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Mediation in the Zero Sum World of Construction
Posted on 3 Nov 2015 by Christopher G. Hill

Construction is a zero sum game. What do I mean by that? I mean that even where you, a construction professional with a great construction lawyer , have reviewed and edited a subcontract presented to you or provided a well drafted contract to the other... Read More

Important Changes to the AAA Construction Industry Mediation and Arbitration Rules
Posted on 15 Oct 2015 by Williams Mullen

By W. Alexander Burnett , Partner, Williams Mullen Introduction The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) is one of the primary providers of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and arbitration, in the United States.... Read More

When Is Mandatory Arbitration Not Mandatory?
Posted on 22 Sep 2015 by Christopher G. Hill

I have discussed my views on mandatory mediation in construction contracts at other places here at Musings and also discussed how the contract is king here in Virginia . A recent Charlottesville, Virginia Circuit Court case, [subscribers can access an... Read More

Construction Contracts, Mediation and Venue
Posted on 18 Dec 2013 by Christopher G. Hill

I have preached the mantra of “ read your contracts carefully ” on numerous occasions here at Construction Law Musings. I have also discussed my thoughts on ADR and mandatory mediation . A recent case out of the Eastern District of Virginia... Read More

Recent Revisions to AAA Rules
Posted on 9 Sep 2015 by Vandeventer Black LLP

By Brett Saunders Think about the last major construction project you or your company was involved in. Chances are, that project was being performed under a contract that contained an arbitration clause. These clauses require disputes to be resolved... Read More

Resolve to Mediate Your Construction Disputes in 2014
Posted on 13 Feb 2014 by Christopher G. Hill

After a quick detour to discuss Kevin Underhill’s great book, we’re back to discuss more “serious” topics. Namely, how to move forward relating to your construction disputes in 2014. As anyone that regularly reads Construction... Read More

Mediating is Eye Opening
Posted on 28 Sep 2015 by Christopher G. Hill

As anyone that reads this construction law blog on any sort of regular basis knows, I am a big advocate for mediation in most cases (construction or otherwise). I took this truly to heart about four years ago when I decided to go through the training... Read More

Headline: Voluntary Construction Mediation Works
Posted on 20 May 2014 by Christopher G. Hill

Well, I’m back. After a busy week of meeting with clients, college visits with my daughter and a successful mediation (this time as co-counsel), I am back to what I hope to be a more consistent posting schedule. Luckily for me, my friend Seth... Read More

Alert: AAA Construction Industry Rules Update
Posted on 23 Sep 2015 by Christopher G. Hill

The American Arbitration Association has made some needed updates to their Construction Industry Arbitration and Mediation Rules, effective July 1, 2015. Among the changes listed at their website are: • A mediation step for all cases with claims... Read More