Michael D. Tarullo is a principal in the law firm of Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn L.P.A. of Columbus, Ohio, and Coordinator of its Construction Industry Service Group. His law practice is concentrated in construction and construction-related matters, locally, state-wide, and federally. Prior to practicing law, he had almost 20 years of field experience in actual construction, construction-related businesses, and fi eld construction claims evaluation and preparation. Mr. Tarullo's clients include contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and public and private owners. Mr. Tarullo is a trained arbitrator and mediator, serving on the American Arbitration Association's select panel of construction arbitrators for complex disputes. He is active in developing practice risk prevention programs for all members of the construction industry and is a lecturer on the use of mediation and arbitration in resolving construction disputes. He is the author of "The Mediator's Role in Construction Disputes -- Communicate, Challenge, and Be Creative," published for the ABA 1998 Annual Meeting; Design/Build Procurement at the Federal Level, published by the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry in the Design/Build Deskbook, and the chapter in the Forum's book entitled Forms & Substance, Specialized Agreements for the Construction Project, entitled "Project Site Agreements." Mr. Tarullo is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, served as chairman of the Construction Committee of the Columbus Bar Association from 1996 to 1998, and was chairman of Division 4 of the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry in 1999 and 2000. In 2002, Mr. Tarullo was elected to the national Governing Committee of the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry and served as the chair of that organization in 2007 and 2008. Mr. Tarullo has actively participated in the activities of various construction trade associations throughout Ohio, in particular the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio and the Ohio Valley chapter of the Design Build Institute of America. Mr. Tarullo received a B.S. from the University of Louisville in 1972 and a J.D. from Capital Law School in 1989.