Construction (including construction litigation) in United States

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Dispute prevention and early conflict resolution is a cornerstone of the construction practice at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, making it a strong choice for owners, contractors, and design professionals in both the public and private sectors, working on high-value and controversial projects in the US and globally. While the market has seen an increase in contentious work that has been reflected in the firm’s caseload, the team represents clients through the full life-cycle of developments and has practitioners with experience in an array of industries. Practice head Lee Mann advises exclusively on construction and government contracting law from the firm’s Atlanta office, where he is supported by ‘top litigatorBill Dorris, the highly experienced Randall Hafer, and Brian Corgan, a go-to figure for construction contracts and disputes with experience in energy, mining and infrastructure. Other notable members of the Atlanta team include Robbie Poplin, Hayley Ambler and Daniel Swaja, as well as ‘top-notch, up-and-coming associateGautam Reddy. Brian Gaudet and the team in Houston are also a major part of the wider construction practice, and the firm also collaborates with its Stockholm office on international matters.

Practice head(s):

Lee Mann

Other key lawyers:

Brian Corgan; Bill Dorris; Pat Gaas; Randall Hafer; Keith Richardson; Robbie Poplin; Daniel Swaja; Hayley Ambler; Daniel Johnson; Gautam Reddy

Testimonials

‘Unparalleled expertise, commercial savvy, responsiveness, and results. The construction group is unquestionably the market-leader in the Americas, and a trusted advisor on our most difficult and complex projects and disputes. The group are experts internationally, as well as down to the local county or parish. They provide first-rate technology, low-cost document review and discovery services, and value-for-money additional services, ensuring that complex transactions and disputes are cost-appropriate.’

‘Lee Mann has unparalleled construction experience across a wide range of construction sectors. Lee’s responsiveness, legal expertise, commercial savvy and courtesy means he is our trusted advisor on construction matters, both within the US and overseas, on our largest and most difficult matters.’

‘Bill Dorris is a top litigator who has provided exceptional advice and guidance in stewarding us through disputes on some of the most challenging issues. Bill’s presentation of our case was excellent and skilfully guided court and jury through the most intricate and technical construction and programming issues in a clear, concise, and easy to understand manner.’

‘Gautam Reddy is a top-notch, up-and-coming associate, for whom every fact and argument was thoroughly well presented or researched, and for whom nothing was too much trouble. Gautam earnt our trust early-on, and became a part of our own in-house family.’

‘The team is one of the best I have ever worked with. They were fully aware of our needs and the potential pitfalls of our litigation.’

‘Bill Dorris’s knowledge of the federal contracting is second to none.’

‘Gautum Reddy is one of the best young lawyers with a keen eye for details.’

Key clients

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

Andritz Sundwig GmbH and Andritz Deutschland Beteiligungs GmbH

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

The Wood Group

MG Dyess, Inc., a subsidiary of Quanta Services

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

Choate Construction Company

Latex Construction Company

Walsh Alberici Joint Venture

City of Corpus Christi

Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP

Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC

C.J. Hughes Construction Company

Work highlights

  • Representing EPC contractor Amec Foster Wheeler USA and its parent in a construction dispute pending in Houston, involving the construction of the largest propane dehydrogenation facility in the world.
  • Acting for The Wood Group in a dispute against against the project owner, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and its agent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, regarding the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense facility at the Redzikowo Air Base in Poland.
  • Advised Andritz Sundwig and its parent, Andritz Deutschland Beteiligungs, in a lawsuit in federal court in Ohio arising from their supply of processing equipment for two aluminium processing lines in Kentucky.

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

After adding an office in Boston in September 2021, specialist construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. now fields lawyers across 11 locations in the US. Thanks to a ‘deep bench and wide variety of expertise‘ the firm remains a go-to choice for general contractors, construction managers, EPC contractors and owners in an array of projects domestically and around the world. Chair of the firm Steven Charney has recently been active in high-profile disputes, as well as advising the Building Trades Employers Association of New York (BTEA). He works from the New York office, alongside founding partner Robert PeckarGregory Chertoff, whose practice emphasizes resolving complex construction disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation; and ‘strong senior partnerPaul Monte whose broad experience includes prosecuting and defending complex delay and cost overrun claims, multi-district litigation and transactional services to contractors on major infrastructure projects. Managing partner of the Washington DC office Michael Branca focuses his practice on construction and government contract law, while in Los Angeles Ronald Helmuth has over 20 years’ experience of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. River Edge, New Jersey, where the firm was founded, remains a key office, contacts to note include Michael Zicherman and Denis Serkin. Miami is also a strong base, with director of the Latin America practice Jerry Brodsky, litigator Melinda Gentile and up-and-coming partner Adam Handfinger.

Practice head(s):

Steven Charney

Other key lawyers:

Paul Monte; Gregory Chertoff; Michael Branca; Matthew Moore; Ronald Helmuth; Robert Peckar; Patrick Greene; Adam Handfinger; Stewart Shurtleff; Peter Moran; Melinda Gentile; Jerry Brodsky; Michael Zicherman; Denis Serkin

Testimonials

‘Peckar & Abramson is a well know national law firm that specializes in construction law. The quality and professionalism of its people are first rate and they are very collaborative.’

‘Robert Peckar, Steven Charney and Patrick Greene are excellent construction attorneys that give sound advice. Patrick Greene is a go-to trial attorney for complex construction trials/arbitrations.’

‘P&A has a deep bench and a wide variety of expertise. There size provides full service capability me as a large general contractor.’

‘Paul Monte is a strong senior partner who is both strategic and has a measured approach.’

‘Peter Moran is an excellent junior partner and case manager. He is a work horse and extremely reliable and organized.’

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

A very strong firm that delivers top talent‘, Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a construction practice recognized as a major player in the market, regularly engaged on some of the most significant, critical infrastructure and development projects in the United States and abroad. The team maintains strong local presence too, with hub offices across the country. Alison Ashford leads the New York construction practice and co-chairs of the national group. Her primary focus is on structuring complex infrastructure and development projects, drafting and negotiation of a broad range of project agreements. Michael McKeeman is a fellow co-chair and the firm’s key figure in California, handling disputes for owners, prime contractors, and subcontractors on private as well as public construction projects. Another name to note for contentious matters is David Blake, praised for his ‘ease in communicating‘, and alongside him in Washington DC is experienced practitioner Bennett Greenberg whose current workload includes a number of the most notable PPP projects in the country. Further lawyers with client recommendation include ‘excellent litigatorJason Smith, the ‘very knowledgeable and incredibly detailedSara Beiro Farabow, and her ‘communicative, clear and concise‘ associate Michael Wagner .

Practice head(s):

Michael McKeeman; Alison Ashford

Other key lawyers:

Chuck Wall; James Newland; Sara Beiro Farabow; Michael Wagner; David Blake; Bennett Greenberg; Jason Smith

Testimonials

‘Seyfarth provides great effort and work product in the negotiation of P3 and similar agreements. Due to the complex nature of the transaction, it takes a very detailed and skilled individual to handle the multiple agreements and their interrelated aspects and intricacies. Seyfarth handled these matters skillfully.’

‘Chuck Wall and Alison Ashford are very diligent, thoughtful and hard working individuals who are able to deftly handle the most complicated of issues.’

‘James Newland hits the sweet spot in combining carefully supported advice on legal risks with a range of practical options for resolving business and legal dilemmas.’

‘Michael Wagner, has been our immediate “go to” person with any issues or questions we have. He is exceptional in being communicative, clear, concise, compassionate, and knowledgeable. During this ongoing pandemic, Wagner has been flexible and willing to work at any time of the day to help us. He understands the importance of our issues and has always strived to help us in any way he can. Wagner is also extremely willing to dissect and communicate issues thoroughly so all parties understand and are in agreement. He never leaves anything unclear. I could not recommend him or Seyfarth Shaw LLP enough.’

‘Seyfarth is a very strong firm that delivers top talent.’

‘Jason Smith is an excellent litigator and an animal in the court room. I’m glad that he’s on my side.’

‘I work for a community developer and we were looking for a top tier construction attorney to assist with document drafting and legal analysis. After researching attorneys, I discovered Sara Beiro Farabow. As a former head of the firm’s construction practice, she certainly had all the credentials we wanted; however, many attorneys have credentials but Sara has ideal experience for us. She is very knowledgeable and incredibly detailed. We have used Sara and her associate Michael Wagner on numerous projects and their attention to detail and willingness to walk us through all of our questions is wonderful. Sara is one of the best negotiators I have ever had the privilege to work with. Sara is just simply the best and Michael seems to have learned much from Sara. In short, I would recommend this firm and these two attorneys without hesitation. They are simply the best in this field and I am very happy to have found them. They have saved us a lot of money over time.’

‘David Blake of Seyfarth Shaw came as a recommendation to ourselves given our unique circumstances and the challenges we could expect. We have been highly impressed with David’s performance and his ability to articulate somewhat technical elements into a manner which are easily understood and fully within our interests. David’s ease in communicating has created a working relationship that is professional, courteous and welcomed.’

Key clients

PGP Development LLC

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission

Branch Civil Inc.

Watts Constructors, LLC

Northrop Grumman Coporation

RMC Constructors, Inc.

Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA)

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW)

Panther Residential Management, LLC

The Hall Group

Eisai Research Institution of Boston, Inc.

Sira Naturals, Inc.

New England Produce Center, Inc.

RTIC Outdoors

Wolverine World Wide Inc.

Hammes Partners

Paradigm Hotels Group LLC

International Monetary Fund

Work highlights

  • Representing the Transbay Joint Powers Authority on all construction-related matters pertaining to the development of a $4.5bn transit center in the heart of San Francisco.
  • Representing an international organization against a $138m claim in a case of first impression seeking to recover against international organizations under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which plaintiffs allege waives aspects of treaty and statutory immunity in order to seize certain alleged blocked assets.
  • Acting for the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC), a regional transportation financing agency in Virginia, in connection with both the HRBT Expansion and the Express Lanes project.

