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Jones Day - Construction Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Large full-service firm with an impressive construction practice handling a wide variety of substantial projects. Attracts praise for its dominance in both national and international construction projects and disputes. Recommended for advising and litigating in a range of complex matters, including delays, equipment failures, damages and terminations. Also stands out for its experience in public-private partnerships. Maintains a roster of clients from sectors such as energy, education, real estate, healthcare, industrial engineering and transportation.

Strengths Sources say: "Their client service is extremely good."

Work highlights Represented six Chevron companies which were sued in California by Australian contractor CPB Contractors. The plaintiff sought over $1 billion in damages in connection with a dispute concerning the construction of a jetty on Barrow Island, Australia.

Acted for Omega Engineering, a US construction company, in an international arbitration conducted under the ICSID Rules, against the Republic of Panama. The dispute involved more than $100 million and eight separate state infrastructure projects awarded to the client in Panama.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Ness is noted for his "excellent" abilities in the construction space, handling large-scale projects both domestically and abroad. He is also commended for his work in complex, high-value construction disputes. He is praised by sources for his ability to "see what is important in a case and communicate that to non-lawyers."

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Peckar & Abramson, P.C. - Construction Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Large construction boutique that primarily focuses on the representation of contractors and project managers. Stands out for its litigation and dispute resolution experience in high-stakes domestic and international construction matters. Capacity to advise on the full breadth of construction issues, including contract reviews, compliance programs and labor law concerns. Also noted for its expertise in construction matters related to public-private partnership projects.

Strengths Market commentators say: "They're top-notch and take the lead on keeping their clients abreast of changes in the industry."

Sources say: "They're very good attorneys" who work on complex matters "across the country."

Notable practitioners

Adrian Bastianelli is noted for his impressive abilities in contentious construction matters. His practice has a particular focus on government contracts work and he is also well known for representing owners, designers, contractors, subcontractors and sureties. Sources say: "He's a terrific attorney" and "a seasoned practitioner."

Robert Peckar is a founding partner of the firm and comes highly regarded for his representation of a range of construction clients both within the US and internationally. He is particularly adept at dispute avoidance and resolution matters. Sources describe him as a "top-notch" attorney.

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Long known for leadership and innovation in construction law, Peckar & Abramson's Results First℠ approach extends to a broad array of legal services — all delivered with a commitment to efficiency, value and client service since 1978.  Now, with more than 100 attorneys in ten U.S. offices and affiliations around the globe, our capabilities extend farther and deeper than ever.  Our experience in the courtroom and in dispute resolution, coupled with our ability to provide genuinely insightful legal advice and commercial representation, help a wide range of clients maximize opportunities, meet challenges, solve problems and manage risk.

We draft and negotiate the contracts. We close the deals. We provide guidance, training and risk management support throughout the life cycle of projects. Our Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management Group is involved in many hundreds of major construction transactions every year. Our decades-long experience coupled with our long-term view provides us with an understanding of the industry in its every nuance and many facets. The breadth of our exposure to every issue that affects the industry affords us a singular perspective.

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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP - Construction Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Excels in advising on infrastructure megaprojects, including airports, tunnels, wastewater treatment plants, prisons and more. Fields significant contracts experience, encompassing negotiations, reviews and government contracts. Also recognized for handling major disputes and litigation, as well as litigation and meditation at both national and international levels. Clients include large public owners, private contractors and engineers.

Strengths Sources say: "They're excellent in all areas," and offer an "outstanding client service."

Work highlights Represented Liberation Capital, a global private equity fund in an AAA arbitration with the EPC contractor involving claims of defective design and construction.

Acted for Backwater regarding its $2.5 million claim against the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Backwater entered into a contract with the NRCS to remediate a wetland area by rerouting a stream to its natural boundaries and recreating the natural wetland area.

Notable practitioners

Brian Corgan is well known for his impressive practice focusing on construction litigation, contracts and alternative dispute resolution. His work includes both domestic and international projects. Commentators described him as "one hell of a lawyer."

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Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP - Construction Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished boutique highly regarded for its broad expertise on all sides of the construction industry. Available to assist on all phases of a build, from transactions and project financing, through contracts and dispute resolution. Key areas of focus include surety representation, and major public and private infrastructure and energy projects. Acts for a diverse set of clients, including international contractors, joint ventures, designers, and public and private owners drawn from a range of industries, including energy, insurance, transportation and utilities.

