Construction (including construction litigation) in United States

Holland & Knight LLP

With offices across the US, Holland & Knight LLP’s construction practice works on a full range of contentious and non-contentious matters for both domestic and international clients. Led by Washington DC-based Stephen Shapiro, the team acts as counsel on multi-billion dollar urban, institutional, resort and mixed-use developments, alongside major industrial or power generation facilities and large-scale infrastructure projects. Shapiro’s current focus includes two separate tunnel construction projects while continuing to act as claims counsel on a $6bn LNG matter which has extensive environmental and governmental liability issues. Also in New York, Frederick Rohn and Adam Paterno joined forces to represent a major healthcare and education provider on over $1bn-worth of new construction projects. Paterno also has a strong reputation in contracts work. Orlando-based Jennifer Lowndes joined from Jones Walker LLP in April 2019 to significantly boost the firm’s disputes experience on projects with political or public relations implications.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shapiro

Key clients

Zachry Industrial, Inc.


Barton Malow Company

Skanska USA


Blue Goose Construction

Lendlease (US) Construction Inc.

Dragados USA

Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation d/b/a Massachusetts Broadband Institute (“MassTech”)


The Haskell Company

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in two separate tunnel projects to construct an additional highway below the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Representing a major healthcare and education provider on over $1bn-worth of new construction projects in the last year.
  • Negotiating service agreements required for the redevelopment of One Times Square and Penn Station.
  • Representing Blue Goose Construction in an action arising from the construction of the C-44 Stormwater Treatment Project.
  • Representing Lendlease Construction inc in all disputes arising from the construction of a new pharmaceutical research facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Jones Day

At Jones Day, the construction department has a global reach and extensive experience in project initiation and agreements. In addition to litigation, it also assists clients in the avoidance of court actions through arbitrations and regular high-level mediation. Washington DC-based Kevin O’Brien and Atlanta-based Joseph Finley also handle large-scale disputes including in the energy sector. Los Angeles-based Daniel McMillan has an international reputation among contractors, design professionals and public entities for both trial and transactional matters in various sectors including health and education. International disputes expert Roy Powell co-heads the practice out of the Dallas office, while arbitration specialist Tarek Abdalla joined the Pittsburgh team from Reed Smith LLP in February 2019. Stephen O’Neal joined King & Spalding LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Daniel McMillan; Roy Powell

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Southern California Edison

Golden State Warriors

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

Loma Linda University Medical Center

Los Angeles Unified School District

Transbay Joint Powers Authority

City of Hope National Medical Center

Kiewit Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Chevron in a $2.2bn defense against claims by CPB Contractors.
  • Acting for Georgia Power Company, and others, regarding alleged cost overruns during the licensing and construction of new units at the Vogtle Nuclear Generating Plant in a case worth over $1.5bn.
  • Representing the Transbay Joint Powers Authority – with over $1bn at stake – concerning the sinking and tilting of the San Francisco Millennium Tower.
  • Representing the Golden State Warriors in connection with design and construction of a new hotel and condominium project across from the team’s basketball arena.
  • Representing Loma Linda University Medical Center on its $1 billion campus transformation project, which includes a new children’s hospital and new adult hospital tower.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

At Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, 'the sum exceeds its individual parts', with attorneys recognised for an 'ability to create a team atmosphere with the client' and 'make them an integral part of the process'. Lee Mann heads an Atlanta-based practice which is well-equipped to handle both complex litigation and dispute prevention through a meticulous approach to contracts work. Mann specialises in pipeline matters, and with Brian Corgan and Daniel Swaja, has negotiated a $170m agreement which is designed to supply seven million homes with natural gas. Keith Richardson regularly takes on social infrastructure developments and Randall Hafer, who handles transportation and energy cases, 'exercises natural authority' and remains 'cool, calm and collected' in front of state or federal courts. Other areas of focus include P3 partnership transactions and privatizations, alongside large-scale commercial projects in the public sector. 'Highly analytical' Robbie Poplin is recognised as an 'excellent strategist' in this domain.

Practice head(s):

Lee Mann


The ability to make the combined team (including the clients´team) even stronger than its individual parts. The consistent ability to create a team atmosphere with the client which brings out the best in people. One particular strength is the ability to involve the client and make them an integral part of the team and process. They have a very strong ability to create a productive and inspiring working atmosphere, where the essentials of the case can be extracted and utilised effectively. Effective communication with the client is key for this team, effectively allowing room for the team to respond with flexibility as the case develops and/or alters its character. The sum exceeds its individual parts. This team is truly loyal to its client!

Randy Hafer is a highly-experienced construction lawyer. Exercises natural/superior authority in the process which effectively limits the opposition’s own authority. He has a very strong ability to maintain the high ground throughout the process. Always very well prepared with good awareness of the details of the case but never allows details to blur the broad view or to prevent executing the overall strategy (which is done very effectively). High degree of common sense allows the client to make sound decisions. Highly analytical and always cool, calm and collected under pressure. Excellent command of legal language.

Robbie Poplin is an excellent strategist and highly analytical, and knows how to improvise. He finds the essential weak spots with the opposition and develops the clients’ case from there. Always well prepared and works the case thoroughly, he knows the case inside out. Robbie Poplin makes sure all key aspects are mapped and adequately covered and addressed, leaving no loose ends for the opposition to exploit. Very smooth in dealing with all parties involved in the process. Using a slightly unorthodox term, if you look for someone who can create a “pincer movement” in a case, Robbie Poplin would be your preferred choice. As an individual, he in particular is also key in inspiring the client and making them comfortable with the situation. Internally, this contributes greatly to efficient work and externally it builds a unified and strong front.

Ron Raider knows the details of a case better than anyone. He has an extraordinary ability to extract information from the full universe of the case and put it into a relevant context. This makes it possible for the team to respond quickly with superior quality. Great ability to produce large pieces of work under high pressure, always on time or rather with time to spare. He has excellent command of the legal language.

Key clients

Andritz Inc.

Westinghouse Electric Company LLC

Delta Air Lines

MG Dyess, Inc.


Wood Environment & InfrastructureSolutions, Inc. (f/k/a Amec Foster Wheeler Environment Infrastructure Inc.)

Choate Construction Company

Latex Construction Company

Blumont (f/k/a/ International Relief & Development)

McTech Corporation

Desbuild Incorporated

City of Corpus Christi

Amec Foster Wheeler USA Corporation and Amec Foster Wheeler, plc

Work highlights

  • Negotiating a $170m agreement for Latex Construction Company as part of the Atlantic Sunrise scheme.
  • Acting for Delta Air Lines on their $6.6bn terminal builds and renovations at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International and Los Angeles World airports.
  • Representing Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, a large global EPC contractor, in mattersarising out of the design and construction of four new U.S. nuclear units at Plant Vogtle (GA) and V.C. Summer (SC).
  • Representing MG Dyess, Inc. in a lawsuit against MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, LLC, after a counter-claim for damages.
  • Acting for Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. against the US Air Force over contract breaches, amendments and breaches of the covenant of good faith.

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

With ten offices across the US, the construction specialists at Peckar & Abramson, P.C.always give honest, straightforward advice’ and are ‘a pleasure to work with in tough situations’. Its work ranges from high-stakes international litigation to complex public-private partnership schemes. The practice is known for its creative approach to dispute avoidance and focus on alternative resolution methods, with founding partner Robert Peckar in New York and Ronald Helmuth in Los Angeles both recommended by contractors, public entities and construction managers during potentially unstable proceedings. New York-based chairman Steven Charney and Miami-based vice chairman Stephen Reisman head the team; Charney successfully resolves claims exceeding several billion dollars, while Reisman typically handles the negotiation and preparation of high-value contracts. Paul Monte is also recognised in the New York market for assisting on joint ventures with multi-faceted design and build elements. Miami-based Stefan Chin and Los Angeles-based Nathan Cohen made partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Steven Charney; Stephen Reisman


Always give honest, straightforward advice and counsel. Willing to help find practical solutions to problems without unnecessary work and time, yet a fierce advocate that give issues all the time and expertise they require. A pleasure to work with in tough situations.

Our experiences have made them a trusted resource and friend when we have needed help. I have always felt that we were getting advice from someone who really cared about us and our business. I value their advice and expertise whenever we have need for legal services.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

At Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the construction practice is 'very knowledgeable and efficient with their inputs', being 'a pleasure to work with and learn from' at every turn. San Francisco-based Michael McKeeman and New York-based Alison Ashford co-chair the national practice group, which represents clients on developments for entertainment venues, industrial facilities and social or economic infrastructure. The team has particular strength drafting multi-billion-dollar contracts; Washington DC-based David Blake is negotiating PGP Development LLC’s design and service agreements for its £1.5bn Capitol Crossing Project, an unprecedented engineering feat which includes decking over a portion of Interstate 395. Also in Washington DC, Charles Wall acts as special counsel to the Hampton Roads Transport Accountability Commission and was heavily involved in the agreements over a $3.86bn expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Bennett Greenberg works on some of the largest P3 and most complex US projects currently under construction and he is handling all matters related to the development of a new $4.5bn San Francisco transit terminal alongside McKeeman.


The DC office is very knowledgeable and efficient with their inputs and use of time. A pleasure to work with and learn from.

Again, it is about knowledge and efficiency. They look for new ways when it will be a new best practice and beneficial/tailored for the specific project.

Key clients

PGP Development LLC

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission

Municipality of Anchorage

Ryan & Associates

International Monetary Fund

The Shooshan Company

Panther Residential Management, LLC


Prime Healthcare

Far Niente Winery

Caruso Affiliated

Paradigm Hotels Group LLC

Transbay Joint Powers Authority

YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles

RMC Constructors, Inc.

