Appraisal Expert Witness


An appraisal expert witness is a highly trained and experienced professional who plays a crucial role in legal proceedings involving valuation and appraisal issues. The appraisal expert witness must possess specialized knowledge and experience in the fields of Real Estate, Business Valuation, Personal Property, Intellectual Property, Machinery and Equipment, and/or other disciplines of valuation. They are typically called upon to provide expert testimony and analysis in legal proceedings, such as court cases, arbitration, or mediation, where values and appraisals are relevant issues. Their expertise and objectivity are essential in helping the court or arbitration panel make informed decisions regarding property values and related matters.
EDS specializes in providing appraisal expert-witness testimony and litigation-support services in all disciplines of appraisal, e.g., Real Estate, Business Valuation, Machinery and Equipment, Personal Property, Intellectual Property, and others.

EDS Appraisal Expert Witnesses, having prevailed at trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution in multiple multi-billion dollar matters, are highly-trained—highly-skilled—highly-credentialed multidisciplinary appraisal review instructors with decades of courtroom experience who master the facts and are able to present clear, objective, and compelling findings to judges and juries.

EDS pioneered the appraisal review profession—the cornerstone of Appraisal Expert Witness Testimony—and directed the development, writing, and implementation of the appraisal review Principals of Valuation and best practices that are taught to and in use today by professional valuers, legal experts, and government agencies throughout-the-world.

We hold the only Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Appraisal Expert Witness Accreditation Service (EWAS) and Appraisal Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) Certifications in the United States and all of the Americas—one of only a handful of such Certifications in the world.

EDS has prevailed in Billions-of-Dollars at issue in some of the world’s most important—high-profile—and valuable valuation-related litigation cases.

Super Appraisers

EDS holds the only RICS Expert Witness Accreditation Service (EWAS) and Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) Certifications
in the Western Hemisphere—one of only a handful of such Certifications in the world.

EDS is an Elite-Rated member of the peer-voted Super Appraisers® Global Network of internationally-recognized appraisal luminaries.

EDS has prevailed in billions-of-dollars at issue in some of the world’s most complex— important—high-profile—and valuablevaluation litigation.

Our discipline-specific and multidisciplinary appraisal expert witnesses and litigation-support providers are internationally accredited ASA/MAI/RICS valuation instructors—all well-published luminaries in the global valuation community. Our appraisal experts include Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and International Valuation Standards (IVS) and RICS ‘Red Book’ instructors, Value Adjustment Board (VAB) Magistrates, and former state/federal appraisal regulatory compliance officers.

We conduct in-depth appraisal analyses and provide objective opinions and advice that help resolve complex appraisal and valuation issues. We advise client counsel in the preparation of appraisal-related discovery, Daubert challenges, appraisal/appraiser state and federal regulatory compliance, USPAP, IVS, ‘Red Book,’ and international Basel Accords compliance.

EDS specializes in handling complex multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional appraisal matters. For example, a dispute wherein multiple domestic and international locations/jurisdictions and multiple valuation disciplines are at issue, e.g., Real Property, Business Valuation, and Machinery and Equipment. Unlike others, EDS will assign one of its internationally accredited valuation experts from each valuation discipline at issue possessing the requisite jurisdictional and geographic competency to contribute to the process. This ensures credible findings that will withstand challenges and scrutiny from regulatory, judicial, and taxing authorities.

Our Valuation and Advisory Services Group is headed by Executive Managing Director Steven N. Siegler, ASA, FRICS. Mr. Siegler is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) and was honored to serve as the founding International Chairman of Appraisal Review and Management (ARM) for the American Society of Appraisers from 2002-2011. Mr. Siegler co-authored and directed the development and implementation of the ASA’s Appraisal Review and Management Principals of Valuations series of courses and best practices that are now taught to professional valuers, government officials, legal experts, and many others throughout the world.

When, as part of Dodd-Frank, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) acting for and on behalf of the U.S. Federal Reserve and all inter-agency regulators sought the appraisal expertise to develop, implement and monitor the new National Appraisal Ordering and Appraisal Review Protocols for the United States and all U.S. territories, it came to Mr. Siegler.
Mr. Siegler holds international valuation accreditation as Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), and he is the only RICS accredited expert witness in the United States and all of the Americas—one of only a handful of such expert witnesses in the world holding the much-coveted RICS Expert Witness Accreditation Service (EWAS) Certification.
Mr. Siegler holds TS Clearance with the U.S. Government, and he is uniquely qualified to practice before U.S. Government agencies in national security-related valuation and other special matters.

Steven is an Elite-Rated member of the peer-voted Super Appraisers® Global Network of internationally-recognized appraisal expert witness luminaries. He has served as an appraisal expert witness in U.S. state and federal courts, at international tribunals, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has personally prevailed in billions-of-dollars at issue in some of the world’s most complex—important—high-profile—and valuable valuation litigation.

Engaging the correct appraisal expert witness is critical. EDS’ unparalleled level of appraisal expert witness expertise is recognized and appreciated in boardrooms and courtrooms throughout the world, and U.S. regulators have cited our body of work as “The measure by which all appraisal reviews should be judged”.

We would welcome the opportunity to bring this level of appraisal expert witness expertise to you.