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James Duffy O'Connor

James Duffy O'Connor

Maslon LLP

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Jim O'Connor is a partner at Maslon, where he co-chairs the firm's Construction Law Group. A lawyer for more than 37 years, O’Connor devotes his practice exclusively to construction and construction insurance-related matters. He represents engineers, general contractors, specialty contractors, owners, and designers in contract formation and construction matters throughout the United States. Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the former Chair of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, and an active member of the AGC's Contract Documents Committee and its Risk Management Committee. He has published extensively in the construction law area, including the following works: Sticks and Bricks: A Practical Guide to Construction Systems & Technology (ABA 2001), co-editor; AGC Contract Documents Handbook, Chapter 2, “Owner-Contractor Agreements” (Aspen 2003); “Wrestling with Reform: Indemnification Agreements, The Statutory Bars, Promises to Procure, and Insurance Products for the Construction Industry,” 1J.A.C.C.L. 57 (West 2007); The A201 Deskbook: Understanding the Revised General Conditions, (ABA 2008); and “It’s a Matter of Time: Delay and Change,” 8 J.A.C.C.L. 1 (West 2014). In 2011, O’Connor authored the article “What Every Court Should Know about Insurance Coverage for Defective Construction," 5 J.A.C.C.L. 1 (West 2011), for which he was selected as 2012 Distinguished Legal Writing Award recipient by The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement.

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