Construction (including construction litigation) in United States

Holland & Knight LLP

The construction practice at Holland & Knight LLP acts for builders and construction managers, government contractors, project owners and investors. From urban and institutional developments, to mixed-use projects, major industrial facilities and infrastructure projects, the firm's offices across the country have been involved in some of the most high-profile mandates in the market. Stephen Shapiro in Washington DC heads up the practice. Adam Paterno and Ben Subin are key contacts in New York.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shapiro

Other key lawyers:

Ben Subin; Adam Paterno

Jones Day

Innovative, complex and controversial construction projects are hallmarks of the work undertaken by Jones Day's truly global practice group. The team handles the contracts and agreements stage, but is recognized in particular for its involvement in some of the market's most significant disputes, including defective designs and structural failures. On the contracts side, an ongoing highlight is Los Angeles-based practice co-head Daniel McMillan's advice to Loma Linda University Medical Center on its $1.2bn campus transformation. As for construction disputes, the reach of the practice is evident in its representation of Chevron Australia in a A$2.2bn infrastructure arbitration, led by Rowan Mason of the San Francisco office. Laurens Wilkes and William Taylor are key litigators in the Houston office, and arbitration expert Tarek Abdalla is the name to note in Pittsburgh.

Practice head(s):

Daniel McMillan; Roy Powell

Other key lawyers:

Rowan Mason; Tarek Abdalla; Laurens Wilkes; William Taylor

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Cintra Infrastructures S.E. and Cintra Holding U.S Corp

City of Hope National Cancer Center

Florida International University (FIU)

Freyssinet Inc.

Kiewit Corporation

Loma Linda University Medical Center

San Diego Gas & Electric

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc.

Sempra Energy

Southern California Edison

Transbay Joint Powers Authority

Work highlights

  • Representing Transbay Joint Powers Authority in the Millennium Tower litigation, concerning a 56-story condominium tower that has vertically moved 16 inches and is tilting as much as 20 inches.
  • Acting for Chevron Australia in a A$2.2bn infrastructure dispute against CPB and Saipem.
  • Representing Cameron LNG in disputes related to a $7bn LNG liquefaction project being constructed in Louisiana pursuant to an EPC contract.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

From offices in Atlanta, Houston and Washington DC, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton fields a 30-strong construction and infrastructure projects team dedicated exclusively to construction and government contracts law. The practice is praised for its 'ability to create a flexible, responsive and highly analytical team' and is renowned for contracts and resulting disputes work on mega-projects in the US and internationally, with particular attention paid to dispute prevention and early conflict resolution. Lee Mann heads the practice from Atlanta and works on construction and government contracting law, including mechanic’s liens and bond claims. Of recent note, Mann and Bill Dorris have been representing Andritz Sundwig in a $237m lawsuit stemming from the construction of two aluminium processing lines. In Atlanta, Brian Corgan has experience of a variety of projects from energy plants to airport runways; Randall Hafer recently led on a solar plant project dispute; and Keith Richardson handles risk management matters in addition to construction disputes. Robbie Poplin focuses on public-private partnership transactions and privatizations, as well as complex commercial infrastructure and transportation projects, while Daniel Swaja is a name to note in the contracts space. Also recommended is senior associate Gautam Reddy, who was involved in a number of the group's most notable cases in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Lee Mann

Other key lawyers:

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


‘A superb team of world-class professionals. Timely, sage, cost-effective, and realistic advice that gets projects going and problems solved.’

‘Lee Mann is a fantastic, widely-experienced, practitioner with expertise over the whole spectrum of construction. Always available, never too busy, able to provide timely solutions to any problem. Able to be trusted with any project, with any of our team, and get solutions. World-class, cost-effective advice.

‘Bill Dorris is a superb litigator and trial attorney. Stunning presence before the judge and jury, that had the jury hanging on his every word. Amazing gravitas. A great cross-examiner and closer. The opponent remarked that they thought that he delivered an amazing performance. Insightful and practical advisor.’

‘Gautam Reddy is a rising star. A quiet, methodical approach to problems. Nothing is too much trouble for him. A stellar knowledge of the construction industry.’

‘An outstanding ability to create a flexible, responsive and highly analytical team. It is a team that exercises superior authority in a process as well as excellent command of the issues, you definitely want to have them on your side. With regard to cooperation, the legal team effectively channels the clients own resources into the process, thereby creating a creative and very powerful environment to work in.’

‘The personal engagement and enthusiasm this team puts into making all pieces work together, the care for making details align with the broad picture and the focus to make the drive result in a touchdown.’

‘Bill Dorris and Gautum Ready are the best. This team truly makes you feel that they have your best interest at heart. Bill and Gautum are the only lawyers that I trust.’

Key clients

Amec Foster Wheeler USA Corporation (AFWUSA)

Maryland Department of Transportation

Andritz Sundwig GmbH and Andritz Deutschland Beteiligungs GmbH

Delta Air Lines

MG Dyess, Inc., a subsidiary of Quanta Services

City of Corpus Christi, Texas

Choate Construction Company

Latex Construction Company

R&T Ellis, Inc.

Walsh Alberici Joint Venture

The Wood Group

Tonopah Solar Energy

McTech Corp.

Facilities Development Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Amec Foster Wheeler USA Corporation (AFWUSA) and Amec Foster Wheeler in a $1bn claw back dispute with the chemical plant owner, Enterprise.
  • Representing the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration, and Maryland Office of Attorney General in disputes arising from the construction of the $5.6bn Purple Line Light Rail Project in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Acting for Andritz Sundwi and its parent, Andritz Deutschland Beteiligungs, in a lawsuit filed by Aleris Rolled Products in the Southern District of Ohio.

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is a firm of construction specialists with lawyers spread across ten offices throughout the US. Hailed by clients as ‘an invaluable resource‘, the team has noted strengths in every area of construction, from government contracts and PPP projects to high-valued construction litigation. Firm chairman Steven Charney and vice-chairman Stephen Reisman coordinate the team from New York City and Miami respectively. In Washington DC, construction and government contracts expert Michael Branca led on some of the firm’s most significant highlights of the past year, including public infrastructure projects and major disputes. Robert Peckar in New York and Ronald Helmuth in Los Angeles are recommended for creative dispute avoidance counsel. Also in New York, Paul Monte provides transactional and project support services to contractors on major infrastructure projects; he also has experience in complex litigation. Houston-based Matthew Moore acts as co-managing partner of the Texas offices, and represents some of the largest national commercial contractors in the country in their projects in Texas.

Practice head(s):

Steven Charney; Stephen Reisman

Other key lawyers:

Michael Branca; Robert Peckar; Paul Monte; Ronald Helmuth; Matthew Moore


‘Full service construction law firm. Wide breadth of attorneys that can staff up for big cases.’

‘The Peckar Team is a consummate group of professionals. They offer sound counsel and are careful not to allow legal strategy override sound business decision making. I consider them an invaluable resource for any matter that remotely appears to need a legal perspective.’

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Recognized by clients for its 'exceptional judgment', Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a sizeable team with a strong presence across the US, acting for a variety of stakeholders in large and complex projects. A key contact in New York is practice co-chair Alison Ashford, who has has expertise in structuring and negotiating development projects ranging from airports and rail stations to high-rise residential housing. Joint practice head Michael McKeeman in San Francisco focuses on dispute resolution for owners, prime contractors, and subcontractors, in relation to both private and public construction projects. Also on the contentious side, Washington DC-based David Blake is rated by clients as 'an excellent communicator, thoughtful and an avid problem solver'. Another name to note in DC is Bennett Greenberg, who has vast experience negotiating and drafting contracts for some of the most complex projects in the US market.

Practice head(s):

Alison Ashford; Michael McKeeman

Other key lawyers:

Bennett Greenberg; David Blake; Charles Wall


‘The attorneys have deep intellect, understand the process and complexity of design & construction, and have exceptional judgment.’

‘David Blake brings leadership, honor, judgment, and skilled communications to all of his tasks.’

‘Charles Wall of the Seyfarth Shaw LLP has been a critical and an appreciated legal advisor. Mr. Wall brings to the table an in-depth understanding of P3s and government.’

‘Expertise in transportation P3.’

‘Expertise in specific p3 legislation. Experience with comparable projects. Knowledge of VA local/state government.’

‘They are very responsive and willing to go the extra mile. Strengths include a deep and broad bench throughout the firm’s offices.’

‘David Blake is terrific. He is very knowledgeable, readily available, experienced and detail-oriented. I have found him to be a great partner and problem solver.’

‘Each of the attorney’s we have worked with are responsive, detail oriented, diligent with identifying risks, meanwhile providing fair and reasonable stances during negotiations with third parties. Particularly with the advent of Covid-19, they have been creative with custom tailored solutions to address the current challenges facing the real estate market as well.’

‘I primarily work with David Blake, who has been fantastic. Though we have only been working together for about 18 months, I feel as though I am treated as a priority. He is very responsive to our needs and tries to be as efficient as possible with our time, which is very much appreciated. He also has a commanding understanding of real estate contract law, which provides a level of comfort for our firm and investors.’

‘We work primarily with Charles “Chuck” Wall, and Chuck is an incredibly knowledgeable, practical, responsive, hands-on attorney. Besides being an expert in the field, Chuck has made himself knowledgeable about our company and field, so that he can better apply that expertise to our matters.’

