Albert Bates, Jr. is vice chair of Duane Morris' Construction Group. Mr. Bates focuses his practice on construction litigation and domestic and international arbitration matters. He has extensive litigation and arbitration experience. He has represented multinational corporations, domestic and international owners, EPC contractors, general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, equipment manufacturers, and lending institutions on a wide variety of construction projects, including power plants, chemical plants, pharmaceutical projects, steel mills, coke and by-product recovery plants, other industrial and manufacturing facilities, mass transit and highway projects, airports, mixed-used facilities, and sports and entertainment venues. In addition to representing clients on various federal and state courts, Mr. Bates has represented clients in arbitrations under the rules of the AAA, ICDR, JAMS, ICC, and CPR.
Mr. Bates also regularly serves as an arbitrator and mediator. He is a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a Certified Mediator by the International Mediation Institute, and a Charter Member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He serves as a neutral for the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and the CPR Institute, and on a non-administered basis. Mr. Bates has served as a neutral on more than 125 occasions, including matters in which the amounts in controversy exceeded $100 million.
Mr. Bates serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association. He also served as the immediate past Chairman of the National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee, a group of representatives from more than thirty prominent constructions industry professional organizations that advise and consult with the American Arbitration Association on conflict management and dispute resolution practices, processes and procedures for the construction industry.
Mr. Bates is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Arbitration, Mediation, Construction Law and Litigation-Construction. He also has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine in the field of construction litigation. Mr. Bates was selected as Best Lawyers' 2010 Pittsburgh Construction Lawyer of the Year.
Mr. Bates is a 1987 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, a 1987 graduate of Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management (M.B.A., Finance), and a 1983 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College (B.A., Economics and Political Science, cum laude).
DEBORAH S. GRIFFIN is an attorney in the Boston office of Holland & Knight LLP. She received her A.B. degree, cum laude, in 1971 from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. degree in 1974 from Boston University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of construction, surety bond law, bankruptcy, and commercial, banking and insurance litigation. Deborah has written and taught both locally and nationally on construction, bankruptcy, surety and litigation issues. She served on the Governing Committee of the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry, chairing the Forum for one year. She has been a Vice-Chair of the ABA's Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, served as liaison between the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), and as a Director of Boston Chapter 15 of NAWIC. In 2009 she was awarded the Cornerstone Award, the most prestigious award given by the ABA Forum. She is a member of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), the American Bankruptcy Institute (past member), the Boston Bar Association Bankruptcy Section and served on the Board of Directors of the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts. She was elected a charter member of the American College of Construction Lawyers and rejoined the college after a ten-year hiatus. Deborah is married with two daughters and lives in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Jayne Czik joined Citnalta Construction Corp. as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in May 2011. Citnalta is a family owned general contractor, established in 1974, whose clients are primarily public sector agencies. Jayne handles legal and risk management services including bidding, proposals, negotiation, transactional work, risk management, insurance placement, and claims and litigation issues. These services involve assisting Citnalta with the development of business solutions to legal issues and disputes. Jayne is also responsible for overseeing compliance and ensuring that executive management is apprised of new regulatory and compliance requirements.
Prior to joining Citnalta, Jayne was the Deputy General Counsel at MTA Capital Construction (MTACC) in New York. MTACC is the MTA agency responsible for the MTA's mega transportation projects and system expansion program. Jayne counseled senior management on legal and procurement issues pertaining to MTACC projects involving state, city and federal funding. Jayne began working at MTACC shortly after the agency was created and remained there for seven years, giving her an opportunity to work on several projects from inception through completion and close out.
Jayne has been focusing on construction law since 1988 and is an active member of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry. She is currently the Editor of the Forum's Under Construction newsletter. Jayne is also a member of the American Arbitration Association's National Construction Panel.
Maureen McDonough is both an engineer and an attorney with more than 35 years of experience in the delivery of complex capital projects focusing on procurement, development and negotiation of contracts, risk management and dispute resolution. Over the course of her career, she has been significantly involved in three multi-billion dollar capital improvement programs including the Boston Harbor Clean-up for the Massachusetts Port Authority, the Renovation of Logan Airport for the Massachusetts Port Authority and Allston Development for Harvard University.
Maureen is currently the Senior Director of Administration Strategies for Planning and Project Management at Harvard University. HPPM provides Capital Planning, Campus Planning and Project Management Services at the University.
