Dispute Resolution Services
90% of practice in construction representing owners, lenders, contractors, subcontractors and title insurance companies, contract negotiations, claims evaluation, negotiation, prosecution and defense. Adj. Prof., Graduate Real Estate Program, John Marshall School of Law (Construction and ADR) Instructor, Oakton Community College, Architectural Technology Program. 10% of practice in Real Property and commercial disputes.
ADR Experience: Arbitrator and mediator in construction contract interpretation, delay claims. Chaired panels concerning claims in excess of $1,000,000 including claims relating to design defects, change orders, underground tunneling, parking structures, processing plants, multi party insurance disputes and commercial lease disputes. Chair, Construction Disputes Advisory Panel for Chicago Region, AAA. Member, Panel on Large, Complex Commercial Disputes. Chair, Task Force to Implement ADR for Circuit Court of Cook County Mechanics
AAA National Commercial Arbitrator Training Faculty, AAA Chicago Training Faculty for Construction Arbitrators, AAA Basic Arbitrator Training, Chicago 1986; 8 hour course Arbitrator Training (1997), Invited Observer, Uniform Arbitration Act Revisions Committee; Member, Task Force for Implementation of AAA Rules (Chicago Region). Constructive Resolutions Inc.: 16 hour course Mediator Training, (1991); American Arbitration Association, 24 hour course, Mediator Training, (1997): Harvard Law School, Advanced Mediation Workshop, (40 hours training) (2000), Arbitrator II Training and Trainer for AAA (2001).
Illinois Bar, 1964; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1965; Trial Bar of U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1972; U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1965; U.S. Supreme Court, 1968; Licensed Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor, State of Illinois.
Amercan Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Cornerstone Award 2004 for lifetime achievment in the field of Construction Law.
American College of Construction Lawyers, past President 1994/95, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators. Chicago Bar Association (Chair, Real Property Committee, 1991 92), Chair, Mechanics Lien Committee, (1973 75), Chair, Construction Issues Committee (1986 88), Chair, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee (1997); American Bar Association, Member, Board of Governors, Forum on Construction (1993 96), Chair, Mechanics Lien Subcommittee, Litigation Division (1994 ), Chair, Construction Subcommittee, ADR Section (1994 ) Member, Construction Committee, Real Property Division (1972 ); Builders Association of Greater Chicago, Member, Board of Directors, (1993 1996), American Subcontractors Association, Board of Directors (1988 96) , Construction Financial Management Association Legal Counsel Chicago Chapter; Northbrook Park District, (1971 80), Legal Counsel. Chair, Northbrook Zoning Board of Appeals (1973-1999). Instructor, Associated General Contractors, Supervisory Training Program, Construction Law. Member, Lambda Alpha Honorary Land Economics Society.
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1964, University of Illinois, B.S. Industrial Administration, 1960
Lead Editor, Illinois Construction Law, Illinois Institute Continuing Legal Education, (1997). Contributing author to the Aspen/Wiley Publications books on Subcontracting, (1991), The Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Laws (Illinois) (1992), The Fifty State Public Construction Contracting, (Illinois) (1996), Design Build Handbook (1988), Construction Law (Delivery Systems) (1998), Lead Editor of Troubled Construction Loans (1991), Matthew Bender publication on Construction Law, author of chapter on Construction Liens (1991) and Arbitration (2001). Special Problems in the Construction Loan Workout, ACREL Papers published by American Bar Association, A Short Guide for Construction Lenders, Practicing Law Institute, 1999. Construction Damages published by Journal of Real Estate Development, Pass Through Liquidation Agreements and The Psychology of Incompetence in the Construction Industry, The Construction Lawyer published by the American Bar Association, A Guide to the 1997 AIA Contracts, ABA Forum on Construction Industry, Advanced Arbitration Techniques, Construction Superconference (1996, 1998), How to Present Your Case in Arbitration, Practical Real Estate Lawyer, (1998), Using Tandem Witnesses in Arbitration, Currents, (1998) ADR in Real Estate Transactions, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, (2001), Numerous other articles published relating to construction and ADR.