Construction (including construction litigation) in United States

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

With dispute resolution a central component of the practice, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton focuses on the government contracting and construction industries, representing contractors, design professionals, as well as owners across the public and private sectors, and possesses expertise across a broad range of sectors including airports, bridges, oil and gas, and solar energy projects. Lee Mann leads the team and is particularly knowledgeable of bond law as well as mechanic’s lien issues, while Brian Corgan focuses on alternative dispute resolution, construction contracts, and litigation. Randall Hafer has been key to several construction projects including universities and schools, tunnels as well as office buildings and Robbie Poplin is frequently engaged on transactions and privatization mandates, particularly public-private partnerships. Daniel Swaja is also focused on engineering claims avoidance, while senior associate Gautam Reddy is also a name to note. All individuals mentioned are located in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Lee Mann

Other key lawyers:

Brian Corgan; Randall Hafer; Robbie Poplin; Daniel Swaja; Gautam Reddy; Bill Dorris; Patrick Gaas; Keith Richardson


‘Lee Mann and his team know how to solve complex legal problems in a practical and cost-effective way.’

‘The team understands what the ultimate business goal is and always has that in mind. It makes partnering with them easy because they understand what we are trying to accomplish and help us get there.’

‘The members of the construction group are all specialists in delay-related concepts, claims, defenses, as well as other aspects commonly part of construction disputes. This team has a great way of managing enormous amounts of factual information and documentation and distilling that down to information critical to the litigation or dispute.’

Key clients

Amec Foster Wheeler USA Corporation (AFWUSA) and Amec Foster Wheeler, plc

The Wood Group

Latex Construction Company (Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline)

Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration, and Maryland Office of Attorney General

MG Dyess, Inc., a subsidiary of Quanta Services

Energy Vault, Inc.

Pike-P.J. Dick Joint Venture

C.J. Hughes Construction Company

City of Corpus Christi, Texas

Walsh Alberici Joint Venture

Louisville (Kentucky) Metropolitan Sewer District

Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC

Delta Air Lines

Southern California Edison Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Amec Foster Wheeler USA, and its parent in a $1.5 billion lawsuit involving the construction of the a large Propane Dehydrogenation facility.
  • Represented The Wood Group, the contractor constructing the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense facility at the Redzikowo Air Base in Poland, in claims against the project owner, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and its agent, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Represented MG Dyess, Inc., a national pipeline contractor, in the assertion of $39 million in claims arising from the construction of a gas pipeline in West Virginia.

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

Peckar & Abramson, P.C. routinely assists international clients on multi-jurisdictional projects, advising construction designers, managers and owners as well as contractors and construction managers. Located in New York, Steven Charney oversees the team and has acted as lead counsel to the BTEA and represented several significant US contractors. Also based in New York, founding partner Robert Peckar is reputed for his expertise in assisting contractors and construction managers in dispute resolution and is supported on contentious matters by Michael Branca who works from Washington D.C. The duo are based alongside Paul Monte who represents global and regional contractors on projects pertaining to bridges, process and power plants, roads and tunnels. Ronald Helmuth works from Los Angeles and has extensive experience in construction law, as well as regularly being engaged in alternative dispute resolution.


Co-managing partner of the practice’s Miami office Adam Handfinger is seasoned in settlement negotiations that concern all stages of construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Steven Charney

Other key lawyers:

Michael Branca; Robert Peckar; Paul Monte; Adam Handfinger; Ronald Helmuth


‘I absolutely feel like I am part of a team when working with P&A. Once an issue rises to the level of outside counsel, it is far too important, and costly, to our organization for us to be a spectator.’

‘I have always felt that we achieve the best outcomes in each case with P&A.’

‘P&A’s attorneys are the best in class but act with empathy and understanding to each and every one of my problems.’

Work highlights

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is routinely engaged in domestic and multijurisdictional development and critical infrastructure projects, and represents contractors, designers, investors and public and private developers across a breadth of sectors. Alison Ashford oversees the New York office’s construction practice and is often engaged in the structuring of infrastructure and development projects. Located in San Francisco, Micheal McKeeman co-leads the team and oversees disputes for subcontractors, owners and prime contractors on private and public construction projects. Based in Washington DC, Bennett Greenberg has negotiated and drafted contracts pertaining to significant projects including P-3. Senior associate Michael Wagner is also based in Washington DC and has experience on the full spectrum of construction projects including preconstruction, contract negotiation and project conception. Seattle's Meghan Douris assists clients in mandates concerning the construction of high-rise buildings and heavy civil infrastructures.

Practice head(s):

Alison Ashford; Michael McKeeman

Other key lawyers:

Bennett Greenberg; Michael Wagner; Meghan Douris; Jason Smith; Ryan Gilcrest


‘Seyfarth Shaw LLP has a very deep team with extensive construction knowledge as well as experts in related fields such as government contracting and business organization.’

‘The team I work with includes very capable people with government contracting, legal research and writing, trial presentation and construction practices experience. It is a great combination of talent.’

‘The team has taken time to get to know us and learn how important our success is to our entire community. They are passionate about our case and have mastered new subject matter in a way that is extraordinary.’

‘Seyfarth’s team is collegial, intelligent, direct and adaptable. They are timely, responsive and business-like. Most in our small shop have a very god working relationship with the people we work with regularly.’

‘Jason Smith has provided excellent support to us on a contentious matter which has been drawn out and difficult. He is very responsive, considered and makes himself available with a challenging time zone difference. His strategic insights are invaluable and has been instrumental in putting us in a very strong position.’

‘The team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP is extremely knowledgeable in construction law. Ryan Gilcrest is one you can count on for his expertise. I would definitely recommend this law firm.’

‘Ryan Gilcrest knows the laws and how to articulate them to the other parties. He stood out for us in our most recent pre-litigation and was able to turn it around before having to proceed down the formal route.’

‘Meghan Douris is exceptional. She has a great understanding of construction and is well connected and organized. Her ability to quickly grasp our scope as well as our needs provides us with great service.’

Key clients

Municipality of Anchorage

PGP Development LLC

Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission

Watts Constructors, LLC

International Monetary Fund

Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA)

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW)

Panther Residential Management, LLC

The Hall Group

Terramar Retail Centers

Vance Brown, Inc.

Ventana Property Services, Inc.

LBA Realty

RMC Constructors, Inc.

Square Peg Construction, LLC

Level-It Installations Group

Redpath USA Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented the Municipality of Anchorage with the court first issuing an opinion that the United States had breached its contract with Anchorage, and then two months later entering judgment against the United States and awarding the client $367.4 million.
  • Represented the Transbay Joint Powers Authority on all construction-related matters pertaining to the development of a $4.5 billion transit center in the heart of San Francisco.
  • Acted as special counsel to the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC), a regional transportation financing agency in Virginia.

Jones Day

With a global footprint, the practice at Jones Day offers a number of experienced practitioners who frequently advise domestic and international corporations as well as public entities. The department also represents clients at all stages of construction projects, handling issues encompassing arbitration, mediation, trail, and contract negotiations. Daniel McMillan co-heads the team, and is a highly experienced figure with a strong record in significant construction matters. Also, a co-head of the team, Roy Powell , who divides his time between Dallas and Pittsburgh, is knowledgeable in energy, infrastructure disputes as well as commercial litigation. Michael McCauley has represented contractors, design professionals and public and private owners in disputes concerning a diverse range of projects including buildings, highway, and wind farms. All mentioned individuals are based in Los Angeles unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Daniel McMillan; Roy Powell

Other key lawyers:

Michael McCauley; Tarek Abdalla

Key clients

Bechtel Group, Inc.

Cardinal Midstream LLC

City of Hope National Cancer Center

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Georgia Power/Southern Company/ Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.

International Business Machines Corporation

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Kiewit Corporation

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Prologis, Inc.

San Diego Gas & Electric

Sempra Energy

Southern California Gas

Southern California Edison

United States Steel Corporation

West Chicago Battery Storage LLC and Joliet Battery Storage LLC

Work highlights

King & Spalding LLP

Renowned for its activity in energy-related construction matters, King & Spalding LLP‘s clients include global as well as domestic project developers, lenders and owners, with the team practice handling construction transactions, as well as litigation. Scott Greer works out of Houston and is an vastly experienced individual who is particularly active in LNG, while Stephen O’Neal in San Francisco has great experience overseeing construction disputes. Mike Stenglein is located in Austin and is seasoned in representing contractors as well as owners in disputes pertaining to large facilities including chemical plants, refineries as well as pipelines. Houston-based Craig Ledet is often engaged in construction and engineering defect litigation, particularly in the energy sector; he operates alongside Peter Berg who represents clients in traditional oil, gas and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Scott Greer; Mike Stenglein

Other key lawyers:

Stephen O’ Neal; Craig Ledet; Peter Berg; Robert B. Garner; Ingrid Myers; Adam Gray; Jonathan Katz; Gregg Jacobson


‘The breadth of experience is very much a strength of the practice.’

