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Phone: (713) 226-6622

1000 Main St. Ste. 3600

Houston, TX 77002

Allison Snyder

Profession:

Attorney, Arbitrator, Mediator

Current Employer:

Porter Hedges LLP

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Construction
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Energy including oil and gas
✔ Industrial ✔ Insurance
✔ International ✔ Professional Liability
✔ Professional Negligence ✔ Torts

Experience:

Ms. Snyder has over 35 years of experience representing companies and individuals in construction disputes and complex business litigation matters. Her practice focuses on the litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction claims including delay and inefficiency claims, defect litigation, wrongful termination cases, insurance disputes, and contractor/surety default matters, and on the drafting, reviewing and negotiating of construction contracts for owners, contractors and design professionals. She routinely litigates and arbitrates claims between owners, sureties, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals. Ms. Snyder’s experience includes large commercial, industrial, infrastructure, energy, petroleum pipeline, petrochemical and maritime projects ranging from high rise towers, hospitals, schools, prisons, highways and toll roads to power plants, water and wastewater treatment facilities, petrochemical refineries, drilling rig design and construction, on and off shore pipeline and production facilities, compressor and turbine failures, cogeneration facilities, vessel failures, and numerous other energy and infrastructure projects. She has over 25 years of extensive experience chairing arbitration panels and acting as sole arbitrator in construction and commercial disputes. She serves on international and domestic arbitration panels for the AAA, the ICDR and the ICC, and conducts ad hoc arbitrations of construction and commercial disputes.

Training:

HBA ADR Section Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, 5/17; HBA ADR Section, “The Evolution of Arbitration in America”, 3/17; Texas Bar, Global Pound Conference, “Shaping the Future of Dispute Resolution & Improving Access to Justice”, 1/17; Texas Bar, “Alternative Dispute Resolution Course”, 1/17; HBA Construction Law Section, “Taming the Multi-Party Construction Dispute in Mediation:, 11/16; College of Commercial Arbitrators, 16th Annual Meeting, Florida, 10/16; HBA ADR Section Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, 5/16; HBA ADR Section, “What Do You Do After Impasse?”, 4/16; HBA ADR Section, “Mediation of EEOC Cases”, 3/16; HBA ADR Section, “Planning for Mediation from the Advocate’s Perspective”, 1/16; HBA Construction Law Section, “New AAA Rules and Optional Appellate Procedure”, 11/15; HBA ADR Section, “Roundtable Discussion Focusing on Special Problems & Challenges in Mediation, 11/15; HBA ADR Section, “The Proactive Arbitrator – Techniques, Style and Ethics”, 10/15; College of Commercial Arbitrators, 15th Annual Meeting, New York, 10/15; AAA, “Imposing Sanctions in Arbitration: Just How Far Can You Go?”, 10/15; ABA, The Construction ADR Summit, Austin, TX, 10/15; AAA, “Getting It Right: Secrets to Writing Better Construction Awards”, 6/15; AAA, “Resolving eDiscovery Disputes in Large, Complex Arbitrations – A Guide for Arbitrators”, 5/15; HBA ADR Section Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, 5/15; Texas Bar, “Enforcing Mediation Agreements, What’s Done at the 11th Hour Will Haunt You”, 4/15; AAA, “It’s Not Just Litigation Lite – Making Rulings on Evidentiary Objections, 3/15; HBA ADR Section, “Ethical Practices in Mediation and Arbitration”, 2/15; HBA ADR Section, “Mediator Skills Series: How to Break Impasse”, 11/14; College of Commercial Arbitrators, Annual Meeting, New Mexico, 11/14; HBA ADR Section, “How Mediators Prepare for Mediation”, 10/14; Texas Bar, “New Arbitration Rules and Procedures You Need to Know”, 9/14; HBA ADR Section, “Alternatives to Traditional ADR”, 9/14; HBA ADR Section Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, 5/14; A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center (UH Law Center) Dispute Resolution Seminar/Construction, 3/14; AAA, “Managing a Successful Arbitration”, 3/15; College of Commercial Arbitrators, Annual Meeting, New Mexico,10/13; Institute of Transnational Arbitration Workshop, Dallas, Texas, 06/13; HBA ADR Section Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, 05/12; AAA, AAA/ICDR (International Centre for Dispute Resolution), Maximize Efficiency in Dispute Resolution, Arizona, 03/12; College of Commercial Arbitrators, Annual Meeting, New York, 10/12; AAA, AAA/ICDR (International Centre for Dispute Resolution), Regaining Speed and Economy in Dispute Resolution, 10/11; HBA ADR Section 2011 Annual Conference on ADR, 05/11; AAA/ICDR (International Centre for Dispute Resolution) Neutrals Conference, 11/10; State Bar of Texas/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Dallas 6/09; AAA/ICDR (International Centre for Dispute Resolution) Neutrals Conference, 2/09; Institute for Transnational Arbitration Workshop, 6/08; AAA Construction – ADR Practitioners: Crucial Preparation for the New Industry Standard-Form Contract Documents, 5/08; Institute for Transnational Arbitration Workshop, 6/07; University of Houston Law Center A. A. White Dispute Resolution Center, International Commercial Arbitration, 1/06-5/06; AAA, Chairing An Arbitration Panel, Houston, 12/05; AAA, Arbitrator Ethics – Revision to the ABA Code of Ethics, Houston, 11/04; AAA, Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference, Dallas, 10/03; AAA, How to Run a Smooth & Effective Arbitration Hearing, Houston, 9/03; AAA, Arbitrator II Advanced Training Workshop, Houston, 5/01; HBA, ADR Section, The Use of Power in Negotiation and Mediation: The Alpha One Syndrome...and Beyond, 4/99; AAA Arbitration Law Course/State Bar of Texas, Houston 9/98; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training Workshop, Houston, 12/96; Attorney-Mediators Institute Advanced Mediation Skills Program, Dallas, 10/96; AAA Advanced Arbitrator Training, Houston, 7/96; Attorney-Mediators Institute Advanced Mediator Training, Dallas, 4/92; AAA Arbitrator Training, Houston, 10/91; Attorney-Mediators Institute Basic Mediation Training, Dallas, 11/90.

