SC Wright Group
Your comprehensive forensic construction source
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Meet Our Team

Expertise. Performance. Results.


About Us

SC Wright Group, stands alone in the industry combining a complete spectrum of Expert Forensic Consulting and Construction Services. 

SCW integrates forensic services in various fields, restoration background, repair and reconstruction services. SCW produces Superior Forensic Consulting because we produce credible “real world” cost estimates and evaluations that are defensible in a court of law.

Our staff offers a complete spectrum of forensic construction services for our clients, including pre-construction analysis, quality assurance services during construction, complete forensic consulting and expert witness testimony, destructive testing, risk exposure assessment, industry training programs, construction, reconstruction, repair and remediation.

In a business where so much is riding on the countless details of each project, it pays to utilize the services of a company that is active in every facet of forensic construction.



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Meet Our Team



Tony Childress

Owner/President, P.E., S.E., Tony is a leader in redefining the role of engineering in commercial and residential construction. He is the owner and founder of Childress Engineering Services, Inc., and has over 20 years of experience in design, consultation and management to architects, builders, contractors and manufacturers.  

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Senior Vice President

Matthew L. Sams

Mr. Sams joined SC Wright Group in 2003 and has two decades combined experience in the construction forensic industry. He has a proven ability to lead a forensic investigation with a strong analytical approach and a determinate goal toward resolution. Mr. Sams has provided deposition/trial testimony on numerous occasions defending general contractors, developers, subcontractors and owners, and holds active General Contractor licenses in California and Montana. Mr. Sams has actively worked in the construction industry since 1977.

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Vice President of Operations

Tracie L. Maxwell

Ms. Maxwell, as part of our corporate executive team, brings a combined total of 30 plus years expertise in property management, business management and forensic construction defect case management. Ms. Maxwell has been with SC Wright Group since 2003. Currently, Ms. Maxwell’s role includes responsibility for consulting project management, daily operations, business development, training of technical administrators and project managers, as well as ensuring that existing workflow systems are dynamic, valuable and cost-effective for the benefit of both our clients and our company.

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Vice President of Consulting

Michael J. Maxwell

Mr. Maxwell holds an active General Building Contractor’s license in the State of California. For the past 30 years, Mr. Maxwell has been active in the forensic construction industry, including residential, commercial, institutional, and hospitality industries and is frequently requested to participate in construction matters that include construction defect litigation, personal injury, ADA Compliance, and wrongful death. Mr. Maxwell has the privilege of providing deposition/trial testimony on numerous occasions, defending general contractors, developers, subcontractors and owners.

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Associate Consultant

Selina Forte



Associate Consultant

David Smedley



Human Resources / Safety Manager

Jim Gallagher-Barker, PHR

Mr. Gallagher-Barker has been involved in the insurance defense and forensic construction industry for more than 18 years. His experience in human resources, safety training, and all aspects of accounting comes from thirty years of progressively responsible positions in the legal, construction, and architectural fields. Since 2004, Mr. Gallagher-Barker has provided HR, safety and accounting management support to the expert and executive teams.

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Accounts Receivable Billing Administrator

Elvia Elias

Ms. Elias joined SC Wright Groups estimating department in 1998 with a strong background in executive-level administrative support and quickly discovered her affinity for billing and accounts receivable practices, transferring to the firm’s Accounting Department with continued growth and development in all facets of the accounting department. Currently, Ms. Elias coordinates billing to ensure accurate invoicing that complies with customer guidelines and policies. A native San Diegan, she attended San Diego State University, and in May 2017 graduated with Honors from the University of San Diego's ABA-Approved Paralegal Program.

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Steven C. Wright

Mr. Wright has over 40 years of experience in all phases and types of construction and development. He has the distinction of providing trial testimony on numerous occasions in multiple states, helping to defend general contractors, developers, subcontractors and owners. Mr. Wright also acts as a neutral expert and building referee, holds many industry certifications, and holds active General Contractor licenses in numerous states throughout the nation. With almost 25 years in the construction defect arena, Mr. Wright has proven himself as a leading general contractor and cost of repair expert and has earned a reputation as a results-oriented consultant.

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