Holland & Knight LLP

Holland & Knight LLP‘s ‘strong talent base of experienced construction attorneys‘ are spread across the country, with centers of expertise in Florida, Washington DC, New York, California, Illinois and Massachusetts. A client base of heavyweight international construction companies, developers and contractors, as well as public and private owners of construction projects, look to the team for some of the highest value projects in the market, including urban developments, mixed use projects, power generation facilities, or major infrastructure projects. National practice group leader Stephen Shapiro is based in Washington DC and praised for ‘his ability to handle large, complex matters‘, focusing on international bet-the-company disputes. In Orlando, Ben Subin is an experienced name in assisting contractors, owners and manufacturers with a variety of projects, while up-and-coming Jennifer Lowndes has impressive experience in high-profile projects, including disputes with public relations and political considerations. Adam Paterno is another name for the future, excelling at representing large academic, medical and commercial institutions on an array of public and private projects. He is based in New York City, where Robert Bernstein is an experienced practitioner to note, focusing on heavy construction, infrastructure and significant real estate development projects, both domestically and abroad. Deborah Griffin at the Boston office is also a key advisor for contract administration, disputes and in contract default situations.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shapiro

Other key lawyers:

Ben Subin; Deborah Griffin; Robert Bernstein; Gregory Meeder; Michael Candes; Monte Starr; Gregory Koder; Adam Paterno; Jennifer Lowndes

Testimonials

‘Holland & Knight has a strong talent base of experienced construction attorneys. They are extremely responsive, rank high in knowledge base and provide good value for their services.’

‘Stephen Shapiro is an excellent construction trial attorney and brings forth confidence in his ability to handle large, complex matters.’

‘The H&K construction team brings a great depth of knowledge and expertise to development and renovation deals. They have negotiated with many of the large general contractors and have worked on behalf of investors in negotiating development documents with operating partners in a joint venture. In addition, the H&K legal team has worked with great diligence and timeliness in responding to documents and issues. While several law firms may have similar experience, we have noticed that the H&K attorneys respond faster, narrow in on important issues, and provide meaningful feedback and guidance on issues.’

‘The commitment and dedication of partner Jennifer Lowndes to her clients.’

‘Jennifer Lowndes’ unwavering loyalty, work ethic, responsiveness and professionalism.’

Key clients

Wärtsilä

New York Thruway Authority

Blue Goose Construction

Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Work highlights

  • Acting as project counsel to a joint venture formed by three major global industrial and infrastructure contractors for a $6bn  project.
  • Advising EPC contractor Wärtsilä on a 365 MW power facility being built in El Salvador.
  • Representing New York Thruway Authority in a $1bn claim arising from the construction of a bridge.

Jones Day

Jones Day‘s construction practice is an established name in major projects in the US and internationally, standing out for its proficiency in dispute resolution but regularly representing clients from the initiation of projects and preparation of contract documents. The firm has become a go-to name when it comes to troubled projects needing guidance through to completion, handling dispute resolution and litigation. In this space, Roy Powell is a key figure and he co-leads the practice, dividing his time between the Dallas and Pittsburgh offices. Leading the practice alongside him is Los Angeles’ Daniel McMillan, an experienced transactional and trial attorney, specialized in the construction industry and experienced in first-of-their-kind cases. In Houston, Laurens Wilkes and William Taylor are noted trial and arbitration lawyers in the construction sector, while international arbitration expert Tarek Abdalla is a key name in Pittsburgh.

Practice head(s):

Daniel McMillan; Roy Powell

Other key lawyers:

Tarek Abdalla; Laurens Wilkes; William Taylor; Michael McCauley

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

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

City of Hope National Cancer Center

Kiewit Corporation

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)

Loma Linda University Medical Center

San Diego Gas & Electric

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc.

Sempra Energy

Southern California Gas

Southern California Edison

West Chicago Battery Storage LLC

Joliet Battery Storage LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented a local 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.
  • Acted for Chevron Australia, owner of the Gorgon Project, an LNG project that has been the subject of numerous disputes amounting to AU$2.2bn.
  • Represented a major tech company in two disputes concerning the installation and construction of much of the technological infrastructure at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

King & Spalding LLP

The ‘creative problem-solvers‘ at King & Spalding LLP‘s construction practice are go-to advisors for owners and developers of major global projects, with a standout presence in the energy sector. On the development side, practice co-head Scott Greer coordinates with the firm’s experts across the US and internationally, focusing on cutting-edge projects of high value, a recent example being the $5bn Champlain Hudson Power Express Project, a transmission line aiming to deliver Canadian 1250MW hydropower to the New York City Metro area. Other key contacts include Ingrid Myers, whose extensive experience includes work on decommissioning projects of nuclear power plants, and Rob Garner, an experienced attorney in drafting and negotiating a variety of construction related agreements across the energy sector. Above named lawyers are based in Houston. For contentious matters, Mike Stenglein in Austin is the name to note- his extensive experience in international construction disputes has a focus on representing owners and contractors in cases involving large facilities such as refineries, early production facilities, power plants, wind farms, and hotels. Stephen O’Neal in San Francisco has a global practice with an emphasis on international arbitration of construction and engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):

Scott Greer; Mike Stenglein

Other key lawyers:

Craig Ledet; Stephen O’Neal; Rob Garner; Ingrid Myers; David Wallach; Adam Gray; Jonathan Katz; Peter Berg; Matt Vandenberg; Gregg Jacobsen

Testimonials

‘King & Spalding is knowledgeable, responsive, and always ready to take on a challenge. They speak in plain English and are creative problem-solvers.’

‘Rob Garner and Gregg Jacobson have supported a significant effort for me and my company for nearly a year. We’ve thrown several curve balls at them and they’ve always taken up the challenge. Both Rob and Gregg are quick to respond and help us work through complicated issues, and they do it with a smile in their voices.’

‘Extensive understanding of the market – they will put you in a stellar position during negotiations when it really counts. They do a great job of identifying and focusing on the things that really matter to the client. Contractors know and respect them, making the negotiation process much smoother and eliminating unnecessary posturing and/or unreasonable opening positions from contractors. I cannot recommend the construction practice highly enough, especially for very large, complex construction projects.’

‘Scott Greer and Peter Berg are exceptional. Peter, as a senior associate, adds more value than most partners I have worked with. While their fees can be high, they are extremely efficient with billing. Their market knowledge and experience with construction contracts allows them to work through lengthy contracts efficiently and focus on what is truly important, meaning that despite the high billing rates, they are much cheaper than other firms we have used with less applicable experience. They are also a pleasure to work with. Peter is great both personally and professionally, and Scott does a great job of delegating to his star associates when they can handle the work – there is no “pounding the file” that you see with some firms that drives up costs unreasonably. Out of five stars… I’d give them 10.’

Key clients

8minute Solar Energy

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation / Total

Bayport Polymers, LLC

Footprint Salem Harbor Project (Oaktree Capital)

Freeport LNG

G2X Energy

Global Clean Energy Holdings (OTCMKTS: GCEH)

Motiva Enterprises LLC

MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH

Next Wave Energy Partners

NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT)

NuScale Power, LLC

Quanta Services, Inc.; QPS Engineering, LLC

Refinería de Cartagena S.A. (Reficar)

Rye Development, LLC

Saulsbury Industries

Total Specialties and Total Petrochemical and Refining, Inc.

Transmission Developers

Work highlights

  • Representing a major oil company in the international arbitration and related US litigation arising from construction of the $60bn Gorgon LNG facility on Barrow Island, Australia.
  • Advising Transmission Developers on the development of the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project, a multi-billion dollar high voltage DC transmission line, to deliver Canadian 1250MW hydropower to the New York City Metro area
  • Representing Reficar in an ICC arbitration against international contractor CB&I, arising from the construction of the Cartagena oil refinery in Colombia.

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

New York-based construction boutique Zetlin & De Chiara LLP draws on the engineering and architectural education, construction industry experience and in-house construction backgrounds of its attorneys to advise on complex construction projects and their arising disputes. Regarded as ‘one of the top legal teams in the country for design and construction disputes‘, the firm has extensive experience in a variety of sectors, including energy, engineering, real estate and infrastructure. Former construction worker Michael Vardaro is managing partner of the firm and provides innovative counsel on a plethora of issues including licensing, contract drafting and negotiating, design build agreements, sustainable design and construction, and dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration and litigation. Founding partners Michael Zetlin and Michael De Chiara each have deep experience in construction law and advise on some of the country’s most complex contractual and contentious matters. Senior partner Raymond Mellon has a background in representing real estate owners as well as prominent architectural, engineering and contracting firms, while Carol Patterson is a renowned name in New York City construction projects. Tara Mulrooney is a key contact for the drafting and negotiation of the gamut of construction related agreements, and Jaimee Nardiello excels in construction litigation.

Practice head(s):

Michael Vardaro

Other key lawyers:

Michael Zetlin; Michael De Chiara; Tara Mulrooney; James Terry; Raymond Mellon; Carol Patterson; Jaimee Nardiello

Testimonials

‘Zetlin and DeChiara has one of the top legal teams in the country for design and construction disputes. They focus their practice on our industry and are extremely well respected. Their ability to master complex technical issues and translate them into arguments that a judge or jury will understand makes them invaluable. I highly recommend them.’

‘The entire firm is excellent. Michael DeChiara, Michal Zetlin, and Ray Mellon are exceptional. I have worked with each of these fine lawyers for more than 20 years and they have never let me down.’

 

Key clients

CDM Smith

Columbia University

McKesson Corporation

Foster & Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising CDM Smith on a case alleging defects with the design and construction of a technologically advanced wastewater treatment plant located in Binghamton, New York.
  • Assisting Columbia University with the $6.3bn construction of the Jerome L Greene Science Center at its uptown, Manhattanville campus and resulting disputes with both the mechanical and electrical contractors.
  • Acted for McKesson in the construction of a large warehouse/distribution center and resulting federal court disputes.

