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   3Stanley P. SklarNorthbrook(847) 509-2750stanley@ssklaradr.comstanley@ssklaradr.comDispute Resolution Serviceswww.stanleysklar.comwww.stanleysklar.comsklarstanley.jpgADR Law: Commercial Real Estate, Environmental & ConstructionConstructionReal EstateAlternate Dispute Resolution
Stanley P.
Dispute Resolution Services
707 Skokie Blvd Ste 600
Northbrook IL 60062
Ph.(847) 509-2750 Fx.(847) 291-8492
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
ADR Law: Commercial Real Estate, Environmental & Construction    Construction
    Real Estate
    Alternate Dispute Resolution
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Sklar, who earned a reputation in the legal community as one of the pre-eminent construction law practitioners, has been named Executive Director of Arbitration Studies at the DePaul University College of Law's Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR). Mr. Sklar introduced alternative dispute resolution methods to the practices of construction and real estate law. As Executive Director he will draw on his unique skills to create an educational forum within CDR that addresses current issues in the commercial arbitration field.

As an arbitrator, Mr. Sklar has participated in and chaired panels where the amounts in controversy exceeded $10,000,000, involving construction disputes as well as commercial real estate disputes. He has also been a successful mediator in conflicts involving contract negotiations, contract disputes, prosecution, and defense of claims and is certified by the International Mediation Association. As an attorney, Mr. Sklar has represented owners, contractors, and subcontractors in matters covering these same areas of law.

A 1964 graduate of Northwestern University Law School, he has arbitrated domestic and international cases for more than 35 years and has written and lectured extensively on the effective use of arbitration techniques. Listed in the International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, he has successfully executed all key roles in the alternative dispute resolution process, including arbitrator, mediator, advocate, and expert witness. He has chaired and participated in numerous panels for construction cases concerning delay or construction defects claims in excess of several million dollars, as well as disputes relating to real estate transactions. In 2004, Mr. Sklar received the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry Cornerstone Award for his outstanding contributions to the construction industry.

Among his many affiliations in the area of alternative dispute resolution, he is a certified mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a member of its National Panel for Large Complex Commercial Disputes as well as being a member of the AAA Panel for International Disputes. He is also a member of the CPR List of Distinguished Neutrals and a Certified Mediator for the International Mediation Institute. He is currently President of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, an invitation-only group of commercial arbitrators.

"The popularity of arbitration has attracted the interest of traditionally trained lawyers who would otherwise use the conventional court system to resolve disputes," said Glen Weissenberger, dean of the College of Law. "We are honored that Stan Sklar has accepted this appointment because his extensive experience in the field of arbitration, and his contribution to arbitration education programs will be valuable assets in helping CDR provide more lawyers with the tools they need to competently solve disputes through the arbitration process."

Notable Cases and Results:  
    • Member of the AAA Large Complex Case Panel for Commercial and Construction Disputes
    • Mediator, Circuit Court of Cook County Court Annexed Mediation
    • AAA Construction Arbitrator II: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2005
    • Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure, 2004, 2005
    • AAA National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee
    • Panel member, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (CPR)
    • Certified Mediator by International Mediation Institute
    • Chaired panels concerning claims in excess of $10 million on several large complex case panel matters and sole arbitrator in several large complex cases.
    • Arbitrator and mediator in construction contract disputes, payment disputes, delay claims, and failure claims; design defects; change order disputes; insurance coverage disputes and surety claims; common area maintenance contributions under multiple shopping center leases; international shopping center disputes; underground tunneling project involving trenchless technology; concrete defects in high rise office building; concrete defects in parking deck and garage structures; alkali silica deterioration for commercial pavers in office complex, concrete failures, curtain wall water intrusion, structural steel failures; HUD financed retirement facilities; marine structures including breakwater construction for lake erosion protection; delay claims relating to processing plant; energy supply contract disputes involving coal mines and public utility; supply contracts for coal forced steam generating plant; energy savings performance contracts; circulating fluidized bed steam generators for power plant, floating casinos, hospital and health center retro-fitting and new construction, lease workletter disputes and workouts, demolition and disposal of nuclear waste; claims relating to auto dealership facility construction; multi-party mediations regarding insurance coverage for construction defects; and title insurance coverage disputes.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois Bar, 1964
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1965
Trial Bar of U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1972
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1965
U.S. Supreme Court, 1968

Hourly Rate:  Please contact for compensation arrangements.

Retainer:  Varies upon case

Year of Birth:  1938

Law School:  Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1964

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, B.S., 1960

Representative Clients:  
Kraft Foods
Case Corporation
Republic of Austria
Bank of America
Rohn Industries
Lock Up Corporation
Draper & Kramer Incorporated
Edw. Don Company

Employment History:  
  • DePaul University College of Law, Center for Dispute Resolution, 2009-present, Executive Director for Arbitration Studies
  • Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP, 1995-2008, partner
  • Schain, Firsel & Burney, 1994-95, partner
  • Pretzel & Stouffer, Chtd., 1982-94, partner
  • Mann, Cogan, Sklar & Lerman, 1970-82, partner
  • Fein & Pesmen, 1964-70, associate

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • College of Commercial Arbitrators
    • President, 2010-11
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers Fellow
  • American College of Construction Lawyers
    • Former president
  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
    • Former President
  • CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Association of Attorney Mediators
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Real Property Committee, former chair
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, former chair
    • Construction and Mechanic's Lien Subcommittee, former chair
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Construction
    • Board of Governors
  • Builders Association of Greater Chicago
    • Board of Directors 1993-1996
  • American Subcontractors Association
    • Board of Directors
    • Governmental Relations Committee chair, 1990-2000
  • Construction Financial Management Association
    • Chicago Chapter
      • Legal counsel, 1990-1994
  • John Marshall School of Law
    • Adjunct professor: Construction Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • AAA Neutrals Conference, Scottsdale, January 2003, faculty
  • AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, Atlanta, November 1998, faculty
  • AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training, Chicago, June 1997, faculty
  • AAA Construction Mediator Workshop, Chicago, May 1997, faculty
  • Chicago Region Arbitrator Training Programs, faculty