‘While they will assure that you get the full benefit of their expertise and insights, it is only after they have satisfied your need-to-know that they offer their additional view.’

‘They are flexible in scheduling last-minute calls, etc. and very responsive to meeting deadlines, they always deliver when they say they say they are going to deliver.’

Key clients

Refinería de Cartagena S.A.


Transmission Developers, Inc.

Arlington Valley Solar Energy II

EnergySource Minerals


Quanta Services, Inc.; QPS Engineering, LLC

Occidental Petroleum


Saulsbury Industries, Inc.

Commonwealth LNG

Crestwood Equity Partners LP


Freeport LNG

Sterling Site Access Solutions, LLC

Microsoft Corporation

Mexico Pacific Limited

Arbor Renewable Gas LLC

HOBO Renewable Diesel, LLC

ABB Installation Products

Nacero Inc.

Vista Ridge LLC

A. Teichert and Son, Inc.

Crux Subsurface Inc.

VinFast Manufacturing US, LLC

Mitsui Fudosan America

Work highlights

  • Represented Transmission Developers, Inc. on the development of the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project. delivering 1,250MW of hydro power of renewable energy to NYC.
  • Represented Cheniere on its US$5.4 billion contract with Bechtel for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Stage 3 LNG Project.

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP stands out for its team's diverse backgrounds in architecture, engineering as well LEED accreditation, with clients including architects, developers, and contractors. Michael Vardaro oversees the team and is noted for his proficiency in issues of ethics in construction, while Michael Zetlin ‘s expertise is sought out by contractors, developers as well as premier owners. Michael De Chiara is also noted for his experience in construction contract negotiation and drafting. Carol Patterson focuses on the design and construction of projects across the financial, technology and educational sectors, while Raymond Mellon often represents significant contracting, architectural, and engineering firms in litigation and business negotiation mandates, and Loryn Riggiola is also a name to note. All mentioned individuals are located in New York.

Practice head(s):

Michael Vardaro

Other key lawyers:

Michael Zetlin; Michael De Chiara; Carol Patterson; Raymond Mellon; Loryn Riggiola; Jaimee Nardiello; Bill Chimos


‘They understand all aspects of construction, and are extremely good at providing legal advice regarding US matters to those not based in the US.’

‘Michael Vardaro has a great instinct, strategical mind and provides succinct and commercial advice. Roy Schwartz is also very diligent and hardworking.’

‘This is a small size firm with exceptional knowledge of construction litigation and excellent negotiating skills.’

Key clients

DeSimone Consulting Engineers

CDM Smith

Henkels & McCoy

McKesson Corporation

Foster & Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented DeSimone Consulting Engineers, the structural engineer of an adjoining property, in Champlain Tower Collapse litigation, when 98 people died when the tower collapsed.
  • Represented CDM Smith in a case alleging defects with the design and construction of a technologically advanced wastewater treatment plant located in Binghamton, New York.
  • Represented Henkels & McCoy in a claim against Verizon Sourcing, LLC for breach of contract and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing.

Akerman LLP

Akerman LLP oversees a wide spectrum of public and private construction projects, and often represents a breadth of clients including contractors, designers, as well as insurance carriers. Jeffrey Gilmore  in Washington DC advises contractors, design professionals, and public and private owners with disputes concerning design and construction contracts. Fort Lauderdale's Stacy Bercun Bohm negotiates and structures construction contracts for the design and construction of stadiums and arenas, airport projects, and healthcare facilities. Leslie Miller Tomczak is also located in Fort Lauderdale, acting as managing partner of the office and focusing on sustainable building issues, while DC-based associate Daniel Miktus represents clients in complex private and public construction and development disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Gilmore; Stacy Bercun Bohm

Other key lawyers:

Leslie Miller Tomczak; Daniel Miktus

Key clients

MSD Partners

Fort Capital Management

Faena Group

Robert Finvarb Companies

Westend Properties Limited (Gencom)

Kar Properties

Conquistador Dorado JV

Rizzani de Eccher USA Inc.

A Publicly Traded Energy Utility

MSC Cruises

Work highlights

  • Acted as primary construction counsel for MSD Partners in the renovation and improvement to the historic Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.
  • Acted as primary construction counsel for Westend Properties Limited in the renovation and improvements to the Fairmont Southampton Hotel in Bermuda.
  • Represented Robert Finvarb Companies in matters including drafting, negotiating and oversight of construction and design professional contracts, project close out and litigation.

Cozen O'Connor

Cozen O'Connor offers a team of experienced litigators, regularly representing significant construction clients before bodies such as the Occupational Health and Safety Review Commission. Raymond DeLuca is proficient in infrastructure and transportation projects, and often assists a breadth of clients at all stages of construction and dispute resolution matters. Vice chair of the department Fred Warren Jacoby is adept in overseeing risk management, OSHA and ADA compliance, and construction accidents. Bruce Ficken is a seasoned practitioner and has experience in domestic and international trials. James Kwartnik counsels clients in potential disputes arising from day-to day operations in the construction industry, while Jeffery Mullen is also a name to note. All mentioned individuals are based in Philadelphia.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Ficken; Raymond DeLuca; Fred Warren Jacoby

Other key lawyers:

James Kwartnik; Jeffery Mullen; Stephen Seeger; Lawrence Prosen; Wendy Venoit

Key clients

Energy Transfer Partners


Allan Myers

NORAM Engineering & Constructors, Ltd. (NORAM)

Turner Construction Company

Desbuild Incorporated

Schindler Elevator Corporation

Facilities Development Corporation

Suffolk Construction Co

Belfor USA Group

McTech Corp.

Iberdrola Energy Projects, Inc.

GLX Constructors

Work highlights

  • Represented Energy Transfer Partners in litigation pertaining to a joint venture where a contractor had claimed their contract had been repudiated.
  • Represented the joint venture of WSP USA in matters relating to alleged delays and errors and omissions.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland assists clients on the full spectrum of construction issues including contract preparation and negotiation, bidding and bonding as well as dispute resolution. Larry Dany leads the team and is noted for his active work in the construction industry in metropolitan areas of New York, where he is located. Lee Davis works from Atlanta and represents EPC, trade subtractors and owners in disputes concerning multijurisdictional pipelines and powerplants. Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher also works from at Atlanta; her client roster includes construction contractors, developers, managers, municipalities, and owners. New York's Jocelyn Weinstein has appeared before appellate, federal and state courts, and routinely represents clients in a wide range of alternative dispute resolutions, while Jesse Lincoln departed the practice in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Lee Davis; Larry Dany

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher; Jocelyn Weinstein; Bill Wildman


‘Lee Davis has been excellent to work with on several matters. He brings great solutions to the table, knows when and how to push the issues, and is always looking for a way to resolve the issues.’

‘The team is remarkably professional and dedicated to their clients, regularly going above and beyond to assist.’

Key clients

WEC Energy Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted WEC Energy Group with its plans to construct the Paris Solar-Battery Park, a new 310MW solar and battery storage project in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Hanson Bridgett LLP' international practice has completed more than 150 IPD projects domestically and abroad. The department represents a diversity of clients on a variety of projects including hospital and health care facilities, highway and light rail, bridges, tunnels, and pipelines. Michelle Akerman leads the team and is focused on mass residential and private commercial construction projects, frequently appearing before arbitration tribunals, federal and state courts. Lisa Dal Gallo has deep experience in the construction industry and advises clients on design and construction deal structures, while Howard Ashcraft is often engaged in significant construction litigation and represents contractors, designers, and owners. All mentioned individuals are mentioned in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Akerman

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Dal Gallo; Howard Ashcraft; Tyson Shower; Joseph Moore; Andrew Giacomini; Alex Baghdassarian; Brian Schnarr


‘The best, fastest and most secure way to the target, based on not only legal, but also technical skills.’