Akerman LLP

Akerman LLP‘s construction practice assists with a varied portfolio of public and private construction projects, recently advising on a host of public infrastructure developments, and maintaining a strong presence in energy facilities and tourist resorts. Multi-family and mixed-use real estate developments have also been a market trend that the team has followed in various areas across the US. The group is jointly led by Jeffrey Gilmore in Washington DC and Stacy Bercun Bohm in Fort Lauderdale. They are key offices for the construction practice, along with Los Angeles, where Brenda Radmacher is the main contact, her multi-faceted practice handling litigation and transactional counsel for her construction-industry clients. For construction and government contract litigation, particularly resolution of delay and other schedule-related claims, Stephen Hurlbut in Washington DC is the name to note, and alongside him, Owen Shean‘s experience includes the drafting and negotiation of construction agreements employing AIA forms, DBIA forms, and EJCDC forms. Leslie Miller Tomczak is managing partner in Fort Lauderdale and acts in a wide range of complex construction contract, project administration, lien, and construction litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Gilmore; Stacy Bercun Bohm

Other key lawyers:

Leslie Miller Tomczak; Brenda Radmacher; Stephen Hurlbut; Owen Shean; Ross Heft; Daniel Miktus; John Neary

Key clients

MSC Cruises

MSD Partners

Fort Capital Management

Faena Group

Miami Design District Associates (Dacra Development)

Robert Finvarb Companies

Architect of the Capitol

Millcreek Residential Trust

Ceco Concrete Construction

HGA Architects & Engineers

Work highlights

  • Represented MSC Cruises as primary construction counsel for the design and construction of its state-of-the-art mega cruise terminal located at Port of Miami.
  • Acting for MSD Partners in the renovation and improvement to the historic Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, a multi-million expansion and renovation of the 220-room Florida resort.
  • Representing HGA Architects & Engineers in a dispute with a contractor alleging differing site conditions associated with deep foundations, related delays and other corrective work items related to a structure adjacent to the second phase of the Silver Line, which will extend Metro rail service to Dulles International Airport and into eastern Loudoun County.

Cozen O'Connor

Cozen O’Connor has established itself as one of the foremost firms when it comes to construction litigation of major infrastructure and energy sector projects. The team’s slate of matters includes developments across the US and abroad, representing a host of major players in construction. The team has a nationwide reach, with Philadelphia the base for its three practice co-heads: chair Bruce Ficken has extensive experience acting for construction industry clients in trials domestically and abroad; vice-chair Raymond DeLuca is a former design professional with a particular forté in transportation and infrastructure disputes; and senior advisor to the group Fred Warren Jacoby has extensive experience handling large construction catastrophes, OSHA and ADA compliance, and risk management issues. James Kwartnik and Jonathan Ciriello are recommended for their ‘thoughtful, detailed and deliberate attention‘, and Jeffery Mullen is also and up-and-coming name to note. Wendy Klein Keane was a significant addition in July 2021, joining from an in-house position. Washington DC houses a number of key lawyers, all of whom combine construction and government contract expertise. These include Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene and March 2021 hire Lawrence Prosen.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Ficken; Raymond DeLuca; Fred Warren Jacoby

Other key lawyers:

James Kwartnik; Jonathan Ciriello; Stephen Seeger; Jesse Keene; Lawrence Prosen; Wendy Klein Keane; Ralf Rodriguez; Jeffery Mullen

Testimonials

‘The team at Cozen always responds promptly and in an effective manner. They efficiently handle each issue as they arise.’

‘James Kwartnik and Jonathan Ciriello have provided thoughtful, detailed and deliberate attention to the services they have provided. The collaboration amongst their team is efficient and attempts to cut down on duplication.’

Key clients

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP)

WSP

Allan Myers

HP Critical Facility Services

Turner Construction

McTech Corp.

NORAM Engineering

Precision Foam Fabricators

Suffolk Construction Co

Belfor USA Group

Work highlights

  • Represented ETP in $100m fraud claims brought against it regarding its 700-mile Rover natural gas pipeline through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Michigan.
  • Acting for the joint venture of engineering and design company WSP USA, and multinational architecture firm HOK, in the $4bn LaGuardia Airport, Terminal B redevelopment project in New York, and defending against claims of alleged delays and errors and omissions.
  • Advising a construction company on numerous construction defect claims in the mid-Atlantic region.

Eversheds Sutherland

Noted for having ‘a broad range of experience across various jurisdictions‘, the construction practice at Eversheds Sutherland acts for a lengthy client list of companies with keen interests in the construction industry, be it major manufacturers, leading global construction companies, or heavyweight projects investors. High-value and complex disputes are the bread and butter for the group headed by Lee Davis, who splits his time between the Atlanta and New York offices. His considerable experience includes advising on valuable disputes on power plant projects, cross-border pipeline constructions, and the US’s largest water treatment plants, in negotiations, mediation, arbitrations and trials. Similarly dividing her time between the same offices, Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher is another leading figure with a track record resolving complex construction disputes throughout the country and globally, representing construction managers, developers, contractors, owners and municipalities. Larry Dany is highly regarded for contentious matters in the New York metropolitan area and is supported by associate Jocelyn Weinstein, who has litigated a range of construction and commercial disputes in the state and federal trial and appellate courts of New York. Jesse Lincoln is the standout up-and-coming name in Atlanta, while Bill Wildman and of counsel Henry Parkman are further senior figures to note.

Practice head(s):

Lee Davis

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher; Bill Wildman; Larry Dany; Henry Parkman; Jesse Lincoln; Jocelyn Weinstein

Testimonials

‘Very experienced, excellent communication and collaboration with client representatives.’

‘A broad range of experience across various jurisdictions, project types and delivery methods.’

‘Very experienced, thoughtful and collaborative.’

Jones Walker LLP

The team at Jones Walker LLP has ‘a deep bench of talent solely dedicated to construction practice‘ and excels in both contractual and contentious work, focusing on dispute resolution but able to handle complex litigation where necessary. Green energy projects have seen a notable increase in activity for the practice, William Shaughnessy and Neal Sweeney advising a US based private renewable energy company on a number of projects, including offshore wind projects in Canada, Asia and the southwest US. Traditional energy projects are still a key part of the team’s workload with practice co-head Chad Theriot and William Underwood co-leading contract drafting and negotiations with the various EPC contractors on a $10bn petrochemical facility. Above named lawyers are based in Atlanta. Other key offices for the group include New Orleans, where co-head Michael Drew is the main contact, with Christopher Cazenave and Meghan Smith being further names to note. In Houston, Tiffany Raush acts as lead counsel and second chair in some of the firm’s larger construction disputes in both federal court and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Chad Theriot; Michael Drew

Other key lawyers:

Neal Sweeney; Richard Tyler; Chris Cazenave; Tiffany Raush; William Shaughnessy; William Underwood; Meghan Smith

Testimonials

‘The breadth and specificity of experience with construction matters is unique — few firms can provide such a deep bench of talent solely dedicated to construction practice.’

‘Neal Sweeney is deservedly a titan in this field, a genuine pioneer. His knowledge is second to none.’

‘Chris Cazeneve and Bill Shaughnessy are available, knowledgeable, and greatly experienced.’

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown‘s ‘incredibly responsive‘ construction law team is headed by Joanna Horsnail, a transactional lawyer focused on design and construction, representing contractors, architects, sponsors, government concessionaires, developers and lenders in the development, design and construction of public and private projects. As whole, the practice is dedicated to transactional matters, advising on some of the more sophisticated matters in the market and coordinating with the firm’s projects infrastructure and public policy team whose leader Joseph Seliga is a frequent collaborator. She is supported on the majority of matters by counsel Sara Hess, who is particularly well-versed in PPP projects and alternative project delivery methods in the infrastructure sector. Rachel Smith was made counsel in 2021 and also supports across the range of work. All named lawyers are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Horsnail

Other key lawyers:

Sara Hess; Rachel Smith; Jeromy Cannon

Testimonials

‘Design build contract development, procurement, and implementation is unique practice requiring industry specific knowledge. Mayer Brown possess that knowledge and is able to assist clients in navigating this area of expertise. They are incredibly responsive and collaborate well within a team environment.’

‘Joanna Horsnail and Jeromy Cannon have both been extremely responsive and effective in guiding us through design build contract development, procurement, and implementation. They are knowledgeable of industry standards and best practices. Their contract advise during construction has been helpful in navigating contractual issues.’

Key clients

Chicago Transit Authority

Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

Acciona Energy

Alabama Department of Transportation

Texas Department of Transportation

Arkansas Department of Transportation

Walsh Group

Invenergy

Work highlights

  • Represented the sponsor and project company in the structuring and negotiation of the joint venture for, and the development of, the Energía del Pacífico Project in El Salvador.
  • Assisting the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) with contract and project implementation on the I-30 Crossing project in Little Rock, an approximately $575m bridge and road project.
  • Advised Acciona on 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, as well as miscellaneous EPC matters and ancillary warranty, maintenance and service contracts.

Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP

Based in Maitland, Florida, construction law boutique Moye, O’Brien, Pickert & Dillon, LLP has developed and maintained long-standing relationships with clients in the construction industry in the 32 years since its inception. It represents national and multinational clients in all aspects of the sector, advising on projects spanning the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, and Canada. Recent highlights have included light-rail design and major highway expansion PPP projects. A trio of experienced attorneys co-lead the team: founding partner James Moye advises on all aspects of construction law from contract reviews and negotiations, bid reviews and protests, claim preparation and disputes in all types of proceedings; Sean Dillon, whose recent work has included representation of design-build contractors of bridge replacement and rail and station projects; and Mark Masterson, who focuses his practice on representing large US and international contractors and construction managers on projects located throughout the United States in all types of construction. Megan Cantlebary concentrates on assisting general contractors with large-scale public works projects, and Anthony Kovalcik has great experience acting in a wide variety of developments. Marshall McDonald is the name to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

James Moye; Sean Dillon; Mark Masterson

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Kovalcik; Megan Cantlebary; Marshall McDonald

Testimonials

‘Their team takes a bottom up approach and breaks down every cost item down by manhour and compares to what it should have been and lays out all the reasons for the impact. I’ve never seen an attorney do such detailed great work.’

‘Their tenacity to get to the bottom of the issues.’

