Paul M. Lurie, Esquire

Mediator and Arbitrator
Schiff Hardin LLP
233 S Wacker
Willis Tower
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 312-258-5660
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Mr. Lurie has over 45 years' experience as a negotiator, contract drafte,r teacher, advocate, trial attorney and neutral. His clients have included owner/developers, public agencies, architects, engineers, and contractors nationally and internationally. He is experienced in issues of planning, design, and construction, including those involving architecture, mechanical, and electrical; structural; heating; air conditioning; soils, fire protection; foundations and high rise construction; scheduling, delay, environmental and accounting issues; issues of intellectual property; insurance; and regulatory compliance.
Contract negotiation experience has included a wide variety of methods including design-build, fast track, engineer-procure-construct (EPC), agency construction management, and multi-prime and general contracting.

Mr Lurie encourages settlements to occur as early as possible, before or during litigatgion or arbitration. His goal is to reduce external and internal expense of the parties. He uses the Guided Choice method which involves an expedidted and efficient pre-mediation confidential investigation of the reasons for current settlement impasse. Based on an impasse diagnosis, he will recommend a mediation process design. These phases occur before any negotiations. He is Chair of the Guided Choice Interest Group

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Environmental
  • General Mediation
  • Insurance
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate

MEMBER: 2006



Mr. Lurie has extensive experiece as a long time member of CPR's and AAA's Mediation Panels. His experience as a AAA Large Complex Case arbitrator is useful in helping parties evaluate their positions. Mr. Lurie has received the highest ratings from Chambers USA, Leading Lawyers of Illinois, Superlawyers, Best Lawyers of America and Martindale Hubbell. He is a certified mediator with International Mediatoin Institute.He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the American College of Construction Lawyers.. .


1962 - University of Michigan, B.A.
1965 - University of Michigan, J.D.

He teaches and writes about mediation issues for the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, American Arbitration Association, CPR Institute, IBA Mediation Committee, American College of Construction Lawyers


Available upon request Does not charge for travel time.
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