John Cunningham is a managing consultant for Marsh Risk Consulting’s Construction Consulting Practice. Based in Houston, he provides and leads client services in complex engineering and construction disputes and claims, serving as an independent expert. John provides management consulting services in all phases of engineering design and construction regarding claims management and claims avoidance. He is an advisor in corporate governance and risk management. John’s expertise is in engineering and construction, with a focus in the energy sector, including power generation, electric transmission, pipelines, refineries, LNG facilities, petrochemical complexes, and chemical plants. His engagements also include structures, such as high-rise buildings, and specialty issues, such as asbestos.
As a disputes expert, John performs, leads and manages client services in such matters as scope disputes; forensic analysis; standard of care; prudence/negligence issues; errors and omissions; roles and responsibilities of the parties and causation; delay and disruption; productivity; damages quantification and calculation. He provides services to both contractors and owners. John has testified as an expert in various claims proceedings and is experienced with International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and American Arbitration Association (AAA) forms of arbitration.
As a management consultant, he advises clients seeking to defend against, avoid or who may need to initiate claims. He performs and leads contract administration support services, conducts project performance reviews, and analyzes engineering and construction practices in comparison with industry-accepted standard of care.
As an advisor in corporate governance and risk management, John’s experience includes project risk management evaluations and risk management training sessions. Having extensive experience drafting and negotiating numerous types of contracts and financial instruments, he also performs contract controls assessments.
John offers over three decades of practical industry experience as a project developer, contract negotiator, engineering officer, project construction manager, asset manager and board member of various complex energy projects, many on the order of US$1 billion in size. Prior to joining Marsh, John was an engagement manager for The Nielsen-Wurster Group, Inc., a dispute resolution, management consulting and risk management services company whose assets were acquired by Marsh USA, Inc. Before then, John was employed for 30 years at El Paso Corporation, culminating as an engineering officer. Early career responsibilities included involvement in many FERC regulatory and certificate matters and service as a plant engineer at a petrochemical complex.
- BS in chemical engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, summa cum laude
- MS in chemical engineering, University of Michigan
- Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
- Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC)
- Project Management Institute (PMI) Member
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Member
- Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society) Member