Allison Snyder

Arbitrator, Mediator at Allison Snyder ADR LLC


Over 35 years’ experience as construction attorney specializing in construction and commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, construction contract negotiation and drafting and the resolution of various construction claims/works-outs. Handles complex multi-party disputes between contractors, sureties, owners, design professionals, construction managers, subcontractors, and suppliers involved in public and private projects regarding disputes on commercial, industrial, energy and EPC projects. Handles disputes relating to delay claims, disruption, inefficiency and acceleration claims, differing site conditions, design and construction defect claims, change order claims, bond & lien claims, terminations for default and for convenience, surety performance and payment bond disputes and financial workouts. Ms. Snyder’s experience includes design and construction disputes involving large public and private commercial, industrial, energy and infrastructure projects, on and offshore oil and gas pipelines and production facilities, petrochemical plants, oil and gas drilling rigs, EPC projects, maritime projects, power plants, water and wastewater treatment facilities, petrochemical refineries, wind energy transmission projects, compressor and turbine failures, cogeneration facilities, vessel failures, high rise office towers, hospitals, schools, prisons, heavy highway, toll roads, marine projects, marine bridges, marine bulkhead failures, underground utilities, large civil projects, site work and paving, railways and numerous other energy and infrastructure projects. Extensive experience in: arbitration and mediation of complex construction and commercial cases; construction delay, acceleration and inefficiency claims; construction defect litigation; disputes regarding construction bond and lien claims and mineral interest liens; differing site conditions claims; payment and performance claims; change order and warranty claims; wrongful termination claims; surety takeover and tender disputes; insurance and indemnity issues; design defect disputes; contractor default workouts; and claims for extras. Has handled disputes ranging in value from $50,000 to $250,000,000.

Work History

Partner, Porter Hedges LLP, 2001-present; Shareholder/Associate, Greenberg Peden P.C., 1982-2001; Associate, Marian S. Rosen & Associates, 1979-82.


JAMS, ADR Trends 2021 & Increasing Selection of Diverse Neutrals, 2021; AAA, ACE 20, Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility; AAA ACE 19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019 AAA/ICDR/AAA Panel Conference, 2019; College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) Conference, 2019; ABA/ADR Conference, 2018; AAA Construction Conference, 2018; CCA Conference, 2018; AAA ACE 13 - Dealing with Difficult Attorneys in Arbitration, 2017; CCA Conference, 2017; HBA-ADR Section Annual Conference on ADR, 2017; ABA/ADR Conference, 2017; Associates of Attorney-Mediators’ Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training: The Good, the Bad & The Ugly, 2017; Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2017; ADR Global Pound Conference, 2017; AAA When Experts Come From Different Planets: Tips for Maximizing the Value of Experts, 2017; The Annual Conference on ADR, 2017; AAA ACE 12 – eDiscovery Arbitration in a Digital World, 2016; AAA Clarity in Award Writing, 2016; ABA/ADR Conference, 2016; AAA Imposing Sanctions in Arbitration: Just How Far Can You Go?, 2015; AAA ACE 9 - Conducting Research and Investigations – The Arbitrator’s Authority, 2015; AAA Getting it Right: Secrets to Writing Better Construction Awards 2015; HBA-ADR Section Annual Conference on ADR, 2015; AAA, The Extent or Limit of Mediator Influence to Effect Settlement 2015; Faculty, AAA Explaining Complexity—How to Improve Your Presentation of Technical Information in Arbitration 2015; AAA It’s Not Just ’Litigation Lite’-Making Rulings on Evidentiary Objections 2015; CCA Conference, 2015; The Forum on Construction Law Construction ADR Summit, 2015; AAA Faculty Managing a Successful Arbitration, 2014; CCA Conference, 2014; HBA-ADR Section Annual Conference on ADR, 2014; CCA Conference, 2013; HBA-ADR Section Annual ADR Conference; 2013; AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2012; CCA Conference, 2012; AAA Regaining Speed and Economy in Dispute Resolution, 2011; Annual Conference on ADR, 2011; AAA Faculty, ADR Strategies That Save Time and Money, 2010; AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2010; AAA/ICDR ADR Strategies that Maximize Corporate Value, 2010; AAA ACE 2 – Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties, 2009; AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2009; AAA Webinar, Construction ADR Practitioners: Crucial Preparation for the New Industry Standard-Form Contract Documents, 2008; AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004), 2007; Institute of Transnational Arbitration Workshop, 2007; AAA ACE 5 – Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics, 2006; University of Houston Law Center, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, International Commercial Arbitration, 2006; Specialized Course in International Commercial Arbitration, 2006; AAA ACE 1 – Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, 2005; AAA How to Run a Smooth & Effective Arbitration Hearing, 2003; Discovery Disputes in Arbitration Proceedings, 2004; Annual ADR Conference, 2003; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2001; Houston Bar Association ADR Section, The Use of Power in Negotiation and Mediation: The Alpha One Syndrome...and Beyond, 1999; Annual ADR Update, 1999; AAA Arbitration Law Course/State Bar of Texas, 1998; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training, 1996; Attorney-Mediators Institute, Advanced Mediation Skills Program, 1996; AAA Advanced Arbitrator Training, 1996; Advanced Peer Mediation Training, 1993; Attorney-Mediators Institute, Advanced Mediator Training, 1992; AAA Arbitrator Training, 1991; Attorney-Mediators Institute, Basic Mediator Training, 1990.


Admitted to the Bar: Texas, 1979; U. S. District Court: Southern (1985), Northern (1990), Western (1990) and Eastern (1994). Districts of Texas: U. S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1991.


American College of Construction Lawyers (Fellow); College of Commercial Arbitrators (Fellow); Institute for Transnational Arbitration; Houston Bar Association (Fellow); HBA Sections of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction and Litigation; Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow); College of the State Bar of Texas (Fellow); American Bar Association (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation Section and Construction Industry Forum Member); State Bar of Texas (Construction Law Section, Litigation Section and ADR Section); Past President of State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section; Past Chair HBA ADR Section; DRI; Member, Associated General Contractors of America, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Houston Contractors Association; Garland Walker Inn of Court, and Editor of the Construction Law Journal.


Member, AAA Construction Mega Project Panel, Large Complex Case; Panel, Regular Construction Industry Panel, ICDR Panel, AAA Commercial Panel; International cases under the ICC Rules and the ICDR Rules; Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators. 2012 – present; Member of the Construction & Commercial Panels of Arbitrators. American Arbitration Association, 1990 - present

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