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CHRIS ALBA
  FERMIN ARAGON   BARRY J. BYRNES  

Christopher Alba' s 30+ years experience in complex building environments and conflict resolution has imparted an exceptionally keen ability to listen, understand disparate viewpoints, and solve complex problems. Over 600 cases involving litigation mediation, arbitration, consensus-based conciliation, negotiation, investigative evaluation, expert testimony and consultation have made him a thoughtful, effective and practical dispute resolution professional.

Fermin Aragon, was the Building Official for the State of New Mexico, Construction Industries Division’s (CID) General Construction Bureau for 17 years. He holds national certifications in Certified Building Official (CBO), Building Inspector, Plan Review, Accessibility, and Plumbing and Mechanical.

Barry J. Byrnes is an experienced construction lawyer and business owner. He has over twenty years experience in the construction industry. The Byrnes family always worked construction; a grandfather, an iron worker, peened his trade on the Panama Canal and Brooklyn Bridge projects. Barry advocating the Med/Arb process as the preferred way to resolve most construction disputes.

 

M,A,D,E M,A,D,E M,A,D,E
Santa Fe Santa Fe Mesilla
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

   

 

DANNY CARRILLO
 
PHILIP CRUMP
 
JOHN DARDEN
 

Danny Carrillo is a 27 year licensed general contractor in New Mexico, and has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from New Mexico Tech. His stucco experience has earned him a reputation as an expert. Mr. Carrillo has performed as an expert witness, representing homeowners to nationwide homebuilders. Danny is also a certified EIFS inspector.

Philip Crump has been involved in the alternate dispute resolution arena since 1992 as a professional mediator, facilitator and an expert witness, assisting people to reach mutually agreeable resolutions of their differences; giving them opportunities to represent their own interests ...

John Darden is an experienced arbitrator and adjudicator with construction litigation experience. During his 46 years as an attorney, he served 16 years as a United States Magistrate Judge, conducts arbitrations, and final dispute hearings for Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC, the American Arbitration Association, The Forum and FINRA. He holds an "av" rating with Martindale Hubbell.

 

M,A,D,E M,A,D,E M,A,D,E
Albuquerque Santa Fe Las Cruces
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

   

 

WALTER M. DREW
 
DONALD DWORE
 
BRIAN EGOLF
 

Walter Drew is a man for whom conflict resolution is a way of life. Whether mediating or arbitrating construction-related disputes, training others in the process, or helping to resolve conflicting points of view. Walter has performed over a hundred mediations and arbitrations ...

With 42 years experience in judicial architecture, Mr. Dwore has become nationally recognized as an expert in the field of courthouse facility design. He practices almost exclusively in the field of Justice Architecture, specializing in courthouses for federal, state and local governments. He was elected by the AIA to the College of Fellows in February, 2001.

Brian Egolf is an experienced negotiator, mediator, litigator and trained diplomat. Mr. Egolf has mediated disputes and negotiated settlements on four continents. He brings to his practice a commitment to obtain positive outcomes and to avoid litigation. Mr. Egolf will mediate or arbitrate all types of cases with his trademark style of understanding and effectiveness.

 

 

M,A,D,E M,A,D,E M,A,D,E
Santa Fe Santa Fe Santa Fe
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

   

 

MICHAEL ELMAN
CDRS VICE PRESIDENT
 
HOWARD FELDMAN
 
STAN HATCH
 

Senior Risk Manager / Insurance & Real Estate Broker / Certified Arbitration Specialist. Over 30 years in sales / marketing and advertising with a focus on quantitative business analysis and risk management / insurance consulting for the home building industry. Indiana University dual major Marketing and Advertising. School of Business, Class of 86’.

For over forty years Howard A. Feldman has been responsible for claims prevention, mitigation and resolution services that are provided to owners, contractors, architects, engineers, and other construction-related trades worldwide. He has extensive experience in the evaluation and resolution of claims in the construction industry ADR continuum including the construction insurance and legal professions.

Stan Hatch has practiced construction law since 1977. He has litigated, arbitrated, and mediated numerous construction cases ranging in size from thousands to millions of dollars. During this time, he has represented owners, contractors, architects, suppliers, surveyors, developers, and agencies, as well as acting as a mediator and as an arbitrator.

 

M,A,D,E M,A,D,E M,A,D,E
Albuquerque Santa Fe Albuquerque
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

   

 

JOHN HIATT
 
BRAD HILL
 
JOHN HOOKER
 

John Hiatt is an experienced attorney specializing in government matters. His diverse background includes securities regulation, expert witness in civil and criminal trials, hearing officer, judge pro tem, government general counsel and city land use director. His litigation experience has led to a dispute resolution commitment based on transparency, fairness and positive problem solving.

