FIDIC Adjudicators Search - Mr. Robert Smith

First Name
Last Name
Global Regions
Country Residence
United States
Educational Qualifications
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1967; University of Wisconsin.
Bachelor of Naval Science, 1967; University of Wisconsin.
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1974; University of Wisconsin.
Professional qualifications
Registered Professional Engineer, E12528, State
of Wisconsin, USA.
Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow, American College of Construction
Current employment status
Adjunct Professor
Particular technical expertise
Present position
Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin
Positions held
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1974-
1983 (subjects taught: construction and
engineering contracts, specification writing,
dispute resolution), Adjunct Professor, 1984-
Hands on construction management experience
with airport, power, harbor, highway, water and
wastewater projects.
Over 20 years of fulltime practice devoted
exclusively to engineering and construction law
matters with Wickwire Gavin, P.C., a leading
U.S. based construction law firm with an
international practice.
Approximately 30-40 percent of practice is
devoted to serving as a neutral in the resolution
of construction disputes, principally as a Dispute
Board Chair or Member or as an Arbitrator.
Approximately 20 percent of practice is service
as Legal Advisor to the Engineers Joint Contract
Documents Committee (EJCDC).
Balance of practice is an advisor/counselor on
dispute resolution matters to participants in large
complex infrastructure projects.
Past Chairman, Committee on Contract
Past Chairman, International Activities
American College of Construction Lawyers,
Member, Board of Governors.
Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, Past
Member, Board of Directors
International Tunneling Association: U.S.
Delegate to Working Group 3 - Contractual
Practices; Chair, Task Committee on
Review/Update of ITA Contracting Practice
American Arbitration Association: Dispute
Review Board Panel, Large and Complex
Construction Case Panel; Delegate, National
Construction Dispute Resolution Committee.
American Bar Association: Forum on the
Construction Industry; Former Chair, Contract
Documents Division.
ICC Commission on Arbitration Task Force on
Dispute Boards, U.S. Representative
Dispute resolution experience
Served/serving on 35 Dispute Boards (31 as
Chairman), beginning in 1986; aggregate
construction contract value of over US$5.2
Chaired over 300 Dispute Board meetings and
Heard and decided 70 disputes presented to
Dispute Boards (disputed sums ranging to
US$67 million).
DRB Foundation Al Mathews Award for Dispute
Review Board Excellence.
Arbitrator of over 100 construction disputes.
Other panel listings
"Allocation of Risk - The Case for
Manageability," (1996), International
Construction Law Review.
Avoiding and Resolving Disputes During
Construction: Successful Practices and
Guidelines, Technical Committee on Contracting
Practices of the Underground Technology
Research Council, 1991 (contributing author).
Construction Dispute Review Board Manual,
McGraw-Hill, 1996 (co-author).
"Dispute Review Boards for Tunneling Projects
Using the ASCE Model", Tunneling and
Underground Space Technology, Vol. 9, 1994
"Dispute Review Boards: Current Status and
Recommendations", Proceedings 1995 Rapid
Excavation and Tunneling Conference, 1995 (coauthor)
"Dispute Review Boards: When and How to
Benefit from a Successful Contracting
Practice,"Proceedings of the World Tunnel
Congress, Stuttgart, Germany, 1995
Preventing and Resolving Construction Disputes,
Center for Public Resources, 1991 (contributing
Quality in the Constructed Project, American
Society of Civil Engineers, 2nd Edition, 1999
(chapter author)
"Risk Management for Underground Projects:
Cost-Saving Techniques and Practices for
Owners",Gallerie e Grandi Opere
Sotterranee N. 43 (1994).
"Risk Identification and Allocation: Saving
Money By Improving Contracts and Contracting
Practices", (1995) International Construction
Law Review.