Hon. Carol Park-Conroy (Ret.)

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Engineering and Construction

Judge Carol Park-Conroy (Ret.) has over 35 years of experience as a litigator, judge and neutral in commercial and construction cases.  She is highly skilled in managing cases with complex factual and legal issues and is known for her thorough preparation, perseverance and energetic commitment to resolution of disputes.  

Experience and Qualifications

Judge Park-Conroy’s construction experience as a judge and mediator includes disputes involving:  office and commercial buildings, including training facilities, hospitals, and aircraft hangers; housing units; water facility projects, such as well drilling, water mains and pipelines; major civil works projects, including roads, bridges, ocean piers, locks, dams and dredging; and miscellaneous matters, such as aircraft runway construction, environmental remediation and asbestos removal.

Her experience in construction disputes includes issues relating to contract interpretation, cost overruns, subcontractor contract flow-down provisions, allocation of risk, mistake, design defects, breach, authority, defective specifications, nondisclosure of vital information, impracticability of performance, changes, differing site conditions, delay, disruption, inefficiency, impact, acceleration, defective workmanship, inspection and acceptance, liquidated damages, release, accord and satisfaction, terminations, excess costs of reprocurement, and pricing of adjustments using various damages computation methods. 

Representative Matters

  • Resolved 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 earth and rock fill Seven Oaks Dam in California
  • Mediated settlement with Department of Justice on $4.2 million in defective specifications, disruption, delay and impact claims from building construction
  • Settled $16 million in disputes relating to steel and seismic bracing associated with construction and modifications of medical facility in Alaska
  • Resolved in excess of $40 million in claims in six-week proceeding involving disputes arising from multiple contracts for demolition and construction of approximately 550 military housing units; disputes included design defects, changes, delay, disruption, acceleration, differing site conditions, and cost overruns
  • Successfully mediated $4.3 million claim for changes, delay and acceleration on new pier construction at Naval Submarine Base
  • Resolved subcontractor claims in excess of $6.4 million for fabrication and installation of removable spillway weir
  • Mediated settlement of contractor construction claims over Middle East project with Army Corps of Engineers
  • Successfully resolved claims for contract interpretation and differing site conditions arising in environment cleanup contract
  • Settled contractor claims for bridge deck repairs and paving following trial
  • Mediated settlement of subcontractor claims relating to high explosive machining facility
  • Resolved claims associated with renovation and revitalization of military family housing
  • Settled claims arising from contract to remove underground fuel storage tanks and installation of gas lines

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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