Category: News

12 Oct 2018

MC CONSULTANTS, INC. PROMOTES MICHELLE SAULS TO EAST REGION OPERATIONS MANAGER

DATE: October 12, 2018

CONTACT: Julie Martinet
Phone: (800) 729-0355
E-mail: Julie.Martinet@mcconsultants.com

MICHELLE SAULS TO SERVE AS OPERATIONS MANAGER – EAST REGION, FORENSICS SERVICES GROUP

MC Consultants is pleased to announce the promotion of Michelle Sauls to serve as Operations Manager – East Region, Forensics Services Group. In this role, Ms. Sauls is responsible for the management and supervision of MC’s East Region-based Project Managers and professional administrative team. Ms. Sauls facilitates interaction and information exchange between project teams and clients and acts as a liaison to attorneys and their staff, claims professionals, and external co-experts. Ms. Sauls is also responsible for Case Intake for the Eastern Region.

Michelle received a Bachelor of Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida. She earned a Master of Public Administration from Troy University

MC Consultants: www.mcconsultants.com

06 Sep 2017

MC CONSULTANTS’ INDUSTRIAL HYGIENISTS DEPLOYED TO TEXAS IN SUPPORT OF HURRICANE HARVEY RECOVERY EFFORT

DATE: September 5, 2017

CONTACT: Julie Martinet
Phone: (800) 729-0355
E-mail: Julie.Martinet@mcconsultants.com

DATE: September 5, 2017

CONTACT: Julie Martinet
Phone: (800) 729-0355
E-mail: Julie.Martinet@mcconsultants.com

MC Consultants’ Industrial Hygienists Deployed to Texas in Support of Hurricane Harvey Recovery Effort

Several members of MC Consultants’ environmental consulting team have been deployed to Texas to support the environmental consulting needs of the 100,000+ people requiring environmental assistance to return to their homes and businesses.

Multiple members of MC’s Environmental team are licensed in Texas for mold and asbestos, so their service and support of this region is both timely and important to the residents of the water flooded regions.

“MC Environmental Services Vice President & Sr. Scientists, Roy Dunn and I are committed to doing all we can to support the many people and businesses effected by Hurricane Harvey. MC’s Texas licensed industrial hygienists have either been deployed or are standing-by to be deployed to support inspections required by FEMA for re-entry to homes and businesses.”

Dan Ducommun, President & CEO, MC Consultants, Inc.

MC Environmental Services Contact Information:

Arizona Office: 13122 S 178th Avenue, Goodyear, AZ 85338

Office: 623-691 6400
Mobile: 480-204-3866
National: 800-729-0355
E-Mail:    Roy.Dunn@mcconsultants.com

MC Consultants Environmental Services: www.mcconsultants.com

21 Jul 2017

MC CONSULTANTS, INC. WILL BE A DIAMOND SPONSOR OF THE 2017 CLM & BUSINESS INSURANCE CONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE

DATE: July 21, 2017

CONTACT: Susan Wisbey-Smith, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (847) 317-9103
E-mail: Susan.Wisbey-Smith@theclm.org

MC Consultants, Inc. will be a Diamond Sponsor of the 2017 CLM & Business Insurance Construction Conference

MC Consultants, Inc. is a sponsor of the 2017 CLM & Business Insurance Construction Conference, which will be held in the Manchester Grand Hyatt from October 9 – 11. This Conference covers all aspects of insurance, risk, and claims management aspects of the insurance related to the construction industry. In addition to addressing construction defects and other hot topics, conference sessions will also address facets of construction site accidents/injuries, coverage issues, subcontractor issues, risk management, and new technologies. Sessions will address issues on the national, regional, and state levels. In addition to the interactive educational sessions, conference attendees will have many opportunities to network with other thought-leaders in the industry.

About the CLM

The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) promotes and furthers the highest standards of claims and litigation management and brings together the thought leaders in both industries. CLM’s Members and Fellows include risk and litigation managers, insurance and claims professionals, corporate counsel, outside counsel and third party vendors. The CLM sponsors educational programs, provides resources and fosters communication among all in the industry. To learn more about the CLM, please visit www.theclm.org.