Lockheed Martin

Salini Impregilo

Environmental Chemical Corporation

Suffolk Construction Company

CDM Smith

Work highlights

  • Negotiating PGP Development LLC’s design and service agreements for their £1.5bn Capitol Crossing Project.
  • Acting as special counsel to the Hampton Roads Transport Accountability Commission and negotiating the agreements of a $3.86bn expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.
  • Representing the Municipality of Anchorage over the failed design and build of a new Port of Alaska.
  • Acting as project counsel for Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority during the $500m development of Reagan National Airport.
  • Acting as Ryan & Associates’ construction counsel responsible for negotiating contracts and providing project advice for the $120m design/build sub-contract on a Kwajalein project.

Akerman LLP

The 'knowledge-base and diversity of counsel' on offer at Akerman LLP benefits a range of construction projects, land use issues and complex disputes which form its construction caseload. Department chair Jeffrey Gilmore operates from both the Washington DC and Virginia offices, with his practice focused mostly on innovative project delivery systems including EPC contracts, design-build and public-private partnerships. In addition, Gilmore leads on litigation cases. Washington DC-based Stephen Hurlbut also has significant claims experience for Cauldwell Wingate Company LLC, after government-induced delays during infrastructure upgrades to Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse. The team acts for design professionals and clients in the hospitality sector; being involved with plot acquisitions, zoning and service agreements through to final site handover. In Fort Lauderdale, managing partner Stacy Bercun Bohm and Leslie Miller Tomczak joined forces to represent 555 River Partners LLC as developer of the $200m River House, a mixed-use facility on the Miami Riverfront.


Knowledge-base and diversity of counsel.

Key clients

Rizzani de Eccher

Kar Properties

Twining Properties

CECO Concrete Construction

Cauldwell Wingate Company

Engineered Systems Alliance

The Faena Group

Dacra Development

The Finvarb Group

Fort Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Acting as litigation counsel for the Architect of the US Capitol following delay damage claims from a contractor.
  • Acting as litigation counsel for Cauldwell Wingate Company LLC, after government-induced delays during infrastructure upgrades to Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse.
  • Representing 555 River Partners LLC as developer of their $200m River House – an innovative mixed-use facility on the Miami River front currently under construction.
  • Continuing representation of Faena Group in the $700m development of the Faena District, a three block-long mixed use project on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.
  • Acting as counsel for Rizzani de Eccher USA Inc. in disputes arising under conventional and design-build contracts with the United States Army Corps of Engineers related to facility improvements in Doha, Qatar.

Cozen O'Connor

Based in Philadelphia, the Cozen O'Connor construction practice demonstrates 'great legal expertise', with a group of attorneys who have accumulated 'extensive trial experience'. Group chair Bruce Ficken 'provides exceptional leadership' alongside Raymond DeLuca and senior adviser Fred Warren Jacoby, and is further singled out for 'incomparable trial and presentation skills' during large projects. Both Ficken and DeLuca, who is 'capable of absorbing complex engineering concepts', continue to use their know-how as lead counsel for Energy Transfer Partners regarding the $9bn installation of the Mariner East 2 pipeline between Ohio and Pennsylvania. DeLuca, 'trusted adviser' James Kwartnik and associate Jeffrey Mullen are also among the team representing WSP on its $4bn LaGuardia Airport Terminal B redevelopment scheme – as project counsel and in various claims. The team has undergone significant recent expansion, with partners Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene and Christopher Sweeney all joining the Washington office from Peckar & Abramson, P.C. in the fall of 2019, to boost the department's arbitration and alternative disputes know-how.


Great legal expertise and experience, combined with exceptional customer service.

Always available to address concerns.

Bruce Ficken provides exceptional leadership for this team.

Ray DeLuca, Jim Kwartnik and Ross Weiss are trusted advisers.

Vast experience in construction and engineering matters. Excellent lawyers – ability to deal with complex legal and technical issues. Extensive trial experience. Highly responsive. I would put Cozen at the top of the firms we deal with for construction dispute and litigation we deal with.

Ray DeLuca is capable of absorbing complex engineering concepts and is an excellent trial lawyer.

Bruce Ficken has incomparable trial and presentation skills. Has successfully handled bet your company cases where hundreds of millions at stake. Vast construction experience. No-one else I would rather have handle a high-stakes matter.

Key clients

Energy Transfer Partners

Silverstein Properties

Pepper Construction

INTECH Construction

Allan Myers

WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff

Turner Construction

Comcast Spectacor


Tutor Perini Corp.

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel for Energy Transfer Partners regarding the $9bn installation of the Mariner East 2 pipeline between Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  • Representing WSP on their $4bn LaGuardia Airport Terminal B redevelopment scheme as project counsel and in various claims.
  • Representing Comcast Spectacor and its affiliates in connection with the negotiation of design and construction contracts, as well as construction disputes regarding their ownership, renovation, and operation of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
  • Acting for Temple University to provide counsel on claims and disputes arising out of the design and construction of a new $170m library.
  • Representing Tutor Perini Corporation and its subsidiary, Tutor Perini Building Corp., in all its construction and related matters in the mid-Atlantic region.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland practice head Lee Davis, based out of Atlanta and New York, is known for his successful handling of cross-border pipeline and high-value power plant disputes in the commercial and industrial spheres. Davis leads a team identified as ‘very strong in posturing and prosecuting litigation’, which ‘shares the goals and visions’ of its clients, including major trade subcontractors and owners as well as EPC contractors. Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher, who also splits her time between Atlanta and New York, represents construction managers, developers and municipalities in contentious cases both domestically and further afield – in Canada and Puerto Rico. Fletcher has further experience as a neutral party in certain disputes, either in the role of arbitrator or as part of an alternative resolution strategy. The practice itself is home to sector-specialist lawyers, and further benefits from a global network which significantly expands the team’s resources. Atlanta-based Jesse Lincoln offers notable transactional experience to complete a wide-reaching  offering.

Practice head(s):

Lee Davis


ES genuinely understands the business objectives we have as it relates to litigation. Strategically, they are very strong in posturing and prosecuting litigation, but they always have an eye on resolution of a case that respects and considers the business objective.

All of the individuals I work with share the goals and visions that make the team so strong.

Jones Walker LLP

A 'strong knowledge of the construction industry' underpins Jones Walker LLP’s practice, with the team viewed by some as a 'best-of-the-best' group that is 'excellent in construction litigation and general advice'. New Orleans-based Michael Drew and Atlanta-based Chad Theriot head the department, which specialises in high-profile disputes and is further recognised for its counseling to avoid formal resolution proceedings. The 'creative, responsive and competent' Theriot’s clients include owners, commercial and government contractors. Houston-based Neal Sweeney is a 'prompt and always available' governmental contracts specialist, with experience on major infrastructure and P3 projects. Alongside Atlanta-based associate William Shaughnessy, Sweeney represented an international contractor on a $125m transportation claim in Texas. Jennifer Lowndes joined Holland & Knight LLP in April 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michael Drew; Chad Theriot

Other key lawyers:

Neal Sweeney; William Shaughnessy


Strong knowledge of the construction industry and business side of matters. Excellent in construction litigation and general advice. Top-tier firm on par or better than best-of-the-best.

Neal Sweeney is prompt and always available.

Strengths: success and solid legal counsel. Key capabilities: litigation of complex construction issues on major projects.

Among the many outside counsel that I engage, Chad Theriot’s counsel is solid – it stands out as being creative, responsive, and competent. Demonstrated qualities include: a clear understanding of the client’s interests, a willingness to collaborate with in-house counsel, and fair billing practices.

Key clients

Holder Construction Company

Andritz Inc.

Turner Construction Company

Kajima Construction Services, Inc.

Alston Construction Company, Inc.

Bollinger Shipyards, LLC

voestalpine Texas LLC

The John Wood Group, AMECFoster Wheeler

Work highlights

  • Representing the Holder-Hunt-Russell-Moody joint venture responsible for constructing the $1.4bn Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
  • Representing an international contractor on a $125m transportation claim in Texas.
  • Representing a construction manager on a large water project in the City of Atlanta, including a five-mile tunnel.
  • Representing Bollinger Shipyards against the City of New York, Department of Environmental Protection concerning costs overrun for a barge construction contract.
  • Acting as lead counsel to voestalpine on the $740m greenfield development of an HBI plant in Texas.

King & Spalding LLP

The team at King & Spalding LLP has 'deep experience across every part of the construction process'. It specialises in top-value energy projects, including LNG and petrochemical plants, and has a notable presence in the manufacturing and social infrastructure sectors. The 'invaluable' Scott Greer heads the firm’s worldwide transactional practice from Houston – which was recently boosted by the arrival of Ingrid Myers from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in February 2020. February also saw the arrival of Stephen O’Neal from Jones Day. Based in the firm's San Francisco office, O'Neal is among the market's most respected names in the arbitration and mediation of construction and engineering disputes. Greer and associate Peter Berg are recognised for 'great customer service', with Berg further commended as a 'highly competent construction contract negotiator'. Also based in Houston, Craig Ledet is a 'leader in the industry' and 'stand-out litigator' who is currently representing G2X Energy in $170m-worth of disputes over a new methanol project in Beaumont.  Austin-based Mike Stenglein supports Ledet in contentious work, and is recommended as 'a strategic thinker who can impressively balance legal, business and political considerations'.

Practice head(s):

Scott Greer; Mike Stenglein


I believe what makes them unique is the following: (1) Lawyers with construction/engineering backgrounds and real-world construction/engineering experience from which to draw upon; (2) dedicated solely to providing advice to owners/developers; (3) deep understanding of current market conditions as it relates to legal risk allocation as well as commercial risk allocation.

Stand-out attorneys are Scott Greer and Peter Berg that I’ve recently worked with. They have great customer service, are creative in developing solutions unique to client situations and have the necessary technical know-how and real-world experience to achieve client goals in the construction space.

Craig Ledet is a leader in the industry. With a stellar reputation, excellent knowledge of the law and the industry, and practical, down-to-earth advice that is always timely and responsive. His advice leaves you feeling that you have the best support possible and all the answers, no matter the complexity or urgency of the problem.

The King & Spalding practice has deep experience across every part of the construction process, from initial scoping and contracting to dispute resolution, and every step in the process is deeply integrated with each other step. For example, K&S assumes that you will end up in litigation (even though they work with you to try to avoid that) from the outset of the matter, and every piece of advice they render is designed to advantage you if you get into that situation. They also have a deep understanding of all the related insurance issues, which is very helpful.