Prior to joining Harvard, Maureen was an Assistant Director in the Capital Programs Department at the Massachusetts Port Authority for ten years. During that time, Maureen participated on the Construction Reform Commission in Massachusetts, which was responsible for implementing the most sweeping changes in Massachusetts construction law for many decades.
Maureen holds a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1988. Maureen is a member of the BIMForum Board of Directors and also serves on various advisory boards for multiple universities. Maureen is also an appointed member of the Building Renovation Committee in her hometown of Canton, MA.
Peter Halls is a partner at the law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP. He has handled a wide range of construction issues, including negotiating contract documents, identifying and negotiating claims, conducting mediations, and handling arbitrations and trials. Projects he has worked on include the new 35W Bridge in Minneapolis, the new Twins Ball Park, the FedEx Forum in Memphis, the Disney Concert Hall, ethanol plants, biofuel plants, power plants, and several thousand megawatts of wind and solar electricity generation facilities.
Peter is a fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers and has been Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Construction Law Section, Chair of the International Construction Division of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, President of the Minnesota Construction Association, President of the Minnesota Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America, and head of the Construction Law Practice Group at his firm. He is also a member of the panel of construction arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and is qualified to serve as a neutral mediator and arbitrator for Minnesota courts. Peter is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and Minnesota Super Lawyers, and is the Best Lawyers® 2012 Minneapolis Construction Lawyer of the Year. He received his Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College magna cum laude and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota Law School magna cum laude, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Minnesota Law Review.
Timothy Thornton is an Officer in the Construction Law Practice Group, former member of the Firm's Board of Directors, and formerly served as President of the Firm. He has been a member of the Firm since 1981, and has practiced primarily in the area of construction law representing prime contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and owners. Mr. Thornton's practice includes transactional work, as well as dispute resolution work in both public and private sectors.
Mr. Thornton has extensive trial and arbitration experience prosecuting and defending a wide-variety of construction-related claims, including construction defects, bid disputes and protests, construction delays, disruptions and inefficiencies, acceleration, scope disputes and contract termination disputes. Additionally, Mr. Thornton is frequently engaged during performance of the project to provide real-time legal advice to resolve open issues or to prepare for future claims.
Mr. Thornton has broad-based experience with respect to a number of delivery systems, including traditional design-bid-build, design-build, agent and at-risk construction management, integrated project delivery and turnkey. Mr. Thornton's experience with contract pricing is equally broad-based ranging from traditional hard money competitive bids, negotiated pricing, best-value procurements and cost-plus, with or without a GMP.
Mr. Thornton is a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers and a frequent lecturer on construction law and related topics for the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry, the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis, the National Business Institute, the Engineer's Club of St. Louis and other trade and industry groups. Mr. Thornton has also authored a number of publications on the topics of construction law and alternative dispute resolution.
Joshua W. Ballance, Esq. is Senior Manager and Counsel on the AIA Contract Documents team at the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C. Joshua works actively in the creation and revision of AIA Contract Documents and provides assistance to users of AIA documents. He worked with the AIA Documents Committee on revisions to A310-2010, Bid Bond, A312-2010, Payment and Performance Bonds and on the AIA’s recently released housing documents. He also worked actively with the Documents Committee in the development of the AIA’s Bond Form Commentary and Comparison as well as the AIA’s three families of standard form integrated project delivery agreements.
Joshua obtained his J.D. from the Stetson University College of Law in 2004. Prior to joining the AIA, Joshua worked as a Staff Attorney at Clark Construction Group, LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. Joshua is a member of the Florida Bar and American Bar Association.
PATRICK J. O’CONNOR, JR. Partner with the international law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP in its Minneapolis, Minnesota office. He received his B.A. degree from Hamline University in 1975 and his JD degree from The American University in 1981. He was law clerk to Miles W. Lord, Chief Judge of the Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota. Mr. O’Connor’s practice focuses on construction, suretyship and insurance. He has served as litigation or coverage counsel for contractors, owners, design professionals, and product suppliers in disputes venued in over 25 states and Canada. He also acts as a mediator, arbitrator and expert witness in construction and insurance disputes. Mr. O’Connor is co-author of Bruner & O’Connor on Construction Law (West Group 2002), a twelve-volume construction law treatise. He was an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law Third, Suretyship and Guaranty. He works closely with a number of industry organizations on Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery initiatives. Mr. O’Connor currently is Co-Chair of the BIMForum’s Legal Subforum. Since 2007, Mr. O’Connor has counseled the AIA’s Documents Committee in connection with numerous contract forms. Mr. O’Connor has held LEED AP (New Construction) certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. He is a Fellow, former member of the Executive Committee, and Past-President of the American College of Construction Lawyers. Mr. O’Connor is also a former member of the Governing Committee for the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. Mr. O’Connor is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America,” “International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers,” and “Minnesota Super Lawyers.” (Contact Pat O’Connor at 612-766-7413 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Robyn Miller is Chief Counsel, Americas, for AECOM Technology Corporation, a global architecture, engineering, and program and construction management firm. She began her legal career with Los Angeles construction firm Monteleone & McCrory, where she litigated cases for contractors and developers. In 1995, she left private practice to go in-house with Daniel, Mann, Johnson, & Mendenhall (now known as AECOM Services, Inc.), a wholly owned subsidiary of AECOM Technology Corporation.
