A Field Guide for Dispute Resolution for Construction Projects...
Jul 24 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
SF Design Center Gallery
101 Henry Adams Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Architects can be a resource to their clients on recommending a systems approach to effective conflict resolution during construction. Disputes are too costly to litigate and can cause unacceptable delays, so public and private construction projects often utilize Partnering, Dispute Resolution Boards (DRB), Mediation, Arbitration and Special Masters for resolution of conflict. Sometimes more than one tool is utilized for a project. Further, architecture firms can become parties in litigation, if conflict is not resolved during construction. Participants will gain an understanding of the various methods of conflict resolution utilized during the design/construction process and post construction; and walk away with the tools for developing a structured ADR process appropriate for large and small scale construction projects.
Elizabeth A. Tippin, Esq. has more than 25 years of experience as an attorney representing architectural firms and other design professionals and an arbitrator/mediator specializing in the resolution of complex multi-party construction disputes. She has provided legal representation including preparation and negotiation of contracts; risk management consultation; general counsel business advice, and representation in mediation, arbitration and litigation of claims. Ms. Tippin has resolved over 1000 disputes as a mediator, arbitrator, DRB member, Special Master, and served for five years as an Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings. She is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial and Construction Panels. For the last ten years she has been an adjunct professor teaching Architectural Professional Practice at the Academy of Art University, and has lectured on construction and ADR at several other universities and for the AIA.