‘From a ‘team’ perspective, both David and James seemed to have a very good relationship and communication between each other. They worked well together when required, but were also very mindful of not overloading particular tasks by both being involved (i.e. being conservative of fee expenditure) which is important to us.’

‘95% of my dealings are with David Blake. David is an exceptional lawyer and is held in the highest regard by myself and my colleagues. David is an excellent communicator, thoughtful and avid problem solver.’

‘For us, Alison Ashford is what makes the practice unique. She has a great capacity to be a zealous advocate in complex negotiations while maintaining good relations with the other side(s), drafts major agreements with very little internal assistance, gives great and timely advice on contractual and marketplace issues that arise, all in a reasonably cost effective matter. When the need arises, she can use Bennett Greenberg as a senior advisor and has access to experienced litigators.’

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP is a boutique construction law firm with 'a deep bench and understanding of how a construction project is built and how to address disputes when they happen'. Headquartered in New York, the construction practice is routinely involved in projects across the US and internationally, recent examples of which include a $1bn inner-city mixed-use development project in Detroit, and the $900m Long Island City waterfront redevelopment in New York. Managing partner Michael Vardaro advises clients on a host of issues including professional licensing, contract drafting and negotiating, joint venture and design build agreements, and risk management. On the contentious side, Vardano and founding partner Michael De Chiara are both recommended as 'experts in the field', the latter having recently led advice to Handel Architects and DeSimone Consulting Engineers on the headline Millennium Tower dispute in San Francisco. Fellow founding partner Michael Zetlin has over 30 years' experience identifying issues in design construction and project management, and acts for national and multi-national construction companies, as well as premier owners, developers and contractors. Other key names in the 'very pragmatic' team include contracts and transactions expert Tara Mulrooney, and James Terry, who covers litigation and non-contentious work, with particular expertise in the development and execution of project labor agreements.

Practice head(s):

Michael Vardaro

Other key lawyers:

Michael Zetlin; Michael de Chiara; Tara Mulrooney; James Terry


‘The ZD team are experts in construction disputes. They have a deep bench and understanding of how a construction project is built and how to address disputes when they happen.’

‘Michael De Chiara and Michael Vardaro stand out as amazing attorneys who are experts in the field of construction litigation. They are practical and effective and they win.’

‘They are outstanding in real estate and construction matters. They do not overload a matter. They are very pragmatic and do not waste time. They get results without drama. extremely intelligent and knowledgeable. Very favorable results.’

‘James Terry and Max are exceptional. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘This is a hands-on firm where the partners all work directly to meet client needs. Top results are achieved consistently across construction, design and real estate compared with other firms.’

‘The founding partners are exceptionally active in the building community. All partners are encouraged and supported in their professional and civic endeavors.’

Key clients

Handel Architects, DeSimone Consulting Engineers

SHoP Architects

Vernon Realty/Riverlinc Project

Columbia University

CD Smith

New York Concrete Corp.

Billy Joel

Work highlights

  • Represented both Handel Architects and DeSimone Consulting Engineers in a claim relating to the settling of a high-rise condominium tower in San Francisco.
  • Represented two international architecture firms in design contracts with one of the world’s largest and most prominent technology companies for buildings at their world headquarters campus in Silicon Valley, California.
  • Representing a multinational energy firm of world-scale photovoltaic solar plants in a dispute with a European equipment supplier in analysing the merits of the case and initiating the arbitration proceedings.

Akerman LLP

Akerman LLP's construction group handles a variety of public and private construction projects across the country, from power facilities and tourist resorts to major transport infrastructure. Jeffrey Gilmore chairs the practice and is focused on innovative project delivery systems, an area in which he has notable international experience. Gilmore splits his time between offices in Virginia and Washington DC, as does Stephen Hurlbut, who recently led on two of the team's most notable highlight cases: he represented Conquistador Dorado JV in claims against the Navy for damages and additional compensation regarding an air station in Key West, and also acted for the architect of the US Capitol in a case before the General Accountability Office Contract Appeals Board. Stacy Bercun Bohm negotiates complex commercial and residential construction contracts, and also has strengths in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Alongside Bohm in Fort Lauderdale, office managing partner Leslie Miller Tomczak acts for a range of design professionals in contracts and disputes matters.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Gilmore; Stacy Bercun Bohm

Other key lawyers:

Leslie Miller Tomczak; Stephen Hurlbut


‘Great responsiveness; drafting skills; attention to detail.’

‘Great communication skills; great rapport with clients; very responsive.’

‘They are a large law firm with a small firm mentality. The two partners I deal with are always there for any questions or to provide any assistance.’

Key clients

Rizzani de Eccher

Architect of the Capitol

MSD Partners

CECO Concrete Construction

Cauldwell Wingate Company

Engineered Systems Alliance

The Faena Group

Dacra Development

MSC Cruises

Fort Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Acting for MSD Partners in the $150m expansion and renovation of the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
  • Represented the architect of the US Capitol in analysing and litigating multi-million dollar claims by the prime contractor concerning the construction of a cogeneration project at the Capitol Power Plant in Washington, DC.
  • Advising MSC Cruises on the design and construction of its state-of-the-art mega cruise terminal located at Port of Miami.

Cozen O'Connor

Spread across ten US offices, Cozen O'Connor's construction team has a prestigious client list that includes engineering consultancy giant WSP and Fortune 100 gas and propane company Energy Transfer Partners. The practice group is coordinated by a trio of lawyers based in Philadelphia: Bruce Ficken has over 35 years of experience representing construction industry clients in litigation and risk management; Raymond DeLuca is a former design professional and stands out for his expertise in transportation and infrastructure projects of significant value; and Fred Warren Jacoby is a senior advisor to the construction group, representing owners, contractors and construction managers in economic and casualty disputes. Contacts in Washington DC include Stephen Seeger, who has experience in government contracts law and arbitration concerning power plant EPCs and subway line construction; and Jesse Keene, who focuses on litigation, international and domestic arbitration, and strategic project advice. At the associate level, James Kwartnik and Jeffery Mullen in Philadelphia, and Alexandra Busch in Washington DC were heavily involved across the full range of contentious and advisory matters in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Ficken; Raymond DeLuca; Fred Warren Jacoby

Other key lawyers:

Jesse Keene; Stephen Seeger; James Kwartnik; Jeffery Mullen; Alexandra Busch


‘Expertise in the industry ability to create case and successfully litigate it = win!’

Key clients

Energy Transfer Partners


Allan Myers

INTECH Construction

Turner Construction

Silverstein Properties

Comcast Spectacor

Tutor Perini

HP Critical Facility Services

EMTA Insaat Taahhut ve Ticaret A.S.

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel to ETP in the installation of its Mariner East 2 pipeline, a 307-mile dual lay (16-inch and 20-inch) pipeline traversing Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
  • Acting for WSP in the $4bn LaGuardia Airport Terminal B redevelopment project in New York, and defending against claims asserted by the design-build joint venture on the project relating to alleged delays and errors and omissions.
  • Representing Allan Myers, a non-union transportation contractor in the Mid-Atlantic, in some of its most high-stakes construction matters in the Northeast.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's construction practice has developed a stellar reputation for representing some of the world's leading companies in a variety of high-value construction disputes, with a notable expertise in the areas of power plants and pipelines. Headed by Lee Davis, the team is noted for its combination of 'deep substantive knowledge and experience with a practical approach to dispute resolution'. Davis has over 30 years' experience representing EPC contractors, major trade subcontractors and owners of key developments around the country. Another key figure is Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher, who leads both contentious and advisory construction matters domestically and abroad. Both Wheatley Fletcher and Davis divide their time between firm's offices in Atlanta and New York City. Also recommended in the New York office are Larry Dany, a name to note for occupational health and safety, and industrial and construction workplace incident response; and Jesse Lincoln, who handles disputes concerning industrial facilities and mixed-use developments, and also provides transactional advice to owners, contractors and sub-contractors. In Atlanta, Bill Wildman is a key contact for matters involving multi-family, student housing and mixed-use developments.

Practice head(s):

Lee Davis

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher; Jesse Lincoln; Larry Dany; Bill Wildman


‘Lee Davis and Jesse Lincoln are the go-to team for large construction disputes in any US venue. They seamlessly integrate experts, local counsel, and all discovery issues in mega-cases so that in-house counsel has one very small team that ensures cases are being pushed hard to a favorable resolution. Their deep construction experience and ability to consistently deliver results sets Eversheds’ construction group apart from other top firms.’

‘Lee Davis is one of the top construction lawyers in the US, and it would be a mistake not to call him if you have a large dispute brewing – or if the shooting has already begun. He knows the business, he knows the players, and he knows how to craft and execute strategies to get things to play out in his client’s favor. Jesse Lincoln is an extremely talented construction partner who provides reliably top-notch counsel and representation in arbitration and litigation throughout the US. Both get into the foxhole with in-house counsel to work through the massive volume and complexity of mega construction projects to help generate wins.’

‘My work with Lee Davis and his colleagues results in outstanding result. More importantly, I can count on their high level and direct communication and honest expectations, including time spend. Lee is our go to for complex construction matters.’

‘Lee is genuine, straightforward, experienced and client and human oriented. Again, I would not work with any other professional.’