Key clients

Peter Kiewit & Sons’, Inc. and other affiliates

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

Walsh Construction

J. F. Shea Construction, Inc.

Coastal Construction Group

Braskem America, Inc.

I4 Mobility Partners Opco, LLC

NV2A Group

LEAD Engineering Contractors, LLC

Plaza Construction Group

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP fields a construction counseling and dispute resolution practice with a strong country-wide record in assisting with fiercely contested, critical and high-value disputes. The group is represented across the firm’s Washington DC, San Francisco and Houston offices and its portfolio of matters span the country and also include a number of projects abroad. Clark Thiel coordinates the global construction group from the San Francisco office, while in Washington DC, construction group vice-chair Melissa Lesmes focuses her practice on complex construction claims and insurance coverage disputes. Charles Conrad is based in Houston and has recently acted in contentious matters regarding multi-billion dollar projects and together with Thiel and Lesmes makes up the leadership team. In San Francisco, John Heisse is a renowned figure in the market, assisting global developers, builders, owners and designers with every phase of complex public and private construction; and Robert James comes with client recommendation as ‘a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney in design, construction and real estate issues‘.

Practice head(s):

Clark Thiel; Melissa Lesmes; Charles Conrad

Other key lawyers:

John Heisse; Robert James; Michael McNamara; Jeffrey Gans

Testimonials

‘Rob James is our point of contract and handles most of the work. Rob and his team are very timely in their responses to our requests and provide simple but comprehensive direction on how to handle issues.’

‘Rob James is a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney in design, construction and real estate issues. He provides perspective from all sides of issue and serves up solutions to move things along.’

Key clients

Sunworks

Renewable Energy Group

Children’s National Medical Center

Target Hospitality Corp

Hyundai Engineering Co

Landry’s

Sendero Midstream Partners

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

Clark Construction Group

Brookfield Renewable Power

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)

AECOM

Duke Energy

New York University

Lane Construction Corp.

Structure Tone, Inc.

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

GEA Systems North America, LLC

Mill Creek Residential Trust

New Tech Global Ventures, LLC

Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP

Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP is one of the country’s longest established construction and government contracts boutiques that ‘aggressively and effectively defends professionals in the engineering and construction industry‘. The team is adept at handling issues arising from a wide range of projects across the United States with notable ongoing matters in transport infrastructure, as well as having standout expertise in the healthcare sector that continues to see an increase in construction activity. Managing partner Eric Nelson leads the group from the Atlanta office and focuses on project disputes related to federal government construction, with James Bidgood also a key figure there. In Washington DC, Robert Chambers is a senior figure to note, and Sarah Carpenter, promoted to partner in January 2021, is experienced in matters of project counsel as well as litigation. The firm also has an office in Fort Lauderdale, where Brian Wolf and Adam Haimo are among the key partners.

Practice head(s):

Eric Nelson

Other key lawyers:

Adam Haimo; Gene Polyak; Miles Jolley; Brian Wolf; Charlie Rogers; James Bidgood; Robert Chambers

Testimonials

‘In my experience, the firm is highly detail-oriented and brings a depth of experience that it will bring to bear for the benefit of future clients.’

‘Charlie Rogers has been our primary point of contact and he has provided excellent service – making himself available at any time of the day or night at the convenience of his client. Charlie is an excellent document drafter – he surfaces issues based on his vast experience and also is very good at innovating on the fly when a novel issue is raised. He does not miss a detail and gives the client a good understanding as to the legal vs business decisions that need to be addressed in a document.’

‘Smith Currie’s knowledge of the construction industry and resources within the construction industry is vast. Not only do they work on the matter at hand, but they also have the future in mind and deliver a holistic approach. Due to their size, they can handle matters is different states.’

‘The attorneys are very client focused and are always available. We have our main attorney at Smith Currie but if another attorney at the firm has more expertise in the matter then the other attorney will handle the matter. Our main attorney always stays involved as he knows our company and business line the best.’

‘The team provides top tier law firm work at very affordable rates. The team also knows how to strike the appropriate balance between protecting a client and getting a deal done.’

‘The team of Adam Haimo, Gene Polyak, and Miles Jolley is exceptional at meeting tight deadlines with high quality work product. I also appreciate that they always find creative solutions to unreasonable demands from the other side.’

‘Smith Currie has focused their practice on supporting design and construction professionals. They understand complex technical issues associated with large design build projects and are able to aggressively and effectively defend professionals in the engineering and construction industry.’

‘Brian Wolf is the Smith Currie partner that stands out. I have worked with Brian for more than ten years and he has always demonstrated a deep knowledge of the law and the practical aspects of resolving complex litigation.’

Thompson Hine LLP

A stand out firm in construction‘, Thompson Hine LLP has ‘in-depth knowledge of construction contracting coupled with understanding of the business of construction‘. The Ohio-based practice is led by Jeffrey R. Appelbaum, who has extensive experience advising clients in the construction industry, acting as trial and transactional attorney, project counsel, project management consultant and mediator. One of his and the wider practice’s specialisms is in stadium construction, frequently involving significant mixed-use elements and significant community impact. ‘Really strong negotiatorAlan Ritchie is particularly well-versed in PPP projects, having been developer/sponsor counsel on Ohio’s first transportation and infrastructure projects of this kind. Patrick J. Sweeney negotiates construction and design agreements and gives project management advice and risk counseling on a variety of projects, and the firm also has a wholly owned subsidiary Project Management Consultants (PMC) that assists lawyers with owner’s representation, project management, partnering facilitation and financing structures to projects. An up-and-coming name is Erin Luke, who assists with contracts work as well as project delivery and structuring, and managing associate Jack Clark also stands out.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey R. Appelbaum

Testimonials

‘They are responsive and practical with their advice. They know what is important to us and help to accomplish our goals.’

‘I value their experience and candor. They advise us of market norms and help us think creatively about what really matters.’

‘Thomson Hine (TH) has been my main construction law firm in Ohio for many years, mainly because of their depth of knowledge and experience in the areas of design and construction. TH attorneys are responsive and easy to work with.’

‘Jeff Appelbaum has been a friend and trusted advisor to me in many matters over the years. If I have a legal problem I know I can contact Jeff and get a response in a very short time. Unlike some other firms, Jeff always makes you feel like your case is the most important case at the firm. Daniel Haymond is another excellent lawyer extremely skilled in litigation.’

‘Thompson Hine is a stand out law firm in construction. They are second to none experts, are pragmatic, can help get deals done and do it all at a fair price. I would use them for routine matters and bet the firm type issues.’

‘Alan Ritchie is the primary partner we work with. I would provide him a particular shout out, even though the whole team is strong. Alan is highly responsive, a second to none expert, and can really help us understand the risks in a non-technical way. Additionally, he is a really strong negotiator, who is able to pragmatically work contracts and disputes to resolution both effectively and efficiently.’

‘In-depth knowledge of construction contracting coupled with understanding of the business of construction. T-H is responsive and collaborative. I think a true differentiator is that they have an aligned project management practice which keeps them up to date on current, “real world” trends.’

‘The construction team at Thompson Hine are experts in the field of construction law. They are not only subject matter experts but they are creative and strategic thinkers and my go-to law firm when I am in a pinch and need counsel in the subject of construction law.’

Key clients

Haslam Sports Group (Confluence Village – Crew Stadium)

TKFC LC (St. Louis Soccer Stadium)

Convention Center Hotels

HOF Village, Inc.

Broward County

Nippon Paint (USA) Inc.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

County of Cuyahoga

Work highlights

  • Acting for 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.
  • Acting as owner’s representative for 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 on its convention center expansion and headquarters hotel project.

VARELA, LEE, METZ, & GUARINO, LLP

The construction dispute specialists at VARELA, LEE, METZ, & GUARINO, LLP are regularly engaged in high-stakes cases across the United States and internationally, specializing in bet-the-company matters and routinely handling disputes in excess of $100m for Fortune 500 companies and a host of major contractors. Tysons Corner, Virginia is the primary office for the practice and three of its four-strong leadership team operate from there: Paul Varela counsels prominent names in the global construction industry; Todd Metz has experience before arbitration tribunals, adjudication and review boards, and local and federal courts; and Joseph Guarino, a seasoned construction litigator with recent experience acting in some of the major power plant cases internationally. The fourth of the practice heads, Bennett Lee, is based in San Francisco and has significant experience before both federal and state courts, and domestic and international arbitration associations, on the gamut of construction law issues. Further key contacts in Tysons Corner include Brian Dugdale, whose experience covers a breadth of projects, from transport infrastructure to data centers and high-rise office and condominium complexes; and David Wonderlick, who has over a decade of experience in construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution nationally and worldwide.

Practice head(s):

Paul Varela; Bennett Lee; Todd Metz; Joseph Guarino

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Burke; Garrett Dillon; Brian Dugdale; Kirk Niemi; Andrew Van Ornum; Michael Suga; David Wonderlick; Lindy Stevens; Thomas O’Leary

Key clients

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd

Balfour Beatty Construction

Clark Construction Co.

Granite Construction, Inc.

DPR Construction

Skanska USA Building

Suffolk Construction

Kiewit Corporation

PCL Construction Enterprises Inc.

Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Lane Industries

Parsons

HITT Contracting, Inc.

Barnard Construction

The Boldt Company

LendLease

Work highlights

  • Acted for a building company in multiple claims valued in excess of $75 arising out of a tribal casino and hotel project.
  • Advised a joint venture on multiple claims and arbitrations arising from a $1.5bn classified US government data center.
  • Represented a rock and paving company in appealing the US government’s February 2017 termination for default of a $34m highway construction project in Yellowstone National Park.

Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

Leaders in the construction and surety arenas‘, the ‘extremely responsive‘ team at construction law boutique Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP represents many of the leading construction contractors in the US, as well as a host of engineering firms and companies in various sectors. Large and complex construction disputes are the central specialism of the practice and practitioners focus on various areas therein. Robert Barbour and Timothy Heffernan are experienced names with government contracts expertise, while Shelly Ewald has represented contractors, owners, equipment suppliers and engineers on power projects in Asia, the United Kingdom, Latin America and throughout the US. Vivian Katsantonis stands out for her trial advocacy strengths, and Carter Reid is currently involved in several high-profile PPP projects. Above named lawyers are all based in McLean, Virginia, while David McPherson in Irvine, California is a noted figure in high stakes public works and private construction disputes, assisting clients including Kiewit Infrastructure West and PCL Construction. In Boston, Jonathan Burwood is the name to note, experienced in federal and state court litigation, appeals, arbitration, and mediation. John Sebastian, managing partner of the Chicago office, also helps coordinate the construction group.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Shelly Ewald; Christopher Brasco; Scott Fitzsimmons; Kathleen Barnes; Robert Niesley; Adam Tuckman; Jonathan Burwood; Matthew Baker; Sarah Bloom

Testimonials

‘Top tier talent. Extremely responsive. Leaders in the construction and surety arenas.’

‘Robert Niesley, John Sebastian, Christopher Brasco, Vivian Katsantonis are who I have worked with in the past. They are our go to firm on complex surety default situations.’

Key clients

The Williams Companies, Inc

Kiewit Corp.

Granite Construction, Inc

Jacobs

Black & Veatch

APTIM

M+W Group

Barnard Construction Co., Inc

F.H. Paschen

Wagman Heavy Civil

Work highlights

  • Representing The Williams Companies and certain subsidiaries in connection with over $100m in litigated claims involving construction and medication of pipelines.
  • Advising a construction company on $21m in litigated claims involving design and construction of a gas-fired boiler facility.
  • Representing F.H. Paschen Ragnar Benson JV in connection with drafting and negotiating a $550m design-build contract for expansion of a commuter rail service.

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Regarded by one client as ‘the go-to legal firm for construction questions for public entities in the state of Ohio‘, Bricker & Eckler LLP fields a team that includes several attorneys with substantial field experience. Another standout feature of the practice is its expertise in both the education and healthcare sectors, the latter seeing significant activity since the start of the pandemic. These areas of proficiency dovetail with well-established public entity client bases and the team is well-versed in various project developments assisting with the gamut of contentious and advisory issues. Practice co-heads Chris McCloskey and Doug Shevelow both focus on the disputes side of things, while the leadership trio is rounded out by Mark Evans, whose practice includes drafting contract documents, defective or non-conforming workmanship claims, delay claims and bid disputes. Jack Rosati, Jr. specializes in the contentious aspects of public construction projects, and Laura Bowman comes with client recommendation as ‘the model of what you would want from legal counsel‘. Ben Hyden in Cincinnati and Tarik Kershah are further up-and-coming names to note. All named lawyers are based in Columbus unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Chris McCloskey; Doug Shevelow; Mark Evans

Other key lawyers:

Jack Rosati, Jr; Laura Bowman; Ben Hyden; Tarik Kershah

Testimonials

‘Bricker & Eckler is the go-to legal firm for construction questions for public entities in the state of Ohio. They have great depth of knowledge and experience, and they share what they know with the community at large. They provide quick turnaround, personalized attention, and a good variety of public education programs. We don’t do building projects every day; Bricker & Eckler does.’

‘Laura Bowman is the model of what you would want from legal counsel. She is smart, thoughtful, tactful, and responsive. She has wicked listening skills, and she understands how to ask the right questions to elicit ever more useful information. During the bulk of our interaction, she was an associate in the firm, and was backed by Jack Rosati, Jr. a senior partner in the practice. Jack was available when Laura was away or had a more complicated issue to address. Laura is now a partner, deservedly.’

‘This firm has a number of highly skilled team members that have met the needs of our district. Follow-up has been outstanding as well as flexibility with scheduling.’

‘Mark Evans was extremely helpful when the district was selecting a CM-R. He gave us clear guidance on selection and used his extensive background to ask questions that made the applicants really think.’

Key clients

Westerville City School District

Indian Hill Exempted Village School District

Sycamore Community School District

Upper Arlington City School District

Pickerington Local School District

Gahanna Jefferson Public School District

Ross County

City of Marietta

Ohio Hi-Point Joint Vocational School District Board of Education

Petman 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

  • Acted for Ross County as construction counsel on a county jail project where general contractor voluntarily defaulted.
  • Advised OhioHealth, a private, non-profit health care system, as construction counsel for OhioHealth’s Neuroscience Center, a design-build project with a project cost in excess of $300m.
  • Representing Westerville City School District in a district-wide capital improvements plan, consisting of the construction of a new elementary school and new middle school, and major renovations or additions to seven other existing buildings.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

The ‘experience, intellect and resources‘ of the construction practice DLA Piper LLP (US) are brought to bear on projects across the US and internationally, in both contentious and non-contentious capacities. The team regularly represents clients in both the courts and in arbitration, and the practice is fully integrated with the firm’s real estate, litigation and financing teams, facilitating comprehensive project support on contracts and agreements. In Baltimore, Anthony Meagher concentrates on the arbitration and litigation of construction claims, the negotiation of construction contracts, and the litigation of other commercial disputes; he co-leads the practice with Robert Crewdson, frequent counsel to owners and investors, handling transactional matters and litigation. Brian Fielden has ‘in-depth knowledge of all things construction‘ and is a renowned figure in PPP projects, with a client list that includes the Global Infrastructure Investment Association. A number of the team’s recent big ticket litigations are being led by John Ducat. All named lawyers are based in Atlanta unless otherwise stated.

Other key lawyers:

Brian Fielden; John Ducat

Testimonials

‘This team, and in particular, Brian Fielden, is an extremely valuable resource for all facets of construction law, i.e., assistance with drafting construction contracts, construction litigation and assistance with construction related topics, i.e., payment and performance bonds, subcontractor default insurance and builder’s risk and owner’s interest liability insurance.’

‘Brian Fielden is our “go to” construction law expert for all of our projects in Florida and North Carolina. He has an in-depth knowledge of all things construction and is a valuable resource to me, as general counsel, as well as to our development and construction teams. I can trust him to provide practical legal advice in an efficient manner.’

‘I know it may sound cliched, but they have large firm strength of experience, intellect and resources but still respond/work like a small-shop: flexible, responsive, and intensely customer-focused. I’ve never had to deal with an automated phone system, or been put on hold, or had to wait more than a day or so to hear back (and even that length of time is rare). But at the same time I know I’m getting detailed, thorough, rooted-in-long-experience feedback.’

‘I work exclusively with Brian Fielden. In fact, I can’t recall a time when I’ve met/worked with anyone else at DLA. And for me, that’s sort of the point. Brian is valued counselor and has an uncanny knack for reducing and usually eliminating the fear and stress and anxiety that underpin the reasons people reach out for legal help in the first place. That he can put his clients at ease so quickly and so seemingly easily is – I have to believe – a rare and treasured commodity.’

Key clients

North American Properties

Home Depot USA

Hitachi Rail

Chick-fil-A, Inc.

AECOM Capital

Lidl

Ingram Industries

DSV Logistics

Federal Realty Investment Trust

AEW Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Representing a global infrastructure investor as the concessionaire in the $470 million Accesos Norte II toll road project in Bogotá, Columbia.
  • Advised a major real estate company on the design and construction contracts for several new projects in Chicago, including Lathrop Homes, an extensive renovation of a landmarked multi-family development.
  • Represented a social mobility and advocacy organisation in drafting and negotiating a set of project documents for its high-profile project next to the White House.

Duane Morris LLP

Fielding a ‘very deep bench with many exceptional attorneys‘, the construction practice at Duane Morris LLP is active across the full spectrum of matters, ranging from EPC, design/build, and construction contracting, to bid protests and award disputes. Lawyers have experience acting in complex, high-profile projects in New York, Chicago, Texas, Florida and California, as well as internationally, regularly representing public and private owners and developers, prime contractors and subcontractors, construction managers, architects and other design professionals. Mark Canizio chairs the group from the New York office, where Jessica Singh is also a key contact, focused on litigation. In Philadelphia, ‘exceptional construction law practitionerPatrick Kearney has a diverse national practice, and the group’s vice-chair Jeffrey Hamera is experienced across both contentious and contractual matters. Further names to note in the sizeable group include both the ‘extremely knowledgeableJoseph Battapaglia and up-and-coming partner Brian Shue in New York; Benton Wheatley in Austin; and Owen Newman in Chicago. Meghan DiPerna left in October 2021 for an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Mark Canizio; Jeffrey Hamera; Patrick Kearney; Jessica Singh

Other key lawyers:

Owen Newman; Joseph Battipaglia; Kenneth Lazaruk; Brian Shue; Charles Lewis; Benton Wheatley

Testimonials

‘The Duane Morris construction law group has a very deep bench with many exceptional attorneys.’

‘I have worked mainly with Patrick Kearney at Duane Morris. He is an exceptional construction law practitioner. He has embedded himself within the industry, and therefore, is capable of giving sound legal advice that is useful to the business.’

‘The Duane Morris team is very deep with significant experience of several members. They also work in a very collaborative style with clients and experts.’

‘Owen Newman has worked as a senior project manager and that experience is very evident as we work with project personnel.’

‘This firm, Duane Morris LLP has a particular part of their practice that specializes in construction contracts and all of the many different facets that relate to corporate construction law.’

‘They are top notch when it comes to their knowledge about trends, current and past court cases and other relevant external data that could be relevant to a situation or issue that our company is dealing with. We had a particular issue that our assigned attorney was not completely familiar with and within 24 hours he had consulted with others in the practice and gained valuable information and guidance to help us navigate through our resolution. I would strongly recommend this firm as counsel of choice for construction related contract and litigation issues.’

‘Joe Battipaglia is always, extremely responsive, timely, extremely knowledgeable, extremely helpful and extremely pleasant to work with. He is never condescending or irritated on issues, is super patient as we worked through a myriad of issues and challenges. I would prefer to work with Joe, anytime and any place. His knows the business and offers valuable solutions.’

Key clients

Flintco, LLC

Farmer Bros. Co.

