Expert Witness & Consulting Counsel

Construction, Historic Preservation & Accessibility Expert Witness and Consulting Counsel

When Just Knowing Construction Law May Not Be Enough.

While construction lawyers are well-versed in the law, they are usually not architects or builders experienced in the technical, hands-on details of the design and construction industries, and often rely on construction industry expert witnesses to help them understand the administrative, technical and physical issues of design and construction disputes.

But expert witnesses are not usually trained in the law, and very often have difficulty translating their highly technical findings and industry terminology into language that attorneys can fully understand and use to craft proper legal strategies, thereby often wasting time and increasing client costs.


Attorney & Architect Gary L. Cole AIA, Esq.’s Expert Witness Services

Gary L. Cole AIA, Esq. is an attorney who has designed and constructed as a licensed architect and a contractor – and he is an architect who has litigated, arbitrated and mediated, and has successfully negotiated and closed many transactions as an attorney. This uncommon dual professional combination of training, skill and experience – along with the ability to provide clear and concise technical and legal findings – allows him to provide unique Expert Witness services for design, construction defect, construction contract, historic preservation and American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) disputes.

As a licensed architect prior to becoming an attorney, he practiced architecture and taught building material forensics investigation at the University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Architecture for over a decade. He has the ability to quickly examine documentary and site physical evidence to accurately assess the merits of legal claims and determine the causes of liability in ways not typically possible for non-legally trained expert witnesses.

He has served as an expert witness in matters involving construction defects and contract disputes, historic preservation disputes and federal litigation involving the Americans With Disabilities Act. For litigators in state court, federal court and arbitration, Mr. Cole is available to provide testifying and non-testifying Expert Witness services.

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Attorney & Architect Gary L. Cole AIA, Esq.’s Consulting Counsel Services

For attorneys who may not typically practice in Mr. Cole’s areas of expertise but who find themselves representing clients with such needs, he provides Co-Counsel, Supporting Counsel and Consulting Services to add depth to their representation without engaging non-legal expert witnesses to provide objective assessments of limited scope. By providing legal support services to other attorneys that draw on his design and construction technical experience, he can assist on an as-needed basis in crafting effective and insightful legal strategies by clarifying the often confusing complexities of the design and construction industries, historic preservation and rehabilitation laws, and federal, state and local accessibility laws and guidelines.

For transactional attorneys who may be unfamiliar with design and construction industry customs, methods, technology and terminology and who desire support in drafting and negotiating construction related contracts, Mr. Cole has extensive experience representing owners, architects and contractors in a wide variety of American Institute of Architects (AIA) and other industry-standard agreements, and provides assistance in crafting agreements that represent both effective business plans and ensure proper risk management.

For attorneys involved in complex and often confusing matters relating to historic preservation and rehabilitation, development incentives, tax credits and state and federal regulatory matters in need of support, Mr. Cole has two decades of experience in historic preservation technical and legal matters.

He is both an historic preservation attorney who co-authored a legal treatise on historic preservation law for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE); he is an “Historical Architect” under the criteria set forth by the National Park Service for such professional qualifications; a former staff architect for Illinois’ state historic preservation regulatory agency, and, is a former Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois’ Historic Preservation Option. He publishes regularly online and in the print media and has spoken at local, state, national and international conferences on a wide range of historic preservation-related subjects.