‘ I work with Eversheds Sutherland’s Construction Group primarily so my comments are focused on this team. Collaboration, skill, responsiveness, willingness to understand our internal workings, patience and staying current on the law as well as deep connections within the industry marketplace has led me to continually utilize this firm and practice group. The first draft of documents and other work products is always well thought out, proof read and comes to me in almost final form. Finally, the firm strives to stay within its established budget and is willing to work with my company on fees and budgets that make sense in light of all the facts and circumstance present on respective projects as needed. ’

‘Stand out partners at the firm are Jack Massey, Lee Davis and Jesse Lincoln. All are extremely competent, current, responsive and work with me on billing and budgeting as required. These 3 gentlemen are all around nice people and very enjoyable to work with.’

‘ES understands true client needs. Rather than forming a strategy based entirely on litigation hypotheticals, they remain focused on their clients’ goals.’

‘Lee Davis and Larry Dany are fantastic litigators. They are even better at strategizing effective resolution that mirrors what their clients want.’

‘Sutherland’s construction group combines deep substantive knowledge and experience with a practical approach to dispute resolution. The team’s international reach provides a wealth of resources.’

‘Although Lee Davis is a high-accomplished litigator, he thinks like a businessman. My colleagues and I appreciate how Lee operates with budget in mind – a highly-prized and unusual attribute. This approach results in a transparent, collaborative dialogue with the client, and prevents distasteful surprises to CFOs. Perhaps more importantly, Lee this year navigated one of our largest and most challenging cases to a much-better-than-expected conclusion, drawing accolades from executives around our organization.’

‘ES is a sophisticated firm with a global reach. A particular strength from my perspective is their global presence, which is essential to the work we need from them, and the willingness of lawyers in the UK office to serve as gatekeepers for work performed out of various other local offices. I also appreciate that I can always reach out and count on a timely, helpful response.’

‘Simon Oats in the UK office and Larry Dany in the New York office manage / oversee my matters, while Partner Richard Hartigan in the UK office and coordinator Rose Clarke support and liaise with local counsel in new markets for the localizations of our agreements. I also reach out to Ron Zdrojeski whenever anything new comes up, and I can always count on him to respond quickly to put me in touch with the right people.’

‘Their strengths include seeing the big picture to provide solutions for the work we need — for example, coming up with a global fee arrangement since we engage ES in several different markets to perform essentially the same tasks in each.’

Jones Walker LLP

From offices throughout Southeast, Jones Walker LLP advises its client base of owners and developers on a broad range of construction matters, with a focus on construction disputes. As Covid-related precautions have resulted in significant project delays over the past year, the team has been increasingly active in construction disputes, a recent example of which was its work for an international design and construction firm concerning delays to a billion-dollar project resulting from disruptions to international supply lines. This matter was led from the Atlanta office by Neal Sweeney, a renowned lawyer in the Georgia construction market with a current focus on expanding the practice in Texas. The construction group is jointly headed by Chad Theriot in Atlanta, praised for his 'collaborative, responsive, honest, and thoughtful' counsel; and Michael Drew, who is currently engaged in a number of highly contentious matters arising from airport projects and mining facilities, among others.

Practice head(s):

Michael Drew; Chad Theriot

Other key lawyers:

Neal Sweeney; William Shaughnessy


‘Although many law firms “market” professionalism and ethics as part of their law practice, Jones Walker actually delivers on what they market, providing professional legal services with integrity.’

‘My primary experience is with Chad Theriot. Not only is he an exceptional attorney competent in construction law, he delivers legal counsel in a collaborative, responsive, honest, and thoughtful manner.’

Key clients

Freeport-McMoran and affiliate PT Freeport Indonesia


Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc.

Gallo Mechanical, L.L.C.

Durr Heavy Construction, LLC

Cycle Construction Company, LLC

Greenup Industries

Siemens Industry, Inc.

Fluor Corp.

King & Spalding LLP

Perhaps best known for its work on the world's major LNG sites, King & Spalding LLP's construction practice has a particularly strong focus on large-scale energy projects and resulting disputes. Practice co-head Scott Greer is one of the country's leading names for LNG matters, and since joining in February 2020, Ingrid Myers has also been a key advisor on global LNG projects. Greer and Myers are both based at the Houston office. In Austin, joint practice head Mike Stenglein is noted for his expertise in construction disputes, especially in representing owners and contractors in cases involving large facilities such as refineries, power plants, wind farms, and hotels. Stephen O’Neal in San Francisco is a 'go-to partner for large-scale construction disputes', while litigator Craig Ledet in Houston is considered by clients to be a 'trusted advisor'. Adam Gray in Austin 'brings unique insights' in litigating complex matters, and at the associate level, Houston-based Peter Berg is 'exceptional'. Jonathan Katz in Houston is a key contact on the contracts and transactions side. Luan Tran joined the Los Angeles office from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Scott Greer; Mike Stenglein

Other key lawyers:

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


‘K&S provides outstanding client service.’

‘Top quality market knowledge and legal expertise.’

‘The team, Adam Gray in particular, are very good about balancing providing legal advice with the business insights that are helpful to communicate with internal clients and anticipate issues.’

‘Adam Gray is not just an extremely intelligent attorney, he brings unique insights that are invaluable in understanding the risks and opportunities and are helpful in finding business solutions to challenges.’

‘Top of the line global construction practice. Preeminent. Extremely responsive. Experts in LNG construction, pipeline construction. I cannot compare with other firms as I have only used K&S.’

‘Scott Greer, Rob Garner – partners. Peter Berg, Kaleb Walker, Silva Martin – associates. These team members work well to provide timely, thoughtful and responsive advice to significant questions that arise.’

‘They have extensive experience on large and complex disputes in the energy sector. They are pure construction disputes lawyers not arbitration specialists who also happen to do construction disputes. In addition, they generally staff disputes with a lean team and this results in greater efficiency in work and lower overall spend.’

‘Stephen O’Neal – Go to partner for large-scale construction disputes. He is extremely knowledgeable, practical and understands client needs/deliverables. He rolls up the sleeve and does work and staffs his teams leanly.’

‘The team at K&S that Scott Greer leads has a breadth of knowledge of the construction industry, coupled with their sheer volume of deals to draw upon in complex situations makes them a first stop shop.’

‘Scott Greer and Peter Berg make an excellent team. Its the way a good blend of partner associate is supposed to work.’

‘They have the depth of experience and knowledge that sets them apart from all the other shops we use.’

‘Scott Greer is second to none in my opinion. He has such a thorough understanding of the issues that he enables his clients to see the entire chess board of problems and remedies, not simply the more superficial ones.’

‘An unrivalled breadth and depth of experience across all aspects of construction. Able to be trusted with the most complex of problems, against the most difficult of opponents. Timely, cost-effective, and sage advice, that was easily understandable at all levels of our company. Always available, and nothing was too much trouble.’

‘Craig Ledet has an unrivalled breadth and depth of experience across all areas of construction. He provided second-to-none advice, and brought gravitas to the most complex of negotiations against the toughest of opponents from across the US and Canada. Able to provide sage, cost-effective advice, that was easily understood. A trusted advisor and go-to for any issue.’

‘The team I work with is the best in the business: Scott Greer, Rob Garner and their teams provide first class, expert advice in all matters construction-related. They are focused, commercially driven and expert lawyers, with a keen eye for detail. As licensed engineers, they are also able to understand technical aspects of construction that elude other teams. I have never had Scott and his team let us down on any issue we have brought to them.’

‘Scott Greer is the premier construction lawyer in the United States. His command of large, complex construction contracts is without peer. He is a dedicated and determined partner to his clients, and will always find the right solution for his clients. Simply seeing his name on a client’s team is enough to send a signal of gravitas to the other side.’

‘Rob Garner has worked with Scott for over 10 years, and has all of the same attributes. Rob is a careful thinker, and is able to assist clients with thinking through complex issues in an efficient manner.’

‘K&S has a dedicated and top-notch construction practice with horsepower to spare. Few firms in North America have the capacity or the depth of knowledge that K&S does in EPC matters.’

‘Depth of understanding of the various principles involved in EPC work is unparalleled, even from the most junior members of the team. Ten year lawyers have done more construction work than senior partners at many other firms. Jonathan Katz is a tremendous talent and an asset to any construction or EPC file.’

‘King and Spalding practices are very thorough and Scott’s team pay attention to what some consider minor details however in the life agreement avert major issues. Our agreements are full of “belts and suspenders” which has allowed my firm to resolve/minimize significant issues.’

‘Scott Greer and Jonathan Katz are clearly top tier construction/EPC attorneys. The significant difference has been their ability to structure our EPC agreements and contracts which to be very very customer friendly. These strong and customer friendly EPC agreements have allowed my firm to avoid arbitration and litigation for the contracts executed with the guidance of King and Spalding.’

‘Steve O’Neal is very practical. He understands that the point of construction litigation is a business outcome.’

‘Steve O’Neal understands the “end game” of construction litigation, understands which party has leverage and when & how to use it.’

‘The K&S Construction team is unique for this practice area because they are transactional/contractual focused and owner focused — coupled with well qualified lawyers. In addition to having an owner-centric perspective, they have a breadth of experience in the energy and manufacturing construction sectors that provides considerable market insight on what contractors and finance markets will accept.’

‘Scott Greer and Rob Garner are both extremely sharp and responsive to both the needs of the client and the timelines of the negotiations.’

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation / Total

Arlington Valley Solar Energy II (“Arlington”)

Bass Pro, LLC

Bayport Polymers, LLC


Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE: CEQP)

Enterprise Products Partners, L.P.

