Ken is both an attorney and a businessman. He is also a builder and a Realtor®, with extensive experience in construction, real estate and general business law. Ken’s law practice is business law and commercial litigation oriented. His practice area includes business entity formation; transactional matters; purchase, sales, financing and leasing of real property, including loan modifications and workouts; trademark and business litigation. He has represented a wide variety of businesses on matters including employment issues. He has also trained business managers on a variety of topics including non-discrimination and gender sensitivity issues.
Ken is well-qualified as a mediator and as an arbitrator in all manner of business, employment and contractual disputes, with a special emphasis on real estate and construction. He represents consumers, lenders, architects, builders and subcontractors. Ken has first-hand experience when projects go wrong and disputes arise. He believes that mediation is the best way to resolve these disputes, and enjoys facilitating positive outcomes.
Ken’s construction experience includes serving as President of his own general contracting and development firm, during which he performed residential and commercial projects including single and multi-family homes, office and retail buildings, as well as special purpose buildings.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE
Ken is a qualified mediator, facilitator and arbitrator. In his 25 years as a Realtor®, Ken made his living negotiating Win-Win solutions. As a practicing attorney and litigator, he also found that he could not settle a case on behalf of his clients unless the result worked for both parties.
Ken is the Maryland and Washington, DC representative for Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC., an international provider of ADR services. He has served on the Maryland State Bar Association Construction Law Section Council and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council.
Ken brings this strong negotiating and deal making background into his dispute resolution practice. He received training through the Maryland District Court system and serves as a mediator for the Montgomery County (MD) Courts and as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau. He previously served on Realtor® arbitration panels on the GCAAR Professional Standards Committee.
Attorney, Realtor®, Builder, Developer, Arbitrator and Mediator. General business law practice with a strong emphasis in Real Estate transactions (acquisitions, leasing and financing); civil litigation, including business related and construction disputes; bankruptcy adversary proceedings, employment and independent contractor agreements, trademarks, medical practice management and restaurant business management.
Substantial first-party real estate development and construction management experience including mixed use office/retail/residential projects; Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded; Adolescent Psych-Ed Facility (tenant: DC Government Public Schools); Half-way houses for alcoholics in recovery; headquarters for Maryland Higher Education Commission (tenant: State of MD); historic renovations; restaurant buildouts; apartment and office buildings and condominium conversions. Proficient in commercial leasing, commercial and residential property management and brokerage sales management operations.
Vogel Builders, Inc. (Previous)
General contractor and construction manager, specializing in small to mid-size residential and commercial renovations and new home construction.
Leadership positions in the MD State Bar Construction Law Section Council (2012 - 2015) and the MD State Bar ADR Section Council (2009-2012). Membership in bar sections has included Alternative Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Construction, Commercial Litigation, Employment and Intellectual Property law. Past Bar Leadership Service includes the Continuing Legal Education Committee.
As a general contractor and construction manager, previous memberships included the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Suburban Maryland Home Builder’s Association and the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA). As an entrepreneur, Ken was a member of the California and Merced Chambers of Commerce and the California Restaurant Association.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Ken is a cum laude graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He earned his law degree at The American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C. Ken completed a two year graduate level program in Psychology (counseling skills and theory) at the University of Santa Monica in California.
ADR Training: Ken received extensive Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) training as a mediator and arbitrator, including training provided by the Maryland Courts, MICPEL, Construction Dispute Resolution Services and Mediation Matters. His course work includes Mediation; Collaborative Law; ADR in Maryland Circuit Courts; Theory, Practice and Rules of Arbitration; Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution; and Dispute Review Boards.
Ken completed construction courses in Construction Business Management, Construction Estimating and Solar Energy.
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