01 Mar 2017

MC ARCHITECT EXPERT, TOM ALLEN TO SPEAK AT WEST COAST CASUALTY CONFERENCE

DATE: March 1, 2017

CONTACT: Julie Martinet
E-mail: Julie.Martinet@mcconsultants.com

MC ARCHITECT EXPERT, TOM ALLEN TO SPEAK AT WEST COAST CASUALTY CONFERENCE

MC Consultants Architect Expert, Tom Allen to serve as a featured speaker at the West Coast Casualty Conference, being hosted at the Disneyland Conference Center, May 17-19, 2017.  MC is proud to serve as Cyber Café Sponsor of this year’s conference.  For more information about West Coast Casualty click this link: www.westcoastcasualty.com

06 Sep 2016

MC CONSULTANTS, INC. WILL BE A DIAMOND SPONSOR OF THE 2016 CLM CLAIMS NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CLAIMS CONFERENCE

DATE: September 6, 2016

CONTACT: Susan Wisbey-Smith, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (847) 317-9103
E-mail: Susan.Wisbey-Smith@theclm.org

MC Consultants, Inc. will be a Diamond Sponsor of the 2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference

MC Consultants, Inc. is a sponsor of the 2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference, which will be held in the Manchester Grand Hyatt from September 28 – 30. The National Construction Claims Conference will address construction defect claims, as well as claims centered on construction site accidents/injuries, coverage issues, subcontractor issues, and new technologies. Sessions also will address issues on the national, regional, and state levels.

About the CLM

The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) promotes and furthers the highest standards of claims and litigation management and brings together the thought leaders in both industries. CLM’s Members and Fellows include risk and litigation managers, insurance and claims professionals, corporate counsel, outside counsel and third party vendors. The CLM sponsors educational programs, provides resources and fosters communication among all in the industry. To learn more about the CLM, please visit www.theclm.org.

16 Aug 2016

MC CONSULTANTS, INC. WILL BE A PLATINUM SPONSOR OF THE 2016 CLM CLAIMS COLLEGE

DATE: August 15, 2016

CONTACT: Susan Wisbey-Smith, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (847) 317-9103
E-mail: Susan.Wisbey-Smith@theclm.org

MC Consultants, Inc. will be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2016 CLM Claims College

MC Consultants, Inc. is a sponsor of the 2016 Claims College, which will be held in Marriott Baltimore Waterfront from September 7 to 10. The CLM Claims College features more than 80 collaborative educational sessions and keynote presentations designed by industry professionals to help attendees gain the knowledge they need to be on the forefront of the industry.

About the CLM

The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) promotes and furthers the highest standards of claims and litigation management and brings together the thought leaders in both industries. CLM’s Members and Fellows include risk and litigation managers, insurance and claims professionals, corporate counsel, outside counsel and third party vendors. The CLM sponsors educational programs, provides resources and fosters communication among all in the industry. To learn more about the CLM, please visit www.theclm.org.

15 Feb 2016

MC Promotes Ashcraft to Corporate Vice President

BUSINESS RELEASE

DATE: February 15, 2016

CONTACT: Julie Martinet, Business Development Manager
Phone: (760) 930-9966
E-mail: Julie.Martinet@mcconsultants.com

MC Consultants Promotes Ashcraft to Corporate Vice President

Carlsbad, California

MC Consultants, Inc. (“MC”) is pleased to announce Kristina Ashcraft has been promoted to Corporate Vice President.  In this new role, Ms. Ashcraft will work closely with the President and Chief Operating Officer to determine the strategic direction of the company’s multiple consulting groups, as well as carry out the corporation’s strategic plan through overseeing operations, developing functional roles and assigning responsibilities to employees who report directly to her.

Ms. Ashcraft brings over 19 years of experience in the insurance and construction/general liability forensic consulting industry.  Since 2014, Kristina has served MC as Vice President, Construction Consulting Services.  Prior to her 2014 promotion, Kristina served MC as Director of Operations (2007-2013).

“We are excited to have Kristina supporting MC’s national client base by leading the growth and management of our regionally based technical teams. Kristina’s leadership skills and extensive industry experience in managing MC’s forensic consulting market has positioned her to serve this corporate leadership role, which is a perfect complement to MC’s management team.” 

Dan Ducommun, President & CEO

MC Consultants serves clients nationwide, providing a wide variety of construction consulting, environmental consulting, construction defect forensics, general liability forensics, and technical training and certification services.