‘Our main point of contact Lisa Dal Gallo is a first-rate transactional lawyer who taps into the other legal specialists in her firm as needed to give us advice and direction on all our contractual and other legal matters.’

‘Lisa Dal Gallo is extremely knowledgeable of the construction and development industry. Having worked for a national general contractor early in her career, she has special insight that helps us in contract negotiation and claims management.’

Key clients

The University of California Health

The University of California

Longroad Energy Holdings, LLC

Skanska USA Civil Inc.

KCS West Inc.


Golden Gate Bridge District

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board – CalTrain

Flatiron West Inc., and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co

Build Group Inc.

Standardkessel Baumgarte Holding GmbH

Plumas Hospital District

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System


Silicon Valley Clean Water

FORMA Construction, Inc.

BuildWiz, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted The University of California Health in a major reconfiguration of its Parnassus Heights Campus.
  • Acted as general counsel to Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District on the construction of a Suicide Deterrent System, due to 30 people committing suicide a year on the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Represented the general contractor (KCS West) in KCS West, Inc. vs. Sephirot Constructors, et al., a claim against its framing subcontractor Sephirot Constructors, and a former KCS West employee, among others, arising from the theft of approximately $2.5M in prepaid material costs.

Jones Walker LLP

Jones Walker LLP assists a wide breadth of clients including designers, EPC contractors, major subcontractors, and owners, with its team proficient in a diverse range of construction projects in the aerospace, commercial and energy sectors, and also represents clients both in prosecution, as well as defense claims. Chad Theriot in Atlanta co-leads the team alongside New Orleans-based Michael Drew who aids significant industrial companies on permitting green and brownfield developments. Neal Sweeney works from Houston and routinely serves as counsel on airport, highways transit, and tunnel projects. Tiffany Raush is located in Houston, and is noted for acting as lead counsel as well as second chair in significant construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Chad Theriot; Michael Drew

Other key lawyers:

Neal Sweeney; Tiffany Raush; Christopher D. Cazenave; William J. Shaughnessy; William Underwood


‘The team made themselves familiar with our business, and they are particularly well-versed in contracts.’

‘They are a strong team with diverse knowledge.’

‘The team is extremely responsive and does not miss deadlines. They are also friendly, easy to talk to, helpful and efficient.’

‘The Jones Walker team is specifically suited to my current project. The attorneys easily grasped what I am doing and have developed ways to apply it.’

Work highlights

Mayer Brown

The team at Mayer Brown represents contractors, developers, and design professionals on the full spectrum of construction litigation and transactional mandates. The team is also seasoned in infrastructure, manufacturing, and sports stadium projects and advises on a diversity of disputes relating to this. Practice head Joanna Horsnail is a transactional specialist who works from Chicago and is often engaged in representing clients in the development, design, and construction of both public and private projects, as well as advising on various agreements including concession, design and construction, naming rights and purchase agreements. Matthew Moscon is a key name in the firm’s Salt Lake City office, handling a wide range of construction and land use litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Horsnail

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Moscon


‘The Mayer Brown Construction team is unique in combining expertise and expert advice in the field yet also remaining open to new ideas and approaches to contracting and construction operations issue resolution.’

The firm is the most collaborative and responsive of the many other firms I have worked with in construction.’

‘Joanna Horsnail is extremely responsive and has provided me valuable advice on contract requirements and specification interpretation.’

‘I value Joanna Horsnail’s ability to talk through issues and concerns without being over bearing and allowing us to come to decisions mutually agreeable to us both.’

Key clients

Chicago Transit Authority

Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

Acciona Energy

Alabama Department of Transportation

Texas Department of Transportation

Arkansas Department of Transportation

Walsh Group


Gateway Program Development Corporation

Benteler International AG

Garver Engineering


Work highlights

  • Advised the Gateway Program Development Corporation on its comprehensive and multi-billion dollar investment program to replace and update rail infrastructure assets along the Northeast Corridor.
  • Advised a contractor on the Texas Central High Speed Rail Project, a railway line and fast-train system between Dallas and Houston.
  • Assisted Garver Engineering, HNTB and the Arkansas Department of Transportation with all procurement, contract and project implementation.

Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP

Florida-based specialist construction firm Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP has a long-established relationship with its regional and global clients. James Moye heads the team and focuses on areas of construction including bid reviews and protests, contract reviews, and disputes. Sean Dillon often assists contractors, subcontractors, and design consortia on commercial, heavy civil, industrial, rail and roadway sector matters. Mark Masterson handles claim preparation, dispute resolution, procurement, and project counsel services, while associate Marshall McDonald represents contractors and design-builders on infrastructure and transportation projects.

Practice head(s):

James Moye; Sean Dillon; Mark Masterson

Other key lawyers:

Marshall McDonald


‘They are the most knowledgeable team that I have worked with. I’ve never seen a practice with the approach of understanding the issue better than the client, this team does exactly that.’

‘They work harder than any other practice.’

‘Jim Moye and Mark Masterson stand out for their knowledge.’

Key clients

Peter Kiewit & Sons’, Inc.

Walsh Construction

J. F. Shea Construction, Inc.

Coastal Construction Group

Braskem America, Inc.

I4 Mobility Partners Opco, LLC

LEAD Engineering Contractors, LLC

Work highlights

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP represents clients in complex, high-stakes commercial, retail, energy and as well as insurance litigation. Clark Thiel works from San Francisco and oversees global and regional arbitration and litigation of contract breaches, cost overruns and insurance recovery disputes. Melissa Lesmes is based in Washington DC and has extensive knowledge of US construction defect litigation including EIFS and Chinese drywall, mold, and defective products. John Heisse is located in San Fransisco, and he has represented clients on significant energy, housing, and hospitality projects. Houston-based Charles Conrad is often engaged in commercial disputes pertaining to construction as well as the energy industry. Jeffrey Gans also works from Washington DC and is noted for his expertise in claims of actual and constructive acceleration, delay and disruption, and bond and insurance coverage.

Practice head(s):

Clark Thiel; Melissa Lesmes; Charles Conrad

Other key lawyers:

John Heisse; Jeffrey Gans; Michael McNamara; Laura Bourgeois LoBue


Pillsbury is a leading firm in construction litigation and has vast experience in construction dispute resolution, there is also a deep bench of partners and associates.’

‘I work primarily with Laura Bourgeois LoBue, she has developed an exceptional command of the issues and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant history and documentation. She is very creative in her approach and has helped us resolve many material issues.’

‘This is a great firm, and we are very pleased with Pillsbury and will continue using them as our “go to” counsel for material construction litigation disputes.’

John Heisse, Michael McNamara, and Laura Bourgeois LoBue have extensive experience in construction dispute resolution and boast a deep and keen understanding of how arbitrators will react to a potential legal position.’

Key clients

California Public Employees’ Retirement System, Wilshire Vermont Housing Parnters, LP


Brookfield Renewable Power

Clark Construction Group

Renewable Energy Group

Jacobs Engineering Group

McCarthy Building Companies

Mill Creek Residential Trust

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

Stockbridge Capital


Clark/Hathaway Dinwiddie

Target Hospitality Corp

NextEra Energy Resources

Amec Foster Wheeler USA Corporation

G.T. Leach Builders, LLC/ The Gray Insurance Co.

GEA Systems North America, LLC

New Tech Global Ventures, LLC

Work highlights

Smith Currie Oles

Boutique practice Smith Currie Oles focuses exclusively on construction and government contracts. The department handles a breadth of construction mandates, and has an impressive record in ADR processes, arbitration and trails. Eric Nelson leads the team and has arbitrated and mediated construction claims, both regionally and globally; he also often engages in disputes surrounding EPC project delivery, federal government construction, and healthcare. Senior counsel James Bidgood is highly experienced and has represented clients on a diversity of both construction claims and disputes concerning high-rise office towers and petrochemical plant projects, acting for contractors, designers, and owners. All of the mentioned individuals are located in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Eric Nelson

Other key lawyers:

James Bidgood


‘The team members are all very down-to-earth and easy to work with.’

