Mr. Perkins is the principle of ADR Solutions and brings over thirty years of consistent and effective legal experience in litigation, business law, and negotiation to his ADR practice. That experience has enabled him to resolve a high percentage of the hundreds of conflict situations in which he has participated as a neutral. His involvement encompasses plaintiff and defense work over a wide range of issues with a strong emphasis in construction, engineering and commercial contract disputes and a significant background in intellectual property and licensing matters.
Mr. Perkins' legal experience includes substantial involvement with various aspects of engineering and construction projects of all kinds and sizes, both domestic and international. His involvement in addition to negotiating construction, engineering, financing, labor, and technology transfer agreements for many large complex projects includes managing and resolving disputes associated with those projects. During this time he developed a reputation, when faced with difficult personalities and situations, of creating a positive win-win atmosphere, being able to help and assist all parties in understanding each other's concerns and goals, and of identifying unique solutions that bridge the gap of disagreement. His involvement includes both litigating and managing actions in state and federal courts as well as various arbitration and mediation venues. He was instrumental in establishing procedures for processing claims for Phase One of the Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) Light Rail Transit Project and participated in all of the initial arbitration proceedings for that project. As Vice President and General Counsel for Dravo Energy Resources, Inc. he negotiated construction and project financing transactions for alternative energy projects, each having values in excess of one hundred million dollars. As counsel to several international engineering and construction firms he organized and negotiated contract arrangements on large international projects and managed litigation and resolution of disputes involved in those projects. Mr. Perkins has been a frequent lecturer on legal issues in the construction industry, is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association where he is a member of the Construction Law Committee.
As a member of the zoning board of one of the Pittsburgh areas largest and fastest growing communities Mr. Perkins dealt with and helped resolve many significant land use issues.