Philip Lane Bruner

Philip Bruner

Title: 1) Arbitrator and Mediator 2) Director
Company: 1) JAMS International, JAMS 2) JAMS Global Engineering and Construction Group
Location: Stillwater, Minnesota, United States

Philip Lane Bruner, Arbitraitor and Mediator at JAMS and JAMS International, Director of JAMS Global Engineering and Construction Group, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal industry.

Mr. Bruner is a renowned attorney who is extremely well-versed in arbitration and mediation. Currently the director of JAMS Global Engineering and Construction panel of neutrals for the past 10 years, he formerly practiced as a litigator for 40 years with Faegre & Benson, Hart and Bruner P.A., and Briggs and Morgan P.A., in the heart of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Earning a Bachelor of Arts in history from Princeton University, Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University, he began his legal career as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force. Entering the private practice of law in 1967, he concentrated on construction, engineering, energy, and infrastructure litigation, and was lead counsel in more than 100 arbitrations and litigated cases in over 30 different states. Joining JAMS in 2008, he brought with him more than 40 years of expertise in his field of concentration.

As the largest private alternative dispute resolution provider in the world, JAMS, which was founded in 1979 and includes a prestigious panel of neutrals, specializes in mediating and arbitrating complex, multi-party, business/commercial cases, where the choice of neutral is crucial. Recognized as one of the world’s top full-time arbitrators, mediators, and resolvers of construction, engineering, and infrastructure claims and disputes, both in the U.S. and internationally, Mr. Bruner serves as a distinguished member of the national and international panels of neutrals for JAMS.

Admitted to practice before the Supreme Courts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Districts of Eastern, and Western Wisconsin, and, the District of North Dakota, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Mr. Bruner has been affiliated as a member of numerous professional organizations, such as the American Bar Association and the International Academy of Construction Lawyers. He is an elected Fellow of The American College of Construction Lawyers, where he was a founding member and former president.  He also is an Honorary Fellow of The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has been active on multiple other committees and organizations.

The author and co-author of more than 50 professional articles in peer reviewed journals, he authored with his former law partner, Patrick J. O’Connor, Jr., the 12 volume legal treatise entitled “Bruner and O’Conner on Construction Law,” now regarded as the most authoritative ever written on American law governing construction. Since its publication in 2002, the treatise has been cited by more than 400 judicial opinions published on Westlaw and issued by U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, U.S. District Courts, state supreme, appellate and trial courts, U.S. and state courts of claims, and U.S. Commonwealth and Territorial Courts, as well as by countless arbitration awards, national and international law review articles, and administrative decisions.

Mr. Bruner has also chaired many professional conferences, and has presented over 350 lectures for professional and construction industry audiences across North and South America, Europe and Asia.  His International presentations and law lectures have included venues such as Alnwick, Barcelona, Beijing, Calgary, Chicago, Halifax, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, New Delhi, New York, Nice, Patiala, Princeton, Quebec City, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Stuttgart, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw, and Washington DC.  He also has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law. Locally, Mr. Bruner is a former three-term elected school board member of the Mahtomedi Independent School District 832, and is a former board of directors member and past president of both the Minnesota Church Foundation and the Mahtomedi Area Educational Foundation.

Included in several professional publications for his dedication, including dozens of editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law, Mr. Bruner received multiple awards during his career as well. He received a Norman Royce Prize from the British Society of Construction Arbitrators in 2011, and a Cornerstone Award from the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law in 2005, which is the highest award that the organization presents annually for exceptional service to the construction industry, the public and the legal profession. He also was decorated with the Air Force Commendation Medal for his time served in the military. Married since 1964 to Ellen Carole Germann, Mr. Bruner is the proud parent of three children and grandfather of four grandchildren. His grandfather, Henry Lane Bruner, was featured in Who’s Who in America (1943-1945) and, after his death in 1945, he was listed in Who Was Who (1945-1950).


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