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Construction — Virginia


Moore & Lee LLP - Construction

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Notable construction team that is able to assist clients with general advisory work, as well as with dispute resolution. Regularly represents contractors, owners, design professionals and developers in complex proceedings. Also handles the full range of contractual matters, regularly drafting and negotiating agreements in connection with large and small projects.

Notable practitioners

Robert Moore handles both contentious and noncontentious matters in the construction space, but is particularly noted for his handling of dispute resolution. Sources deem him "an excellent lawyer."

Charlie Lee is recognized for his handling of construction litigation, handling such matters as part of a broader commercial litigation practice. Interviewees affirm that he is "a very good, seasoned attorney."

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Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino - Construction

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Boutique construction firm with an impressive international client base. Regularly advises clients on high-value dispute resolution proceedings domestically and internationally. Noted for its expertise in the power and industrial arena.

Strengths The firm is widely respected by clients, who note a “deep bench of skilled and experienced construction lawyers” who "always provide a timely and thorough response."

Another client also gives the firm a glowing review: "The service and results that I have obtained with this firm have been top-notch. I would rank them in the top echelon of the firms that I have dealt with who are experts in construction and surety law."

Value for money Sources also report that the firm provides strong value for money: "The firm is very client-focused and strives to provide quality service for a fair and reasonable fee."

Work highlights Defended Kenny Construction against a $14 million claim brought by the US Army Corps of Engineers before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. The dispute concerned the design and construction of a flood control project for the City of Chicago.

Settled a claim against engineering and construction contractor CH2M HILL brought by the project owner of a high-value power plant in New Jersey. The dispute stemmed from allegedly lost revenues following the late completion of the facility.

Significant clients Balfour Beatty, DPR Construction, Skanska, PCL Construction Enterprises, Hensel Phelps Construction.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Paul Varela maintains his standing for handling complex litigation arising from federal contracts and high-value projects. He offers additional expertise in risk management and alternative dispute resolution. Sources affirm that he is "an excellent lead counsel," describing him as "calm in the eye of the storm" and noting that he "inspires trust and confidence."

Todd Metz represents a diverse set of clients, including contractors, owners and sureties in domestic and international construction claims dispute resolution. One grateful client reports that Metz "has consistently provided keen advice against tight deadlines, and his experience on complex construction contract issues has been a true asset for us."

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Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP - Construction

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What the team is known for Market-leading construction specialist renowned for its breadth of experience and coverage. Possesses expertise across the piece, with a range of recent work in connection with large-scale projects. Stands out for its work on contentious matters, offering a fine track record in both litigation and arbitration.

Strengths Sources affirm that Watt Tieder is “a very fine firm with excellent lawyers.

One impressed client reports: "The Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald office from Northern Virginia has also done a great job representing our firm."

Work highlights Acted for the Traylor-Shea joint venture in connection with its role as contractor on the construction of an 11-mile tunnel for a fresh water pipeline in San Diego County. The team acted in disputes stemming from a number of differing site conditions encountered during the project.

Significant clients Kiewit Construction, Black & Veatch, Balfour Beatty, J.F. Shea Construction, Fluor.

Notable practitioners

Carter Reid handles all aspects of public construction and surety law, including contract drafting and negotiation and the defense of claims. Interviewees consider him to be "an exemplary attorney."

Lewis Baker is thought of as "an extremely capable lawyer" in the construction space. He continues to act for contractors, architects and engineers in connection with the defense of major construction claims.

John Tieder focuses his practice on major international projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He also handles construction litigation and arbitration, both domestically and internationally.

The hugely experienced and "highly regarded" Robert Fitzgerald handles both contentious and noncontentious construction matters, including the drafting and negotiation of contracts and the defense of claims.

The “very experienced, energetic and effective” Vivian Katsantonis offers clients her broad knowledge of contracts, claims and surety law.

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Williams Mullen - Construction

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What the team is known for Offers clients a full range of contractual services, including preparation, review and negotiation, on complex development projects. Also represents clients on disputes with regular work in relation to litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Particularly strength in matters pertaining to federal government construction works. Clients include contractors, subcontractors, developers and sureties.

Strengths Sources note that Williams Mullen offers "a deep bench in construction law," and that it is "capable of handling very complex, big construction law matters."