MC Consultants has been responding to client needs at the highest level of service since being founded in 1989. Our staff of credentialed professionals includes architects, engineers, building science experts, general contractors, construction managers, cost estimators, fenestration, roofing and water intrusion experts, industrial hygienists, project managers and technical training professionals. MC Consultants’ reputation as an industry leader is strongly attributable to the distinct capabilities of these accomplished and experienced individuals. Our national forensic team’s extensive backgrounds deliver industry-leading third-party quality assurance consulting services.

To learn more about MC Consultants’ service offerings, please visit our website:  www.mcconsultants.com

15 Feb 2016

MC Promotes Dunn to Vice President, Environmental Consulting Services

BUSINESS RELEASE

DATE: February 15, 2016

CONTACT: Julie Martinet, Business Development Manager
Phone: (760) 930-9966
E-mail: Julie.Martinet@mcconsultants.com

MC Consultants Promotes Dunn to Vice President, Environmental Consulting Services

Carlsbad, California

MC Consultants, Inc. (“MC”) is pleased to announce Roy Dunn has been promoted to Vice President, Environmental Consulting Services.

Mr. Dunn brings over 20 years of environmental experience, which includes serving 5 years as a safety department professional within the coal mining industry.  In 2003, Roy co-founded Dunn Environmental which in 2009 became a subsidiary of MC Consultants, where Roy served as this division’s General Manager.

 “I’m excited to have Roy supporting this important environmental client base management role. While serving as the General Manager of Dunn Environmental, Roy demonstrated the leadership skills that are required to support this newly established corporate role.” I’m confident MC’s environmental services industries growth objectives can and will be achieved through Roy’s strong leadership qualities and extensive industry experience.” 

Dan Ducommun, President & CEO

MC Consultants serves clients nationwide, providing a wide variety of construction consulting, environmental consulting, construction defect forensics, general liability forensics, and technical training and certification services.

MC Consultants has been responding to client needs at the highest level of service since being founded in 1989. Our staff of credentialed professionals includes architects, engineers, building science experts, general contractors, construction managers, certified cost estimators, fenestration, roofing and water intrusion experts, industrial hygienists, project managers and technical training professionals. MC Consultants’ reputation as an industry leader is strongly attributable to the distinct capabilities of these accomplished and experienced individuals. Our national forensic team’s extensive backgrounds deliver industry-leading third-party quality assurance consulting services.

To learn more about MC Consultants’ consulting service offerings, please visit our website:  www.mcconsultants.com

01 Mar 2013

MC Feature Article – US Builders Review – Spring Edition


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MC CONSULTANTS INC.
Forensic Expert Leading Consulting in all Facets of Construction

Produced by Heidi Therrien & Written by Emma Bouthillette

MC Consultants Inc. (MCC) is one year away from celebrating 25 years of delivering consulting services specific to the construction defect forensic expert market. MCC is an employee-owned business, with many employees celebrating five-, 10- and 15-year employment anniversaries.

Dan Ducommun, president of MCC, joined the California based company 11 years ago, initially serving on the board of directors as an independent director. In 2007 Ducommun became a full-time employee, serving as vice president of sales and marketing; he was promoted a year later to his current position.

According to Ducommun, he feels the combination of the company’s depth of construction industry expertise and the team’s ability to serve multiple markets is what differentiates MCC from most consulting firms serving similar clients. MCC boasts several divisions, ensuring the company can provide high-quality construction management, quality control and risk management, environmental investigation services and real property management services.

In addition to providing construction defect forensic services through MCC’s mc2 Consultants division, the company operates additional consulting divisions to support the construction defect consulting arena.

The company’s CE Prime Inc. (CE Prime) provides forensic litigation support specific to civil engineering and geotechnical projects. CE Prime also specializes in land development activities and right of way management services to clients in both the public and private sectors.

Meanwhile, MCC’s aquaForensics is a nationally recognized water intrusion consulting company with expertise in roofing, waterproofing and the building envelope. “This division’s staff of roofing and waterproofing experts is in high demand to serve the forensic litigation market,” Ducommun says.

Dunn Environmental Services Inc. provides forensic litigation support specific to construction related environmental issues. This division of MCC also provides hospitals, municipalities, industrial companies and private citizens with high-quality, cost-effective, environmental consulting and industrial hygiene testing services throughout the U.S.

“Our staff of credentialed professionals includes: architects, engineers, general contractors, construction managers, certified cost estimators, roofing and water intrusion experts, industrial hygienists, real property consultants and project managers,” says Ducommun. “MCC’s roster provides our clients with the advantage of knowing they’ve hired a consultant who works within an organization that isn’t limited to one category of construction expertise.”

