Stuart Sobel

Stuart Sobel is a shareholder at Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A., Coral Gables, Fla. He is certified as a circuit civil mediator by the Florida Supreme Court and is a neutral on the American Arbitration Association’s Large and Complex Case Panel for Construction. For more information, call 305.442.3334 or visit


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While building the $1 billion PortMiami tunnel underneath the cruise ship channel to the port, Bouygues Civil Works Florida Inc. (BCWF) encountered a significant issue due to unexpected geologic conditions and its request for relief due to the differing site condition was denied by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The resulting dispute easily could have caused significant delays–perhaps even bringing the massive tunnel-boring machine nicknamed Harriet to a halt–without an agreement to resolve disputes by a Technical Dispute Review Board (TDRB).

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