Work highlights

Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP advises clients throughout the complete cycle of development projects, ranging from planning, site selection, construction and ensuing renovation projects. Based in Cleveland, Jeffrey Appelbaum has assisted construction managers, contractors, and public and private owners in project management mandates and disputes. Erin Luke also works from Cleveland and is proficient in claims resolution, insurance and risk management counselling, operational project management advice, project delivery and structuring advice. Senior managing associate Jack Clark works from Columbus, and has overseen a breadth of projects including affordable housing, chemical plants, data centers, and industrial facilities. James Frankel joined the New York office from Venable LLP in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Appelbaum

Other key lawyers:

Erin Luke; Jack Clark; James Frankel; Alan Ritchie; Erin Luke


‘They are strategic in both front end negotiation and in dispute resolution. They bring a pragmatism and prior practice as developers themselves to the table. Their contract drafting is also impeccable.’

‘A particular standout name is Alan Ritchie. He has expert level knowledge and can boil down complex principles to anyone.’

‘The construction team at Thompson Hine are subject matter experts. They are my trusted advisors when I have a completed legal issue, both on the transaction side of my business along with the disputes in which my company is involved.’

‘Whenever we have complicated construction transactions, we rely heavily on the Thompson Hine team to represent our interests in drafting and negotiating the project level documents.’

‘Alan Ritchie provides huge value as one of our company’s primary construction transaction attorneys. His experience and practical advice is heavily relied upon for our most complicated construction transactions.’

Key clients

Haslam Sports Group

Jacksonville Jaguars LLC

The Cleveland Guardians Baseball Club

HOF Village, Inc.

Broward County

Nippon Paint (USA) Inc.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

County of Cuyahoga

Work highlights

  • Advised Jacksonville Jaguars LLC on the construction of the $700+ million Stadium of the Future.
  • Acted as lead negotiator and hotel consultant on behalf of Broward County for its convention center expansion and headquarters hotel project.
  • Acted as lead construction counsel to The Cleveland Guardians Baseball Club regarding the negotiating and drafting of all design, construction and project labor agreements and the development of the overall risk management program for the Project.


Often representing significant blue-chip construction clients, VARELA, LEE, METZ, & GUARINO, LLP is involved in both regional and global construction disputes. The team is seasoned in federal government contracting such as bid protests, claim preparation, compliance and pricing, and the team’s attorneys have also enjoyed success before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. Paul Varela is experienced in AAA, ICC, ICCDR and LCIA arbitration, and has served as counsel in matters of administration and contract planning. Todd Metz advises clients on preparation and dispute resolution claims surrounding construction projects and government contracts. Bennett Lee works from San Francisco and represents his client roster of construction managers and owners, design engineering firms and general contractors on a breadth of mandates concerning mass transit systems and power/ hydro plants. Brian Dugdale and Joseph Guarino are also noted. Lawyers are in Virginia unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Paul Varela; Bennett Lee; Todd Metz; Joseph Guarino

Other key lawyers:

Brian Dugdale; Christopher Burke; Kirk Niemi; Andrew Van Ornum; Michael Suga

Key clients

Salini Impregilo

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd

Balfour Beatty Construction.

Clark Construction Co.

Granite Construction, Inc.

DPR Construction

Skanska USA Building

Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Lane Industries

Suffolk Construction


HITT Contracting, Inc.

Michels Corp.

DEME Offshore, LLC

Vinson & Elkins LLP

The team at Vinson & Elkins LLP includes specialist construction practitioners, experienced trail arbitration attorneys, and transactional lawyers who represent a wide range of clients across the US. The practice also frequently oversees public and private energy and infrastructure projects. Kaam Sahely in Austin co-leads the team and is an expert in power generation, renewable and sustainable energy, alongside traditional hydrocarbons and infrastructure assets. Ferguson McNiel is a well-established litigator who possesses more than forty years of experience in representing clients in commercial, construction, energy as well as toxic tort cases. Alan Alexander’s practice focuses on joint ventures, project development, as well as project financings. Stephanie Coco is proficient in project and infrastructure construction and development, and her practice is particularly focused on structured transactions, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. All mentioned individuals are located in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Kaam Sahely; Ferguson McNiel

Other key lawyers:

Alan Alexander; Stephanie Coco; James Loftis

Key clients

Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.

The Blackstone Group

ioneer Ltd

Archaea Energy, Inc.

OCI Clean Ammonia LLC

New Fortress Energy

Freepoint Commodities LLC

Texas Central Partners LLC

8 Rivers Capital,  LLC

Buckeye Partners

Modular Plant Solutions LLC

Goldman Sachs

GTL Americas, LLC

Gulf Coast Ammonia LLC

Panama Canal Authority

KBR, Inc.

Apollo Global Management, Inc.

Fortress Investment Group

Woodside Petroleum


Work highlights

  • Advised Archaea Energy Inc in a joint venture with Republic Services, Inc. to develop 39 landfill gas to RNG projects across the country.
  • Represented OCI Clean Ammonia in all aspects of the development of a 3000 metric ton per day synloop blue ammonia production facility in Beaumont, Texas.
  • Represented Freepoint Eco-Systems, LLC in the negotiation of a suite of project agreements for the engineering, procurement and construction of an advanced recycling facility with the capacity to convert 240 metric tons per day of waste plastic into naphtha, distillates and fuel oil.

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP‘s wide range of clients includes significant domestic construction contractors, corporations and engineering firms. Robert Barbour represents in construction and government contracts disputes, while Timothy Heffernan has deep experience and knowledge of suretyship. Vivian Katsantonis is noted for her proficiency in trail advocacy and is often engaged in significant large commercial litigation and surety matters. Carter Reid has recently been active in several prolific projects including airport construction, bridge projects and NAVFAC construction at Guantanamo Bay, while David McPherson works from California and assists clients with project management issues, and public as well as private construction disputes, John Sebastian is based in Chicago and is also a name to note. All individuals are located in Virginia, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Robert Barbour; Timothy Heffernan; Vivian Katsantonis; Carter Reid; David McPherson; John Sebastian

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Brasco; Scott Fitzsimmons


‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Watt Tieder always operate with consistency, own the case, drill into the details, and pursue victory with tenacity.’

‘I am impressed with all the individuals that we work with, as Watt Tieder is the go to law firm for our most significant matters.’

Key clients

Fluor Corp.

Kiewit Corp.

Granite Construction, Inc.


Black & Veatch


Holder Construction

Barnard Construction Co. Inc.

F.H. Paschen

Wagman Heavy Civil Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Fluor Federal Solutions, LLC in connection with over $21 million in litigated claims involving design and construction of a gas-fired boiler facility.
  • Represented F.H. Paschen Ragnar Benson JV in connection with drafting and negotiating a $550 million design-build contract for expansion of a commuter rail service.

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Bricker & Eckler LLP advises on the full array of issues arising from construction projects including statutes and administrative compliance, project delivery methods, and procurement disputes. The department also assists with resolving or litigating claims, both during and after construction, often reviewing prevailing wage issues and the negotiation of guaranteed maximum price amendments. Christopher McCloskey works from Columbus and represents school districts with their projects alongside the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission; he is experienced in change orders, construction claims and bid strategy and project coordination. Mark Evans is based in Cincinnati and has represented numerous public entities, and other clients on matters such as bid disputes, delay claims as well as defective and/or non-conforming workmanship claims. Casey Reith is also located in Columbus and has worked closely alongside architects, contractors and developers on projects such as libraries, health care systems, and schools. Jack Rosati, Jr. has retired.

Practice head(s):

Mark Evans; Chris McCloskey

Other key lawyers:

Casey Reith; Doug Shevelow; Ben Hyden; Laura Bowman


‘The team has been a true pleasure to work with. Casey Rieth and Christopher McCloskey go above and beyond to support our district in an ongoing manner. They are fantastic at explaining legal guidance in a way that is easy to understand and they are extremely responsive to our needs and questions. We are grateful to this whole team!’

‘Chris McClosky is knowledgeable, has experience, and is easy to talk with. Casey Reith is very prompt and is knowledgeable and current on practice.’

‘Bricker & Eckler has been a fantastic partner supporting us with our bond projects. Their team has worked collaboratively to be available and responsive to all our district’s needs and their guidance has been second to none.’