Omega Healthcare

John Russo Industrial Sheetmetal, Inc. (JRI)

W.S. Cumby

SEPTA

First Bank of the United States

Columbia University

Taconic Investment Partners, LLC

Miami Dolphins

Trinity Place Holdings

Kaufman Astoria Studios

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

WDF, Inc.

Schiavone Construction Co. LLC

Related Companies

The Hudson Companies, Inc.

New York Stem Cell Foundation

West Side Tennis Club

SKF USA Inc.

Black & Veatch

The John Buck Company

King Bruwaert House

Prime LaSalle

KBR

Clune Construction Company

Bilfinger, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing bearing manufacturer SKF USA in a construction defect suit involving a bridge replacement project in Lee County, Florida.
  • Acted for an electrical company in breach of contract claims it brought against general contractor A.J. Pegno/ Tully Construction Corp. regarding a project involving upgrades to the Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant.
  • Advising Related Companies on drafting and negotiating design and construction agreements for The Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, which includes the construction of approximately 16 skyscrapers containing new office, residential and retail space.

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Farella Braun + Martel LLP concentrates its construction practice on contentious matters, acting for public and private owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and design professionals involved in complex construction projects across Northern California. The team handles a wide range of developments at various stages. Practice head Richard Van Duzer is based in San Francisco and represents his clients in disputes over delay and cost overrun claims and construction defects.

Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner, Senet & Wittbrodt

Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner, Senet & Wittbrodt is a mid-size boutique firm with a strong emphasis on construction law and a busy construction and public contracts department. The leadership duo are based at the firm’s Los Angeles office: Richard Wittbrodt, whose main focus is on construction litigation, including prosecuting and defending claims of delay, design issues, breach of contract, defective construction, and stop notice foreclosure actions for both public and private projects; and experienced figure in all manner of construction disputes Glenn Turner. Barbara Gadbois concentrates on the development and management of construction projects and represents municipal clients, private developers, and general contractors in all aspects of multi-million dollar projects. On both the contentious and contractual sides, Sara Kornblatt is also a lawyer to note as one of the younger stars of construction law on the West Coast. Above named lawyers work from the Los Angeles office; the firm also has lawyers on the ground in Las Vegas, Westlake and San Jose, the latter of which is led by standout associate Michele Ellison.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wittbrodt; Glenn Turner

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Gadbois; Sara Kornblatt; Michele Ellison

Testimonials

‘Gibbs Giden prides itself on being focused (construction) and cost effective (favoring settlement over costly discovery and litigation).’

‘Gibbs Giden’s folks are genuinely good people and passionate about construction law – always giving their clients the best they have.’

Key clients

Swinerton

Layton Construction (STS Group)

Sundt/Layton

HNTB

Keller North American, Inc.

Lydig Construction

Group Delta Consultants

NCCD Claremont Properties LLC

Sundt Construction, Inc.

Modern/Sundt a Joint Venture

Swinerton

Layton Construction (STS Group)

Sundt/Layton

HNTB

Keller North American, Inc.

Lydig Construction

Group Delta Consultants

NCCD Claremont Properties LLC

Sundt Construction, Inc.

Modern/Sundt a Joint Venture

Work highlights

  • Representing the designer HNTB on a contract dispute involving the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s newest light rail line.
  • Representing a steel company in a dispute concerning structural steel for a hospital in California.
  • Acted for Group Delta in a claim regarding the design and construction of the California High Speed Rail Project.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s construction practice is well-versed in drafting and negotiating all manner of relevant contracts, frequently counselling clients through the full duration of a development, from inception to handling any arising disputes. The group works closely with the firm’s experienced and well-regarded real estate department, which works especially well on long-term projects that need assistance in both respects. Types of developments handled are wide-ranging, as is the geographical range in the workload, facilitated by offices across the country. Practice co-head Michael Thomas is in Miami and assists developer clients with all aspects of residential, commercial and mixed-use real estate development projects. His partner in leading the group is Mark Ferrario, a litigator based in Las Vegas, where David Jensen focuses on medium and large-scale urban development, including residential, mixed-used, and commercial projects. Robert Epstein is the name to note in Florham Park, New Jersey, acting in construction and design defects, delays, payment claims and other disputes.

Practice head(s):

Michael Thomas; Mark Ferrario

Other key lawyers:

Robert Epstein; Christopher Barnett; David Jensen; Michael Hogue

Key clients

Triple Five Development

RBH Group

Red Apple Group (Red Apple Surf Realty III)

Flag Luxury Group (RP 1185 LLC)

The Related Group

State Farm Insurance Company

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Cobb Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

13th Floor Investments

Terra Group, LLC

Encore Housing Opportunity Fund/Falcone Group

OKO Group LLC

Fort Partners, LLC

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Hanson Bridgett LLP's niche focus on its integrated project delivery (IPD) is its standout feature in construction law, where it acts for a client base that includes some of California’s leading construction companies, as well as public sector entities and multinationals. Healthcare construction projects have been a major recent trend, UCSF Health’s $3.8bn reconfiguration of its Parnassus Heights Campus being a standout matter, led by practice head Howard Ashcraft. The group is strong in construction litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution and conflict prevention, and David Buoncristiani is a key contact in that respect. Lisa Dal Gallo has a burgeoning reputation in the California construction law market and is also founder of California Women in Design and Construction (CWDC), an organization of professional women in the design and construction industry that hosts forums to discuss relevant educational topics and provide networking opportunities. Alan Bishop and Donnelly Gillen are both up-and-coming partners to note. All named lawyers are based in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Howard Ashcraft

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Dal Gallo; David Buoncristiani; Andrew Giacomini; Andre Campbell; Michelle Akerman; Alan Bishop; Donnelly Gillen

Key clients

McWhinney

Deacon Corporation

Flatiron West Inc and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co a Joint Venture

Longroad Energy with Project LLC of El Campo Wind LLC

Gateway Church

Ottawa County

Plumas Hospital District

Skanska USA Civil Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted for McWhinney in a $156m fraud trial.
  • Advising a California university on the 10 year, $3.8bn reconfiguration of its Parnassus Heights Campus, includes the demolition of an existing hospital, design and construction of a new hospital tower, renovations and related infrastructure improvements.
  • Advised Skanska USA on a request from Caltrans District 8 as part of its invitation for proposal on an estimated $120m highway widening project along California Interstate 15.

Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP

Construction law is the principle focus of Seattle-based boutique firm Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, with the team advising clients at all stages in the construction process, from contract procurement through to any potential dispute resolution. Its other focus being government contracts, the firm is especially strong in public projects and has a national presence on some of the most significant of these. The construction group is jointly coordinated by Sam Baker, an expert in evaluating and resolving multi-party construction disputes in Washington state and along the West Coast; Douglas Oles, who has considerable experience in both transactional and contentious matters; and Robert Leslie in Oakland, whose practice encompasses all aspects of public and private construction.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Baker; Douglas Oles; Robert Leslie

Other key lawyers:

Angelia Wesch; Thomas Krider; Jason Wandler;

Key clients

Jansen Inc.

Dragados USA, Inc

Nova Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented a company in connection with several public works projects in the Western Washington Cities involving the closure of a major bridge immediately after contract award.
  • Advising a client on a large complex claim the involves insufficient design, delay, constructive acceleration, and directed changes in the Sacramento state court.
  • Prosecuting a claim for differing site conditions against the US Navy.

Stein Ray LLP

Boutique firm Stein Ray LLP has ‘an exceptional understanding of complex design and construction disputes‘ and concentrates exclusively on that practice area. Complex, higher-valued cases are the main focus of the team, with recent highlights including a number of major energy projects in Canada, and design and construction defect claims for high-rise and hotel developments. Praised by a client for ‘their experience, skills and reputation‘, practice co-heads and founding partners Steven Stein and Stephen Ray are seasoned representatives in large-scale commercial and industrial projects for leading EPCM firms. Carl Popovsky has varied experience in both litigation and arbitration, and Joel Rhiner has litigated in cases involving projects around the world. Alexander Kipnis is another key contact with experience in all manner of construction disputes, as well as assisting companies with internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Steven Stein; Stephen Ray

Other key lawyers:

Joel Rhiner; Peter Bedard; Alexander Kipnis; Charles Wahtola; Carl Popovsky

Testimonials

‘During my experience dealing with the team I appreciate how the work was performed. The full process was a real team performance, everyone was involved and deeply inside the matter. Before we entered in the preparation for the Arbitration phase in which I had to provide my witness report, there was a huge work for the deep analysis and archive of all the contractual documents and also all the related one like e-mails or text messages. This preparation was really useful and helped to reduce the time (and costs) needed to prepare the written statement.’

‘Focused on the objective. Very professional and skilled to prepare both the legal argument and the strategy to well perform the counter interrogation from the counterpart’s lawyer.’

‘Specializes in engineering and construction litigation.’

‘Steve Stein and Peter Bedard are the best I’ve encountered in the realm of construction litigation.’

‘Stein Ray has an exceptional understanding of complex design and construction disputes. Their internal expertise and established litigation experience is second to none. I have worked with Stein Ray for over 20 years and they have never disappointed.’

‘Steve Stein and Steve Ray have been the partners with whom I have interacted directly for more than two decades. Their experience, skills and reputation, including the publication of a construction newsletter for clients describing relevant legal decisions, is extremely beneficial and welcome.’

Key clients

Fluor Corporation

Jacobs Engineering Group

AECOM

Parsons Corporation

Veolia

LTK Engineering Services

HW Lochner

Astaldi

Lendlease

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of two EPC firms on disputes arising out of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the design and construction of a $20bn LNG processing and exporting facility in Western Canada.
  • Representing an EPC firm in a $100m dispute involving claims of defects in the design and construction of a luxury high-rise hotel in Texas, and related insurance coverage litigation.
  • Represented a European contractor in a five-week arbitration of disputes valued at over $600m arising from the construction of a large hydroelectric power generation facility in Eastern Canada.

