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Mr. Clark Booth is a Residential and Commercial General Contractor in the State of Arizona and the qualifying party for his own construction company. (AZ ROC 161350/167278) he has over 35 years of experience as a builder, inspector and consultant in the construction, construction failure-analysis and forensics industry.
From 2010 to 2012 Mr. Booth worked as a consulting expert with Willinchik and Bartlett Associates of Phoenix Az. in the defense of a major US builder listed on the New York stock exchange with alleged construction defects of nearly $50,000,000 in a complicated standard of care issue involving both a general and sub contractor as well as municipal inspector issues. He spear headed a team of other experts in the case involving construction of "mock ups" for the jury which were both physical as well as electronic versions using graphics to depict clarity of construction methodologies making it easier for the jury to understand. He interviewed both the field inspector and chief inspector of the municipality involved in the case. He was involved in numerous depositions in the case strategizing to discredit opposing counsel's "expert" who admitted under oath that he had in fact never even been involved in the installation of any of the type of material in question during the case and therefore lacked any real expertise in the matter.
In 2009 Mr. Booth worked on a case involving numerous specific workmanship issues and the standard of care since the case involved a Registrar of Contractors complaint. Mr. Booth was able to testify both as a general contractor as well as a former ROC inspector himself. His side did in fact prevail in the case due in large part to his testimony.
From 2006 to 2007 Mr. Booth was both a field inspector as well as a building code complaint investigator for the City of Tempe Az., where he conducted both residential as well as commercial construction inspections for code compliance as well as preparing legal cases for proceedings against civil violators as it relates to the International Building Code and other related municipal codes. While there he authored numerous forms including legal notices, and an opinion on Adult Foster Care as a distinct category of potential application under the Building Code. As of this writing, both of these works are still in active use by city officials under their policies of ongoing enforcement.
In September of 2006 Clark was flown to Orlando Florida by the International Code Council to sit in committee as a hearing officer for proposed changes to the International Residential Building Code. While there he entertained and voted upon almost a hundred proposed changes based on guidelines of ASTM, UL laboratories, and other similarly accredited organizations, where points were debated between parties both proponents and opponents to each change. During his time there, Mr. Booth advocated for and argued the case for the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential settings, his motion passed with an overwhelming floor vote following a heated debate on the committee.
In 2004 he was appointed as a designated bi-lingual Spanish speaking Building Inspector for the Arizona State Registrar of Contractors. There he performed hundreds of inspections and prepared reports involving various and sundry types of construction defects and provided expert testimony at dozens of hearings and trials. His main duties were enforcement of codes and standards applicable to both current building codes as well as workmanship, regulatory licenser issues, report preparation for expert witness testimony at both administrative hearings as well as providing general information to interested parties on cases handled by the ROC. While at the agency he was chosen by then Director Israel Torres to participate in numerous “sweep” operations where the press was involved. He also appeared on ABC channel 15 news with Jonathan Elias and Katie Raml in a special broadcast designed to help consumers of construction services in Az.. At the behest of the Director he was also interviewed by Mark Lodato of channel 5 regarding developments in the Home Inspection and Construction industries at the time that affected consumers throughout the state.
He has also served as an accredited instructor under the Arizona Dept of Real Estate at the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business in Scottsdale Arizona. There he taught a wide range of construction related classes. These included structures, plumbing, electrical, roofing, interior components, commercial and residential construction trades practices, regulatory compliance obligations of contractors as it relates to construction law in Arizona, blueprint reading and certification of newly licensed contractors in both trades practices and law. While there he authored a course on the office of the Registrar of Contractors in it’s role as a regulator of the construction industry in the State of Arizona. He also holds a specialty certification as a post secondary educator in construction standards from the Arizona Department of Real Estate.
Mr. Booth was previously involved in assistance to property managers and others in his construction and remodeling business in northern California where he gave consultation on the remediation of difficult problems with existing buildings and properties as it related to a range
of defects from drainage and water damage issues to pest infestation, poor roofing, foundations, fences, property lines etc. as well as numerous problems related to plumbing and electrical issues.
He has given interviews to the New Times newspaper where his opinion was sought by the press as it related to both the construction defects and inspection business in Arizona. He is an accredited local educator in inspection, real estate, disclosure issues involving construction and forensic practices. He has also acted in numerous cases as both a consulting as well as testifying expert witness involving construction disputes. He has also seen cases through from initial complaint all the way through to consultation, depositions, administrative hearings and full jury trials.