David Ross Associates - Expert Construction Consulting
900 Industrial Rd. Suite E      San Carlos, CA 94070      Phone: (650) 593-2001      FAX: (650) 593-0927


Dave Ross has over thirty-five years of hands-on experience in commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and public works construction projects and business operations. Mr. Ross attended Stanford University between 1973 and 1977 and is a Guest Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley in various subjects related to construction business operations and claims.

From 1977 to 2002 Mr. Ross worked as a Carpenter, Foreman, Superintendent, Project Manager, Estimator, Operations VP and CEO for a mid-sized commercial and residential construction firm. From 1992 Mr. Ross was the firm’s General Contractor license qualifier in the states of California, Oregon and Washington and currently holds a personal California General Contractor’s License.

Mr. Ross has testified as a designated construction expert on numerous occasions. He holds a Certificate in Civil Mediation from the National Judicial College (University of Nevada, Reno) and has assisted his clients in resolving claims in a variety of dispute resolution and litigation forums. He has consulted for owners, contractors, insurance companies, design firms, construction industry specialists, and law firms in a wide range of construction-related claims.

Mr. Ross has extensive experience in:

  • Construction means and methods analysis
  • Cost and time estimating
  • Schedule and delay analysis
  • Labor productivity analysis
  • Construction logistics and sequencing
  • Defects evaluation
  • Forensic analysis of a variety of construction and design related subjects
  • General construction business and financial analysis
  • Assessment of structures damaged by wind, water, fire, and collapse
  • Historic preservation and restoration
  • Construction management and Owners' Representation
  • Detailed loss documentation
  • Development of bid packages for contractor solicitation
  • CGL policy claims review
  • Construction-related injuries, including asbestos exposure
  • Forensic analysis of a variety of construction- and design-related subjects


David Ross Associates LLC (November 2011 - Present)

Principal Consultant. On November 1, 2011 Mr. Ross opened the successor firm to Kutner-Ross Associates, Inc. Mr. Ross continues to provide expert witness testimony and consulting services in construction management, estimating, delay analysis, claims preparation/defense, litigation support, and owner's representation.

Kutner-Ross Associates, Inc., San Carlos, California (2001 - October 2011)

Principal Consultant. In 2001 Mr. Ross began providing construction consulting services with Sol Kutner Associates. On January 1, 2006, Sol Kutner Associates became Kutner-Ross Associates. Mr. Ross provided expert consulting services and expert witness testimony in construction management, estimating, delay analysis, claims preparation/defense, litigation support, and owner's representation.

DRCM . Palo Alto, California (2001 - 2004)

Freelance consultant. Services included estimating, constructability review, claims analysis and Owner’s Representation. Clients included commercial building owners, homeowners, Architects, major property and liability insurance underwriters, public entities and Sol Kutner Associates, Inc..

JACK & COHEN Builders, Inc., Palo Alto, California (1977 - 2001)

Commercial and residential general building contractor. Specialties included low- to mid-rise new building construction, light manufacturing, medical, laboratory and clean room construction and high-end interiors for financial, executive and professional offices. Consulting activities included structure damage/loss consulting to the insurance industry and private owners.

  • President/CEO (1990 - 2002)
  • Vice-President (1984 - 1990)
  • Project Manager (1983 - 1984)
  • Carpenter, Foreman, Superintendent (1977 - 1983)


  • California State Contractor's License No. 963430, class B (inactive)
  • California State Contractor's License No. 496906, class B (expired)
  • Oregon State Contractor's License No. 105946 (expired)
  • Washington State Contractor's License No. JACKCBI051L6 (expired)


  • Professional seminars on various subjects relating to commercial, public and residential construction.
  • National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno
    Certificate in Civil Mediation (2006)
  • Stanford University
    Coursework in computer science and statistics. (1981 - 1982)
  • Stanford University
    B.A. candidate (1973 - 1977, no degree earned)
    Major subjects: mathematics, economics.


  • Guest Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Berkeley Extension (2006 – present)
  • Member, Portola Valley Architectural & Site Control Commission
  • American Institute of Architects , Santa Clara Valley Chapter
  • International Conference of Building Officials
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • Board of Directors, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (2006 - 2009)
  • Board of Directors, Avenidas (2000 - 2003)
  • Board of Directors, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce (1996 - 2001)
  • Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (1998 - 2000)
  • Member and Chairman, Palo Alto Architectural Review Board (1993 - 1998)
  • Principal flutist, California Pops Orchestra (2000 – present)


Mr. Ross has qualified as an expert in the California Superior Courts of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties, as well as in Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts.