James R. Keller, Counsel

Biography

Jim Keller joined Sandberg Phoenix in 2018 as counsel. He concentrates his practice on complex litigation, construction, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and real estate.

He has tried more than 100 civil jury and bench cases in state and federal courts and in arbitration, lasting from one day to nine months. Jim has briefed and argued more than fifteen cases before various state and federal appellate courts. He also applies his trial experience as an arbitrator, mediator and neutral evaluator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and in handling private disputes. He is a member of AAA’s Construction Arbitrator Master Panel (top 100 in country), Large Complex Case Panel and a member of AAA’s newly created Appellate Panel. Jim has been an arbitrator in more than 140 cases involving construction and business disputes and a mediator in more than 60 such cases. He has served as the Privilege Master in several large arbitrations to review documents (in excess of 100,000 documents) for privilege issues and to resolve disputes over document production. He has negotiated and drafted complex construction contracts for various electric utility companies on both national and international matters involving power plants, as well as contracts to create alliances between utility companies and large general contractors for environmental update work exceeding $1,000,000,000.

Jim has written more than 100 articles for various bar journals and trade publications on ADR, construction law, real estate, consumer fraud and trial practice. He is the author of Arbitration and Mediation (MoBar 2011) and Home/Land Owners Experience Bumpy Legal Road Since 2009, appearing in The St. Louis Bar Journal, Spring 2011. He also writes the legal column for the St. Louis Construction News and Review.

He is listed as a Super Lawyer in Missouri and Kansas from 2006 to present for Construction Litigation, the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition from 2008 to present and the Super Lawyers 2012 Business Edition.

Background

Education

Jim earned his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri with Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Tau Alpha honors. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review: Urban Law Annual.

He is licensed to practice in the states of Missouri and Illinois and before the U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, the U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Co-Chair, Construction Law Committee, Past Chair, Business Law Section, Former member, Board of Governors
  • The Missouri Bar, Past Chair, ADR Committee
  • The Missouri Bar, Member, Construction, Eminent Domain and ADR Committees
  • American Bar Association, Member, Construction, Litigation and ADR Sections
  • American Arbitration Association, Member, Appellate Panel
  • American Arbitration Association, Member, Construction Arbitrator Master Panel (top 100 in country)
  • American Arbitration Association, Member, Large Complex Case Panel
  • American Arbitration Association, Chair, Construction Advisory Committee for St. Louis Region
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
  • Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, Advisory Board
  • Lindbergh Alumni Association, Charter Life Member
  • Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Past President of Encore
  • Missouri State Courts, Mediator
  • Louis City and County Circuit Courts, Mediator
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Mediator
  • Super Lawyer, Missouri and Kansas, Construction Litigation and Corporate Counsel Edition, Business Edition