Craig Ledet in the K&S Houston office is a stand-out litigator who recently assisted us in achieving a great outcome. He is pragmatic and relentless. He dove into an extremely complex set of facts and narrowed them down to an understandable soundbite statement of the case that was compelling. He also managed the resources at K&S and at outside experts very well, resulting in a highly efficient outcome.

Partner Craig Ledet is very responsive and willing to take the time needed to fully understand the issues and listen to the client’s desires for resolution. He is able to articulate the possible claims and various options for relief, and is always prepared. Associate Bill Burns has expert knowledge of arbitration procedure and rules, and is very intelligent. To add to the previous testimonial – associate Peter Berg is a highly competent construction contract negotiator. He helped our pipeline company negotiate two pipeline construction contracts, two compressor station construction contracts, contracts for the construction of 5-meter stations, change orders when required and purchase orders for compressors and steel pipes. His advice and negotiating skills put the pipeline company in a good position when disputes arose.

K&S team has deep expertise in EPC contracting and bankruptcy, which has been extremely helpful for our small JV company. We have had immediate access to a much higher level of information, personalization and service than I’ve seen from other law firms in Houston area.

Scott Greer has been invaluable to our company in developing the EPC contract and working with us to enforce it throughout the project. Stuart Zisman has been serving as our general counsel through the first 18 months of the company and has been able to answer any question we’ve thrown his way, from ERISA issues to confidentiality to lawsuits from people claiming to be hurt on the site. I highly recommend both partners for their professionalism and service to customers.

The King & Spalding construction team is incredibly strong and deep. They offer a unique blend of international arbitration expertise with “hardcore construction” knowledge that few other international firms can match. What distinguishes them most is their responsiveness, strategic thinking, and construction experience. Beyond my own involvement with the team in the largest arbitration in the history of Colombia, I understand that the team is working to provide similar assistance to large public and privately held clients across the globe. I have worked with many other lawyers from other firms and the King & Spalding team based in Texas is far above the rest.

Mike Stenglein is lead counsel for King & Spalding. My experience working with him has been excellent. His vast experience is evident in his outstanding ability to coordinate a massive construction dispute involving multiple failures and complicated facts. He’s very responsive – seven days a week at any hour. He is a strategic thinker that can impressively balance legal, business, and political considerations. He seems equally comfortable speaking with a construction manager up to the CEO and corporate board. His experience as former CPA provides significant benefits, as he understands damages models and the business issues far better than most lawyers. Unquestionably the top construction lawyer I have ever dealt with and I cannot recommend him highly enough. Adam Gray is a young partner that I see as a rising star in the construction world. He’s excellent working with witnesses and distilling complicated construction and arbitration issues in an understandable way. Very smart and provides a high level of client service.

Key clients

NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT)

Freeport LNG

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Enterprise Products Partners, L.P.

Bayport Polymers, LLC

Hilltop Energy Center

G2X Energy

Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE: CEQP)

Quanta Services

Saulsbury Industries

Arlington Valley Solar Energy II

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Midship Pipeline Company, LLC

Paulding County, Georgia

Bass Pro, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Freeport LNG on front-end engineering verification agreements for an upcoming multibillion-dollar expansion.
  • Representing G2X Energy in $170m-worth of disputes over a new methanol project in Beaumont.
  • Litigating for Quanta Services, Inc on claims alleging their late delivery of, and engineering defects within, petrochemical facilities in Louisiana.
  • Representing G2X Energy in defence of $90m contractor claims arising from the design and construction of a methanol plant in Beaumount, Texas.
  • Representing MetLife in a New York state court action against Woods Bagot in a dispute over the design of its headquarters building in Manhattan.

Mayer Brown

Based in Chicago and Houston, the 'very knowledgeable' Mayer Brown construction team represents owners, developers, design professionals and general contractors – with particular experience in the transportation, manufacturing and industrial sectors. Headed by the 'exceptional' Joanna Horsnail from the Chicago office, who provides an 'accessible and responsive' level of service, the practice regularly handles drafting for the procurement of unprecedented high-value design-build and P3 agreements. To this end, transactional specialist Horsnail represents Benteler International AG during its $975m construction of a hot rolling steel mill in Louisiana. Joseph Seliga is also acting as counsel on the Illinois Department of Transportation’s first-ever alternative delivery method project – Chicago’s pioneering toll concession scheme along Interstate 55 in Illinois. The department is further well-equipped to advise on contentious matters, including change order, delay, defect or contract termination claims, typically on civil infrastructure developments in the public domain.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Horsnail


Design-build and construction contract procurement are unique and the team was very knowledgeable about such things and were able to assist us in navigating a DOT client going performing their first design-build.

Joanna Horsnail and Jeff Edwards were both very knowledgeable, accessible, and responsive. They assisted us through a design-build procurement document development and ultimately a procurement. Joanna and Jeff provided sound advice and their performance was exceptional.

Key clients

Chicago Transit Authority

Purdue University

Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

City Colleges of Chicago

Illinois Department of Transportation

Alabama Department of Transportation

Arkansas Department of Transportation

Texas Department of Transportation

Benteler International AG

The Carlyle Group

Bristol-Myers Squib

University of Notre Dame

Acciona Energy North America Corporation

Walsh Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for the City of Chicago as part of the Obama Foundation’s plan to build the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park.
  • Representing Benteler International AG during its $975m construction of a hot rolling steel mill in Louisiana.
  • Acting as counsel on the Illinois Department of Transportation’s first-ever alternative delivery method project – Chicago’s pioneering toll concession scheme along Interstate 55 in Illinois.
  • Acting as counsel to Purdue University, on the development of new student housing facilities through a long-term P3 structure.
  • Representing the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project, a proposed toll concession that includes the construction of a new bridge and causeway along Interstate 10.

Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP

Boutique firm Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP is entirely based in Florida, but provides domestic and international construction-related counsel to clients across the globe. It handles contract negotiations and the prosecution of mega disputes on complex construction projects, frequently involving large joint ventures, and most often in the social infrastructure sector. Managing partner James Moye heads the practice with support from Sean Dillon and Mark Masterson, who both have procurement expertise. Moye recently resolved $100m  proceedings over contractor delay damages on phase two of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. Associate Marshall McDonald works with Moye on a number of high-value construction claims.  Masterson and Moye are also advising I-4 Mobility Partners as project counsel on their $2.3bn I-4 Ultimate program for the Florida Department of Transportation – the largest highway restructuring and regeneration project in Florida's history.

Key clients

Peter Kiewit & Sons, Inc., and other affiliates

PCL Industrial Construction Company, PCL Construction Services, Inc., PCL Civil Constructors, Inc., and other affiliates

Walsh Construction

J. F. Shea Construction, Inc.

Coastal Construction Group

Braskem America, Inc.

I4 Mobility Partners Opco, LLC

NV2A Group

LEAD Engineering Contractors, LLC


Plaza Construction Group

Work highlights

  • Resolving $100m  proceedings over contractor delay damages on phase two of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.
  • Acting for Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors during disruption claims against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority concerning the new Crenshaw/LAX transit line.
  • Representing I-4 Mobility Partners as project counsel on their $2.3bn I-4 Ultimate program for the Florida Department of Transportation.
  • Acting for the Kiewit-Weeks-Massman joint venture in claims exceeding $100m after delays and disruption following the construction of Goethal Bridge replacement structures.
  • Representing White Oak Power Constructors in numerous claims with an aggregate value of more than $250 million against the owner, subcontractors and a multitude of international vendors of the Wildcat Point Generation Facility.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

With offices in California, Texas, Washington and overseas, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s construction practice has a fully international reach. San Francisco-based Clark Thiel heads a department adept at advising on projects from the planning, design and entitlement phases through to completion and the handover stage, while aiming to resolve any disputes without unnecessary litigation. Thiel specialises in delay or cost overruns, breach of contract and defect claims, having recently defended Clark Construction on issues concerning the $750m Millennium Tower, with support from Washington DC-based team co-head Melissa Lesmes and John Heisse in San Francisco. Heisse also works on major transportation, healthcare and energy matters; his representation of AECOM and EnergySolutions in a $400m dispute over the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California is a particular matter highlight. The firm also assists clients with the drafting of design, construction and EPC contracts, new infrastructure financing and construction-related accident proceedings.

Other key lawyers:

John Heisse; Michael Jaffe

Key clients

SFI (Shimmick/FCC/Salini-Impregilo joint venture)

Lane Construction

Harper Construction

Renewable Energy Group, Inc

Amec Foster Wheeler USA Corporation n/k/a Wood plc


Clark Construction Group

Metso Minerals Canada

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

Stanford University and Hospitals

Work highlights

  • Defending Clark Construction on tilt and sink issues concerning the $750m Millennium Tower.
  • Representing AECOM and EnergySolutions in a $400m dispute over the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California.
  • Acting as project and portfolio counsel for the Mill Creek Residential Trust in multi-family residential projects across the United Statesworth over $500m.
  • Representing Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in drafting and negotiating design and construction documents for its new Motion Picture Museum, located at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
  • Representing SONGS Decommissioning Services in disputes with Southern California Edison (SCE) over the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California.

Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP

The 'expeditious' construction practice at Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP 'is a pleasure to deal with' – and considered by some as 'everything you would hope to have in a law firm'. Atlanta-based Robert Chambers and Eric Nelson lead a team 'devoted to superior client service', with Nelson renowned as either 'the charming negotiator or the bulldog in litigation' and Chambers is noted for his expertise on large infrastructure projects, including transportation and tunnels. Also in Atlanta, George Wenick has an 'unmatched success rate especially in large, complex disputes', with significant experience in both public and private contracts, along with high-value arbitrations. James Bidgood is further singled out as an 'excellent practitioner with unmatched attention-to-detail' when representing owners, contractors, designers and surety companies in the litigation of high-value claims. As part of a merger, Shannon Briglia, Lauren McLaughlin and Shoshana Rothman joined the Washington office from Briglia McLaughlin, PLLC in January 2019, in a significant boost to the team’s litigation capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Robert Chambers; Eric Nelson

Other key lawyers:

George Wenick; James Bidgood


The entire firm is a pleasure to deal with. They are precise and expeditious, and in terms of value, they are a huge asset. They are mindful about costs that can be associated with legal services and they keep that in mind when dealing with them. Personally, I am always amazed at how fast they can deal with things, which translates into helping minimising costs. Their billing is completely transparent, and I never have a problem reconciling their invoices.

