Hon. Carol Park-Conroy (Ret.)

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Hon. Carol Park-Conroy (Ret.) has over 35 years of experience as a litigator, judge, and neutral in government contracts and commercial cases. While serving as a trial judge on the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) for 22 years, she presided over a broad range of construction and commercial disputes arising from manufacturing, service, supply, and other business contracts with the federal government. She is highly skilled at managing cases with complex factual and legal issues.

Judge Park-Conroy has extensive experience as a mediator, neutral case evaluator, and arbitrator and became one of the most sought-after dispute resolution neutrals at the ASBCA. She is recognized for her ability to quickly comprehend complex facts and focus parties on pivotal issues and is known for her thorough preparation, perseverance, and commitment to efficient resolution of disputes. As one corporate counsel in a mediation put it, “she knows how to keep the parties talking.”

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial
    • Disputes involving specialized business sectors such as computer science and information systems, research and development, technology, and aerospace and other businesses supplying manufactured products and commodities, such as food stocks, computers, aircraft, vehicles, vehicle parts and equipment, services for professional office, technical, and management support, health care personnel, and custodial, maintenance, and security workers
    • Successfully mediated complex claims valued in excess of $2 billion relating to an Army contract for logistics modernization with a computer services company with issues relating to contract interpretation and clause renegotiations, extra work, cost allocation and accounting, unrecovered investment in software, breach of intellectual property license rights, contract extensions and renewal terms
    • Mediated to settlement prime, subcontractor, and government disputes in excess of $150 million relating to aircraft purchase terms and conditions and costs incurred due to termination of aerial refueling tanker contract
    • Settled delay claims associated with provision of security escorts for vehicle recovery convoys in Iraq
  • Contracts
    • Disputes involving contract formation, interpretation, performance and breach and fraud involving primes, subcontractors and joint ventures arising in manufacturing, service and supply contracts with related issues: including contract cost accounting and defective pricing, formation, Department of Labor wage rates and labor standards, with some surety, bankruptcy, and environmental remediation
    • Resolved False Claims Act case brought by Department of Justice involving occupational conflicts of interest following remand to district court by D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Settled contractor claims for extra contractual aircraft maintenance work pending at the ASBCA and federal government civil fraud case pending in U.S. District Court in combined mediation
    • Successfully mediated contract interpretation claims totaling $150 million for F-22 aircraft tail-up costs
    • Mediated to settlement disputes involving contract interpretation and differing site conditions in environmental cleanup, Military Munitions Response Program
  • Construction
    • Disputes involving housing, both new construction and renovation, buildings, including training facilities, hospitals, and aircraft hangers, water facility projects such as well drilling, water mains and pipelines, and major civil works projects, including roads, bridges, ocean piers, locks, dams and dredging
    • Mediated to settlement contractor and owner claims involving defective specifications, delay, changes and defective work in construction of Washington D.C. office building
    • Successfully mediated disputes valued at $75 million associated with construction of the Seven Oaks Dam in California
    • Served as neutral in six-week proceeding and resolved $40 million in disputes arising from multiple contracts for demolition and construction of housing units
    • Settled claims for delay, acceleration, and changed work in construction of pier at Naval Submarine Base, Groton, CT
    • Resolved claims relating to fabrication and installation of removable spillway weir at Lower Monumental Lock and Dam
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee
    • Responsible for all pretrial matters on ASBCA docket, including issuance of comprehensive pretrial scheduling orders, protective orders, rulings on privilege, and discovery disputes

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized as one of “500 Leading Judges in America” by Lawdragon Magazine, 2006
  • Member, ABA Section of Public Contract Law
    • Chair, 2011-2012
    • Fellow (for service in Section’s leadership), 2012-present
    • Officer, 2004-2010
    • Council member, 1999-2002
    • Committees: Co-Chair, Alternative Disputes Resolution; Vice Chair, Contract Claims and Dispute Resolution
    • Liaison to ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee
  • Member, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Project Performance Division
    • Dispute Avoidance & Resolution Division
  • Member, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Member, Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
  • Member, National Association of Women Judges (Past Officer of Division 4)

Publications and Presentations

  • The ASBCA’s Path to the ‘Mega ADR’ in Computer Sciences Corporation,” The Procurement Lawyer, Vol. 49, No. 1, Fall 2013.  Judge Park-Conroy’s work mediating multiple disputes involving more than $2 billion between Computer Sciences Corporation and the Government is highlighted in this article.
  • Moderator, “Judges’ Panel,” 2015, 2014 and 2013 Federal Procurement Institutes, sponsored by the ABA Section of Public Contract Law, Annapolis, MD
  • Panelist, Women in Construction Conference, October 2014
  • Moderator, “Key Case Review: Impact of Federal Circuit, Board and Court of Federal Claims Decisions on Government Contract Law,” annual educational program sponsored by Boards of Contract Appeals Judges and Bar Associations, 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Moderator, "ADR in an Era of Austerity," 2013 Contract and Fiscal Law New Developments Course, The Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center & School, November 2013
  • Speaker, “The Sequester Aftermath: A New Dawn for Mediating Government Contract Claims,” with published paper, “Initial Consideration: The Statutory and Regulatory Framework Applicable to Government Contract Claim Mediations,” ABA Annual Meeting, August 2013, jointly sponsored by Sections of Dispute Resolution and Public Contract Law
  • Panelist, “Expert Testimony in Mediations,” sponsored by ABA Section of Public Contract Law, Contract Claims & Dispute Resolution Committee, May 2013
  • Panelist, “ADR Roundtable,” sponsored by Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association, November 2012 and November 2010
  • Speaker, “Government Contracts 2012: Contract Disputes,” sponsored by Practicing Law Institute, with published paper “The Jurisdictional Status of Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentality Cases,” September 2012
  • Speaker, “Resolution of Claims and Disputes,” Federal Bar Association, San Antonio Chapter, April 2012
  • Speaker, “Government Contracts 2011: Contract Disputes – Most Significant Recent Decisions and Impact,” sponsored by Practicing Law Institute, September 2011
  • Presenter, “Interest-Based Negotiation” at training seminars for U.S. Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base, January and November 2011
  • Presenter on Mediation Techniques, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Volunteer Mediator Seminar, October 2011
  • Presenter, “Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Boards of Contracts Appeals,” sponsored by ABA Section of Public Contract Law, Contract Claims and Dispute Resolution, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Young Lawyers Committees, and Federal Interagency ADR Working Group, Contracts and Procurement Section, May 2011 and June 2010
  • Presenter, “Alternatives in the Federal Circuit,” Part II: “Alternative Dispute Resolution in Government Contract Cases at the Trial and Appellate Court Levels,” sponsored by Federal Circuit Bar Association, Dispute Resolution and Government Contracts Committees, October 2010
  • Speaker, “Government Contracts 2011: ADR in Government Contract Disputes," sponsored by Practicing Law Institute, New York, March 2010
  • Presenter, “ADR Philosophy at the ASBCA,” to U.S Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, National Courts Section, July 2009
  • Author, “ADR in Federal Construction Contract Disputes: A Neutral’s Perspective,” 2003 Construction Law Update (Aspen 2003)

Background and Education

  • JAMS, Dispute Resolution Neutral, 2013-present
  • Administrative Judge, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, 1989-2013
  • Trial Attorney, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice and private practice
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Joseph C. Waddy, U.S. District Court, D.C.
  • J.D., with honors, George Washington University School of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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