Speaking Engagements/Classes

  • Speaker, Guidebook Practice Series: Arbitration & Mediation, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, July 10, 2012
  • Speaker, Update on the Law of Arbitration and Mediation, The Missouri Bar Spring Committee Meetings, ADR Committee, Jefferson City, MO, May 11, 2012
  • Speaker, An Update on the Law on Construction, at 11th Annual Construction Law Update: Avoiding Construction Pitfalls and Potholes, sponsored by the Construction Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, May 9, 2012
  • Speaker, Update on Arbitration Law, The Missouri Bar Fall Committee Meetings, ADR Committee, Jefferson City, MO, November 18, 2011
  • Speaker, Dispute Prevention & Resolution, sponsored by St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, November 17, 2011
  • Faculty, Maximizing Efficiency and Economy in Arbitration: Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing, Program #11ACE65802, sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, November 9, 2011
  • Moderator, Mudslinging, Manners, and Mediators webinar, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, September 13, 2011
  • Speaker, Why Arbitration Still Works in a Challenging Economy, sponsored by American Arbitration Association at meeting of Women in Transportation, Metro St. Louis Chapter, Missouri Department of Transportation, Chesterfield, MO, August 11, 2011
  • Speaker, Increase the Odds in Your Favor: How to Improve Your Chances for Success in Arbitration at 2011 Solo and Small Firm Conference, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, Osage Beach, MO, June 11, 2011
  • Speaker, Why Arbitration Works in a Challenging Economy, sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, St. Louis, MO, April 12, 2011
  • Speaker, Legal Update on Arbitration, a webinar, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, St. Louis, MO, February 8, 2011
  • Speaker, The Art of Arbitration Advocacy, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, January 28, 2011
  • Speaker, Mortgage Law Symposium I: Issues Affecting Consumers, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, January 18, 2011
  • Speaker, Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan for Florissant Valley Kiwanis, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, Florissant, MO, October 12, 2010
  • Speaker, Other Contractual Risk Shifting Provisions at Managing Risks on Construction Projects, 8th Annual Construction Law Update, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, May 27, 2010
  • Speaker, Update on Recent Arbitration Decisions, The Missouri Bar Spring Committee Meetings, ADR Committee, Jefferson City, MO, May 14, 2010
  • Speaker, Why Arbitration Still Makes Financial Sense/Cents for Construction Financial Management Association, St. Louis, MO, sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, March 9, 2010
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Construction Law for Business Law First Fridays, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, March 5, 2010
  • Speaker, Recent Reported Decisions from the Eighth Circuit and Missouri Appellate Courts on ADR, The Missouri Bar Fall Committee Meetings, ADR Committee, Jefferson City, MO, November 20, 2009
  • Speaker, Anatomy of a Defect: What It Is and the Rules That Apply, for NBI seminar, Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z, St. Louis, MO, June 24, 2009
  • Speaker, Payment Security, Annual Construction Law Update for The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, June 4, 2009
  • Speaker, An Update on the Law of Arbitration for The Missouri Bar Spring Committee Meetings, ADR Committee, Jefferson City, MO, May 8, 2009
  • Speaker, An Update on the Law of Arbitration for BAMSL seminar Arbitration, The Art of Advocacy and an Update of the Law, St. Louis, MO, March 3, 2009
  • Trainer, AAA Arbitration Roadmap for neutrals with the American Arbitration Association, St. Louis, MO, November 11, 2008
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Construction Law for BAMSL Business Law First Fridays, St. Louis, MO, November 7, 2008
  • Speaker, Appearing as a Witness in a Civil Case for HalfMoon seminar, Legal Issues for Missouri Professional Engineers, St. Louis, MO, September 18, 2008
  • Speaker, Construction Law Issues for Small and Growing Businesses for BAMSL 18th Annual CLE Potpourri, St. Louis, MO, June 30, 2008
  • Speaker, Understanding Construction Liens for HalfMoon seminar, Solving Lien-Related Title Problems, St. Louis, MO, June 20, 2008
  • Speaker, Mediation Law Update for NBI seminar, Mediation: A Valuable Tool for Litigation, St. Louis, MO, May 22, 2008
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Construction Law for BAMSL Construction Law seminar, Exploring New Forms and Current Construction Topics, St. Louis, MO, May 8, 2008
  • Speaker, Why ADR – Why AAA? for Mound City Bar Association, St. Louis, MO, August 29, 2007
  • Speaker, Contract Pricing and Payment for BAMSL Construction Law seminar, Deal or No Deal: Understanding Construction Contracts, St. Louis, MO, May 9, 2007
  • Speaker, Arbitration of Disputes in Particular Areas: Construction Arbitration for BAMSL seminar, Arbitration of Business and Consumer Disputes: Current Developments, St. Louis, MO, March 22, 2007
  • Speaker, You Can Pay Me Now or You Can Pay Me (More) Later, St. Louis Construction Expo, St. Louis, MO, February 14, 2007
  • Speaker, Resolving Legal Disputes for HalfMoon seminar, Design Law for Missouri Architects and Engineers, St. Louis, MO, September 13, 2006
  • Speaker, Interest and Attorney Fees: The Requirements and Recent Cases for BAMSL Construction Law seminar, You Can Pay Me Now or You Can Pay Me (More) Later, St. Louis, MO, May 10, 2006
  • Speaker, Appearing as a Witness in a Civil Case for HalfMoon seminar, Legal Issues for Missouri Professional Engineers, St. Louis, MO, November 17, 2005
  • Speaker, Missouri Mechanic’s Lien Law Basics for BAMSL Construction Law seminar, Everything You Need to Know About Mechanic’s Liens, St. Louis, MO, April 27, 2005
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in ADR, for the American Arbitration Association’s St. Louis, MO office, February 4, 2005
  • Speaker, Annual Survey of the Law for The Missouri Bar’s ADR Conference, Columbia, MO, October 15, 2004
  • Trainer, Award Writing for AAA Arbitrators, a continuing education course, sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, St. Louis, MO, August 26, 2004
  • Speaker, An Arbitrator’s Perspective on Arbitration for BAMSL Construction Law seminar, A Practical Guide to Construction Arbitration, St. Louis, MO, May 5, 2004
  • Trainer, Arbitration Update in the Law for AAA National Conference in San Antonio, TX, March 4, 2004
  • Speaker, Ethical Issues in Construction and Alternative Dispute Resolution for NBI seminar, Key Issues in Missouri Residential Construction Law, St. Louis, MO, February 18, 2004
  • Trainer, Managing Cases with Self-Represented Parties for AAA Arbitrators, A continuing education course sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, St. Louis, MO, February 13, 2004
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in ADR: The Supreme Court, Eighth Circuit and Missouri, presented at AAA’s St. Louis, MO office, January 23, 2004
  • Trainer, AAA Arbitrator Update 2003, presented to AAA neutrals, St. Louis, MO, December 8, 2003
  • Speaker, Taking the Mystery Out of Construction Arbitration, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Construction Law Committee, St. Louis, MO, November 7, 2003
  • Speaker, Scope of Work; Additional Work; Extra Work, The Legal Minute, presented to the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, August 7, 2003
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in ADR: The Supreme Court, Eighth Circuit and Missouri, presented at AAA’s St. Louis, MO office, June 30, 2003
  • Speaker, Mock Construction Mediation by AAA, presented to the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, during a Claims Avoidance seminar, St. Louis, MO, June 13, 2003
  • Speaker, Recent Missouri Cases Regarding Construction Claims, presented at a seminar on Construction Claims, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Construction Law Committee, St. Louis, MO, May 8, 2003
  • Speaker, How to Resolve Construction Disputes Through Mediation and Arbitration, presented by AAA to the Associated General Contractors, St. Louis, MO, February 6, 2003
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in ADR: Missouri and Eighth Circuit, presented at AAA’s St. Louis, MO office, February 4, 2003
  • Speaker, Construction Dispute Resolution through Mediation and Arbitration, presented by AAA to the AIA, St. Louis, MO, January 8, 2003
  • Trainer, AAA Arbitrator Update 2002, presented to AAA neutrals, St. Louis, MO, December 9, 2002
  • Speaker, Annual Survey of the Law, ADR Conference for The Missouri Bar, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, September 27, 2002
  • Speaker, Dispute Resolution, Let’s Make a Deal: Understanding Construction Contracts, sponsored by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Construction Law Committee, St. Louis, MO, May 16, 2002
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Missouri ADR: What People Need to Know, hosted by AAA, St. Louis, MO, March 1, 2002
  • Speaker, Arbitration and Mediation, presented by AAA to Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, August 28, 2001
  • Speaker, Arbitration and Mediation, presented by AAA to the Engineer’s Club, St. Louis, MO, June 26, 2001
  • Speaker, Potential Defenses and Owner’s Perspective, Dollars and Common Sense for The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Construction Law Committee seminar, Payment Issues on Construction Projects, St. Louis, MO, May 17, 2001