There are several members of Smith Currie & Hancock that we deal with when needed. Each member has a certain expertise that may better suit our needs at the time, and they try and pair us with the partner best suited for the task at hand. Our main point of contact in recent years would be Scott Walters. Robert Chambers, Phil Beck, Kirk Johnson, Gene Rash, and Joseph Dinardo have worked with us in the past as well. Each member of the Smith Currie & Hancock team are extremely talented, professional, friendly, and helpful. They are expedient and precise about the work they do. They take the time to explain the matters at hand and the implications associated with different options and allow you to make the decisions that are best for your company. I cannot really think of any weaknesses; they are everything you would hope to have in a law firm.

I have been using Smith Currie & Hancock for 18 years. They are the top construction law firm I have come across. I have my go to partner but if feels its beyond his expertise (which is not often) he always has someone within his firm that can help on that issue. We are both a developer and general contractor so they represent us in both capacities.

Eric Nelson is the most unique attorney in construction I have come across. Regardless of what the circumstances are; at the beginning of the project negotiating contractual terms on a friendly but challenging basis or in mediation or arbitration when things are not as cordial, Eric Nelson can be the charming negotiator or the bulldog in litigation. Regardless of the circumstance the opposing side has more times than not compliments our company on the professionalism, integrity and knowledge our legal representation.

Every attorney at Smith Currie is an expert in their respective practice, and the firm is well situated to handle any construction or government contract dispute. Every attorney is devoted to superior client service and obtaining correlated success, while helping the client understand the scope of the issue at hand and a clear path forward to obtain favourable results.

William Baggett: strong, methodical trial advocate. Philip Beck: exceptional trial advocate and industry expert, dedicated to the industry. James Bidgood: excellent practitioner with unmatched attention-to-detail, coupled with natural trial charisma. James Butler: absolutely brilliant litigator, expertise in favorably resolving factually intense and complex disputes. Robert Chambers: extraordinary at resolving complex disputes with deep industry knowledge affording repeat success in transactional arenas. Joseph Dinardo: unmatched regarding knowledge of lien law and garnishment actions. Karl Dix: an exceptional advocate, especially in complex government disputes. Robert Fleming: incredibly strong brief writing skills. Adam Haimo: passionate and competent to resolve disputes with strong transactional skills. Jeanne Harrison: zealous advocate, up-and-coming star. Eugene Heady: humble yet dominant in a trial setting. Kirk Johnston: incredibly strong and deep knowledge of insurance and surety law. Gregg Joy: unmatched, deep knowledge of construction law that consistently catches opposing counsel off guard. John Mastin: strong oral advocate with incredible pretrial and written advocacy skills. Garrett Miller: focused and dedicated to providing client successful results. Eric Nelson: magnetic personality with unmatched ability to obtain success at trial. Zack Rippeon: zealous advocate with deep industry knowledge having worked as a general contractor before practicing law. Ronald Robey: natural charisma with tenacious attention-to-detail, superior attorney. Charles Rogers: strong transactional and oral advocacy skills. Lochlin Samples: tenacious and incredibly smart, strong litigator in simplifying and successfully resolving complex disputes. Douglas Tabeling: strong advocate and exceptional transactional skills. Scott Walters: dedicated and very capable attorney with broad knowledge base involving all aspects of construction law. George Wenick: opposing counsel quivers when George is involved, unmatched success rate especially in large, complex disputes coupled with incredible ability to successfully negotiate contracts and settlements. Brian Wolf: incomparable trial advocacy and work ethic to successfully service clients.

Thompson Hine LLP

Cleveland-based group chairman Jeffrey Appelbaum leads the 'customer-oriented' construction practice at Thompson Hine LLP, which has 'true team players' and 'professional and diligent' attorneys among its ranks. Appelbaum assists public or private entities, construction managers and contractors on large-scale developments, particularly in the sports and entertainment sectors; he currently acts as counsel to TKFC LC, the ownership group of a new 22,000-seater St Louis soccer stadium. Also in Cleveland, Alan Ritchie and Patrick Sweeney offer 'top-notch day-to-day support' in transactional matters, ranging from the negotiation of construction agreements to the creation of project insurance programs. 'First-rate' associate William Thrush can 'render advice of counsel in short order' and further excels in dispute situations from mediation through to trial, while the 'very knowledgeable' Erin Luke 'even provided training' to clients during her role as project counsel on certain multi-million dollar infrastructure builds.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Appelbaum


The Thompson Hine construction team has a very deep knowledge of construction contracts and the markets. Thus they have been able to guide us to favorable results on our various construction agreements with builders, architects, insurers, etc.

Alan Ritchie and Pat Sweeney have provided top-notch day-to-day support for our team. We could not be happier with the guidance they have provided.

This firm has a unique blend of construction practice and real estate legal teams – this combination is especially prudent and customer-oriented to provide best practice and advice for an owner/developer in moving forward with planning through facility construction – they are very professional and diligent.

Bill Thrush provided on-time professional guidance and direction – his expertise was first-rate and resulted in substantial savings against claims and cost-avoidance litigation presented by multiple contractors and or suppliers – I was amazed at his ability to absorb tremendous amounts of paperwork and render advice of counsel in short order – much thanks to him and the team at Thompson Hine.

Thompson Hine’s construction group is top-notch. They are diligent and responsive. They are true team players – they not only help identify issues but also work with us to understand our business goals and develop creative solutions to resolve issues and achieve our goals.

Alan Ritchie and Jack Clark are huge resources. When we have challenging projects or disputes, I know we can count on Alan and Jack to step up and support our business needs.

Thompson Hine has a wide breadth of professionals who are very knowledgeable. The experience level can be appreciated. When you hire Thomson Hine to perform a service or a consultation, you feel confident they have someone who can support your needs.

I have worked with Erin Luke going on a little over two years now. Erin is very knowledgeable about case law, construction services, procurement processes and contracting. Erin has even provided training to my team.

Key clients

Haslam Sports Group (Confluence Village – Crew Stadium)

TKFC LC (St. Louis Soccer Stadium)

Convention Center Hotels (Hilton Des Moines Downtown and Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel)

HOF Village, Inc.

The Millennia Companies

Broward County (Convention Center and Convention Center Hotel)

NRP Group and NRP Contractors II LLC

Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC)

United Technologies Corporation (UTC)

Fermi Research Alliance, LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting as project counsel to TKFC LC, the ownership group of a new 22,000-seater St Louis soccer stadium, to ensure risk management and successful project delivery.
  • Representing Convention Center Hotels in their new-build and redevelopment projects across the US.
  • Acting for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission as facilitator/mediator for the state’s $20bn school rebuilding program (ongoing since 1999).
  • Providing all construction, development, real estate, and finance agreements for the $280+ million Confluence Village.
  • Acting as Broward County’s lead negotiator for its convention center expansion and headquarters hotel project, at a project value of $550m.


VARELA, LEE, METZ, & GUARINO, LLP acts predominantly for blue-chip construction clients in the industrial and power sectors, most notably in high-stakes contentious cases. San Francisco-based Bennett Lee has extensive experience in disputes involving federal, state, municipal, and private contracts; to this end, Lee led on the $60m arbitration of claims against an EPC contractor responsible for constructing a water treatment plant. Tysons Corner-based Paul Varela specialises in EPC and design-build, P3 and government contracts matters, with a focus on transport or infrastructure. Alongside Brian Dugdale, Varela is representing Parsons Transportation Group, Inc. as primary designer of the $2.7bn Dulles Corridor Metro Rail Phase 2 Project in claims concerning modifications and delays. Other name partners Todd Metz and Joseph Guarino, also in the Tysons Corner office, possess extensive litigation experience before federal and state courts, as well as handling government agreements. Guarino and Christopher Burke will 'dive into the weeds' in order to 'outwork and out think opposing counsel' – both represented HITT Contracting Inc. during a dispute with modern art museum owner Glenstone Foundation, Inc. in Maryland, over delays and missed payments.


Joe Guarino and Chris Burke dive into the weeds to discover even the most minute facts that could help with your case. They will outwork and out think opposing counsel.

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Skanska USA, Building

Balfour Beatty US

Granite Construction, Inc.

McDermott (formerly CB&I, Inc.)

DPR Construction

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.

PCL Construction Enterprises Inc.

Hensel Phelps Construction Co.


Clark Construction Co.

Lane Industries

The Boldt Co.

Work highlights

  • Leading the $60m arbitration of claims against an EPC contractor responsible for constructing a water treatment plant.
  • Representing Parsons Transportation Group, Inc. as primary designer of the $2.7bn Dulles Corridor Metro Rail Phase 2 Project in claims concerning modifications and delays.
  • Representing HITT Contracting Inc. during a dispute with modern art museum owner Glenstone Foundation, Inc. in Maryland, over delays and missed payments.
  • Representing a joint venture comprised of Balfour Beatty Construction, DPR, and Big-D Construction, on an arbitration concerning technical issues in electrical equipment programming and quantum aspects, in a $1.5bn classified US government facility in Utah.
  • Representing CB&I in all aspects of a litigation against Plaintiff Sinclair Oil for damages arising out of an explosion at a Wyoming refinery in 2013, pending in the United States District Court.

