Marilyn Klinger

Marilyn Klinger serves as the Managing Partner of SMTD Law’s Los Angeles office. She is involved in all aspects of construction law on a state and national level, representing the full spectrum of the construction industry, from owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties. Ms. Klinger’s practice includes time-related claims and litigation (e.g., delay/impact), legal advice and counsel regarding the contracting process (e.g., bidding and contract disputes/performance bond claims), payment enforcement/defense (e.g. payment bonds/mechanics liens/stop payment notices), administrative and scope claims and litigation (e.g., differing site conditions, change and extra work orders/inadequate plans and specifications and subcontractor substitutions) and counseling and transactional services to the construction industry (e.g., general advice and counsel, including contract preparation, evaluation and negotiation). In addition, she has extensive experience in dispute resolution including litigation, trial, appeals, arbitration and mediation.

Ms. Klinger is a hard-working “straight shooter.” Early in her career, she became a pioneer in construction law, being one of the first women attorneys to practice in the primarily male field. Through her passion and unique intelligence she has established a vital, nationwide practice involved in all aspects of construction law and a career marked by increasingly prominent leadership positions. She is recognized as an innovator in legal problem-solving and as a thought leader who is a frequently published author and sought-after speaker for professional legal, construction and educational publications and organizations. Marilyn loves humor and thinks everyone is way too serious.

Awards & Recognition:

  • Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, 2018
  • Martin J. Andrew Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fidelity and Surety Law, 2017
  • Chambers USA — individually recognized and ranked for Construction Law (2013-2016)
  • Sedgwick Law 2015 Ernest “Bud” Arnold Mentor Award for Commitment in Expertise in Mentoring and Counseling
  • “Who’s Who in Law: Angelenos to Know in Real Estate Law,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2013
  • 2010 James Acret Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction Law Legal Writing

Firm Overview:

SMTD Law is a boutique law firm concentrating in construction, surety and business litigation. The Firm’s attorneys are highly experienced in handling disputes unique to the construction and surety industries and they understand the rigors and challenges of litigation. Because of the Firm’s experience, our attorneys are well prepared to work with our clients to achieve their goals. We take pride in knowing that our clients trust us to handle all of their legal needs, and, as a result, we do everything in our power to help our clients succeed.

The Firm handles all facets of federal and state public works construction projects, and commercial and private works projects. The Firm counsels owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in a broad range of transaction and litigation matters. With decades of collective experience handling construction disputes, our attorneys are uniquely qualified to address the complex issues that arise in the construction industry.

Prior to the start of construction, our attorneys found that negotiating appropriate contract terms and counseling our clients’ project team regarding the legal requirements of a particular project often make or break the project. Our attorneys frequently counsel construction clients with matters involving:

  • Preparing and negotiating contracts
  • Interpreting regulatory requirements, including licensing issues, set aside qualifications and the Federal Acquisition Regulations
  • Creating project specific form documents to comply with legal, contractual, and statutory requirements
  • Analyzing, prosecuting and defending bid protests
  • Analyzing subcontractor listing requirements

Once construction has commenced, our clients demand prompt, accurate and experienced responses to their questions. Our attorneys are well versed in handling:

  • Subcontractor substitutions
  • Payment disputes
  • Work stoppages
  • Stop notice and bond claims
  • Delay and productivity claims
  • Labor and prevailing wage claims with the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and others
  • Change order and extra work disputes
  • Termination disputes
  • Submittal, scope, and design disputes

Many projects are successfully closed out without the need for experienced counsel. When disputes arise, the Firm is positioned to effectively and efficiently address our clients’ claim needs. Avoidance of unnecessary litigation costs and expenses is important, and, as such, the Firm assists with analyzing and quantifying claims prior to litigation and providing upfront risk analysis. By doing so, we are able to provide our clients with workable solutions to avoid litigation.

If prosecuting or defending a claim is necessary, our attorneys are experienced and have a tremendous record of success. Our attorneys have successfully handled trials and claims in state and federal courts, various Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, arbitration’s, and other tribunals.

