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Representative Cases:

Case #1:
Mr. Owens was retained by legal counsel for the Plaintiff.  The Plaintiff's sixty unit apartment complex sustained wind related damage during Hurricane Katrina and had 5-6 feet of flood water.  Flood related damage was covered under separate insurance.  

However, the Defendent , an insurance company, recognized only about $600,000 in wind related damages.

In assisting the Plaintiff, Mr. Owens surveyed the structure in detail and the proposed estimates for replacement.  He was able during his deposition and through his reports to explain why the wind related damages were actually nearer to $3.4 million.

As a result, the Defendent settled this claim with the Plaintiff before the case moved forward into court proceedings.

Case #2:
The plaintiff purchased a home and renovated it.  They then filed suit against the seller, realtor and home inspector for the costs of renovation.  Mr. Owens was retained by the defense as a court expert witness and to examine all of the plaintiff's renovation work.

The plaintiff claimed that the house had been infested with cats and cat urine, and that this should have been disclosed by the seller or discovered by the home inspector prior to the sale.  The plaintiff claimed that their family members were very allergic to cats.

In researching this case, Mr. Owens reviewed hundreds of photos provided by the plaintiff to document the repair work and renovations. In reviewing these photos, Mr. Owens noticed that the plaintiff had several pet cats in their home.

At trial, the plaintiff was presented with photographic proof of their cat ownership.  The case settled.

Case #3:
The plaintiff purchased a home and then discovered termite damages.  They repaired their home and then submitted their invoice of $130,000 to the termite company for repayment.  When the termite company disputed these repairs, the plaintiff sued them for the costs.

Mr. Owens was retained by the defense to review these repairs and inspect the property.  After review. Mr.  Owens was able to identify over $100,000 in upgrades and improvements and less than $26,000 in actual termite damage. 

The case settled.