Phil Bruner

330 So. Seventh St.; Ste. 2550
Minneapolis, Minnesota
USA 55402

Phil Bruner

Philip L. Bruner, Esq. is a full-time arbitrator, mediator and resolver of engineering and construction disputes, and is Director of JAMS Global Engineering and Construction Panel of Neutrals. He has chaired or served on many U.S. and international arbitral tribunals hearing complex construction and commercial disputes, and has mediated many complex multi-party disputes. Prior to joining JAMS on January 1, 2008, he engaged in the private practice of law with law firms in Minneapolis for 40 years, the last 17 of which as a senior partner and founding head of the Construction Law Group of the international law firm of Faegre & Benson (now Faegre Baker Daniel) with offices then in Minneapolis and other U.S. cities and in London, Frankfurt and Shanghai.

Mr. Bruner is a Founding Fellow and past President of The American College of Construction Lawyers, Honorary Fellow of The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers, and Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He also is a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, Overseas Member of Britain’s Society of Construction Arbitrators (London), Fellow of The American College of Civil Trial Mediators, and Fellow of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Mr. Bruner’s leadership contributions to the dispute resolution and construction fields have been widely recognized. TheInternational Who’s Who of Business Lawyers has vetted him as one of the world’s leading commercial arbitrators, commercial mediators and construction lawyers. In 2011, the American Bar Association’s Construction Lawyeracknowledged him as “a giant of our field”, and Britain’s Society of Construction Arbitrators honored him with its 2011 Norman Royce Prize. In 2005 he was honored by the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law with its Cornerstone Award presented annually to one lawyer for “exceptional service to the construction industry, to the public and to the legal profession.”

Mr. Bruner is co-author with Patrick J. O’Connor Jr. of Bruner & O’Connor on Construction Law (2002, updated annually), the 10 volume, 9000 page legal treatise regarded as the most authoritative ever written on American law governing construction. The treatise is cited in more than 250 published judicial opinions reported by American federal, state and territorial courts. He also has authored or co-authored more than 50 professional articles on construction law, dispute resolution and related subjects. In addition, Mr. Bruner has chaired many professional conferences, and has presented over 350 lectures to professional and industry groups throughout North American, Europe and Asia. He has spoken at international law conferences held in Barcelona, Calgary, Chicago, Halifax, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, New York, Princeton, Quebec City, San Francisco, Singapore, Toronto, Warsaw and Washington DC.

Mr. Bruner earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and Master of Business Administration degree from Syracuse University. He is a member of the bars of the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, the U.S. Supreme Court, and various federal appellate and district courts. Additional information about Mr. Bruner is available in his CVs at and His email address is

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