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Mediation and Expert Witness

Expert Testimony In Construction Defect Cases

I bring thorough knowledge of every aspect of the building process, from luxury homes to retail commercial buildings. In my career I have always sought to build architecturally significant structures, often with an environmental responsibility. The creation of these buildings often required innovative and complex approaches.

As an experienced residential construction manager in Marin, Sonoma, Napa and beyond, I work with attorneys to:


  • Give expert opinions on the value of work performed
  • Examine all contractor billings and change orders for legitimacy
  • Validate cost of materials, and in some cases, determine if charged materials were actually used on the site in question or taken to another project.

    “I am told I am an excellent expert witness testifier”.

    As a residential general contractor building close to 230 architecturally challenging structures from Marin County on the West Coast to the Rocky Mountains I have mediated disputes between highly invested, sometimes highly emotional individuals. I have worked out very interesting and complex solutions between owners and contractors.

    I am certified by CDR Associates in Boulder, CO after an intensive course in mediation.

    Speaking Spanish fluently is invaluable in facilitating communications at construction sites.

    “Yo soy un mediador quien habla español con confianza“

    Client Feedback

    {It was great having you…you saved us thousands of dollars!
    Linda, Sonoma County
    {You have been invaluable! Thank you. We are grateful for all your work. We have appreciated every bit of your knowledge. The meeting yesterday was fantastic!
    Kristen, Mill Valley
    {Polsky Perlstein Architects worked closely with Richard Wodehouse to construct substantial improvements to a home that involved transforming it into a beautiful contemporary residence. Richard was adept in providing the level of care necessary to ensure a beautiful finished product. We recommend Richard as a highly skilled project manager and problem-solver.
    Polsky Perlstein Architects, Larkspur
    {My husband and I both feel we owe Richard a deserving review for all that he’s done to help us with our home renovation project. Richard, in his very calm and systematic way, asked us to trust him which we agreed. We are in a much happier place now and would have NEVER gotten to this point had we not hired Richard.
    WCPM Client
    {When I was unable to make any progress with a difficult contractor during a large project, Richard was a strong mediator who created a new communication channel and an agreeable plan to move forward. His construction expertise also challenged incorrect assumptions by the contractor, which resulted in a job that was completed to code and high industry standards. I wish that I knew Richard at the beginning of the project, as I would have avoided the issues and stress that he had to address at the end.
    Kristine, Sonoma
    {Our architect recommended against hiring a construction manager saying we didn’t need it for “such a small project” (single family home renovation). Some time later, when we found ourselves almost a million dollars over our original budget, I called Richard again. If only we had him on board from the beginning, we would have realized that the budget was significantly underestimated and we could have changed course before the architectural plans were finalized. I regret not having Richard on the team from the beginning. Richard then helped us transition to owner-builders and taught me a few things in the process. I now know what’s involved in waterproofing a shower pan and I can speak confidently about left-hand versus right-hand door swings. Having Richard on your project is like having insurance against things going wrong.
    Kirstin, Sausalito

    about richard wodehouse

    My role as the Owner’s Project Manager’s is to provide guidance and information to eliminate uncertainties, and ensure the owner’s best interests are at the heart of every decision made.




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