Freeport LNG

G2X Energy

Global Clean Energy Holdings (OTCMKTS: GCEH)

Hilltop Energy Center

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (“MetLife”)

Midship Pipeline Company, LLC

NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT)

Oaktree Capital Management

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)

Quanta Services

Refinería de Cartagena S.A. (Reficar)

Saulsbury Industries

TF Warren Group Corporation

USD Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Chevron on the international arbitration and related US litigation arising from construction of the $60bn Gorgon LNG facility on Barrow Island Australia.
  • Advised Anadarko on all aspects of the engineering, procurement and construction of the onshore LNG development and offshore pipeline infrastructure.
  • Acted for Next Wave Energy Partners, a portfolio company of Energy Capital Partners, in the design and construction of a 28,000 barrels-per-day alkylate production facility near the Houston Ship Channel in Pasadena, Texas.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown's construction practice is headed by Joanna Horsnail, who has extensive experience handling contracts and transactional matters relating to major public and private construction and design projects. Among her recent highlights, Horsnail is advising Invenergy Thermal Development and Energía del Pacífico on a gas power plant joint venture in El Salvador. The team is particularly adept at handling complex projects in the transport, industrial and manufacturing sectors and is capable of seeing project from inception through to litigation. Advice covers EPC contracts, design-build and PPP agreements and high-value disputes. In addition, the group is frequently engaged to collaborate on cross-border matters, acting in conjunction with teams from across the firm's international office network. Domestically the firm also fields an infrastructure and public policy group that works closely with Horsnail and her team; Mitch Holzrichter is a key contact in this space. Also recommended are counsel Sara Hess and associate Rachel Smith. All named lawyers are based in the Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Horsnail

Other key lawyers:

Sara Hess; Rachel Smith; Mitch Holzrichter


‘The team was very knowledgeable and helpful in developing design build procurement documents.’

‘Individuals were knowledgeable and integrated into our larger project team seamlessly. They communicated effectively and were responsive. Their work product was accurate and timely. Joanna Horsnail and Jeff Edwards were our points of contact.’

‘The firm has a deep bench of highly experience transactional infrastructure attorneys. They have a detailed knowledge of precedent contracts and understand how to get clients to make decisions that are in the clients best interests.’

‘They work very effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment. Great with clients.’

Key clients

Chicago Transit Authority

Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority


Illinois Department of Transportation

Alabama Department of Transportation

Texas Department of Transportation

Arkansas Department of Transportation

Walsh Group


Work highlights

  • Advised Benteler International on its construction of a hot rolling steel mill and related facilities near Shreveport, Louisiana.
  • Advised Acciona on engineering and construction matters, including negotiation and drafting of engineering, consulting and construction agreements for several new wind and solar farms in California, Oklahoma, Texas, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
  • Represented Invenergy (as sponsor) and Energía del Pacífico, Ltda. de C.V., as project company, in the structuring and negotiation of the joint venture for, and the development of, the Energía del Pacífico Project in El Salvador.

Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP

From its office in Maitland, Florida, construction law boutique Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP works on projects across the US and internationally for a prestigious client list that includes Peter Kiewit & Sons, Walsh Construction Group and PCL. Key figures in the team include founding partner James Moye and Mark Masterson, who advises on issues from procurement to project counsel services, claim preparation, and various types of dispute resolution. Praised for his leadership, Moye has recently been engaged in a number of major public infrastructure projects, a forté for the firm, including advice to a joint venture on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. Sean Dillon co-led on that matter alongside Moye and has over 20 years of experience in mega-projects across the country, handling a range of procurement matters, as well as disputes. Another name to note is Megan Cantlebary, who is frequently part of the teams representing general contractors in large-scale public works projects. Associate Marshall McDonald has also stood out in major construction claims.

Practice head(s):

James Moye; Sean Dillon; Mark Masterson

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Kovalcik; Megan Cantlebary; Marshall McDonald

Key clients

Peter Kiewit & Sons’

PCL Industrial Construction Company

Walsh Construction

J. F. Shea Construction

Coastal Construction Group

Braskem America

I4 Mobility Partners Opco

NV2A Group

LEAD Engineering Contractors

Plaza Construction Group

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has on-the-ground construction experts in California, Texas and Washington DC, acting for a varied and prestigious client base that includes Aecom, New York University and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit. The department regularly sees major projects from inception through to disputes, emphasizing in particular its approach dispute avoidance. A trio of lawyers coordinate the construction practice: Clark Thiel in San Francisco chairs the firm's global construction group and he has notable expertise in complex construction disputes including cost overruns, breach of contract and professional liability; litigation group lead Melissa Lesmes in Washington DC represents owners, developers and general contractors in contract negotiations and also advises clients on insurance and risk management issues arising outside of litigation; and Charles Conrad heads the Texas construction group. Among the team's recent work, Conrad has been providing ongoing advice to Amec Foster Wheeler regarding alleged cost overrun and delays to a refinery in Cartagena, Colombia, with an estimated $2.4bn potential liability. John Heisse in San Francisco has experience advising on a variety of projects, from transportation and energy projects to hospitality and healthcare facilities.

Practice head(s):

Clark Thiel; Melissa Lesmes; Charles Conrad

Other key lawyers:

John Heisse; Laura LoBue

Key clients

California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)

Wilshire Vermont Housing Partners, LP

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

Clark Construction Group


New York University

Stanford University and Hospitals

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

Duke Energy

Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

Lane Construction

Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP

Over the course of 50 years in the market, boutique firm Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP has built a strong reputation in construction law and government contracts, fielding a substantial team of experts that covers the full spectrum of contentious and contractual advice. Practice co-head Eric Nelson focuses on project disputes related to federal government construction and also has strength in the healthcare sector; he was named managing partner in 2021. Robert Chambers jointly leads the team alongside Nelson and has varied expertise in construction disputes, including site condition claims and environmental issues. James Bidgood specializes in construction litigation, representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, specialty suppliers, designers, and surety companies. Chambers, Nelson and Bidgood are all based in Atlanta, but the practice group also has on-the-ground expertise in Fort Lauderdale, where Brian Wolf is recommended for complex construction and design claims involving public and private projects. George Wenick retired in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Robert Chambers; Eric Nelson

Other key lawyers:

Brian Wolf; James Bidgood

Thompson Hine LLP

Praised for its 'responsiveness, reliability and creativity', Thompson Hine LLP's Cleveland-based construction team covers projects across the US, assisting clients through all phases of development, from initial planning and site selection to final construction and subsequent renovation work. Recent and ongoing projects have demonstrated the range of expertise in the practice, with highlights covering government buildings, chemical plants and manufacturing facilities, though a particular area of expertise is in sports and entertainment arenas. Here, practice head Jeffrey Applebaum has continued to advise the ownership group of a new 22,000-seat soccer stadium in St Louis, and has also acted alongside Alan Ritchie in advising Haslam Sports Group on the Confluence Village development that includes a soccer stadium and training facilities. Patrick Sweeney has been involved in preparing and negotiating agreements on behalf of owners, contractors, architects and engineers. Another key contact is Erin Luke, recommended for her 'practical and strategic intelligence' and experience in large infrastructure projects. On the litigation side, Daniel Haymond has 25 years' experience handling construction arbitration and mediation. Jack Clark is a standout associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Appelbaum

Other key lawyers:

Erin Luke; Alan Ritchie; Patrick Sweeney; Daniel Haymond; William Thrush; Jack Clark


‘Thompson Hine is a large national firm. For as large as they are they provided personal experience and attention in their representation. The time and attention devoted to our project was outstanding while dealing with some difficult personalities. The legal work was excellent.’

‘Their willingness to help and solve problems presented by our development and the many and varying issues it presented.’

‘The construction law team at Thompson Hine led by Jeff Appelbaum offers an unparalleled resource to support major construction projects of all varieties. It seems unlikely that any firm could match the the experience and success of Jeff, his team, and his national network of construction experts. Thompson Hine is able to plan and execute any construction project, whether hotel, convention center, stadium, arena, hospital, or otherwise.’

‘In addition to their legal, technical and project management skills, Jeff and his team are more focused on a successful community process and project than on their profits. They behave as community partners who are as committed to the projects they work on as the entities who hire them.’

‘Stadium + Arena related construction is unique and there is only a small-number of US firms that truly understand the unique aspects of sports projects. Thompson Hine has extensive experience in the unique space and have been a fantastic resource for us. Additionally, the capital structure and funding sources for our project are very nuanced- Thompson Hine brought a skillset of public and private contributions that allowed us to take a thoughtful approach to negotiating and planning.’

‘The team at Thompson Hine is always responsive to our needs. More importantly, they understand the layered implications of the decisions we make. They provide exceptional guidance.’

‘They listen, they align to your objectives, and they work for you. The team at Thompson Hine never becomes a runaway billing train covering the whole map when you ask for the direct route.’

‘I have worked with Erin Luke for the last several years on a variety of projects. Erin sees things from the general counsel perspective. She gets the necessity of practical, focused advice. She solves problems. She keeps the team organized and ensures nothing falls through the cracks. Practical and strategic intelligence combined with polish has delivered us great results.’

‘I find Thompson Hine to be a great asset to our outside counsel team not only because of its deep knowledge of construction law but also its responsiveness, reliability and creativity. When I have a difficult construction transaction or a complex litigation matter, I know that I can rely on Thompson Hine to give my matters the time they deserve, to think outside the box to resolve any disputes, and to have the subject matter expertise necessary to get the deal done.’