Key clients

Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library

Cleveland Public Library

Sycamore Community School District

Upper Arlington City School District Board of Education

City of Lancaster

Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District

Ross County

Big Walnut Local School District

Ohio Hi-Point Joint Vocational School District Board of Education

Holmes County

OhioHealth Corporation

City of Marietta

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Kwest Group LLC

Midwest Contracting

Pickerington Local School District

Worthington City School District

Margaretta Local School District

Greenfield Exempted Village School District Board of Education

Work highlights

  • Represented the Upper Arlington City School District Board of Education on its Capital Improvements Project, which includes the construction of a new high school and five new and/or renovated elementary schools.
  • Represented OhioHealth Corporation as outside construction counsel on all building projects.
  • Represented the City of Marietta in litigation against a structural engineer and geotechnical engineer that improperly designed a retaining wall that collapsed soon after construction was completed.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) handles the full array of construction mandates, including disputes, project financing and transactional matters on a domestic and international level. The practice’s also oversees non-contentious matters including design and construction agreements for an assortment of clients. Anthony Meager is located in Baltimore and offers extensive expertise construction projects and is also proficient in construction arbitration and disputes. Brian Fielden is based in Atlanta and is reputed for his expertise of P3 and assists the GIIA on matters concerning infrastructure. Robert L. Crewdson and John Ducat  departed the practice in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Meagher

Other key lawyers:

Brian Fielden; Anita Agajanian


‘The team is very efficient and practical when giving construction legal advice.’

‘Excellent customer service and integration into our in house team.’

Key clients

North American Properties

Home Depot USA

Hitachi Rail

Chick-fil-A, Inc.

AECOM Capital


Ingram Industries

DSV Logistics


AEW Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Represented The Lego Group in negotiating and drafting design and construction contracts for their new manufacturing facility in Virginia.

Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris LLP assists construction managers, design builders, and general contractors on the full spectrum of issues arising out of the design, development, financing, and management of significant construction projects. Mark Canizio has deep experience in trials and arbitrations relating to construction, while Chicago’s Jeffrey Hamera assists clients on design and build agreements and design agreement negotiations. Patrick Kearney in Philadelphia has been critical to significant projects including sports stadiums, skyscrapers and casinos. Jessica Singh is an established trial attorney and litigator, while Brian Shue drafts and negotiates architect and engineer agreements as well as construction agreements. All mentioned individuals are located in New York, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Mark Canizio; Jeffrey Hamera; Patrick Kearney; Jessica Singh

Other key lawyers:

Benton Wheatley; Kenneth Lazaruk; Owen Newman; Brian Shue

Key clients

Columbia University

Taconic Investment Partners, LLC

Miami Dolphins

Trinity Place Holdings

Kaufman Astoria Studios

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Five Star Electric Corp.

WDF, Inc.

Related Companies

The Hudson Companies Inc.

Taconic Investment Partners, LLC

Columbia University

Make The Road New York

MHANY Management

New York Stem Cell Foundation

Veoila North America

Tutor Perini

W.S. Cumby


First Bank of the United States Museum

Clune Construction Company, L.P.


Black & Veatch

John Russo Industrial Sheetmetal, Inc. (JRI)


West Side Tennis Club

Work highlights

  • Represented a Chicago-based commercial real estate development, management, and investment company.
  • Assisted a building products distributor on the revamp, streamlining and standardization of its building materials supply and construction contracts, purchase orders and credit applications on a nationwide basis.
  • Represented a leading provider of construction project management services, in its sale to Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc, in a transaction with an equity value of $207 million.

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

The practice at Farella Braun + Martel LLP is closely integrated with the firm’s energy, environmental, land use and real estate teams. The department’s expertise is sought-after by contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, and the team is noted for its expertise in alternative dispute resolution procedures. Richard Van Duzer oversees the practice and represent clients in disputes pertaining to delay and cost overruns, as well as defects surrounding cogeneration power plants, commercial office buildings, dams as well as other projects. Richard Shapiro has a strong record across both public and private build arrangements for courthouses, cultural facilities and rapid transit facilities, while Mark Peterson provides the team with extensive experience in trials. All individuals that have been mentioned are located in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Richard Van Duzer

Other key lawyers:

Richard Shapiro; Mark Peterson

Key clients

CIM Group

River Islands Development

Lane Partners

Resources for Community Development

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Work highlights

  • Represented developer Lane Partners in negotiating and preparing construction-related agreements for a 1,144,000 square foot industrial campus in Sunnyvale, California.
  • Represented Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in claims regarding the $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, including the cracked girders that closed down the Transit Center for 9 months not long after it opened.
  • Represented a prominent electrical subcontractor in a dispute with a multinational technology company related to the construction of a data center complex.

Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner, Senet & Wittbrodt

Boutique firm Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner, Senet & Wittbrodt has recently bolstered its platform, opening two branch offices over the last 5 years in Northern Carolina. Richard Wittbrodt has long-standing expertise in assisting designers, subcontractors and owners on significant construction projects including commercial structures, educational institutions, hospitals, and transportation, and other infrastructure projects. Barbara Gadbois has been recently engaged in project and transactional administration mandates for residential development, and dispute resolution in the hospitality sector. Sara Kornblatt is proficient in drafting and negotiating bid and contract documents for contractors, owners, and subcontractors, while Michele Ellison in San Jose leads the practice’s newest office in San Jose. Also in San Jose, Katya Mezek focuses on transactional work and joined the firm in June 2022 from LEKS Law. All mentioned individuals are mentioned are located in Los Angeles, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wittbrodt; Barbara R. Gadbois

Other key lawyers:

Sara Kornblatt; Michele Ellison; Katya Mezek; Jason Adams


‘Gibbs Giden has been very focused on expedient and cost-effective settlement of construction disputes. They use technical experts and fact witnesses well without ego which is refreshing and respectful.’

‘The litigation team led by Richard Wittbrodt and the transactional attorneys, Barbara Gadbois and Sara Kornblatt are all best in class in terms of large and complex construction.’

Key clients


Layton Construction



Keller North American, Inc.

Schuff Steel Company

Group Delta Consultants

McShane Construction, Inc.

Sundt Construction, Inc.

Modern/Sundt a Joint Venture

Work highlights

  • Represented HNTB in a design dispute against a prime contractor, Walsh Shea Corridor Construction.
  • Defended Sundt Construction amidst claims of releasing hazardous materials into the environment.
  • Represented McGuire Builders in disputes with the owner and key subcontractors over responsibility for alleged damaged during the construction.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP handles clients both litigation and transactional construction matters, with its notable clients including construction companies, developers as well as managers. The team also assists significant Florida based real estate developers and owners in negotiations and agreements with architects, contractors, engineers as well as suppliers. Miami-based Michael Thomas co-leads the team and provides counsel on the full spectrum of issues surrounding the development of real estate properties, including dispute resolution, contract negotiation, and risk management. Las Vegas’s Mark Ferrario is a seasoned trial lawyer and routinely appears before regulatory and legislative bodies, while Robert C Epstein, based in New Jersey and New York, has over deep experience in construction litigation concerning payment claims, delays and design defects. Robert L. Crewdson and John Ducat joined the team from DLA Piper LLP (US) in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Michael Thomas; Mark Ferrario

Other key lawyers:

Robert C Epstein; David Jensen; Robert Crewdson; John Ducat


Michael Thomas and his team in the Miami office of GT are excellent construction attorneys.’

Work highlights

Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP

Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP’s team features a number of seasoned litigators with a strong record in assisting clients on a wealth of claims including construction delays, accelerations, defects as well as compliance. The practice is also well-equipped to advise a breadth of clients including contractors, subcontractors, engineers as well public and private owners throughout all stages of the construction phase. Seattle-based Sam Baker is extensively seasoned in commercial litigation, notably handling significant multi-party cases across Washington and the West Coast. Douglas Oles also works from Seattle and litigates in high-stakes cases at both state and federal level. Robert Leslie is located in Oakland and is an experienced practitioner whose focuses on construction and government contracts.

Practice head(s):

Sam Baker; Douglas Oles; Robert Leslie

Other key lawyers:

Angelia Wesch; Thomas Krider; Jason Wandler; Eric P. Forner

Key clients

Kraemer North America, LLC

Dragados USA, Inc.

James W. Fowler Co.

American Bridge Company

Work highlights

  • Defended Kraemer North America against other bidders in a Washington Department of Transportation bid protest.
  • Represented Dragados USA in a large complex claim involving insufficient design, delay, constructive acceleration, and direct changes for one the nation’s largest wastewater treatment plants.
  • Represented J. W. Fowler in a pass-through differing site condition on a Bureau of Reclamation project claim denied by the contracting officer and appealed to the CBCA.

