James Duffy O'Connor
, partner in Maslon's Litigation Group and head of the Construction Law Group, was selected as a 2012 Distinguished Legal Writing Award Recipient by the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. Jim is recognized for his article, "What Every Court Should Know About Insurance Coverage for Defective Construction," published in the Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers in 2011. He is one of 35 authors, chosen from entries submitted by the nation's 1,000 largest and most prestigious law firms, to be honored at the Burton Awards event at the Library of Congress on June 11, 2012.
The Burton Awards program was established to honor the finest law firm and law school authors and has since expanded into other major achievements in law. The submissions were judged by an Academic Board led by Virginia Wise, a renowned teacher at Harvard Law School; Anne E. Kringel, a widely recognized expert in legal writing and senior lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Grace Tonner, a prominent dean from the University of California Law School at Irvine; Judge Ed Forstenzer, a distinguished judge from California's Superior Court (retired); and William Ryan, a direct descendant of Noah Webster and former Chair of the White House Plain Language Committee. For more information, go to: www.burtonawards.com
devotes his practice exclusively to construction and construction insurance-related matters. He represents engineers, general contractors, specialty contractors, owners and designers in contract formation and construction matters throughout the United States. Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the former Chair of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, and an active member of the AGC's Contract Documents Committee and its Risk Management Committee. He has published extensively in the construction law area.