Jefferson Asher SE

Managing Principal/Past President and Chairman

General & Administrative, WA
Los Angeles, CA

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    Jeff Asher began his career with KPFF in 1986, and has functioned in many capacities for KPFF over that period. In addition to his extensive experience as a Principal in Charge on a wide variety of structural engineering projects, he is past President and Chairman of the Board. 

    Jeff is responsible for the management and resolution of all professional liability claims and disputes, the management of KPFF’s professional liability insurance issues, and he is in the lead role for the firms’ internal Risk Management education program. Based on that significant professional experience, as well as his work in functioning as an outside structural engineering Expert for attorneys and insurance companies, Jeff has an intimate working knowledge of both the administrative and technical aspects of structural engineering professional practice.

    Additionally, Mr. Asher is the primary point of contact for the Forensic Services area of KPFF’s professional practice. He functions as an independent Forensic Consultant and Expert Witness on specific outside matters, provides a variety of Litigation Support services to Clients, and is in charge of existing facility investigations, studies, and building retrofit/repair activities related to this Service area for KPFF. 


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    • M.S. Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
    • B.S. Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
    • B.A. Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
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    Project Experience

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    • Structural Engineer - California, Arizona, Washington, Hawaii
    • Professional Engineer - Kansas
    • Licensed Masonry Contractor (C29) - California
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    American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Committee on Claim Reduction and Management (CCRM), Member

    The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California

    The American Society of Civil Engineers

    The American Concrete Institute

    Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute

    ACEC/CASE Risk Management Program, Past Chairman

    The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

    The Masonry Society, Past Member of the Board of Directors

    The Masonry Society, Past Member of the Editorial Board of the TMS Journal

    Multi-Disciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, Member of the Industry Advisory Board

    The Structural Design of Tall Buildings, Member of the International Editorial Board

    The Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council, Past Member

    Lexington Insurance Company, Past Member of the Advisory Board

    Structural Engineers Risk Management Council, Past Member

    UCLA, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: Past Lecturer

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