Bland & Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of David Bland to the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators. David will join the panel of highly accomplished and respected experts from the legal and business communities who offer their diverse experiences across a wide range of fields. The American Arbitration Association (AAA), is a not-for-profit organization with offices throughout the U.S. Former federal and state judges, attorneys with exceptional subject-matter expertise, and business owners who understand the essence of the dispute are trained in a comprehensive program by the AAA to manage the dispute resolution process with fairness and skill, and an eye towards time- and cost-efficiency. These neutrals are bound by AAA established standards of behavior and ethics to be fair and unbiased.
David has over 34 years experience in the prosecution and defense of complex construction, commercial and insurance cases in federal and state courts and appellate courts of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, New York and the United States Court of Federal Claims. This litigation practice includes substantial experience in domestic and international arbitration, including arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the AAA, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, London Court of International Arbitration, and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. He has also been appointed as an arbitrator in energy and marine construction disputes.
David’s litigation and arbitration experience has included the preparation and prosecution of disputes related to delay, disruption and acceleration, warranty, design changes and defects, growth in scope of work, labor productivity/inefficiencies, force majeure, schedule and liquidated damages, change orders, bid protests, terminations for default and convenience, surety bond issues and related builder’s risk, business interruption and insurance claims and coverage disputes.
A related area of David’s expertise is the negotiation and drafting of all types of construction and commercial contracts, including vessel, rig, power plant, bridge, pipeline and equipment new construction and repair contracts, EPC contracts, engineering contracts, charter party contracts, master service agreements, drilling contracts, sales agreements, joint ventures and project teaming/alliance agreements. He is also routinely involved in all aspects of the construction process including negotiation of commercial terms in the bid phase, change order administration, delivery and close out issues and warranty disputes.