Ducommun brings national consulting experience to MCC, as he has over two decades of experience serving in senior level management positions within national and international companies and firms. Ducommun’s experience serves MCC well in leading the company to expand consulting capabilities, focusing on effectively serving nationwide client markets.

MCC has delivered consulting services to clients in every region throughout the country. Ducommun attributes this geographic growth to the combination of client demand for MCC’s proven service model, experienced professional team and the company’s strong commitment to invest in innovation and market expansion.

“A vast majority of our company’s expansion planning is driven by demand or interests of insurance carriers, firms and companies that feel our consulting models serve the markets outside our west region service roots,” Ducommun says. “Our numerous clients have confidence in MCC recommending the finest expert choice to address the complex issues our clients present and electing to pass on accepting projects where our expertise is not a perfect fit.”

Educating Community
According to Ducommun, MCC has produced and hosted 24 annual construction defect and insurance coverage conferences over the past 15 years. Each of these conferences provides attendees eight to nine hours of Continued Education credits (MCLE and CE credits).

MCC is gearing up for the company’s seventh annual East Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, which will be held in June 2013 in Orlando, Fla. MCC has also been hosting an Annual West Region Construction Defect Conference for 19 years, with this year’s being held in San Diego.

“These two annual conferences draw in excess of 250 East and 500 West attendees,” says Ducommun. “The attendee’s professions range from developers, builders, insurance professionals, attorneys, judges and consulting companies, all supporting or serving the construction defect industry.” The conferences both address regional construction defects, risk management, coverage issues, litigation management, as well as insurance issues arising out of construction related claims.

“Industry professionals consider these two conferences a valuable educational and industry networking resource,” Ducommun continues. “Our conference seminar agendas provide the construction defect market current and relevant lecture topics [some considered controversial], each supported by panelists representing all fields within the industry.”

In addition to MCC’s commitment to produce two annual regional events, the company also began hosting local market half-day seminars starting in 2008. According to Ducommun, each event features local professionals and judges that support and serve the industry. “These seminars are free, offer pertinent information, and provide the local market professionals a great networking venue,” he notes. MCC also certifies these seminars for two hours of MCLE credits.

Construction and Risk Management
MCC’s mc3 Consultants division was founded in 2005 to deliver services in support of banks, real estate investors, developers, builders and owners in need of repairing or refurbishing real estate property. MCC’s staff of consulting professionals bring more than 20 years of experience to the construction industry.

The mc3 team is the same one that supports MCC’s construction forensics litigation and claims handling markets, thereby offering a forensically trained eye during the course of construction.

MCC’s experienced builder and design professionals can support a wide variety of risk management markets, oversee and/or represent HOA’s reconstruction or repairs generated from a defect litigation judgment, as well as address most all construction management issues. These experts span all project disciplines, including contracting, project management, architecture design review, engineering, cost estimating, as well as deliver or support QA/QC programs.

Recently, mc3 Consultants was hired to serve as the HOA’s construction manager on a $13 million high-rise condo renovation project in Las Vegas. “This renovation project is one of the largest in Nevada history,” Ducommun says. “It was the result of a class action lawsuit filed a few years back by a prominent plaintiff firm based in Las Vegas.”

Ducommun claims a fairly high percentage of residential developments face potential lawsuits for claims specific to construction defects. For this reason mc3 Consultants serves as a construction manager representative responsible for the bids related to hiring, as well as to provide quality oversight of the repair work on defects to be completed. Ducommun advises 65 percent of the company’s revenues are generated from delivering construction forensic analysis and testimony expertise to law firms across the country. Over the span of 24 years, MCC has represented both the plaintiff and the defense in these cases.

Since the 1980s the construction defect industry has increasingly grown. Many states have legislation adopted to curtail class action lawsuits in construction defect cases. Some states developed a right-to-repair statue, which promotes a timeline for developers and builders to repair work prior to the filing of a lawsuit.

As the industry continues to evolve, Ducommun has high expectations for the industries the company serves, as well as for the future of MCC’s consulting divisions. “I’m committed to positioning MCC to be a great place to work, while succeeding in achieving our national expansion objectives through the delivery of superior results and solutions to clients in need of MCC’s multiple consulting divisions,” Ducommun says. Though Ducommun looks forward to further expansion, he assures the team will remain committed to delivering the high-quality consulting services for which MC Consultants Inc. is known.

