Mr. Motchan is an
experienced arbitrator, mediator and attorney, with an engineering and real
estate background. His primary activities have been in construction, mining,
labor and employment, commercial disputes, contracts, general corporate matters
and litigation, including alternative dispute resolution.
Has served as General Counsel to two major construction companies (HBE
Corporation and Clayco, Inc.), a national hotel chain (Adam's Mark Hotels), a
concrete company, a publicly traded mining company (Zeigler Coal Holding
Company), a power marketing company and a safety equipment company. He has also
served as Assistant Counsel to a publicly traded utility and a coal mining
While employed in the construction industry he has been involved with disputes
including scheduling, delay, inefficiency, loss productivity, acceleration and
economic loss claims, change orders, mold, sick building and defect claims,
changed and concealed conditions, subsidence, force majeure, discovery including
electronic discovery, bonding and sureties, insurance, termination, mechanic's
liens and subcontractor and labor disputes. He has negotiated and drafted
contracts including construction of warehouses, office buildings, condominiums,
commercial facilities, mining operations, operating plants, hospitals, financial
buildings and college facilities. He is experienced in the documentation of the
Design-Build Institute of America, the AIA 2007 Documents, the Associated
General Contractors of America ConsensusDOCS and LEED.
As a practicing attorney Mr. Motchan has negotiated and prepared contracts in
numerous areas. These include acquisition agreements, stock purchase agreements,
restrictive stockholder agreements, employment and severance agreements, sales
agreements, loan agreements and credit facilities, consulting agreements,
construction contracts and heavy equipment purchase agreements, real estate
purchase and sales agreements and lease agreements.
In labor and employment, he has negotiated labor contracts and disputes and has
participated in NLRB hearings. Has tried over forty-five labor arbitrations
including five discharge cases. Other labor arbitrations have included
seniority, benefits, safety, layoffs, management rights, past practice and
discipline. He participated in investigating and litigating multiple
discrimination complaints and other EEOC matters.
Mr. Motchan has served as lead counsel for the acquisition and divestiture of
several large companies. Sales have included the sale of twenty four Adam's Mark
Hotels and related office buildings. As General Counsel of Zeigler Coal Holding
Company he was the lead counsel for the acquisition of all mining operations and
related land holdings of British Petroleum and Shell Oil Company. Has conducted
due diligence in the United States, India and Australia.
He has been responsible for litigation involving thousands of cases in over
thirty years. The cases have included sales contracts, construction contracts,
subcontractor agreements, discrimination, personal injury, real estate including
condemnation, environmental, securities, safety matters including mine safety
and OSHA and labor and employment issues. He has participated in issues with
federal agencies including, the EEOC, NLRB, OFCCP, MSHA, OSHA, EPA, BLM and SEC.
As a licensed real estate broker Mr. Motchan has developed eighteen parcels of
real estate with individual and multi-family rental buildings. He has also held
the position of Director of Real Estate for Arch Coal, Inc. with millions of
acres of land holdings of fee and leased surface, mineral and oil and gas
property in multiple states. He has also set a landmark Missouri real estate
case that held that a landlord who lacks possession is entitled to sue for
trespass [Motchan v. STL Cablevision, Inc., 796 S.W2d 896 (Mo. App. 1990)].
Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience
Mr. Motchan has participated in over twenty arbitrations and mediations in
construction, contract disputes and EEOC charges and labor matters. The
construction disputes included delay claims, change orders, inefficiency claims,
concealed conditions, lien rights, subcontractor claims, termination issues,
surety disputes and general contract interpretation matters.
American Arbitration Association Construction Panel Member
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Panel Member
Qualified Missouri Supreme Court Rule 17 and 88 Mediator
Admitted to the Bar: Missouri; Illinois. Real Estate Broker, Missouri.
Missouri Bar Association; Illinois Bar Association; The Bar Association of
Metropolitan St. Louis; American Society of Safety Engineers; Gateway Society of
Hazardous Materials Managers; Voluntary Protection Programs Participants'
Association; Association of Missouri Mediators
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri (B.S. Electrical Engineering-1971;
J.D.-1974; LL.M. Taxation-1978).