Michael J.  Bayard

Los Angeles, CA

Full-time Construction ADR Neutral - Exclusively engaged in construction ADR practice. Former National Chair of Construction Law Departments at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. Represented owners, developers, public agencies, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and lenders. Handled breach of construction contracts, mechanic's lien foreclosures, and stop notices. Specialized in claims and contracts valued in excess of $1 million. Nationally recognized expert on the drafting and negotiation of major construction documents.


ADR education and training experience includes: Faculty, AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2012, 2009; AAA Webinar, 2011 Year End ADR Law & Policy Update, 2011; Faculty, AAA Spring Construction Conference, Mediation: It's Not New, So What's Next?, 2011; Faculty, AAA Advanced Mediator Training, 2010; AAA Fall Construction Conference: Planning Resolution Strategies, 2010; Faculty, AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004), 2010; AAA Webinar, Five Steps to Fast-Track the Large, Complex Construction Case, 2010; Faculty, AAA Construction Conference: Maximizing ADR Advocacy for Today's Economy, 2009; AAA Webinar, How to Prevent Arbitrations from Transforming into Litigations, 2009; AAA Webinar, Why Construction Mediations Fail: Avoiding Common Mistakes, 2009; AAA Construction Conference: ADR Works, 2008; Faculty, AAA Arbitration Roadmap: The Standard for Efficient and Cost Effective Arbitration, 2008; CDRC 15th Annual Dispute Resolution Policy Conference, 2008; AAA Webinar, Ensuring That Your Clients' Interests are Addressed in Mediation, 2008; AAA Webinar, Ensuring That Your Clients' Interests are Addressed in Mediation, 2008; AAA Straight Talk About Construction Arbitration, 2005; AAA Neutrals Conference, 2005.


University of California at Berkeley (AB, Phi Beta Kappa-1976); Hastings College of the Law (JD-1979).