Expert Witness Testimony

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Expert Witness Testimony

Excellent communication skills; a professional and pleasant demeanor; the ability to distill complex topics into easily understandable segments; excellent and appropriate eye contact with all courtroom participants; confident but not arrogant; truthful credible testimony; articulate; an excellent listener; detailed and sincere – these are qualities that describe Steven R. Fontes, MAI, CCIM as an expert witness in the field of commercial real estate appraisal and valuation related testimony.

As a professional litigator, you need a seasoned commercial real estate appraisal professional with an expert grasp on the real estate market. Your case and your reputation depend on it. But how can you be sure you are hiring the right commercial real estate appraisal expert for your case? It starts with an introductory call to Steven R. Fontes, MAI, CCIM. If you prefer a personal recommendation from an attorney peer, please feel free to call any number of this partial list of attorneys that have worked with Mr. Fontes; Attorney References.

Expert Witness Testimony

Steven R. Fontes, MAI, CCIM has been appraising commercial real estate for 30 years and in the context of litigation for over a decade, which includes effective and convincing testimony before a jury and many bench trials. He has extensive experience working with attorneys and he enjoys the complexity of the many cases he has been privileged to work on. Mr. Fontes is fair, impartial, detail oriented and a good communicator inside and outside the courtroom. He understands the nuances involved in the litigation process and can be a valuable asset to you because of his 30 years of commercial real estate appraisal experience.

The following are case studies for some of the cases in which Mr. Fontes has testified.

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Client Testimonials

  • "I worked closely with Steve in a lawsuit that required both current and historical valuations of some very unusual properties, ranging from unimproved acreage to oddly configured commercial properties. Steve’s vast and detailed knowledge of appraising, his thoroughness both in arriving at his opinions and in articulating those opinions, are unparalleled. I think the highest compliment that one professional can give another is to refer that professional to others. I refer Steve every time anyone asks me for a referral to an appraiser and I so do with complete confidence in his ability to handle the assignment."
    Attorney At Law – Los Angeles County, CA
  • "My client hired Steven Fontes at Mission Property Advisors, Inc. to provide an opinion of value for a single unit commercial property located in Riverside, California. Steve was also retained to testify at a valuation hearing in a bankruptcy that was pending by the borrower on the loan. His office provided a detailed valuation in a timely manner. Steve was required to testify at the hearing as well and asked to review two other valuations of other appraisers for the same property. Steve was responsive to my calls in preparation for the hearing and provided in advance an excellent critique of the opposition’s appraisals. At the hearing, Steve was very prepared and fully supported his opinion of value with data in his report. His testimony was extremely impressive and far exceeded the testimony of the two other appraisers. He had a great grasp of the nuances of this particular property, and was able to explain to the Court the concepts of market analyses needed in valuing this property. Steve was able to use reason and facts to adequately contradict the testimony of the two other appraisers.

    Steve’s credibility on the witness stand was outstanding and as a result, the judge disregarded the other two appraisals and accepted the valuation submitted by Steve for the property. I would highly recommend Steve as an appraiser, especially when the matter requires testimony in court."
    Attorney At Law – Bay Area, CA
  • "Steve: I know you have already heard the [jury] verdict from [the attorney]. However, I wanted to pass along his comment to me. He indicated the case hinged on the credibility of the appraisers. He said you did an excellent job on the stand for both direct and cross examination. He said you were the best appraiser he has ever worked with. I thought you’d like to know that. Thanks for all your work on this."
    D. James Hart, Ph.D., City Manager
    City of Adelanto, CA
  • "I have never worked with you before, but I would hire you again in a heartbeat. I just sent an email out to every attorney in our firm telling them they should use you."
    Eminent Domain Attorney - Orange County, CA
  • "Steve possesses excellent market knowledge and he appreciates the nuances and details of each individual property. He is incredibly thorough and always responsive to my calls. In addition to being highly skilled in his craft, he is also a man of integrity and great character. When I refer clients to him, I always know that the job will be well done and on time, which is critical for my own reputation."
    Edward J. Zorn, Esq.
    Vice President & General Counsel at California Regional MLS (CRMLS) – San Dimas
  • "Once again I commend you on giving an excellent deposition. Well-spoken people make a reporter's work flow smoothly. Your gracious manners I very much appreciate. Your mother should be proud of you. "
    Certified Shorthand Reporter – Los Angeles County, CA

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