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   3Paul M. LurieChicago(312) 258-5660plurie@schiffhardin.complurie@schiffhardin.comSchiff Hardin LLPwww.schiffhardin.comwww.schiffhardin.comluriep.jpg ADR Law: Commercial LitigationConstruction LawADR Law: Commercial Real Estate, Environmental & ConstructionMediationArbitrationConstruction
Paul M.
Schiff Hardin LLP
233 S Wacker Dr Ste 6600
Chicago IL 60606
Ph.(312) 258-5660 Fx.(312) 258-5600
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
ADR Law: Commercial Litigation    Mediation
Construction Law    Arbitration
ADR Law: Commercial Real Estate, Environmental & Construction     Construction
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Mr. Lurie is a partner in Schiff Hardin LLP's Construction Law Group which he founded and chaired for many years. He has more than 40 years' experience as business and legal counsel for U.S. and international development, design and construction firms.

His experience includes providing counsel and advocacy for contract negotiation and dispute avoidance and resolution. His ability to get deals done and disputes resolved stems from his broad knowledge of the business of real estate, design and construction.

For more than 25 years he has been a selected mediator on the AAA Mediation Panel and arbitrator on the AAA's Large, Complex Case Panel and the Panel of Construction Neutrals of the CPR Institute. He has successfully arbitrated and mediated cases involving complex technical, accounting and insurance issues often involving multiple parties. He frequently serves as chair of arbitration panels. He is a certified as a mediator by the International Mediation Institute and is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators. He is a Fellow of College of Commercial Arbitrators.

Mr. Lurie's approach to mediation uses the Guided Choice system. This procedure achieves early settlements by using legal and neuroscience diagnostics to customize the mediation process based on the dynamics of the particular dispute. It creates techniques to anticipate and overcome impasse whenever it occurs during settlement negotiations.

Bar Admissions:  
United States Supreme Court

Date of Birth:  1941

Law School:  University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1965
Undergraduate School:  University of Michigan, B.A., 1962

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Mr. Lurie is an active member of the American College of Construction Lawyers, the International Academy of Mediators, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, the College of Commercial Arbitrators, the Construction Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association and the ABA Forum Committee on Construction, International Bar Association- Arbitration and Mediation Committees.

He is a member of the advisory board of West Publications' The Construction Contracts Law Report. He serves as a member of the American Arbitration Association's National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee. He is an arbitrator and mediator on AAA's Large, Complex Case panel and the Construction Panel of the CPR Institute of Dispute Resolution. He is a certified mediator by the International Mediation Institute. His invitation only Mediate-and-Arbitrate Listserv, founded in 2000 has over 600 members.

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law; Litigation - Construction
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Construction (Senior Statesman)
    • Described in the 2013 rankings as "one of the seminal leading mentors of the construction industry" and a "perennial all-star for construction"
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
  • Distinguished Service Award - American Institute of Architects (Chicago)
  • Fellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators (ACCTM)
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA)
  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers - Construction Litigation
  • Leading Lawyer - ADR Law: Commercial Litigation; ADR Law: Commercial Real Estate, Environmental and Construction; Construction Law, Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • "Top Ten" Construction
  • Leading Lawyers/Illinois
  • AV Rated - Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
  • Past Presidents Award, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • PLC Which Lawyer? - Chicago - Construction Lawyer
  • President's Award for Leadership in Conflict Management - American Arbitration Association
  • Top 100 Business Lawyers in Illinois, Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • Top Lawyers in Illinois, Commercial Real Estate - Midwest Real Estate News
  • Who's Who Legal - Illinois, Construction, Arbitration
  • Who's Who Legal - International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Construction

Published Legal Writing:  
"Nonbinding Alternatives to Court Litigation for Resolving Construction Disputes" and "Arbitration," in Construction Dispute Litigation, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) (2013)

"Selecting a Mediator," in Mediation Techniques, International Bar Association (2010)

"Drafting Alternative Dispute Resolution Terms in Construction Contracts," (co-author with Stanley Sklar) Ch. 10 in Construction Law: Transactional Considerations, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2010)

"Ethics and Mediation: Managing Conflicts of Interest," (co-author) AAA Handbook on Mediation, Second Edition, Juris Publishing, Inc. (June 2010)

"The Best Way to Resolve Real Estate and Construction Disputes: Litigation, Arbitration or Mediation?" (co-author) Commercial Leasing Law and Strategy (March 2008)

"United States Construction Contracts," Chapter 18 in International Business Transactions, Kluwer Law and Taxation Publishers (2008)

"Arbitration and the Unauthorized Practice of Law," (co-author) The Construction Lawyer (Winter 2007)

