John Delaney

Leaders in Law endorses John Delaney as our exclusively recommended Construction Law expert in Ireland. If you wish to get in touch with John please use the contact information provided above.

John is a chartered quantity surveyor and director at Base Quantum Ireland, with over 18 years’ commercial experience across the construction and engineering industries. He is regularly appointed as quantum expert on matters in litigation and in various ADR fora.

As well as working as a quantum expert on multimillion-pound disputes, arbitrations and adjudications, John has provided claim preparation and claim management on numerous projects. He has also assisted the appointed expert on numerous high value international arbitrations in the construction, engineering, and oil and gas industries, including an investment treaty dispute.

John has extensive experience across a broad range of sectors, specifically construction, civil engineering and gas pipelines. His commercial and project experience includes road and rail, the London Underground, IT systems, and buildings, ranging from mixed-use, high-rise and residential, to commercial, industrial, health and local authority. John has significant experience in multiple forms of contract including NEC, JCT, FIDIC and bespoke.

His appointments as a quantum expert have been on matters before the Court of Session in Scotland, the High Court in Ireland and a county court in the UK; in arbitration; and regarding various statutory adjudications in the UK.

Further to holding qualifications in construction law, international arbitration and construction adjudication, John is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, as well as a practising member of the Academy of Experts.

Having recently set up an office in Dublin, Base Quantum Ireland, John continues to serve clients across Ireland and the UK.

Firm Description

Base Quantum, a chartered quantity surveyors specialising in Expert Witness, Dispute Management and Quantity Surveying Services for the construction sector in the UK and globally.

Base Quantum provides informed support and guidance, based on knowledge and experience, to those involved in procuring or delivering construction projects, support that significantly increases the probability of success, and reduces the risk and impact of uncertainty, conflict and dispute.

We provide a full spectrum of ‘risk and impact’ consultancy, summarised into 2 core service streams:

  • Forensic Expert Witness: Analysis, Reporting, Interpretation & Guidance
    • Exceptional Quantum Expertise in support of claimants, defendants and other interested parties in, or contemplating, any form of formal proceedings
  • Quantity Surveying Services: Assured Success; Risk Avoidance & Prevention
    • High Calibre Cost, Programme and Quantum Consultancy
    • Project Support & Intervention
    • Commercial Contract Awareness Training – in-house and hosted

A dynamic and fast growing consultancy with a team of experienced industry professionals, we have built a solid reputation for our robust, timely, effective and solutions-focused advice. Our experienced team is the key to our success and allows us to offer each of our clients a bespoke and tailored service.

From our offices in the UK, we work on projects across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. Established for over 7 years, and operating across 4 continents, our dedicated team advises on some of the highest profile global construction disputes.

 

Charles Gomez

Leaders in Law endorses Charles Gomez as our exclusively recommended Construction Law expert in Gibraltar. If you wish to get in touch with Charles please use the contact information provided above.

Before qualifying as a Barrister, Charles worked as a baker, a journalist and a barman.

He is an Honorary Professor of International Law and International Relations of the University of Cádiz and a member of the Key Advisory Group for Law at the University of Gibraltar. Charles lectures regularly in Spain, Morocco and Gibraltar.

He is the Chairman of the Safeguarding Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Gibraltar and is the Director for Aid to the Church in Need charity in Gibraltar.

Charles is also a member of the Editorial Board for ReachExtra.com and is regularly interviewed for comments and opinions on local and global legal matters by the media in Gibraltar, UK, Spain and internationally.

A strong emphasis on financial services litigation and regulatory proceedings has led to several settlements but also a successful Court of Appeal Judgement ( re:  Advalorem – Civil Appeal No 10 of 2015).

As well as representing regulated entities before the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, he has represented clients before other professional bodies and active in a regulatory investigation.

In addition he has acted in several cases of mis-selling of investments, all of which have been settled within the ambit of alternative dispute resolution procedures within litigation.

Charles Gomez has made representations to the European Union Enquiry on State Aid.

He represented the ex Chief Justice of Gibraltar in removal proceedings at the Privy Council [2009] UKPC 43.

He has represented the Government of Gibraltar in several successful claims for rectification under the law of defamation and mis-information in the Spanish Courts culminating with the Spanish Supreme Court’s unanimous decision of the 13th September 2017 [2809 of 2016] in which for the first time the Spanish Courts acknowledged the standing and capacity of the Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar to litigate in the Kingdom of Spain.

Recently he acted for the successful Claimant in the high profile unfair dismissal case of Tampin v GGCA Union [IT 3 of 2016].

Education

Sacred Heart Grammar School, Gibraltar

University of London (Honours)

Council of Legal Education (London)

Member of the Gibraltar Bar Association and the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Member of the Parliamentary Commission on Democratic and Parliamentary Reform

Other Information

Charles Gomez is an honorary professor in International Law at the University of Cadiz.
Charles is also a columnist for the Gibraltar Olive Press covering Britain’s transition after Brexit in his series Brief.

Charles A Gomez LLB (Hons) of counsel, was called to the Bars of England and Wales and Gibraltar 1982.

Charles is regularly mentioned in the Legal 500 and this year was described as “a leader in judicial review” and “fearless”.

Charles Gomez is an Honorary Professor at the University of Cadiz, organising English Law lectures in Gibraltar and Spain for Spanish undergraduates.

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Firm Description

Established in 1988 Charles A. Gomez & Co is a leading Gibraltar law firm in the fields of general dispute resolution and commercial law.

Experience and a healthy respect for the litigation process inform our principal priorities of negotiation and settlement.  However, “if you want peace prepare for war”. Our track record in the Gibraltar courts with notable successes in several ground-breaking cases assures opponents that a reasonable approach is the best option.

Among the contentious areas of practice which we have been most active in recent times are; financial and telecommunications regulation, professional negligence, complex fraud, insolvency, trust settlements, building construction and contract disputes.

Uniquely, in the Gibraltar legal profession we have no financial interest in any corporate management or trust companies and offer our advisory services on the basis of absolute independence.

We regularly act as agents for overseas lawyers.

Our property department is one of the busiest and competitively priced in Gibraltar. We deal with many transactions on a monthly basis acting for developers, buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants.

We are situated next to the Marriages and Passport registries and we are able to provide the Commissioner for Oaths facility.

Charles A. Gomez & Co. provide a dedicated independent service and total loyalty to all our clients

 

Hatim Sharif Zu’bi, Hon. G.B.E.

Hatim Sharif Zu’bi received an LL.B. Hons. Degree from University College, London in 1949 and was called as Barrister-at-Law by Lincoln’s Inn in 1950. He has been at various times Licensed Advocate & Legal Consultant in Jordan, Bahrain, U.A.E., Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia since 1971. From 1950 to 1954 he was Advocate for Ministry of Finance in Jeddah and Dammam, Saudi Arabia and from 1954 to 1955 he was Special Counsel to US Aid Mission, Jordan. In 1955-1965 and then again in 1969 he was Deputy Chairman of Cairo Amman Bank. From 1965 to 1969, he was Minister of National Economy, Minister of Finance and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Jordan’s Governor at the World Bank. In 1971 he established his law practice in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain to cover the GCC countries, and from 1973 onwards established law offices in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Oman.

In addition to being Hon. GBE, he holds several Western and Arab high decorations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in England and has been a member of the ICC Court of International Arbitration and Editorial Advisory Board of the Construction Law Review. In 1971 he became the Chairman and Founder of Hatim S Zu’bi Law Office which for a while was practising as “Al Mahmood and Zu’bi” and now, following the merger, as Zu’bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants, Bahrain (including Hatim S Zu’bi & Partners and Qays H. Zu’bi Law Office in Bahrain). He is married to Judge Hassana Hussami Zu’bi. His interests include horseback riding, tennis, motor-boating, philately, current affairs and political analysis.

Firm Description

The firm provides legal services across all leading sectors in Bahrain and beyond, including banking and finance, corporate, commercial, construction, energy, IT, communications, real estate, insurance, IP, to name just a few. The firm also acts for both corporate and high net worth individuals in many diverse areas, including litigation, arbitration, property, labour, trade and family law.

We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality legal advice. In addition, we have an exceptional reputation for dealing with unconventional issues and providing innovative solutions specifically tailored to meet our clients’ legal, commercial and individual needs.

The breadth of expertise and success of the firm has been widely recognised by independent legal commentators and publications and is reflected in its client base of leaders in their fields, including both private and public institutions, government and quasi-government bodies, as well as high net worth individuals.

A diverse, multi-skilled team

Our lawyers are multicultural and multilingual, admitted to practice in many leading jurisdictions, with backgrounds in major international law firms and membership of local and international bar associations. They understand the local and international needs of our clients, and act not only as legal representatives but as trusted business advisors.

