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Moore & Lee LLP - Construction Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 litigation. Also handles the full range of contractual matters, regularly drafting and negotiating agreements in connection with large and small projects.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Robert Moore advises clients on both contentious and noncontentious construction matters. He is particularly respected for his representation of contractors in connection with large infrastructure projects.

Charlie Lee is recognized as "outstanding" and "a true professional" by market sources. He has extensive experience handling construction disputes as part of his broad commercial litigation practice.

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Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino - Construction Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique construction firm with an impressive international client base. Boasts a deep bench of highly experienced construction law specialists as well as up-and-coming attorneys. Regularly advises clients on high-value dispute resolution proceedings domestically and internationally. Noted for its expertise in the power and industrial sectors.

Strengths Clients comment: "The firm demonstrates that it is client-focused consistently, passionately and with sincerity."

Work highlights Represented the owner of the $3.5 billion Baha Mar Resort and Casino in Nassau, which was placed in bankruptcy and suspended after disputes arose between its original owner and the contractor building the project..

Advised a joint venture comprising Balfour Beatty Construction, DPR and Big-D Construction on an arbitration arising out of the construction of a $1.5 billion government facility in Utah.

Notable practitioners

Paul Varela demonstrates "excellent legal skills while remaining sensitive to the business needs of his clients," report sources. One client comments: "His ability to learn and understand the technical issues astounded me." He handles contentious and noncontentious construction matters on behalf of domestic and international clients. His expertise includes government contracts and public-private partnerships.

Todd Metz is "a seasoned and capable lawyer," report sources, particularly highlighting his "even temperament." Metz predominantly focuses on contentious issues arising from construction and infrastructure projects. He acts for contractors, owners and design professionals in litigation and arbitration.

Clients comment Joseph Guarino is “excellent with contract negotiations, a skilled litigator and overall a very professional attorney.” He handles disputes arising out of a wide range of projects, including power plants and hospitality projects.

Christopher Burke has significant experience handling high-value arbitrations involving construction projects. Clients say: "He's very knowledgeable, thorough and detailed."

Brian Dugdale is "very professional and thorough," according to clients. His wide-ranging experience includes negotiating construction and engineering agreements as well as handling dispute resolution.

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The core of VLMG’s practice is devoted to the construction and engineering industry. All of VLMG’s partners have devoted their careers to construction law, where they counsel clients through dispute resolution on some of the most complex of construction disputes. VLMG advises its clients in federal and state courts, arbitration, and other forums of dispute resolution, including international arbitration (as explained more fully immediately below). VLMG’s team has substantial experience handling major litigations and arbitrations on national and global mega-projects, but also provides sound advice on more local disputes for its wide client base.

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

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading construction specialist renowned for its breadth of experience and coverage. Regularly provides counsel on large-scale projects, with a notable focus on energy and infrastructure developments. Stands out for its work on contentious matters, offering a fine track record in both litigation and arbitration.

Strengths Clients report: "Watt Tieder has proven to be a very solid and dependable firm that understands the client's needs and is well respected in the industry."

One client says: "It ranks among the top law firms to handle complex construction matters."

Work highlights Represented Corinthian Contractors in an agency-level protest challenging its failed bid for a $200 million Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority runway repair project.

Represented FHP Tectonics in a dispute with the City of Miami concerning a number of delays in the Downtown Beautification Project for Flagler Street, which ultimately resulted in a termination for convenience.

Notable practitioners

Robert Fitzgerald maintains his "well-deserved reputation for infrastructure projects." He has a wealth of experience negotiating prime and subcontract agreements and also counsels clients on dispute resolution.

Managing partner of the firm Lewis Baker is recognized as a "prominent figure" at the construction law Bar, and one source describes him as "a straight shooter who is able to solve issues with trust and confidence." He is experienced in handling litigation and arbitration arising out of construction projects.

Vivian Katsantonis is notable for her handling of "sophisticated cases" in the construction sector. She offers expertise in contract negotiation and litigation.

Carter Reid receives praise for his "ability to quickly grasp complex construction and contract issues and readily condense them into easily understood concepts." He has a broad construction and surety law practice, which includes acting on behalf of contractors, owners, designers, engineers and sureties in contract negotiation and dispute resolution.

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Williams Mullen - Construction Department

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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, including regular handling of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Particular strength in matters pertaining to federal government construction works. Clients include contractors, subcontractors, developers and sureties.

Strengths One client describes the team as "very responsive and timely," adding that "they always have our best interests at the forefront of the work."

Clients comment: "The team is dependable, reliable and professional toward clients. We use the firm due to this reliability and quality of service."

Work highlights Counseled Donohoe Construction on the preparation of multiple direct cost and delay claims arising during the excavation phase of a mixed-use project in Maryland.

Provided Carr Properties with pre-construction and design-side contract support in connection with various commercial development projects, including the 7272 Wisconsin Avenue Project in Maryland.