License:

Admitted to the Bar: Texas, 1979; U. S. District Court: Southern (1985), Northern (1990), Western (1990) and Eastern (1994). Districts of Texas: U. S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1991.

Associations:

Ms. Snyder is a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers and the College of Commercial Arbitrators. She is a member of the AAA Mega Panel and Large Complex Case Panel, AAA Regular Panel and ICDR Panel. She also serves as Co-Editor of the Construction Law Journal. Ms. Snyder has served as Chair of the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section and is Immediate Past Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Houston Bar Association. She is a member of the American, Texas and Houston Bar Associations, and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Education:

University of Texas at Austin (BA - 1975); University of Houston (JD - 1979).

Publications:

Panel Speaker, Annual State Bar of Texas Construction Law Conference, “Arbitration: What Works and What Doesn’t Work”, March, 2017; Speaker, Texas Bar 14th Annual Collections Creditors’ rights Course, Mechanic’s & Materialmen’s Liens in Texas, May 2016; University of Houston, AA White Dispute Resolution Institute Faculty Speaker, “Construction Mediation”, April, 2016; Speaker, College of Commercial Arbitrators, “Secrets of Success – Arbitration Pre-hearing and Hearing Best Practices”. October 2015; Panel Speaker, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, “Drafting an Arbitration Clause that Works”, October 2015; Author, Drafting Arbitration Clauses In Construction Contracts To Get The Arbitration You Want, The Texas Construction Law Journal, Spring 2015; Speaker, Oklahoma Bar Association Seminar, “Effective Advocacy and Management in Arbitration” and “Getting the Arbitration Process Parties Want and Need”, Sept 2014; Speaker, University of Houston, AA White Dispute Resolution Institute, “Construction Mediation”. March, 2014; Speaker, AAA/CCA Seminar “Managing a Successful Arbitration”, March, 2014; Speaker, University of Texas School of Law Construction Law Conference Speaker, “Spoliation of Evidence In Construction Cases”, Feb, 2014; Speaker, Lorman Seminar, “Construction Lien Law in Texas”, Jan,, 2014; Author, “Spoliation on Construction Projects: What Is It and How It Can Hurt You”, Jan, 2014; Speaker, Associated Builders and Contractors, “Construction Lien Law in Texas”, Dec, 2013; Speaker, Texas State Bar Basic Course in Texas Construction Law Speaker, “You’re Fired! Termination for Default”, Nov, 2013; Speaker, Houston Contractor’s Association, ask a Lawyer Panel; Speaker, Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association, “How will Your Company be Affected by Recent Changes in Texas Construction Law?”, July, 2013; Author, white Paper, “The 2013 Texas Legislative Changes Affecting the Construction Industry”; Speaker, University of Texas School of Law Construction Law Conference, “You’ve Got a Friend, or Do You?”, Feb, 2013; Speaker, Lorman Seminar, “Perfecting Lien Rights on Private Projects”, Jan, 2013; Speaker, Houston Bar Association, “How Do Various Project Delivery Systems Affect Litigation Strategy in Multi-Party Claims?”, Oct, 2012; Author, “Project Delivery Systems Require Analysis and Impact Litigation Strategy”, Engineering News-Record, June, 2012; Speaker, Houston Bar Association, “Public Contracting & Procurement”, June, 2012; Speaker, American Bar Association Construction Forum, “You’ve Got a Friend. Or Do You?, June, 2012; Speaker, University of Texas School of Law Construction Law Conference, “Top 10 Mistakes Litigators Make in Construction Arbitrations”, June, 2012; Speaker, Houston Contractors Association, “Texas Legislative Wrap Up”, August, 2011; Author, “Summary of Legislation Affecting the Texas Construction Industry Passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature”, August, 