Troutman Pepper

Troutman Pepper‘s broad construction practice is integrated with complementary practices of real estate, insurance, project finance and land use, making the firm a strong choice to assist through the full life cycle of a development. The team is also well-versed in the industry’s contentious matters with experience in all types of alternative dispute resolution, as well as litigation where it proves unavoidable. Practice head Michael Subak concentrates on construction litigation, acting for owners, EPC contractors, construction managers, general contractors and subcontractors. He is based in Philadelphia, while the team is represented across several other locations. In New York, Aaron Abraham‘s clients include prominent corporate and institutional owners and developers, as well as real estate and hospitality industry companies, that look to him for transactional matters and litigation. Albert Bates is particularly strong in the areas of power generation, infrastructure, and heavy industrial facilities, advising from the Pittsburgh office, and in Los Angeles Marion Hack has experience in some of California’s most significant developments.

Practice head(s):

Michael Subak

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Abraham; Albert Bates; Marion Hack; Kevin Wallace; Jason McLarry; Robert Gallagher; Zachary Torres-Fowler

Key clients

Brookfield Properties

SL Green Realty Corp

The Related Companies

JPMorgan

The Carlyle Group

Southern Power Company

Portman Holdings

AECOM

Zachry Group

Vratsinas Construction Co., et al.

Brookfield Properties

SL Green Realty Corp

The Related Companies

JPMorgan

The Carlyle Group

Southern Power Company

Portman Holdings

AECOM

Zachry Group

Vratsinas Construction Co., et al.

Work highlights

  • Acting for JPMorgan in the construction of its new headquarters on Park Avenue and 50th Street in New York, assisting with with the preparation and negotiation of development, design and construction agreements.
  • Advising the developers on the completion of Phase 1 and performance Phase 2 of the project, including strategic and claims advice on the Fannie Mae headquarters mixed use redevelopment project in Washington DC.
  • Represented Vratsinas Construction Co., its owners, and various related companies in a qui tam action in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Venable LLP

The ‘highly capable and experienced‘ construction law attorneys at Venable LLP concentrate on representing government owners in all types of construction law matters relating to a plethora of projects. In a recent highlight, practice head Kenneth Roberts has been leading advice to the Metropolitan Council on the 14.5-mile extension of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.’s Green Line light rail line. Deputy leader of the department and praised as ‘an excellent legal advisor‘, Heidi Rowe is a regular counsel for contract drafting and negotiation in major projects, as well as assisting with claims management to avoid litigation. Amanda MacVey in Washington DC has particular knowledge of projects for utility companies, while Jonathan Freilich is the name to note at counsel level. Unless otherwise noted, above named lawyers are based at the firm’s Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Roberts; Heidi Rowe

Other key lawyers:

Amanda MacVey; Jonathan Freilich

Testimonials

‘This practice is a group of highly capable and experienced yet business savvy problem solvers that know how to get contracts done while still protecting their clients to the fullest.’

‘Heidi Rowe is an excellent legal advisor who knows how to quickly focus on the primary risks and weigh them against the benefits of entering into a given transaction. She is highly responsive and efficient, as well as very persuasive. When things get tough, she is not afraid to litigate and is a fierce advocate.’

Key clients

Metropolitan Council

Welltower

Itinera Infrastructure and Concessions

Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge

Northway Biotech

Sterling Bay

Trump Village Section 3

Equity Residential

Arisa Realty

Tammany Owner LLC

44th Drive Owner LLC

Work highlights

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

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP has a standout construction practice for energy projects, acting for owners, developers and investors on the range of matters. It also handles public infrastructure projects as well as a range of other developments, both public and private, representing clients in EPC, design build and other engineering and construction arrangements. The team has a cross-country and global reach, coordinating with its London office in particular. Accomplished litigator D. Ferguson McNiel co-leads the group with energy and infrastructure projects specialist Kaam Sahely. They work closely with the head of the firm’s international dispute resolution practice, Jim Loftis, and energy transactions experts Mark Brasher and Alan Alexander to provide comprehensive advice on the range of construction matters. Senior associate Stephanie Coco is a rising star in the market with experience in multiple sectors of the energy industry, including pipelines, LNG, power generation and chemicals. All named lawyers are based in Houston

Practice head(s):

Ferguson McNiel; Kaam Sahely

Other key lawyers:

Jim Loftis; Mark Brasher; Alan Alexander; Stephanie Coco

Key clients

Apollo Global Management, Inc.

Blackstone Energy Partners

Driftwood LNG LLC

Enbridge

Goldman Sachs

Gulf Coast Ammonia

LNG 21, LLC

New Fortress Energy

Noble Energy, Inc.

Riverstone

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.

The Blackstone Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Texas Central Railroad as project counsel in the development of a privately financed high speed rail project between Dallas and Houston.
  • Advising New Fortress Energy on its Fast LNG project for the development and construction of a floating liquefied natural gas facility currently under construction in Ingleside, Texas.
  • Represented Blackstone Credit in the formation of a $150m exclusive financing agreement for the development of microgrid projects between its portfolio company ClearGen and Verdant Microgrid, a clean energy development company.

Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

The Florida-based construction practice at Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. is one of the go-to teams in the state, particularly for contentious matters. Construction defect and delay claims are a forte and seeing a rise in Florida as migration to the region has created a boom in condominium builds for purchase. The team primarily represents owners on a variety of build types, from mixed-use community real estate to leisure facilities or hospitals. Joint practice head Steven Lesser devotes his practice exclusively to construction law and litigation, including governmental construction claims and defense, as well as hotel and condominium disputes. He works alongside Lee Weintraub, also a dedicated construction law litigator, while Sanjay Kurian has substantial experience representing community associations, owners and developers in a variety of construction and insurance issues. Named lawyers all work from the Fort Lauderdale office.

Practice head(s):

Steven Lesser; Lee Weintraub

Other key lawyers:

Sanjay Kurian

Key clients

Metropica Residential I, LLC

Flagler Investors

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville

Atlantic Sapphire

Capital Group P3 Developments of Florida

City of North Miami

HardHat Workforce Solutions

Straticon LLC

Indian Creek Country Club, Inc.

Lexington Realty Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Atlantic Sapphire USA, owner of a sophisticated salmon farm production plant, on design/construction/delay and insurance claims related to the $100m facility.
  • Advising developer Capital Group P3 Developments of Florida in its pursuit and award of public-private partnership development projects with governmental entities.
  • Representing developer Metropica in all construction related matters for the $1.5bn master-planned community in Broward County, FL.

Cox, Castle & Nicholson

From its offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, Cox, Castle & Nicholson assists clients at every phase of the construction process with contractual issues, claim evaluations and dispute resolution. The firm also draws on complementary real estate, land use, and insurance practices. Litigator Robert Campbell has a devoted construction practice and experience that ranges from hospitals and highways to retail and residential real estate. He co-heads the department with chair of the firm’s litigation department, Edward Quigley, while Jose Padilla is a further key contact for contentious matters. For transactional construction matters, Ken Williams is the name to note. All above lawyers are based at the Los Angeles office in Century City.

Practice head(s):

Robert Campbell; Ed Quigley

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Masters; Ken Williams; Jose Padilla; Tyler Dockins

Testimonials

‘Great company that stays on top of the market.’

‘They have subject matter experts that stay in their swim lane, offering best in class services for specific areas instead of mediocre results form generalist.’

Key clients

County of Riverside

Work highlights

  • Representing the County of Riverside in litigation with its project architect, Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, in claims arising from the design and construction of the John J. Benoit Detention Center, an expansion and replacement of a jail in Indio, California.

Dentons

Dentons acts in a variety of construction matters, covering both construction documentation advice and litigation, from strong bases in St Louis, San Diego and New York. The construction focused attorneys are well integrated with related departments and the global Dentons network, with recent transactional and dispute resolution work involving projects in the energy, hospitality, healthcare and residential sectors, several including cross-border elements. Charles Vantine and John Haug co-lead the national department from St Louis and assist project owners, contractors and subcontractors with issues at all stages of a development. In New York, expert in complex commercial litigation, Jonathan Jemison is often engaged in construction disputes, and in San Diego, Jae Park is also a litigator with a significant construction practice. At the counsel level, Clay Counts supports on a variety of construction and development matters from St Louis.

Practice head(s):

Charles Vantine; John Haug

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Jemison; Jae Park; Clay Counts; Scott Smithson; Timothy Guntli; Alexander McDonnell

Key clients

McCormack Baron Salazar

Blackstone – Willis Tower

Mammoet Holding BV

IHI

1400 Baltimore Owner, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Blackstone on the $650m renovation of Willis Tower.
  • Representing Mammoet, its joint venture partner and the SPV they formed in a dispute regarding its failed 630-foot observation wheel project on Staten Island.
  • Acting for IHI in a dispute regarding a contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction of a natural gas liquefaction facility and related terminal upgrades on Elba Island, near Savannah, Georgia.

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC has a diverse construction practice that represents clients in both non-contentious matters and construction litigation, with attorneys located across Arizona, Michigan and Nevada. The group’s client base includes both homebuilders and developers, and the team is frequently engaged in matters involving both commercial and residential projects. Litigation is a particular strength and the team’s workload has reflected the market increase in this type of matter. Todd Baxter in Phoenix leads the department and covers the range of construction litigation, as well as regularly negotiating and preparing construction contracts for general contractors and private and public owners. John Cameron is a construction and real estate expert based in Grand Rapids and has experience acting in projects across Michigan. The ‘very responsive and knowledgeableRyan Mitchell is also a key contact there. Stephen Richman in Phoenix covers both commercial and residential construction, with a strong focus on dispute resolution, and litigator Cynthia Alexander is a name to note, splitting her time between Las Vegas and Troy. Slade Sevier and Rob Dodson both departed in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Todd Baxter

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Mitchell; John Cameron; Scott Holcomb; Stephen Richman; Cynthia Alexander; Charles Brecker; Joseph DeLave

Testimonials

‘Ryan Mitchell and his team are fully committed and always make themselves available. They have vast expertise in real estate and the subsector of renewable energy. They are efficient, productive and highly responsive. The the way in which they manage matters helps to keep costs down without impacting quality or attention to detail of their work.’