Nancy Ao

Nancy Ao specialises in construction law and advises on both contentious and transactional matters, with a focus on disputes and project life advice. She has considerable experience advising Chinese construction companies undertaking projects overseas and international contractors doing business in China. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Nancy is dual qualified in China and England and Wales. She has worked in Pinsent Masons’ Shanghai, Hong Kong, London and Beijing offices over the years. Nancy speaks native Mandarin and is fluent in English.

Education:

  • LLB – East China Normal University
  • LLM -East China University of Politics and Law

Firm Overview:

Without clients, we do not exist.

Our biased view is that legal services at all times should underpin the clients’ needs and business objectives. We are dedicated to tipping the scales in your favour. Making sure you win – whether that’s in Court or in your marketplace.

Helping you achieve transformational change

We guide a diverse range of multi-national clients through transformational change. So when you need to know whether to press ahead with major change, we’ll give you an answer, not a 15-page note. Our lawyers don’t need to sit on the fence. They know the answer and they’ll tell you.

You’ll get the best advice on project structuring and procurement to attract the best bids, achieve value for money, and ensure your project is delivered on time. We’ll give you the edge if you’re bidding.

When you’re buying, selling or investing, we’ll help you finance for growth and create value. This includes introducing you to influential and helpful funders. When you’re closing the deal, we’ll be fighting in your corner with you.

Should relationships with your customers, suppliers or business partners not go as well as planned, our substantial litigation team is on hand to help you resolve matters and protect your business interests – through mediation, arbitration and the Courts.

In the minefield that is today’s regulatory environment, we’re out in front of you, assisting you in sorting out the risks from the opportunities.

Consistency and innovation in your day-to-day business development

We’re constantly monitoring your sector. So in matters like corporate governance issues and pensions, you can rely on us to get things consistently right. You’ll benefit from our accumulated research into your sector and regulatory environment.

If you have a multi-jurisdictional matter to deal with, you’ll benefit from our international reach. We share our knowledge with clients on a continual basis through regular reporting, seminars, bespoke in-house training, and public courses.

When you’re looking to save money (who isn’t?), we lead the field in cost-cutting innovation.

Jane Fox Lehman

Jane Fox Lehman is an associate in the Construction Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Pittsburgh office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Firm Overview:

Pepper Hamilton LLP counsels each client as if it were our only client.

With more than 425 lawyers in 13 offices across the United States, we use the unique skills and talents of our people, the breadth of our practices, and the depth of our experience to deliver powerful solutions to clients’ legal and business issues. The firm was founded in 1890.

Start closer to the right answer.® Our firm has grown from a two-person law office formed in Philadelphia to a large, sophisticated law firm with a national and international practice. While much about Pepper is new and different from its beginnings, we retain traditional values passed down through the decades: respect for the rule of law, pride in an excellent work product and commitment to the client’s cause. Today, Pepper Hamilton is a diverse firm of men and women from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, united in these values.

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Austin D Thacker

Austin D. Thacker is an attorney in Holland & Knight’s Orlando office and a member of the firm’s Construction Industry Practice Group. Mr. Thacker focuses on serving general contractors, homebuilders, owners and manufacturers in a range of industrial, commercial and infrastructure projects, as well as the drafting and negotiation of construction contract documents. He also represents public and private entities in roadway design and construction projects, and commercial, residential and mixed-use developments. Mr. Thacker has experience handling claims for construction defects, inefficiency/delay damages, water intrusion, construction-related product defects, lien foreclosure and contract disputes. Mr. Thacker’s experience also includes working with local governments to address the needs of clients related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, developments of regional impact, procurement issues, due diligence and property rights.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Thacker clerked at the United States Department of Justice. In addition to this experience, he has a background in banking, finance and insurance from prior roles with international financial institutions.

In the community, Mr. Thacker is active in volunteering for local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, the Association of Christian Youth Sports and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He also currently serves as a guardian ad litem for the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association and is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and Forum on Construction Law.

Firm Overview:

For nearly 100 years, Holland & Knight has been active in the Orlando area, bringing dynamic legal assistance to vital industries such as construction, financial services, healthcare, hospitality and timeshares, private equity and venture capital, retail and consumer products, technology, and telecommunications and media. Our Orlando attorneys focus their practice on commercial litigation, corporate law, real estate and land use, mergers and acquisitions, tax, environmental law, labour and employment, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.