Value for money Sources attest that the firm offers "excellent value for money," and that it is "transparent in its billing."

Work highlights Assisted owner Carr Properties on design contracts and other pre-construction matters regarding the development of the $650 million Midtown Center in Washington, DC.

Advised The Donohoe Companies in connection with claims stemming from the Tysons Corner Center Phase I Residential Project, a 30-story apartment development. Matters included a default termination dispute with a subcontractor.

Significant clients The Donohoe Companies, Smoot Construction, Brayman Construction, Ironbridge Construction, Washington County Service Authority.

Notable practitioners

The “extremely capableRobert Coxhas very deep experience and excellent insights” in construction matters, according to sources. He has a wealth of experience in construction disputes, including in litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Brian Cashmere is described as “excellent to work with” and “totally client-driven” by impressed market sources. He handles construction disputes and contract drafting and negotiation.

Arnie Mason has a burgeoning reputation for an impressive practice that covers all aspects of construction law, including the preparation of contracts and the resolution of claims. Sources say that he is "extremely organized, thorough and anticipates problems very well."

The "very reliable and meticulous" Melisa Roy is an associate who garners impressive feedback from clients. She is developing her expertise in the areas of litigation, surety law and government contracts.

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BrigliaMcLaughlin, PLLC - Construction

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What the team is known for Construction boutique that handles the whole spectrum of issues, with regular work on complex litigation and surety defense. Represents construction clients at every stage of a project and offers services in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Strengths Interviewees consider the firm to be “a great regional boutique” and note its “very effective litigators.”

Notable practitioners

Shannon Briglia is recognized for her representation of contractors, subcontractors, sureties and other players in the construction industry in connection with a wide range of high-value disputes. Sources say that she is “very capable and well respected in the Bar.”

Lauren McLaughlin is noted for her handling of all aspects of construction law, notably including risk management and dispute avoidance. Her clients include sureties, owners, developers and contractors.

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Kraftson Caudle - Construction

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What the team is known for Construction and government contracting specialists that work with clients in the USA and abroad. Handles major, high-value projects such as renewable energy facilities, pipelines and highways. Areas of strength include contract preparation and negotiation, litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Kraftson handles a broad range of construction law and government contracts matters, including litigation, claim analysis and contract negotiation. Sources affirm that he is "a wonderful person with a wonderful reputation" in the construction industry.

Wayne Lalle offers public owners and contractors pragmatic advice on construction claims, disputes and contracts. He has noted experience of matters pertaining to transportation and energy projects, among other matters.

Larry Caudle has a comprehensive construction practice with particular strength in matters pertaining to highway projects. Interviewees call him "a fine and reputable attorney."

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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC - Construction

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What the team is known for Specialist construction firm that regularly works with clients on dispute resolution and mandates relating to government contracts. Possesses deep expertise and experience in the mediation and arbitration of major international disputes. Also represents clients in connection with contract drafting, bidding and negotiation.

Strengths Sources say: "They get good results in major matters. They put the client first, including strong, practical advice on prospects and strategy."

Notable practitioners

Sources call Brian Vella "a good, knowledgeable attorney" and value his ability “to get right to the core of the issue.” He is noted for his representation of owners, developers, designers, engineers and contractors in major construction disputes.

Clients "can't say enough good things" about the highly experienced Val McWhorter, who is noted for his handling of disputes stemming from federal, state and local government construction contracts.

Sources say that Richard Smith is “one of the go-to mediators or arbitrators in the area.” His clients include contractors, subcontractors, owners and designers, and he offers experience of disputes stemming from both public and private projects.

Mark Hanson is well known for his handling of disputes arising from government contract matters. He represents clients such as contractors, owners and design professionals both domestically and internationally.

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Akerman LLP - Construction

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What the team is known for Advising clients on every stage of construction projects, including procurement, acquisition, development, financing and litigation. Regularly handles work involving large infrastructure projects, while also handling matters relating to government facilities, hospitals and corporate headquarters.

Work highlights Represented the Architect of the Capitol in connection with claims of negligent design against the construction contractor of the Capitol Visitor's Center.

Defended the owner and developer of the New England Bio Mass Power Generation Project in connection with a federal action brought by the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. The team achieved the dismissal of all claims.