Notable practitioners

Robert Cox advises clients on contract negotiation and dispute resolution, including arbitration and litigation in state and federal courts. Clients value his "very deep experience and excellent insights into complex contractual matters."

Brian Cashmere receives praise for his "attention to detail" and "very thorough, thoughtful and timely counsel." Clients say: "He knows every aspect of construction disputes as well as all relevant parties in the construction industry." He has experience representing owners, contractors, developers, subcontractors and sureties in contract negotiations and disputes pertaining to public and private construction projects.

Melisa Roy is "a trusted adviser, providing sound counsel in a pleasant and professional manner," report sources. She guides clients through all stages of construction projects, including dispute resolution. Her clients include owners, contractors and sureties.

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BrigliaMcLaughlin, PLLC - Construction Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 The firm is described as "small and nimble, with a standout reputation in the market."

Notable practitioners

Shannon Briglia is "a great advocate who is able to work well with the other side," according to market sources. She is noted for her expert representation of sureties in construction litigation and arbitration.

Lauren McLaughlin is "extremely creative and very thoughtful," report peers. She handles a wide range of contentious and noncontentious construction issues on behalf of sureties, owners, developers and contractors.

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Kraftson Caudle - Construction Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

Sources say Daniel Kraftson is a "very highly regarded, skilled and practical attorney." He advises clients on all aspects of construction law and government contacts, including contract negotiation and claims for additional time and cost.

Larry Caudle has a broad construction practice, which includes advising on risk management, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. His experience handling highway and transportation projects is of particular note.

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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC - Construction Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, including claims for increased costs. Also represents clients in connection with contract drafting, bidding and negotiation.

Strengths One client describes the team as "excellent" and adds: "We trust the team and its advice implicitly."

Notable practitioners

Val McWhorter has a wealth of experience handling high-value disputes stemming from public and private construction contracts. He offers expertise in mediation as well as litigation.

Richard Smith is well regarded for his work as a mediator and as a project neutral in complex construction disputes. He is knowledgeable about a wide range of issues pertaining to public and private contracts, including delay, inefficiency and extra work claims.

Clients regard Brian Vella as a “go-to person” for construction claims, and praise his "very even hand." He advises contractors, engineers, designers and owners on a wide array of construction-related disputes.

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Akerman LLP - Construction Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

Work highlights Represented the Architect of the Capitol in a litigation arising out of the Capitol Visitors' Center, which included resolving claims against the construction contractor as well as litigating claims against the project designer before the GAO Board of Contract Appeals.

Advised Twining Properties on the development of a new 282-foot tower in Long Island, which includes drafting and negotiating a construction management agreement and an architect agreement.

Notable practitioners

Chair of the firm's construction practice Jeffrey Gilmore is recognized as "a good construction lawyer" and is further described as "a fine lawyer" and "a practical person." He is highly experienced in handling disputes involving both public and private construction projects.

Stephen Hurlbut handles construction disputes arising out of infrastructure and energy projects. He is experienced handling delay, defective work and disruption claims, among others.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Represents a wide range of clients including owners, developers and contractors.

Work highlights Negotiated the architect and construction agreements for a $500 million mixed-use development project in Virginia on behalf of Kettler.

Represented Pyramid Hotel Group in negotiations of design and construction agreements for a hotel project in Berkley, California.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Folk advises municipalities, public schools and private companies on a wide range of construction and procurement disputes, and is particularly knowledgeable about public-private partnerships.

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Senior Statesperson

Robert M Fitzgerald

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Fitzgerald maintains his "well-deserved reputation for infrastructure projects." He has a wealth of experience negotiating prime and subcontract agreements and also counsels clients on dispute resolution.

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Senior Statesperson

William E Franczek

Vandeventer Black LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Franczek of Vandeventer Black LLP has a wealth of experience handling disputes arising out of public and private construction projects. He acts on behalf of owners, developers, contractors and design professionals.

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Senior Statesperson

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Val McWhorter has a wealth of experience handling high-value disputes stemming from public and private construction contracts. He offers expertise in mediation as well as litigation.

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Senior Statesperson

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Smith is well regarded for his work as a mediator and as a project neutral in complex construction disputes. He is knowledgeable about a wide range of issues pertaining to public and private contracts, including delay, inefficiency and extra work claims.

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Eminent Practitioner

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Managing partner of the firm Lewis Baker is recognized as a "prominent figure" at the construction law Bar, and one source describes him as "a straight shooter who is able to solve issues with trust and confidence." He is experienced in handling litigation and arbitration arising out of construction projects.

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Star Individuals

Michael C Loulakis

Capital Project Law Group PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Loulakis of Capital Project Law Group PLLC advises owners, contractors, design professionals and developers in connection with large-scale national projects. He is especially renowned for his expertise in design-build and other project delivery systems. One source describes him as a "dean of the design project world." Clients praise his "experience and expertise in drafting contracts" and appreciate that "his advice is thorough, reasoned, sound and concise." One source notes that he is "particularly adept at fostering solutions and resolution of problems."