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP’s specialist construction practice advises on design-build issues, domestic or international P3 partnerships. Virginia-based Robert Barbour assists contractors and sureties with engineering-related disputes, having recently led for the Hanover Insurance Company following a United States Army Corps of Engineers claim concerning the Site 1 Impoundment in Palm Beach County, Florida – an unprecedented case involving a surety being sued under the False Claims Act. Managing partner Lewis Baker also advises on claims in his government contracts practice in Virginia, alongside operational responsibilities. California-based David McPherson focuses on contentious work, often complex litigation, and is currently representing Swinerton Builders over missing payments during the construction of a large-scale mixed-use project in Sacramento – a claim that totals over $61m. As well as John Sebastian in Illinois, leading panel representative Timothy Heffernan and contractual expert Vivian Katsantonis also provide departmental leadership from the Virginia office. Jonathan Wright made partner in summer 2019.

Key clients


Hensel Phelps


Kiewit Construction Company

Black & Veatch

F. H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates, LLC

Fluor Corporation


PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc.

Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America

Work highlights

  • Prosecuting and defending claims involving the first surety sued under the False Claims Act for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, following the Site 1 Impoundment Phase 1 Project in Palm Beach County, Florida.
  • Representing the Northampton County General Purpose Authority over scheduling and pricing disputes arising out of the Northampton County Bridges Alternative Project Delivery Plan – P3 project.
  • Representing Swinerton Builders over missing payments from a private ownership group during the construction of a hotel, condominium, office and retail project, in a claim totalling $61m.
  • Acting for Kiewit Power Constructors in a substantial contract dispute with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
  • Representing Leidos, Inc. in defense of a United States government claim for repayment of $12m alleged over-charges relating to logistics services provided by Lockheed Martin Division.

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

The 'first-rate' boutique team at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP is full of 'outstanding legal experts' who 'know the lay of the land', and is considered by some as 'the go-to firm in New York City construction law'. It offers contractual or dispute resolution services – along with counsel on new urban developments – for owners, architects, engineers, construction managers and contractors. The 'excellent' Michael Zetlin and James Terry 'have deep knowledge' on an international scale from both a contentious and non-contentious perspective. Managing partner and claims expert Michael Vardaro is acting for SHoP Architects during the construction of a £1bn-valued mixed-use development in Detroit, while name partner Michael De Chiara specializes in high-value disputes. He recently litigated for Handel Architects and DeSimone Consulting Engineers over claims related to a high-rise condominium in San Francisco, with a total of 21 pending lawsuits including one class action. Tara Mulrooney rejoined from  Proskauer Rose LLP as a partner in June 2019,  boosting the firm's transactional work scope.

Practice head(s):

Michael Vardaro


The construction group is first-rate. They are hands-on and pragmatic. They know the lay of the land.

Michael Zetlin and James Terry are excellent. They have deep knowledge of the construction field.

Zetlin & DeChiara has exceptional capabilities in the construction arena and has achieved widespread recognition for its performance. The firm functions as a team, bringing its strengths to bear wherever needed. The partners complement one another, and they have attracted a strong supporting cast.

My work has been with most of the partners, all of whom are outstanding legal experts and are sensitive to the various aspects of client needs. They are especially resourceful and able to bring considerable effort to each and every assignment. They are considered the go-to firm in New York City construction law.

Key clients

Handel Architects

SHoP Architects

DeSimone Consulting Engineers

Work highlights

  • Acting for Handel Architects and DeSimone Consulting Engineers in defending claims related to a high-rise condominium in San Francisco.
  • Representing SHoP Architects, the largest developer in Detroit, in building a massive inner-city, mixed-use project.
  • Acting as lead counsel for an international engineering firm in a case alleging various defects with the design and construction of a wastewater treatment plant in Binghamton, New York.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Now based out of the firm’s Houston office, the construction practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. is chaired by the head of global projects Jason Bennett, and has a predominant focus on energy or infrastructure-oriented disputes and transactional work. Joseph Colagiovanni, co-section chair of real estate and construction, leads on many matters; most notably, in representing INVISTA S.à r.l. during the drafting and negotiation of a $600m engineering, procurement and build contract to install latest generation technology at its Texas chemical plant. Colagiovanni also continues to advise Hines on design and construction agreements for the innovative $1bn commercial office tower development in Boston, situated on top of South Station’s existing rail and bus terminal. Further cases involve licensing and site acquisitions, along with a full range of damages claims.

Practice head(s):

Jason Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Colagiovanni

Key clients


Celanese Corporation

Occidental Chemical Corporation

INVISTA S.à r.l.

Urban Oaks Builders, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing INVISTA S.à r.l. during the drafting and negotiation of a $600m engineering, procurement and build contract to install latest generation technology at its Texas chemical plant.
  • Advising Hines on design and construction agreements for the innovative $1bn commercial office tower development in Boston, situated on top of South Station’s existing rail and bus terminal.
  • Representing Urban Oaks Builders, LLC in litigation arising from its construction of an apartment complex in Florida, with the current owner alleging certain defects in the original construction.
  • Assisting Celanese Corporation in their preparation of EPCM contract emplates to be used in connection with client’s development of a $440m expansion of its acetic acid production facilities and related methanol facility debottleneck.
  • Assisting Occidental Petroleum Company in preparing a general construction contract, a development management services contract, and architectural services contracts for their planned renovation and refurbishment of existing office-campus facilities and the construction of a new daycare center in Texas.

Bricker & Eckler LLP

The construction team at Bricker & Eckler LLP 'offers keen insight' and habitually finds 'multiple solutions to the same problem'. Columbus-based Jack Rosati, Jr. chairs a practice group spread across the firm’s various US offices, and specialises in litigation related to public works – on bid disputes, work delays and insurance coverage issues – while also acting as an experienced construction counsel. Rosati’s current projects include developments in MetroHealth’s $400m medical portfolio, and ensuring federal, state and USDA compliance for Fayette County’s $20m jail facilities. Also in Columbus, Doug Shevelow is a renowned design-bid-build and design-build contract negotiator, having recently drafted agreements for OhioHealth Corporation and Petmin USA, Inc., alongside his work as a mediator in design defect and contractor claim cases.

Practice head(s):

Jack Rosati, Jr.

Other key lawyers:

Doug Shevelow


They have kept relative in the construction practice and trade. They continue to offer keen insight in how to navigate Ohio Revised Code concerning construction law. They continue to keep us abreast of changes in construction law, with excellent communications, being decisive in how they answer questions and resourceful in offering multiple solutions to the same problem.

Key clients

Franklin County

Buckeye Valley Local School District

Delaware Area Joint Vocational School District(operating as Delaware Area Career Center)

Wellston City School District

OhioHealth Corporation

Alexander Local School District

The Metro Health System

Delaware City School District

Pickerington Local School District

Upper Arlington City School District

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Complete General Construction Company

Dublin City School District

Greeneview Local School District

City of Groveport

Indian Lake Local School District

Arcanum-Butler Local School District

Miamisburg City School District

Miller Brothers Construction, Inc.

Martins Ferry City School District

Kwest Group LLC

Springfield Local School District (Summit County)

City of Lancaster

Defiance Public Library

City of Hamilton, Department of Public Utilities

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

Keystone Local School District

City of Marietta

Medina County District Library

City of Canton

Miami County Board of Commissioners

Bloom Township, Fairfield Township

New Riegel Local School District

City of Columbus, Department of Public Service

Butler County Board of Commissioners

Tenmile Creek Excavating, LLC

Indiana University Health

Fayette County

Ross County

Petmin USA, Inc.

Scioto Valley Local School District

Greene County Joint Vocational School District

Hillsdale Local School District

Conotton Valley Union Local School District

Work highlights

  • Representing MetroHealth in the redevelopment of their $400m medical portfolio.
  • Ensuring federal, state and USDA compliance for Fayette County’s $20m jail facilities.
  • Drafting contractual agreements for OhioHealth Corporation.
  • Drafting various construction contractual agreements for Petmin USA, including for a pig iron manufacturing facility.
  • Providing general construction counsel to the Columbus Metropolitan Library on its 20/20Vision program and $35m library renovations.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

The DLA Piper LLP (US) construction team stretches across the firm’s various US offices, with work ranging from large litigation or arbitration cases, to contracts and transactional-based advice for mixed-use, public service or entertainment venues. Anthony Meagher who co-chairs the practice in Baltimore along with Robert Crewdson in Atlanta, focuses on contentious matters, having successfully represented Buzzi Unicem USA in dismissing a $52m excess claim from a subcontractor, along with other project terminations and defect issues. Crewdson handles disputes work, but also handles much of the firm’s high-end transactional work. Also from the Atlanta office, Brian Fielden has a reputation for global work among project managers and contractors, having led with Italian colleagues on the $2bn construction of AS Roma’s new stadium.

Practice head(s):

Robert Crewdson; Anthony Meager

Other key lawyers:

Brian Fielden; John Ducat

Key clients

Washington Nationals Baseball Club

Home Depot USA, Inc.

AS Roma

AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Buzzi Unicem USA

Combined Properties, Inc.


British Airways

Unilever United States


Hitachi Rail

Texas Rangers Baseball Club

Work highlights

  • Representing Buzzi Unicem USA in dismissing a $52m excess claim from a subcontractor.
  • Representing the Washington Nationals Baseball Club regarding contracts for their $100m entertainment pavilion and complex.
  • Acting as project counsel alongside Italian colleagues during the $2bn construction of AS Roma’s new stadium.
  • Representing Hitachi Rail in P3 negotiations against the City of Honolulu and Honolulu Rail Transit Authority for the $1.5bn Honolulu Rail Transit System.
  • Assisting British Airways Plc with construction contracts for projects at San Francisco International Airport and Miami International Airport.

Duane Morris LLP

Largely based in New York, the 'top-notch' construction lawyers at Duane Morris LLP are 'practical and results-oriented', and know the US market 'as well as anyone'. Mark Canizio, who 'excels on the litigation front', chairs the practice with assistance from Patrick Kearney in Philadelphia and Jessica Singh, and is currently acting for WDF, Inc. in a noteworthy $25m claim against the City of New York for additional costs incurred during wastewater plant improvement works. Benton Wheatley and Tracy McCreight joined the Austin office from Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC in February 2019, and are representing KBR, Inc. and Espey Consultants, Inc. against the City of Austin over an alleged $47m of stormwater project damages. The 'exceptional' Oliver Holmes 'has a knack of making things understandable', and specialises in manufacturer-oriented litigation. From a non-contentious perspective, Kenneth Lazaruk and Brian Shue are 'excellent in contract negotiation', with Lazaruk continuing to provide counsel for The Related Companies, LP and The Hudson Companies Inc. on their development portfolios.


