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Thomas J. Stipanowich

Construction Law

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Managing Construction Conflict: Unfinished Revolution, Continuing Evolution, Thomas Stipanowich Dec 2013

Managing Construction Conflict: Unfinished Revolution, Continuing Evolution, Thomas Stipanowich

Thomas J. Stipanowich

Two decades ago many believed we were experiencing a “Quiet Revolution” in the way conflict was managed, and nowhere was this more true than in the construction sector. Frustration with the costs, delays, risks and limitations of lawyer-driven adjudication prompted growing attention to informal methods aimed at early resolution of disputes, with those who “owned” the dispute back in the driver’s seat. A smorgasbord of options for preventing, managing and resolving conflict was suddenly on the table. There were strategies aimed at the very roots of conflict, including contractual terms aimed at promoting collaboration and reducing the chance of ...


Reconstructing Construction Law: Reality And Reform In A Transactional System, Thomas J. Stipanowich Dec 1997

Reconstructing Construction Law: Reality And Reform In A Transactional System, Thomas J. Stipanowich

Thomas J. Stipanowich

In this article, Professor Stipanowich extensively explores the entire transactional system surrounding contracts for design and construction of the built environment. He examines the legal landscape of construction, focusing on “cases of trouble,” and evaluates options for reforming the legal framework including codification, a Restatement and more narrowing tailored legislation. He also discusses the critical role played by families of contracts and mechanisms for the management of relational conflict.


Of "Procedural Arbitrability": The Effect Of Noncompliance With Contract Claims Procedures, Thomas J. Stipanowich Dec 1988

Of "Procedural Arbitrability": The Effect Of Noncompliance With Contract Claims Procedures, Thomas J. Stipanowich

Thomas J. Stipanowich

This article is part of a symposium entitled “Construction Contract Issues.” In it, Professor Stipanowich surveys contemporary judicial attitudes regarding the effect of noncompliance with procedures for handling construction claims and controversies. It also analyzes the policies advanced in support of deferring questions of "procedural arbitrability" to arbitration and proposes a straightforward rationale for judicial disposition of such issues. Although the discussion emphasizes scenarios involving construction contracts, the principles addressed in this article are applicable to commercial arbitration agreements generally and may be extended by analogy to the labor sphere.