Key clients

Haslam Sports Group (Confluence Village – Crew Stadium)

TKFC LC (St. Louis Soccer Stadium)

Convention Center Hotels

Consulting Projects for Stadium and Arena Projects

HOF Village, Inc.

Broward County

Nippon Paint (USA) Inc.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Kanawha County Public Library

Fermi Research Alliance, LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for TKFC, the ownership group of the new $460m, 22,000-seat St. Louis soccer stadium project that will include a stadium, sports complex, practice fields and a team headquarters.
  • Advising the County of Cuyahoga on the approximately $1bn Justice Center Complex project, which includes Cleveland Municipal Court, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and the county’s main jail.
  • Advising Broward County’s as lead negotiator on its $550m convention center expansion and headquarters hotel project.


From offices in California and Virginia, VARELA, LEE, METZ, & GUARINO, LLP fields dedicated teams representing clients in high-stakes, sharply contested construction disputes across the US. The team is particularly specialized in the industrial and power sectors, with the Virginia-based trio of Todd MetzBrian Dugdale and David Wonderlick having represented The Boldt Company in arbitration proceedings and state court litigation related to its reconstruction of a paper machine at Sappi North America’s paper mill in Skowhegan, Maine. Also in Virginia are Paul Varela, who acts for some of the most prominent names in the global construction industry in contract planning, administration, and dispute resolution; and Joseph Guarino, who has vast experience in international construction litigation and arbitration. In the San Francisco office, Bennett Lee has recently led teams on litigations regarding a sports stadium, an airport terminal and a road expansion project, among others.

Practice head(s):

Paul Varela; Bennett Lee; Todd Metz; Joseph Guarino

Other key lawyers:

David Wonderlick; Brian Dugdale; Christopher Burke


‘This is a “hands on” law firm that truly understands the construction business. Your case is handled from beginning to end by a senior partner or principal. They understand how construction problems occur and, more importantly, how to resolve them.’

‘Our firm works with Bennett Lee. His legal advice is always direct, candid and on point. He will always give you both the strengths and weaknesses of a particular case. This often helps us achieve an early resolution of the case.’

Key clients

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

Balfour Beatty Construction

Clark Construction Co.


Skanska USA Building

Hitt Contracting

Barnard Construction


Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

Boutique construction firm Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP acts for some of the country's foremost contractors in complex and high-stakes disputes. Several key contacts stand out at the firm's office in McLean, Virginia: Robert Barbour focuses on construction and government contracts disputes and is currently acting for contractors including Aptim and owners such as the Northampton County General Purpose Authority; Timothy Heffernan is the name to note for surety law and acts for the country's largest surety, Travelers Bond; Shelly Ewald has particular expertise in the power industry; Vivian Katsantonis is especially known for her trial advocacy skills; and managing partner Lewis Baker is an experienced mediator and arbitrator in complex construction disputes. In Irvine, California, David McPherson focuses on high stakes public works and private construction disputes and assisting clients with ongoing project management. Also recommended is John Sebastian, who acts as managing partner of the Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Baker; Robert Barbour; Timothy Heffernan; Vivian Katsantonis; David McPherson; John Sebastian

Other key lawyers:

Shelley Ewald

Key clients


Kiewit Corp.

Granite Construction, Inc.


Black & Veatch


M+W Group

Barnard Construction Co., Inc.

F.H. Paschen

Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Kiewit Power Constructors in a trial involving damages stemming from work on the $440m Scattergood Power Plant modernization project.
  • Acting for Ballard Marine in relation to the prosecution and defense of significant claims against Stantec Consulting Services arising out of an EPC project in Florida.
  • Advising Fluor Federal Solutions on a litigation pending in federal court against BAE Ordnance Systems involving the design and construction of a gas-fired boiler facility for the US Army.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The Houston-based construction practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. is fully integrated within the wider real estate practice and provides comprehensive advice on energy and infrastructure projects ranging from pipelines and LNG facilities to airports, transportation systems and healthcare buildings. Jointly headed by firm-wide real estate and construction chair Connie Simmons Taylor and Joe Colagiovanni, the team supports its clients through the full life-cycle of a project. Among the group's recent highlights, Colagiovanni has been advising Hines on all the construction and design agreements for a $1bn commercial office tower in Boston. Daniel Kruger is a recommended senior associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Connie Simmons Taylor; Joe Colagiovanni

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Kruger

Key clients

Celanese Corporation


Urban Oaks Builders, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Hines in connection with construction and design agreements for a $1bn commercial office tower development in Boston, above MBTA South Station.
  • Representing Urban Oaks Builders in litigation arising from its construction of an apartment complex in Florida.
  • Assisted Celanese Corporation with preparation of EPCM contract and EMPO templates for the development of a $440m expansion of its acetic acid production facilities and related methanol facility in Texas.

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Based in Ohio, Bricker & Eckler LLP's construction team focuses on acting for owners in all aspects of their construction projects. Group co-head Jack Rosati, Jr. specializes in the contentious aspects of public construction projects and handles general counseling and litigation in relation to bid disputes, construction defects and insurance coverage issues, as well as project delivery systems, construction contracts and specifications. Joint practice head Chris McCloskey has been particularly focused on the education sector in 2020, which saw him handling a number of mandates from school districts. Many of the team's lawyers have field experience in the construction industry: Ben Hyden leverages his background in civil engineering in representing public works clients, drafting contract documents, responding to bid disputes, and addressing construction defects. Similarly, having practiced engineering for over twelve years, Doug Shevelow has unique experience heavy highway construction. Also recommended is Laura Bowman, who advises on the structuring and negotiation of project documents for private and public owners.

Practice head(s):

Jack Rosati, Jr.; Chris McCloskey

Other key lawyers:

Doug Shevelow; Ben Hyden; Laura Bowman; Casey Cross


‘Our team was composed of a veteran partner with deep experience in construction law, and an associate who was rapidly catching up to the veteran. They had answers for all our questions and could deal respectfully but effectively with all the various companies bidding on our job. The depth of knowledge, and the bench strength of the rest of the firm if needed, was a key strength.’

‘Our primary contact was Laura Bowman, who was an associate when we started, but has since been made a partner. She was backed by partner Jack Rosati. I found both of them to be extremely knowledgeable, very responsive, patient with my lack of the law in this area, and able to express themselves clearly to all of us working on the project who are not lawyers.’

Key clients

Westerville City School District

West Carrollton City School District

Sycamore Community School District

Upper Arlington City School District

Pickerington Local School District

Keystone Local School District

Ross County

City of Bryan

Ohio Hi-Point Joint Vocational School District Board of Education

Petmin USA, Inc.

OhioHealth Corporation

The MetroHealth System

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Dublin City Schools

Hillsdale Local School District

Conotton Valley Union Local School District

Martins Ferry City School District

South Central Power Company

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ross County with the completion of a county jail project and claim under surety bond.
  • Acting for OhioHealth in all building projects, including Neuroscience Center, a design-build project with a project cost in excess of $300m.
  • Advising Westerville City School District on a capital improvements plan, which consists of the construction of a new elementary school and new middle school, and major renovations and/or additions to seven other existing buildings.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) stands out in particular for its extensive domestic and international reach. Indeed, working in conjunction with colleagues from across the firm's office network, the construction team is advising on cross-border matters in Asia and Europe, as well as on numerous projects throughout the US. Sports arenas and related developments have been a significant part of the team's work in recent years; in this space, Brian Fielden is acting for Braves Development Company in the Battery mixed-use development adjacent to the Atlanta Braves stadium, and is also assisting the Texas Rangers baseball team with its $1bn stadium construction. The group is jointly chaired by Anthony Meagher, who focuses primarily on construction disputes, and Robert Crewdson, who takes the lead on high-end transactional matters and also handles litigation. Meagher is based in Maryland, while Crewdson is in Atlanta alongside Brian Fielden, who is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robert Crewdson; Anthony Meagher

Other key lawyers:

Brian Fielden; John Ducat

Key clients

Texas Rangers (MLB team)

Combined Properties

AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Home Depot USA, Inc.

North American Properties

Buzzi Unicem USA

AS Roma

British Airways

AIG Global Real Estate

North American Properties

Work highlights

  • Acted for Combined Properties and AECOM Capital as developers of the $400m Sunset Time mixed-use development in West Hollywood, California, advising on all the design and construction contracts and claims against the architect.
  • Assisting Ports America with drafting and negotiation of design and construction contracts for major renovations and new construction at several ports in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.
  • Representing a global rail transport engineering company, as a core systems subcontractor in a P3 structure, in connection with a $2bn rail transit system in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Duane Morris LLP

Responsive, transparent, knowledgeable and hard-working‘, the team at Duane Morris LLP handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters for a variety of project types. In 2020 the team led litigation relating to transport infrastructure, commercial developments and hospitality sites, and also handled contracts work for construction companies, universities and companies in heavy industry. Mark Canizio chairs the practice group from the New York office and has extensive experience in large-scale trials and arbitrations. Vice-chair Jeffrey Hamera in Chicago assists with contract drafting and negotiation for design agreements, construction contracts, EPC contracts and design/build agreements. Patrick Kearney and Jessica Singh are team leads in the construction and engineering industry group in Philadelphia and New York, respectively. Meghan DiPerna was active in a number of the firm’s standout highlights in 2020, and ‘top-notch construction litigator‘ Owen Newman was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mark Canizio; Jeffrey Hamera; Patrick Kearney; Jessica Singh

Other key lawyers:

Meghan DiPerna; Kenneth Lazaruk; Owen Newman; Brian Shue; Tracy McCreight; Benton Wheatley


‘The firm is exactly what you hear about them: responsive, transparent, knowledgeable and hard-working. The are as talented at articulating and presenting solutions to complex situations as they are with the substantive law.’

