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Two Gibbons Directors Appointed to American Arbitration Association Master Mediator Panel


June 16, 2016

William G. Frey and Robert J. MacPherson, Directors in the Business & Commercial Litigation Department of Gibbons P.C., have been appointed by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) to its newly formed Master Mediator Panel for construction cases in the Northeast region. Twenty-five mediators were selected for the Northeast panel, and Mr. Frey joins four other panelists representing Pennsylvania, while Mr. MacPherson will be one of only three panelists representing New Jersey.

Mr. Frey is highly regarded for his mediation and arbitration practice, both in representing parties in dispute resolution and in serving as an arbitrator or mediator for the AAA. He works closely with other members of our Construction Team to extend the firm’s reach in the construction industry to Pennsylvania through his AAA dispute resolution work, as well as his active practice in construction law matters and the articles he writes on developments in Pennsylvania construction law.

In the construction industry, Mr. Frey has helped resolve disputes and close out projects involving office buildings, hospitals, mixed use projects, hotels and hospitality facilities, power plants, convention centers, enclosed shopping centers, strip malls, residential subdivisions, water and sewer treatment plants, highways, and industrial and educational facilities. He relies on his 30 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the construction process to advise parties involved in construction, including owners and developers, general contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, architects, and engineers, in both public and private sector work. He assists parties on the front-end of construction projects in contract drafting, negotiation, and bidding; in the contract administration phase; and in dispute resolution, either during the construction period or following substantial completion. Mr. Frey has been listed in the Best Lawyers® and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers publications in the Construction Litigation category.

Mr. MacPherson has been practicing construction law exclusively since 1981, focusing his practice on drafting and negotiating contracts relating to construction projects and resolving, through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation, construction disputes. He regularly acts as a mediator and arbitrator and has been involved in developing and conducting mediation education and training programs in New Jersey. He has been lead counsel in disputes involving contract termination (both prosecuting on behalf of owners and defending on behalf of contractors), liens, surety bonds, extra work claims, defective work claims, scheduling, and delays. Mr. MacPherson has also negotiated construction contracts for owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. He has been involved in projects ranging from power plants and urban and suburban commercial projects to high-end residential.

Mr. MacPherson is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and former Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law. He has been selected as the New Jersey “Lawyer of the Year” for 2016 in the Best Lawyers® Litigation – Construction category and has been listed in the most recent edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the same category.

About the AAA
The American Arbitration Association (AAA) is a nonprofit organization that administers the dispute resolution process, from case filing to closing, for individuals and organizations who wish to resolve conflicts out of court. Administrative services include assisting in the appointment of mediators and arbitrators, setting hearings, and providing users with information on dispute resolution options, including settlement through mediation. The AAA is the nation’s leading provider of ADR services, maintaining an international presence as well through its International Centre for Dispute Resolution® (ICDR).