Work highlights Acted for Kiewit in connection with an action arising from the Los Angeles Water and Power Department’s Scattergood Unit 3 Repowering Project. The case concerned allegations of breach of contractual obligations.

Represented the contractor FHP Tectonics in a dispute with the City of Miami after Tectonics experienced a substantial number of critical delays for the Flagler Street Downtown Beautification Project due to outdated utility plans and various conflicts. The firm successfully obtained a termination for convenience and determined that the contractor was without fault.

Notable practitioners Lewis Baker in McLean, Virginia is a key contact.

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Duane Morris LLP - Construction Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent group working nationally and internationally on all aspects of construction law. Noted for its excellent record handling contentious claims in large-scale litigation, and for achieving settlements through alternative dispute resolution. Possesses substantial experience in a wide range of areas, including high-value project development, government contracts and public-private partnerships. Also highly regarded for its capabilities in sustainable design and engineering matters, mechanics' liens and property damage claims.

Work highlights Represented the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, managing ongoing projects and claims avoidance as well as bid protests and contract disputes.

Drafted and negotiated contract documents for the construction of a $100 million housing and retail complex for University of the Sciences.

Notable practitioners Mark Canizio in New York is a key contact.

About the Team (content provided by Duane Morris LLP)

Duane Morris' Construction Group's lawyers provide a full range of legal services to clients in all aspects of construction and government contracting, including:

  • Contracting with public and private entities​• Public/private partnership (P3) projects
  • Bid protests and award disputes
  • Owner/developer project management representation
  • Construction administration services and risk management
  • Contract interpretation, complex contract claims and surety litigation
  • Claims preparation and negotiation
  • Interference and installation/specification issues
  • Contract defaults and terminations
  • Delay and inefficiency claims
  • Federal procurement issues/stimulus
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • BIM (Building Information Modeling)
  • Sustainable design and engineering
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and green building
  • Bid, payment, and performance surety bonds
  • Insurance coverage and claim disputes
  • Mechanic's liens
  • Contractor licensing matters
  • Property damage claims
  • Labor and employment counseling
  • OSHA compliance and workplace safety issues

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Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP - Construction Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Seasoned team representing clients from all sides of the construction industry, including municipalities, private owners and contractors. Well regarded for its expertise in contract negotiations and project financing. Also boasts an impressive litigation team frequently seen in high-stakes disputes. Highly recommended for handling projects in the energy and renewable energy sectors with a growing presence in cross-border construction projects.

Strengths A client reports: "Our experience with the firm has been excellent. The level of service is top notch."

Clients say: "They pay attention to detail and are able to explain complicated issues to us in simple terms."

Notable practitioners

Jennifer Fletcher is highly regarded for her handling of high-profile construction projects and litigation. She acts in a range of complex disputes for a variety of clients both domestically and internationally.

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Farella Braun + Martel LLP - Construction Department

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第三等

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What the team is known forWest Coast-based group that is well regarded across the country. Covers the full gamut of construction services and scenarios. Offers high-quality alternative dispute resolution representation as well as trial expertise. Known for representing public and private owners, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals.

Strengths Sources say: "They're a construction powerhouse."

Notable practitioners

Alan Harris is a key contact.

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Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP - Construction Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact Florida-based boutique known for its strong leadership and ability to serve clients in sizable projects nationwide. Fields an experienced bench with substantial architectural, engineering and construction experience, and is highly recommended for handling major litigation and overseeing prominent public sector and design-build projects. Also handles international construction issues.

Strengths Source say: "They're very good litigators."

Work highlights Worked with White Oak Power Constructors to bring multiple claims against the owner, subcontractors and numerous international vendors participating in the construction of a $350 million, 1,000 megawatt combined cycle power generating facility located in Maryland.

Acted for Plaza Construction Group in the development and litigation of claims in excess of several million dollars involving significant delay, acceleration and extra work damages incurred by the client in constructing a multiple-project complex of four high-rise towers in Miami with a combined value of over $600 million.

Notable practitioners

James Moye comes recommended for his capabilities handling litigation as well as major construction and infrastructure projects. He advises on large-scale US construction projects as well as those located abroad including the Caribbean, Central America and Canada.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP - Construction Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Experienced group with a strong presence across the country. Often handles high-profile projects for major construction groups and owners, and possesses a high-caliber litigation and trial team that regularly appears in high-value disputes arising from projects. Also noted for its representation of leading contractors and design professionals. Further recognized for representation of international clients drawn from the Americas, the Middle East and the UK.

