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Phone: (612) 308-6430

8432 80th St. North

Stillwater, MN 55082

Philip Bruner


Arbitrator and Mediator specializing in resolution of construction, engineering,energy and other disputes.

Current Employer:


Areas of Expertise:

✔ Appellate ✔ Commercial/Business
✔ Construction ✔ Contract Disputes
✔ Energy including oil and gas ✔ Engineering
✔ International ✔ Mining
✔ Professional Liability ✔ Real Estate


As a practicing lawyer for over 40 years prior to becoming a full-time neutral, Mr. Bruner concentrated on construction, engineering, energy and infrastructure litigation and was lead counsel in over 100 arbitrations and litigated cases venued in over 30 states. He also mediated or participated in mediation of numerous cases. Represented parties included the spectrum of construction industry participants: public and private owners, contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors, architects, engineers (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, geotechnical, hydrological), sureties, insurers, material manufacturers, material suppliers, equipment suppliers, construction lenders, and construction accountants.See, bio at (lists representative cases arbitrated and mediated); bio at for list of articles; and bio at under "neutrals".

Work History:

Following law school graduation and active military service as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force, Mr. Bruner engaged for 40 years in private practice of law in Minnesota’s Twin Cities with the law firms of Briggs and Morgan PC (1967-1983, Hart & Bruner PA (1983-1990 as senior partner), and Faegre & Benson LLP (now Faegre Drinker) with offices then in Minneapolis, Denver, Des Moines, Boulder, London, Frankfurt and Shanghai (1991-2007 as senior partner and founding head of the firm’s Construction Law Group). On January 1, 2008, Mr. Bruner joined JAMS as a full-time arbitrator, mediator, and dispute resolver, and as head of JAMS Global Engineering and Construction Group of neutrals engaged in dispute resolution worldwide. See bios at,, and


Mr. Bruner has served as chair or arbitrator in many national and international arbitrations. See list of representative cases at; bio at; and bio at under "neutrals" .


Founded and taught construction law courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School (2003-2007) and at William Mitchell College of Law (2006-2008), and also taught government contract law and Commercial Contract law at William Mitchell College of law (1970-1976). Lecturer, Masters Institute in Construction Contracting (1992-present). Lecturer on International Arbitration for the Masters Degree Program on Construction and Law at the University of Stuttgart (2018- ). Presented over 400 law lectures on Arbitration, ADR, construction, engineering and energy subjects, including international audiences in international professional audiences in Alnwick, Barcelona, Beijing, Calgary, Chicago, Cologne, Halifax, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Miami, New Delhi, New York, Nice, Patiala (India), Princeton, Quebec City, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington DC. For recent venues, see, bio at; bio at; and, bio at under "neutrals" .


States of Minnesota and Wisconsin, U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts and district courts. See, bio at; bio at; bio at under "neutrals".


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Princeton University (Bachelor's degree in History); University of Michigan Law School (Juris Doctor Degree): Syracuse University (Master of Business Administration Degree).


Co-Author, Bruner and O'Connor on Construction Law (2002, updated and supplemented annually), the authoritative twelve volume, 11,000 page treatise on American law governing construction and dispute resolution, and cited in over 500 U. S. judicial opinions. Author or co-author of numerous numerous law review articles. Fora list of recent articles, see, bio at; bio at; bio at under "neutrals".


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