Professional Details

Bill Quatman
Quatman ADR, LLC

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601 E. 63rd Street
Suite 442
Kansas City, MO 64110

Description of Practice

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.

Professional Background

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.


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,, and The American Institute of Mediation. He is the author of Missouri Arbitration Law, Parts I and II, Missouri Bar Journal.


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.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
Feb. 2021    U.S. Dist. Ct., W.D. Mo.    Considerations for Mediators and Mediation for Participants (8 hrs)
April 2021    American Arbitration Association    Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators (8 hrs)
May 2021    Mediating Online (20 hrs)
May 2021    The American Institute of Mediation    Mediating Commercial and Litigated Cases (40 hrs)


"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.


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.

Other Information

Bill Quatman received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2017, the DBIA Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020, AIA’s National Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Government Affairs in 2006, the Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Kansas School of Architecture in 2004, and was listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2004-2008), before going in-house. He served for eight (8) years on the DBIA Board and as National Board Chairman for DBIA in 2016, and chaired several national committees for DBIA and AIA. He has been published several times by the ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry in its Construction Lawyer publication, and has spoken at multiple AIA, DBIA, AGC and other regional and national conventions, including programs in London, San Juan and in Canada on design and construction law.

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator


Marion Hack, Esq. Friend and Lawyer (when Bill was in-house) Steve Miller, Esq. Friend and Lawyer (when Bill was in-house) Jon Masini, Esq. Friend and Lawyer (when Bill was in-house) Mark Anstoetter, Esq. Friend and Lawyer (when Bill was in-house) Danne Webb, Esq. Lawyer acquaintance Nathan Garrett, Esq. Friend and Lawyer (when Bill was in-house) Patrick Crosby, P.E. Former co-board member at DBIA Jim Whitaker, FAIA Former co-board member at DBIA Karen Erger Former insurance representative (when in-house) Craig Williams Another general counsel for large AE firm

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