Lisa Smith, BCMA, RCA, TRAQ (Technical Expert Witness)

Lisa Smith, BCMA, RCA, TRAQ (Technical Expert Witness)

California, USA
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(Technical Expert Background Info Summary)

Lisa Smith is a Technical Expert Witness who is Board Certified Master Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture, a certification not a lot of arborists have (it was fairly recently introduced.)  She is also a Registered Consulting Arborist with the American Society of Consulting Arborists.  She is one of the first two Tree Risk Assessor Qualified arborists in California, by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Ms. Smith completed her Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Fullerton in 1988. She has also taken courses such as Pruning Essential for Landscape and Facilities (2000), Troubleshooting in Landscape (2000), Trees: Selecting, Planting, Moving and Managing (2001), Back to Basics: Tree Fertilization (2002) and Girdling Root Formation in Landscape Tree (2002) to name a few.


(Technical Expert Bullet Points of Interest)

  • Experienced in Expert Witness Testimony
  • Experienced in New Tree Recommendations and nursery selection and General tree inventory monitoring
  • UCLA – Graduate Student Housing Project
  • California Tree Failure Report Data Seminar (February 2016)
  • Landscape Disease Symposium (2013)
  • Western Chapter ISA Conference – San Diego (2011)
  • Western Tree Management Symposium Conference – Trees and Climate (2010)
  • UCLA Landscape Architecture Program – Instructor — Trees
  • Western Chapter ISA – Certified Arborist Prep Couse Inland
  • Loyola Law School – Tree Law


(Technical Expert Final Words/Short Summary)

Ms. Smith is an Instructor at the UCLA Landscape Architecture Program, where one of the subjects she teaches is tree pruning.  In addition, she is past President (2017) of the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.  She also teaches a Certified Arborist Prep Course for the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

Ms. Smith has spoken on Tree Law at Loyola Law School.  She has done Citizen Arborist training, where she provides pruning guidelines.  As a Tree Risk Assessor, she provides expert opinions on tree failure and limb failure quite often.  She recently taught a class on Tree Risk Standards for the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

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Published: October 19, 2022
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