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James P. Groton

  • Dispute Prevention and Resolution Neutral
  • Self-employed
  • 999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
    Suite 2300
  • Atlanta, Georgia 30309-3996

Education

  • Undergraduate: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs,1949
  • Law School: University of Virginia Law School, 1954

Biography

Undergraduate: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs,1949
Graduate: Law School: University of Virginia Law School, 1954

Awards:

  • Whitney North Seymour, Sr. Arbitration Medal, American Arbitration Association, 1983 (for “outstanding contributions to the responsible use of arbitration”)
  • Honorary Membership in the American Institute of Architects, 1985 (for service “as a true problem solver for the entire construction industry”)
  • Engineering News-Record Medal of Excellence, 1992 (for “assuming a leadership role in the fight to reduce construction litigation”)
  • Center for Public Resources Awards for Innovation in Dispute Resolution:
    Significant Practical Achievement, 1988 (co-recipient with participants in First Texas-PULSE arbitration)
    Outstanding Practical Achievement, 1994 (co-recipient with members of CII Dispute Prevention and Resolution Research Team)
  • Elected to National Academy of Construction, 2002 (for Leadership in developing Alternate Dispute Resolution Techniques for the Construction Industry)

Professional Activities

  • Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan,1954-2001:
    Construction Practice Group Leader
    Dispute Prevention and Resolution Group Leader
    Education Group Leader
  • Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Task Force (DART)
    Co-founder and Chair, 1990-1994
    Chair Emeritus
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR):
    Co-Chair of Construction Committee and principal author: “Preventing and Resolving Construction Disputes”
    Chair, Prevention Committee
    Advisory Committee on ADR Policy Statement for Law Firms
    Advisory Committee on Arbitration of Major Disputes
    Advisory Committee on Arbitration of Construction Disputes
    Drafting Committee for Rules and Commentary for Non-Administered Arbitration, 1988-1989
  • American Arbitration Association:
    Member, National Board of Directors, 1990-2002
    Member, National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee, 2001 to present
    Member, Commercial, Large Complex Case and Construction Industry Arbitration Panels, 1970 to present
    Member, International Centre for Dispute Resolution Arbitration Panel
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators: Fellow
  • College of Commercial Arbitrators: Fellow
  • National Academy of Construction
    Executive Committee 2004 to present
  • Georgia Arbitrators’ Forum, President 2001
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry:
    Speaker and organizer of annual meeting programs and seminars
    Author of Construction Lawyer articles on dispute resolution
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Construction Litigation Committee
  • American Bar Association Section of Public Contracts:
    Annual meeting speaker
  • American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section:
    Chair, Construction Committee 2003-2005 and annual meeting speaker
  • Georgia State Bar:
  • Co-Chair, Construction Law Committee, 1997-1999

  • Atlanta Bar Association: Chairman, Construction Law Section, 1992-1994
  • American College of Construction Lawyers:
    Charter Fellow, 1989
    Member, Board of Governors, 1993-2002
    President, 2000-2001
  • Construction Industry Institute:
    Speaker, Annual Conferences, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2005
    Member, CII Dispute Prevention and Resolution Research Team, 1992-1994

Awards:

  • Whitney North Seymour, Sr. Arbitration Medal, American Arbitration Association, 1983 (for “outstanding contributions to the responsible use of arbitration”)
  • Honorary Membership in the American Institute of Architects, 1985 (for service “as a true problem solver for the entire construction industry”)
  • Engineering News-Record Medal of Excellence, 1992 (for “assuming a leadership role in the fight to reduce construction litigation”)
  • Center for Public Resources Awards for Innovation in Dispute Resolution:
    Significant Practical Achievement, 1988 (co-recipient with participants in First Texas-PULSE arbitration)
    Outstanding Practical Achievement, 1994 (co-recipient with members of CII Dispute Prevention and Resolution Research Team)
  • Elected to National Academy of Construction, 2002 (for Leadership in developing Alternate Dispute Resolution Techniques for the Construction Industry)

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Author of over 200 articles on construction and dispute prevention and resolution subjects for professional publications and textbooks

Lectures, Seminars and Panel Discussions:

  • American Arbitration Association
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
  • ABA Sections on Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Public Contracts
  • American Association of Cost Engineers
  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Subcontractors Association
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Business Roundtable
  • Center for Public Resources
  • CONEXPO 1999
  • Construction Business Review
  • Construction Industry Institute
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • Construction Superconferences
  • Engineering News-Record
  • Engineering and/or Architecture Schools of Clemson University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Colorado, University of Kentucky, University of Texas and Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • General Services Administration
  • Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • International Association for Contract and Commercial Management
  • Iraq Oil Ministry
  • Law Schools of Emory University, Georgia State University, Mercer University and University of Kentucky
  • Lexis/Nexis Beijing, China
  • National Academy of Construction
  • Project Management Institute
  • Texas Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1954
  • State of Georgia, 1955
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal (District of Columbia, 5th and 11th Circuits)
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1964

Community Activities

  • U.S. Marine Corps, 1946-1948, 1950-1952 (Captain)
  • Institute for International Education, Chair, Atlanta Advisory Board, 1965-1970
  • Atlanta Council for International Visitors, Director, 1968-1979
  • Trustee, South Kent School, 1973-1977
  • Northwest Georgia Girl Scouts Council, Director and Treasurer, 1973-1979
  • Trustee, National Association of Women in Construction Education Foundation, 1993-1996
  • Advisory Board, The Foundation for Prevention and Early Resolution of Conflict (PERC), 1994-1999


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