Legal / Expert Witness

Legal / Expert Witness

From research to depositions and expert testimony at trial, CCI’s 45+ years of consulting and engineering experience provides a unique and significant advantage to clients in need of litigation support. CCI has extensive knowledge of codes and standards regarding fire protection, life safety, and ADA / FHA accessibility, as well as practical experience in their application to thousands of projects. CCI has specifically selected Principals and staff with the necessary abilities and understanding of how to provide legal and expert witness services.

CCI Principals and staff include registered Fire Protection Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Architects, NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialists, International Code Council Certified Accessibility Inspectors / Plan Examiners, California Certified Access Specialists, Texas Registered Accessibility Specialists, as well as Certified Safety Professionals, Certified Healthcare Safety Professionals, and Certified Healthcare Facility Managers.

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Expertise

CCI actively participates in the development of model codes and standards used throughout the United States. This includes membership on numerous National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committees, active participation in the International Code Council (ICC) code development process, and membership on the ICC Fire Code Committee. CCI was equally active in code making organizations preceding the ICC that developed the BOCA National Building Code, the ICBO Uniform Building Code, and the SBCCI Southern Standard Building Code.

Our extensive experience in both developing codes and standards and applying them to thousands of projects allows us to be experts in the requirements, including the history and intent. CCI maintains an extensive library of contemporary and historical construction codes and standards, allowing CCI to research the exact requirements applicable at the time of construction.

Services

CCI provides the following services to the legal community on behalf of architects, developers, and owners:

  • Research of building, fire, and accessibility codes and standards to determine the requirements and their applicability to the building, issue, or case.
  • Site evaluations for codes and standards compliance regarding:
    • Fire protection and life safety
    • Accessibility, including Department of Justice findings
    • Fire sprinkler and standpipe systems
    • Fire alarm systems
  • Determination of fire protection system performance during a fire and evaluation of false activation and damages.
  • Computer fire modeling and fire reconstruction analysis to understand the effects of a fire and the response of fire protection devices.
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The CCI Advantage

Licensed Professional Engineers in 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico & Canada

NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialists

NICET Certified Engineering Technicians

Certified Safety Professionals (CSP)

ICC Certified Accessibility Inspectors / Plan Examiners

California Certified Access Specialists (CASp)

Texas Registered Accessibility Specialists (RAS)

Registered Architects

Certified Healthcare Safety Professionals (CHSP)

Certified Healthcare Facility Managers (CHFM)

USGBC LEED Accredited Professionals

CCI has provided consultation and engineering design services for thousands of diverse projects.