The team is very practical and results-oriented. They do an excellent job as they are responsive, listen, and have very deep knowledge. We have worked with them for over 15 years and they know our needs very well.

These lawyers are top-notch and know the field as well as anyone. They excel in both counselling and litigation. Ken Lazaruk and Brian Shue are both excellent in the counselling and contract negotiation areas and Mark Canizio and John Wojak also excel on the litigation front.

Oliver Holmes is an exceptional real estate attorney at Duane Morris LLP. He is extremely creative in conceptualizing possible projects, deals and teams. Oliver is also very connected within the real estate world and keeps his ear close to the ground. He is very knowledgeable about what is going on. Holmes is also down-to-earth, approachable, and has a knack of making things understandable to non-attorneys.

Key clients

Pacifica Riverplace, L.P.

Kellogg Brown & Root Services,Inc.; Espey Consultants, Inc.;KBR/Espey Joint Venture

Farmer Bros Co.

Camatic Pty Ltd

WDF, Inc.

L&L Painting Co., Inc.

Columbia University

The Related Companies, L.P.

The Hudson Companies Inc.

Taconic Investment Partners, LLC

New York Stem Cell Foundation

Independence Historical Trust

Delaware River Port Authority

Work highlights

  • Acting for WDF, Inc. in a noteworthy $25m claim against the City of New York for additional costs incurred during wastewater plant improvement works.
  • Representing KBR, Inc. and Espey Consultants, Inc. against the City of Austin over an alleged $47m of stormwater project damages.
  • Acting for Camatic Pty Ltd against the San Francisco 49ers regarding 58,000 problematic new seats at the Levi’s Stadium.
  • Provide counsel for The Related Companies, LP on their development portfolio.
  • Provide counsel for The Hudson Companies, Inc. on their development portfolio.

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Based in San Francisco, Farella Braun + Martel LLP specialises in complex and cross-border construction litigation, but also has a reputation for proposing alternative dispute resolution methods where necessary. Practice group chair Richard Van Duzer is known for working on late project delivery or over-budget claims, and continues to represent luxury hotel The Murieta Inn and Spa against their general contractor regarding severe delays and cost overruns. Mark Petersen typically acts for engineers and other design professionals, having recently led in many lawsuits for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; particularly, those concerning San Francisco’s controversial Millennium Tower. Both Van Duzer and Petersen are regularly supported by senior associate Christopher Gribble, who in his own right has had success in various private works-related mediation and arbitration cases. The department also counts public owners, contractors and subcontractors among its clients on projects including power plants, transport infrastructure and mixed-use residential developments.

Practice head(s):

Richard Van Duzer

Key clients

Tishman Speyer

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Work highlights

  • Representing luxury hotel The Murieta Inn and Spa against their general contractor over severe delays and cost overruns.
  • Acting for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in lawsuits concerning San Francisco’s notoriously controversial Millennium Tower.
  • Acting for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in claims regarding build defects at the $2.2bn Transbay Transit Center.
  • Representing a homeowner regarding a $9m remodel project following termination of the general contractor for alleged construction defects, cost overruns and delays.

Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner, Senet & Wittbrodt

At Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner, Senet & Wittbrodt, the construction practice is spread across three California offices and one in Las Vegas. Managing partner Richard Wittbrodt specialises in complex litigation cases, and continues to act for HNTB during a $1.5bn design contract dispute regarding the Crenshaw/LAX Line currently under construction in Los Angeles, which will be fundamental to the 2028 Olympic Games. Department co-head Glenn Turner also possesses significant experience handling disruption and defective build claims, having recently represented Group Delta on the California High Speed Rail Project. The firm’s other work ranges from contract and procurement document preparation, to construction-related insurance and risk management advice, as well as fidelity and surety law consultancy.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wittbrodt; Glenn Turner

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Ng; Sara Kornblatt

Key clients

Swinerton Builders

Layton Construction

Sundt/Layton a Joint Venture


Snyder Langston

Lydig Construction

Group Delta Consultants

Work highlights

  • Acting for HNTB during a $1.5bn design contract dispute regarding the Crenshaw/LAX Line currently under construction in Los Angeles.
  • Representing Group Delta on the California High Speed Rail Project – intended to drastically reduce West Coast travel times – following non-payment issues and ongoing delays.
  • Advising on a dispute with the owner and key subcontractors of a hotel, following significant delay-related issues.
  • Acting for Group Delta concerning non-payment issue claims on change orders.
  • Representing Calabasas Blue in a breach of a grading contract which includes fraud and criminal code violations.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

With Robert Epstein in New Jersey and Michael Thomas in Miami co-chairing the construction practice, Greenberg Traurig LLP works on behalf of developers, owners and contractors during service agreement negotiations or drafting, as well as on a variety of claims and litigation cases. It has particular experience as construction counsel – encompassing all non-contentious and any contentious elements arising on larger projects. New Jersey-based shareholder David Jensen and Epstein are acting for worldwide conglomerate Triple Five Group on the £5bn American Dream retail and entertainment complex, which opened in October 2019. Elsewhere, the team has ongoing counsel responsibilities on multi-million residential and mixed-use developments and Thomas is leading for The Related Group on more than 30 projects across the US worth in excess of $10bn.

Practice head(s):

Robert Epstein; Michael Thomas

Other key lawyers:

David Jensen

Key clients

Triple Five Development

RBH Group

Red Apple Group (Red Apple Surf Realty III)

OKO Group LLC (Crown 730 Invest LLC)

Flag Luxury Group (RP 1185 LLC)

State Farm Insurance Company

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York

The Related Group

Terra Group

Falcone Group and CIM Group

Encore Housing Opportunity Fund/Falcone Group

Fort Partners

PRH Paraiso Two, LLC & PRH NE 31st Street, LLC – affiliates of The Related Group

TRG Oasis (Tower One), Ltd., TRG Oasis (One), Ltd., The Related Group, Related Florida, Inc., and TRG-Ft. Myers, Inc.

Salzedo Office, LLC – an affiliate of Codina Partners No MBV Owner, LLC – an affiliate of Starwood Capital, Blackrock Realty Advisors, Lynd Development Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting as construction counsel for worldwide conglomerate Triple Five Group on the £5bn American Dream retail and entertainment complex.
  • Acting as construction counsel for The Related Group on more than 30 projects across the US worth in excess of $10bn.
  • Representing State Farm Insurance Company in an arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in which the owner alleges defective construction by the general contractor.
  • Acting as construction counsel for the Falcone Group and CIM Group on various improvements within the mixed-use redevelopment of the Miami Worldcenter District.
  • Acting as construction counsel to Fort Partners on the development of The Four Seasons Hotels in Surfside and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Nixon Peabody LLP

The construction department at Nixon Peabody LLP typically acts for owners, developers and general contractors in both public and private projects ranging from hospital developments and renewable energy ventures to hotels, higher education infrastructure and multi-story towers. Vernon Johnson III co-heads the team from Washington DC, along with San Francisco managing partner Anthony Barron, who handles both disputes and transactional matters. Barron has led a $60m multi-party arbitration regarding an overrun of the first ever utility scale solar project in Minnesota for Biosar America LLC. Of further note is Providence-based Jeffrey Brenner, who successfully represented Sandy Point Farms, Inc. in a land use case that ultimately reached the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The practice is also adept at providing counsel on change orders, acceleration or delay claims, and post-completion defect issues. John Foust departed to join Ralls Gruber & Niece in August 2019.

Key clients

Biosar America, LLC (a subsidiary of Aktor)

Oceanwide Center, LLC

Oceanwide Plaza, LLC

The Board of Trustees of the California State University

D. L. Falk Construction, Inc.

Galleron Properties LLC

Sandy Point Farms, Inc.

Marathon Construction

Toray Plastics (America), Inc.

Fresh Direct Holdings, Inc.

Rivian Automotive

L3 Capital

Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners and LDP Acquisitions LLC

Sage Title Group, LLC


Work highlights

  • Acting in a $60m multi-party arbitration regarding an overrun of the first ever utility scale solar project in Minnesota for Biosar America LLC.
  • Serving as Oceanwide Center’s ongoing project counsel during the construction of a $1.6bn high-rise development in California.
  • Representing Sandy Point Farms, Inc. in a land use case that ultimately reached the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
  • Representing the Board of Trustees of the California State University against the manufacturer and installers of a failing underground utility distribution piping system in San Diego.
  • Representing Galleron Properties LLC in an ongoing construction defect investigation, litigation, and arbitration against Ledcor Builders Inc. (Ledcor), the general contractor for the construction of a high-end private residence in St. Helena, California.

Oles, Morrison, Rinker & Baker LLP

With offices in Washington, Alaska and California, Oles, Morrison, Rinker & Baker LLP helps construction clients mitigate risk through its administrative and contracts representation, but is further equipped to handle claims and resolve disputes where necessary. Seattle-based Bradley Powell heads a team that predominantly advises general contractors, subcontractors, engineers and public or private owners across the social infrastructure sector. Also in Seattle, Sam Baker has extensive experience with government agreements and commercial litigation which allows him to evaluate complex multi-party cases. Baker recently represented JCM Northlink, LLC as contractor for the N125 tunnel extension project – crucially extending the line from the University District to Northgate – in arbitration following alleged defects and ensuing damages. Washington-based Thomas Krider and Seattle-based Meghan Douris also work on matters involving the US federal government and state authorities, regularly overseeing disputes and bids to secure contracts. To this end, Douris is currently representing Scarsella Brothers, Inc. over missing payments on the I-405 expansion project owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation, while Krider is renegotiating the terms of James W Fowler Co’s contract with the City of Portland for a tunnel under the Willamette River.