 

Publications

  • Tenant Recovers Nearly $4.2 million for Downtown St. Louis Garage Repairs, St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 6, September-October, 2017
  • Appeals Court Upholds Board Action Placing Architect on Three-Year Probation, St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 8, July-August, 2017
  • Another Subcontractor Denied Bond Claim for a Public Works Construction Project, St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 6, May-June, 2017
  • Missouri Appellate Court Adopts Spearin Doctrine, St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 6, March-April, 2017
  • Missouri’s Supreme Court Reverses $8,000,000 Punitive Damage Jury Verdict to Harrisonville, St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 6, January-February, 2017
  • Subcontractor Denied Bond Claim against St. Louis County , St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 6, November-December, 2016
  • Unsuccessful Bidder Can Sue School District , St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 6, September-October, 2016
  • The Sun Does Not Shine on Homeowner’s Solar Panels , St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 2, July-August, 2016
  • Subcontractors’ Mechanic’s Liens Enforceable for Work at Allen Edmonds, Plaza Frontenac , St. Louis Construction News and Review, p.2, May-June , 2016
  • Contractor and its Owners Liable for Damages and Attorney Fees , St. Louis Construction News and Review, p.2, March-April , 2016
  • Homeowner Estopped from Recovery for Alleged Construction Defects, St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 6, January-February 2016
  • Manufacturer Not Liable; Followed MoDOT Plans, St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 2, November-December 2015
  • Injured Asbestos Worker Can Proceed with Lawsuit against Landowner , St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 2, September-October 2015
  • Dispute Over Parking Lot Access Lands One Party in Contempt , St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 2-3, July-August 2015
  • Fraudulent Lien Waivers Cost Owners of Contracting Company , St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 9, May-June 2015
  • Bid Contest Lawsuit Dismissed; Contractor Has No Legal Rights , St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 5, January-February 2015
  • Eighth Circuit overturns Jury Verdict for contractor and Counterclaim Jury Verdict for Equipment Lessor, St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 4-5, November-December 2014
  • Appellate Court Upholds Finding of Subcontractor Defective Work at Ameren’s Taum Sauk Plant, St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 22-23, September-October 2014
  • Appellate Court Overturns Contractor Award For Nonpayment, Interest and Attorney Fees, St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 18-19, July-August 2014
  • Contractor’s Claim Trumps Lender in Mechanic’s Lien Lawsuit, St. Louis Construction News and Review, p. 16-17, May-June 2014
  • Home Improvement Contractor Recovers on Oral Contract, St. Louis Construction News and Review, 20, March-April 2014
  • MSD’s Stormwater Charge Violates State Tax Law, St. Louis Construction News and Review, 20-21, January-February 2014
  • Contractor Does Not Have to Pay When Repair Costs Too Expensive, St. Louis Construction News and Review, 20-21, November-December 2013
  • Subcontractor Recovers for Extra Work Even Though its Bid is not a Contract , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 20-21, September-October, 2013
  • Subcontractor Needed Mechanic’s Lien for Work on Public Right-of-Way , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18-19, July-August, 2013
  • Builder Must Pay Lost Profits on Cancelled Purchase Order , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18-19, May-June, 2013
  • Contractor Recovers Some, but Owner Recovers More on a Cost-Plus Contract , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18-19, March-April, 2013
  • Mechanic’s Lien Intentionally Misleading , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 16-17, January-February, 2013
  • Mechanic’s Lien Takes Priority Over Bank’s Purchase Money Deed of Trust , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18-19, November-December, 2012
  • Subcontractor’s Insurance to Cover Part of Water Damage at Shaw Park Plaza , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18-19, September-October, 2012
  • Mechanic’s Lien Decision Affects Contractors, Subcontractors and Architects , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18-19, July-August, 2012
  • Architect Recovers $250,000 from Owner for Fees on Building Never Built , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18-19, May-June, 2012
  • Owner Recovers Almost $5,000,000 in Liquidated Damages and Costs to Complete , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18-19, March-April, 2012
  • Surety and Contractor Must Pay Subcontractor’s Attorneys’ Fees and Interest , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 16-17, January-February, 2012
  • Insurance Company Waived Claim to Recover $7,990,000 from Owner’s Contractor , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 16-17, November-December, 2011
  • Electric Utility in Arkansas Ordered to Stop Construction of New Plant After Spending $800 Million , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 22-23, September-October, 2011
  • Two Missouri Appellate Courts Rule on Whether Contractors Provided Proper Mechanic’s Lien Notices , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18-19, July-August, 2011
