The Southern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute will be holding its 47th annual Litigation Seminar on November 13, 2014 at the City Club in Los Angeles.  I’ll be presenting on the topic “The Perception of Advocacy and Consequences for the Appraiser.”  John Ellis, MAI, from Integra Realty Resources, Steven Fontes, MAI, from Mission Property Advisors, and Lance Hall, from FMV Opinions, Inc., will also be on my panel and will provide excellent insights into appraiser bias and its impacts on a valuation assignment.

At the seminar, my colleague Bernadette Duran-Brown will also be presenting on the topic “Introduction to the Litigation Appraisal Process.”  Included on her panel are Steve Valdez of South Coast Realty Advisors and Adam Dembowitz of Integra Realty Resources.

Other topics include:

  • Case Study:  Severance Damage Issues in Grade Separation Projects (Robert Lea, MAI, Lea Associates; Mark Easter, Best, Best & Krieger)
  • How Real Estate Valuers Have Abdicated Their Role as Expert Witnesses and Expert Service Providers in Commercial Litigation (Richard Marchitelli, MAI, Cushman & Wakefield)
  • Economist vs. Appraiser:  Tools of the Trade in Litigation (George Dell, MAI, Valuemetrics; Louis Wilde, Gnarus Advisors)
  • Dirty Little Secrets:  Part Deux — Toxic Litigation (Orell Anderson, MAI, Strategic Property Analytics; Paul White, Tressler LLP; Michael Leslie, Caldwell Leslie & Proctor LLP; Rick Friess, Allen Matkins)

Here is a link to the Appraisal Institute’s website with details on the litigation seminar.  We look forward to seeing you there!