We primarily handle appraisals in the context of litigation, including:

  • Condemnation
  • Property tax, including complex unitary valuations
  • Bankruptcy
  • Foreclosure and loan deficiency
  • Construction defect-related delay and economic waste
  • Environmental damages and other impaired real estate matters

No matter how complex the property or the issues, our appraisals and reviews are based on exhaustive research culminating in well-written, comprehensible reports. On the stand, our meticulously researched and constructed valuation opinions and critiques can be reliably defended.


We assist clients with a variety of real property-related issues that require deep knowledge of real estate principles and valuation processes. This includes understanding accepted valuations practices, the “out of the box” mechanics of complex asset appraisal and the detailed research methods that reveal nuances of economic assessment. Our consulting services encompass the following areas:

  • Eminent domain
  • Property acquisition and disposition assistance
  • Appraiser defense
  • Feasibility analyses
  • Litigation support

 Expert Witness Testimony

J Philip Cook, LLC’s appraisers routinely serve as trusted experts for clients on either side of a case, whether the condemning agency or property owners in condemnation, plaintiff or defendant in general litigation matters, or the government or property owners in tax issues. Comfortable on the stand, we present our findings to triers of fact so that they can clearly understand how and why our conclusions were reached. Our expertise in this area also makes us a trusted resource for general trial preparation.

Our team has offered testimony in federal courts in the following states:

  • Utah
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Delaware

We have also qualified as experts in the 1st,  2nd,  3rd,  4th,  5th, and 7th Judicial District Courts in Utah.