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Robert C. Gardner, Jr.

  • Managing Director
  • T: +1 832 667 5152
  • F: +1 713 353 5459
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    • First City Tower
    • 1001 Fannin, Suite 3950
    • Houston, TX, 77002
    • United States
    • T: +1 800 349 9990
    • F: +1 713 353 5459
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Robert C. Gardner, Jr. is a Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in Houston.  He is a member of the Construction Solutions group in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment. Mr. Gardner’s over 25 years of experience providing contract and claim advisory services on aerospace and defense, construction, insurance and environmental matters involving procurements at the federal, state and local levels is extensive. Specializing in complex/developmental Programs typically involving contract disputes, Mr. Gardner’s work often requires the investigation, identification, quantification, and presentation of root causes responsible for extracontractual cost & schedule growth. Mr. Gardner is well versed in critical path schedule and delay analysis methodologies and in determining the resultant linkage to schedule-related costs.

Mr. Gardner often assists in developing requests for equitable adjustment and affirmative claims as well as in analyzing and assisting in the defense of claims pertaining to: delay and disruption, changed work (directed, constructive and cumulative impact), loss of efficiency, terminations, business interruptions, untimely-delivered and/or defective BFE and TDPs, customer-caused interference, misinterpretation of specifications, COTS vs. non- COTS, and other cost and schedule growth issues.

Mr. Gardner possesses in-depth experience performing contract performance audits  comparing contractually-required/as-planned metrics to those metrics as actually performed, contract compliance reviews and incurred cost reviews in determining whether costs incurred under a contract were “allowable” per the FAR (i.e., documented, allocable, reasonable, properly charged, and consistent with the contract’s terms and conditions).  Mr. Gardner has utilized numerous scheduling programs and methodologies, Earned Value Management Systems, cost accounting systems and cost estimating models in analyzing cost and schedule performance data. Mr. Gardner has worked for Public Agencies in performing incurred cost and estimate-to-complete reviews as well as in recovering contracted and internal costs in investigating for evidence of pre-procurement authorization, adherence to proper procurement standards, contract management/oversight and invoice review/payment controls.

Much of Mr. Gardner’s work in the aerospace and defense arena has pertained to state-of-the-art technologies and their advancement.  His engagement experience has included working for subcontractors, prime contractors, the government (“owner”), and third parties (e.g., insurers) on a variety of fixed-price and cost-plus contract arrangements related to full-scale engineering and development (FSED), production, refurbishment, modification, and leader-follower programs.

Mr. Gardner holds a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering, cum laude, from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Contract Management Association, Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International, and is an associate member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

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