Litigation Support

Litigation Support

BBG’s New York litigation support services group can provide litigation support services for any type of litigation which involves real property.

These can include: matrimonial cases, bankruptcy, estate tax and IRS audits, damage cases and disputes between owners/parties. Our appraisers assist litigation counsel in developing winning strategies and provide litigation quality narrative appraisal reports required for various courts, including Federal Court, as well as provide expert testimony in court. Our appraisers can also provide critiques of the other appraisers’ reports or formal rebuttal reports. We can also prepare trial exhibits to be used at the trial itself.

Eminent Domain

Eminent domain is the right of the government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with the payment of just compensation. BBG’s New York litigation support services group can provide litigation support services in connection with condemnations of real property. BBG’s New York group has worked for numerous condemnors like the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the New York City School Construction Authority, Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, the New York City Law Department – Corporation Counsel and Consolidated Edison, as well as their outside condemnation counsel. BBG’s New York group has also worked for condemnees (private property owners) and their condemnation counsel, both in negotiations with the condemning authority and by providing expert testimony in contested proceedings to determine the appropriate value of the condemned property to ensure just compensation.

Expert Witness Testimony

The role of a good expert witness in a litigation or a condemnation case cannot be overlooked. The expert witness will work with counsel to develop winning strategies but must also have experience testifying in court and must also be able to qualify as an expert witness. Not only does BBG’s New York based litigation support services group provide expert reports, but the group has experienced real estate appraisers who have repeatedly testified in Federal Tax Court, Federal Bankruptcy Court-Southern District of New York, various state supreme courts and surrogates’ courts as qualified experts.

Arbitration

Arbitration is the use of an arbitrator to settle a dispute. Arbitration services are needed to help property owners resolve disputes outside of the court system. There are typically two party arbitrators and a third “neutral” arbitrator involved in the arbitration itself. BBG’s New York group has appraisers who have routinely acted as party arbitrators for ground rent renewals, office rent renewals, garage rent renewals, retail rent renewals and disputes between private property owners. We are also experienced in the process of baseball arbitration. Our experienced appraisers would also be willing to serve as a “third” neutral arbitrator to issue a decision to resolve the dispute between the two parties, or the party arbitrators.

Mediation

Mediation is defined as intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it. BBG’s New York based litigation support services group can provide appraisal services in connection with your mediation. We can provide a formal appraisal report to be used at the mediation and we can assist you at the mediation itself.

Eric P. Haims, MAI, AI-GRS

Managing Director and Litigation Support Services Leader

Eric P. Haims is a Managing Director at BBG, Inc. in the NYC office.  With 30 years of commercial real estate appraisal and consulting experience, he has appraised thousands of commercial properties located in the Metropolitan New York area and across the country. Eric’s primary market area is the five boroughs of New York City and Eric’s secondary market area is the surrounding Counties of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Nassau, Suffolk, as well as Southern Connecticut/Fairfield County and Northern New Jersey/Bergen, Morris, Essex and Hudson Counties. Eric’s concentration is on Valuation, Litigation and Support Services, Expert Witness Testimony, Arbitrations, Appraisal Review, Discounted Cash Flow Analysis, Estate Tax and Planning, Gift Tax, Matrimonial, Tax Appeal, Consulting, Land Valuation and the Valuation of TDRs.

Eric also specializes in the appraisal of commercial properties for both litigation and condemnation purposes pursuant to eminent domain, including assisting in the preparation of expert witness testimony for both direct and cross examination and the writing of rebuttal reports. Eric has appeared as an expert witness on real estate valuation in Federal Tax Court, the Surrogates Court of Kings County, United States Bankruptcy Court-Southern District of New York, New York State Supreme Courts in Manhattan, White Plains, Jamaica, Queens and Syracuse, New York and Supreme Court of New Jersey, Hudson County.

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