ADR Systems

Neutrals

Gregory Meeder, Esq.

Gregory R. Meeder, Esq.

Illinois

Gregory R. Meeder, Esq. is a skilled mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in construction, e-discovery, business and commercial disputes. Mr. Meeder has reviewed, structured and negotiated design and construction contracts, conducted claim avoidance counseling, navigated public procurement laws and bidding protests, litigated complex construction matters and handled disputes involving public owners, property developers, underground contractors, construction companies, commercial banks, corporations, partnerships, title insurance companies and individuals involving multi-million dollar projects.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Condominium Board Dispute
  • Construction
  • Contract
  • E-Discovery
  • Mechanics Lien

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 26-year legal career in private practice, currently an Equity Partner at Holland & Knight, LLP, 2000-present; Partner at Rosenthal & Schanfield, 1996-2000; and Partner at O’Brien, O’Rourke, Hogan & McNulty, 1985-1996
  • Member of AAA Construction Industry Panel of Neutrals
  • Arbitrator and Mediator for the Cook County Court-Annexed Mortgage Foreclosure and Mechanic’s Lien Programs
  • As an advocate, participated in numerous arbitrations and mediations involving construction disputes between owners and contractors, contractors and subcontractors and between owners and engineers
  •  E-Discovery Mediation Certificate (2013), Loyola University Chicago School of Law and American College of E-Neutrals
  • Expertise as E-Discovery neutral, special master in complex commercial matters
  • Expertise as E-Discovery neutral, special master in construction cases
  • E-Discovery Mediation Certificate, Loyola University Chicago School of Law and American College of E-Neutrals, 2013
  • Approved Mediator, Circuit Court of Cook County Court-Annexed Major Case Civil Mediation Program

Representative Cases

  • Served as lead counsel for a national physics laboratory in a $30 million claim brought by a general contractor for differing site conditions on a tunnel project; the matter involved a Disputes Review Board and multiple hearings on 20 plus claims; successfully negotiated project change order governing project completion to resolve all claims
  • Represented general contractor on a large undeveloped block in the city of Chicago against subcontractor claims including, but not limited to, delay damages, job accelerations and multiple change orders in excess of $3 million
  • Represented material supplier in large condominium development workout involving over 75 parties; mediation required the rental of the Metropolitan Club at Sears Tower to facilitate a three day mediation/arbitration with multiple parties; successfully negotiated settlement on behalf of a major material supplier at the condominium project
  • Represented the owner of a commercial retail center with substantial building defects and building envelope failures which permitted water to penetrate the building envelope; participated in three mediation/arbitration sessions with the general contractor and various subcontractors to resolve claims by the owner against these contractors; successfully negotiated claims totaling over $3 million
  • Represented a joint venture on a deep tunnel project in the defense of over 250 property damage claims due to blasting operations in the deep tunnel; successfully managed multi-party mediation and arbitration of multiple property damage claims against the joint venture
  • Represented a general contractor in construction workouts regarding the fast track development of commercial retail and residential properties involving the employment of four different architectural firms; successfully negotiated settlement claims in excess of $3.3 million against the owner
  • Represented a public owner in the defense of a general contract claim in excess of $3 million due to a termination for convenience under federal regulations and federal law; extensive forensic accounting was completed to review and negotiate settlements for multiple subcontractor claims and the claim by the general contractor
  • Represented the owner/developer of a hotel in construction workouts involving fraud, construction defects and contractor insolvencies; successfully negotiated settlement upstream with the original owner and downstream with the general contractor and subcontractors

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Selected for Leading Lawyers Network, Construction Law
  •  Immediate Past Chair, Chicago Bar Association, Construction Law and Mechanic’s Lien Committee
  • President, Chicago Building Congress; Immediate Past Chair, CBC Annual Merit Awards
  • General Counsel, Underground Contractors Association
  • Illinois Road & Transportation Builders Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Village of Palos Park Municipal Board, Public Works Commissioner
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers Guide, Construction Law

Presentations and Publications

  • “Electronic discovery in commercial, construction disputes poses challenges,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Volume 158, No. 80
  • Moderator, “Mechanic Lien and Construction Issues,” Chicago Bar Association Seminar
  • Chaired 10 Monthly CLE Presentations by the Chicago Bar Association Mechanics Lien & Construction Committee on Construction Mechanic Lien and Mediation/Arbitration Issues
  • “Risky Business: And You Thought It Was Over,” The Holland & Knight Institute and RSM McGladrey, Chicago
  • Moderator, “Mechanics Lien and Construction Claims,” Chicago Bar Association Full Day Seminar
  • “Storm Water Issues and Real Estate Development,” The Holland & Knight Institute, Underground Contractors Association, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  • Public Construction Contract Act, 30 ILCS 55711 et seq., “Illinois: Differing Site Conditions Under the Illinois’ Public Construction Contract Act,” Construction Newsletter, Second Quarter
  • “You Can’t Eat a Lien,” Underground Contractors Association, General Membership Dinner
  • “The Public Construction Contract Act,” Underground Contractors Association, 29th Annual Convention, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • “Differing Site Condition Clauses and How They Save the Taxpayer Money,” Illinois Municipal Review Magazine
  • “Insure It and They Will Sue,” Chicago Title and Trust Company, Illinois Claims Department Seminar Discovery and Attorney Client Privilege

Education

  • J.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Kent College of Law
  • B.A., University of Illinois

Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois

I was very satisfied with ADR Systems' service, and I will be happy to recommend them to colleagues.

Chris Doscotch, Esq.Law Office of Chris Doscotch, LLC