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Howard D. Venzie, Jr.

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November 8, 1943

Bar Admissions:


Court Admissions:

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


National "Super Lawyer" in the categories of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Construction/Surety Law - Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition (2009)

Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" in the categories of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Construction/Surety Law - Philadelphia Magazine, "Pennsylvania Super Lawyers" (2005-2010)

The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Construction Law (2006-2009)

Philadelphia's Best Lawyers in the category of Alternative Dispute Resolution (2009-2010) and Construction Law (2010)



Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (AAA)

AAA Construction Industry and Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Panels, Large and Complex Case Panel, Construction Arbitrator Master Panel, National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee

American Arbitration Association, President's Panel of Mediators, Philadelphia Advisory Council for the Large and Complex Case Program

Mediator for the Court-Annexed Mediation Program of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Bar Association Commercial/Construction Arbitration and Mediation Committee (Founding Co-Chair)

The Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations

The American Bar Association (ABA): Committee on Fidelity and Surety Law, Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, Construction Committee, Section of Litigation, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, Section of Public Contract Law

Construction Industry

Member of the Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.'s ADR Task Force

Pennsylvania Utility Contractors Association

American Concrete Institute: Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapter




  • Villanova University School of Law - 1971
       Juris Doctor
       Editor-In-Chief Villanova Law Review, Vol. 16
  • Temple University - 1968
       Bachelor of Science (Business Administration)
  • Temple University - 1965
       Associate Degree (Building Construction Technology)


Mr. Venzie is the president of the firm. During the years of 1971 - February 1975, he was associated with the law firm of Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and specialized in construction litigation. In March 1975, he started his own practice which has developed into the present firm of Venzie, Phillips & Warshawer in which he serves as President and Secretary-Treasurer.


Mr. Venzie is an active lecturer to various construction contracting firms and industry associations. He has organized and conducted in-house seminars for several major building contractors involving construction contracts, subcontractor bonding, design-build, insurance and other risk management subjects. He regularly appears as a program speaker in American Arbitration Association seminars involving construction industry arbitration and mediation, construction contracts and claims, and the training of commercial and construction industry arbitrators including arbitrators on the "Large and Complex Case" panel. Mr. Venzie has authored several articles on arbitration and mediation which have been published in various construction industry and ADR publications. He is also a guest speaker on arbitration practice at Villanova Law School and on mediation at Columbia University, School of Engineering.


Mr. Venzie has also presented program lectures and seminars to many Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware builder and contractor associations, the Construction Specifications Institute, the Pennsylvania Utility Contractors Association and the American Institute of Architects on numerous construction related topics including the arbitration and mediation of construction claims and disputes and has presented CLE programs on commercial and construction arbitration and mediation for the American Arbitration Assocation, the American Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.


In addition to his continuous representation of construction industry clients in arbitration and litigation matters since 1971, he has served as an arbitrator in numerous construction/commercial cases, including large complex cases. His experience as an arbitrator includes serving as both a neutral and party-appointed arbitrator and as chairman in many large/complex arbitration cases. Since 1988, Mr. Venzie has served as a mediator in approximately six hundred (600) construction and commercial cases (ranging between $50,000 - $50,000,000) in which the mediation process has achieved settlements.


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May 2008
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"Differing Site Conditions," Mealey's Construction Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, PA, May 20-21, 2008

Nov. 2000 - January 2001
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"Closure Issues in Construction Mediation," THE PUNCH LIST (AAA) vol. 23, no.3

June 1999
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"The Evaluative Process in Mediation." CURRENTS (AAA)

March 1998
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"Mediation as an Opportunity Process," CURRENTS (AAA)

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"Some Guidelines for Effective Advocacy in Mediation," THE PUNCH LIST (AAA) vol. 20, no. 3

April 1988
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"Waiver by Judicial Proceedings and the Effect of the Construction Industry Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association," CONSTRUCTION LAWYER, vol. 8, no. 2, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry





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