Stein Ray LLP

With a ‘deep bench of highly skilled and experienced construction claims lawyers’, Stein Ray LLP is known for its construction dispute resolution capabilities. Founding partner Steven Stein possesses ‘unsurpassed litigation skills’, and often works on the drafting and negotiation of design and construction related agreements; he also assists clients with their industrial megaprojects, as well as any potential disputes that may arise out of this. Stephen Ray, also a founding partner, is a construction litigator, while Alexander Kipnis is seasoned in North America-wide P3 projects and is knowledgeable of an array of construction disputes pertaining to matters including cost growth, delay, defects and disruption. All mentioned individuals are located in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Steven Stein; Stephen Ray

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Kipnis; Carl Popovsky; Peter Bedard


‘The right attitude from people the firm dedicate to the process was key, and the commitment from the lawyers and the method was impressive. The preparation of the witness was very efficient thanks to the preparation work done before by them.

‘They have a deep bench of highly skilled and experienced construction claims lawyers.’

‘There is clear strength throughout the entire team, and an absolutely relentless source of advocacy for clients in this market.’

Key clients

Fluor Corporation

Jacobs Engineering Group


Parsons Corporation

Veolia Environnement, S.A.

LTK Engineering Services

HW Lochner

Astaldi SpA

WorleyParsons Limited

Aecon Group Inc.

Lendlease Group

Kiewit Corporation

JGC Holdings Corporation

Dragados S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented JV on a claim exceeding CAD $1 billion arising from delay and disruption, in connection with the design and construction of one of the largest new bridges in the world.
  • Represented EPC contractor in connection with approximately $1 billion in disputes relating to the COVID-19 pandemic on the design and construction of a $20 billion LNG processing and exporting facility in Western Canada.
  • Represented a large European contractor in a five-week arbitration of disputes valued at over $600 million arising from the construction of a $4 billion hydroelectric power generation facility in Eastern Canada.

Troutman Pepper

The cross-disciplinary practice at Troutman Pepper assists clients throughout the complete cycle of development projects, regularly working in conjunction with land use, project finance as well as real estate lawyers. The department also further supports clients with mandates pertaining to bonding, insurance as well as risk-management issues within the construction industry. Mike Subak is located in Philadelphia and leads the team; he has assisted an assortment of clients including EPC contractors, general contractors, subcontractors, as well as owners and construction managers in a diverse range of disputes. Aaron Abraham works from New York, and often represents developers and owners in transactional as well as litigation matters. Pittsburgh-based Albert Bates and resolves multi-national disputes in areas of heavy industrial process facilities, infrastructure, and power generation. Marion Hack is based in Los Angeles and is highly experienced in handling construction and commercial litigation, often acting on construction licensing and False Claims Act defense matters.

Practice head(s):

Mike Subak

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Abraham; Albert Bates; Marion Hack; Robert Gallagher

Key clients

Brookfield Properties

SL Green Realty Corp

The Related Companies


The Carlyle Group

Southern Power Company

Portman Holdings


Zachry Group

Vratsinas Construction Co., et al.

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead construction counsel to JPMorgan in building its new headquarters on Park Avenue and 50th Street in New York.
  • Represented Vratsinas Construction Co, its owners, and various related companies in a qui tam action in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Venable LLP

With thorough experience in representing government owners in construction environmental, land use, litigation and real estate matters, the team at Venable LLP handles a range of construction project, and is also well-versed in contractor and subcontractor bankruptcies as well as contract termination. Splitting his time between Chicago and New York, Kenneth Roberts has enjoyed signifcant success in alternative dispute resolution and co-leads the department alongside Heidi Rowe who is a permanent resident of the Chicago office; she frequently assists project owners with contract administration as well as enforcement, and claims management. Amanda Schermer MacVey works from Washington DC and is seasoned in assisting regulated utilities in prudence strategy for regulatory proceedings, while in Chicago, associate Andrew Donivan is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Roberts; Heidi Rowe

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Schermer MacVey; Andrew Donivan


‘Heidi Rowe is our primary construction counsel at Venable. She consistently stands out for her zealous representation of our interests. She is obviously a subject matter expert with significant expertise in all areas of construction law, her deep knowledge is typically the factor that helps us achieve our best results in contract negotiation.’

Key clients

Sterling Bay

Metropolitan Council

Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge

Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority


A major hospital

Tammany Owner LLC

Arisa Realty Co X LLC

Trump Village Section 3

Nour Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority with respect to the Puerto Rico Transmission and Distribution System Operation and Maintenance Agreement (LUMA Contract).
  • Acted as the primary construction counsel for the Metropolitan Council, advising on the 14.5-mile extension of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota’s Green Line light rail line.
  • Acted as outside construction counsel to Sterling Bay on several projects, including Sterling Bay’s 50-acre mega development known as Lincoln Yards on the North Side of Chicago.

Andrews Myers, P.C.

With a team based across Austin and Houston, Andrews Myers, P.C. operates within both the public and private sectors in projects such as gas plants, highways and pipelines. William Westcott works from Houston and his practice focuses on both dispute and transactional construction mandates, representing contractors, subcontractors, owners and suppliers on airports, office buildings, and sports facility projects. Austin based Carson Fisk is seasoned in disputes pertaining to administrative actions, construction and design defects, delay and acceleration claims, as well as termination claims and construction contracts including design contracts, EPC agreements, and prime contracts. Jason Walker also works from Houston and is experienced in litigation before adversary and injunctive proceedings, jury and bench trial in addition to state and federal courts.

Practice head(s):

William Westcott; Jason Walker; Carson Fisk

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Ross; William Andrews


‘This is the best construction law firm in the State of Texas.’

Key clients

Billfinger TEPSCO, Inc.

Balfour Beatty

MasTec North America


Lexicon Inc./L-Con Inc.

Enterprise Products

Turner Construction Company

Arch-Con Corporation

E.E. Reed Construction/Davis Reed Construction

Apache Industrial

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. represents clients in both disputes and transactional matters, including industrial and governmental projects, large commercial buildings, multi-use retail and planned unit development, representing contractors and subcontractors, design professionals and developers, with matters pertaining to the construction of condominium conversions, commercial property, government buildings and mixed-use projects. Practice co-head Steven Lesser specializes in construction law and litigation, while co-head of the team Lee Weintraub represents bond sureties, contractors, design professionals in arbitration, litigation, and transactions. Florida-based Sanjay Kurian has a strong track record in representing community associations, developers, and owners and developers on a breadth of construction and insurance matters. All mentioned individuals are located in Fort Lauderdale unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Steven Lesser; Lee Weintraub

Other key lawyers:

Sanjay Kurian

Key clients

Capital Group P3 Developments of Florida

City of North Miami

Permasteelisa Group

Metropica Residential I, LLC

Wellness Resort and Condominium

Southern Baptist Hospital of Florida, Inc

Atlantic Sapphire USA

Lexington Realty Trust

Indian Creek Country Club, Inc.

Gilda’s Club of South Florida, Inc.

Polo Club of Boca Raton Property Owners Association, Inc

Rifenberg Construction Inc.

The Country Club at Mirasol

Work highlights

  • Represented the Capital Group P3 Developments of Florida in its pursuit and award of public/private partnership development projects with public governmental entities.
  • Represented the City of North Miami in its pursuit of a downtown redevelopment project through a public/private partnership.
  • Represented Permasteelisa Group, an international glass and glazing subcontractor in lawsuits pertaining to non-payment, water intrustion and defect claims surrounding the construction of two towers on Miami Beach, Florida.

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP represents a plethora of construction clients including architects, contractors, and engineers as well as real estate developers operating in the multi-family, office and retail sectors. The department is home to experienced practitioners who have appeared before federal trial and appellate courts, and overseen a breadth of construction matters across the US. Co-head of the department Phillip Sampson is frequently engaged in disputes pertaining to business torts and products liability, and has successfully arbitrated cases of change order issues, defects and delays. Richard Whiteley also co-leads the team and has assisted several clients with construction contract negotiation, and often handles construction and product liability disputes. All mentioned names are located in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Sampson; Richard Whiteley


‘Bracewell has handled all types of matters in the construction world, they also have a strong talent base of experienced construction and real estate attorneys. They are extremely responsive, and they have a knowledge base that is second to none while at the same time providing good value for their services.’

‘Great personal relations, efficient, user friendly, and knowledgeable.’

‘Richard Whiteley is an excellent construction trial attorney who has tried several cases for us when it was required. We have used Richard and his team on numerous projects and their attention to detail and willingness to walk us through all of our questions is wonderful.’

‘Richard Whiteley and his team have the ability to handle all types of construction related matters including large, complex matters. He is also excellent in negotiating contracts with prompt response times, narrows important issues, and provides meaningful feedback and guidance.

