Expert Witness Services

Landscape & Arboriculture Expert Witness Services
Construction Defect & Personal Injury
Drainage & Irrigation Damage
Landscape & Exterior Property Loss From Fire & Water Damage
San Diego County, California & the Western States

Areas of Expertise:

  • Providing landscape construction, horticulture, and arboriculture Expert Witness services

  • Providing litagation services to attorneys specializing in construction defect and personal injury cases including:
    • Inspection and cost of repair and replacement
    • Photography - forensic imaging and construction documentation
    • Aboriculture analysis
    • Landscape construction defects and failures

  • Industry Expert for C-27 Landscape Construction

  • Review of project drawings, details & specifications

  • Lifelong nursery and landscape construction experience
  • Exterior Construction - I started in the Nursery industry with Walter Andersen Nursery in 1966, which lead to a Landscape Design business and eventually as a Design & Build Landscape Contractor in 1980.

    I currently still provide exterior landscape construction services throughout San Diego County, in addition to Expert Witness services throughout the State of California.

    I have been a member of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA), the Irrigation Association (IA), the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), the Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute (ICPI), and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating.

  • Industry Standards - consulting, design, and installation for residential and commercial exterior construction;

    • Landscape - responsible for the design, material selection, placement, and maintenance of landscape materials.

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    • Irrigation - design, selection of materials, site layout, and installation of simple to complex irrigation systems including, but not limited to drip, matched precipitation, stream rotor, and low water use systems.

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    • Drainage - system design, selection of materials, and installation of basic site drainage to pump collection systems.

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    • Hardscape/Paving - design, selection of materials, site layout, and installation of multiple forms of hardscape paving from simple concrete, stamped concrete, to complex paver systems, natural and manufactured stone.

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    • Hardscape/Fireplaces, Fire Pits, Barbeque Entertainment Centers - design, selection of materials, and installation of simple pre-fabricated units to custom and original “one of a kind” backyard entertainment centers.

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    • Hardscape/Walls - design, selection of materials, site layout, and installation of simple freestanding to complex retaining walls. Wall materials includes standard CMU block with different stucco finishes, to segmented retaining walls requiring a pervious concrete backfill in place of a geogrid system. Stephen George has been certified by the Concrete Masonry Association for segmented wall installations.

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    • Wood Construction - design, selection of materials, site layout, and installation of simple attached patio sunscreen structures, wood and wood composite decking to complex outdoor entertainment rooms.

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    • Water Features & Pools - design, selection of materials, and installation of simple fountains to complex water features and waterfalls.
      Design, selection of materials, consulting and oversee the installation of residential swimming pools and spas.

    • Lighting - design, selection of materials, site layout, and installation of simple low voltage walkway lighting to complex outdoor structure and water feature low voltage lighting.

    • Horticultural Evaluation

    • Arboricultural & Horticultural Service

  • Wildfire Landscape Evaluations - I have been providing landscape loss evaluations for homeowners and insurance companies for the 2003 and 2007 San Diego County Wildfires. In 2011, I joined up with Certified Arborist James MacNair in order to provide the most complete landscape evaluation service available for not only San Diego County, but the State of California as well. This includes Landscape, Irrigation , Pavers & Stone, Walls and Embankment Reconstruction, Lighting, Wood Construction and Water Features/Pools.

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    Wildfire Landscape Evaluations
    2006 Pre-fire aerial
    Wildfire Landscape Evaluations
    2007 Post fire aerial
    Wildfire Landscape Evaluations
    Pre-fire 2006
    Wildfire Landscape Evaluations
    Post-fire 2007
  • Arboricultural & Horticultural Services – We are currently working with James MacNair of MacNair & Associates on multiple arboriculture and related construction cases in San Diego County. James is a certified arborist (WE-0603A).
Work Experience:

  • 1966-1969 Walter Andersen Nursery * Nursery & Landscape Construction
  • 1969-1972 Presidio Nursery * Landscape Design
  • 1972-1978 Environmental Design & Development * Landscape Design
  • 1978-1980 So. Calif. Landscape Designs * Owner - Landscape Design
  • 1980-current Landscapes West * - Owner - Design & Build Landscape Contractor
Courses and Certifications:

  • Course Certified Segmented Retaining Wall Installer
  • ICPI Concrete Paver Installer Certification
  • Certificate CSRW1

  • C-27 Landscape Construction (#389976 & #961442)

  • (CLCA) California Landscape Contractors Association
  • (IA) Irrigation Association
  • (ICPI) Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
  • (ISA) International Society of Arboriculture
  • (NCMA) National Concrete Masonry Association
  • (BBB) Better Business Bureau * A+ rating
  • (BNI) Business Networking International

  • California Landscape Contractors Association * Landscape Awards
    • Residential Design & Build
    • Residential Landscape Construction
    • Commercial Design & Build
    • Commercial Xeriscape & Slope Retention
Consulting & Expert Witness:

  • Alexis Bastedo - Elliott N. Kanter Law Offices
  • Elizabeth Bhuta - Attorney at Law - San Diego
  • Grimm, Vranjes & Greer - Mark Vranjes & Stephen Gregory
  • Gordon & Rees - Brandon Saxon - San Diego * Kevin Whelan - Irvine
  • Hurst & Hurst - Julie Corbo Ridley - San Diego
  • Russell Kohn - Attorney at Law - Oceanside, CA
  • Milstein & Adelman - Mark Milstein - Santa Monica
  • Ron Noya - Attorney at Law - San Diego
  • Payne & Fears - Thomas Vincent - Irvine, CA
  • San Diego Fire Lawyers - Michael Feinberg, Gerald Singleton, Hasmik Geghamyan
  • Schack Law Group - Alexander Schack & Geoffrey Spreter - San Diego
  • Sparacino Law - Demetrios Sparacino - San Diego
  • Su L. Barry - Attorney at Law
  • Tosdal Smith Seiner & Wax - Thomas Tosdal - San Diego
  • Walter Andersen Nursery - Poway and Pacific Highway

Stephen George
Stephen George

Landscapes West BBB Business Review
NCMA Certified SRW Installer
Irrigation Association Member
ICPI Member
Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA)
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