After 40 years as an advocate, Jim O’Connor founded an ADR practice that implements what he determined over time actually work to resolve construction and construction-related insurance disputes.
For more than 35 years, Jim devoted his practice exclusively to construction and construction insurance-related matters. He represented engineers, general contractors, specialty contractors, owners, and designers in contract formation and construction matters throughout the United States.
Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the former Chair of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry an active member of the AGC's Contract Documents Committee and its Risk Management Committee and Chambers Ranking Band 1 Individual Ranking in Construction. He has been published extensively in the construction law area, including the following works: Sticks and Bricks: A Practical Guide to Construction Systems & Technology (ABA 2001), co-editor; AGC Contract Documents Handbook, Chapter 2, "Owner-Contractor Agreements" (Aspen 2003); "Wrestling with Reform: Indemnification Agreements, The Statutory Bars, Promises to Procure, and Insurance Products for the Construction Industry," 1 J.A.C.C.L. 57 (West 2007); The A201 Deskbook: Understanding the Revised General Conditions, (ABA 2008); "It's a Matter of Time: Delay and Change," 8 J.A.C.C.L. 1 (West 2014); and "Suppose Repose Were Indisposed: A True Story Prediction of Collapse and Disaster for the Construction Industry," 34 The Construction Lawyer 5 (Fall 2014).
Recognized nationally as an expert in construction insurance, Jim was selected as a 2012 Distinguished Legal Writing Award recipient by The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement for his article entitled, "What Every Court Should Know about Insurance Coverage for Defective Construction," 5 J.A.C.C.L. 1 (West 2011).