Phillip Bruner

ICLA Board Member

Philip L. Bruner is a full-time Dispute Resolver, Arbitrator and Mediator as a member of the JAMS U.S. and international dispute resolution panels of neutrals, and is Director of JAMS Global Engineering and Construction Group, which provides innovative and cost-effective ADR services to the United States and international engineering and construction industry. See his bios under “neutrals” at and  Before joining JAMS on January 1, 2008, he practiced law for over 40 years, the last 17 of which were as a senior partner and founding head of the Construction Law Group of the international law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP (now Faegre Baker Daniels) with offices in Minneapolis, Denver, Des Moines, London, Frankfurt and Shanghai.

Phil is a Fellow and Past President of The American College of Construction Lawyers, Honorary Fellow of The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers, Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), Overseas Member of Britain’s Society of Construction Arbitrators (London), Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, Fellow of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and Certified Mediator of the International Mediation Institute (The Hague). He is a recipient of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Law’s 2005 Cornerstone Award for “exceptional service to the construction industry, to the public and to the legal profession”,  and received the 2011 Royce Prize of Britain’s Society of Construction Arbitrators.  He is vetted by International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as one of the world’s most highly regarded construction lawyers, arbitrators, and mediators; and is included in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Phil is co-author with Patrick J. O’Connor, Jr. of Bruner & O’Connor On Construction Law (2002, supplemented annually), the 12 volume, 11,000 page legal treatise regarded as the most authoritative work ever written on American law governing construction.  The treatise has been cited as legal authority in more than 450 judicial opinions of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Territorial courts, state supreme, appellate and trial courts, and Federal and state courts of claims, as well as in countless administrative decisions, arbitration awards, and legal memoranda.  The treatise is included in the law library collections of the U.S. Library of Congress, all major law schools and many foreign law libraries.  He also has authored or co-authored over 50 published professional articles.  He is an Editorial Board Member of The International Construction Law Review published in London, Chair of the Construction Industry Advisory Board of Thomson Reuters/West Group’s Construction Contract Law Report.

 Phil has chaired many construction law conferences, and has presented more than 300 lectures to professional and industry audiences in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.  He has spoken to international conferences held in Alnwick, Barcelona, Beijing, Calgary, Chicago, Cologne, Halifax, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, New Delhi, New York, Nice, Patiala, Princeton, Quebec City, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Stuttgart, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington DC.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University, Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and Masters in Business Administration Degree from Syracuse University.