Our Professionals

Our Professionals

Ward Cornett & Associates was founded in January 2012 by Douglas R. Ward and Chantell J. Cornett. Leaving a large national firm to cultivate a locally owned and operated operation allows us to prioritize our practice to provide client-tailored services with cost-effective investigation and analysis, collaborative problem solving and innovative results-driven services. We are proud of our local roots, and excited to both live and work in the valley. We are happy to mold our services to accommodate our clients’ specific needs.

Our team brings 50 years of building science experience; building commercial, residential, industrial, multi-family, mixed-used, and governmental projects; and over 15 years of claims experience; handling premise and product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, OSHA and ADA compliance, first-party insurance, Registrar of Contractor, standard of care, contract disputes, and delay claims.

The breadth of our experience spans over 20 independent contractors who offer their expertise in a vast array of disciplines, including:

  • General Contractor
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing/HVAC
  • Roofing
  • Waterproofing
  • Building Envelope
  • Construction Management
  • Cost Estimating
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Construction Accident/Safety
  • Premises Liability

In lieu of retaining multiple experts on one claim, our team-based approach employs a round-table model; providing an analytical review of the fact-pattern surrounding the claim from a variety of multi-disciplinary perspectives… at the cost of the solely-retained construction professional. A diverse client-base underpins our dynamic services, reinforcing our desire to remain an industry leader; embracing groundbreaking technology and state of the art equipment and pioneering education efforts for the newest construction trends. Guiding us along the way are our clients:

  • Claims Professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Developers
  • Builders
  • Prospective Owners
  • Insurance Companies
  • Investors
  • General Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Design Professionals

Licensed in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and with licenses pending in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and California; Ward Cornett & Associates is prepared to join your team to assist in your construction consulting needs.


Douglas R. Ward

Principal Expert / President

Doug maintains active General Contractor commercial and residential licenses in the States of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and California (pending). Doug built over 1,000 projects in Arizona, California, and Texas between 1972-2008..

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Chantell J. Cornett

Expert | Principal | Managing Partner | VP/CFO

Over the past ten years, Chantell’s dedication to the company as well as the construction and engineering forensics community has been invaluable and I am pleased to introduce Chantell as a named Principal partner at Ward Cornett & Associates.

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Julian D. Jenkins

Operations Manager

The road to forensic consulting for Julian began during the summers in between his studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he worked for a plumbing company

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