IRA M. SCHULMAN is a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York office. Mr. Schulman has over 30 years of construction law experience with an emphasis on all forms of dispute resolution and contract negotiation. Primarily representing owners –both public and private, contractors, subcontractors, sureties and school districts—he has tried numerous complex construction disputes in jury and bench trials, in state and federal courts, and before arbitration panels. He also has participated in many mediations and has successfully represented clients with construction contract award issues before various city agencies. Additionally, Mr. Schulman has an active transactional practice and is regularly called upon by owners and contractors to draft construction contracts and agreements. Mr. Schulman frequently is appointed as an arbitrator by the Construction Industry Division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), of which he is a member. He also is often chosen as a mediator for construction disputes, and has successfully mediated numerous complex construction claims. Mr. Schulman is a lecturer on construction law for the AAA and Lorman Educational Services and is often asked to speak before various bar, civic, and trade associations on issues related to construction law.