‘Owen Newman – Chicago – is an absolute top-notch construction litigator who understands how to handle large, complex construction matters, how to implement a team to work towards a business resolution, and works with all in-house attorneys in the spirit of a true team. He also understand the concepts of construction scheduling and thus works well with outside experts.’

‘The firm is outstanding. They do an excellent job on construction-related matters. We have worked with them for over 15 years. They are practicable and understand our needs.’

‘Mark Canizio, Ken Lazaruk, and Brian Shue are outstanding. We highly value their legal advice.’

Key clients

KBR, Inc.

Schiavone Construction Co. LLC

Columbia University

Related Companies

The Hudson Companies Inc.

Taconic Investment Partners, LLC

Raba-Kistner Infrastructure, Inc.

US LBM Subsidiaries, Inc.

City of Sugar Land, Texas

Premier Steel, Inc.

Flintco, LLC

New York Stem Cell Foundation

West Side Tennis Club

Miami Dolphins

Trinity Place Holdings

Kushner Companies

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Independence Historical Trust

Cornell Steel

A.T. Chadwick

FSP Realty

W.S. Cumby

Northwell Health

Allen Morris Company

VirginIslands Water & Power Authority

The Raymond Management Company

Work highlights

  • Advising KBR as the lead engineer on the City of Austin Waller Creek Tunnel Project and defending it against a $40m claim brought by the city of Austin, Texas.
  • Assisting Related Companies with drafting and negotiating many design and construction agreements for The Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project.
  • Acting a firm in relation to $325m in EPC services for a 600MW coal fired power plant in Vietnam.

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Farella Braun + Martel LLP is exclusively focused on construction disputes, where it represents public and private owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and design professionals. The team is led by Richard Van Duzer, whose recent highlights include representing Nevada Pacific Consulting in a matter involving design and construction defect claims, and the takeover of the project by the developer. Mark Peterson is particularly strong on energy projects, while Adam Dawson is noted for his expertise in real estate and construction law. Amy Briggs joined the firm from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP in June 2020 and focuses on insurance coverage issues. Senior associate Christopher Gribble stands out for his work on contract disputes and delay cases for high-end private contract construction.

Practice head(s):

Richard Van Duzer

Other key lawyers:

Adam Dawson; Mark Petersen; Amy Briggs; Christopher Gribble

Key clients

Webcor Builders

CIM Group

Dragados-Flatiron Joint Venture

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

The Related Companies

Tishman Speyer

Nevada Pacific Consulting, Inc.

River Islands Development

Webcor-Obayashi Joint Venture

Jewish Home of San Francisco

Work highlights

  • Acting for Nevada Pacific Consulting in a residential complex valued at over $100m, consisting of two separate residences and a number of ancillary systems and structures, on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.
  • Representing Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in claims relating to the $2.2bn Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco.
  • Assisting a high-net-worth homeowner with a $9m remodel project following termination of the general contractor for alleged construction defects, cost overruns and delays.

Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner, Senet & Wittbrodt

Construction and business law boutique Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner, Senet & Wittbrodt advises on contract preparation and administration, and also has a strong construction litigation practice. Recent highlights in that area have covered environmental hazards, project delays and design contract disputes, with practice co-head and managing partner Richard Wittbrodt frequently representing large general contractors, owners, and design firms. Fellow practice co-head Glenn Turner and Ted Senet are also recommended for construction disputes. Contacts for non-contentious work include Barbara Gadbois and Sara Kornblatt. All above named lawyers are based in Los Angeles. The team operate from across five offices: one in Las Vegas and four in California following the establishment of an office in San Jose in March 2020, which is led by recommended associate Michele EllisonChristopher Mass joined from Mass & Montes in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wittbrodt; Glenn Turner

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Gadbois; Christopher Ng; Sara Kornblatt; Ted Senet; Michele Ellison


‘They are very responsive to our needs.’

‘Ted Senet, Barbara Gadbois and Michelle Ellison do excellent work for us. They are extremely thorough and prompt when handling our matters. They are an excellent law firm.’

Key clients


Layton Construction (STO Group)




Lydig Construction

Group Delta Consultants

NCCD Claremont Properties LLC

Sundt Construction, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acting for HNTB in a design contract dispute against Walsh Shea Corridor Construction regarding the $1.5bn Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA’s) light rail line, commonly known as “Crenshaw ” to LAX.
  • Representing Sundt Construction in alleged claims that hazardous materials were released into the environment during the demolition of a high-rise in San Diego.
  • Acting for Group Delta on a $6m claim involving non-payment issues on change orders, inefficiencies, lost productivity and delays in connection with the design and construction of the California High Speed Rail Project in Central California.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP is active across the full life-cycle of a construction project, advising developers, owners, contractors and lenders on issues from initial conception and delivery planning, through to procurement and bidding, negotiation and drafting of contracts. The team also has capabilities in construction disputes. Names to note include Robert Epstein and David Jensen, who work between New Jersey and New York, and Michael Thomas in the Miami office.

Other key lawyers:

Robert Epstein; David Jensen; Michael Thomas

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Based in San Francisco, the construction team at Hanson Bridgett LLP acts for a varied client base that includes some of California's leading construction companies, as well as public sector clients and multinationals. The team is involved through the entire duration of a project, including arbitration and litigation, but a standout feature for the group in recent years has been its leading position in integrated project delivery (IPD). To this end, practice head Howard Ashcraft is advising UCSF on a $3.8bn project to build a new hospital and renovate existing ones on its campus, the first public project in the US to solely use the IPD method. This matter also reflects the team's wider strength in the healthcare sector. Joseph Moore is recommended as 'an outstanding lawyer in the construction industry' and is experienced in infrastructure project disputes, including international arbitration. Lisa Dal Gallo develops custom templates for the high-value projects of developers, owners, designers, and contractors.

Practice head(s):

Howard Ashcraft

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Moore; Lisa Dal Gallo; Andrew Giacomini; Michelle Akerman


‘The HB practice has a unique team comprised of construction lawyers with technological backgrounds. They are surprisingly, given their backgrounds, all amazingly personable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team has dual qualified members (lawyers and engineers).’

‘Joe Moore handles large and complicated infrastructure disputes.’

‘Full legal service on top level combined with deep understanding of construction and related technology in the power plant industry. Strong team incorporating all legal disciplines needed.’

‘Joseph Moore is the perfect combination of an outstanding lawyer in the construction industry for all services around negotiating, executing and litigating construction contracts and a skilled engineer having a deep understanding what’s behind the legal issues in project’s reality.’

Key clients

Gateway Church

Ottawa County

Plumas Hospital District

TMG Partners

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Regents of the University of California, San Francisco

Standardkessel, GmbH (a wholly owned subsidiary of JFE Engineering)

ECC (Environmental Chemical Company)

ECC CENTCOM Construction, LLC

ECC CENTCOM Constructors, LLC

Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (CalTrain)

Golden Gate Bridge District

Soltec America LLC

Build Group, Inc.

Engineering/Remediation Resources Group, Inc.

UCSF Healthcare

Deacon Builders, LLC.

Cannon Constructors North, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised UCSF on the start of a 10-year, $3.8bn program to create a new state-of-the-art hospital on the UCSF campus.
  • Represented ECC in a bid protest and subsequent writ of mandamus arising from the award of the contract to remove debris and clean up the area of Paradise, California, following the devastation caused by the camp fire.
  • Assisting Plumas with CEQA compliance and procurement of all contracts through public qualification and proposal process that are necessary for design and construction of a new 72-bed skilled nursing facility.

Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP

Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP is a construction law and government contracts boutique firm based in Seattle that handles contract procurement and dispute resolution for projects across the US. Jointly headed by Sam Baker, an expert in complex construction disputes, and Bradley Powell, who focuses on contentious issues for general contractors in the Pacific Northwest, the team acts for a host of public and private owners, contractors, engineers and architects. Douglas Oles (an 'honest, ethical and brilliant lawyer) and Thomas Krider both have experience of complex contracting work and construction litigation, while Meghan Douris is noted for her counsel on issues such as geotechnical engineering concerns, delay and impact claims, construction contract issues, and risk management strategies.

Practice head(s):

Sam Baker; Bradley Powell

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Oles; Thomas Krider; Meghan Douris


‘Douglas Oles’ application of construction law and mastery of the facts at hand have resulted in a near perfect record on our behalf. He is honest, ethical and brilliant. We are fortunate to have him on our team.’

Key clients

United States Department of Energy

Scarsella Brothers

James W. Fowler Co.

JCM Northlink, LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for the US Department of Energy as litigation consultant in a series of multimillion-dollar contractor and government claim appeals before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals arising out of  the multibillion-dollar “Idaho Clean-up Project”.
  • Acted for James W. Fowler in a contract renegotiation with the City of Portland for a large tunnel project under the Willamette river.
  • Represented Scarsella Brothers in a lawsuit against a heavy civil construction company and its sureties regarding the company’s breach of contract and failure to pay for millions of dollars of work performed on the I-405 expansion project.

