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Work History

Executive Director for Arbitration Studies, DePaul University College of Law, Center for Dispute Resolution, 2009-; Partner, Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP, 1995-2008; Partner, Schain, Firsel & Burney, 1994-95; Partner, Pretzel & Stouffer, Chtd., 1982-94; Partner, Mann, Cogan, Sklar & Lerman, 1970-82; Associate, Fein & Pesmen, 1964-70.


Over 35 years' experience specializing in commercial real estate and construction representing owners, design professionals, lenders, contractors, subcontractors, and title insurance companies; contract negotiations, construction claims, commercial lease disputes and commercial loan workout, commercial contract disputes, land use and zoning disputes,; expert witness regarding professional malpractice and contract claims. Adjunct Professor, Graduate Real Estate Program, John Marshall School of Law teaching Construction Law (1995-2009). Instructor, Oakton Community College, Architectural Technology Program teaching Construction Law. (1991-19995). Master Teacher, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Attorney, Northbrook Park District (1971-80); Northbrook Zoning Board of Appeals (Chair, 1973-99).

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience:

Chaired panels concerning claims in excess of $10 million on several Large Complex Case panel matters and sole arbitrator in several Large Complex Cases. Arbitrator and mediator in construction contract disputes, payment disputes, delay claims, and failure claims; design defects; change order disputes; insurance coverage disputes and surety claims; common area maintenance contributions under multiple shopping center leases; international shopping center disputes; underground tunneling project involving trenchless technology; concrete defects in high rise office building; concrete defects in parking deck and garage structures; alkali silica deterioration for commercial pavers in office complex, concrete failures, curtain wall water intrusion, structural steel failures; HUD financed retirement facilities; marine structures including breakwater construction for lake erosion protection; delay claims relating to processing plant; energy supply contract disputes involving coal mines and public utility; supply contracts for coal forced steam generating plant; energy savings performance contracts; circulating fluidized bed steam generators for power plant, floating casinos, hospital and health center retro-fitting and new construction, lease workletter disputes and workouts, demolition and disposal of nuclear waste; claims relating to auto dealership facility construction; multi-party mediations regarding insurance coverage for construction defects; and title insurance coverage disputes.

Member of the AAA Large Complex Case Panel for Commercial and Construction Disputes; AAA National Commercial/Construction Arbitrator Training Faculty; and instructor for ACE courses on Ethics, Chairing the Arbitration Panel. Arbitrator, Circuit Court of Cook County Mechanics Lien Section. Mediator, Circuit Court of Cook County Court Annexed Mediation. . AAA Construction Arbitrator II: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2005; Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure, 2004, 2005; Member, AAA National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee. Speaker AAA 2009 Annual Construction Conferences. Panel member, International Centre for Dispute Resolution. (CPR); Certified Mediator by International Mediation Institute.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training:

ALI ABA Course on Special Masters in Federal Courts, 12/05; ACE004 - Practical Tips for Dealing with Delay Tactics of Parties and Advocates, Chicago, 4/05; AAA International Arbitration Symposium, San Francisco, 9/03; Attended AAA Neutrals Conference and satisfied 2003 ACE requirements, Providence, 8/03; faculty, AAA Neutrals Conference, Scottsdale, 1/03; AAA Arbitrator Update 2001; AAA Construction Train the Trainer Course, Phoenix, 12/00; attended AAA Mediator Conference Workshop, Chicago, 9/00; AAA Continuing Education, "Concrete Deterioration," Chicago, 9/00; AAA Continuing Education, "Sticks and Stones and Managing the Process of Arbitration," Chicago, 7/00; AAA Continuing Education, "Scheduling Damages and Discovery Management in Arbitration," Chicago, 5/00; presenter, AAA National Mediator Conference, Denver, 3/00; Harvard Law School Advanced Mediation Workshop, 2000; faculty, AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, Atlanta, 11/98; AAA Construction Law Seminar, Chicago, 11/98; faculty, AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training, Chicago, 6/97; faculty, AAA Construction Mediator Workshop, Chicago, 5/97; Constructive Resolutions, Inc., Mediation Training, 1991; faculty, Chicago Region Arbitrator Training Programs; various other ADR training.

Honors, Awards, Publications, Professional and Civic Associations

Professional Licenses:

Illinois Bar, 1964; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1965; Trial Bar of U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1972; U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1965; U.S. Supreme Court, 1968;

Professional Associations:

College of Commercial Arbitrators, President (2010-11); American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow; American College of Construction Lawyers, Past President); Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (Past President); Member CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. International Mediation Institute (IMI) Certified.Mediator; Association of Attorney Mediators, Member;Chicago Bar Association (Real Property Committee, Past Chair; Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Past Chair); Construction and Mechanic's Lien Subcommittee Past Chair); American Bar Association (Forum on Construction, Board of Governors); Builders Association of Greater Chicago (Board of Directors 1993-1996); American Subcontractors Association (Board of Directors; Governmental Relations Committee, Chair (1990-2000); Construction Financial Management Association (Chicago Chapter, Legal Counsel (1990-1994).


Recipient of ABA Forum on Construction Industry Cornerstone Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of Construction Law (2004); Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business stated “rivals extol Stanley Sklar as “one of the preeminent construction law practitioners in the country.” Member of Lambda Alpha Honorary Land Economics Society and Leading Lawyer Network – Construction consisting of top 5% of lawyers in Illinois; Leading Lawyer Network of Lawyer Neutrals.


University of Illinois, B.S. Industrial Administration, 1960; Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1964


Contributing author, "CONSTRUCTION LIENS," and "ARBITRATION," chapters, CONSTRUCTION LAW, Matthew Bender, 2001; EFFECTIVE USE OF ADR IN REAL ESTATE DISPUTES, ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION FOR LAWYERS, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2001; THE ALLOCATION OF RISK IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM, Aspen Law Publishers, 2000; lead editor, ILLINOIS CONSTRUCTION LAW, Illinois Institute Continuing Legal Education, 1997; THE FIFTY STATE PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTING, 1996; contributing author, "Illinois," THE FIFTY STATE CONSTRUCTION LIEN AND BOND LAWS; contributing author, "Illinois," THE TROUBLED CONSTRUCTION LOAN, Wiley Law Publishers, 1991; "SELECTING THE CORRECT CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY SYSTEM,"Construction Law Handbook, Aspen Publications,; "SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN THE CONSTRUCTION LOAN WORKOUT”, American College of Real Estate Lawyers American Bar Association Papers; GUIDE TO BEST PRACTICES IN COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION, College of Commercial Arbitrators, Juris Publications; DISCOVERY ISSUES IN ARBITRATION; ALI-ABA Practice Checklist Manual on Alternative Dispute Resolution, HOW TO PRESENT YOUR CASE IN ARBITRATION, ALI-ABA ; MEDIATION ADVOCACY, DePaul University, Center for Dispute Resolution.


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