Work highlights Acted for Sciame Construction in the preparation and negotiation of the construction management agreement for the Culture Shed, a culture facilities project in the NYC Hudson Rail Yards.

Represented Midasco in multiple disputes concerning access and progress of work on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project in Virginia.

Notable practitioners Michael Subak in Philadelphia is a key contact for the practice.

About the Team (content provided by Pepper Hamilton LLP)

Our nationally ranked Construction Practice Group is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the country. We counsel clients on some of the biggest, most sophisticated construction projects in the world, and we are aware of no firm that tries and wins more complex disputes than we do, in federal and state courts nationwide and arbitration forums domestic and international. With partners who have multiple first-chair trial experience, significant bench strength with experienced and specialized associates, and a national network of 13 offices, we have the depth and breadth to try cases of any complexity, anywhere at any time. We are proud of our track record of resolving disputes well before our clients were forced to incur the costs associated with litigation. If disputes cannot be resolved informally, our adversaries know that we have been there before. We have deep experience in critical industry sectors, particularly energy, pipelines and infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and health care, manufacturing and process plants, and offices, hotels/resorts and residential. We are innovators in using project management and process improvement tools to drive efficiencies in matters of all size and type, utilize accurate and predictable budgets, and reduce overall costs. Our expertise covers transactional and dispute resolution work on private and government projects. We have handled projects and cases in all parts of the United States and around the world.



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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Construction Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Quality group handling complex transactions and disputes across the country and abroad. Areas of strength include insurance coverage claims and public-private partnerships work. Frequently collaborates with complementary practices, such as energy and real estate, to deliver counsel on diverse projects from start to finish. Includes a disasters group able to respond to critical matters such as crane collapse, explosions, full building collapse and force majeure incidents.

Work highlights Continued to represent New York University in a $1.4 billion litigation filed against Turner Construction for breach of contract and negligence. The damages arise from Turner’s failure to protect the job site and surrounding buildings from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Represented Duke Energy in a dispute with Westinghouse Electric over refunds and termination costs related to the termination of an EPC Agreement for the Levy County Nuclear Project.

Notable practitioners

John Heisse is highly experienced in the representation of owners, developers, builders and designers in all phases of construction projects. He is also highly regarded for his abilities in litigation and dispute resolution.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Construction Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known forExperienced in large project development for sectors including public infrastructure, transportation and energy. Has significant experience in handling domestic and international construction disputes, and provides expert guidance on a variety of matters, including EPC agreements, government contracting and bid protests. Regularly advises clients from sectors including real estate, retail, energy, healthcare and utilities.

Work highlights Drafted and negotiated construction, design and professional service contracts for PGP Development in connection with its approximately $1.5 billion Capitol Crossing Project in Washington, DC.

Acted for the Municipality of Anchorage in connection with major litigation filed against various project participants as a result of the design and construction of the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project.

Notable practitioners Bennett Greenberg and Sara Beiro Farabow are key contacts for the group.

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With one of the largest and most experienced construction law practices in the United States, Seyfarth Shaw provides clients the benefits of a classic construction boutique supported by the resources of a large full-service firm. We represent clients—developers, contractors, owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors and lenders—in all phases of construction projects, from inception to completion, domestically and abroad.

Although we have traditionally maintained a strong litigation dimension to the practice, our expertise extends to all non-contentious aspects of construction project development and government contracts work. Our client roster features a large number of contractors and engineers. We have extensive government contracts expertise representing both private parties contracting with the government and government entities. Significant expertise includes, handling protests, claims, and litigation. International work is a growing feature of the practice, and we continue to successfully expand our relationships with foreign construction companies and project owners operating overseas working on some of the largest international projects.

We are particularly strong in handling large, complex project disputes such as those involving stadiums, infrastructure developments, power plants and wastewater treatment centers. To learn more about our national litigation and counseling capabilities, visit www.seyfarth.com/Construction.

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Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP - Construction Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known forLong-established construction boutique staffed by experienced ex-industry attorneys. Represents a broad client base on complex construction matters, particularly in infrastructure and energy projects, as well as public-private partnerships. Also respected for its work on a variety of cases for private corporations and government contractors. Noted strength in arbitration and other ADR processes.

Work highlights Represented a general contractor in prosecuting claims against the government in excess of $200 million on matters relating to a US military hospital.

Notable practitioners Atlanta-based partner Robert Chambers is a key contact.