Stein Ray LLP

Chicago-based Stein Ray LLP is a boutique construction disputes firm concentrating on high-value and complex cases arising from domestic and international projects. Canada-based power projects have been a recent niche area of focus for the team, with practice co-head Steven Stein and experienced arbitrator and litigator Alexander Kipnis working on delay and disruption claims and counterclaims at a major LNG site in Western Canada. The duo are also handling complex delay and construction defect disputes concerning a $10bn hydroelectric power plant in Eastern Canada. Stephen Ray jointly heads the team alongside Stein and also has extensive experience in disputes involving major industrial or commercial sites.

Practice head(s):

Steven Stein; Stephen Ray

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Kipnis; Carl Popovsky


‘Premier construction litigation firm. The best I have worked with.’

‘Absolute focus. A deep understanding of all aspects of the issues from prior experience or by working with top experts in the area.’

Key clients

Fluor Corporation

Jacobs Engineering Group


Parsons Corporation

Gilbane, Inc.


LTK Engineering Services

HW Lochner

Work highlights

  • Representing an EPCM joint venture in claims and counterclaims of delay and disruption in connection with a major LNG project in Western Canada.
  • Acting for a global contractor in defending claims in excess of $300m for delay, construction defects, and relating damages arising out of the construction of a large hydroelectric power plant in Eastern Canada.
  • Acted for an EPCM firm in defending $1bn claims for gross negligence in the engineering, procurement, and construction management of a $6bn ore refining facility in Canada.

Troutman Pepper

Noted for the variety of its client base and its breadth of expertise, Troutman Pepper's construction team has continued to strengthen its position in the market. Among the team's recent highlights, New York-based practice co-head Aaron Abraham advised Brookfield Properties on a variety of design, construction, and technology issues, and also negotiated agreements for JPMorgan in relation to its new corporate headquarters. Other names to note in New York are Kevin Wallace and associate Alana Sliwinski, both of whom have experience of residential, commercial and infrastructure developments. In Los Angeles, construction and commercial litigator Marion Hack has handled claims involving construction defects and unpaid invoices, and, in Atlanta, Jason McLarry was involved in arbitration concerning a wind energy project, and also handled a cross-border dispute for a luxury travel company. Michael Subak in Philadelphia jointly chairs the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Michael Subak; Aaron Abraham

Other key lawyers:

Marion Hack; Kevin Wallace; Jason McLarry; Alana Sliwinski

Key clients

Brookfield Properties

The Related Companies

SL Green Realty Corp.

JP Morgan


The Herrick Corporation


Johnson Controls

State System of Higher Education (California University of Pennsylvania)

Strabag SpA

Southern Power Company

Belmond LTD

Portman Holdings

Dollar Tree

Work highlights

  • Acting for Brookfield Properties in the development and construction of Manhattan West, a project consisting of over 7 million square feet of office space, residential units, and mixed use properties.
  • Represented URS Corporation and AECOM in defending a $103m dispute by a joint venture of Atkinson Contractors (Clark) and Walsh Construction.
  • Advised Strabag SpA, the Chilean subsidiary of the Austrian construction firm Strabag SE, on the negotiation of a nearly $2bn amended and restated construction contract on the Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Project near Santiago, Chile.

Venable LLP

In November 2020, Venable LLP hired a seven-partner construction team from Schiff Hardin LLP, bringing to the team experienced practice co-heads Kenneth Roberts and Heidi Rowe. The firm's existing connections with government organizations in Washington DC, in addition to a firm-wide strength in the infrastructure sector, perfectly complements the already-established construction team, which has experience working with corporate clients and government bodies. Roberts stands for his expertise in mediation and arbitration and splits his time between New York and Chicago. Rowe is solely in Chicago and has significant experience in contract drafting and negotiation. Also recommended are Amanda MacVey in DC, who has broad experience of contentious and non-contentious matters, and New York-based Gary Rubin, who acts for owners and contractors in alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Roberts; Heidi Rowe

Other key lawyers:

Amanda MacVey; Gary Rubin; James Frankel

Key clients

Metropolitan Council


American Airlines

Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)

Sterling Bay


Equity Residential

Arisa Realty

Tammany Owner LLC

1228 Madison Development Lessee LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising the Metropolitan Council on the multibillion-dollar 14.5-mile extension of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Green Line light rail line.
  • Working with the Iowa Department of Transportation and Lunda Construction to resolve commercial issues and to advance the construction schedule of the new Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge in the Quad Cities.
  • Advising developer Sterling Bay on drafting and negotiating construction contracts for a number of projects, including its $5-6bn 50-acre mega development known as Lincoln Yards on the North Side of Chicago.

Vinson & Elkins LLP

The construction practice at Vinson & Elkins LLP has a notable expertise in the energy sector, where it handles transactional matters and disputes relating to major developments in the US and abroad. Jointly led in the US by Houston-based commercial litigator Ferguson McNiel and power and infrastructure specialist Kaam Sahely in Austin, the practice group also has broader strengths in public infrastructure projects, generally. Another contact in the team is Mark Brasher, who led on some of the firm's most prominent recent matters, including the negotiation of construction and operating agreements for Texas Central's Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project, and the negotiation of a $15.2bn EPC contract for Tellurian in relation to an LNG terminal. Stephanie Coco is a standout senior associate in the Houston office. Nicholas Henchie leads the wider international construction group from the firm's London office.

Practice head(s):

Ferguson McNeil; Nicholas Henchie; Kaam Sahely

Other key lawyers:

James Loftis; Mark Brasher; Alan Alexander; Stephanie Coco

Key clients

Apollo Global Management, Inc.

Blackstone Energy Partners

Driftwood LNG LLC


Goldman Sachs

Gulf Coast Ammonia


New Fortress Energy

Noble Energy, Inc.


Tellurian, Inc.

Texas Central Partners

Tyr Energy

Woodside Petroleum

Panama Canal Authority (ACP)

Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners

Energy Transfer LP

GTLA Holdings, LP

KBR, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Texas Central as project counsel in the development of a privately financed high speed rail project between Dallas and Houston.
  • Acting for Tellurian in relation to an LNG production and export terminal on the west bank of the Calcasieu River, south of Lake Charles, Louisiana (“Driftwood LNG Terminal”).
  • Assisting Tellurian with developing a vertically integrated LNG business incorporating assets across the LNG value chain, including investing in natural gas reserves and pipelines in Texas and Louisiana, the Driftwood LNG Terminal, and a fleet of LNG tankers.

Allensworth & Porter

Texas-based construction law boutique Allensworth & Porter has 25 years of experience acting for central Texas’ most prominent architects, engineers, contractors, and specialty contractors. Managing partner Joe Basham and Matthew Ryan are seasoned experts in litigation, arbitration and mediation, and the firm has professionals capable of handling matters from pre-construction to closeout.

Other key lawyers:

Joe Basham; Matthew Ryan

Baker Donelson

Baker Donelson's construction team routinely advises on contentious and non-contentious construction matters arising from projects across the US and internationally. There are two key names to note: Mark Mercante, who divides time between Mandeville and New Orleans, and Joseph Kovars in Baltimore. Both Mercante and Kovars represent clients in contract negotiation and drafting, as well as in various dispute resolution forums.

Other key lawyers:

Mark Mercante; Joseph Kovars

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

The Florida-based construction group at Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. provides comprehensive service covering contentious and non-contentious issues, but has a notable strength in construction disputes. Specifically, construction defects and delay claims are the hallmarks of the team. Construction group chair Steven Lesser in Fort Lauderdale is leading teams on a number of long-term projects, including advising a development partnership on a threatened class action lawsuit from tenants alleging hazardous conditions and defective construction of a residential site. Also recommended is vice-chair Lee Weintraub, who has recently acted for the owner and management company of a hotel in multi-party defect litigation.

Practice head(s):

Steven Lesser; Lee Weintraub

Other key lawyers:

Sanjay Kurian

Key clients

Metropica Residential I, LLC

Flagler Investors LLC

Wellness Resort and Condominium

Southern Baptist Hospital of Florida, Inc.

Magic City Properties, IV, LLC

Downtown Development Holdings LLC

Fairfield Property Management of Florida

Atlantic Sapphire USA

Lexington Realty Trust

Permasteelisa Group


Meisner Electric

Venice Hotel

Work highlights

  • Representing Metropica, a $1.5bn, eight-tower, residential, master-planned community spanning four million square feet.
  • Advising developer Flagler Investors with all construction matters relating to The Bristol, a 25-story $250m condominium project in West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Acting for Atlantic Sapphire USA in construction matters regarding its salmon farm production plant in Homestead, Florida.

Cokinos | Young

Cokinos | Young's construction group is led by founding partner Gregory Cokinos, who has vast experience advising on all aspects of industrial and commercial construction. As a whole, the team handles a full range of contentious and contractual matters from five office across Texas. Also recommended are Patrick Wielinski, who has particular knowledge of insurance and risk management, and construction litigation and bankruptcy expert Stephanie Cook, based in Dallas and Austin, respectively. Cokinos is primarily based in the firm's Houston office.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Cokinos

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Wielinski; Stephanie Cook

Cox, Castle & Nicholson

Cox, Castle & Nicholson's construction law practice covers a range of claims and disputes arising from projects across California. Of late, the team has been active in matters relating to hotels, a recent highlight matter being the prosecution of a $100m construction defect claim regarding the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego; this case was led by experienced litigator Jose Padilla and practice co-head Edward Quigley. Another name to note is Robert Campbell, who has been leading on a large and diverse caseload of claims involving a healthcare facility and a corporate headquarters project. Litigation expert Alicia Vaz jointly leads the group alongside Quigley, and Jeffrey Masters chairs the firm's the risk management and insurance coverage practice group.