We foster an environment where people of all races, genders, religious affiliations and cultural heritage are encouraged and inspired to reach their potential. Half of our lawyers are women, and we have a good mix of local and non-Bahraini lawyers. As well as having many highly experienced Associates, we have historically nurtured local young lawyers, training them to international standards and giving them international exposure. More details can be found under our Partners and our Lawyers.

A global perspective

With clients from all over the world, it’s not just morally right to such diversity; it also makes excellent business sense.

We act as regional counsel for many foreign and local companies and represent clients across the globe from the Americas to Europe, as well as throughout the Middle East and Asia and Australia. You can see more details under our sectors.

We have also forged strategic relationships with leading regional and international law firms, specialist entities and bodies worldwide and regularly advise them on local law matters, including the issuance of legal opinions crucial to the closure of many deals. For further details, please see our business associates.

 

Koen De Puydt

Koen De Puydt heads the business law and public law department and is responsible for all real Estate / construction Law and intellectual property matters.

Koen DE PUYDT graduated in 1998 as a degree in Communication Sciences (VUB), while he worked for the independent music magazine RifRaf as a journalist. After his studies, he continued his career as a music journalist with De Standaard and Studio Brussel . At the same time he obtained his Licentiate Degree in Law, specializing in Public Law at the VUB (2002). In 2009 he obtained a Master in Business Law at the University of Antwerp.

In 2002, Koen joined a Brussels niche firm specializing in Administrative Law (urban planning and environmental law, expropriations, government contracts, and protection legislation). In the meantime he remained responsible at De Puydt van Caluwelaert for the files relating to commercial law and intellectual property law.

Two years later, Koen started working full-time at the Puydt van Cauwelaert. He was responsible for matters relating to urban planning and environmental law, real estate law, government contracts, contracting law, business law, corporate law and intellectual property law. He also publishes on these matters.

In 2010 the Puydt van Chauwelaert and GD & A Advocaten merged. Koen de Puydt, as partner, headed the Real Estate / Construction Law and Corporate Law units.

Since 2002 he has been lecturer “Contracts, Assignments and Mandates” at Syntra Brussels in the vocational training for real estate agents. In the course for Real Estate Experts, Koen lesson on construction law. He is the initiator of the Property Codex , a collection of legal texts tailored to the real estate professional. The codex is used throughout Flanders in the vocational training of the real estate agents within Syntra.

In August 2012, Koen co-founded the law firm ORYS. In April 2019, Koen together with Leo Peeters of Peeters Law have decided to set up a new law firm under the name of “Seeds of Law”. 

Koen developed a business pack. This pack allows companies to engage in legal aid without losing control of the cost of this assistance. You pay a fixed rate and enjoy numerous benefits, such as free first-line assistance, free credit management and conducting certain procedures at flat-rate prices.

Publications

Koen DE PUYDT, Ulrike BEUSELINCK en Stéphane DE KEYZER, Nieuwe woninghuur in Vlaanderen en Brussel: uw 60 antwoorden, Intersentia, 2019, 187 p.

Koen DE PUYDT, Marc LOYENS, Julie LAUWERS en Stéphane DE KEYZER, Vastgoedcodex 2018-2019, Mijnwetboek.be, 2018, (volledige editie).

Stéphane DE KEYZER en Koen DE PUYDT, “Le pouvoir discrétionnaire de l’administration. Une mise à l’épreuve en marchés publics”, Jaarboek overheidsopdrachten/ Chronique des marchés publics 2017-2018, Brussel, EBP Publishers, 2018, pp. 467-495.

Koen DE PUYDT, Marc LOYENS, Julie LAUWERS en Guy BAELDE, Stéphane DE KEYZER, Vastgoedcodex 2017-2018, Mijnwetboek.be, 2017, (volledige editie).

Stéphane DE KEYZER en Koen DE PUYDT, “Des standards privés en marchés publics. La normalisation en droit de la passation et en procédure d’exécution des marchés”, Jaarboek overheidsopdrachten/ Chronique des marchés publics 2015-2016, Brussel, EBP Publishers, 2016, pp. 753-772.

Koen DE PUYDT, Marc LOYENS, Julie LAUWERS en Guy BAELDE, Stéphane DE KEYZER, Vastgoedcodex 2016-2017, Mijnwetboek.be, 2016, achtste editie.

