If you regularly read this blog or follow me on Twitter, then you know I am member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry.  Over the past year, the Forum has been building an online tool for construction consultant’s.  Well, it’s here!

What is the Consultant Directory? – An online database of construction professionals and litigation support professionals specializing in construction industry litigation and consulting.
Why should you be listed in the Consultant Directory? The Consultant Directory was designed by Forum members, all experienced construction litigators and industry experts, to quickly connect lawyers and their construction clients with experts who have special qualifications and experience in construction claims, disputes and project consulting. Using this database allows a focused search, not possible with simple online searches of resumes and websites, for specific specialties, licenses, project experience, and other important criteria.

Who will have access to the information in the Directory? Although the Forum is creating and hosting the Consultant Directory, it is available for public use – thereby maximizing exposure to anyone looking for a consultant for construction claims, disputes, litigation, or simply consulting assistance on a project.

What does it cost? To defray the Forum’s expenses of creating and maintaining the Directory, an annual fee of $100 for ABA members, and $150 for non-members is charged. Volume discounts are available for organizations registering multiple consultants. However, if you sign up before March 31, 2012, consultants will receive a 50% discount for the first year of registration in the Directory.

You’re sold!  Where do you sign up? 

The Directory is in its infancy (…less than two weeks old…). The key to its success and usefulness will be to increase the number of experts listed in the Directory. When that happens, it has the potential to be a great resource for starting your search for an expert.

The Forum needs your help to increase the number of consultants in the Directory. If you could send an email to consultants that you know and suggest that they participate or send me the consultant’s name and I will ask them.