Dwane understands the need to take a practical approach to resolving problems. He has over 35 years of experience as a lawyer in contract, commercial, and corporate matters; construction matters; litigation; and dispute prevention. He has held positions in private practice; as in-house counsel to two large, international construction companies; as counsel to an international chemical company; and as a civil engineer. Dwane is also a mediator and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association; an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA); and he is certified to conduct mediations by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission in the North Carolina Superior Court mediated settlement conference program. He has resolved in excess of 200 matters through mediation and arbitration.
In addition, Dwane often advises companies in the same manner as would an in-house general counsel. Developing companies can even delay hiring their own in-house counsel. He has extensive experience in construction law, corporate transactions, legal issues arising from manufacturing operations, legal issues arising with real estate developers and alternative dispute resolution.
He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1977, and began his legal career as counsel to the Peter Kiewit construction companies in Omaha, Nebraska. Dwane was the Assistant General Counsel of J.A. Jones Construction Company in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well an officer of a Jones environmental remediation subsidiary. During that time, he provided legal services to both union and non-union companies in these organizations. He prepared contract risk reviews, negotiated and drafted major construction contracts, large subcontracts and purchase orders, as well as handling human resources issues, employee safety and health issues and hazardous material remediation. He also prepared and presented change order requests as well as claims against owners, subcontractors and sureties. He managed litigation, arbitration and ADR and worked closely with company divisions in building; heavy construction; mining; marine, roads and bridges; and electrical power generation. Dwane has closed contractual negotiations for over $3 billion in construction and $1 billion in equipment purchases.
Dwane has also served as counsel to Clariant Corporation which, with its Swiss parent company, is one of the world's largest specialty chemical companies. He was responsible for negotiation and preparation of documents for acquisitions, sales, leases, chemical manufacturing issues and distributorship, purchase, supply, non-disclosure, licensing and construction agreements.
Professional registrations and admissions include the admission to practice law in the states of North Carolina and Nebraska as well as Superior and District Courts in North Carolina, and the United States Federal District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He is a registered professional engineer in Nebraska; a member of the Chi Epsilon civil engineering honorary; and the Sigma Tau national engineering honorary.
Associations and civic Involvements have included the North Carolina Bar Association, Construction Law Section; Mecklenburg County Bar Association; Construction Professionals Network, Director and Local Leadership Team; Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas, Inc.; American Subcontractors Association of the Carolinas; Christ Lutheran Church, church president of prior church; Habitat for Humanity; and Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Scout Master.
Dwane and his wife, Martha, have two children. His recreational activities include hunting, fly fishing, hiking and motorcycling.