  • City May Proceed With Lawsuit Against Contractor over Sewer Project , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18-19, May-June, 2011
  • Home/Land Owners Experience Bumpy Legal Road Since 2009 , 57 The St. Louis Bar Journal, No. 4, 4-8, Spring, 2011
  • Contractor Recovers Big Against Both Owner and Subcontractor , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18-19, March-April, 2011
  • Homeowners Denied Equitable Lien on their Property , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 22-23, January-February, 2011
  • Arbitration and Mediation, (MoBar 2011)
  • A Lawyer/Real Estate Broker/Contractor Found Guilty of Defrauding Homeowners , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 30-31, November-December, 2010
  • Court Finds no Construction Contract Despite $5,501,246 in Payments , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 32-33, September-October, 2010
  • Bank Cannot Sue Title Company Over Escrow Construction Loans , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 26-27, July-August, 2010
  • Contractor Cannot Recover Without Written Change Order , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 32-33, May-June, 2010
  • Professional Engineers Play Key Roles in Missouri Construction Disputes , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 28-29, March-April, 2010
  • Homeowners’ Lawsuit Dismissed Against Novus , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 20-21, January-February, 2010
  • County Can Enforce Settlement Agreement Even Though It Felt Otherwise for Two Years , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 22-23, November-December, 2009
  • Good Fences Make Good Neighbors (MAYBE) , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 22-23, September-October, 2009
  • Contractor Recovers Replacement Cost Plus Two Years’ Lost Profits for Damaged Truck , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 34-35, July-August, 2009
  • Failing Concrete Streets Provide Nightmare for Developer, Surety and Subcontractors , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 36-37, May-June, 2009
  • Sub-subcontractor Gets Day in Court, Not Arbitration , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 32-33, March-April, 2009
  • Music Promoter Hears Sour Note When Pursuing Lost Profits’ Claim , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 26-27, January-February, 2009
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Missouri Litigation Settlements, §§15.95-15.137, Second Edition, Chapter 15, 2009
  • Court Addresses Several Mechanic’s Lien Issues , St. Louis
  • Construction News and Real Estate, 36-37, November-December, 2008
  • Engineer Improperly Suspended for Sealing Architect’s Plans , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 36-37, September-October, 2008
  • Contractor Cannot Recover Where Costs Exceeds Property Value , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 40, July-August, 2008
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 48-49, May-June, 2008
  • Recent Developments in Construction Law , 54 The St. Louis Bar Journal, No. 4, 4-9, Spring, 2008
  • Environmental Contractor Awarded Attorney Fees for Defending an Appeal , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 22-23, March-April, 2008
  • Subcontractor Cannot Recover Where Owner Paid Title Company , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 26-27, January-February, 2008
  • Pay-if-Paid Clause Found Ambiguous , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 30-31, November-December, 2007
  • Missouri Supreme Court Favors Subcontractor Overturning 14 Years of Contrary Court Precedence , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 28-29, September-October, 2007
  • Missouri’s Appellate Courts Rule in Two City-Sponsored Private Redevelopments , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 52-53, July-August, 2007
  • Bank Liable for Not Disclosing to Buyer EPA Investigation of Bank’s Real Estate , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 54-55, May-June, 2007
  • Contract’s Standard Insurance Waiver Does not Preclude Subrogation Claim , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 20-21, March-April, 2007
  • Statute of Limitations Drowns Homeowners’ Recovery of Personal Property Damages From Flood , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 10-11, January-February, 2007
  • Land Owner Can Flood Neighbor to Save 100 Acres of Land , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 30, November-December, 2006
  • Does a Cost Plus Contract Include Profit and Overhead? , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 24-26, September-October, 2006
  • Original Owner/Builder of Apartment can be Sued for Defect 10 Years Later , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 18, July-August, 2006
  • Attorney Fees Allowed for Failure to Make Scheduled Payments , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18, March-April, 2006
  • Jury to Decide Illegal Picket and Invasion of Privacy Claims , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 10, January-February, 2006
  • The Current Law on ADR , 52 The St. Louis Bar Journal, No. 3, 4-10, Winter, 2006
  • Subcontractor Must Pay Punitive Damages to Contractor for Settling Claim with Owner , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 34, November-December, 2005
  • Contractor Ordered to Pay Subcontractor 9% (not 18%) Interest on Withheld Money , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 16, September-October, 2005
  • High Court Supports Condemnation for Private Development , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 20, July-August, 2005
  • Homeowners Association Recovers $987,940 from Developer and Trustee , St. Louis Construction News and Review, May-June, 2005