Brad E. Hill is a construction industry professional with over thirty years of experience in residential construction. He is a dedicated public servant and is currently the Mayor in his home community of Edgewood, NM. Prior to his election as Mayor he served two terms as a Town Councilman

With degrees in architecture, engineering and construction management, John Hooker has 30 year’s experience in the AEC industry serving as designer, owner’s representative and construction project manager. His work as a project manager includes negotiations with contractors, architects, engineers, suppliers and subcontractors over change order claims and more. Experience includes forensic CPM schedule analysis.

 

M,A,D,E M,A,D,E,G M,A,D,E
Santa Fe Edgewood Albuquerque
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

   

 

DOUG HOLEN
 
JERRY W. HUCKABY
 
Scott Hughes
 

Doug Holen managed the DRB Program at the University of Washington for 15 years and Chaired a DRB in Colorado. He currently chairs or serves on DRB’s at the University and SEATAC Airport. He is a member of the DRB Roster for Colorado DOT, WASHDOT, Idaho DOT, and the University Hospital in San Antonio.

Jerry Huckaby has forty-five plus years of varied construction experience.
Fourteen of those years were as a certified Building Inspector. This gives him a unique perspective in the arbitration and mediation field. As an inspector he had to practice remaining neutral between all parties on a construction project.
Jerry brings that neutrality and the knowledge learned as a field engineer...

Scott Hughes is Director of ADR Programs & Dickason Professor of Law at University of New Mexico School of Law.  Scott teaches ADR full time and trains mediators in the U.S. and Europe.  Scott trains for CDRS in the Advanced ADR and Dispute Review Board Training Courses.  Scott is a professional mediator, facilitator, and arbitrator.

 

M,A,D,E M,A,D,E M,A,D,E
Santa Fe Silver City Albuquerque
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

             
   

   
JOHN F. KENNEDY
STEPHEN R. KING
 
PETER G. MERRILL
petergmerrill@cdrsllc.com

John F. Kennedy has 34 years experience as an attorney representing public sector entities in procurement of design and construction services; contract negotiation; public financing of construction work; construction management and contract administration; dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration or litigation; pursuit of bond claims and negotiation and litigation with sureties; resolution of procurement challenges and litigation.

Steve King began his career in construction-related businesses in 1975 in Phoenix, AZ. He holds New Mexico contractor’s licenses and numerous positions with construction-related associations. He continues to serve on the boards of the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico and the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association. 
 
 
PRESIDENT & CEO
of CDRS
About Peter Merrill

M,A,E M,A,D,E M,A,D,E
Santa Fe Albuquerque Santa Fe
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

MICHAEL M. OSSORGIN
LEE PICKETT
ROBERT PRINDLE

Michael Ossorgin has been involved with the construction industry for over thirty-five years. Michael has been involved with dispute resolution since 1986 and has served as an American Arbitration Association arbitrator since 1989.

Lee is a past president of the local Home Builders Association and has been involved in the industry for over 30 years. His company has provided consulting and construction inspection services to lenders in NM for over 13 years. He has a broad understanding of the construction process and resolution of problems.

Mr. Prindle, a civil engineer with over 30 years experience, specializes in geotechnical and environmental engineering. Current practice: forensic geotechnical engineering, including investigation, evaluation, and repair design for distressed structures. Engineering and construction experience: includes highway, industrial, commercial, and residential structures, retaining walls, and deep excavations. Additional experience: changed soil conditions, construction stormwater management

M,A,D,E M,A,D,E M,A,D,E
Santa Fe Santa Fe Albuquerque
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

Carmine Raia 
LEE RAWSON
George RAWSON

Carmine became a New Mexico Building, Plumbing Contractor in 1973. In 1995 he became a construction inspector, holds ICC Certifications in Plan Review, Building, Plumbing & Mechanical; he attended and taught classes in construction. Carmine is the City of Albuquerque green build program manager. He is knowledgeable in all types of construction including Green.

Lee has served our construction industry as a supplier of residential and commercial specialty building products, subcontractor, and contractor for 37 years in southern New Mexico and west Texas. Being a third-generation licensed contractor with extensive property management experience, along with 22 years as a state legislator, Lee provides unique insights to mediation and arbitration.

George has built over 750 residential homes since getting his contractors license in 1971. He has built apartment complexes and specializes in concrete tilt-wall commercial projects and land development. George has served on the New Mexico Board of Finance and the Las Cruces Housing Authority. He understands financing, investments and bonding procedures.

M,A,D,E M,A,D,E M,A,D,E
Rio Rancho Las Cruces Las Cruces
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

YVONNE RAWSON
JIM REDFORD
MICHAEL RICHARDS

Yvonne has been building since 1987. She specializes in the sheetrock stage thru completion and customer service but has been construction manager for residential, mulit-family and commercial projects. She has served on the New Mexico Housing Authority, helped develop the weight training facility at NMSU and received awards for model merchandising.