Practice head(s):

Bradley Powell

Key clients

JCM Northlink, LLC

Scarsella Brothers, Inc.

James W. Fowler Co.

San Francisco-based national commercial construction company

Work highlights

  • Representing JCM Northlink, LLC as contractor for the N125 tunnel extension project in arbitration following alleged defects and ensuing damages.
  • Representing Scarsella Brothers, Inc. over missing payments on the I-405 expansion project owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
  • Renegotiating the terms of James W Fowler Co’s contract with the City of Portland for a tunnel under the Willamette River.
  • Representing the general contractor on an office building project in San Francisco’s SoMa neighbourhood, during litigation involving the general contractor’s window manufacturer over concerns about the design, manufacture, and testing of the curtain-wall for the project.

Troutman Pepper

The construction practice at Troutman Pepper concentrates on disputes work, both in federal or state court and arbitration forums. Michael Subak chairs the practice from Philadelphia, where he represents owners, construction managers and subcontractors in significant capital projects across the energy, infrastructure and commercial development sectors. Pittsburgh-based Albert Bates and Ralph Finizio provide strong support, along with Marion Hack in Los Angeles.

Practice head(s):

Michael Subak

Schiff Hardin LLP

At Schiff Hardin LLP, construction practice group leader Kenneth Roberts works from both the Chicago and New York offices. The team consults for corporate clients or government agencies to streamline their procurement operations, resolves disputes and provides curtain wall risk management during the build of high-rise structures. Roberts offers project control services for major capital and construction improvements, having recently overseen facilitation sessions on a $200m dispute between a contractor and the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. Chicago-based Heidi Rowe specializes in contract drafting; she advised Equity Residential regarding $1.5bn worth of luxury apartment complexes. New York-based James Frankel is known for his innovative front-end project structuring and is assisting Unispace on the design and build of a $350m corporate campus in the Pacific Northwest, along with Virgil Montgomery. Kevin Kolton departed for Perkins Coie LLP in June 2019, while Jeremy Baker left for Baker Law Group in October 2019.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Roberts; Heidi Rowe

Key clients

King Abdullah Financial District

Equity Residential

American Airlines Inc.

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York

Ft. Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport

NavyPier, Inc. (NPI)

Fresenius Kabi

Unispace, Inc.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Work highlights

  • Overseeing facilitation sessions on a $200m dispute between a contractor and the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.
  • Assisting American Airlines with their Terminal 8 expansion project at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  • Contract drafting for Equity Residential regarding $1.5bn-worth of luxury apartment complexes.
  • Defending Hyatt Hotels Corporation and RCDolner LLC during protracted in-house litigation.
  • Representing Unispace on the design and build of a $350m corporate campus in the Pacific Northwest.

Stein Ray LLP

Boutique Chicago firm Stein Ray LLP is 'truly expert in their field of practice' and provides 'creative solutions' when faced with complex design and construction disputes. Name partners Steven Stein and Stephen Ray assist clients in the energy, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. Stein specializes in trial and arbitration cases concerning gross negligence, engineering defects and cost overruns, as well as the drafting and negotiation of contracts or service agreements between parties. Ray is an expert litigator, who works on breach of contract and property damage claims for large-scale commercial and industrial projects including office buildings, refineries and power plants.

Practice head(s):

Steven Stein; Stephen Ray

Other key lawyers:

Carl Popovsky


Truly expert in their field of practice – engineering and construction claims. The best specialist firm I’ve worked with in this area.

Smart, hard-working and very knowledgeable in this practice area. Creative solutions. Practical advice.

Key clients

Fluor Corporation

Jacobs Engineering Group


Parsons Corporation

Gilbane, Inc.


LTK Engineering Services

HW Lochner

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP ’s international construction group is overseen by Nick Henchie from the firm’s London office. However, Ferguson McNiel – known for his broad litigation handling – and Kaam Sahely – an infrastructure and finance specialist – lead a 'highly-skilled and seriously client-focused' US department in Houston. One of the team’s main strengths lies in its 'ability to find viable legal solutions to complex commercial and technical topics', during public and energy sector work. To this end, Sahely is assisting Gulf Coast Ammonia with their $800m hydrogen-based ammonia production facility in Texas, with backing from 'very good lawyer, but even better shepherd of projects' Alan Alexander and senior associate Stephanie Coco. Mark Brasher and Dallas-based Mark Early are representing Texas Central Partners in the development and construction of a $20 billion high-speed rail line between the DFW Metroplex and Houston, featuring an Italian contractor and Japanese technology consortium, alongside the intended domestic operator.


Very highly skilled and seriously client-focused.

Alan Alexander is a very good lawyer, but an even better shepherd of projects/transactions/ventures combining real knowledge of the constituent parts with a soft managerial touch to bring all the relevant parties together for a successful experience.

Ability to find viable legal solutions to complex commercial and technical topics.

Key clients


Blackstone Energy Partners

Driftwood LNG LLC


Goldman Sachs

Gulf Coast Ammonia

Jordan Cove Energy Project


New Fortress Energy

Noble Energy, Inc.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation


Tellurian, Inc.

Texas Central Partners

Tyr Energy

Woodside Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Assisting Gulf Coast Ammonia with their $800m hydrogen-based ammonia production facility in Texas.
  • Representing Texas Central Partners in the development and construction of a $20 billion high-speed rail line between the DFW Metroplex and Houston.
  • Acting as project counsel for LNG 21, LLC on the $2.4bn development of a liquefied natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Acting as project counsel for Avant Energy who are proposing to invest $500 million into building a network of terminals to supply refined petroleum products from the Port of Altamira, Tamaulipas to the Bajio region of North-Central Mexico.
  • Representing Occidental Petroleum in the development and expansion of the Ingleside Energy Center.

Allensworth & Porter

Managing partner Joe Basham heads the practice at construction specialist Allensworth & Porter, which represents architects, engineers, owners and developers in contracts and dispute-related matters. Based out of the firm's Texas head office, both Basham and Matthew Ryan have experience acting in litigation before the Supreme Court, as well as negotiating complex large-scale commercial and design-build agreements. Tyler O’Halloran made partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Joe Basham

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Ryan; Tyler O’Halloran

Baker Donelson

At Baker Donelson, the construction team advises on all project phases, from design and planning, through to contract negotiation, insurance claims and dispute avoidance or resolution. It also has significant experience advising on professional liability claims against architects and engineers, on behalf of a client list featuring owners, developers, contractors and subcontractors. Mandeville and New Orleans-based Mark Mercante co-chairs the group practice, along with Joseph Kovars in Baltimore.

Practice head(s):

Mark Mecante; Joseph Kovars

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. is appreciated for both a 'results-driven' ethos and significant 'depth of practice'. It has achieved further recognition for successful construction defect claims, as well as regular involvement in public-private partnership matters and with condominium associations. Fort Lauderdale-based department chair and disputes specialist Steven Lesser, who ‘treats every matter as if it were his only one’, leads on work for Metropica – a $1.5bn eight-tower residential and community-serving development to span four million square feet. Department vice chair Lee Weintraub, also based out of Fort Lauderdale, is ‘an expert on Florida law’ who helps ‘drive several difficult situations to the correct result’, as with KRG Jacksonville Deerwood Lake, LLC’s settlement with Catamount Constructors over delay damages and wrongful termination. Randy Dow  joined from Boyd & Jenerette, P.A. in March 2019, along with Sean Sullivan from Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann, P.A. in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Steven Lesser; Lee Weintraub

Other key lawyers:

Randy Dow; Sean Sullivan


Deep knowledge of Florida construction law.

Steve Lesser is the hardest-working lawyer I have ever seen. He treats every matter as if it were his only one. His rates are fair. He is humble and honest. These are rare traits.

The firm has a depth of practice and a deep knowledge of construction law. The lawyers, while knowledgeable of the law, were also practical and result-driven.

Lee Weintraub did a great job for us. He is an expert on Florida law, but also aware of practicalities of our business. He was an asset that helped drive several difficult situations to the correct result.

Key clients

Metropica Residential I, LLC

Flagler Investors LLC

Rudy Ciccarello, President of American Craftsman Museum, Inc.

Mirasol Country Club

BallenIsles Country Club

Wellness Resort and Condominium

Anuvia Florida, LLC, f/k/a Vitag Florida, LLC

KRG 951 & 41, LLC

Villa Alhambra Condominium Association, Inc.

Grandview at Riverwalk Port Imperial Condominium Association, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Magic City Properties IV, LLC, which is overseeing a retail, entertainment and family housing project in Miami-Dade County intended to revitalize the Little Haiti area.
  • Leading for Metropica on a $1.5bn eight-tower residential and community-serving development to span four million square feet.
  • Acting for KRG Jacksonville Deerwood Lake, LLC’s in obtaining a settlement with Catamount Constructors over delay damages and wrongful termination.
  • Representing the developer of The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in St. Petersburg, Florida, on all construction-related matters.
  • Handling disputes between the owner and contractor as well as design professionals, arising from a multi-million-dollar renovation of the Mirasol Country Club Facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP

Based in California, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP specialises in handling disputes for clients often concerning power plants, highways and bridges, convention centers, and residential provision. From the Oakland office, James Wulfsberg is a particularly renowned litigator; he has represented EPC contractors, architects and engineers in various major private and public cases. Also based in Oakland, both David Darroch and David Hyndman provide strong support on contentious matters.

Cokinos, Bosien & Young

Texan firm Cokinos, Bosien & Young works on disputes and non-contentious matters for domestic developers, owners and subcontractors. Matters typically include alleged defect claims and drafting service agreements, or compliance issues. Founding partner Gregory Cokinos specialises in contract negotiations and litigation, while construction insurance expert Patrick Wielinski and renowned mediator Stanley Curry are further individuals of note.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Cokinos

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Wielinski; Stanley Curry

Cox, Castle & Nicholson

Cox, Castle & Nicholson primarily represents contractors, subcontractors, investors or lenders in cases ranging from project closeout disputes to contract breaches and defective construction claims. Based in Los Angeles, Robert Campbell and litigation department chair Edward Quigley oversee the bulk of transactional and contentious work, with other offices in San Francisco and Orange County.