‘Richard Whitely provides good advice.’

Key clients

Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Cementaid International Marketing, Ltd.

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Texas Medical Center

Houston Endowment, Inc.

Memorial Park Conservancy

The Menninger Clinic

Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC

Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc.

Civitas Resources

Gulf Coast Water Authority

Work highlights

  • Represented the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in a lawsuit against the architects Steven Holl Architects and Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc. for its $250 million campus redevelopment project in Harris County, Texas.
  • Represented Cementaid International Marketing, Ltd. before the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, in connection with litigation related to the Millennium Tower Project in San Francisco.
  • Represented Cheniere Energy, Inc. in a suit filed by the Sierra Club in Travis County, Texas, where they are seeking to invalidate the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s permitting of Cheniere’s construction of a new fracked gas export facility in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Cox, Castle & Nicholson

Cox, Castle & Nicholson works alongside the firm’s land use, real estate and risk management and insurance practices and is well-equipped to serve as counsel for clients during all phases of the construction processes. The team also offers deep experience in representing contractors, developers, design professionals, investors, on a breadth of hybrid, public and private projects. Co-chair of the practice Robert Campbell is a litigator who has overseen a multitude of construction claims disputes on projects including high-rises, highways, retail, residential as well as solar to sewage treatment. Also a co-chair of the team, litigator Edward Quigley is thoroughly seasoned in commercial and insurance coverage and represents developers, lessees, and lending institutions. Head of the firm’s transactional construction practice, Ken Williams is mainly engaged in construction and design agreements, while Tyler Dockins in Orange County often handles consultant and land development contracts. All individuals mentioned are located in Los Angeles, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Robert Campbell; Edward Quigley

Other key lawyers:

Ken Williams; Tyler Dockins

Key clients

County of Riverside

Enclos Corp

Shapell Deer Creek, LLC/Shapell Properties, Inc.

State Restoration, Inc.

Carmel Reserve LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented the County of Riverside in connection with the prosecution of design error and omission claims against the architect and certain consultants arising from the design and construction of the John J. Benoit Detention Center in Indio.
  • Represented Enclos Corp, a glazing, curtain wall and window subcontractor with respect to the construction of the Oceanwide Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles.
  • Represented developer Shapell Deer Creek, LLC in a matter arising from the construction of the Deer Creek North Apartments in San Ramon California, a project consisting 264 affordable senior apartment units along with amenities.


The construction team at Dentons often works in conjunction with the practice’s contracts, real estate and finance department, and assists clients with construction documentation, as well as design, engineering and construction program issues, acting for contractors and equipment suppliers, developers, and lenders, and has thorough expertise of the financing, project administration and risk management of construction projects. Charles Vantine co-leads the group and is experienced in defending as well as prosecuting construction disputes, including contract default claims, defect claims, and error and omission claims. Also, co-lead of the practice, John Haug routinely engages in the development documentation, evaluation, financing and negotiation of public and private design of construction projects. Clay Counts has represented Fortune 500 companies, energy providers and hotel and resort operators in construction projects and disputes regionally and globally. All individuals that have been mentioned are located in St. Louis.

Practice head(s):

Charles Vantine; John Haug

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Jemison; Clay Counts

Key clients

Blackstone – Willis Tower

Mammoet Holding BV


1400 Baltimore Owner, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Blackstone on the US$650+ million renovation of Willis Tower.
  • Represented Mammoet, its JV partner and the SPV they formed for the project in a dispute with the developer related to the failed 630-foot observation wheel project on Staten Island.
  • Represented IHI in litigation that involves a US$550 million dispute regarding an EPC contract for a natural gas liquefaction facility and related terminal upgrades on Elba Island, near Savannah, Georgia.

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC‘s client roster features prominent names within the domestic construction industry, with the team regularly advising on both contentious as well as non-contentious matters. The team is also seasoned in overseeing an array of disputes, frequently appearing before industry arbitration panels, judges and juries, and advises clients throughout the full cycle of significant construction projects. The team is led by Todd Baxter who often negotiates and prepares contracts for contractors and both public and private owners. He is also adept in representing homebuilders in residential construction disputes, while John Cameron in Grand Rapids focuses on real estate and construction, as well as business law. Stephen Richman frequently acts as an arbitrator in construction disputes and represents contractors and owners in contractual negotiations. All individuals mentioned are located in Phoenix, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Todd Baxter

Other key lawyers:

John Cameron; Stephen Richman; Joseph DeLave; Chris Cornwall


‘Chris Cornwall is an experienced trial lawyer with extensive trial experience in the area of construction law.’

‘Chris Cornwall is an amazing lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of construction’

Key clients

Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc

M2 Development Partners, LLC and RC Nashville Development Partners, LLC


Red Raider Facilities Foundation

Anthony & Sylvan Pools

Turner Construction Company

Work highlights

  • Assisted O-I Glass in the negotiation of a design-build contract to construct a new glass manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.
  • Represented PV Land SPE, LLC in the competitive procurement of the public infrastructure work for the demolition and redevelopment of the 92 acre, declining Paradise Valley Mall into the Paradise Valley Town Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Advised a large public university on the professional, construction, and consultant agreements for a nine-figure stadium renovation project.

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC routinely acts as arbitrators and mediators for federal and local courts, as well as the American Arbitration Association. The team also advises a diverse range of clients including bonding companies, contractors, subcontractors, developers and public and private owners on all stages of construction projects, including bidding and procurement, contract administration, and dispute resolution and litigation. Scott Cessar is often engaged in both public and private projects including commercial, industrial, and land residential. Christopher Opalinski has appeared before federal and state courts as well as arbitration panels in both national and international mandates, while Timothy Grieco routinely drafts and negotiates construction contracts for contractors, owners and professionals. All mentioned individuals are based in Pittsburgh.

Practice head(s):

Scott Cessar; Christopher Opalinski

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Grieco

Key clients

Xylem Water Solutions USA, Inc.

Bob Cummins Construction

Community College of Allegheny County

DCO Energy, LLC/Jingoli & Sons, Inc.

Equitrans Midstream Corporation, LLC

Allied Erecting and Dismantling Co.

March-Westin Company, Inc.

Gurtner Construction Co.

West View Water Authority

InnSeason Management, Inc.

Palmer Federal Constructors, Inc.

Riverwalk, LLC

Work highlights

Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Boutique firm Herrick, Feinstein LLP works with clients on the full spectrum of construction issues, including environmental, PPP’s, transactional and zoning mandates alongside a wide range of disputes, such as brokerage, lease, insurance coverage, and contracts. Practice co-head William Fried is a vastly experienced commercial litigator who represents clients at all stages of alternative dispute resolution, while co-head Scott Mollen specializes in disputes concerning land use issues in New York real estate development projects. Carol Goodman is also a leader in the team, noted for her litigation work. Scott T. Tross is also a name to note and is based in Newark. All mentioned individuals are located in New York, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

William Fried; Carol Goodman; Scott Tross

Other key lawyers:

Scott Mollen


Great combination of courtroom experience and technical knowledge. They know the law and understand the ins and outs of construction’

Very accessible; down to earth; practical.

Key clients

Residential Board of 432 Park Avenue

Mitsui Fudosan and SJP Properties

JMH Development

Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP

85 Jane Realty, LLC

45 East 33rd Street Condominium

PEY Realty LLC

Mack-Cali Services, Inc., Mack-Cali Realty, L.P., M-C So. Pier L.L.C., Mack-Cali-Sub XI, Inc. (“Mack-Cali”) and Harborside Hotel, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented the Residential Board of 432 Park Avenue, one of the highest profile luxury condominium buildings in New York City, in a dispute with the condominium sponsor relating to construction defects.
  • Represented Mitsui Fudosan and SJP Properties as co-counsel in a multi-year dispute pertaining to the development of the luxury high rise building.
  • Represented JMH Development, the managing member in a joint venture created to develop a luxury residential development in Miami, Florida against PSB, the joint venture’s partner.

K&L Gates

With experience in drafting and negotiating an array of industry contracts, K&L Gates assists clients in regional as well as global construction disputes, notably in international and domestic arbitration, also advising clients at all stages of construction projects including contract negotiation, procurement, project changes and execution. Slade Sevier has long-standing litigation and contract negotiation experience, and often negotiates an assortment of construction agreements including installation, joint ventures and maintenance. Ryan Lee, as well as Emma Wolfe, further reinforce the team with their dispute resolution capabilities, with the former possessing expertise in transactional matters. All mentioned individuals are located in Nashville.

