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<xTITLE>Arbitration Conversation No. 26: Arbitrator Clifford Shapiro, Partner at Barnes and Thornberg, Chicago</xTITLE>

Arbitration Conversation No. 26: Arbitrator Clifford Shapiro, Partner at Barnes and Thornberg, Chicago

by Cliff Shapiro, Amy Schmitz
October 2020

In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Arbitrator Clifford Shapiro, partner and head of the Construction Law Practice Group at Barnes & Thornberg in Chicago, about construction arbitration.



Cliff Shapiro has been involved in virtually every kind of claim or dispute related to a construction project, and he has also handled virtually every kind of insurance coverage claim that arises in the construction claim context. He helps his clients resolve construction disputes in mediation, arbitration and litigation. He has represented owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in a wide variety of disputes related to construction projects, including construction and design defect claims; professional liability claims; delay, disruption and/or acceleration claims; extra work claims and mechanic lien claims.  In addition to being an experienced advocate, Clifford serves as a mediator and arbitrator to resolve construction, insurance and other commercial disputes. He is a formally trained mediator and arbitrator, and is listed on the American Arbitration Association’s national roster of arbitrators for construction, insurance and commercial claims.  He has served as mediator for complex construction claims, and successfully resolved numerous complex, multiparty construction and design claims as an advocate. Clifford’s arbitration experience includes serving as AAA arbitrator and as an arbitrator in the Cook County Circuit Court mandatory arbitration program. In addition, as an advocate, he has handled several multiparty, complex arbitration matters as first chair, all of which successfully resolved through mediation and/or settlement before hearing.  Clifford has published numerous articles and frequently speaks throughout the United States about how best to resolve construction claims and insurance related issues. His articles about insurance coverage for construction defect claims have appeared in several national publications, and have been cited in numerous court opinions (including several decisions issued by state supreme courts).

Professor Amy Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz practiced law with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis, and served as a law clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.  Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), AI, Data Analytics and the Law, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumer Law. She has been heavily involved in ODR teaching and research for a long time and is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, as well as the Co-Chair of the ABA Technology Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section and the ODR Task Force.  She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Consumer Law, was an External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, and is a researcher with the ACT Project exploring AI and ODR. Professor Schmitz has published over 50 articles in law journals and books, and a book, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, with Colin Rule.