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Contact Us

(510) 530-4777
(510) 967-4486
(510) 531-3675

Albert J. Ferrari
1000 Elbert Street
Oakland, CA 94602

at gmail dot com

Schedule of Fees

Our corporation's federal ID number is 94-3022183


Billable services:  $300 per hour (including research, inspections, testing, document review, consultation, reports, stand-by, travel, and file administration).  The minimum billable time increment is .1 hour.  The minimum fee for any case for which we are retained is $600.  We require that we open a file and be retained prior to being disclosed as an expert witness.  Initial consultations are billable if we are subsequently retained.  Fees will be estimated in advance upon request. 


Testimony is billed at $400 per hour (including depositions, arbitrations, and trials).  A minimum charge of 1 hour will apply to any testimony.  Fractions of the hour are rounded up to the next 1/4 hour.



Billable technician services (model building and trial exhibit preparation, testing, consultation, travel, etc.) are billed at $150 per hour.  Testimony at depositions, arbitrations, and trials are billed at $200 per hour.   



Billable technical support services: (property, codes and product research, locating exemplar vehicles and products, photo and video processing, trial exhibit procurement, etc.) are billed at $100 per hour.  Clerical support services are billed at $75 per hour.  Messenger and other logistic services are billed at $50 per hour.



Travel by ground vehicle: $.75 per mile plus tolls and parking. Other direct expenses are billed at our cost plus 20%.  Charges for subcontractor support services are subject to a reasonable mark up above our cost.



We reserve the right to charge a reasonable fee for the use of equipment, facilities, hardware, software, consumables, etc.  Evidence storage fees will be quoted as required.



Retainers are held and applied when a closing invoice is requested.  We require timely payment of our periodic invoices.  Accounts are due when invoiced.  Deposition fees are due at the deposition appearance.  We reserve the right to require that outstanding balances be paid prior to any testimony; to increase the required retainer amount at any time; and to stop work until retainers are received and outstanding invoices are paid.


It is the client’s responsibility to notify us when a case has been resolved and to obtain and pay our closing bill at that time.  The client will nonetheless be responsible for subsequent invoices should they close their books on a case without resolving our account.


Accounts not paid within 30 days of the invoice mailing date will be subject to a late charge of 1-1/2% per month, accruing from the date of the invoice, and all costs of collection, including reasonable attorney’s fees.  Any collection action shall be filed in the City of Oakland, CA.



It is our policy to avoid accepting a financial interest in the outcome of our cases.  Therefore, fee adjustments should be negotiated prior to the conclusion of the case.  Rates and terms agreed upon when a file is opened shall apply for one year.  Otherwise, our rates are subject to change without notice.  We reserve the right, with prior client agreement, to utilize a sliding scale factor of .75 or less (e.g., small cases), to 2.0 or more (e.g., emergency services), or to charge a fixed fee, applicable to some or all of our work, where warranted by special circumstances.


Our corporation’s federal ID number is 94-3022183.

Albert J. Ferrari, P.E.. C.S.P.
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