  • Material Suppliers Mechanic’s Liens Favored Over All Others in Missouri , St. Louis Construction News and Review, March-April , 2005
  • Contractor Recovers $2,071,371 from Kansas City’s Construction Authority , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 9, January-February, 2005
  • Subcontractor Recovers nearly $2,500,000 on Contracts it Abandoned and Breached , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 30, November-December, 2004
  • Annual Survey of the Law, The Missouri Bar ADR Conference , Columbia, MO, 15, October, 2004
  • Subcontractor Recovers $4,000,000 on Abandoned Contract , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18, September-October, 2004
  • Subcontractor Recovers $220,435 from General Contractor on Oral Contract , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 21, July-August, 2004
  • Conflicting Contract Provisions Erase Asbestos-Removal Contractor’s Jury Award , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 13, May-June, 2004
  • Contractor Fault Not Required for Subcontractor to Recover , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 9, March-April, 2004
  • Recent Construction Cases Lengthen Time to Sue , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 4, 9, February, 2004
  • Parents of Electrocuted Worker Cannot Sue Owner, Supervisor nor Engineer , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 9, January-February, 2004
  • Homeowners Defeat Contractors in Two Cases , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 10, November-December, 2003
  • Contractor’s Performance Must Be Workmanlike , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 11, November-December, 2003
  • Court Orders Contractor to Arbitrate Mechanic’s Lien Claim , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 14, September-October, 2003
  • HBA Loses Challenge to Wildwood’s Ordinance on Construction and Maintenance Deposits , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18, July-August, 2003
  • Builders’ Implied Warranty of Quality Extends to Work Beyond the Home , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 20, May-June, 2003
  • Contractor Recovers for Extra Work Without Written Change Orders , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 58, March-April, 2003
  • Appellate Courts Reverse Big Jury Verdicts for Two Fallen Construction Workers , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 9, January-February, 2003
  • Arbitration Update in Missouri: 2002, St. Louis Daily Record, The Countian and St. Charles County Business Record, 27, November, 2002
  • Missouri Courts Split on Whether AIA Clause Indemnifies Owners , Contractors from their own Fault, St. Louis Construction News and Review, 22, September-October, 2002
  • Construction Law Update, 2002, an Active Year for Appellate Decisions , 16 Missouri Lawyers Weekly 965, 23, September, 2002
  • Mechanic’s Liens Cannot Include Equipment Rental Costs , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 18, May-June, 2002
  • Homeowner Can Sue More than Five Years After Learning of Problem , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 22-24, March-April, 2002
  • Contractor Hits Home Run in Ball Field Topsoil Dispute , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 9, January-February, 2002
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in Missouri: A Year in Review , 291 St. Louis Daily Record, No. 242, 7, December, 2001
  • Contractor Must Pay Punitive Damages in Arbitration Case , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 21, November-December, 2001
  • Missouri Judges Still Say: ‘Show Me the Contract’ , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 16, July-August, 2001
  • Contractor Loses $450,000 Recovery Due to Lack of Documentation , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 13, March-April, 2001
  • Injured Repairman Recovers $9 Million in Dumbwaiter Accident , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 9, January-February, 2001
  • Owner Defenses to Contractor Claims for Nonpayment , 48 The St. Louis Bar Journal, No. 2, 16-20, Fall, 2001
  • Missouri River Spawns Big Judgment for Massman Construction , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 22-27, November-December, 2000
  • A Terminated Contractor Recovers for Extra Work and Lost Profits , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 16-17, September-October, 2000
  • Courts Order Developers to Remove Roads , 14 Missouri Lawyers Weekly 1152, 25, September, 2000
  • General Contractors Lose Three Recent Cases , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 20, May-June, 2000
  • Free Concrete Strength Test May Cause Costly Liability , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 22, March-April, 2000
  • Illinois’ Consumer Fraud Act Affects the Construction Industry , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 17, November-December, 1999
  • Illinois Consumer Fraud Act: A Primer on Recent Developments , 87 Illinois Bar Journal, No. 9, 474, September, 1999
  • Missouri Appellate Courts Decide Many Recent Construction Cases , 13 Missouri Lawyers Weekly 842, 16, August, 1999
  • Front Loading Pay Request May Lead to Liability , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 6, July-August, 1999
  • Missouri Court Extends Architect/Engineer Liability , St. Louis Construction News and Review, 41, May-June, 1999
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution is Here to Stay , 13 Missouri Lawyers Weekly 586, 24, May, 1999
  • Construction Law in 1969: A Look Back , St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate, 22-23, 40th Anniversary Special Edition

