B. Christopher Lee is a shareholder of Jacoby Donner, P.C. Mr. Lee concentrates his practice in construction law, design professional liability litigation and other complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Lee devotes a significant portion of his time as a neutral for the American Arbitration Association, serving as a mediator and arbitrator on the Commercial, Construction, International and Large Complex Case Panels. Mr. Lee is also an active member of the National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee, which is the advisory committee to the American Arbitration Association.
Since 2006, Mr. Lee has been annually selected by his peers as one of less than ten Philadelphia lawyers listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward and White) for construction law. Mr. Lee is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. He has also been appointed to serve as a Judge, Pro Tempore, for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Commerce Program, through which he assists the Court in resolving complex cases. In 2009 he was certified by the International Mediation Institute. He also serves on the Philadelphia Bar Association's Federal Courts and Construction Law Committee. He is a frequent author and lecturer on construction and alternate dispute resolution issues.
In 2010 Mr. Lee was certified as a Green Advantage® Practitioner. Green Advantage is the longest standing green certification for builders and building related practitioners. Mr. Lee counsel clients on issues related to sustainable construction. Mr. Lee is a cum laude graduate of Washington & Lee University and earned his J.D. from Temple University School of Law. Mr. Lee has been admitted to the bar in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In addition to his legal activities, Mr. Lee is a Past President of the Board of Trustees of CHAD, The Charter High School for Architecture and Design of Philadelphia, and is currently President of its foundation. He is also a member of The Devereux Pennsylvania Advisory Board. Mr. Lee is a director and past president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Washington & Lee University Alumni Association and has served on the University's National Alumni Board. AV®
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Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles Football Stadium — Represented Development Manager in construction of $435,000 stadium. Negotiated all contracts with Owner, Construction Manager and Design Professional. Successfully
represented Development Manager in defending and prosecuting significant delay and defect claims arising out of the construction.
New Jersey Utility EPC Contact Dispute —
electrical contractor terminated from major utility project by EPC Contractor. After 14 day arbitration, prevailed on
Cardinal Change theory and received an award for $2,300,000 plus interest.
Awarded total costs and half of profit, plus attorneys fees. EPC Contractor’s claim for damages was rejected.
New England Airport Project Dispute —
Represented two international contractors in $4,000,000
claim on an airport project against construction manager, design professional,
owner and supplier for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation. Case
successful settled in mediation less than 10 months after filing suit.
Oregon Co-Generation Plant Dispute —
subcontractor and its surety in claim for $23,000,000 brought by an Oregon
owner of a co-generation plant against the contractor, design professionals and
other subcontractors. Successfully extricated client from case through summary
Phildelphia Historic Rehab Dispute —
Defended contractor against RICO claim arising out
of a $5,000,000 historic renovation project, wherein the partner of an owner
entity claimed other partner and contractor secretly diverted funds from the
partnership. After winning a motion to
compel arbitration, the plaintiff sought to avoid arbitration by filing an
involuntary petition for bankruptcy.
Succeeded in motion to have the District Court withdraw the reference to
Bankruptcy Court and direct the parties to proceed with arbitration. Arbitration
resulted in contractor retaining all questioned payments.