Stéphane DE KEYZER en Koen DE PUYDT, “Des droits de propriété intellectuelle en marchés publics“, Jaarboek Overheidsopdrachten/ Chronique des marchés publics 2014-2015, Brussel, EBP Publishers, 2015, pp. 699-712.

Koen DE PUYDT, Marc LOYENS, Julie LAUWERS en Guy BAELDE, Vastgoedcodex 2015-2016, Mijnwetboek.be, 2015, zevende editie (1ste, 2de jaar en volledige editie).

Bert KELCHTERMANS, Koen DE PUYDT en Stéphane DE KEYZER “ Enkele van de meest in het oog springende nieuwigheden met betrekking tot wijzigingen, herzieningen en onvoorziene omstandigheden in de uitvoeringsfase van overheidsopdracht“, Jaarboek Overheidsopdrachten/ Chronique des marchés publics 2013-2014, Brussel, EBP Publishers, 2014, pp. 951-965.

Koen DE PUYDT, Marc LOYENS, Julie LAUWERS en Guy BAELDE, Vastgoedcodex 2013-2014, Mijnwetboek.be, 2013, zesde editie (1ste, 2de jaar en volledige editie).

Koen DE PUYDT en Sofie ALBERT, “Schorsingsprocedure bij uiterst dringende noodzakelijkheid – Betichting van valsheid – Vertrouwelijke stukken”, noot onder arrest RvS van 23 augustus 2011, nr. 214.846,  T. Aann. 2013/2, 167-177

Koen DE PUYDT en Ulrike BEUSELINCK, “Verrijking zonder oorzaak – geval van zeldzame toepassing in het kader van overheidsopdrachten”, noot bij RB Dendermonde, 18 december 2009, T.ann. 2013, afl. 1, 75-83.

Koen DE PUYDT, Marc LOYENS en Julie LAUWERS, Vastgoedcodex 2012-2013, Mijnwetboek.be, 2012, 638 p., vijfde editie.

Raoul M. DE PUYDT, Deontologie van de Vlaamse advocaat, Intersentia, 2009, 263 p., zesde bijgewerkte en herziene editie.

Raoul M. DE PUYDT, “Overzicht van rechtspraak: Professioneel recht Vlaamse advocatuur (1987-2007)”, In: T.P.R. 2007, nr. 3, Kluwer, pp. 1733-1816.

Jan GHYSELS en Koen DE PUYDT, Parlementair Ontleed: Het Milieuvergunningsdecreet: Het basisdecreet, Uitgeverij Intersentia, Nov. 2004, 603 p.

Jan GHYSELS en Koen DE PUYDT, Parlementair Ontleed: Het Milieuvergunningsdecreet: De wijzigingsdecreten, Uitgeverij Intersentia, Maart 2005, 789 p.

Laurette Gallagher

Laurette Gallagher is Managing Director of Construction Expert Services Limited, a company providing quantum expert evidence for construction disputes proceeding to arbitration or litigation.

A Quantity Surveyor with over 30 years of experience in construction and has worked for leading international contracting and consulting organisations. Laurette has been involved with projects in Bahrain, Dubai, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the UK.

She has experience in airports (terminal buildings), bridges, commercial, hotel, public facilities and residential building projects, computer installation works, geotechnical works (marine and land), grouting works, hydro-electric and oil/gas fueled power plants, infrastructure projects, long distance horizontal directional drilling, marine structures, pipe-jacking works, process plant, rail projects, specialized foundation works, transport facilities, tunnels, utility plant and viaduct projects.

Laurette has been involved in expert work since 2003. She now concentrates on expert evidence services for matters of quantum addressing the valuation of additional and omitted works, disruption and prolongation claims, termination of contracts and common law claims for damages – in short, all financial claims made under a contract or at common law that are to be resolved through arbitration or litigation. Laurette deals with financial claims ranging from US$10 to in excess of US$200 million.

She has been involved in over 38 expert appointments in a supporting role or as Expert. Further as Managing Director of Construction Expert Services Laurette has provided guidance on a further number of appointments.

Laurette has worked with international law firms operating out of Dubai, London, Hong Kong and Singapore in respect of appointments received from contracting organizations, developers, education institutions, governments, insurance companies, power generation companies, resort hotels and casinos, for projects in Central America, Middle East, South and East Asia.

Laurette holds the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator’s Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration and has a, MSc in Construction Project Management.

In addition to expert work Laurette has also acted as Mediator and represented contracting organisations in arbitrations and mediations.