In 2016 and 2017, Holland & Knight’s Orlando office was named one of the Winners of the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies, which notes the best workplaces in Central Florida.

Sarbjit Singh Chopra

Sarbjit Singh Chopra is Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, the Joint Law Venture between Duane Morris LLP and Selvam LLC. Mr. Singh is concurrently a Director of Selvam LLC, a Singapore law entity, where he heads the dispute resolution and construction practices. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and arbitration. He has handled a wide range of cases from construction disputes to defamation suits. Mr. Chopra has been cited in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 edition as a recommended lawyer in Singapore Dispute Resolution.

A client described Mr. Chopra as “an experienced litigator before the Supreme Court of Singapore, has the ability to handle complex facts with ease. His mild mannered nature, calm demeanor and genuine care of the client makes him approachable and reassures the client. His capability in Court cannot simply be expressed in words and was indeed a treat to watch. It was a real pleasure working with him and I hope to work with him on future matters.”

Another client describes his experience: “I was recommended to Mr Sarbjit Singh of Selvam LLC after using two other law firms. I am very satisfied with his and his team’s services. He is understanding and caring and I am very thankful for the emotional support he showed me when I was under tremendous stress. He took care of my worries as if they were his own. I am very grateful for his assistance.”

Mr. Chopra has acted in numerous matters in the High Court and the Court of Appeal over the years. He has also undertaken substantial projects for various clients and these include involvement in tenders for structural projects (eg. The Mass Rapid Transport (MRT), telecommunication contracts and construction of power plants) and matters related to joint ventures. He has conducted numerous arbitration, mediation, adjudication and Court proceedings.

Mr. Chopra was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law (Gray’s Inn) and has been in practice as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore since 1984. He has successfully completed the course in arbitration law and practice conducted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Mr. Chopra can speak English, Malay and Punjabi.

Firm Overview:

Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges.

Growth & Culture:

Evolving from a partnership of prominent lawyers in Philadelphia a century ago, Duane Morris’ modern organization stretches from the U.S. to Europe and the Middle East, and now across Asia. Throughout this global expansion, Duane Morris has remained committed to preserving its collegial, collaborative culture that has attracted many talented attorneys. The firm’s leadership, and outside observers like the Harvard Business School, believe this culture is truly unique among large law firms, and helps account for the firm continuing to prosper throughout changing economic and industry conditions.

At a glance:

> Am Law 100 Since 2001
> More than 800 lawyers in offices in the U.S., UK and Asia
> 128 Partners have chosen to join Duane Morris in the past 5 years
> Firm has nearly tripled in past 19 years
> Over 25% of client business conducted through multiple offices and practices

Harvard Business School:

Second HBS case study of the firm, titled “Duane Morris: Collaborating for Growth” was part of the Harvard Business School curriculum and made available to business schools around the world for course study.

Sasha Baker

Sasha Baker focuses on construction and commercial litigation. She represents parties to construction contracts in dispute resolution procedures including litigation, mediation, adjudication and arbitration.

Her non-contentious construction practice includes providing advice in regard to NEC, FIDIC, JBCC, EPC and EPCM contracts in various industries, as well as on performance guarantees, retention bonds and advance payment bonds.

In addition, Sasha advises employers, contractors, suppliers and professionals in the construction industry on various standard forms of contracts including NEC, FIDIC and JBCC, and bespoke contracts. She has conducted multiple adjudications and arbitrations involving these contracts.

Professional indemnity insurance is another important aspect of her practice; she has advised on project insurance policies, professional indemnity and related insurance, as well as public liability insurance claims. Sasha has acted for numerous professionals such as engineers, quantity surveyors and architects, and has dealt with some of the largest professional indemnity insurance claims.

Education:

  • BA LLB, University of Cape Town

Memberships:

  • Society of Construction Law

Court Admissions:

  • South Africa

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Marianne Chao

Marianne Chao’s practice encompasses a broad range of construction and infrastructure projects, complex and multijurisdictional arbitration and litigation, commercial dispute resolution, and competition issues.

Marianne represents contractors for government-owned and independent power plants and contractors and designers for LNG/oil infrastructure projects owned by CPC Corporation, Taiwan. She also recently represented an independent power plant in Taiwan in filing administrative appeals and lawsuits to challenge the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission’s decision to impose the highest fine ever in Taiwan arising from alleged participation in a cartel.

