A review of all important documents and a follow-up phone call.
Expert Witness Services for All Types of Land Disputes from a Professional Surveyor and Attorney.
Professor, Author, Consultant
Dr. Tony Nettleman has been serving as an expert witness and land boundary consultant for over fifteen years. His studies leading to a PhD in geomatics as well as a JD set him apart from any other land surveying expert. And his dual licensure as an attorney and professional land surveyor & mapper demonstrate his competency.
Tony specializes in real property disputes including issues regarding land boundaries, title, easements, and water boundaries. He has worked with clients throughout the United States in all four types of disputes and brings the knowledge from previous disputes to aid in your own litigation.
Dr. Nettleman has served as an expert witness in dozens of land disputes involving title issues, boundary disputes, questions of riparian rights and land surveyor negligence.
Title Issues. Questions of land title may involve grantors that conveyed the same tract to multiple grantees, individuals that own property subject to encumbrances like easements, or other issues in the chain-of-title. Dr. Nettleman’s specialized land research experience and author-authority bring credibility to any case.
Boundary Disputes. Land boundary disputes often involve competing record and field evidence. Therefore, knowing which forms of evidence control is essential when solving any boundary dispute. Dr. Nettleman teaches several boundary location university and professional courses and also authors three of the leading boundary location textbooks. Bring that knowledge to your dispute by contacting Tony below.
Riparian Rights. Ambulatory, the term for water boundaries, comes from the Roman word for “moving.” When locating a constantly changing boundary, expert-knowledge is essential. Dr. Nettleman wrote his dissertation on riparian boundaries and now offers those lessons learned to his expert clients.
Professional Negligence. Lack of adequate research and ignorance of basic surveying principles is one of the leading causes of title and boundary disputes between neighbors. Dr. Nettleman has authored dozens of opinions regarding the accuracy of land surveys and continues to offer services in civil suits and complaints to state licensing boards. If you would like a survey reviewed, contact Dr. Nettleman below.
A typical consulting project that involves a dispute normally takes the following path.
Every potential client receives an initial consultation before an engagement letter is signed. During the consultation, Dr. Nettleman speaks with the attorney to determine their needs, reviews all available documents and records, and then conducts a follow-up call to discuss his initial findings. Every follow-up ends with a determination of whether Dr. Nettleman can help you resolve your dispute.
Finding important documents is the most essential pre-trial phase in a land dispute. Documents are critical. Tony has cultivated a nationwide network of land records databases including government clearinghouses, local courthouses, and local practitioners to locate the hard-to-find but crucial records that are essential to your dispute.
At least one site visit to every disputed property is required by Dr. Nettleman. Often times, competing surveys are overlaid using digital drafting technology then the most areas about the site are visited during this phase. Using this process, several clients have found original survey corners and other important evidence that were never previously uncovered.
The job of the land surveyor is to find all available written evidence, use that evidence to conduct a field survey, and then use the legal principles of land surveying to harmonize the written word with the existing occupation. Not only has Tony used this process dozens of times in real-world surveys but he teaches students this method each year in both the undergraduate and graduate legal aspects and cadastral classes.
No opposing counsel has ever raised a Daubert challenge to Tony’s expert testimony. Trial Preparation typically involves drafting expert reports and affidavits for summary judgment, working with the client to find applicable case law, and preparing exhibits that illustrate survey evidence concerning the case.
If you are searching for a qualified land survey consultant to help you navigate the dispute process, please send Tony an email to learn more about how he can help you.