28 Sep 2009

MC Feature Article – San Diego Business Journal – 2009


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When Projects Go Awry, in Steps ‘CSI’ of Construction Defects
DEVELOPMENT: MC Consultants Called on to Help Resolve Repair Disputes at the Litigation Stage

By Ned Randolph

Construction projects by their nature require multiple teams to complete, so when something goes wrong a team of experts is often needed to solve the problem.

That’s where MC Consultants has built its reputation as one of the prominent construction forensics groups in the Western United States.

“We figure out how to build a better building,” said Dan Ducommun, president and CEO of the Carlsbad firm. “And if something goes wrong, we figure out why it went wrong, who is the cause and how to estimate the repair.”

He said: “We’re like the ‘CSI’ of construction defects.”

MC Consultants consists of five divisions — mc2, mc3, aquaForensics, CE Prime and Dunn Environmental Services — which together generate $10 million in annual revenue.

The firm is staffed by 50 people who are experts in their respective fields — from architects and contractors to civil engineers and environmental investigators.
Ducommun estimates the Western U.S. market of the construction defect industry at $150 million in collected fees.

MC Consultants, based in Carlsbad, has offices in Denver; Kansas City, Kan.; Las Vegas; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; and Scottsdale, Ariz., and it is planning to open an office in Florida next year to serve the Southeast — which is exploding with construction defect lawsuits following the construction boom, Ducommun said.

Building A Reputation
The firm held its 15th annual West Region Construction Defect and Construction Law Conference on Sept. 16-18 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront that attracted more than 300 industry professionals from insurance companies, law firms, judges, homebuilders, developers and design firms.

“The seminar started out as a way to introduce themselves to insurance companies, contractors and lawyers; now it’s a good place to be if you want to know what’s going on at the forefront of the law in 2010,” said Keith Bremer, the founding partner of Bremer Whyte, an 85-lawyer firm with offices in San Diego.

In February, MC Consultants’ civil engineering division, or CE Prime, also won the “right of way” management contract for the new Sunrise Power Link project by San Diego Gas & Electric. MC Consultants will provide consulting services specific to land acquisitions for the project.

Although Ducommun wouldn’t disclose the dollar amount, he said it was a “huge win” for the firm and one that he hoped would begin a long relationship with SDG&E.
“It’s impressive in terms of what they’ve built and what they’ve done,” said Bremer. “It’s hard to really build a name as an expert in the construction litigation atmosphere.”

MC Consultants hires top former practitioners who earned their stripes in the field and now advise others, said Ducommun.

They not only know how to swing a hammer, but they can communicate effectively in front of deposing attorneys and juries, which is the firm’s biggest source of business — construction defect defense attorneys that hire them when builders and contractors are sued.

“A high-rise developer/general contractor can be challenged for some claim and we determine if it’s actually accurate,” says Ducommun. “We basically call it what it is and prepare a cost estimate for insurance companies to settle and say, ‘Here is what we are willing to do.’”

Ducommun says the firm’s staff members have a track record of building experience, which is critical to being an expert witness.

“They’re reputable,” says Bremer, who has hired the firm on cases for 10 years. “When I go into trial or settle a case, (opposing attorneys) know I’ve got a good, reputable contractor to put in front of a jury.”

MC Consultants is also large and diverse enough to handle complex cases under one roof.

“It’s nice from my perspective to use them because I can typically generate all or most of the experts I need with one call,” said Kurt Campbell, an attorney with Klinedinst, which has offices in San Diego.

Campbell hires MC Consultants for construction defect cases involving mixed-use, high-rise buildings. Usually a homeowner’s association or investor group has filed a legal complaint against the builder or contractor.

“I typically do very complex, large-scale construct disputes,” he said.

A firm with so many diverse experts also works well when it comes to so-called “wrap-up” insurance cases where all of the contractors and builders are covered under a single insurance policy, said Campbell.

The policies — which are called owner-controlled insurance policies — have become popular on high-rise commercial and residential projects.

“A single wrap can take care of a big case with one set of experts on each side and the issue is done,” Campbell said. “These guys are pretty adept at working through complex cases and finding the correct repairs without necessarily having to go through all of the internal disputes between specialty trade contractors.”