The Ward Group 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
- Building Envelope
- Construction Management
- Cost Estimating
- Accident Reconstruction
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
- Prospective Owners
- Insurance Companies
- General Contractors
- Design Professionals
Licensed in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and with licenses pending in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and California; The Ward Group 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..
Chantell J. Cornett
Expert / Vice President
Chantell’s road to construction consulting and engineering took a more circuitous route. In 1997, while pursuing her undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Political Science from the University of Washington, Seattle, Chantell joined the firm of Hedeen & Caditz..
The road to forensic consulting for Jeff began hand drawing details as an architectural intern on Mylar (replaced with the commonly known CAD). In 2005 Jeff graduated with a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Syracuse University and entered the Phoenix work force as a licensed Architect.