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The Different Processes for Resolving Construction Disputes
By Paul M. Lurie, Esq.

Disputes are inevitable because of the complexity of the construction contracting and building process. Planning for efficient resolution of these disputes should be an important role of the design professional as preparer or recommender of the content of the construction documents. The following taxonomy describes the menu of choices available. It is substantially based on an article by Joseph Grynbaum, P.E. and a mediator, in the June 15, 2001 edition of his monthly newsletter, "Dispute Prevention Update."

Paul M. Lurie is a senior partner in the Construction Group of the law firm of Schiff Hardin & Waite in Chicago (ph: 312-258-5660 or e-mail: He is general counsel to many architectural and engineering firms and a regular contributor to STRUCTURE.

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