Cynthia A. Tari is a shareholder in The Law Office of Cynthia A. Tari, PLLC. She holds professional degrees in both law and architecture and has over 21 years of experience in the construction community as a design professional and a construction litigation attorney. Ms. Tari is an Advanced Credentialed Mediator through the Texas Mediator’s Credentialing Association. She is on the litigation panel of mediators for the Dallas County Courts and Dispute Resolution Services of Dallas, the arbitrator panel for Construction Dispute Resolution Services, and has been invited to join the Construction Panel of Mediators/Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. Her mediation style encompasses an evaluative theory, working with the specific procedural and substantive issues of each case and the dynamics of the parties to identify common interests and using creative settlement options to generate a mutual resolution. As an arbitrator, Ms. Tari’s dual background of industry experience and legal expertise make her uniquely suited to understand the positions of all parties and arrive at a sound decision based on the controlling contract, the legal issues, and the evidence presented.

Ms. Tari’s architecture background includes working at a large, internationally published firm in Boston, Massachusetts as part of the skin team during design development and construction drawing phases on two high-rise structures and during schematic design identifying and recording existing conditions in three historical renovations, all part of a city block development in Boston’s financial district. She also worked on a mid-rise multi-use development in Springfield, Massachusetts during construction administration with field requests, change orders, and issuance of revised construction drawings. In Houston, she worked for a mid-size firm on schematic design, design development, and construction drawing phases of institutional, large-scale residential, and infrastructure projects. She worked on design development, construction drawings, bidding, and construction administration phases for a small firm in Houston on many high-end single-family residence projects; and, for an internationally published architect performing code reviews.


Representation of General Contractors

Representation of Architects/Engineers

Representation of Subcontractors/Suppliers/Manufacturers

Representation of Owners/Developers/Construction Managers


University of Houston Law School, Doctor of Jurisprudence                               1995
Rice University, Bachelor of Architecture.                                                            1988
Rice University, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.                                                 1986


Speaker, “Working Constructively:  Using the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Process in Construction Cases,” Joint Meeting of Construction and Collaborative Law Sections, Dallas Bar Association, November 3, 2011

Speaker, “Trends in Construction Defect Litigation,” Harmonie Group, Chicago, June 1, 2011

Testified to Texas Legislature, In support of HB 958 – Proposed Bolstering of Statute of Repose, March 21, 2011

Speaker, “Tips from Arbitrators:  How to Cut Costs in the Construction Arbitration Process,” Harmonie Group, Atlanta, July 28, 2010

Author and Speaker, “Tips from Arbitrators:  How to Cut Costs in the Construction Arbitration Process,” Harmonie Group, Atlanta, Nov. 19, 2009

Speaker, “The Recession’s Impact on Construction Defect Claims and Litigation,” Harmonie Group, Atlanta, Nov. 19, 2009

Speaker, Dallas Bar Association, Legislative Update, September 3, 2009

Author, “Warranty Actions Outside Consumer Protection Statutes,” For the Defense, August 2008

Author, “Documenting Extra Work & Authorization,” Construction Executive, February 2008

Author, “Termination Pitfalls and Procedures,” Construction Executive, November 2007

Speaker, “Ethics of Mediation,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Winter Meeting, January 2007

Speaker, “Texas Civil Engineers Professional Liability,” Half Moon Seminars, Irving, Texas, January 20, 2005

Author, “Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pass-Through Claims/Liquidation Agreements,” Newsletter, Summer 2004

Speaker, “Ramifications of ISO 9000 and its U.S. Equivalent,” ABA Annual Meeting, May 4-5, 2000, Washington, D.C.

Author,” ISO 9000 in Design and Construction,” The Construction Lawyer’s Toolbox, Vol. II, ABA Publishing, May 2000

Author, “Arbitration and Significant Changes in Recent Case Law and Rule Amendments,” Texas Institute of Continuing Legal Education, February 1995

Assistant Editor, Texas Bar Association Newsletter, August 1995 – August 1996

Author, “Harmonization Necessary Under NAFTA for U.S. Construction Industry to Regain Position as World Leader in Construction Exports over E.C. Competitors,” 17 Hous. J. Int’l Law 105, Fall 1994

Co-Author, “Urban Design Guidelines,” 1991 (joint venture project; on file with Houston METRO Transit Authority)

Ghostwriter, monthly column, Texas Construction 1995-1997

Professional Associations

Dallas and Texas Bar Associations, Construction, Litigation, and ADR Sections

American Institute of Architects, Associate Member

Admitted to practice in all state courts in Texas

Admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts

Texas Mediator’s Credentialing Association, Advanced Credentialed Mediator

Dispute Mediation Services – Attorney Mediator Panel

Construction Dispute Resolution Services – Arbitrator Panel

Steering Committee for ABA Forum on the Construction Industry International Construction Division (1998-2000)