Alex Kipnis’s practice focuses on litigation and arbitration of construction disputes.
Mr. Kipnis’s focus is on disputes involving technically-complex megaprojects, including power generation and transmission; oil, gas, mining, metals, and minerals (upstream and downstream); chemical process facilities; pipelines; and large-scale industrial, manufacturing, and infrastructure facilities. Mr. Kipnis is a veteran of both U.S. and international arbitration proceedings, including many tried to verdict, judgment, and award. His arbitration experience includes administered and non-administered proceedings under ICC, UNCITRAL, AAA, ad hoc, and other rules, as well as collateral court proceedings in jurisdictions around the world. Mr. Kipnis’s expertise encompasses nearly every type of construction dispute, including defects, delay, disruption, cost growth, and others.
Mr. Kipnis also helps companies draft and negotiate construction contracts. In addition to bespoke agreements, Mr. Kipnis is well-versed in every major suite of construction contracts, including AIA, FIDIC, ConsensusDOCS, and others. Mr. Kipnis is presently helping several of the ENR Top 5 EPCM firms navigate delay, disruption, and cost growth consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on projects in North America. Mr. Kipnis also helps companies negotiate and draft interim agreements aimed at allocating costs and risks in the midstream of challenged projects, and serves as outside project disputes counsel for one of the largest projects in the world today. He is currently serving as the principal drafter of the forthcoming FIDIC Silver Book form subcontract.
Mr. Kipnis also helps companies conduct internal investigations, respond to investigations brought by a government, and design corporate compliance programs that are successful and well-received by enforcing authorities and other stakeholders.
Mr. Kipnis began his legal career with Stein Ray LLP in 2005. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. He speaks fluent Russian.
Mr. Kipnis’s recent engagements include, among others, helping:
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Mr. Kipnis received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2005, and his B.A. in Legal Studies from University of California, Berkeley in 2002.