Gregory T. Spalj

Gregory T. Spalj

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Practice Areas

  • Construction Disputes
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Power and Telecommunications
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Property and Casualty Law
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • General Business Litigation
  • Surety Claims
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bid Protests
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Non-Competes

Representative Cases or Transactions

Negotiated over $1 billion in construction contracts

Recovered $25 million for a surety in a dispute over proceeds of government contracting claim

Many multi-million dollar awards and settlements on behalf of business clients

Complete defense of $92 million claim against a surety

Litigated, arbitrated, and mediated claims in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana, Illinois, Washington, New Mexico, Michigan, Georgia, Virginia, Florida, California, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, North Dakota and Iowa

Publications

Co-Author/Lecturer, “The Care, Custody or Control Exclusion and Related Exclusions,” Minnesota Institute of Legal Education

Co-Author/Lecturer, “Pricing Construction Claims,” Minnesota Institute of Legal Education

Author/Lecturer, “Mechanic’s Lien Law in Minnesota,” Minnesota Continuing Legal Education

Author/Lecturer, “Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards: Confirming, Clarifying and Vacating Arbitration Awards,” Minnesota Institute of Legal Education

Frequent speaker at the meetings of construction industry groups such as the Power and Communications Contractors’ Association, Underground Construction Technology Conference, Damage Prevention Conference and Underground Solutions Expo

Professional Organizations and Achievements

Member, Minnesota Bar Association

Member, Hennepin County Bar Association

Construction Law Section (past member of governing council)

Member, American Bar Association; Forum on the Construction Industry and Tort and Insurance Practice Section

Member, Hennepin County Lawyers Ethics Committee (1983-1987)

Adjunct Professor, Hamline University School of Law (1988)

Band 1 (highest) rating in Construction by Chambers USA

AV (highest) rated ranking by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Minnesota “Super Lawyer”

Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk, Chief Judge Miles W. Lord, U.S. District Court, Minnesota (1981-1982)

Other Information

In addition to a substantial business litigation practice in Minnesota, Mr. Spalj has a national practice in the area of power and telecommunications. He is frequently called on to speak to industry groups on the subjects of construction damages, contract negotiations, construction disasters and safety issues. He has represented contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes and contract negotiations with many national and international businesses such as Bechtel Telecommunications Services, Columbia Transmission Communications, Fluor -Daniel, Level 3 Communications, Touch America, Enron Broadband Services, Qwest Communications, Puget Sound Electric, Everest Communications, Enbridge, Broadwing/IXC, 360 Networks, MCI, WorldCom and Williams Communications.

Education

  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, magna cum laude, 1981
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, 1975

Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States District Court, Minnesota
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