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Leslie King O’Neal Receives 2023 Cornerstone Award From the ABA Forum on Construction Law

Annual award honors Forum member for career contributions and excellence within construction law

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Miami – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is proud to share that Leslie King O’Neal has been honored with the Cornerstone Award from the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law.

The highest honor presented by the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, the Cornerstone Award recognizes a member who has rendered long-term exceptional service to the construction industry, to the public and to the legal profession. JAMS neutrals Philip L. Bruner, Esq., John W. Hinchey, Esq., and Deborah S. Ballati, Esq., FCIArb, are previous recipients of this award. 

The Forum on Construction Law is the largest organization of construction lawyers in the world. Its roughly 6,000 members and associates are drawn from law firms large and small, solo practitioners, in-house and government counsel, construction professionals and the public sector. 

Ms. O’Neal’s breadth of experience handling complex, high-stakes disputes within the construction industry has cemented her as a leader and esteemed member of the legal community. Her creativity, determination and deep analytical skills have made her an invaluable asset for parties. We congratulate her on this award and are grateful to have her as one of our panelists.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Ms. O’Neal joined JAMS in 2023 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 alternative dispute resolution processional. 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.

In her role at JAMS, Ms. O’Neal serves as an arbitrator, mediator and neutral evaluator, handling business and commercial, construction, construction defect, governmental and public agency, insurance and surety disputes. 

The Cornerstone Award was presented at the ABA Forum on Construction Law Annual Meeting, held from April 12 to April 14.

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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Leslie King O'Neal
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  • Insurance
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee
  • Surety

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