ROGER J. PETERS, ESQ.

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    ROGER J. PETERS, ESQ.

    Having retired from dck pacific construction in late 2011 to focus full time on resolution of construction disputes, Roger has put to good use his more than 40 years of construction industry experience. He is currently serving on 4 arbitration panels:

    1. Chairmen for a $100M dispute on a huge project in Taiwan;
    2. Party appointed arbitrator by the owner for a $35M dispute on a biomass power plant in Hawaii;
    3. Party appointed arbitrator by the EPC contractor for a $20M dispute on a coal fired power plant in the Midwest; and
    4. One of 3 arbitrators selected to resolve a $2M dispute on a senior care facility in Pennsylvania.

    As a mediator, Roger is currently assisting in the resolution of 3 disputes over $25M:

    1. A $25M dispute on a biochemical plant in the southeast;
    2. A $30M construction defect dispute with 10 parties on a resort in the southwest; and
    3. A $45M dispute on a gas fired power plant in the northeast.

    He has also mediated a variety of other matters, including a $4M dispute on a waste water treatment plant near Las Vegas; a $5M dispute on a well field and reverse osmosis plant in the southeast; a $4m dispute on a ammo storage facility at Fort Bragg, N.C.; a $2M construction defect dispute with 8 parties on an elementary school in the northeast; a $8M dispute on a steel mill in the northeast; a $1M construction defect dispute with 5 parties on a commercial office building in Florida as well as several others.

    Previously, Roger served as an arbitrator on a $70M dispute for a $550M design/build bridge and highway project in which the award was vastly in favor of the design subcontractor and against the general contractor which demonstrates that he is truly a “construction neutral” and not biased despite his general contractor background. Roger has the unique qualifications of having been general counsel to a top 50 general contractor for more than 30 years, ran the company’s construction operations in Hawaii and Guam from 2008 to 2012 as it’s Executive VP & GM and has mediated and arbitrated many large and complex construction disputes. In addition, he is currently serving on 2 Dispute Review Boards as the Owner’s representative and is under consideration as the Owner’s representative for a DRB for $2B transit center project in San Francisco. Winding out his experience base, Roger has a thorough knowledge of insurance and related coverage issues, having served as the company’s Risk Manager for 5 years and also having mediated many construction defect cases in recent years.

    Throughout his career, Roger has negotiated hundreds of contracts for both public and private owners relating to a wide variety of projects, including a major league baseball stadium ($200M design/build contract), International Airport ($850M construction management contract), water treatment and aqueduct project ($350M EPC contract), a large hotel and casino in Las Vegas ($125M GMP contract) and a 1100 megawatt power plant ($450M EPC contract). Roger was instrumental in resolving millions of dollars of claims on all of these projects with the owners, architects and engineers, prime and trade contractors, subcontractors, major insurance carriers and sureties. Although he has worked for a general contractor, Roger has represented several owners in the resolution of major disputes involving millions of dollars claimed by GC’s where the company worked in an agency CM capacity which demonstrates that he understands the owner’s side of the issues as well.

    Roger has spoken at several conferences on mediation and arbitration and other ADR topics, including “To Mediate or not to Mediate (How to answer the question)” at the American Arbitration Association’s conferences held in Miami and Los Angeles in March and November of 2007. He was a featured speaker at the Corporate Counsel Construction Forum in October of 2007, “Navigating Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation” and he spoke at the American Arbitration Association’s Neutrals conference in San Diego in February of 2009 on “Managing Expectations of the Parties: Best Practices in Construction Arbitration.” Most recently, he was also a featured speaker at a AAA conference on the topic of “Right Process/Wrong Arbitrator” and also presented a webinar on the same subject. In addition, Roger was a contributor to an article published in the Dispute Resolution Journal, May-July 2007 issue on the topic: “Managing Dispute Resolution Options in the Construction Industry.”

    Roger is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law and the Pennsylvania State University. He has also received training at the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law: Mediating the Litigated Case and The Advanced Course: Mediating the Large/Complex Claim and Construction Defect Case.

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