Mark E. Draper
Mark focuses his practice and expertise in the areas of construction law, municipal law, civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He is an associate member of the Massachusetts chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors of America, the largest construction trade association in the Commonwealth. He formerly served as a police commissioner for the City of Springfield and chairman of the Springfield Parking Authority. He was both Assistant City Solicitor and Associate City Solicitor in the City of Springfield’s Law Department.
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Mark was born in Bayshore, New York, and is a long-time resident of Springfield. He received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Western New England University in 1971 and his J.D. from Western New England University Law School in 1977. He was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1977, the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts in 1979, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit in 1989.
Mark has over thirty years’ experience in all aspects of the preparation, litigation and presentation of construction and commercial claims. Mark has represented contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, bonding companies, insurance companies, banks and government agencies in construction and commercial disputes. He has tried over 25 cases before a jury to a verdict, more than 40 jury waived trials and 75 claims before the American Arbitration Association and other ADR agencies. Mark’s experience in the litigation and trial of commercial and construction disputes gives him a unique perspective for clients in the planning, development and contracting of both residential and commercial construction projects.
Mark is a trained mediator and is an arbitrator on the National Panel of the American Arbitration Association for Construction/Commercial disputes. He has extensive experience as a single arbitrator and as a panel member. Cases he has arbitrated and/or mediated include disputes on projects of virtually all sizes and types and involved the evaluation of the quality of construction, contract terms and conditions, change orders, delays, design defects and incomplete and/or defective work claims. The amounts in dispute range from thousands to multi-million dollar claims.
Mark has lectured on the following topics: Law for Design Professionals in Massachusetts; Construction Contracting for Public Entities in Massachusetts; Legal Issues Associated with the Massachusetts Building Code; Massachusetts Mechanic’s Lien Law; Bond Claims on Public and Private Projects; and Documenting and Presenting Construction Claims.