Craig C. Coburn, Esq.

Craig CoburnAfter 43+ years as a litigator while doubling as mediator and arbitrator on hundreds of cases (and party counsel in hundreds more) for most of that same timeframe, Craig is now a full-time ADR neutral. Known for cutting to the chase, straight talk and getting cases settled, he has routinely been recognized by clients, peers and judges as among the best in Utah’s legal and ADR communities in terms of both expertise and professionalism.

Although his litigation and ADR practices focused primarily on all manner of design/construction disputes, Craig has successfully mediated disputes in a wide variety of other cases throughout the Mountain West as well including, inter alia, business, real estate, contract, property damage, IP and personal injury cases – many settling in the seven-to-eight figure range. For the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, he was named as a panel arbitrator for the U.S. Olympic Committee – U.S. Ski Team and Project Mediator for the design and construction of the Olympic Speed Skating Oval.

ADR Experience

  • Design/Construction Disputes/Defects (i.e., myriad institutional, industrial, commercial and residential projects including, inter alia, airports, high rises, arenas, highways/bridges, dams, data centers, refineries, mills, hydro-projects, mixed-use developments, multi-/single-family housing, government buildings; schools, ski resorts/facilities)
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Business Dissolution Disputes
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate Disputes (e.g., seller/buyer, HOA, boundaries, easements)
  • IP/Licensing Disputes
  • Multilevel marketing distributor disputes
  • Public Policy (e.g., environmental, land use)
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury


  • B.S. Civil Engineering cum laude, University of Utah (1977)
  • J.D. University of Utah (1980)
  • Former Litigation Partner at Richards Brandt
  • Lead claims counsel: UDOT OCIP – I-15 Corridor Reconstruction; State of Utah (UDOT/DFCM) Rolling OCIP
  • Strike team leader for OCIP carriers on claims/incidents involving 2002 Winter Olympics temporary facilities
  • Adjunct Professor: Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Utah (1985-present); College of Architecture & Planning, University of Utah (1985-2022)
  • Frequent Presenter and Occasional Instructor on Mediation/Arbitration


  • Recognized by his peers and Utah’s judiciary (for most years ‘this century’) as: AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating), Mountain States Super Lawyer® by Law & Politics; and Utah’s Legal Elite® by Utah Business Magazine)
  • Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects – Utah Society (2004)
  • Tim Dalton Dunn Lifetime Achievement Award, Construction Defect & Dispute Conference (2019)