CV for Joseph C. Cannizzo, P.E.

Joseph C. Cannizzo, P.E.

Forensic (Civil / Construction) Engineer

Professional Experience

2011 to Present
Fortech Ltd.

Professional engineer with B.C.E. degree and twenty-four (24) years experience as owner of a construction company while concurrently a partner in a consulting engineering firm for ten (10) years. Eight (8) years experience with a major forensic engineering firm and five (5) years as partner and Chief Forensic Engineer providing technical investigations, analysis, reports and testimony involving construction accidents and defects, civil engineering design and personal injury accidents.

2006 to 2011
CTS Group

Director and Chief Engineer of Forensic Division
Provided professional services for attorneys and surety clients.

1999 to 2006
Robson Forensic, Inc. (formerly Robson Lapina, Inc.)

Director and Chief Engineer of Forensic Division
Forensic Civil Engineer
providing technical investigations, analysis, reports and testimony in areas of civil engineering design, construction accidents and defects and personal injury accidents. Retained by both plaintiffs and defendants in over 500 cases including testimony at over 50 trials and depositions. Areas of expertise include:

  • NY State Labor Law
  • Building failures due to construction activities
  • Construction defects
  • Chain link gate failures
  • Construction accidents involving heavy equipment
  • Concrete and asphalt pavement defects
  • Trips and falls
  • Substructure and appurtenance defects
  • Retaining wall analysis
  • Bridge deterioration
  • Playground accidents

1996 to 1999

Civil Engineer in private practice providing consulting engineering services to architects and contractors; supervision for construction inspection services firms; construction estimating for consulting firms and contractors; and forensic engineering services.

1972 to 1996
Emerald Construction Corporation

Partner, Engineer, Estimator, Project Manager for public works and commercial projects including buildings and site improvements, design of temporary structures (sheeting, bridges, construction shields, etc.)

Major Projects

  • Reconstruction of Fulton Street at Flatbush Avenue
  • Winterdale, Greyshot and Cast Iron Bridges in Central Park
  • Reconstruction of Veterans Memorial Bridge expansion joints
  • Modernization of Brooklyn Army Terminal buildings
  • Construction of new and modernization of over fifty parks and playgrounds
  • Rehabilitation of concrete structures (pump stations, retaining walls, etc.)

1986 to 1995 (concurrent with above)
Stuart Engineering Associates/Afridi Associates

Partner, Civil Engineer field supervision, construction feasibility studies and design quality control and estimating.

Major Projects

  • Reconstruction of athletic fields and buildings for Curtis High School
  • Analysis, remediation and construction inspection of concrete sea and retaining walls at Lehman High School
  • Civil Engineering Design of Hudson River Park and Piers
  • Reconstruction of one bridge and design of one new bridge on New York State Route 202, Mahwah, NY
  • Civil Engineering Design for Queens West Development
  • Design and construction inspection of bracketed mini-pile installation for support of existing concrete foundations at Brooklyn Psychiatric Center

1966 to 1972
Mascali Construction Corporation

Civil Engineer/Project Engineer for bridge, road and airport construction.

Major Projects

  • Reconstruction of runways at JFK Airport
  • Reconstruction of Flatbush Avenue at Kings Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
  • Construction of Steam Tunnels and Utilities at JFKIA, including temporary roadways and a temporary vehicle bridge design and construction
  • Construction of Utility tunnel and new roadways on Rikers Island
  • Design and Construction of Asphalt Plant Modernization

1960 to 1966
New York City Department of Transportation

Structural Designer, Resident Engineer, Assistant to Chief Engineer of Construction

Major Projects

  • Design and construction supervision of Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and LIRR Woodside Avenue Bridge
  • Inspection of Queens Midtown Tunnel Highway Viaduct Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation of Roadway and Utilities on Queens Boulevard and Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY


  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering, City University of New York (1965)


  • Life Member, American Society of Civil Engineers

Professional Registration

  • Professional Engineer, State of New York (1966)

Military Service

  • Army Combat Engineer