Jim Redford has been a licensed Architect since 1968. His experience is varied, with projects ranging from design of military housing, management for Grand Prix racetrack construction, and numerous university campus planning throughout the United States and abroad. Redford’s experience as a generalist in his practice has earned him a reputation for fairness and creative problem solving.

Michael Richards CGR, CGP, CAPS, is a native of Albuquerque, NM and is currently President and owner of Rich Built, Inc., a residential and commercial remodeling and building company. He has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry and has served as President at both local and State HBA Organizations.

M,A,D,E M,A,D,E M,A,D,E,G
Las Cruces Silver City Albuquerque
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

THOMAS RIEK
LONNY RUTHERFORD
KIM SHANAHAN

Tom brings 31 years experience in home building industry has been a licensed contractor since 1980. He has a reputation for quality and fairness among his peers and clients. He is president of Scenic Structures, Inc; a custom home builder in Angel Fire, NM and serves as president of the Sangre de Christo Homebuilders Association.

Lonny Rutherford, a past president of the New Mexico Home Builders Association, received the "Remodelor of the Year Award" for the entire United States by the National Association of Home Builders. He is a Certified Graduate Remodelor (CGR) and with his over forty years experience as a remodeler. He has served several times as an expert .....

An expert in green building and residential construction, Kim Shanahan has 25 years of experience and has closed over 500 units in his career as a builder in Santa Fe. As the Executive Officer of the Santa Fe Area HBA since 2008, he skillfully represents the industry and its associated businesses in the public realm.

M,A,E M,A,D,E,G M,A,D,E,G
Angel Fire Farmington Santa Fe
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

LORN D. SHIELDS
RONALD J. SIKORSKI
DANIEL STIH

Lorn Shields has been involved in the construction industry for over 40 years. Besides being a registered Architect, he is a licensed contractor with both commercial and residential experience. He has done work for Department of Energy, the Air Force and other commercial institutions. He has vast experience in Residential Remodeling, winning national awards.

Ronald J. Sikorski’s “hands on knowledge and hard work ethics” as a skilled professional in construction and engineering projects for over 20 years has earned Mr. Sikorski a high degree of respect among his many customers and colleagues. Mr. Sikorski is an experienced and licensed custom homebuilder ...

Mr. Stih, a Board-Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) and aerospace engineer, tests residential and commercial buildings to identify and correct sources of environmental quality problems related to “green” buildings. Stih once worked in construction, got sick and decided to test buildings to figure out what made him sick.

M,A,D,E,G M,A,D,E M,A,D,E,G
Santa Fe Tijeras Santa Fe
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

CLIFF SPIROCK
R. LAR THOMAS
DANIEL F. TULLY

40+ yrs: Land Surveyor (3 states), Land Planner (AICP). 35+: owner of regional consulting firm (civil). GIS, GPS, title / mortgage instruments, boundaries, ALTA’s, easements and covenants.  Entitlements, zoning, layout, design guidelines including Business Park architectural review. Many subdivisions, PUD’s, Site Plans, Master Plans, condominiums. Construction staking, quantities, CADD, project management. E&O contracts trained.

R. Lar Thomas has been a lawyer licensed in all courts in the State of New Mexico and several other jurisdictions for over 15 years.  He is also admitted to practice in the 9th and 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  His practice has primarily focused on construction and environmental law...

Mr. Tully’s great depth of practice in the construction industry as Architect, Engineer, Cost Estimator and Builder has acquainted him with the wide variety of the problems one finds in construction and he has developed a skill in problem solving. He has turned this creative problem solving ability to dispute resolution services..

M,A,D,E M,A,D,E M,A,D,E
Corrales Peralta Santa Fe
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO

PATRICK VANDERGRIFF
DON WALLIS
JOEL WHEELER

Patrick Vandergriff has over 35 years experience in all areas of the construction industry having worked as a design/build contractor, city building official, community development supervisor, as New Mexico Director of the Construction Industries Division and as a contract instructor, curriculum development and test development expert for the International Code Council (ICC)

Don Wallis has over 40 years of experience as an upscale residential and light-commercial contractor. A former attorney, he has 20 years of experience as an arbitrator, mediator and expert witness. He is the author of numerous articles on Construction Law and teaches Environmental Law at Santa Fe Community College.

Joel Wheeler, a nationally published commercial and residential contractor with almost 40 years in the industry and hundreds of projects, was trained as a master woodworker. The last fifteen years he established a kitchen design business with three New Mexico showrooms. In 2004, he built a home that was featured on the Green Home Tour.

M,A,D,E M,A,D,E,G M,A,D,E
Alamogordo Santa Fe Albuquerque
FULL BIO FULL BIO FULL BIO