Practice head(s):

Slade Sevier

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Lee; Emma Wolfe; Jason Richey; Rob Dodson; Justin Leonelli; Talor Bearman


‘Easy to work with and always available, they understand our business very well.’

‘Individuals are personable and committed to the task at hand.’

‘Communication was easy as industry specific terms were immediately understood.’

‘The firm construction practice is both innovative and resourceful. The individuals that I have dealt with are empathetic with their clients but also practical in developing the appropriate approach and strategy to best present the client’s case. They are tenacious in cross examination and have really helped their client’s witnesses prepare for the experience.’

‘The construction litigation team at K&L Gates is strong internationally, which is primarily based on having strong attorneys in diverse locations such as London and Dubai.’

‘Jason Richey is a high energy personality who thrives in a courtroom setting. He readily understands technical issues and has a firm grip on the construction process.’

Key clients

Aventiv Technologies

Arlanxeo Canada, Inc.

Bombardier Transportation (Holdings) USA, Inc.

Patella Carpet & Tile

W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limite

Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC

PreZero US, Inc.


Ørsted Wind Power North America, LLC

Lee Company

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.

Hankook Tire Manufacturing Tennessee, LP

Work highlights

  • Represented Aventiv in connection with bid protest proceedings around the country, including proceedings in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii and California.
  • Represented W.G. Yates & Sons Construction in numerous dispute with the owner of the Virgin Hotel.
  • Advised Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in connection with the development of state-of-the-art manufacturing campus in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. routinely advises construction managers, contractors, design professionals and owners on bidding, procurement, and dispute resolution, as well as drafting and negotiating a spectrum of construction contracts, including construction management, design/build, and EPC. Co-lead of the team Tony Starr has great experience in representing public and private clients in issues including bidding issues, job problems, and terminations. William Hill also co-leads the team, and regularly acts for individuals, public traded companies and non-profit organizations. He also represents joint ventures, lenders, and subcontractors across private and public sector projects. Rebecca Raphaelson is a commercial litigator who is seasoned in AIA and custom construction forms and advises clients on defective work, licensing requirements and mechanics’ liens. All mentioned individuals are located in Boston.

Practice head(s):

Tony Starr; William Hill

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Raphaelson; Kevin Mortimer; Amanda Clairmont

Key clients


ProKidney Inc.

Drawbridge Realty

Lessen Inc.

Wishcamper Development Partners

Hancock Street Partners

Chestnut Hill Realty

Anthony & Sylvan Pools

Rockpoint Group

Western Builders Inc.

Platinum Builders LLC

General Electric


Work highlights

  • Acted as construction counsel for San Francisco-based DivcoWest’s Cambridge Crossing project in Massachusetts, which is a 45-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented community.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP is well-versed on the full spectrum of construction law matters including contracts, insurance and surety bonds as well as mediation, arbitration, and litigation, and development-related issues such as  commercial leasing and disputes, property damage claims and zoning and land use permitting matters. San Francisco’s Tony Barron represents owners and contractors in project counselling; he leads the firm’s litigation practice and jointly spearheads the construction team with Jeffrey Brenner, who works from Boston, while Vernon Johnson is located in Washington DC and is a trial and litigation specialist who is active in commercial civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Tony Barron; Jeffrey Brenner

Other key lawyers:

Vernon Johnson

Key clients

The Board of Trustees of the California State University

Toray Plastics Inc.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Regents of the University of California

Granite City Electric Supply Co.

The Davey Tree Expert Company

NAG Investments, LLC and NJG Investments, LLC

D.L. Falk Construction Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented The Regents of the University of California and another university system in cases involving claims for breach of contract and negligence against contractors and manufacturers and suppliers of utility piping arising from the catastrophic failure of underground utilities distribution piping systems at multiple campuses.
  • Represented NAG Investments LLC in multi-million-dollar contract, shareholder, and construction cost litigation in federal court.
  • Represented a utility vegetation management company as a contractor to a major public utility in California for liability in cases related to the 2017 California North Bay Wildfires.

Porter Hedges LLP

Porter Hedges LLP is adept in handling administrative, federal as well as state litigation and arbitration mandates, assisting a range of clients including managers and lenders, contractors as well as design professionals in matters of contract formation, and project financing. David Peden oversees the team and is extensively experienced in construction-related arbitration and litigation. Amy Wolfshohl focuses on construction disputes and transactions, most notably on commercial, energy and industrial matters. John Hawkins is skilled in litigation avoidance, and also handles construction, design, EPC, and energy infrastructure contracts. All mentioned individuals are located in Houston

Practice head(s):

David Peden; Amy Wolfshohl

Other key lawyers:

John Hawkins; Sean McChristian


‘The Porter Hedges team is a diverse group of experienced and knowledgeable construction law practitioners, who are adept and skilled at all phases of construction transactions and disputes. They are outstanding.’

‘David Peden, Allison Snyder, and Amy Wolfshol are well-versed at representing parties in construction transactions, claims and disputes.’

Key clients

US Trinity Energy Services LLC


PBK Architects, Inc.

US Trinity Energy Services LLC

ABB Inc.

Terrance J. Hlavinka, Kenneth Hlavinka, Tres Bayou Farms, L.P., and Terrance Hlavinka Cattle Company

Targa Resources

Grand Prix Pipeline LLC

Targa Pipeline Mid-Continent WestTex LLC

Bio Energy LLC

Work highlights

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP offers extensive experience and knowledge of contractor licensing, insurance coverage, and surety bond mandates concerning design and construction, also handling dispute and transactional matters on behalf of a breadth of clients including contractors, design professionals and REITs on public and private projects. Co-head Erinn Contreras is located in San Francisco and drafts and negotiates a diversity of construction contracts, in addition to her contentious workload which includes defect and delay, cost overrun, product liability claims, mechanic’s lien and quiet title disputes. New York-based Ira Schulman co-leads the team and has appeared before several jury and bench trials in state and federal courts as well as arbitration panels in the representation of contractors, owners, school districts, subcontractors, and sureties. John Yacovelle is based in California and is particularly focused on energy and Native American law, while associate Emily Anderson works from New York and has overseen a multitude of mandates including breaches of contract, delay damage and construction lending issues.

Practice head(s):

Erinn Contreras; Ira Schulman

Other key lawyers:

John Yacovelle; Emily Anderson


‘This firm provides both creativity and diligence to its clients. The team are relatable and passionate about their approach to difficult issues.’

‘The firm’s wide array of experts is a great asset to our company. They are able to tackle several different issues and pull from a spectrum of resources to get us the best counsel for the situation. It is great to have a firm that can be a one-stop shop for all things legal.’

‘They seem to have a very collaborative approach and genuinely care about our business.’

‘The attention to detail, deadlines plus time for our internal team to perform reviews, and our company’s business goals in addition to legal ones, keeps us continually looking for ways to draw upon Sheppard’s services. Their offering is truly world-class.’

‘The individuals we work with, specifically Ira Schulman and Emily Anderson, strike the right balance of counselor and zealous advocate. There have been times where our team’s various opinions on how to approach a problem or need are not fully aligned, and Ira and Emily have effortlessly stepped in to bring some much needed counsel/perspective.’

Key clients

Digital Realty Trust

Vantage Data Centers

Eurofins Environment Testing

BRIDGE Housing

POSIBL Project/Kind Farms

1400 Cahuenga JV, LLC

Evolve Charging USA Corp.

DM Development Partners, LLC

Signature Healthcare Services, LLC

Pasadena Oaks Life Properties, LLC

San Diego Gas & Electric

Lightstone Group, Bedford Avenue Associates LLC, Stonehill & Taylor Architects, P.C.

Sciame Construction LLC

County of Westchester (New York, NY)

JDS Development

WDF Inc.

City Harvest

Mack Real Estate Capital Group, LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Digital Realty, handling a wide variety of matters for the company including litigation and disputes related to construction and product defects, design issues, real estate, and vendor and customer agreements.
  • Acted as construction counsel to Vantage Data Centers, handling a wide variety of matters, including negotiating and drafting construction and design agreements and providing advice and counseling on a variety of construction-related issues.
  • Represented Lightstone Group in connection with its development of the Williamsburg Moxy Hotel, a 210-room approximately 12-story, branded hotel, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.