Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Meet the Dispute Resolver Staff: Brendan Carter

Meet the Dispute Resolver Staff

Brendan Carter, Esq. – Navigant

Brendan Carter started in the construction industry 16 years ago as a laborer performing general labor on commercial job sites and has been involved in the field in some capacity ever since.  A few of the other (hard) hats Brendan has worn over the years include estimator, project engineer, and project manager.   He is currently a Senior Consultant with Navigant’s Global Construction Practice focusing on dispute resolution consulting for construction litigation and ADR proceedings. Along with his Forum Division 1 membership, he is also a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Construction Law Committee.

Brendan grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts in a construction family with both his grandfathers in the trades, one owned a small town plumbing business and the other was a union bricklayer foreman. His father was also a professor of Construction Management and following in the family business, Brendan received his undergraduate degree in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and a Masters of Construction Management from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.  In his construction management role, Brendan was an onsite member of project teams that completed the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, D.C., the former Pier Shops at Caesars in Atlantic City, NJ, and Merck Pharmaceuticals’ Boston Research Center in Boston, MA.

Looking to make a career change, but still wanting to stay involved in the construction industry, Brendan enrolled at the University of Massachusetts School of Law specifically to practice construction law.  While in law school, Brendan served as the Forum’s Student Division Liaison. As a member of the Forum he has also presented the Forum generated contract negotiation module to multiple ACE Mentor Program chapters in Boston over the past few years. He is encouraged for the future of the construction industry by the quality and acumen of the teenagers in the program that will be the next generation of architects, engineers, and construction managers.

When off the clock, Brendan is a big college football and hockey fan.  While Boston is not an ideal location for big time college football, he takes full advantage of the area by attending Hockey East and ECAC hockey games throughout the season.  Brendan was successful in his effort to mix his interests of construction law and college sports by hitting all three birds with one stone in 2014. At the conclusion of the Forum’s fall meeting in Chicago, he rented a car and drove out to South Bend, IN to attend a Notre Dame hockey game, toured Notre Dame Stadium the next day, then drove back to Chicago for the Northwestern/Nebraska football game that night, jumping on a plane back to Boston the next morning. He is a strong supporter of the idea that all Forum Fall Meetings should be held exclusively in SEC towns with home games that Saturday. 

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