Practice head(s):

Robert Campbell; Edward Quigley


John Haug heads Dentons' construction architectural, engineering and development law practice from its St. Louis office. The practice works on a full range of disputes from court representation to alternative resolution methods, as well as providing documentation and contractual advice. Haug, who is also office managing partner in St. Louis, specializes in handling non-contentious matters for owners, developers, lenders and contractors. New York and New Jersey-based Philip White also has an international reputation for resolving high-end litigation cases.

Practice head(s):

John Haug

Other key lawyers:

Philip White

Dickinson Wright PLLC

With a range of ‘high-quality work’ on offer at Dickinson Wright PLLC, the practice is overseen by Tennessee-based chair Rob Dodson, an expert litigator currently defending Coordinated Health in a novel $9.5m contract termination case, which requires the application of laws from two different states. The firm specialises in claim handling and regularly acts as arbitrators or mediators in complex disputes, with Phoenix-based Stephen Richman and Troy-based Peter Webster active on cases featuring multiple class actions and insurance subrogations. In Columbus, Harlan Robins and Jeremy Schirra represented 18 Fremont Street Acquisition, LLC during the structuring of a $1.1bn casino, entertainment, spa, garage and hotel facility. In Tennessee, the ‘focused and conscientiousSlade Sevier, has ‘a wealth of engineering knowledge’ which benefits contract negotiations and work in front of appellate courts.


High-quality legal work at a reasonable price. In-house expertise in the industrial practices that concern my company. Good relationships with individuals at competing law firms, which has made our litigation against them much easier.

Slade Sevier brings a wealth of engineering knowledge from his former career as an engineer. His work on our construction litigation has therefore been very cost-effective, including the avoidance of some expert fees. He also seems to understand the case better than his competition. He is focused and conscientious and fair with billing.

Key clients

18 Fremont Street Acquisition, LLC

City of Mesa, Arizona

County of Oakland, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, George W. Kuhn Drain Drainage District

Hankook Tire America Corp.

Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC


The Huntington Real Estate Investment Company II

Coordinated Health

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Benchmark Investors Group


LifePoint Health

Messer Construction Co.

Work highlights

  • Defending Coordinated Health in a novel $9.5m contract termination case, which requires the application of laws from two different states.
  • Representing 18 Fremont Street Acquisition, LLC during the structuring of a $1.1bn casino, entertainment, spa, garage and hotel facility – the first ground-up resort to be constructed in downtown Las Vegas since 1980.
  • Providing counsel to a power developer in developing and financing a new 1000 MW, $1bn combined cycle natural gas fired power plant.
  • Defending the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, the County of Oakland, and the George W. Kuhn Drain Drainage District against ten class actions and seven insurance subrogation complaints alleging negligent drainage system design, maintenance, and operation which resulted in widespread flooding.
  • Representing the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in a dispute with building contractor UPA over abandoned work.

Foley & Lardner LLP

Foley & Lardner LLP’s construction clients range from public and private owners, manufacturers and developers to contractors, joint venture parties, architects and engineers. Boston-based practice group chair Jeffrey Blease handles both contentious and transactional work, while Lisa Glahn, also in Boston, works on claims counselling, contracts and project development matters.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Blease

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Glahn

Hanson Bridgett LLP

With offices across California, Hanson Bridgett LLP’s team handles both contentious and non-contentious construction matters. It represents owners, designers and contractors in major litigation and impact claim or bid preparations, along with contract negotiation and drafting. Practice group leader Howard Ashcraft is based in San Francisco, with Michelle Akerman and David Buoncristiani as further contacts of note.

Practice head(s):

Howard Ashcraft

K&L Gates

With clients ranging from the industrial and engineering sectors to commercial and retail, K&L Gates resolves construction disputes among owners, designers, contractors, subcontractors and third parties, including insurers. The practice, recognized for its 'quality work with a real eye at being efficient', is led from the Los Angeles office by 'top-notch' trial lawyer Timothy Pierce, who works from a project’s inception through to the resolution of any claims. Pierce, willing to pursue claims in litigation where necessary, recently represented Suffolk Construction Company in 10-week proceedings over a breach of contract issue against the Los Angeles Unified School District. Pittsburgh-based Jason Richey is another 'stand-out partner' valued for his 'creative thinking', and is currently providing advice to an international oil company on the construction of a cracker facility in Pennsylvania.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Pierce

Other key lawyers:

Jason Richey


Stand-out partners are Jason Richey (construction law) and Jeff Cohen (corporate law). The qualities that I value in them are their creative thinking and confidence in not being afraid of obstacles.

Tim Pierce is top-notch. Hector Espinoza is good too.

Quality work with a real eye at being efficient. They put the client’s interest first.

Key clients

Michael Baker International

Securus Technologies, Inc.

Tecnimont S.p.A.

Arcadus US Inc

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.

KHS&S Contractors

Shimmick Construction and Obayashi Corporation (SOJV)

Helix Electric, Inc.

Martinez Steel Corporation

RexConn Design, Ltd.

Natural Gas Operator(s)

Work highlights

  • Representing Suffolk Construction Company in 10-week proceedings over a breach of contract issue against the Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • Advising an international oil company for the construction of a $7bn cracker facility in Pennsylvania.
  • Acting for Michael Baker International in an AAA arbitration regarding a breach of contract and unpaid invoices in connection with the project.
  • Representing Arcadis US Inc. over the design of a pre-engineered metal building for the York County Solid Waste Authority as a new ash handling and recycling facility, in claims initiated by a general contract without whom Arcadis had any contractual relationship.
  • Representing KHS&S, a drywall and interior finishes subcontractor, in a suit concerning construction of the San Francisco General Hospital Rebuild Program.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

At Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the construction practice acts in high-stakes and high-value disputes cases, while also providing services in contract negotiation and drafting, project oversight and pre-litigation counseling. Based in New York and Chicago, Jeffrey Willian has advised on several build and engineering cost defects and overruns. The rest of the team is mostly Chicago-based, where Hariklia Karis often acts in alleged breach of contract and ensuing settlement cases, while Elizabeth Hess specialises in professional liability cases involving architects, engineers and sub-contractors. Of counsel James Nowacki lists architects, contractors and owners among his clients for industrial, transportation, office building and manufacturing-based work.

Porter Hedges LLP

The Houston-based construction practice at Porter Hedges LLP is headed by David Peden, along with Allison Snyder. It specialises in defect or delay claims, lien and bond issues, and wrongful termination litigation, with most clients active in the commercial, industrial and infrastructure sectors. Peden, alongside energy infrastructure and design specialist John Hawkins, recently achieved a significant victory for Bilfinger Westcon, Inc. in a $35m alleged wrongful termination arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce. Snyder is currently acting as local counsel for Dresser-Rand Global Services Inc. in a $10m dispute regarding breach of contract – a case that has gone to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Practice head(s):

David Peden; Allison Snyder

Key clients

Hellmuth Obata and Kassabaum (HOK)

Hidalgo County, Texas

Teal Construction

Durotech Construction

City of Houston


Sterling Structures

Victoria Air Conditioning

Blazer Building

Buckeye Partners

Formosa Plastics

Amegy Bank

Cajun Industries, LLC

Cotton Commercial

Targa Resources



Work highlights

  • Acting for Bilfinger in a $35m alleged wrongful termination arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • Acting as local counsel for Dresser-Rand Global Services Inc. in a dispute regarding breach of contract for the design, engineering, procurement and fabrication of two litoral compression modules.
  • Representing WSP in a dispute regarding a combined cycle power plant steam turbine caused by the alleged failure of all lubrication oil systems.
  • Representing Midwest Steel in a dispute involving the $700m new VA hospital project in El Paso, Texas.
  • Representing Mid-Main in a four tower apartment development, in which it became necessary to terminate the contractor and make a claim on the payment and performance bonds.

Reed Smith LLP

Michael Dingman leads the Reed Smith LLP construction team from the Tysons Corner office in Virginia, and works on commercial or residential schemes from both a contracts and disputes perspectives. Other key names include renowned project counsel James Doerfler in Pittsburgh, and co-managing partner Brian Mitchell from Dallas, who represents plaintiffs and defendants in real estate and energy-based litigation. The team operates both on a domestic and international scale through the firm's global network. Litigation specialist Tarek Abdalla moved to Jones Day in February 2019, while Thomas Folk has retired.

Practice head(s):

Michael Dingman

Other key lawyers:

James Doerfler; Brian Mitchell

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s offices in California traverse the West Coast, and primarily handle public or private transactional and contentious cases. Los Angeles-based Candace Matson handles the bulk of disputes, and has further experience acting as an independent arbitrator or mediator. Matson co-chairs the practice with San Francisco-based Erinn Contreras, whose clients include owners, developers, subcontractors and construction lenders from project start until final completion. Such work includes the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, advising on scheme execution issues, and step-by-step claim management.

Practice head(s):

Candace Matson; Erinn Contreras

Key clients

Digital Realty Trust

Essex Property Trust

Exide Technologies

Henry E. Huntington Library & Art Gallery

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Madison Capital

Primoris Renewable Energy

Sempra Energy

Samsung Engineering & Construction, Ltd.

The Jay Paul Company

Work highlights

  • Preparing contracts (for a US architect, Japanese contractor and donor) worth approximately $2.4m in connection with Henry E Huntington Library & Art Gallery.
  • Drafting contracts for the deconstruction of a secondary lead smelting facility, including the $23m GMP prime contract.
  • Representing Essex Portfolio LP, as owner and plaintiff, in a defect litigation involving the MB360 property in San Francisco, California.
  • Defending San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) against claims of fraud, negligence and violations of Public Utilities Code section 2106 in a lawsuit brought by the Enpex Corporation.
  • Representing The Jay Paul Company in connection with design and construction contracts for an 850,000-square-foot office campus in San Jose, California.