2011; Speaker, University of Houston, “Dispute Resolution Process – Arbitration”, April, 2011; Speaker, Texas Construction Lien and Bond Claims”, March, 2011; speaker, “Arbitration Panel – Anatomy of a Complex Construction Arbitration”, March, 2011; speaker, “Texas Construction Lien and Bond Claims”, December, 2010; speaker, “What do You Mean I’m Not Entitled To Recover My Damages – The Ramifications of Clauses That Limit Liability in Construction Contracts”, September 2010; speaker, “Arbitration Panel – Making Arbitration More Efficient and Less Costly”, February, 2010; speaker, “ADR Strategies – Appeals in Arbitration”, February 2010; speaker, “Texas Construction Lien and Bond Claims”, March, 2010; speaker “Mechanic’s Lien and Bond Claim Strategies in Texas”, March, 2010; speaker, “Texas Construction Lien and Bond Claims”, December, 2009; speaker, “Change Orders”, October, 2009; speaker, “Texas Legislative Update 2009”, September, 2009; speaker, “Perfecting Bond Claims on Texas Public Work Projects; Perfecting Lien Rights on Private Projects”, May, 2009; speaker, “Terminations – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, April, 2009; Speaker, “Lien Law: Collection on Construction Work”, February, 2009; speaker, “Lien Law: Collection on Construction Work”, November, 2008; speaker, “AIA Contracts”, August, 2008; speaker, “Claims on Texas Public Works Projects," Texas Mechanic's Lien and Bond Claim Law, July, 2008; speaker, "Claims on Federal Projects," Texas Mechanic's Lien and Bond Claim Law, July, 2008; speaker, "Perfecting Bond Claims on Private Projects," Texas Mechanic's Lien and Bond Claim Law, July, 2008; speaker, "Perfecting Lien Rights on Private Projects," Texas Mechanic's Lien and Bond Claim Law, July, 2008; speaker, "Enforcing Perfected Lien Rights," Texas Mechanic's Lien and Bond Claim Law, July, 2008; speaker, "Change Orders", June, 2008; speaker, "Managing Construction Projects in Texas", April, 2008; author, The New Contingent Payment Clause Statute: Does it really help anyone?, (Part 2 of 2), November, 2007; speaker, “Lien Law: Collection on Construction Work”, October, 2007; speaker, “The Condominium Craze: Managing the Players, the Project, and the Potential Liability”, October, 2007; speaker, “The Subcontract: A Discussion of Key Clauses from the General Contractor’s and Subcontractor’s Perspectives”, October, 2007; author, The New Contingent Payment Clause Statute: Does it really help anyone?, (Part 1 of 2), August, 2007; speaker, “Construction Lien Law”, July, 2007; speaker, "Change Orders in Texas", June, 2007; author, Collecting Construction Funds and Payment Bond Claims, April, 2007; speaker, “Managing Construction Projects”, April, 2007; speaker, "Bond Claims on Public Works Projects in Texas", October, 2006; speaker, "You’re Fired! The Allocation of Risk in Termination Clauses", October, 2006; speaker, “Construction Lien Law in Texas”, July, 2006; speaker, “Top 10 Important Things to Know when Dealing with a Surety Company”, June, 2006; speaker, “Change Orders,” June, 2006; speaker, “How Design Documents Can Prevent or Cause Construction Claims,” April, 2006;speaker, “Managing Complex Construction Law Issues,” March, 2006; speaker, 19th Annual Construction Law Conference, “Mechanic’s Liens in Texas – Top Ten Mistakes Claimant’s Make,” March 2006; speaker, “Texas Construction Contract Law for Professional Engineers,” January 2006; speaker, “Construction Lien Law,” December 2005; speaker, “Bond Claims on Public Works Projects in Texas,” November 2005; speaker, “Construction Lien Law in Texas,” October 2005; speaker, Construction Industry Legislative Update 2005,” July 2005; speaker, “How Design Documents Can Prevent or Cause Construction Claims,” April 2005; speaker, “Witness Preparation v. Witness Coaching,” March 2005; speaker, “Advanced Concepts in Construction Delay and Disruption Disputes,” January, 2005; speaker, “Change Order vs. Construction