BIOGRAPHY

Jim Keller joined Sandberg Phoenix in 2018 as counsel. He concentrates his practice on complex litigation, construction, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and real estate.

He has tried more than 100 civil jury and bench cases in state and federal courts and in arbitration, lasting from one day to nine months. Jim has briefed and argued more than fifteen cases before various state and federal appellate courts. He also applies his trial experience as an arbitrator, mediator and neutral evaluator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and in handling private disputes. He is a member of AAA’s Construction Arbitrator Master Panel (top 100 in country), Large Complex Case Panel and a member of AAA’s newly created Appellate Panel. Jim has been an arbitrator in more than 140 cases involving construction and business disputes and a mediator in more than 60 such cases. He has served as the Privilege Master in several large arbitrations to review documents (in excess of 100,000 documents) for privilege issues and to resolve disputes over document production. He has negotiated and drafted complex construction contracts for various electric utility companies on both national and international matters involving power plants, as well as contracts to create alliances between utility companies and large general contractors for environmental update work exceeding $1,000,000,000.

Jim has written more than 100 articles for various bar journals and trade publications on ADR, construction law, real estate, consumer fraud and trial practice. He is the author of Arbitration and Mediation (MoBar 2011) and Home/Land Owners Experience Bumpy Legal Road Since 2009, appearing in The St. Louis Bar Journal, Spring 2011. He also writes the legal column for the St. Louis Construction News and Review.

He is listed as a Super Lawyer in Missouri and Kansas from 2006 to present for Construction Litigation, the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition from 2008 to present and the Super Lawyers 2012 Business Edition.

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