Paul M. Lurie in his 50 years of practice has been business and legal counsel for major owners, developers, and design and construction firms. His experience includes providing counsel and advocacy for contract negotiation and dispute avoidance and resolution. Paul consistently has the highest ratings from all the major legal peer review services.

Paul’s ability to get deals done and disputes resolved stems from his broad knowledge, of the law and business practices of real estate, design, environmental and construction industries.

Paul is an active arbitrator and mediator of the large complex panels of the American Arbitration Association and is a member of its Master Mediation Panel.  He is also a member of the CPR neutral panels. He has a particular focus to reduce the time and expenses of using arbitration and mediation. Since its founding 20 years ago his 700-member Mediate and Arbitrate Listserv is a premier educational resource following legal developments in arbitration and mediation and was the basis for the AAA President’s Award. He is a leader of the worldwide Guided Choice Dispute Resolution Interest group that is improving the mediation process to reduce the time and expense of resolving business disputes.

  • Credentials


    • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1965
    • University of Michigan, B.A., 1962

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

        Professional Memberships

        • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Section of Dispute Resolution, Section of Litigation, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
        • Illinois State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Construction Law Special Committee
        • International Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Arbitration Committee, Mediation Committee
        • Chicago Bar Association, Real Estate Committee
        • Chicago Council of Lawyers
        • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), Construction Advisory Committee, Arbitration Committee
        • American Arbitration Association, National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee, Member
        • Construction Contracts Law Report (Thomson/West), Editorial Board Member
        • ASCE Journal for the Performance of Constructed Facilities, Editorial Board Public Member
        • ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, Editorial Board Public Member

        Professional Certifications

        • Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute
      • Insights

        News Release

        Chambers USA 2019 Ranks 23 Attorneys, Four Practice Areas

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that four practice areas and 23 attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA, a leading legal industry ranking.

        News Release

        2019 Leading Lawyers Lists Recognize 95 Schiff Attorneys

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 95 attorneys named to the 2019 Leading Lawyers list.

        News Release

        Super Lawyers Names 39 Schiff Attorneys to 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists

        Two partners were recognized among “best of the best” on 2019 Illinois Top Lists

        News Release

        61 Schiff Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America List and Six Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year”

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 61 attorneys have been included in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, as well as six who were named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice.


        Construction Early Dispute Resolution Fundamentals

        Lorman Education Services


        Guided Choice

        Association for Conflict Resolution – Chicago Chapter

        Chicago, Ill.
        News Release

        Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Four Practice Areas and 22 Attorneys

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that four practice areas and 22 attorneys have been recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA, a leading legal industry ranking.

        News Release

        95 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 Leading Lawyers Lists

        Ninety-six Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2018 Leading Lawyers lists for Illinois and Michigan.

        News Release

        40 Attorneys Named to 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, and Top Women Lists

        Forty Schiff Hardin attorneys have been recognized on the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

        Other Publications

        • “Chapter 19 – Nonbinding Alternatives to Court Litigation for Resolving Construction Disputes,” (co-author) Construction Dispute Litigation 2018 Edition, IICLE (Mar. 2018)
        • “Chapter 20 – Arbitration,” (co-author) Construction Dispute Litigation 2018 Edition, IICLE (Mar. 2018)
        • “Protecting Confidential Information in Commercial Mediations,” (co-author) Dispute Resolution Magazine, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution (Winter 2014)
        • “Nonbinding Alternatives to Court Litigation for Resolving Construction Disputes” and “Arbitration,” in Construction Dispute Litigation, IICLE (2013)
        • “Selecting a Mediator,” in Mediation Techniques, International Bar Association (2010)
        • “Drafting Alternative Dispute Resolution Terms in Construction Contracts,” (co-author) Chapter 10 in Construction Law: Transactional Considerations, IICLE (2010)
        • “Ethics and Mediation: Managing Conflicts of Interest,” (co-author) AAA Handbook on Mediation – 2nd Edition, Juris Publishing, Inc. (Jun. 2010)
        •  “United States Construction Contracts,” Chapter 18 in International Business Transactions, Chapter 18 in International Business Transactions, Kluwer Law and Taxation Publishers (2008, 2010, 2014)

        Speeches & Presentations

        • “It's Not Just How Many Cases You Help Settle But When They are Settled,” (co-presenter) Association of Attorney-Mediators (Nov. 13, 2018)
        • “Construction Early Dispute Resolution Fundamentals,” Lorman Education Services, Webinar (Jun. 18, 2018)
        • “Guided Choice,” Association for Conflict Resolution – Chicago Chapter, Chicago, Ill. (May 15, 2018)
        • “Using Guided Choice to Increase Business for Women Mediators,” ABA Dispute Resolution Committee, Women in Dispute Resolution (Apr. 7, 2017)
        • “Using Early Dispute Resolution Techniques to Reduce Delay and Minimize Project Expense,” American Society of Civil engineers – Construction Institute Summit, Anaheim, Calif. (Mar. 3, 2017)
        • How a Mediator Deals with Unequal Knowledge Between the Parties," Cook County Mandatory Arbitration & Mediation, Chicago, IL (May 12, 2016)
        • “Using Guided Choice Mediation to Reduce the Expense of the Settlement Process,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation Roundtable, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (Jun. 13, 2014)
        • “Guided Choice: Innovations in Mediation to Get Better Settlements at Less Cost,” American Arbitration Association Webinar (Jun. 10, 2014)
        • “New Innovations in Mediation with Special Focus on Guided Choice Mediation,” (co-presenter) Florida Bar Teleconference, Construction Law Committee, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (May 12, 2014)
        • “Essential Concepts in Construction Contracts and Administration,” (moderator) Lorman Education Services Webinar (Mar. 18, 2014)
        • “Why Settling Construction Disputes Costs Too Much and How to Get Better Results,” (co-presenter) Construction SuperConference – Pre-Conference Workshop, San Francisco, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2013)
        • “Mediation Using the Guided Choice Process,” (panelist) Critical Issues in Construction Litigation, IICLE, Chicago, Ill. (Oct. 8, 2013)
        • “Critical Elements of Construction Law for the Non-Attorney Arbitrator,” (co-presenter) American Arbitration Association Webinar (Oct. 2, 2013)
        • “Essential Concepts in Construction Contracting and Administration,” (co-presenter) Lorman Education Services Webinar (Sep. 17, 2013)
        • “Drafting Dispute Escalation/Resolution Provisions,” (panelist) Fifth Biennial Construction Projects from Conception to Completion Conference, International Bar Association, Brussels, Belgium (Sep. 6, 2013)
        • “Guided Choice Arbitration,” Commercial Arbitration: Advancing and Refining the ADR Process, DePaul University College of Law Symposium, Chicago, Ill. (Mar. 8, 2013)
        • “Guided Choice Arbitration,” Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, ADR Committee (May 26, 2011)
        • “Why Construction Mediations Fail: Avoiding Common Mistakes,” American Arbitration Association Webinar (May 11, 2011)
        • “Mediation and Arbitration in Real Estate and Construction Disputes,” Strafford CLE Webinar (Apr. 6, 2011)
        • “Practical Considerations and Concerns in Basic Construction Contracting” (co-presenter), Strafford Publications Webinar (Nov. 2, 2010)
      • Citizenship

        Civic and Charitable Memberships

        • Northlight Theater, Skokie, Ill., Former long time General Counsel
        • The Family Institute, Northwestern University, Board of Trustees, Former Chair, Executive Committee, Former Member, Life Trustee