Experience Makes a Great Construction Expert Witness
Marlin E. Buckley has over 45 years of experience in the construction industry. He began his early career working with tools, then moved into construction management, and later on into expert consulting for construction trades. Buckley has trade level experience in electrical, carpentry, HVAC, and plumbing work. Buckley currently runs his own private consulting practice, Marlin Buckley, P.C. for which he provides expert witness consulting, estimating and bid preparation, and project management.
As an construction expert witness and a forensic expert witness in court, Marlin Buckley represents both plaintiffs and defendants in various types of court cases, including defects, accidents, personal injury, and contractual payment issues. As a professional construction cost estimator, Marlin E. Buckley has experience in general, mechanical, and electrical construction, including new construction, renovations, and historically-certified restorations. Past projects include research laboratories, hospitals, medical centers, offices, restaurants, military installations, technology centers, schools, universities, libraries, retail stores, banks, and hotels.
Marlin E. Buckley is professionally licensed as a master plumber, a master gas fitter, a master electrician, a master HVACR contractor, and as a fire sprinkler worker. Licenses are held in various jurisdictions in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland; titles vary by jurisdiction. Having earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cairn University, Marlin continues to attend various continuing education classes.
Marlin Buckley currently has or has had memberships in the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA), the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), American Society of Professional Estimators, American Society of Plumbing Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the International Code Council (ICC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
In addition to several trade licenses, Marlin E. Buckley is a journeyman carpenter, specializing in mill-work and finish carpentry.
Construction Expert Witnesses in Court
A construction expert witness like Marlin E. Buckely has knowledge and expertise gleaned from years of experience in the construction industry. The testimony of construction expert witnesses informs the court on construction issues like building delays, codes, compliance, construction costs, and construction defects. Construction expert witnesses can explain the building process, construction contracts, financing, bonds and insurance, and construction management. Construction expert witnesses explain industry standard practices and construction terminology to the court. In addition, construction expert witnesses like Marlin E. Buckley can give testimony in personal injury cases that occur on construction work sites.
There are several kinds of cases for which a construction expert witness like Marlin Buckley may be called to testify. One example might involve condo tenants suing a real estate developer for airborne mold exposure. Another common example involves homeowners who sue for breach of contract after a remodel was never finished or not finished to satisfaction. Government entities also end up in court with issues related to construction matters. Construction expert witnesses help in all of these cases because they can explain industry standards and construction jargon to the court. Construction expert witnesses like Marlin E. Buckley stay current on new improvements in the construction industry, including methodologies, processes, and materials used in the construction industry.
Marlin Buckley Forensic Expert Witness
The word forensic in the term forensic expert witness relates to the use of science and technology to investigate and establish the facts that make up the evidence presented in a courtroom. A forensic expert witness in construction is a paid witness, who is considered an expert because of his education, training, skill, experience, or combination thereof in the construction trades. A forensic expert witness in construction is believed to have specialized knowledge in construction and its various connected trades than the average person. The court and everyone connected to the case must legally rely on the forensic expert witness’s testimony about the evidence in a case made under oath.
Our goal at Marlin E. Buckley, P.C. in the role of forensic expert witness is to conduct a thorough investigation of the issues of the case. In addition, in court we will offer impartial opinions based on the evidence as presented. Part of our role as forensic expert witnesses is to educate lawyers and judges in the courtroom about the findings, what they mean, and why they are important to the case.