Michael J. Bayard, Esq.
Mr. Bayard is a full-time Construction ADR Neutral—Arbitrator, Mediator, Project Neutral, Private Judge, Discovery Referee, Special Master, Expert Witness, and ADR Consultant.
Professional & Work History
Construction Attorney (1979-Present). Full-time Construction ADR Neutral (2000-Work History Present); Adjunct Professor, Construction Management & Technology, Graduate Program in Real Estate Development, USC (1988-2008); Partner and National Chair, Construction Law Practice Group, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal [Now SNR Denton] (1994-1999); Partner and National Chair, Construction Law Practice Group, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro [Now Pillsbury] (1987-1994); Associate and Partner, Wickwire, Gavin & Gibbs [Now Gibbs, Giden] (1984-1987); Associate, Shapiro & Maguire (1979-1984).
Construction Legal Experience
ADR practice limited to construction disputes. 50% of time spent serving as Construction Arbitrator, Private Judge, or DRB member & 50% of time spent serving as Construction Mediator or Project Neutral—from small residential projects to multi-million dollar construction claims and construction defect disputes. Prior to becoming full-time Neutral worked as full-time Construction Attorney: 50% of time spent on drafting and negotiating construction-related agreements and other 50% of time spent on construction litigation, arbitration, and mediation. As National Chair of Construction Law Groups at Pillsbury and Sonnenschein firms specialized in complex construction-related agreements and construction disputes valued at in excess of $1 million. Nationally recognized authority on the drafting and negotiation of major construction-related documents.
Construction Mediation Experience
Mediated over 300 construction cases. Private projects have included office buildings, shopping centers, condominiums, apartments, single family homes, churches, theme parks, resorts/hotels, and stadiums. Public projects have included port improvements, airports, schools, community centers, infrastructure projects, military bases, and convention centers. Have mediated virtually every conceivable type of construction claim, including design and construction defect claims, extra work and delay claims, and complex insurance coverage disputes. Claim values in construction mediation cases have ranged between $25,000 and $50 million.
Construction Arbitration Experience
Arbitrated over 150 private and public construction cases. Today most of cases involve multiple parties and large (LCCP) claims. Served as Arbitrator on a number of high-profile disputes since becoming full-time Neutral. Arbitrated virtually every type of construction and construction defect claim, including claims on single-family homes, planned residential communities, apartments and condominiums, shopping centers, hospital and industrial projects, commercial office projects, and local, state, and federal public works projects. Served as sole arbitrator on largest single-family home construction claim in Los Angeles County. Claim values in construction arbitrations
have ranged from $25,000 to $250 million. Served as Chair of three-member panel hearing one of the largest AAA construction arbitrations in the Western United States.