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  • Communications


    Experience has shown that projects can go off the rails by poor - or missing - communications. I write for a living, and one of the ways I assist clients is to structure and prepare appropriate project communications. Whether dealing…

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  • Project Performance

    Project Performance

    One of the most rewarding aspects of my practice is the ongoing advisory role with many clients on mid-project issues. What makes advice on project performance cost-effective? A detailed understanding of the design and construction process, the normal roles and…

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  • Claims and Disputes

    Claims and Disputes

    Not every issue gets resolved while the project is ongoing. Sometimes the amount at stake is too high, or project relationships or communications have broken down, or an accident or catastrophe results in the parties retreating into their respective bunkers.…

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  • Contracts


    A set of coordinated contracts is critical to completely understand the project, and to establish consistent expectations among all parties. Over the years, I have drafted and negotiated more than a thousand contracts, for hundreds of various types of projects.…

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  • Project Delivery

    Project Delivery

    Structuring the method of procuring and delivering design and construction services is a critical first step. The available options seem at times to be overlapping, and aspects of project delivery remain confusing even for some sophisticated owners. I have been…

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  • Neutral Services

    Neutral Services

    Over 20 years ago I started arbitrating cases for the American Arbitration Association. During those years I have sat as an arbitrator, whether singly or on a three-member panel, to decide a large variety of construction disputes. Cases have involved…

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