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Steve Schassler | Elance
Last Sign-in: Dec 5, 2015

Steve Schassler

Construction Claims Forensic Investigator
   United States
  |   Chatham, NY


Minimum Hourly Rate $208

For the surety professional, the forensic application of combined construction engineering and high-dollar complex claims litigation experience and state of the art “e-investigative” techniques will provide you an upfront, independent, candid, accurate, concise, timely and cost effective and alternative risk control capacity.

I will only consider my job complete if I have helped you identify and reduce the inefficiencies and excesses inherent in the complex construction claims management process. My goal is to give you, the risk...

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Skills (10)

Criminal Law
Dispute Resolution
Commercial Litigation
Legal Research
Legal Writing
Contract Negotiation
Corporate Law
Construction Claims

Service Description

It's probably the least pleasant aspect of a surety professional's job. An unending stream of 5 and 6 figure invoices from outside counsel, claims consultants, expert and lay witnesses invariably find their way into your in-box for review and approval. In a career based on risk identification and quantification, it seems the only certainties you can report on are the chaotic "ups and downs" of litigation and a continued erosion of reserve due to spiraling claim expenses.

Let’s face it, your trusted outside counsel, though eminently qualified, often delegates major case responsibilities to younger associates. It is the very nature of large law firm dynamics. Among the responsibilities delegated are the management and control of the claim team’s consultants, lay and expert witnesses. While trusted counsel does his or her absolute best to monitor, manage and control these expenditures, invoices from team members are often routinely approved and forwarded to your desk for payment. I know this to be true. I have been there.

Whether it is called “mission creep” or “scope creep”, this escalation of claim preparation and litigation support costs results from the natural well-meaning tendency of all involved to increase individual efforts towards achieving a desired outcome.

I offer a unique, stand-alone or complementary service that will now give you greater control over all aspects of the claims process.

Provided with a project organizational chart, personnel cooperation...

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Steven G. Schassler Attorney at Law
Sole Proprietor
2007 - Present
Public and private forensic construction contract claims litigation expertise. Experienced Surety, Environmental, Energy and Criminal Law Attorney.
Columbia County District Attorney
Assistant District Attorney
2008 - 2010
Prosecution of criminal violations of the Penal Law and Vehicle and Traffic Laws of New York State.
The Weathergage Group LLC
2006 - 2009
Management Consultant for all aspects of the New York State Conservation Law including regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters involving Solid and Hazardous Waste, Water, Air, Brownfields,...
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Regional Director
1998 - 2006
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Regional Attorney
1997 - 1997
Responsible for the administrative prosecution of violations of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law. Counsel and defend program staff in permit hearings and routine Departmental...
Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald
Associate Attorney to Partner
1988 - 1996
Public and private construction and power project transactional matters and contract litigation. Litigation of numerous complex claims in U.S. District Court, Federal Boards of Contract Appeals,...
Lyon & McManus, Washington, DC.
Legal Intern
1987 - 1988
Legal research and writing and engineering support in the practice of construction law.
DeLeuw, Cather, International, Saudi Arabia
Construction Manager
1985 - 1985
Construction Manager on a Saudi Arabia Ministry of Communications highway project.
TSMI Arabia Ltd., Saudi Arabia
Project Engineer
1983 - 1984
Arabian American Oil Company ("ARAMCO") oilfield infrastructure construction management support.
The Fairway Company, Stony Point, New York
Sales Manager
1983 - 1983
Business development for construction materials testing and inspection services company.
J. A. Jones International
Project Engineer
1982 - 1982
Project Engineer on a 32 kilometer highway project in the Dminican Republic. Mandatory fluency in Spanish.
Lester B. Knight & Associates
Construction Manager
1980 - 1981
Project Engineer and Construction Manager on a One Billion Dollar air base project in the Negev Desert, Israel. Project was a product of the Camp David Peace Accord whererin the U.S. agreed to...
The Fairway Company, Stony Point, New York
Field Supervisor
1979 - 1979
Supevision of 25 member crew of construction materials inspectors and technicians.
Briar Contracting Company, Scarsdale, New York
Assistant Superindentdent
1978 - 1978
Assistant Superintedent on the City of Poughkeepsie Arterial Project.


State University of New York Maritime College
University of Maryland College Park
American University, Washington College of Law
Juris Doctor
Colegio de Espana
Intermediate Spanish
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