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Thomas Harrington

General Contractor

Profile

Mr. Harrington is a general contractor who provides consulting services to attorneys, property owners and other contractors. He has an acted as an expert witness since the early 1980s, testifying at deposition and trial regarding a wide variety of construction issues, from the integrity of construction techniques and habitability issues to contractor fraud. He also assists contractors in cases involving the California State Licensing Board.

Special Qualifications

Because Mr. Harrington has acted as both a developer of his own properties and a general contractor for clients, he has a unique insight into the owner-builder relationship, as well as their differing perspectives about architects, engineers, planning commissions, and building departments.

He often consults regarding techniques that have been grandfathered but are not acceptable for new construction.

Mr. Harrington’s testimony has successfully countered multiple experts at trial.

Curriculum Vitae

Career Experience

Because Mr. Harrington has acted as both a developer of his own properties and a general contractor for clients, he has a unique insight into the owner-builder relationship, as well as their differing perspectives about architects, engineers, planning commissions, and building departments. He also manages and leases his own residential units. Mr. Harrington understands the realities of construction and income property stewardship.

He often consults regarding techniques that have been grandfathered but are not acceptable for new construction. In the 1990s he was recruited to act as an industry expert by the California State Licensing Board. He has served San Francisco attorneys regarding building code compliance, the 1997 fire safety codes, and sat as a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Board for the 1997 San Francisco Building Code.

Having developed over 50 homes, condominiums, and multi-family residential buildings, in addition to major remodels to 20 other residences dozens of smaller residential and commercial jobs, Mr. Harrington has real-world experience handling lead and asbestos when renovating residential buildings and toxic waste when developing vacant properties. In one case he recovered over $650,000 in remediation expenses from Chevron Oil, the responsible party.

Professional Certifications and Licenses
  • California-Licensed General Contractor

  • Building Safety Professional and Cooperating Member (#5259049) of the International Code Council

  • Participating Member in ASTM International (#1239048)

  • Committee Member of G03

  • EPA and HUD certified Lead Renovator (Certificate #R-I-18909-10-01548).

Professional Affiliations and Awards

Mr. Harrington is a Cooperating Member of the International Code Council, classified as a Building Safety Professional as well as a Participating Member in ASTM International, a Committee Member of G03, and an EPA and HUD Certified Lead Renovator. He is a court-certified construction expert.

Education

Mr. Harrington obtained his Bachelor of Sciences degree from UC Berkeley in 1976.

References and Testimonials

*Lawrence R Sussman, Esq. of Sheppard, Rosen, Uziel and Sussman 800.889.0906

*Josh Rosen, Esq. 415.981.5411

Contributions to Profession and Community

Mr. Harrington has a knack for translating arcane construction matters so lay people can understand them, and he really enjoys deposition and trial testimony. Yet it’s obvious he will only render what he believes to be truthful opinions.