Leonard M. Kessler is an attorney, arbitrator and mediator with a background in complex construction and commercial disputes. He also has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.
He is the former chief legal officer for the 21,000 employee Infrastructure & Environment Division of URS Corporation (now part of AECOM), which provides architecture, engineering, design, environmental, design/build, construction, and construction management services in approximately 250 offices in more than 50 countries. At URS he managed a 40-person legal department responsible for the review, negotiation and approval of all contracts and for the supervision and direction of all outside counsel representing URS in litigation, arbitrations, claims, disputes and other matters, both in the United States and foreign jurisdictions.
Mr. Kessler has experience with disputes involving general contractors, trade contractors, suppliers, developers, architects, engineers, and sureties in connection with private and public (federal, state and municipal) projects for the construction of office buildings, hotels, museums, casinos, roads, bridges, tunnels, condominiums and apartment buildings, hospitals, schools, shopping centers, stadiums, arenas, airport terminals, courthouses, power plants (gas, nuclear, coal, hydroelectric and cogeneration), paper mills, and other large-scale civil and mechanical construction projects. He has also been involved with disputes regarding environmental and hazardous waste remediation projects.
The disputes have dealt with breach of contract, nonpayment, changed conditions and extra work, construction defects, delays, mechanic's liens, standard of care and professional liability, bid protests, payment and performance bond claims, insurance coverage, default, warranty, employment issues, personal injury arising from construction defects, negligence and other torts, and general commercial issues.
Additionally, he has represented clients in contract drafting, negotiation and administration, and teaming agreements, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. Construction projects have ranged in value from $5 million to almost $1 billion.