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Andrew D. Ness, Esq., FCIArb, to Receive 2024 Cornerstone Award From the ABA Forum on Construction Law

Annual award honors career contributions and excellence within construction law

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Washington, D.C. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is proud to share that Andrew D. Ness, Esq., FCIArb, will be honored with the Cornerstone Award from the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law. The award will be presented during the ABA Forum on Construction Law 2024 Annual Meeting, held from April 11 to 13.

The highest honor presented by the 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 Leslie King O’Neal; 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. 

Mr. Ness is known for his ability to navigate large, highly complex disputes within the construction industry, handling cases that involve state infrastructure, power plants, health care facilities and public contracts, as well as many other matters. Mr. Ness has an incredible depth of experience and know-how within the construction industry and its many facets, and we congratulate him on this award.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Mr. Ness joined JAMS in 2019 and has over 40 years of domestic and international experience in resolving complex business disputes, with expertise in construction, engineering, design and energy issues. In his role at JAMS, he serves as an arbitrator, mediator, neutral evaluator and dispute review board member and is well known for cutting through entrenched positions to find creative, practical solutions.

As an advocate, Mr. Ness represented contractors, engineers and other design professionals, as well as owners and developers, on an extraordinary range of projects and problems, including numerous megaprojects around the world. He played a lead role in major domestic and international arbitrations and mediations involving complex disputes across a wide variety of jurisdictions and arbitral rules.

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 29 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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