Marianne has represented the Taiwan Construction Industry Association in obtaining a favourable ruling from the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission to defeat the no-delay-damage clause, a breakthrough development in construction contracts. She led the Matra Transport cases in several highly publicized matters and successfully countered court actions brought by the Taiwan government to set aside and prevent the enforcement of an arbitral award in the amount of NT$2 billion. Marianne has advised on construction projects for CPC Corporation Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom, CKS Airport Link, Taipei MRT, Taipei 101, Taipower, Taiwan High Speed Rail, Taichung MRT, and power plants.

Marianne is experienced in litigation and arbitration involving multiple jurisdictions and has handled commercial disputes involving disputes between shareholders, issues related to corporate governance, financial institution litigation, and general commercial disputes.

Marianne has been honoured in many prominent international legal guides. She has served as an arbitrator in arbitrations conducted in accordance with the Taiwan Arbitration Act and the ICC Rules of Arbitration. She also served as an executive supervisor of the Taiwan Bar Association and president of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, Taiwan Branch.

Jones Day:

Established in 1990, Jones Day’s Taipei Office grew from one attorney—Partner-in-Charge Jack Huang, who began as a partner in the New York Office—to approximately 30 lawyers today. Taipei was the third Jones Day office to open in Asia, after Tokyo and Hong Kong, and initially focused on providing corporate counseling to Taiwanese businesses in cross-border investments and mergers and acquisitions. Today, our practices include M&A, banking and finance, global disputes, capital markets, and intellectual property, all of which are consistently ranked in the top-tier by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, and Asialaw.

The Taipei Office is the only worldwide partnership in Taiwan that has attorneys experienced and legally qualified in both U.S. and Taiwan law. Because of the Firm’s seamless “One Firm Worldwide” platform, lawyers in Taipei work side by side, as part of efficiently integrated teams, with the Firm’s 2,400 attorneys in offices throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Our Asia network numbers more than 200 lawyers and includes two offices in Mainland China (Beijing and Shanghai), Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore.

Public service is an essential part of our office and, since its inception, our Taipei attorneys consistently have been involved in the community. Institutions and government authorities in Taiwan often consult with us on law and policy reform proposals. Several of our lawyers hold board or other key positions in organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce, the Taipei Bar Association, and the National Bar Association. Recently, some of our Taipei lawyers took leading roles and contributed to the amendment to Rules of Ethics by the National Bar Association and to the adoption of a set of regulations for listing by foreign companies in Taiwan for the Taiwan Stock Exchange. We are regularly engaged in pro bono activities on behalf of the rights of children, young adults, and the disadvantaged. We also undertake teaching projects with a number of Taiwan universities as well as the training of lawyers, judges, and prosecutors.

 

Tamás Balázs

Domain:

Construction law, FIDIC-contracts, corporate law, law of real property, litigation and arbitration in high value lawsuits, labour law, immigration law;

Education:

Law Faculty of JATE Szeged University, 1983-1988; graduated with summa cum laude, 1988; Juris Doctor, admitted to the bar in 1991, member of the Budapest Bar. Postgraduate course on the “American Legal System” at the University of South Carolina, US 1989; special course on the “Legal system of the European Community” at the University of Trier, Germany, 1991; scholarship at “La Sapienza University”, Rome, Italy, 1989, 1990, 1991; course on “International Business and Financial Law” at the Academy of American and International Law, Dallas, US, 1992; courses in legal Russian, Saint-Petersburg 1984 and 1988. FIDIC-Contracts Seminar (Rome, 2011, Cornerstone Seminars);

Other professional activities:

Associated professor at the Law Faculty of ELTE Budapest University; has about 40 professional publications, regular member of the Academy of American and International Law of Dallas since 1992; member at the Deutscher Anwaltverein since 1999 (a member of the section of construction law and of the group of international construction law); he has about 40 professional publications. He is a member of the Legal Committee of Hungarian Association of Real Estate Management. He takes part in writing studies and giving lectures in connection with EU-law. He is a member at the Arbitration Court of the Polish Chamber of Commerce (Warsaw). President of Eastern European Lawyers’ association, EAST LEGAL TEAM EEIG (2008-2012);

Languages:

Fluent in German, Italian, English, Russian, Spanish and Hungarian

BALÁZS & KOVÁTSITS Legal Partnership:

The professionals of BALÁZS & KOVÁTSITS Legal Partnership have thorough and widespread experience in business law and civil law and in many other special legal fields. The two partners of the partnership, Dr. Tamás BALÁZS and Dr. László KOVÁTSITS have known each other for more than twenty-five years and have more than a twenty-year legal and collegial experience.

