Current Title: Mediator, Arbitrator and Disputes Review Board Member
Education: Temple Junior College (AA-1965); Baylor University (BBA-1968; JD-1969)
Work History: Senior Shareholder, Pratt & Yungblut, P.C. (and Predecessor firm), 1996-present; Shareholder, Canterbury, Stuber, Pratt, Elder & Gooch, P.C., 1992-96; Partner, Gandy Michener, Swindle, Whitaker & Pratt, 1978-92; General Counsel, Broyles & Broyles, Inc. and Cento Industries, Inc., 1973-78; Captain, Trial Attorney, U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General Corps, 1969-73
General Experience: Experience in mediations, arbitrations and disputes boards for the construction industry for over 25 years. During that period of time, mediated numerous and various disputes dealing with changes, differing site conditions, defective design, delays, disruptions, impacts, terminations for default and convenience, payment disputes, and other operational problems. During that 25-year period, has mediated in excess of 300 cases.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Training: Faculty, AAA Neutrals Conference, 2006; faculty, AAA Seminar, Straight Talk About Construction Arbitration, 2005; Attended AAA Neutrals Conference and satisfied 2004 ACE requirements, 2004; Faculty, AAA Neautrals Conference and satisfied 2003 ACE requirements, 2003; AAA Arbitrator Update 2001; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2002; facult, AAA Neutrals' Retreat, 1998; AAA Advanced Construction Industry Mediator Training, 1998: Mediator for "Mock Mediation" Construction Industry Dispute Resolution Conference, 1998; faculty, AAA Panel Retreat, 1997; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training, 1997; AAA Advanced Mediator Training, 1991; various other ADR trainings.
Professional Licenses: Admitted to the Bar: Texas, 1969; U.S. District Court; Northern (1978) and Western (1984) Districts of Texas; District of Arizona, (1993); U.S. court of Appeals: Federal (1983) and fifth (1983) Circuits; U.S. Court of Military Appeals, (1969); U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1971; U.S. Supreme Court, (1972)
Professional Association: American Bar Association (Forum Committee on Construction Industry; Public Contract Law Section): State Bar of Texas (Construction Law Section, Past Chairman; Vice-Chair; Council Member; Treasurer); Dallas Bar Association; (DBA Construction Law Section, Past Council Member); Tarrant County Bar Association; American College of Construction Lawyers (Board of Governors, Past member; Private Disputes Resolution Committee, Past Chair).
Publications & Speaking Engagements: Speaker, "Legal Gobbly-Gook in Arbitration Proceedings", American Arbitration Association Neutral's Conference, Mar. 2004, Jan. 2003, Oct. 1998; speaker, "Mediating the Construction Case," Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section, Aug. 2002; speaker, "Mediation of Construction Cases - What Works and What Doesn't", State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, June 2002, State Bar of Texas Construction Law conference, Feb. 2002; speaker, "Legislative Update and ADR - What is It and How Does It Work?, Texas Independent Electrical Contractors Conference, July 2001; speaker, Shoot Out at the OK Corral: The Examination and Cross examination of a Scheduling Expert, "Primavera User Conference, Dec. 2000; speaker "Delay Damages", State Bar of Texas Construction Law Conference, 2000; speaker "I Don't Care What the Contract Says, I deserve Money for Delay: Just Ask My Expert!, State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section Annual Meeting, 1999; speaker, "Delay Damages - Can I Get Them? If So, What Can I Get and How Do I Prove Them? "State Bar of Texas Construction Law Conference, 1999; speaker, "Exceptions to No Damage for Delay Clauses," Travis County Bar Association Construction Law Section, Oct. 1998; speaker "Construction Contracting for Public Entitites", Lorman Business Center Seminar, Aug. 1997; speaker, "Complex Claims Management," State Bar of Texas Construction Law Conference, 1992; co-author, CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTING FOR UNCLE SAM, 1992; CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR'S LEGAL HANDBOOK; contributing author, CONSTRUCTION LAW HANDBOOK, Aspen Law and Business.
Recognition and Honors:
- Texas Best Lawyers, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Texas Monthly Super Lawyer, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Who's Who Legal, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- International Business
- Construction Law, 2007
- Texas, 2008
"Donald O. Pratt...a former chair of state bar construction law section... is a renowned litigator and arbitrator in this field, he possess a "great legal mind" according to those who have worked with him."
"... this "distinguished practitioner" is also a member of the AAA's construction and complex case panels, as well as former chair of the private disputes resolution committee of the ACCL."
- Chambers USA:
"The market is full of praise for Donald Pratt, a well-regarded litigator and "one of the best construction mediators there is."