‘Ryan Mitchell is both very responsive and knowledgeable. He consistently goes above and beyond in getting our projects to the goal line. What I most appreciate is his ability to focus on what issues are the must haves and what to efficiently fight for and how to push back.’

Key clients

PV Land SPE, LLC

18 Fremont Street Acquisition LLC

Whirlpool Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented a property developer in its planned development of a full-service Ritz-Carlton Hotel, for sale condominiums, rental apartments, a parking garage and other amenities in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Advised 18 Fremont Street Acquisition on a hotel and resort construction project in Las Vegas.
  • Representing PV Land SPE in the competitive procurement of the public infrastructure work for the demolition and redevelopment of the 92 acre, declining Paradise Valley Mall into the Paradise Valley Town Center in Phoenix, Arizona as a multiuse development.

K&L Gates

In January 2021, K&L Gates hired a four-partner construction law team from Dickinson Wright PLLC, who helped establish the firm’s new office in Nashville, Tennessee. One of the hires, Slade Sevier, now co-heads the practice and has an engineering background that adds ‘a unique perspective to his work‘ on top of 18 years of litigation and contract negotiation experience. Rob Dodson is a seasoned counsel on all aspects of construction law and specializes in healthcare industry projects and their regulatory tangles, while other key names are construction disputes expert Emma Wolfe and Ryan Lee, who has a focus on contract drafting and negotiation in the manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, and hospitality industries. The practice as a whole supports clients through the life cycle of a project and a has particularly notable recent experience in clean energy production facilities. The team closely co-ordinates with its Melbourne and London offices. Previous practice head Timothy Pierce left the firm in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Slade Sevier

Other key lawyers:

Rob Dodson; Emma Wolfe; Ryan Lee; Ryder Lee; Taylor Beardman

Testimonials

‘Very strong knowledge of local practice.’

‘Slade Sevier brings a unique perspective to his work, given his background as an engineer.’

‘Ryan Lee provides timely, practical advice in contract negotiations.’

Key clients

W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC)

Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC

Hankook Tire America Corp.

Ascend Clinical, LLC

PreZero US, Inc.

Aspen Heights Construction, LLC

IPEX, Inc.

Ørsted Wind Power North America

American Heavy Plate Solutions (AHPS)

Work highlights

  • Representing W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company it in a dispute with the owner of the Virgin Hotel – Nashville, which Yates constructed.
  • Acting for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC) in the development of a manufacturing campus in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Representing Balfour Beatty Construction in disputes with six different subcontractors, as well as assisting with claims against its subcontractor default insurance carrier.

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. is one of the go-to construction teams in Massachusetts, and the Boston-based team has a national presence as counsel to construction companies, project owners and investors in a range of developments, including hospitality, energy and mixed-use. The practice has a particularly strong reputation in contentious matters, focusing on finding the most effective dispute resolution method for the client, meaning attorneys are well-versed in arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. The group is co-chaired by Tony Starr, a well-known expert across all areas of construction law in Massachusetts, and William Hill, who represents clients in courts and arbitration and mediation venues, aiming to avoid litigation when possible. At the associate level, Rebecca Raphaelson plays a key role across the breadth of matters, and Kevin Mortimer supports on the contentious side.

Practice head(s):

Tony Starr; William Hill

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Raphaelson; Kevin Mortimer; Caitie Hill

Key clients

DivcoWest

Advanced Power Services

Drawbridge Realty

Lessen Inc.

Wishcamper Development Partners

Hancock Street Partners

SNC Lavalin

Anthony & Sylvan Pools

Jacob’s Pillow Dance

The Coastal Group LLC

Western Builders Inc.

Platinum Builders LLC

General Electric

Wynn MA LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for DivcoWest in its Cambridge Crossing (“CX”) mixed-use development project in Massachusetts.
  • Advised SNC Lavalin on a C-Suite level inquiry about the risk and outcome assessment of multiple litigations and arbitrations on a troubled mid-Atlantic US energy project.
  • Representing privately owned energy company Advanced Power in matters related to the construction of an approximately 1,100 MW combined-cycle natural gas fired electric generation facility in New York and a 1,182 combined-cycle electric generating facility in Ohio.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP's national construction and real estate practice assists owners and general contractors with both transactional matters and disputes. Projects on its slate of matters range from utilities and energy facilities to sports centers and stadiums, and are located across the country. The practice also frequently collaborates with the firm’s offerings in related areas such as land use, bankruptcy and labor and employment to give rounded assistance through the full cycle of a project. Leadership of the team is shared between Jeffrey Brenner, who splits his time between Providence, Rhode Island and Boston; and Washington DC-based Vernon Johnson, a trial and litigation attorney. Further key names include commercial transactional lawyers and litigators Armando Batastini in Providence and Kristopher Stark in Chicago, both particularly active on  construction matters.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Brenner; Vernon Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Barron; Armando Batastini; Robert Blum; Matthew Richards; Kristopher Stark; Brooke Anderson; Penney Azizi

Testimonials

‘NP is probably the most technologically advanced outside counsel we’ve come across. They utilize various cloud and file share systems to allow for seamless document transfer/archiving. It also allows for an efficient and timely work product.’

‘Anthony Barron, Mathew Richards, and Brooke Anderson are our representatives and they each have been fantastic. Our firm has used all three at initial negotiation level representation all the way through jury litigation.’

Key clients

Marathon Construction

The Board of Trustees of the California State University

Biosar USA LLC

Toray Plastics (America), Inc.

Rivian Automotive

L3 Capital

Regents of the University of California

RA Nelson & Associates

NAG Investments, LLC and NJG Investments, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Biosar America in an owner claim for over $60m after a six-week arbitration hearing.
  • Represented Marathon Construction in multiple breach of contract lawsuits related to Essex Sports Center in Middleton, Massachusetts.
  • Advising The Regents of the University of California and another university system in cases involving claims for breach of contract and negligence against contractors and manufacturers and suppliers of utility piping arising from the failure of underground utilities distribution piping systems at multiple campuses.

Porter Hedges LLP

Porter Hedges LLP‘s construction group is especially strong on the contentious side of the market, offering a ‘practical knowledge of construction and the ability to apply that to specific disputes‘. Based in Houston, the practice’s client base includes owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, design professionals, construction managers, and lenders, with stakes in various types of development. Leading the practice are three experienced partners: ‘superb lawyerAmy Wolfshohl focuses on complex construction transactions and construction disputes, particularly industrial, energy, and commercial matters; David Peden draws on deep experience in litigation and arbitration of construction, insurance, surety and commercial issues; and Allison Snyder, acts in numerous arbitrations and mediations of construction-related claims.

Practice head(s):

David Peden; Allison Snyder; Amy Wolfshohl

Other key lawyers:

John Hawkins; Sean McChristian; Cory Sweers

Testimonials

‘Practical knowledge of construction and the ability to apply that to specific disputes is an excellent strength. Their rates are extremely reasonable.’

‘Amy Wolfshohl is a superb lawyer. She is aggressive and knowledgeable and is adept with the practical realities that a client’s business faces. This is particularly evident in her conscientiousness at keeping fees appropriate to a matter, as well as tailoring strategy to the specific nature of the dispute.

‘Cory Sweers is a great associate — very impressive work product and responsiveness.’

Key clients

US Trinity Energy Services LLC

Targa Resources

HDR

Teal Construction

Power Design Inc.

THCC

Cajun Industries

Buckeye Partners

Linde Engineering

Bilfinger Westcon

Hellmuth Obata and Kassabaum / HOK

PBK Architects, Inc.

Bathsystems USA

WSP

ARUP

Work highlights

  • Acted for US Trinity Energy Services in an arbitration of $12m construction dispute with Moosehead Harvesting.
  • Advised Targa Resources on a $26m change order claim.
  • Represented US Trinity Energy Services in securing a $40 million settlement of change orders.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP ‘s construction practice has strong bases on either coast, and is a regular fixture in public and private projects across the country, with members offering both transactional and contentious expertise. Ira Schulman in New York is praised for his ‘sage guidance that is delivered effortlessly‘ and co-leads the group and has recently been active in the popular areas of private residential and large public projects. From Los Angeles, Erinn Contreras co-leads and is a seasoned counsel to owners, developers, contractors and construction lenders in all stages of developments. Associate Emily Anderson works with Schulman in New York and has professional experience in the construction industry.

Practice head(s):

Erinn Contreras; Ira Schulman

Other key lawyers:

Emily Anderson; Michelle Cooper; Sophia Cahill; Tori Kutzner

Testimonials

‘I work with a team that handles construction litigation and disputes which is a highly specialized area. There are three people on the team that I work with- a partner and two associates. They are very responsive and collaborative. They know the subject matter.’

‘The partner we work with Ira Schulman is, in my assessment, one of the leading construction dispute lawyers in the state and the nation. In addition to his litigation expertise, he was instrumental in drafting contract provisions which are very favorable to the county as an owner.’

‘Great team and excellent knowledge of California construction contracts.’

‘Michelle Cooper and Tori Kutzner are great associates and have been very helpful in developing our case.’

‘Sheppard Mullin is a large scale law firm that has brought a boutique firm feel in terms of client attentiveness and support. Its team is a mix of seniority and they are selective in how the elect to staff meetings and projects accordingly, with an innate sense of what is appropriate and/or expected by us as a client.’

‘Of the individuals we work with Ira Schulman continues to provide us with sage guidance that is delivered effortlessly. Ira has that unique ability to draw off decades’ of experience without ever uttering the words “I had this case where,” which I have begun to seek out in my outside counsel. Additionally, Emily Anderson continues to make us feel as though we are one of her most valued clients, and while she may not have decades to draw on yet, her experience is impressive and her instincts are unparalleled in the outside counsel I have thus far worked with.’

Key clients

Digital Realty Trust

Vantage Data Centers

AECOM

Hillock Land Company

Oxford Capital Group, LLC

One WorkPlace Construction, LLC dba Vantis

Sempra Energy

Samsung Engineering & Construction, Ltd.

The Jay Paul Company

Charities Housing Development Corporation

County of Westchester (New York, NY)

LaGuardia Development Partners

WDF Inc.