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Leslie King O’Neal Joins JAMS in Miami

Leslie King O’Neal Joins JAMS in Miami

Specialized construction litigator joins JAMS as arbitrator, mediator and neutral evaluator

New Panelist Announcement

Miami – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Leslie King O’Neal to its panel. Ms. O’Neal joins JAMS with over 40 years’ experience handling construction and complex commercial litigation matters in private practice, as in-house counsel for an ENR top-25 commercial general contractor and as an ADR professional.

As a litigator, Ms. O’Neal represented owners, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and sureties in construction and commercial matters. She has substantial experience with managing and litigating disputes involving design and construction defects, mold and water intrusion, construction delays and defaults, payment and performance bond claims, and insurance claims.

Based in the Miami Resolution Center, Ms. O’Neal will serve as an arbitrator, mediator and neutral evaluator, handling business and commercial, construction, construction defect, governmental and public agency, insurance and surety disputes. She is available to conduct sessions in person, as well as virtually for attorneys and their clients across the country.

“Ms. O’Neal is highly regarded and known for her deep understanding and many contributions in the construction field. With her extensive background and litigation experience, we know she will make an excellent addition to the JAMS panel.”
- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

As in-house counsel, Ms. O’Neal was involved in contract drafting and negotiation, as well as managing claims and litigation involving builder’s risk, commercial general liability insurance, professional liability, environmental and other types of insurance, claims on subcontractor payment and performance bonds and subcontractor default insurance, indemnity claims, breaches of contract, product failures, design and construction defects, and delays and acceleration. She was responsible for managing all types of disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. While in private practice and as in-house counsel, Ms. O’Neal was responsible for managing and resolving numerous complex, multiparty matters involving multimillion-dollar claims.

“Providing a speedy and affordable path to a just result is my top goal in ADR. My experience in managing disputes enables me to offer a fair and efficient process, understand relationships and help parties assess options and develop solutions. I’m eager to continue resolving disputes in my new role as a neutral at JAMS.”
- Ms. O’Neal

Ms. O’Neal received her B.A., with honors, from the University of Florida and her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 30 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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Featured People

Leslie King O'Neal
  • Business & Commercial
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Insurance
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee
  • Surety

Media Contact

For further information, please contact:

Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

+1 949-224-4614 (Direct Dial)

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