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Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino - Construction Department

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What the team is known for Well-respected boutique comprised of construction law specialists on both coasts. Handles sensitive and substantial cases for many of the country's top industry players. Specializes in industrial and power sector projects with engineering, procurement and construction contractors and developers. Increasingly active in international construction projects and arbitrations, and has significant experience in government contract disputes. Particularly skilled in cross-border and multijurisdictional matters.

Strengths Clients say: "The firm has the capability to handle construction litigation of all sizes both domestically and internationally."

Sources say: "They're great - tenacious and collegial."

Work highlights Represented a joint venture comprised of Balfour Beatty Construction, DPR, and Big-D Construction, in an arbitration regarding a $1.5 billion classified US government facility located in Utah.

Acted for Chicago Bridge & Iron Company in a dispute against Sinclair Oil arising out of an explosion in 2013 at Sinclair Oil’s hydrocracker complex at its Wyoming refinery.

Notable practitioners San Francisco-based Bennett Lee and Tysons Corner-based Paul Varela are the chief contacts.

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Founded in 2014 with the opening of offices in Northern Virginia and San Francisco, Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino (VLMG) represents clients spanning the breadth of the construction industry, including owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, sureties, and public agencies. VLMG’s attorneys have handled litigation and arbitration across the United States and around the world involving a diverse spectrum of construction projects, including civil, industrial, power, commercial, and military/government projects, among many others. VLMG’s attorneys also have substantial experience in counseling clients during ongoing projects, as well as the drafting or review of contract documents. At its core, VLMG is a construction services law firm. Disproving the concept that legal service should only be consulted upon litigation, clients realize value from VLMG’s contract administration support during active projects. As many of our clients understand, project-level decision-making, such as scheduling and change order management, can avoid a lawsuit. VLMG’s professionals work as a team with executive, legal, accounting and engineering personnel as a foundational risk management asset. 






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Holland & Knight LLP - Construction Department

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第四等

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What the team is known for Stands out for its counsel across a wide variety of construction projects, including in urban redevelopment, infrastructure and power generation, and enjoys a fine track record in public-private partnership work. Able to assist on all phases of a project, from compliance and financing through dispute resolution. Clients include national and international contractors, developers, and public and private owners drawn from the energy, education and healthcare sectors among others.

Work highlights Represented general contractor Barton Malow Company in an arbitration with a structural steel contractor in connection with the expansion of Notre Dame football stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

Acted for AvalonBay Communities in a dispute involving the construction of a multistory residential complex located in Washington, DC. The matter was resolved as a result of extensive negotiations between the interested parties.

Notable practitioners Stephen Shapiro is a key contact.

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Band 1

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Ness is noted for his "excellent" abilities in the construction space, handling large-scale projects both domestically and abroad. He is also commended for his work in complex, high-value construction disputes. He is praised by sources for his ability to "see what is important in a case and communicate that to non-lawyers."

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Adrian L Bastianelli III

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Adrian Bastianelli is noted for his impressive abilities in contentious construction matters. His practice has a particular focus on government contracts work and he is also well known for representing owners, designers, contractors, subcontractors and sureties. Sources say: "He's a terrific attorney" and "a seasoned practitioner."

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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Corgan is well known for his impressive practice focusing on construction litigation, contracts and alternative dispute resolution. His work includes both domestic and international projects. Commentators described him as "one hell of a lawyer."

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Heisse is highly experienced in the representation of owners, developers, builders and designers in all phases of construction projects. He is also highly regarded for his abilities in litigation and dispute resolution.

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Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Peckar is a founding partner of the firm and comes highly regarded for his representation of a range of construction clients both within the US and internationally. He is particularly adept at dispute avoidance and resolution matters. Sources describe him as a "top-notch" attorney.

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Ficken of Cozen O'Connor is known for his extensive experience in a range of construction matters with a particular focus on litigation. He is also known to advise developers and owners on contract documentation, dispute avoidance and major construction projects.

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Jennifer W Fletcher

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jennifer Fletcher is highly regarded for her handling of high-profile construction projects and litigation. She acts in a range of complex disputes for a variety of clients both domestically and internationally.

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Band 3

Michael C Loulakis

Capital Project Law Group PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Loulakis of Capital Project Law Group PLLC is noted for his skills in advising contractors, owners and designers in construction project execution. He is particularly focused on public-private partnership work and design-build projects.

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Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Moye comes recommended for his capabilities handling litigation as well as major construction and infrastructure projects. He advises on large-scale US construction projects as well as those located abroad including the Caribbean, Central America and Canada.

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