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Real Property Experts

When a landlord-tenant dispute has reached the phase of legal proceedings, our team of experts can help attorneys and insurance carriers size up their cases and uncover the facts. We specialize in expert witness testimony regarding a property owner’s standard of care, habitability complaints, wrongful eviction, and damages. Cases include landlord/tenant disputes, code enforcement, property management, and real estate transactions.

Our expertise comes from decades of experience as landlords, property managers, real estate brokers, and building inspectors.

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Steve Edrington, CFLC, CCIM, CPM

Credentials: CFLC and AM Best
Steve Edrington is a Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant (CFLC), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), a Certified Property Manager (CPM), Certified California Resident Manager (CCRM), Licensed Real Estate Broker, and an International Code Council (ICC) California Residential Building Inspector. He has also served as a board member for the California Apartment Association and as an industry lobbyist.

His case history includes work on both defendant and plaintiff sides in deposition, trial, mediation and as a court-appointed referee. Steve is frequently retained as an Expert Witness by law firms and major insurance companies throughout the US and is widely recognized as one of the preeminent experts in his field.

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Philip Barthman

Philip Barthman joined Edrington & Associates after 20+ years as a Building Inspector for Alameda County and 35+ years as an electrician. He brings extensive experience in inspection of residential, commercial, and industrial projects to ensure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, and specifications. He specializes in evaluating illegal units, unsafe dwellings, and habitability complaints.

He holds ICC Certifications as a Combination Inspector, Commercial Combination Inspector, Building Inspector, Electrical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, and Mechanical Inspector. Philip is also a former professor at Oakland’s Laney College where he taught courses including National Electric Code, residential wiring, and commercial wiring.

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Hartsuyker, Stratman & Williams-Abrego (Farmers Insurance Exchange)

“Mr. Edrington assisted us in resolving a sensitive landlord-tenant case at mediation.  His perspective as a local landlord and property manager allowed the landlord client to understand the issues in the case. He was also very knowledgeable regarding the intricacies of the local rent control statute supporting the defense in maintaining its position regarding the tenant’s claimed damages.  I recommend Mr. Edrington highly.”

–Charlene Rosack, Senior Trial Attorney

Koletsky, Mancini, Feldman & Morrow

“Mr. Edrington greatly assisted us at deposition.  His knowledge of the intricacies of the local eviction control statute and standard of care for real estate agents supported the defense in maintaining its position regarding the tenant’s claimed damages.  I recommend Mr. Edrington highly.”

–Marc S. Feldman, Esq., Senior Partner

Fried & Williams LLP

“Mr. Edrington was able to convince opposing counsel at his deposition to completely drop Plaintiff’s damage claim of $176,000 against our client.  His testimony was invaluable in limiting our client’s exposure to a larger damage award.”

–Clifford Fried, Partner

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