Roy S. Mitchell, Esq.

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Roy S. Mitchell, Esq. has more than 40 years of experience as an attorney and a neutral and is a recognized expert on domestic and international engineering and construction law, U.S. Government and State and Local Contract Law, contract administration, and dispute resolution.

Mr. Mitchell is a retired partner from the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and served as President and CEO of the Construction Claims Group of Hill International, Inc. for five years. He focuses on mediating and arbitrating complex, multi-million-dollar disputes involving construction, government contracts, and related matters, and frequently serves on arbitration panels and dispute review boards worldwide.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

International Experience
  • Handled international cases since the 1960s involving projects in 35 countries, primarily in Asia and the Middle East: Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Okinawa, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Trinidad, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yap Island, and Yemen in addition to the United States
  • Handled cases under International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), American Arbitration Association (AAA), Saudi and Taiwan Arbitration Rules, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • Has had extensive on-site work in 14 countries: Bahrain, Cambodia, Egypt, England, Indonesia, Kuwait, Panama, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Taiwan, Trinidad, and Vietnam; and has provided FIDIC and International Arbitration and Contract Administration training in 15 countries: Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, England, Holland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates
  • Currently serves as Chairman of the Center for Management Development and Training, an international seminar and consulting company

Construction Experience

  • Domestic, international, and government contracts
  • Engineer, procure, construct (EPC) contracts
  • Project finance infrastructure projects
  • Power Facilities: fossil, hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, single cycle, and co-generation
  • Petrochemical and Related Oil and Gas Facilities: refineries, offshore oil platforms, pipelines
  • Water Facilities: desalination, sewage, and water treatment plants
  • Heavy Civil and Underground Contracts: tunnels, roads, bridges, dams, airfields, subways, and high speed railroads
  • Military: missile bases, NASA projects, aircraft, and ship building
  • Specialty: piping, mechanical, and electrical contracts
  • Building: commercial, hospital, courthouse, jail, and mixed-use developments

U.S. Government Contract Experience

  • Iraq War Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) Supply Services Contracts
  • Vietnam War Tripartite Infrastructure Contracts
  • Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard contracts
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA)
  • Overseas Building Operations (OSO)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Voice of America (VOA)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Department of Interior (DOI)
  • Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA)
  • Multiple Civilian Boards of Contract Appeals prior to establishment of CBCA
  • Teaming Agreements, Proposal Preparation and Negotiation
  • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Requirements
  • Systems Integrators, Joint Ventures and Master Services Agreements
  • Military and Civilian Aircraft, Ship Building and Navigation Systems
  • High Speed Trains, Subways and Construction

Banking and Real Estate Experience

  • Served as vice-chairman of a USD 1 billion savings bank, trustee of an international banking investment group, general partner of a number of real estate development companies which developed 2 million square feet of office space in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, major shareholder in a construction company and real estate management company, and partner in a series of venture capital partnerships

Representative Matters

  • Middle East LOGCAP Services Contract: Chaired London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Panel on Subcontractor Claim against U.S. Government Prime Contractor for supply of food services in active military operations areas
  • US Power Plant: Served on International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Arbitration Panel involving four party claims and cross claims on USD 2 billion supercritical pulverized coal fired electric power plant construction in Eastern United States
  • Asia Power Plant: Represented US, Japanese, and Indonesian contractor consortium asserting claim of USD 56 million on USD 2 billion EPC coal fired power plant in Southeast Asia involving geotechnical, schedule, and cost testimony with parties, witnesses, and panel from nine different countries
  • Eastern Europe Refinery: Represented European contractor asserting USD 20 million claim and defending USD 20 million liquidated damages assessment on USD 100 million refinery addition in Eastern Europe
  • Western Europe Black Liquor Boiler: Represented US half of contractor consortium defending against a USD 12 million claim by Western European contractor on a USD 40 million black liquor boiler contract in Western Europe
  • Middle East Building Contract: Represented Middle Eastern government owner defending against a USD 12 million claim by European contractor on building construction in Africa
  • South American Bauxite Mine Development Contract: Served as member of arbitration panel in large political risk claim by US contractor against Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) regarding South American owner of bauxite mine being developed
  • Middle East Water Injection Plant: Represented US/Saudi contractor asserting claims of USD 25 million against Middle East oil company on USD 54 million sea water treatment, supply station, and water injection plant
  • South American Copper Mine Expansion: Represented European owner consortium investigating USD 200 million claim and payment disputes on South American copper mine
  • Middle East Oil Refinery: Represented Middle Eastern oil company defending against US contractor, USD 20 million claim on oil refinery in Middle East
  • Asia Project Finance High-Speed Rail Project: Represented Asian contractor asserting USD 60 million claim against Asian government owner on USD 17 billion high-speed rail project
  • Caribbean Oil Refinery: Represented Anglo/American contractor asserting USD 20 million claim on USD 88 million oil refinery revamp in Caribbean
  • US Underground Infrastructure Project: Represented US contractor joint venture asserting multi-million dollar claims and defending other issues on USD 2.5 billion underground infrastructure project in Eastern United States
  • US Power Plant: Served as member of arbitration panel on USD 20 million contractor claims and USD 15 million counter claims on USD 100 million gas fired turbine peaking plant in Eastern United States
  • US Subway System: Served as Dispute Review Board member on contractor USD 1 million claim against government owner of USD 7 billion subway system in Eastern United States
  • US Investment Dispute: Served as chairman of arbitration panel involving substantial stock investment disputes in United States
  • US Infrastructure Project: Serving as Chairman of Dispute Review Board (DRB) involving disputes on a USD 400 million civil works contract in Eastern United States
  • US Ethanol Plant – Served on American Arbitration Association (AAA) Arbitration Panel on USD 75 million Engineer, Procure and Construct (EPC) corn fed ethanol process plant construction contract
  • US Shipbuilding Contract – Served as Sole Arbitrator on Subcontractor claims against U.S. Government Prime Contractor on USD 29 million ship repair contract in Southern United States
  • US Historic Renovation Project – Served as Sole Arbitrator on Contractor claims against Owner on USD 216,000 historic renovation project in Eastern United States
  • US Mediation Cases – Multiple mediation cases involving multi-use real estate, condo, historic renovation, recreation, hotel, sewage treatment plant, cement plant, dock, etc. construction projects in Eastern United States

