Reza Nikain

Managing Director


Lawrenceville, NJ +1.609.896.4075

Areas of Expertise

Reza Nikain is a Managing Director in the Global Construction Practice. Reza has nearly 30 years of experience providing risk management, dispute avoidance and resolution services for global engineering and construction projects. He has worked on a broad range of Energy and Power, Oil/Gas, Hospitality, Transportation, and other types of Infrastructure projects in various regions. Additionally, he has comprehensive experience in analyzing performance issues including forensic delay/acceleration, productivity/efficiency, standard of care, differing site conditions, quality/workmanship, scope/change orders, and damage quantification.

In the areas of management consulting and risk management, Reza has significant expertise in project and overall risk profiling, industry benchmarking and best practices assessment, risk management training, risk auditing and claims prevention/management.

As an expert witness, Reza has presented testimony in arbitrations at domestic and international venues such as the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and other formal legal proceedings and jury trials.


Furthermore, Reza has authored and presented numerous technical papers on dispute resolution, project management, risk management, and other construction related topics. For nearly a decade, he was an adjunct professor for Columbia University’s civil engineering and engineering mechanics department in New York.

Selected engagement experiences include:

  • Led a team of multi-disciplinary experts on a multi-billion dollar refinery and pipeline project in Americas. Evaluated a variety of contractual, project management, engineering and damages claims. Testified as an expert at a multi-year International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration.
  • Led a team of consultants in developing a robust risk management program on a multi-year, billion dollar highway system. Benchmarked client’s risk management approach against the industry practices. Assisted in identification of risks and performed qualitative and quantitative risk analysis. 
  • Led a team of experts and presented expert testimony on a power plant in Europe. Issues involved delays in completion, quality and workmanship deficiencies, changes in scope of work, engineering performance, labor productivity related disputes and damages quantification.
  • Advised an energy producer in the assessment of the risks associated with the capital project expenditures. Evaluated the contract delivery strategy, reviewed and assessed the project schedule and budget and assisted the client in the developing of a comprehensive risk management program.
  • Led a team of experts in quantification of damages associated with a delayed power plant completion on an $8B industrial complex. Issue analysis included various breach of contract claims, business interruption claims, delays in completion, resource productivity assessment and evaluation of the standard of care employed by the contractor in meeting its contractual obligations. 
M.S., Engineering, Rutgers University
B.S., Civil Engineering, Rutgers University
P.E., Several States in US and Alberta, Canada
Membership and Activity Information
Member, American Concrete Institute (ACI)
Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Member, Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
Member, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
Member, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
Member, Project Management Institute (PMI)

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