"The Importance of Process Design to a Successful Mediation," chapter in AAA Handbook on Construction Arbitration and ADR (August 2007)

"Removing Roadblocks to Arbitration," chapter in AAA Handbook on Construction Arbitration and ADR (August 2007)

"The Revised Uniform Arbitration Act: Choice of Law Issues Litigation," ACCL Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers, Vol. 1 No. 2 (Summer 2007)

"Court Committee Opinion Limiting ADR Representation Raises Constitutional Issues, as Well as Problems Rooted in Protectionism," Alternatives, Vol. 25, No. 4, (April 2007)

"Lump-Sum v. Cost-Plus Contracting: U.S. Practice," International Law Office Newsletter (October 2006)

"Dispute Resolution Under American Institute Of Architects Documents," International Law Office Newsletter (July 2006)

"Using Screening Walls and Advance Waivers To Manage Mediation Conflicts of Interest," Alternatives, Vol. 24, No. 3 (March 2006)

"Factors Influencing a Successful Mediation," Construction Lawyer, American Bar Association Forum Committee (Summer 2002)

"The New Revised Uniform Arbitration Act," Journal of International Arbitration(January 2001)

"Ethics and Mediation," ADR Currents (December 2000-February 2001)

"Limitations on the Ability to Obtain Discovery in International Arbitration from Non-Parties Located in the United States," Journal of International Arbitration (June 2000)

"Mediation as a Risk and Cost Control Tool," Structure (Summer 2000)

"Arbitral Subpoena Powers and Prehearing Discovery," ADR Currents (December 1999)

"Removing Roadblocks to Arbitration," The Punchlist (May 1999)

"The Importance of Process Design to a Successful Mediation," The Punchlist (Winter 1996/1997)

Arbitration of Construction Disputes, Wiley Law Publications (1990)

Legal Lectures:  
"Essential Concepts in Construction Contracting," Lorman Education Services teleconference (April 11, 2012)

"Guided Choice Arbitration," Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, ADR Committee (May 26, 2011)

"Why Construction Mediations Fail; Avoiding Common Mistakes," (co-presenter) American Arbitration Association University Webinar (May 11, 2011)

"Mediation and Arbitration in Real Estate and Construction Disputes," (co-presenter) Strafford Publications Webinar (April 6, 2011)

"Practical Considerations and Concerns in Basic Construction Contracting," (co-presenter) Strafford Publications Webinar (November 2, 2010)

"Construction Industry Controversies: Analyzing and Preventing Contract Provision Disputes," Avoiding Common Construction Industry Problems (webcast), West LegalEd Center (August 26, 2009)

"Meeting the Construction Industry's Demand for Rapid Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration and Other Effective Methods," (panelist) Resolving Construction Law Issues Across the 49th Parallel, Chicago, Ill. (May 28, 2009)

"Making Mediation and Arbitration Work," Law Bulletin Seminars 2008 Real Estate Conference, Chicago, Ill. (November 12, 2008)

"Navigating the Arbitration Roadmap," American Arbitration Association Construction Conference, Chicago, Ill. (November 6, 2008)

"Mediation and Arbitration of Real Estate Disputes," Law Bulletin Seminars 2007 Real Estate Conference, Chicago, Ill. (October 4, 2007)

"Preventing and Managing Claims and Disputes Without Formal Adversarial Proceedings," Lorman Education Services Seminar: "What To Do When Construction Projects Go Bad In Illinois," Itasca, Ill. (September 15, 2006)

"Significant Developments In ADR," ADR State of the Union: The Changing Role of the Lawyer and the Use of ADR in Practice Seminar, Chicago Bar Association (May 2006)

"Ethics: Multi-Jurisdictional Practice," ABA Forum on the Construction Industry 2006 Annual Meeting: "Arbitration and the Unauthorized Practice of Law - Swimming With The Sharks," San Diego, Calif. (May 19, 2006)

"Construction Mediation - A View From the Mediator's Chair," (panelist) The Court Annexed Mediation Program, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago (April 13, 2006)

"Arbitration Update: Revised Uniform Arbitration Act, Uniform Arbitration Act, Disclosure And Diversity Jurisdiction," ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference, Atlanta, Ga. (April 5, 2006)

"Why Commercial/Construction Mediations Succeed or Fail," American Bar Association, Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar, Washington, D.C. (April 2001)

"A Comparison of the Major Differences Among the Latest Versions of the EJCDC, AIA and FDIC General Conditions," Conference on International Law and Dispute Resolution, Salzburg, Austria (June 1998)

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