Practice head(s):

Alicia Vaz; Ed Quigley

Other key lawyers:

Robert Campbell; Jose Padilla; Jeffrey Masters


‘The team is systematic, organized, and cares about the client.’

Key clients

Shapell Liberty Investment Properties, LLC

TF Hidden Creeks, L.P


FedEx Ground Packaging, Inc.


Enclos Corp

Los Angeles Jewish Home

WJ Newport LLC

Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego

County of Riverside

Work highlights

  • Representing the County of Riverside in the prosecution of design errors and omissions claims against the architect and certain of its consultants arising from the design and construction of the John J. Benoit Detention Center in Indio.
  • Represented Los Angeles Jewish Home, owner of a $120m assisted living community in Los Angeles, who asserted design negligence claims against the architect and certain of its consultants.
  • Acting for Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego in prosecuting a $100m construction defect claim and lost revenue.

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC has been engaged by a number of new clients in the healthcare and automotive sectors, adding variety to its core client base of construction companies. Covenant Healthcare were one such client, calling on the team for negotiation and drafting of a construction contract for a $40m rehabilitation hospital in Saginaw, Michigan. In the automotive space, Slade Sevier led a team from the Nashville office that included construction group chair Rob Dodson in representing Hankook Tire America in a $50m dispute with its general contractor. Industry practice group director Stephen Richman and Peter Webster, who chairs the public sector group, help coordinate the construction law practice from Phoenix and Troy, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Richman; Rob Dodson; Peter Webster

Other key lawyers:

Slade Sevier; Cynthia Alexander

Key clients

18 Fremont Street Acquisition, LLC

W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company

Messer Construction Co.

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

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC

LifePoint Health

Anthony & Sylvan Pools

Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

The Grid at Mesa, LLC

CORE Construction Services of Nevada, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising 18 Fremont Street Acquisition LLC on a $1bn construction project concerning the Circa Resort and Casino Las Vegas, and Garage Mahal, in Downtown Las Vegas.
  • Represented Hankook Tire America in a $50m dispute with its general contractor Daelim, relating to the construction of a tire manufacturing facility in Clarksville, Tennessee.
  • Assisted Covenant Healthcare with the negotiation and drafting of a construction contract with its construction manager, Spence Bros., to construct a $40.7m rehabilitation hospital in Saginaw, Michigan.

Foley & Lardner LLP

Foley & Lardner LLP acts for a range of clients, including public and private owners, manufacturers, developers, contractors and architects, and noted in particular for its strength in construction disputes. Practice chair Jeffrey Blease advises clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, and vice-chair Lisa Glahn is recommended for complex litigation and claims counseling.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Blease

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Glahn

K&L Gates

Specializing in construction jury trials, the team at K&L Gates acts for owners, designers, contractors and subcontractors in matters relating to steel and chemicals manufacturing facilities, shopping centers and real estate development more generally. Los Angeles-based practice head Timothy Pierce supports clients through the full life-cycle of a project and has recently led on a number of cases for Suffolk Construction Company, most notably defending a $50m disgorgement claim by Eisenberg Village Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. Also recommended is Jason Richey in Pittsburgh, who has taken the lead on some of the group's recent cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Pierce

Other key lawyers:

Jason Richey; Richard Paciaroni

Key clients

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.

Condominium Developer

KHS&S Contractors

Helix Electric, Inc.

Martinez Steel Corporation

Chromalox, Inc.

Freshly, Inc.

Pyrolyx USA Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Suffolk in defense of a $50m disgorgement claim by Eisenberg Village Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging.
  • Representing Chromalox in breach of contract action before the American Arbitration Association in connection with the construction of the Solana Solar Power Generating Station.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a reputation for handling litigation and ADR in relation to large-scale construction projects. In addition to representing construction and engineering companies in contentious matters, including defective engineering, building collapse and project delays, the team also advises on contract negotiation and drafting. Contacts in the team include Jeffrey Willian, who splits his time between New York and Chicago, and Hariklia Karis, an experienced litigator in Chicago.

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Willian; Hariklia Karis

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.'s Boston-based construction practice concentrates on complex projects across Massachusetts, with a particularly strong reputation for dispute avoidance. In recent highlights, practice co-head William Hill has been advising Divcowest on its Cambridge Crossing Project, a 45 acre mixed-use transit-oriented community, with the team taking over all construction, architectural, design and vendor contract review, as well as dispute avoidance counseling. Jointly chairing the practice is Samuel Tony Starr, who has 35 years' experience acting for contractors, owners, developers, and public authorities in contract drafting and bidding issues, and various construction disputes, such as change order disputes and delay claims.

Practice head(s):

William Hill; Samuel Tony Starr

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Raphaelson

Key clients



General Electric

Tufts University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Lessen, Inc.

Wishcamper Development Partners

Drawbridge Realty

Advanced Power Services (NA)

Ambassador Theatre Group

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP's construction and real estate team handles a broad range of work, with strengths in both disputes and transactional matters. An example of the firm's range of support was its recent advice to Toray Plastics, a highlight in which Providence-based practice co-head Jeffrey Brenner handled the negotiation of construction contracts for projects in Virginia and Rhode Island, and also represented the company in a dispute with a contractor. Trial and litigation attorney Vernon Johnson III co-heads the team from the Washington DC office, where Anthony Barron is another key contact, acting for owners and contractors in contract negotiations, project counseling and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Brenner; Vernon Johnson III

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Barron

Key clients

Marathon Construction

The Board of Trustees of the California State University

Biosar USA LLC

Toray Plastics (America), Inc.

Rivian Automotive

L3 Capital

Galleron Properties LLC

RA Nelson & Associates

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

96-108 Pine Street LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Bourbon Marble in recovering more than $4.3m in damages, litigation fees and costs in a breach of contract action against Pepper Construction Company.
  • Acted for Biosar USA in a multi-party construction arbitration involving a dispute over the construction of the first utility scale solar project (16 separate sites) in Minnesota.
  • Advising Toray Plastics on multiple matters, including favorably resolving a dispute with a contractor regarding a development project.

Porter Hedges LLP

The Houston-based construction group at Porter Hedges LLP represents its client base in a range of complex construction disputes, both in litigation and ADR. David Peden heads the practice and has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration of construction, insurance, surety and commercial matters. Also recommended is Allison Snyder, who is routinely involved in litigation and ADR between owners, contractors, design professionals and sureties; she also has experience drafting and negotiating contracts.

Practice head(s):

David Peden

Other key lawyers:

Allison Snyder

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP's construction practice has core strengths in real estate disputes and the construction elements of major energy projects, both domestically and abroad. 'Deeply experienced and business savvy construction lawyerMichael Dingman heads the team from the firm's office in Tysons Corner, Virginia; he has experience preparing and negotiating construction and design contracts for commercial and residential projects, and also handles construction-related litigation. Another key figure is Brian Mitchell, who acts as co-managing partner of the Dallas office and represents clients in real estate, construction and energy disputes. At the counsel level, Antoine Smiley relocated from London to Houston in February 2020 to as part of the energy and natural resources industry group, while James Doerfler in Pittsburgh is noted for his experience of transactional matters and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mike Dingman

Other key lawyers:

Brian Mitchell; James Doerfler; Antoine Smiley


‘Deep and national knowledge with regard to contractual matters and best business practices.’

‘Mike Dingman is a deeply experienced and business savvy construction lawyer who has a unique ability to anticipate those complex matters which may arise, resolving them in the form of agreement prior to such matters becoming an emergency.’

‘Antoine Smiley is excellent. He is practical, efficient, and responsive. He always explains his reasoning and presents complex information in a way that is easy to understand.’

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Ira Schulman and his team joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's construction practice from Troutman Pepper in April 2020, strengthening the firm's construction litigation capabilities on the East Coast. Based in New York, Schulman now co-chair the group alongside Candace Matson in Los Angeles, who has expertise in transactional work and disputes, and has handled several recent matters in the tourism and healthcare sectors. Erinn Contreras has strengths in construction and real estate law, and acts for a variety of owners, developers, contractors and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Candace Matson; Ira Schulman

Other key lawyers:

Erinn Contreras

Key clients

Digital Realty Trust

Essex Property Trust

Automobile Club of Southern California

Henry E. Huntington Library & Art Gallery

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Oxford Capital Group, LLC

One WorkPlace Construction, LLC

Sempra Energy

Samsung Engineering & Construction, Ltd.

The Jay Paul Company

County of Westchester (New York, NY)

LaGuardia Development Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising LaGuardia Development Partners on numerous contract claims asserted by the design builder and governmental overseer of an airport construction and design project.
  • Acted for Hillock Land Company and 11NoHo Owner in opposing a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction filed by neighbouring property owner seeking to enjoin construction of the client’s multi-family housing project referred to as “11NoHo” in North Hollywood.
  • Defended Jacobs Engineering Group in federal court against allegations of deficient hospital design by the Chinese Hospital Association.