Significant clients CECO Construction, Millcreek Residential Trust, Twining Properties, TIC Industrial, Rizzani de Eccher.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees consider Jeffrey Gilmore to be “extremely talented and extremely astute at strategy.” He chairs Akerman's construction practice and is noted for his expertise in all aspects of construction law pertaining to private and public projects.

Stephen Hurlbut continues to win market approval for his handling of schedule-related construction disputes relating to government contracts. He offers experience of litigation at both state and federal level, and of arbitration and mediation.

Department profile by Akerman LLP

Akerman manages the legal aspects of major construction initiatives and infrastructure projects around the world, providing practical counsel on contract formation and administration issues, as well as construction litigation, arbitration, and mediation services. We are recognized for our experience in transportation, energy, public infrastructure, housing, government facilities, and healthcare projects.

Our team serves a wide array of sector players including contractors, public and private owners, designers, insurance carriers, sureties, and lenders. We advise clients on the selection of project delivery systems, risk allocation strategies, government contracting, and the negotiation of contract documents (construction and design), procurement procedures, and construction liens.

Service Offerings

  • Construction Contract Formation & Administration
  • Construction Liens, Surety Bonds, Performance Guarantees & Insurance Coverage
  • Construction Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Defective Chinese Drywall Defense
  • Government Contracts
  • Government, Military & Institutional Construction
  • Power Generation, Petrochemical & Process Construction
  • Transportation & Public Infrastructure

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Reed Smith LLP - Construction

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第三等

Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Diverse construction practice that covers the full spectrum of related issues. Advises on matters pertaining to PPP and procurement. Works closely alongside the firm's real estate, construction and insurance groups to offer clients a comprehensive service.

Strengths Interviewees are enthusiastic about their experience with the firm, describing its construction attorneys as “quick to respond and very knowledgeable in their field.”

Work highlights Represented developer Lincoln Property Company in connection with the preparation and negotiation of construction contracts for projects across the USA.

Acted for Pyramid Hotel Group in connection with construction and design contracts for a $150 million hotel in Berkeley, California.

Significant clients JBG Construction, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Comstock Companies, Pyramid Hotel Group, Digney York Associates.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Folk is noted for his expertise in the construction, procurement and PPP spaces. He has an impressive track record in complex, high-value disputes, and is considered by sources to be “calm, knowledgeable, articulate and assertive.

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Senior Statesmen

Robert M Fitzgerald

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The hugely experienced and "highly regarded" Robert Fitzgerald handles both contentious and noncontentious construction matters, including the drafting and negotiation of contracts and the defense of claims.

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Senior Statesmen

William E Franczek

Vandeventer Black LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Franczek of Vandeventer Black LLP is “a great mediator and an outstanding litigator” who is widely respected by market sources. He offers recognized expertise in all matters pertaining to construction contracts and PPP.

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Senior Statesmen

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients "can't say enough good things" about the highly experienced Val McWhorter, who is noted for his handling of disputes stemming from federal, state and local government construction contracts.

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Senior Statesmen

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say that Richard Smith is “one of the go-to mediators or arbitrators in the area.” His clients include contractors, subcontractors, owners and designers, and he offers experience of disputes stemming from both public and private projects.

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Senior Statesmen

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Tieder focuses his practice on major international projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He also handles construction litigation and arbitration, both domestically and internationally.

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Eminent Practitioner

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lewis Baker is thought of as "an extremely capable lawyer" in the construction space. He continues to act for contractors, architects and engineers in connection with the defense of major construction claims.

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Star Individuals

Michael C Loulakis

Capital Project Law Group PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The “brilliant”  Michael Loulakis of Capital Project Law Group PLLC is considered a “real force” in the construction space. He advises owners, contractors and developers in connection with large-scale national projects. Interviewees also report that he is "a noted authority on the design-build method of project delivery."

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Kraftson Caudle

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Kraftson handles a broad range of construction law and government contracts matters, including litigation, claim analysis and contract negotiation. Sources affirm that he is "a wonderful person with a wonderful reputation" in the construction industry.

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Moore & Lee LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Moore handles both contentious and noncontentious matters in the construction space, but is particularly noted for his handling of dispute resolution. Sources deem him "an excellent lawyer."