Change Directives: The Devil is In the Details,” January, 2005; speaker, “Arbitration Tips and Tactics for Securities, Construction and Employment Cases,” January, 2005; speaker, “Ethical Distinctions Between Arbitrator and Mediation,” November 2004; speaker, “Texas Construction Law: Can this Job be Saved?” October, 2004; Author, Tools of the Trade: “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: The Risk inherent in Termination of Construction Contracts and Subcontracts”, 2003; speaker, “Retention of Control by the General Contractor and Resulting Liability,” November, 2003; speaker, “Bond Claims on Public Projects,” November, 2003; Author, Construction Law Journal: “Sovereign Immunity: When It’s Time to Pay, It’s Good to Be King”, 2002; speaker, “Mediation Preparation and Advocacy,” June, 2003; speaker, “Practical Aspects of Proving Delay Claims,” October, 2002; speaker, “Texas Construction Law: Can This Job Be Saved?” October, 2002; speaker, “Architect/Engineer Liability and Practice in Texas,” September, 2002; speaker, “Construction Lien Law in Texas,” July, 2002; speaker, “Calculating Damages for Delay,” February, 2002; speaker, “Advanced Construction in Texas,” August 2001; speaker, “Tips for Effective Mediation of Construction,” February 2001; speaker, “Texas Construction Law: Can this Job Be Saved?” January, 2001; speaker, “Construction Lien Law in Texas,” November 2000, July 2002; Author, “Texas’ New Reference Check Law Offers Better Protections to Employers; or Does It?”, 2000; “Prevailing Wage Requirements on Texas Public Works Projects,” legal notes, GREENBERG PEDEN P. C. NEWSLETTER, 2000; “Texas’ New Reference Check Law Offers Better Protections to Employers, Or Does It?” legal notes, GREENBERG PEDEN P. C. NEWSLETTER, 2000; speaker, “Construction Contracting with Public Entities in Texas,” August 2000; speaker, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: The Risks Inherent in Termination of Construction Contracts and Subcontracts,” February, 2000; “Can a Contractor Recover Attorney’s Fees from a Sovereign Which Breaches a Contract?” legal notes, GREENBERG PEDEN P. C. NEWSLETTER, 1999; speaker, “Texas Mechanic’s Lien and Bond Claim Law,” October, 1999; speaker, Executive MBA Course on Arbitration, University of Houston, May 1999; speaker, “What Works and What Does not Work in Construction Arbitration?” April 1999; speaker, “Texas Business Records: Developing and Maintaining Them Legally,” January 1999; Author, “Can a Contractor Recover Attorney’s Fees From a Sovereign Which Breaches a Contract?,” 1999; speaker, MBA Television Course: Dispute Resolution Process for Managers, University of Houston, November 1998; speaker, “The Arbitration Hearing,” Arbitration Law Course, August, 1998, October 1998; Author, “1997 Legislative Changes to the Texas Mechanic’s Lien Statutes - Their Impact on Commercial and Residential Construction,” 1997; Author, “New Amendments to the Residential Construction Liability Act Strengthen Protections for Contractors,” 1994; Author, “Prompt Payment to Sub-Contractors and General Contractors — The Legislature Tries a New Approach,” 1993; Author, “The Legislature Tries Again... The 1989 Amendments to Texas Mechanic’s and Materialmen’s Lien Laws,” 1989; Author, “Arbitration vs. Litigation,” 1987.

Miscellaneous:

She is listed as one of America's leading lawyers in construction law by Chambers USA. Ms. Snyder has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for construction law since 2006, and has been selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in Construction/Surety Law by Texas Monthly since 2004. Ms. Snyder has authored numerous articles and papers in the construction area, is active in various construction industry groups including the Houston Contractors Association, Associated Builders & Contractors, and the Associated General Contractors of America.

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