Biographical Information

Darren J. Duzyk

Over 30 years experience including field roles as project manager in structural steel and work in large scale heavy highway construction, asphalt production and site work as a laborer/equipment operator, estimator and operations manager. Currently a construction arbitrator/mediator, neutral and lawyer licensed to practice in Virginia and Kentucky. Previously served as Adjunct Faculty Member in the University of Kentucky-College of Engineering’s Construction Engineering Management Graduate Program and as the General Counsel of a large transportation/bridge contractor with diversified interests in commercial building construction and construction materials production while also managing one of the company’s operating divisions and serving in overall company management.

Past Employment Positions

  • Adjunct Faculty Member – The University of Kentucky College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering – Construction Engineering Management Program
  • General Counsel & Corporate Secretary – The Walker Company of Kentucky, Inc., P.O. Box 308, Mt. Sterling KY 40353
  • Senior Associate – Stites & Harbison (Construction Service Group), 2300 Lexington Financial Center, Lexington, KY
  • Associate – Spotts, Smith & Fain, P.C., 411 E. Franklin St., Suite 601, Richmond, VA 23219

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Member, Construction Panel of Neutrals-American Arbitration Association (Large Complex Panel)
  • Member, Roster of Mediators-American Arbitration Association
  • Member, American Arbitration Association’s Dispute Review Board Panel of Construction Neutrals
  • Member, Dispute Review Board Foundation Panel of Construction Neutrals
  • Member, West Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin & Colorado Departments of Transportation Dispute Review Board Panel of Neutrals
  • American Bar Association-Form on the Construction Industry, Section for Dispute Resolution
  • Kentucky Bar Association – Construction and Public Contract Law Section
  • Virginia Bar Association – Construction and Public Contract Law Section
  • Mediation Association of Kentucky

Civic, Industry & Private Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association (Construction and Public Contract Law Section)
  • Virginia Bar Association (Construction and Public Contract Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Forum on the Construction Industry, Section for Dispute Resolution)
  • Lexington Catholic High School (Past Chair, Board of Trustees; Chair, Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, Building and Grounds Committee)
  • Lexington Public Library (Past Board of Trustees; Building and Property Committee, Chairman)
  • Traditional Bancorp (Board of Directors; Former member Business Development and Audit Committees)
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Inc. (Past Governance Board and Executive Committee Member; Past Board of Directors, Past Secretary)

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Commonwealth of Virginia

More Recent Articles/Speaking Engagements

  • “Construction Phase Risk Management for Architects”, American Institute of Architects 
  • “Raising Awareness of Architects’ Lien Rights”, American Institute of Architects
  • “Law of Construction Defects & Failures”, Halfmoon Seminars, LLC
  • “Construction Contract Workshop”, HalfMoon Seminars
  • “Construction Law for Public Projects,” HalfMoon Seminars
  • “Pitfalls With Owner Direct Purchases,” Construction Law Institute/Kentucky Bar Association Construction and Public Contract Law Section-University of Kentucky College of Law
  • “Law of Construction Defects and Failures,” HalfMoon Seminars, LLC
  • “Public Owner Direct Purchases: Minimizing an Additional Exposure for the Contractor,” UNDER CONSTRUCTION, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
  • “Reducing Exposures During Blasting Operations,” Kentucky Blasting Conference

Education/ADR Training

  • Juris Doctorate (1992) – University of Richmond School of Law
  • Certificate in Comparative Law (1990) – Cambridge University, Cambridge, England
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Concentration in Finance) (1989) – University of Richmond School of Business Administration
  • American Arbitration Association – ACE 21 – Impartiality: Do You Know Where Your Biases Are?, 2021; ACE20 Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020; AAA/ICDR/AAA Panel Conference, 2019; ACE18 Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor ~ Meeting Participant Expectations, 2018; AAA When Experts Come From Different Planets: Tips for Maximizing the Value of Experts, 2017; Motion Practice Under AAA Rules – What You Need to Know, 2017; AAA What’s In and What’s Out: Recent Developments In Arbitral Jurisdiction, 2016; AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration ACE04, 2015; AAA Principled Deliberations: Decision-Making Skills for Arbitrators ACE08, 2014; AAA Conducting Research and Investigations: The Arbitrator’s Authority ACE09, 2014; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics ACE05, 2012; AAA Mediation of Construction Disputes: Controlling Your Own Destiny, 2011; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards ACE01, 2010; AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New Arbitrators, 2010
  • Advanced Chairing Workshop and Administration   Practice Workshop (2005) – Dispute Review Board Foundation, Seattle, WA
  • Advanced Chairing Workshop and Administration & Practice Workshop (2006) – Ohio Department of Transportation/Dispute Review Board Foundation, Columbus, OH
  • Forty Hour Mediator Training Program (2003) – International Center for Dispute Resolution, Louisville, KY