ORLANDO-Atlanta-based Boyken International has opened a Dispute Resolution Division at its Orlando office and named former Atlanta lawyer C.G. Sonny Jester Jr. to head the new section. The global consulting group’s mission is to avoid lawsuits filed by owners and developers on commercial real estate projects, Jester says.

“Florida’s rapidly expanding real estate development industry is no stranger to escalating costs, delayed schedules and supply and labor shortages,” he says. “Due to these circumstances, developers, construction companies and subcontractors must devote almost as much time working through conflicts as they do delivering projects on schedule and within budget.”

Jester says another focus of the new division is “to resolve disputes by assisting owners and contractors in presenting their best case to explain their circumstances and finding workable, agreeable solutions with the developer.”

Ed Schrank, president of Boyken’s Florida office, says “in Florida, it is essential that developers embrace potential problems, learn how to avoid them and implement a plan for mediation, should conflicts arise.”

Before joining Boyken, Jester was a partner in Atlanta-based Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins where he represented all parties in construction disputes, including contractors, subcontractors, vendors and sureties.

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