Clifford is a Chicago-based national arbitrator and mediator who has more than 36 years of experience resolving construction disputes and insurance claims, including 23 years as the leader of construction law practice groups at nationally prominent law firms. He has handled and resolved virtually every kind of claim or dispute that can arise out of a construction project. He also has in-depth knowledge of insurance coverage issues, which often further enables him to help resolve claims.
Clifford serves on the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Neutrals for large, complex cases, including in particular disputes involving construction, insurance and commercial matters. He also provides self-administered mediation services. Clifford regularly travels to provide mediation and arbitration services throughout the United States, and he also provides ADR services virtually via Zoom and other remote meeting platforms. When he serves as a mediator, Clifford considers and utilizes Guided Choice Mediation principles and techniques when it is appropriate and will be helpful to resolving the parties’ dispute.
Clifford’s recent experience as a mediator and arbitrator includes the following:
Clifford recently served as the Panel Chair in a large, complex, multi-party AAA arbitration involving construction and design claims arising out of the construction of a landmark glass clad building erected on a college campus. The matter included pre-hearing discovery disputes and eight days of live hearings. Clifford and the panel issued a 30 page reasoned final award. Clifford also recently traveled and served as a mediator in several large, complex, multi-party construction disputes that arose out of projects located in Colorado, West Virginia, Ohio, Georgia and Minnesota. The claims in these cases ranged from $15 million to more than $40 million, and one of the matters that was successfully resolved involved 14 different parties.
In addition, Clifford recently served as a panel arbitrator in two different complex commercial disputes involving insurance coverage under first-party insurance policies. In each case the claim exceeded $10 million. He also recently served as a mediator in a first-party property coverage dispute between a policyholder and its insurance carrier where the claim exceeded $20 million.