensic inspection experience. He has worked on infrastructure, commercial properties, and residential property matters. Mr. Alvi's design experience extends to the structural design of steel and wood buildings, along with design of timber and helical piles, reinforced concrete and masonry structures and has been involved in repair work of major bridges and tunnels serving the New York City area. He has assisted building owners, insurance and legal professionals on assignments involving partial or impending structural collapse or defective construction. Mr. Alvi is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and holds a Bachelor's degree in Architectural Technology and Construction Management from Farmingdale State College, State University of New York.