At AECOM, Ms. Miller has focused on professional liability and risk management for architects and engineers. She is particularly interested in issues related to standard of care, Building Information Modeling, sustainable architecture, professional licensing, and creative dispute resolution. She participates in the AGC BIM Forum, and was part of the group that drafted the initial ConsensusDOCs 301 BIM Addendum. She is also part of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable Chief Legal Officer group and has participated in the review and update of various AIA Documents. Her current duties include overseeing AECOM’s Regional and Business Line counsel across North and Latin America. She also sits on the company's Americas Leadership Committee.
Ms. Miller is a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers and was elected to the Council for the Yosemite Conservancy (formerly Yosemite Fund), the primary nonprofit fundraising organization for Yosemite National Park.
Ms. Miller received her B.A. from Pomona College, and her J.D. from the University of Los Angeles, School of Law.
Senior Partner Larry Baker's practice involves the preparation, defense and litigation of major construction, surety and architect/engineer claims. He also has an active government contracts practice and has litigated bid protests both in the courts and before state and federal administrative forums. Larry has practiced before State and Federal Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Claims Court (now the Court of Federal Claims) and federal and state courts throughout the country. He has served as an arbitrator on numerous occasions and also been retained as a neutral in mini-trials, as a mediator, and has been appointed as a special master to resolve construction disputes before the courts.
Before joining WTHF in 1987, Larry was a partner at Lewis, Mitchell & Moore. He served as the First Chairman of both the Maryland Department of Transportation Board of Contract Appeals and the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals before entering private practice. In addition, he served as Assistant General Counsel for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority where he litigated many contractor claims before the former Corps of Engineers Board of Contract Appeals and in the federal courts.
David J. Hatem is a partner in the Boston-based law firm Donovan Hatem LLP. Nationally recognized for his expertise in representing engineers, architects and construction management professionals, David leads the firm’s Professional Practices Group which serves design professionals. David has been practicing law for approximately 40 years and has served as ACEC/MA Counsel since 1988. In recognition of his extraordinary career dedicated to the engineering sector, David received the Engineering Center Education Trust 2016 “Leadership in Professional Practice Legal Services” award and the 2008 ACEC Distinguished Service Award. David teaches Legal Aspects of Engineering at Tufts University and Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering at Northeastern University Graduate School of Engineering. He has authored and edited numerous articles and publications in his field of expertise, including the second edition of Public-Private Partnerships and Design-Build: Opportunities and Risks for Consulting Engineers, Subsurface Conditions: Risk Management for Design and Construction Management Professionals, Design-Build Subsurface Projects, and Megaprojects: Challenges and Recommended Practices.
Named as one of the leading construction law attorneys in the District of Columbia by Chambers USA, Larry represents clients in construction and public contract negotiation and dispute resolution. He also frequently serves as a construction mediator and arbitrator.
Larry assists contractors in construction, supply, aerospace and service contract disputes arising out of federal, state, quasi-public and private projects and contracts. He also represents both public and private owners in construction disputes with general contractors and their subcontractors. He counsels domestic and international companies, contractors, subcontractors, owners and design professionals in connection with changes, specification conflicts, construction defects and acceleration, delay, disruption and termination claims arising out of construction and supply contracts. Larry has litigated matters for clients in federal and state courts in numerous jurisdictions, before boards of contract appeals and in arbitration tribunals. He also has wide-ranging experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), helping clients resolve disputes via arbitration, mini-trials and mediation.
Additionally, Larry drafts and negotiates construction contract documents on behalf of contractors, owners and lenders for a variety of projects, including heavy civil, power, building and transportation.
As co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee’s Recruitment and Retention Sub-Committee, Larry assists in recruitment and firm initiatives that promote firm-wide diversity and inclusiveness.