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Richard Norman & Associates
Consultants to the Insurance, Housing and Construction Litigation fields.
About Us



RICHARD NORMAN: Professional History.


B.BSc. Construction.  1976 - 1979.  University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Mold Remediation Specialist #18464. 2012.  International Restoration Institute



Final Year:

National Development Fund for the Construction Industry Award for the Best Student.

George Strachan Award for Best Student.

Murray & Stewart Award for Best Student in Construction Management.

3rd Year:

National Development Fund for the Construction Industry Award for the Best Student.



American Society of Civil Engineers: Professional Affiliate #237552 - 1985 to present.

American Institute of Architects, Honolulu: Professional Affiliate - 1988 to present.

Association of Construction Inspectors: Certified Construction Inspector #5533 - 1998 to present.

Association of Construction Inspectors: Certified Project Manager #5533 - 1998 to present.



Guest Lecturer for the Graduate Builders Institute, UC Berkeley.  1993.  Construction Scheduling.



RICHARD NORMAN & ASSOCIATES:  October 1991 – present.


Principal in charge of all construction claims, insurance loss evaluations, estimating and scheduling operations.  Responsible for authoring all of the documents prepared by RN&A, for most of the site forensic work, for expert witness testimony and direction of all work performed by the other Associates.

Types of projects undertaken, range from single-family dwellings to thousand unit condominium complexes to high-rise buildings to luxury resort hotels to commercial facilities all over the United States.

Areas of expertise provided include the following:


Construction Defect Evaluation and Analysis and Litigation Support:

  1. Participate in site inspections and destructive testing.

  2. Photographic and video recordation of as-built conditions

  3. Causation determination.

  4. Establish scope of repairs.

  5. Analyze and/or produce detailed CPM schedules for delay claims.

  6. Prepare detailed cost estimates of proposed repairs.

  7. Attend settlement conferences and/or mediations.

  8. Provide deposition and court testimony.

  9. Represented Homeowners, Cities & Counties, Public Entities, and Stucco, Concrete, Piling, Framing, Painting, Roofing, Sheet Metal and Window Subcontractors. 


Personal Injury Causation Analysis:

  1. Inspect accident location and record conditions, dimensions and materials.

  2. Evaluate accident location for code compliance.

  3. Provide technical data and specifications of materials involved.

  4. Provide deposition and court testimony.

  5. Evaluated accidents involving Sidewalk trip/slip & falls, Wheel Stop trip & falls, Speed Bump falls, Stair trip/slip & falls, Shower door accidents, Sink accidents, Sliding glass door accidents, Window accidents, Garage door accidents, Falling object accidents, Roof falls, Construction Site accidents and Lighting-related falls. 


Habitability Claim Evaluations:

  1. Inspect single-family dwellings, apartments and residential hotels and record conditions.

  2. Evaluate conditions for Housing and Building Code compliance.

  3. Provide deposition and court testimony.


Insurance Loss Evaluations:

  1. Inspect property losses all over the United States.

  2. Photographic and video recordation of damage.

  3. Establish scope of loss and repairs.

  4. Work with Insured to obtain original construction costs or new repair bids.

  5. Prepare detailed spreadsheets of actual costs on Builder’s Risk losses.

  6. Prepare detailed cost estimates to return structures to their pre-loss condition.

  7. Analyze and/or produce detailed CPM schedules for delay-in-completion claims.

  8. Work with Adjusters and Insured to settle losses.

  9. Types of losses include Fire, Flood, Water Intrusion, Wind, Hurricane, Tornado, Soil Movement, Earthquake, Vehicle/Aircraft impact, Vandalism and Collapse.


Insurance Appraisals:

  1. Participate as an Appraiser on a three-man Appraisal Panel.

  2. Types of disputes appraised include losses due to Fire, Flood and Wind.



LEE SAYLOR, INC:  August 1984 – October 1991.

VICE PRESIDENT:  November 1989 – October 1991.

Vice President in charge of the construction claims division of LSI.  Responsible for the claims operations in the Concord, Beverly Hills, San Diego, Sacramento, Anchorage and Honolulu offices.

Tasks included the preparation of detailed damage calculation documents for litigation, arbitration and settlement purposes, the analysis of multi-disciplined CPM schedules, the evaluation of insurance losses and defective construction and testimony as an expert witness.


VICE PRESIDENT/MANAGER of the HAWAII OFFICE:  March 1988 – October 1989.

Established and managed the LSI Honolulu office.  Was responsible for business development, client liaison, marketing, gathering local cost and productivity data, inspecting losses, writing reports, preparing cost estimates and providing expert witness testimony.


CLAIMS CONSULTANT:  August 1984 – March 1988.

Employed as a claims consultant responsible for inspecting insurance losses and defective construction claims, for writing reports, for the preparation of delay/disruption claims and for expert witness testimony especially in the field of wrongful termination of subcontractors.



MILTON MEYER & CO:  October 1983 – June 1984.


Employed as a project manager by one of the largest property developers in San Francisco.  Responsibilities included project estimating, scheduling, obtaining bids for work, letting subcontracts, construction supervision and cost control of tenant improvement work in a dozen high-rise office buildings in the financial district of San Francisco.





Employed as a Divisional Manager for a medium-sized general contracting company in Cape Town, South Africa.  Responsible for the daily operations of 140 men, for bidding work and negotiating contracts, for the financial profitability of the division and the direction of the supervisory staff.  Was stationed on site during the construction of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant.  Contract work included the construction of ancillary structures for the power station, residential housing, office buildings and a church.




FOSCHINI LIMITED:  August 1981 – January 1983.


Employed as one of two project managers responsible for all construction activities on over 600 retail stores throughout Southern Africa.  Responsibilities included inspections of the various stores to be worked on, the gathering of dimension, detail and local code information for the design department in Cape Town, obtaining bids from local contractors, letting contracts, supervising the work, cost and schedule control until handing over the finished store to the store manager.



MURRAY & ROBERTS:  June 1976 – August 1981.


Employed by the largest construction company in the Southern Hemisphere to head one of their regional material purchasing departments.  Responsibilities included the production of detailed CPM schedules to determine when long-lead construction materials should be ordered and when subcontractors should be on site so as not to delay progress.


STUDENT:  1976 – 1979:

As a condition of my scholarship, I was required to work for Murray & Roberts during the university vacations.  I worked as a project manager on the construction of the headgear foundations at Rossing Uranium Mine in the Namib Desert, Namibia, as a surveyor setting cambers in floor slab formwork prior to pouring on a medium-rise office building in Cape Town, South Africa, as a project manager on a hospital renovation, as a project manager on a many-thousand unit mass housing project outside Kimberley, South Africa and as a project manager on the Cape Town Civic Center tower.