John E. Osborn


Articles:

  • Wednesday, August 1, 2007
    Editor: What key topics should be covered when contracting with an ADR neutral? Dreier: When contracting with an ADR neutral, there are six principal areas to be covered: Background: The parties should understand the neutral's qualifications, experience, training, attitude towards the mediation or arbitration, special expertise in the subject area, and...
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2007
    John E. Osborn P.C.'s law practice concentrates in complex construction and environmental litigation. The firm's practice focuses on the representation of real estate owners in the capital planning process and includes preparation of the design and construction contracts, troubleshooting during the project, project close out and ensuing litigation,...
  • Sunday, April 1, 2007
    Members of the design profession and the construction industry have invested a great deal of time, effort and money trying to develop effective alternatives to construction contract litigation in court. Arbitration, mediation, mini-trial, and summary jury are all techniques which are used to varying degrees of success. What these methods have in common is...
  • Sunday, April 1, 2007
    Editor: What criteria should be considered when selecting an ADR neutral? Meanor: That depends on the subject matter. If there are to be three arbitrators, then it would be a good idea, if the subject is complex, to have at least one who is familiar with the turf and can communicate with the others. If there is to be only one arbitrator, then he or she...
  • Thursday, March 1, 2007
    Colleges and universities are consistently building and renovating to upgrade classrooms, laboratories, conference centers, athletic complexes, and to add adequate levels of student and faculty housing to attract high caliber faculty and students. Even with all of the real estate, capital planning, design and construction taking place on college and...
  • Thursday, February 1, 2007
    From medieval times, the common law has placed uniquely high legal responsibility on the innkeeper. Fearful that innkeepers were working in conjunction with highwaymen who rob travelers, the law imposed strict liability on the innkeeper when a guest's property was stolen during his stay. As the law has evolved, this doctrine has survived and affects the...
  • Friday, December 1, 2006
    On September 27, our law firm together with the restoration firm, Maxons Restorations, Inc., sponsored an in-depth presentation, held at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, focusing on the potential consequences to large property owners in New York City and in the metropolitan area in the event a hurricane or other catastrophe hit the New...
  • Friday, September 1, 2006
    Remember Gary Hobson, the Chicago tavern owner in the TV show Early Edition, who wakes up each morning, opens his apartment door and picks up the newspaper which shows him tomorrow's news. He then proceeds to go out and take steps to alter the catastrophic events shown in the paper. Often the change in conduct was indirect and staving off catastrophe was...
  • Saturday, July 1, 2006
    The program was titled "Hurricane Katrina: Lesson Learned in Preparedness Planning, Risk Management, Insurance, Property Operations, and Legal Issues" and examined the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 as well as recent developments in the insurance industry, Federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) and the Emergency Action Plan...
  • Monday, May 1, 2006
    When it comes down to it, litigation of major commercial cases has become about avoiding trial, not about trying cases. However, in the protracted and expensive discovery and settlement process sometimes it is more beneficial and even cheaper to simply try the case. Most commercial litigators do not have a grounding in trying cases and many seasoned...