Don has been actively
involved as a third party neutral in ADR procedures on complex construction
projects, including mediation and arbitration. He is a neutral for Construction
Dispute Resolution Services, the National Arbitration Forum and a mediator and
arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He has trained arbitrators
for the American Arbitration Association and is on the Advisory Panel for both
the National Arbitration Forum and the American Arbitration Association. He
currently serves as an arbitrator on the “Blue Ribbon Panel” of the AAA for
Complex Construction Disputes.
Recognized in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for expertise in
Chosen by his peers as one of Columbus’ Top Lawyers in Business First’s the
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®.
Recognized as one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” (Construction) by
Recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer® by Law & Politics magazine.
Drafted Ohio’s first Prompt Payment Act, which became a model for other states.
Project counsel on Ohio’s largest arena, stadium and construction projects.
Summitted mountains in North and South America, including Chimborazo, Cirque of
the Towers, Devil’s Tower, Gannett Peak, Grand Teton and Rainier.
Professional Memberships and
Trade Association Involvement
• American Bar Association, Construction Forum, member
• American Subcontractors Association, general counsel
• Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association, general counsel
• Columbus Bar Association, member
• National Ground Water Association, general counsel
Publications and Presentations
“Debunking the Top Ten Myths about Payment,” Contractor’s Compass, Winter 2007.
“Retainage Reform,” American Bar Association Construction Forum, San Francisco,
California, presented April 18, 2002.
“Contract Clauses,” Ceilings & Interior Systems Association, Tampa, Florida,
presented April 21, 2001.
“Risk Transfer,” American Subcontractors Association, Chicago, Illinois,
presented March 13, 2001.
“Issues in Construction Law,” Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College, Columbus,
Ohio, presented February 22, 2001.
“Contract Clauses That Can Kill You,” Association of the Wall & Ceilings
Industries International, Las Vegas, Nevada, presented May 1, 2000.
“Covering the Design Waterfront,” American Bar Association Construction Forum,
San Francisco, California, presented January 27, 2000.
“Why Owners Should Care About Subcontracts,” Engineering News-Record, November,
Juris Doctorate (1982)
The Ohio State University College of Law
Bachelor of Arts, History (1979)
Cum laude: Phi Beta Kappa honor society
President’s Award, American Subcontractors Association (1999).
President’s Award, American Subcontractors Association – Central Ohio Chapter
(1991, 1995, 1999).
Excellence in Government Relations, American Subcontractors Association (1995).
Excellence in Government Relations, American Subcontractors Association (1999).