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John M. Donley

Veteran construction consultant John Donley has created a lean, mobile operation to serve clients throughout California. Formerly in Marin County and now headquartered in LA, John maintains connections, resources and projects in both Northern and Southern regions of the state.

Contractor, inspector, expert witness
A licensed contractor and building inspector, John established Donley Construction Consultants in 1982. The company has helped attorneys and insurance companies settle and litigate hundreds of projects in the $1M to $50M range.

From project management to claims analysis and estimating, John has provided services on more than 500 commercial and residential projects. His experience includes:

  • investigation for many school district construction dispute cases
  • technical consultation on single-family residences and large multi-dwelling complexes
  • consulting on public works facilities, hospitals and power plants

John is a seasoned expert witness, having testified in nine Bay Area counties and in two federal courts.

The early days
John brings 25 years of project management experience to the table, working both for his own clients, and formerly for High-Point Rendel and West Engineers and Associates. Projects included many school construction disputes and administration of the $38 million San Jose International Airport Parking Garage A. He also served as estimator on Terminal A, coordinating with airport management and San Jose Department of Public Works.

As AAA arbitrator and mediator, John helped resolve more than 60 matters. He was the Building Official of Belvedere, California for three years and also held the post for three other Marin County towns. Earlier in his career, he operated Donley Construction Company, concentrating on residential remodels. 

Other interests
A Michigan native, John moved to California and blended his passion for sailing with construction, apprenticing as a yacht builder. He is currently rebuilding the interior of his sailboat. John raised two sons just north of San Francisco, and now splits his time between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Candidate for Master’s of Science in Architecture, 2014
Certified Dispute Review Board Member
Certified Building Analyst
Certified Green Building Professional, California
General Building Contractor, California
Certified Building Inspector
Certified General Inspector, California - Department of State
  Architect for Class 2 school projects
BS, Psychology, Michigan State University

Project Management Institute
Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering
American Institute of Architects – Associate
International Code Council

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