A Holistic Approach to Construction Disputes
Any number of issues can lead to disputes in major construction projects, requiring a team of legal professionals and technical, delay, and quantum experts to work together in understanding the merits of disputes, developing resolution strategies, and recommending solutions. The challenge is to bring together a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and coordinate their efforts seamlessly and cost-effectively to advise as the dispute evolves and the resolution efforts proceed.
Our panel of construction experts will share their experience, insights, and lessons learned on how engineers, project managers, and delay/quantum experts can effectively collaborate and support construction dispute resolution for various types of construction projects, such as commercial, industrial, and infrastructure, in international arbitration, litigation, and mediation. They will discuss domain knowledge boundaries between distinct experts involved in construction disputes to support legal professionals to ensure the client’s issues are addressed in a coordinated and efficient manner. They will also present case studies that span the project lifecycle to demonstrate the variety of issues leading to construction disputes.
- Identifying a single person to serve as the “project manager” mitigates risks associated with miscommunication, team misalignment, and poor project integration in multi-stakeholder construction projects.
- Integrating multi-disciplinary experts (engineers, project managers, and delay/quantum experts) in a collaborative team enables efficient analysis of construction disputes, minimizes redundancies, and creates value for clients.
- Regular communication among legal, technical, and quantum/delay experts minimizes gaps in the expert opinions and improves the overall presentation of the case in dispute resolution proceedings.
Marissa A. Alkhazov, Buchalter, Seattle, Washington USA
William S. Thomas, Gausnell, O'Keefe & Thomas, LLP, Saint Louis, Missouri USA
Foteini Vasilikou, Exponent, New York, New York USA
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