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Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

From the Chambers USA guide

Founding partner Paul Varela maintains his standing for handling complex litigation arising from federal contracts and high-value projects. He offers additional expertise in risk management and alternative dispute resolution. Sources affirm that he is "an excellent lead counsel," describing him as "calm in the eye of the storm" and noting that he "inspires trust and confidence."

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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources call Brian Vella "a good, knowledgeable attorney" and value his ability “to get right to the core of the issue.” He is noted for his representation of owners, developers, designers, engineers and contractors in major construction disputes.

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Band 2

Shannon J Briglia

BrigliaMcLaughlin, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Shannon Briglia is recognized for her representation of contractors, subcontractors, sureties and other players in the construction industry in connection with a wide range of high-value disputes. Sources say that she is “very capable and well respected in the Bar.”

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Williams Mullen

From the Chambers USA guide

The “extremely capable” Robert Cox “has very deep experience and excellent insights” in construction matters, according to sources. He has a wealth of experience in construction disputes, including in litigation, arbitration and mediation.

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Band 2

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Folk is noted for his expertise in the construction, procurement and PPP spaces. He has an impressive track record in complex, high-value disputes, and is considered by sources to be “calm, knowledgeable, articulate and assertive.

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Band 2

Jeffrey G Gilmore

Akerman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees consider Jeffrey Gilmore to be “extremely talented and extremely astute at strategy.” He chairs Akerman's construction practice and is noted for his expertise in all aspects of construction law pertaining to private and public projects.

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Moore & Lee LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charlie Lee is recognized for his handling of construction litigation, handling such matters as part of a broader commercial litigation practice. Interviewees affirm that he is "a very good, seasoned attorney."

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Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

From the Chambers USA guide

Todd Metz represents a diverse set of clients, including contractors, owners and sureties in domestic and international construction claims dispute resolution. One grateful client reports that Metz "has consistently provided keen advice against tight deadlines, and his experience on complex construction contract issues has been a true asset for us."

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Stephan "Hobie" Andrews

Vandeventer Black LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very knowledgeable and very capable" Stephan Andrews of Vandeventer Black LLP is noted for his handling of matters at the intersection of construction law and professional liability. His clients include contractors and architects.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Barat of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is recognized for his handling of both contentious and noncontentious construction matters, including contract drafting and negotiation and disputes, and is particularly noted for his work in the PPP space. Clients describe him as "accessible and extra-knowledgeable."

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Williams Mullen

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Cashmere is described as “excellent to work with” and “totally client-driven” by impressed market sources. He handles construction disputes and contract drafting and negotiation.

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Larry W Caudle Jr

Kraftson Caudle

From the Chambers USA guide

Larry Caudle has a comprehensive construction practice with particular strength in matters pertaining to highway projects. Interviewees call him "a fine and reputable attorney."

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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Hanson is well known for his handling of disputes arising from government contract matters. He represents clients such as contractors, owners and design professionals both domestically and internationally.

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Akerman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Hurlbut continues to win market approval for his handling of schedule-related construction disputes relating to government contracts. He offers experience of litigation at both state and federal level, and of arbitration and mediation.

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Vivian Katsantonis

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The “very experienced, energetic and effective” Vivian Katsantonis offers clients her broad knowledge of contracts, claims and surety law.

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Band 3

Kraftson Caudle

From the Chambers USA guide

Wayne Lalle offers public owners and contractors pragmatic advice on construction claims, disputes and contracts. He has noted experience of matters pertaining to transportation and energy projects, among other matters.

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Band 3

Lauren McLaughlin

BrigliaMcLaughlin, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Lauren McLaughlin is noted for her handling of all aspects of construction law, notably including risk management and dispute avoidance. Her clients include sureties, owners, developers and contractors.

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Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carter Reid handles all aspects of public construction and surety law, including contract drafting and negotiation and the defense of claims. Interviewees consider him to be "an exemplary attorney."

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Up and Coming

Williams Mullen

From the Chambers USA guide

Arnie Mason has a burgeoning reputation for an impressive practice that covers all aspects of construction law, including the preparation of contracts and the resolution of claims. Sources say that he is "extremely organized, thorough and anticipates problems very well."

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Associates to watch

Williams Mullen

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very reliable and meticulous" Melisa Roy is an associate who garners impressive feedback from clients. She is developing her expertise in the areas of litigation, surety law and government contracts.

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