Chris Huck ADR

Alternative Dispute Resolution Services for the 
Construction Industry

Biography


Chris Huck has over twenty years of litigation experience with a heavy emphasis on construction and surety law.  Chris has represented contractors, municipalities, private owners, surety companies, equipment lessors, and material suppliers. He has extensive experience with bid disputes, contract drafting, claim analysis, mediation, arbitration, and litigation in connection with public and private construction projects, including hotels, schools, churches, municipal buildings, roads, bridges, office buildings, residential and mixed-use developments. Chris has handled cases involving a variety of issues, including contract interpretation, design deficiencies, construction defects, scheduling and coordination problems, delay claims, change order disputes, contractor termination, mechanic's liens, differing site conditions, payment/performance bond claims, and insurance coverage issues. Examples of specific construction topics handled include: brick and block masonry; concrete; stucco; structural steel; roofing systems; HVAC and plumbing systems; asbestos; subsurface soil and rock; sewer systems; flooring; electrical systems; sitework; lighting; milling; paving; windows; waterproofing; water infiltration; and mold.


Chris has written and lectured on construction law for various educational and professional associations. He has been admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Connecticut and Massachusetts.  


Chris was named to the 2011/2012 Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers®  lists for Construction & Surety Law. He was also named to the 2015 Connecticut Super Lawyers lists for Construction Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.   


He currently focuses exclusively on alternative dispute resolution.  He is available for mediations and arbitrations in Connecticut, Florida, and Massachusetts.


ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE


For the past eight years, Chris has served as a member of the Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. He has also served on the Panel of Neutrals for the American Dispute Resolution Center. 


He has served as a neutral in numerous cases, including: a case involving a dispute between two contractors involving a joint venture to develop and construct multiple projects; cases between private owners and commercial contractors; a case between a private owner and an architect; cases between public owners and contractors; a fire restoration case between a contractor and an owner; and cases between contractors and homeowners. Most of these cases involved a variety of issues, including contract interpretation, design deficiencies, disputed change orders, construction defects, scheduling and coordination problems, contractor termination, delay claims, differing site conditions, and violations of construction statutes. 


WORK HISTORY


  • Chris Huck ADR (Arbitrator, Mediator & Case Evaluator, 2013-present)
  • Michelson, Kane, Royster & Barger, PC, Hartford, CT (Of Counsel, 2014-2015; Partner/Shareholder, 2001-2013;         Associate, 1997-2000)
  • Mayo, Gilligan & Zito, Wethersfield, CT (Associate, 1995-1997)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas P. Smith, United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, 

      District of Connecticut (1995)


ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION TRAINING


  • Exercising Arbitrator Discretion: A Look at Some Best Practices, American Arbitration Association, 2017
  • Avoiding Ten Common Mistakes Arbitrators Make, American Arbitration Association, 2016
  • Conducting Research & Investigations ~ The Arbitrator's Authority, American Arbitration Association, 2015
  • Principled Deliberations ~ Decision-Making Skills for Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, 2014
  • Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures,Process & Dynamics,American Arbitration Association, 2013 
  • Fundamentals of Effective Mediation Advocacy, American Arbitration Association, 2012
  • Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration, American Arbitration Association, 2011
  • Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, American Arbitration Association, 2010
  • Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, 2009


EDUCATION


  • Bates College (Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 1990)
  • University of Connecticut School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1994)


PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS


  • Co-author and lecturer: “Fundamentals of Construction Contracts and Claims,” (Lorman, 2012)
  • Co-author and lecturer: “New Developments in Construction Claims in Connecticut,” (Lorman, 2007)
  • Lecturer: "Bond Claim Procedures," (National Association of Credit Managers - Construction Credit Group, 2006)
  • Co-author and lecturer: “Damages for Delay and other Construction Claims in Connecticut,” (Lorman, 2005)
  • Co-author and lecturer: “Damages for Delay and other Construction Claims in Connecticut,” (Lorman, 2004)
  • Co-author and lecturer: “Construction Claims in Connecticut,” (Lorman, 2002)
  • Co-author and lecturer: “Public Construction Contracting in Connecticut,” (Lorman, 2001)
  • Lecturer: "Potential Pitfalls with Purchase Agreement Provisions," (NACM - Construction Credit Group, 2000)
  • Co-author and lecturer: “Public Construction Contracting in Connecticut,” (Lorman, 2000)


REPRESENTATIVE CASES HANDLED AS ATTORNEY


Represented a national electrical contractor in federal court with a claim against a general contractor in excess of $5 million in connection with a new power plant project.  The issues involved variations in estimated quantities, project delays, disruptions and labor inefficiencies.  Successfully negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement for the client prior to trial.


Represented a general contractor in federal court with a claim against a municipal owner for approximately $1.5 million.  In addition to pursuing the owner for additional work claims stemming from changed conditions, the representation also involved defending a termination of the contract and a performance bond claim by the owner, as well as numerous claims by subcontractors.  After litigation in various forums, successfully negotiated settlements with the owner, surety, and the subcontractors.


Represented a masonry contractor in federal court with a claim against a general contractor and private school owner for approximately $2 million.  The issues involved design deficiencies and design changes.  Successfully negotiated a settlement with the general contractor and owner, which included an agreement to jointly pursue claims against the project architect in the aggregate amount of $30 million.


Represented a municipality in an arbitration proceeding in connection with a claim against an architect and mechanical engineer for approximately $1.1 million arising out of insufficiently designed mechanical and electrical systems for a new school.  Successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for the client on the eve of the first arbitration hearing.


Represented a general contractor in state court with a claim against a concrete supplier for approximately $250,000 arising from concrete that failed to meet compressive strength.  The issues involved expert analysis of the concrete, as well as delays and additional costs that flowed from the concrete problem.  Successfully negotiated a favorable settlement in mediation.


Defended a site contractor in state court, and asserted affirmative claims against a subcontractor, in connection with two projects where the subcontractor failed to properly complete its work.  Obtained a judgment in favor of client in the amount of $100,000.


Defended a large, worldwide material supplier in state court in connection with a claim brought by the public owner against numerous parties.  The issues involved the defective construction and inspection of a roadway, and the claim was for tens of millions of dollars.  Successfully negotiated a zero dollar settlement for the client.


Represented an electrical contractor in state court in connection with a claim against a municipality arising from a school construction project.  The issues involved additional work, differing site conditions, and project delays.  Successfully negotiated a settlement in the amount of $370,000.


Represented a steel subcontractor in federal court in connection with a multi-million dollar claim against a general contractor arising from a mixed use private development.  The issues involved additional work, design deficiencies, a contractor controlled insurance program, and project delays.  Obtained a favorable settlement midway through trial.


Represented a general contractor in an arbitration proceeding against an owner/developer in connection with a mixed use private building.  The issues involved project delays, payment lapses, and additional work.  Obtained a favorable award, which included interest, attorney’s fees, and costs.


Represented a municipal owner in state court in connection with large, complex claims involving both the general contractor and the architect.  The issues involved design defects, construction defects, project delays, unforeseen site conditions, and additional work claims.  Obtained a favorable settlement prior to trial.


Represented both a general contractor and its roofing subcontractor in state court in connection with a defective roof claim by a state university.  The issues involved both design and construction defects.  Negotiated a favorable settlement with all parties prior to trial.