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recipient of Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Fellow, UK Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, International Bar Association North American Regional Forum
  • Member, London Court of  International Arbitration North American Users Council
  • Member, American Society of International Law
  • Recipient of American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law Lifetime Achievement Cornerstone Award
  • Listed in 2nd edition of Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law; 2nd edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry; 5th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest; 50th edition of Who’s Who in America; 1995 International Who’s Who of Professionals; Oxford Press’ 3rd international edition of Men of Achievement; American Biographical Institute’s 8th edition of Personalities of the South; and Community Leaders of Virginia
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Fellow and Former National Chairman, American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section
  • Director, Procurement Round Table
  • Former Faculty Member, Stanford and Texas A&M Universities Construction Executive Programs
  • Former Member, American Arbitration Association Commercial and Construction Arbitration Panels
  • Member, JAMS Global Engineering and Construction Group
  • Former Member, NASD Arbitration Panel
  • Member, American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section
  • Former Chairman, Bids and Protests Committee of Public Contract Law Section
  • Former Chairman, Committee on Environmental and Ecology Law, PCL Section
  • Former Chairman, Committee on Current Federal Procurement, Regulations and Forms
  • Member, American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member, District of Columbia and Virginia and International Bar Associations
  • Has written and published more than 300 articles and seminars on international and domestic construction contracts; construction contract administration; arbitration and mediation rules and techniques; negotiation; construction, government contracts, and engineering law. Representative samples include:
    • Must Arbitrators Follow The Law?, JAMS Global Construction Solutions
    • Barriers to Settlement in Construction Mediation, JAMS GEC Bi-Annual Meeting
    • Identifying the Best ADR Methods for Global Construction Disputes, JAMS Global Construction Solutions
    • Cultural Sensitivities in International Construction Arbitration, JAMS Global Construction Solutions
    • Handbook of Construction Law and Claims, Reston Publishing Co., 1982, 1989
    • Oil & Gas Construction Contracts and Claims, George Washington University and Center for Management Development and Training, Inc.
    • Construction Contracting with the U.S. Government, Center for Management Development and Training, Inc.
    • Contract Breaches and Disputes, Concentrated Course in Construction Contracts, Federal Publications Seminars, LLC
    • Innovations in Evidence Presentations in Construction Arbitration, ABA Section on Dispute Resolution
    • Preventing and Defending Claims, Federal Publications, Inc.
    • Bidding, Bonding and Specifications, University of Denver and Federal Publications, Inc.
    • International Arbitration Workshop, Center for Management Development and Training, Inc. and The World Trade Center
    • Privatization Contracts, First Egyptian International Congress on Law of Contracts
    • International Construction Program Management and Contract Claims, Center for Advanced Management Programs and George Washington University
    • How To Stop Unexpected Construction Claims, Center for Management Development and Training, Inc.
    • United States Government Contracts and Subcontracts, Lion Worldwide, Ltd.
    • How State and Local Governments Avoid Claims, Center For Management Development and Training, Inc.
    • International Construction Claims Workshop, Program Management Engineering Systems and The World Trade Center
    • How to Win Claims on United States Government Contracts, Lion Worldwide, Ltd.
    • U.S. Government Claims Workshop, Center For Management Development and Training, Inc.
    • Effective Use of Technical Experts, 2nd Annual Virginia Bar Construction and Public Contracts Law Seminar
    • Contractor Performance and Risk Allocation, Masters Institute in Construction Contracting, Federal Publications Seminars LLC
    • Contributor, Construction Subcontracting: A Legal Guide for Industry Professionals, John Wiley & Sons, 1991
    • How to Win International Construction Arbitration, George Mason University and Center for Management Development and Training, Inc.
    • Construction Law, Executive Leadership Course, Construction Industry Institute
    • How to Recognize and Price Construction Claims, Project Management Integration Systems and Center for Management Development and Training, Inc.
    • Construction Contracting Under The New FIDIC Terms
    • Project Management Integrated Systems and Center for Management and Training, Inc.
    • Reducing and Resolving Construction Claims, Lion International, Inc.
    • Pricing Construction Claims, Crown Eagle Communications, Ltd.
    • International Arbitration Workshop, Program Management Integration Systems and the World Trade Center
    • Construction Claims Workshop, World Trade Center
  • Member, The Construction Group Advisory Board, Construction Contracts Law Report

Background and Education

  • Chairman, Center for Management Development and Training, Inc., 2004-present
  • President & CEO, Construction Claims Group, Hill International, 1999-2004
  • Senior Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP, 1987-1999
  • Founder and Senior Partner, Lewis Mitchell & Moore, 1967-1987
  • J.D., with honors, George Washington University Law School
  • B.S., Cornell University, College of Industrial and Labor Relations

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