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Tendy Law Office provides a sophisticated, boutique outside general counsel practice advising midsized corporations, financial institutions, and not-for-profits regarding all corporate matters, including operational risk and compliance, deal negotiations, acqu... more.
Vice President and Corporate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Morse Diesel International
Deputy Attorney General
State of New Jersey
New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
Fordham Law School
Bachelor of Science Degree
Attorneys | Tendy Law Office
John D. Onnembo
Turner Construction Company -Turner Construction Company Management Team
John D. Onnembo, Jr.
John D. Onnembo, Jr., Esq., founder of JDO Solutions, has more than 26 years of experience as an attorney in the construction industry - including more than 16 years as counsel to two of the nation's largest commercial building contractors. Over that time, John has been personally involved in all types of construction disputes, from simple subcontractor liens to complex multi-party lawsuits involving tens of millions of dollars. Regardless of the size of the dispute, however, one thing has remained constant - tremendous litigation costs relative to the amount in controversy.
A good "rule of thumb"is that, in a dispute arising out of a construction project, from the time that a lawsuit or arbitration proceeding is commenced through the completion of a trial or arbitration hearing, each party to the dispute will spend between 20 and 30 percent of the total amount in dispute on legal fees, expert witness fees and other associated costs. In other words, if a contractor has a $10 million claim against an owner and the owner has a $10 million counterclaim, they can each expect to spend $4 to $6 million to resolve the case. This does not take into account the internal costs and lost productivity of employees who end up spending several years being heavily involved in the dispute resolution process. It is clear that taking a construction case to trial or to an arbitration hearing is cost prohibitive. In an ideal world, parties would always be able to resolve their disputes through face to face negotiations without the involvement of a third party. In reality, that is often not possible as the parties become emotionally invested in their arguments and entrenched in their positions. Given the economic pressures of today's challenging economy, the desire for cost-effective resolution is stronger than ever. It is with this in mind that John founded JDO Solutions with a single goal - to provide the construction industry with the means to achieve the most efficient and expeditious solutions to construction project disputes.
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John D. Onnembo, Jr., Esq., President, JDO Solutions
John D. Onnembo | Tendy Law Office
JOHN D. ONNEMBO, JR., OF COUNSEL
John D. Onnembo John D. Onnembo, Jr., Esq., has 29 years of experience as an attorney in the construction industry. From 1994 through 2006, John served several key roles at Morse Diesel International, Inc., a construction management and general contracting firm with an annual business volume in excess of $1 billion, culminating as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. While at Morse Diesel, John was involved with diverse projects such as the International Arrivals Terminal at Kennedy Airport, the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, the American Airlines Arena in Miami, the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago and the San Francisco Opera House in San Francisco. John then served as Vice President/Corporate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer from 2007 - 2010 for Turner Construction Company, the largest general building contractor in the United States. In his earlier years in practice prior to becoming General Counsel to Morse Diesel, John practiced law for 11 years, first as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey and then in private practice. John left Turner in 2010 to return to the private practice of law. Since that time, he has is actively involved in assisting parties in resolving disputes by serving as a mediator or arbitrator, representing owners and contractors in connection with ongoing construction projects, and advising on operational risk issues in construction projects. He is a member of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry and the New Jersey State Bar Association Construction Interest Section. He is on the roster of approved neutrals for the New York Supreme Court Commercial Division and New Jersey Superior Court. John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College and is a 1984 graduate of Fordham Law School. John lives in New Jersey with his wife Sharon, who is the Chair of the Organizational Management Department at the St. Joseph's College Graduate School of Business, and their ten year-old triplets, John, Dominick and Vivian.