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Band 1

Shannon J Briglia

BrigliaMcLaughlin, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Shannon Briglia is "a great advocate who is able to work well with the other side," according to market sources. She is noted for her expert representation of sureties in construction litigation and arbitration.

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Band 1

Kraftson Caudle

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say Daniel Kraftson is a "very highly regarded, skilled and practical attorney." He advises clients on all aspects of construction law and government contacts, including contract negotiation and claims for additional time and cost.

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Band 1

Moore & Lee LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Robert Moore advises clients on both contentious and noncontentious construction matters. He is particularly respected for his representation of contractors in connection with large infrastructure projects.

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Band 1

Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Varela demonstrates "excellent legal skills while remaining sensitive to the business needs of his clients," report sources. One client comments: "His ability to learn and understand the technical issues astounded me." He handles contentious and noncontentious construction matters on behalf of domestic and international clients. His expertise includes government contracts and public-private partnerships.

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Band 1

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients regard Brian Vella as a “go-to person” for construction claims, and praise his "very even hand." He advises contractors, engineers, designers and owners on a wide array of construction-related disputes.

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Band 2

Williams Mullen

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Cox advises clients on contract negotiation and dispute resolution, including arbitration and litigation in state and federal courts. Clients value his "very deep experience and excellent insights into complex contractual matters."

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Band 2

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Folk advises municipalities, public schools and private companies on a wide range of construction and procurement disputes, and is particularly knowledgeable about public-private partnerships.

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Band 2

Jeffrey G Gilmore

Akerman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's construction practice Jeffrey Gilmore is recognized as "a good construction lawyer" and is further described as "a fine lawyer" and "a practical person." He is highly experienced in handling disputes involving both public and private construction projects. 

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Band 2

Moore & Lee LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charlie Lee is recognized as "outstanding" and "a true professional" by market sources. He has extensive experience handling construction disputes as part of his broad commercial litigation practice.

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Band 2

Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

From the Chambers USA guide

Todd Metz is "a seasoned and capable lawyer," report sources, particularly highlighting his "even temperament." Metz predominantly focuses on contentious issues arising from construction and infrastructure projects. He acts for contractors, owners and design professionals in litigation and arbitration.

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Band 3

Stephan "Hobie" Andrews

Vandeventer Black LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephan Andrews of Vandeventer Black LLP is recognized as a "strong player in the Richmond market." He is especially "knowledgeable" in construction claims involving engineers, architects and other design professionals. His broad expertise also includes professional liability and insurance coverage disputes.

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Band 3

Williams Mullen

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Cashmere receives praise for his "attention to detail" and "very thorough, thoughtful and timely counsel." Clients say: "He knows every aspect of construction disputes as well as all relevant parties in the construction industry." He has experience representing owners, contractors, developers, subcontractors and sureties in contract negotiations and disputes pertaining to public and private construction projects.

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Band 3

Larry W Caudle Jr

Kraftson Caudle

From the Chambers USA guide

Larry Caudle has a broad construction practice, which includes advising on risk management, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. His experience handling highway and transportation projects is of particular note.

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Band 3

Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients comment Joseph Guarino is “excellent with contract negotiations, a skilled litigator and overall a very professional attorney.” He handles disputes arising out of a wide range of projects, including power plants and hospitality projects.

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Band 3

Akerman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Hurlbut handles construction disputes arising out of infrastructure and energy projects. He is experienced handling delay, defective work and disruption claims, among others.

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Band 3

Vivian Katsantonis

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Vivian Katsantonis is notable for her handling of "sophisticated cases" in the construction sector. She offers expertise in contract negotiation and litigation.

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Band 3

Lauren McLaughlin

BrigliaMcLaughlin, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Lauren McLaughlin is "extremely creative and very thoughtful," report peers. She handles a wide range of contentious and noncontentious construction issues on behalf of sureties, owners, developers and contractors.

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Band 3

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carter Reid receives praise for his "ability to quickly grasp complex construction and contract issues and readily condense them into easily understood concepts." He has a broad construction and surety law practice, which includes acting on behalf of contractors, owners, designers, engineers and sureties in contract negotiation and dispute resolution.

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Up and Coming

Christopher Burke

Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Burke has significant experience handling high-value arbitrations involving construction projects. Clients say: "He's very knowledgeable, thorough and detailed."

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Up and Coming

Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Dugdale is "very professional and thorough," according to clients. His wide-ranging experience includes negotiating construction and engineering agreements as well as handling dispute resolution.

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Associates to watch

Williams Mullen

From the Chambers USA guide

Melisa Roy is "a trusted adviser, providing sound counsel in a pleasant and professional manner," report sources. She guides clients through all stages of construction projects, including dispute resolution. Her clients include owners, contractors and sureties.

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