Attorney with transactional and litigation practice focusing on complex commercial, technology, engineering, and construction transactions with specialized experience in roofing contracts, defects and warranty claims. Commercial law practice involved organization, financing and transactions for high tech contract manufacturing, machine vision technology, software development and technology consulting businesses. Represented publicly traded oil and gas limited partnerships, real estate limited partnerships and high technology start-ups in financing, securities, acquisition, development and leasing activities. Represented international real estate firm for exclusive multi-state commercial leasing transactions. Former shareholder in high technology contract design and manufacturing company focusing on industrial computers and controls.
Construction law practice involved representation of general contractors, developers, engineers, architects, subcontractors and suppliers involving private and public projects. Experience with commercial, institutional and industrial projects, electric utility transmission, as well as Federal, State and local Government contracting.
Served 10 years as President for specialty engineering design firm providing program management and computer forecasting based on life cycle cost models (LCC) to establish capital and maintenance budgets for national manufacturing, telecommunications and public utility clients. Designed Facility Asset Management and Facility Maintenance program that used Building Information Modeling (BIM), industry performance standards and cost database to forecast serviceability of building components such as roofing, walls and windows, floors and paving, plumbing, HVAC and primary electrical systems. Developed computer based pre-qualification, bid submission and quality assurance programs for construction expenditures in excess of $500M. Instituted performance metrics and process definition for firm's interaction with customers, architects, contractors and quality assurance contractors. Developed and administered performance based warranty programs for manufacturers, including roof membrane and roof material manufacturers and directed owner's warranty claims for defective building products. Developed and negotiated software development, research and development, joint venture and teaming agreements with national engineering and construction firms. Applied for business method patent and trademark protection for business practices. Holds U.S. Patent No.20100139780.
Served as Vice-President and General Counsel to construction industry specialty equipment business involved in high pressure steam boilers and remote monitoring control technology. Developed ISO 9001:2000 Certification program. Designed performance based contract systems for energy savings utilizing computer controls and remote monitoring with cellular transmission and the internet. Negotiated contracts for delivery of products and services for nuclear and fossil fuel electric generating facilities, wastewater treatment plants, manufacturing plants, colleges and high schools, condominium projects, hotels, prisons, municipal public works projects, aircraft and rail locomotive manufacturing facilities. Procured under Federal Acquisition Regulation System.
Served as Engineer and Assistant General Counsel to Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority involved in developing request for proposals and evaluating bids for preliminary engineering studies for mass transit, light rail transit and dedicated bus transit lane projects including ridership surveys, alternative analysis and environmental impact assessments. Manage relationships with federal, state and local agencies for planning and funding mass transportation projects.