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Michael R. McGee
Expert Witness - Forensic Surveying

Michael R. McGee PLS is a licensed surveyor and owner of McGee Surveying Consulting, established in 1977. He offers professional services to the public and primarily to surveyors, engineers, attorneys and government agencies. He has over 40 years' experience in all aspects of surveying as a licensed practitioner and a survey engineer, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Surveying Engineering (1990) from California State University, Fresno.

Mr. McGee has qualified as an Expert Witness in numerous Superior Courts in California and in the San Francisco Federal District Court. He has served in the capacity of a master at the request of the United States Attorney General's Office San Diego. He has served as instructor and lecturer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and CSU Fresno. He has published and presented papers addressing legal and technical issues in the surveying profession. Mr. McGee served as the 1985 President of the state land surveyors professional society, chaired the State's Advanced Technologies Committee and served as an ongoing member of the California Spatial Reference Center Coordinating Council.

Forensic Experience: Thirty-nine years' testifying in civil and criminal cases, preparing reports, exhibits, and historical abstracts. His experience includes litigation involving property rights, liability and criminal proceedings; subject matter includes residential boundaries, GLO boundaries, water boundaries, adverse possession, historical uses, easements, trespass, accident depiction and re-creations, analysis of photographs for spatial relationships and others. He has provided consulting and expert witness services to over 80 attorneys since 1973.

Services include forensic investigations, testifying as an Expert Witness, participating as an undeclared case consultant, and preparation of reports. Field survey measurements and observations are performed in person (not by subordinates) such that testimony in depositions and court is based on firsthand knowledge.


Professional Land Surveyor 1972, California License #3945.

Professional Land Surveyor 1971, Oregon License #957.

B.S. Degree, Surveying Engineering 1990, CSU Fresno (summa cum laude).

Surveying Instructor at CSU Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

State President 1985, California Land Surveyors Association.

Past member of the State Professional Examination Committee.

Member of the California Spatial Reference Center.

Advanced Technologies Committee Past Chair, CLSA.

Assistant Editor of the California Surveyor Professional Publication 1992.

Member: American Congress on Surveying & Mapping, National Society of Professional Surveyors.

Boundary Lecturer at CSU Fresno.

Published Papers:

  • Role of the Boundary Surveyor in the Legal Aspects of Possession, Title and Ownership
  • Tidal Boundaries

Presented paper om Lidar Mapping in 2003 and 2004 at the Spatial Reference Seminar at the University of California, Riverside


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