Draws upon dual backgrounds and experience as attorney and licensed architect to provide Certified Mediator and arbitrator services for the AAA’s construction and commercial Fast Track, Regular Track and Large, Complex Construction and Commercial Panels.
Has successfully served as Certified Mediator and arbitrator in over 90 mediations and arbitrations in the Chicago area, Central Illinois and neighboring Midwestern states including Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana, and has conducted remote mediation conferences via Zoom, including a party attending the mediation conference from Australia. Can serve as Certified Mediator and arbitrator in any location within or outside the United States, either in-person or by Zoom or similar platform.
As Certified Mediator has successfully settled many two-party, three-party and four-party and complex multi-party mediations requiring from 1-5 days of mediation conferences. Has served as arbitrator in disputes requiring 13 days of in-person hearings, and as Chair Arbitrator in Large, Complex Construction arbitrations requiring 6 days of remote hearing via Zoom platform.
PARTIES AND PROJECT TYPES: Served as Certified Mediator and arbitrator for construction and real estate disputes involving lenders, borrowers, developers, owners, architects, designers, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, tenants, landlords, condominium associations and their Declarations of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions, and By-laws, local governments and federal agencies. Project types have included commercial development, retail facilities, hotels, restaurants, county courthouse and jails, sports facility, federal courthouse, industrial and sustainable energy developments, public school districts and private educational institutions, modular and stick-built mixed-use and mid-rise commercial and student housing, high-rise residential condominium and commercial development, senior community and assisted living developments, multi-family residential, mid-to high-end single family residential projects.
DISPUTED DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION ISSUE TYPES: Disputed design and construction issues include contract breach and performance issues under American Institute of Architects (AIA) and many other industry-standard and custom construction agreements, as well as claims involving design and construction defects, material and structural failure, change order disputes, uncompleted punch list issues, HVAC performance and failure, plumbing and electrical defects, surface drainage issues, sports facility ice rink refrigeration failure, roofing defects and failure, concrete parking deck defects and failure, water infiltration and damage, wood flooring defects, concrete flooring defects, residential wind load structural defects, code compliance, fraud allegations, scheduling and delay claims, non-payment claims, mechanics liens, cost overruns, concrete and masonry failure, foundation and caisson issues, unforeseen conditions, partnership agreements, intellectual property and related copyright infringement claims, foreclosure, loan modification and asset relinquishment, and a wide range of other design and construction disputes.
DOCUMENTARY AND PHYSICAL EVIDENCE EXAMINATION: As an attorney and architect, has extensive experience preparing and reviewing design, construction industry and real estate documentary evidence, including construction drawings and other contract documents, specifications, project manuals, bid documents, change orders, pay requests, photo-documentary evidence, material samples, critical path and project schedules, expert forensic reports, legal entity formation documents, condominium formation and management documents, purchase and sale agreements, easements and development agreements.