Bill Quatman

Bill Quatman is both a licensed Architect and Attorney in Missouri. He has over 40 years of combined experience as an Architect, a Trial Attorney, and General Counsel to one of the nation’s largest design and construction firms. Bill offers his services to help resolve design and construction disputes as a mediator, arbitrator, dispute resolution board member, or early neutral evaluator. He is an AV-Preeminent rated lawyer from Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating). A past national chairman of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, Bill has held national committee chair positions for both DBIA and AIA. He has authored hundreds of articles on design and construction law, and it the author of two books. Bill is a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA) and a member of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri’s Mediation and Assessment Program (MAP) Mediator List.


Bill Quatman is an experienced legal professional and business executive. He began his career as an architect, then spent 24 years in private law practice solely in the construction industry, before serving for over 12 years as General Counsel at Burns & McDonnell. In 2021, Bill’s final year as General Counsel, the company was the 9th largest Design Firm in the U.S. and the 6th largest Design-Build Firm. It was in the top 40 Contractors, as ranked by Engineering News Record.

ADR Experience

Bill has participated in hundreds of mediations as an advocate and as a client. He has experience as a mediator and as an arbitrator of construction disputes. He has also arbitrated cases on behalf of clients and made arbitration law in Missouri through published appellate cases he argued. Bill has received training in ADR from the AAA, Mediate.com, and The American Institute of Mediation. He is the author of Missouri Arbitration Law, Parts I and II, Missouri Bar Journal.

Approach

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time.” Abraham Lincoln wrote this in July 1850 and it is so true today as well. Too many cases settle only after substantial legal and expert fees have been incurred, and with lots of non-billable time spent by clients and their employees. Court statistics prove that 98.5% of all lawsuits settle before trial, but only after a lot of money is spent. Let’s look for early ways to resolve disputes, put that money toward resolution, where you control your fate vs. a judge, arbitrator or a jury. By listening to your position, understanding the contracts and law, I can help evaluate your case (confidentially) and assist in guiding you toward a resolution that is fair to both sides. Lincoln was right. Let’s get this done. I am anxious to help you resolve your case.

Education

Bill received his B.E.D. and B.Arch. from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design; and his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Additional Services

  • Mediator-Arbitrator

Fees and Provisos

For domestic cases, fees are $350/hour (typically paid in equal shares by the parties) plus travel and study time, unless other arrangements are made. A minimum of eight (8) hours per day for out-of-town proceedings, plus expenses for travel, meals and lodging. 50% of the anticipated hourly rate, plus expenses for travel are due made no later than 48 hours (2 days) before the date of travel/hearing.

For out-of-town travel, the rate is $150/hour for travel time, plus expenses of meals, lodging, travel at the rate incurred, with no markup. Alternatively, a flat $1,500/day for up to ten (10) hours in transit, with $150/hour after ten (10) hours, plus expenses.

A Cancellation Fee of $600/day is required if cancelled less than 10 days before the scheduled hearing or proceeding.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • AAA - American Arbitration Association

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