We serve our clients with complex services in special fields and also with special services in cases which require complex and widespread knowledge, expertise and experience. In all of our cases we believe that the most important thing is to study the demands of our clients and only after that do we develop our personalised services in six languages besides the Hungarian language.

We regularly represent clients from different European, CIS countries and other states. We are the members of several professional organisations in Hungary and abroad. We also support the foreign activities of our Hungarian clients by our cooperating law firms abroad.

We can offer complex services to our clients with the assistance of the cooperating partner firms of ours in particular with business and investment consultancy, tax consultancy, accounting, auditing and real estate sales.

 

Eduardo Parra

Lawyer at the University of Chile (1997), has significant postgraduate studies: Master in Business Law (Catholic University), Diploma in Business Administration (U. Adolfo Ibáñez), Diploma in Economic Administrative Law, Regulation and Services public (U. Católica), Diploma in Medical Liability (Catholic University). He is currently at the date the Superior Course Concessions, public – private partnerships and Infrastructure Management, Equipment and Services sponsored by the College of Civil Engineering, Canal and Port of Spain.

 

Mr. Lahsen has extensive experience in matters of public and private infrastructure. It fell as an expert advise the Ministry of Public Works – Roads Department between 2000 and 2006. The 2006 founded Lahsen & Cia. Lawyers, focused study to provide highly specialized legal services in the areas of Construction, Engineering and Real Estate Projects. His main areas of expertise in professional practice are related to Administrative Law associated with regulation in matters of Infrastructure, Public Goods and Public Services.

 

He has corresponded successfully advising several companies in the integrated development project construction and engineering, among which roadworks, bridges, aqueducts, dams, highways, hydroelectric plants, wind farms, airports and buildings of medium and large, with extensive experience in all kinds of forms of public and private procurement contracts including EPC, EPCM and BOT.

 

In the field of Public Infrastructure, has great experience in litigation and disputes, both administrative and judicial. He has advised major Real Estate, Construction and Public Utilities companies in the processing and obtaining authorizations for the use of road belt, parallels and atraviesos, access to public roads and road impact mitigation. In addition, Mr. Lahsen has significant experience of over 12 years on concessions and other types of Public Private Partnership.

 

Luís Filipe Carvalho

Literary abilities
– Graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon (1990)
Professional qualifications
– Lawyer registered at the Bar Association of Portugal, with No. 10000L
– Lawyer registered at the Bar Association of Angola, in 1127
– Member of the Direction of Penal Forum – Association of criminalists Lawyers (2012-2014)
– Member of the Leonino Council Sporting Clube de Portugal (2011-13)
– Vice-President of the Foundation Sporting Clube de Portugal (2011)
– CJLP – Jurists of the Community of Portuguese Language (founding member, 2010)
– Member of the Board of ASSOFT – Portuguese Software Association (2007-2012)
– General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association (2005-2007)
– Lisbon District Council of the Portuguese Bar Association (2002-2004)
– Permanent Representative in UALP – Union of Lawyers of Portuguese Language (2005-2007)
Professional experience
– Partner at “ABBC & Associados, RL Law Firm” (since March 2007)
– Partner of “Azevedo Neves Benjamim Mendes & Associados, RL Law Firm” (1995-2007)
– Professor at the School of Real Estate Activities (ESAI)
– Guest lecturer course graduate of ISLA (2006-2012)
– Guest speaker on postgraduate courses at the Law School of the University of Lisbon in the Lease Law and Real Estate (2004-2007)
– Assistant at the Law Faculty of Lisbon University (1989-1997)
– Trainer in post-graduate course in the Court of Auditors (1994)
– He participated as a representative of the Bar Association in the work on the reform of the Urban Lease in September 2004 (the XV Government) and May to July 2005 (XVI Government)