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
      • ABA Forum on Construction Industry Cornerstone Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of Construction Law, 2004
      • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
      • Lambda Alpha Honorary Land Economics Society
      • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in the area of ADR Law: Commercial Real Estate, Environmental & Construction
      • Leading Lawyers, Lawyer Neutrals

Professional Certifications:
  • International Mediation Institute (IMI) Certified Mediator
  • ALI ABA Course on Special Masters in Federal Courts, Decemner 2005
  • ACE004 - Practical Tips for Dealing with Delay Tactics of Parties and Advocates, Chicago, April 2005
  • AAA International Arbitration Symposium, San Francisco, September 2003
  • Attended AAA Neutrals Conference and satisfied 2003 ACE requirements, Providence, August 2003
  • AAA Arbitrator Update 2001
  • AAA Construction Train the Trainer Course, Phoenix, December 2000
  • AAA Mediator Conference Workshop, Chicago, September 2000
  • AAA Continuing Education, "Concrete Deterioration," Chicago, September 2000
  • AAA Continuing Education, "Sticks and Stones and Managing the Process of Arbitration," Chicago, July 2000
  • AAA Continuing Education, "Scheduling Damages and Discovery Management in Arbitration," Chicago, May 2000
  • Harvard Law School Advanced Mediation Workshop, 2000
  • AAA Construction Law Seminar, Chicago, November 1998
  • Constructive Resolutions, Inc., Mediation Training, 1991
  • Various other ADR training

Community Involvement:  
  • Northbrook, Illinois Zoning Board of Appeals, 1973-1999
    • Chair 1992-1999
  • Northbrook Park District, attorney, 1973-1979

Published Legal Writing:  
  • "Selecting the Correct Construction Delivery System," Construction Law Handbook, Aspen Publications
  • "Special Problems in the Construction Loan Workout," American College of Real Estate Lawyers American Bar Association Papers
  • "Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration, College of Commercial Arbitrators, Juris Publications
  • "Discovery Issues in Arbitration," ALI-ABA Practice Checklist Manual on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • "How to Present Your Case in Arbitration, ALI-ABA
  • "Mediation Advocacy," DePaul University, Center for Dispute Resolution
  • "Tenant Buildout Negotiations and Substantive Issues," Illinois Real Estate Journal, December, 2005
  • "Construction Liens," and "Arbitration," chapters, Construction Law, ed. Matthew Bender, 2001
  • "Effective Use of ADR in Real Estate Disputes," in Alternate Dispute Resolution for Lawyers, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2001
  • The Allocation of Risk in the New Millennium, Aspen Law Publishers, 2000
  • Lead editor, Illinois Construction Law, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1997
  • "A Guide to the 1997 AIA Contracts," ABA Forum on Construction Industry, 1997
  • The Fifty State Public Construction Contracting, 1996
  • "On the Psychology of Incompetence in the Construction Industry," The Construction Lawyer, vol. 14 No. 2, 1994
  • "Preliminary Analysis of a Mechanics' Lien Problem" (co-author) and "Subcontractors Lien: Its Nature and Enforcement," Mechanics' Liens Revised, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • "Shop Drawing Liability," Dodge Construction News, 1993
  • "Construction Contracting for Public Agencies," Illinois Association of Park Districts, 1993
  • "Illinois," contributing author, The Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Laws, Wiley Law Publishers, 1991
  • The Troubled Construction Loan, (contributing author), Wiley Law Publishers, 1991
  • Contributing author to the Aspen/Wiley Construction Law Series publications: "The Design Build Subcontractor," in The Design Build Handbook, "Delivery Systems" in Construction Law
  • "Alternative Processes for Resolving Construction Claims," in Engineering News Record Seminars
  • "Construction Claims and Job Profitability," National Business Institute
  • Editor, "Legal Practices for Construction Subcontractors" and "American Subcontractor's View of Construction Contracts," The Construction Lawyer, Vol. 8 No. 1, 1988
  • "Legal Aspects of Asbestos Remediation Contracts for Contractors," 1988
  • "Illinois Lender Liability," 1988
  • "Illinois Mortgage Foreclosures and Workouts," revised 1988
  • "Illinois Construction Law," (co-author), 1987
  • "Illinois Construction Lending," 1987
  • "Construction Legal Practices for Mechanical Contractors," 1986
  • "Basic Construction Damages," The Journal of Real Estate Development, Fall, 1986
  • "Proof of Construction Damages," 1985, Professional Education Systems, Inc.
  • "Checklist for Construction Contracts," 1980
  • "The Construction Contract," American Arbitration Association
  • "Practitioners Guide to Illinois Mechanics' Liens" and "Defending construction Claims," Engineering News Record Seminars
  • "Competitive Bidding for Illinois Park Districts," Illinois Parks & Recreation, 1977

Legal Lectures:  
  • Presenter, AAA National Mediator Conference, Denver, March 2000
  • Presenter, Architectural Technology Program and Construction Law Program, Oakton Community College
  • "Construction Law and Mechanics' Liens Practice," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and Chicago Bar Association
  • Guest speaker for construction trade associations with emphasis on construction law
  • "Advanced Arbitration: Lessons Learned!" Construction Superconference, 1994
  • "Effective Risk Allocation in the Construction Contract," NeoCon & Buildings Show, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

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