During her career Laurette has sat on the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators East Asia Branch Committee and Young Members’ Sub-committee and on the Hong Kong Mediation Council’s Construction Group Sub-committee. She has also spoken at various seminars and written articles on arbitration proceedings, mediation approaches and quantum issues.

As well as being a Quantity Surveyor, Laurette is a Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers, Practising Associate of the Academy of Experts, Member of the Institute of Arbitrators, a Qualified Dispute Resolver of the Academy of Experts and an Accredited Mediator Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel.

Construction Expert Services:

CES provides expert witness evidence for construction arbitration and litigation, for financial claims made under a contract and at common law. We provide expert evidence in respect of measurement; valuation of work; valuation of variations; disruption claims; prolongation claims; cost claims; and damages.

We have been appointed in many large and complex disputes involving projects for commercial, public and residential buildings; airports; bridges; marine works and structures; process plants; rail; road; tunnels; utility infrastructure; and viaducts.

Collectively, CES’ Directors and Associate Directors have a wealth of construction knowledge and have provided expert evidence for over 20 years in over 80 projects at hearings in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Macau, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Qatar, for disputes ranging from US$10 to US$200 million.

What sets CES apart is our construction knowledge; our experience in providing expert evidence; our full understanding of the role and responsibilities of giving expert evidence; and our integrity.

Jordon J. Kimura

Jordon Kimura is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Trusts, Estate Planning, and Wealth Management practice groups. His practice focuses primarily on civil, commercial, construction, and probate (wills and trusts) litigation, health care law, medical malpractice defense, and estate planning.

Mr. Kimura’s key litigation accomplishments include obtaining a dismissal of a construction lawsuit for a large bridge defect case on the basis of the economic loss rule and dismissal of claims against a health care plan provider for purported wrongdoing with respect to health care coverage. As a member of the Firm’s Trusts, Estate Planning, and Wealth Management Practice Group, Mr. Kimura brings his litigation experience and expertise to effectively counsel clients on asset protection planning while also planning for the surviving spouse and helping to ensure a continuing legacy.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Mr. Kimura graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in mathematics, achieving the highest honors designation in his major. He then returned home to attend the University of Hawai’i, William S. Richardson School of Law (“Richardson”), where he received numerous scholastic awards, including the Phi Delta Phi Balfour National Scholarship for scholastic merit and awards for obtaining the highest grades in Advanced Torts & Insurance Law, Negotiation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Second Year Seminar. Mr. Kimura served as a Comments Editor for Richardson’s law review and a Senior Writing Associate & Teaching Assistant for the Richardson Writing Center Board. In 2009, he graduated summa cum laude from Richardson.

Mr. Kimura has served on the firm’s marketing committee and is currently chair of the hiring committee. As part of his commitment to giving back to the community, Mr. Kimura provides pro bono assistance to the Sex Abuse Treatment Center at Kapiolani Medical Center and is an officer and director of the non-profit Hawaii Coalition Against Sex Assault.

The Estate & Trust Law Practice:

The estate planning and probate group concentrates on the areas of estate planning, probate, elder law, and estate/trust administration. Services encompass estate tax planning and preparation of estate planning instruments, including trusts, wills and estate planning entities such as family limited partnerships. The Group is involved in domiciliary and ancillary probate matters, and counsels clients in Medicaid and other planning areas affecting senior citizens.

McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon:

Trusting the right law firm to represent you or your business is essential. That firm should understand you or your company, offer creative solutions to your commercial and legal challenges, and always maintain a keen eye on the big picture.

At McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP (M4), we understand that the most valuable legal advice comes after walking in our client’s shoes. Our clients demand real world advice, not law school answers. We meet their demands by providing the same sort of advice we would want: solution-oriented, practical, and timely.

William E. Franczek

Bill Franczek is a partner with Vandeventer Black and is in the Firm’s Norfolk office. Bill was formerly a civil engineer working in construction, and his practice focuses on construction law, public contract law, and alternative dispute resolution. His extensive background in the construction field includes commercial building projects, highway projects, power plants, pulp and paper mills, rail projects, petrochemical facilities, airports, and marine terminals.

Regionally, nationally and internationally, Bill handles claim preparation, negotiation, and litigation/arbitration on behalf of construction industry clients. His experience includes privately-owned projects; federal, state and local public projects; and hybrid developments such as public-private partnership projects. His clients span across the construction industry and include owners and developers of large projects, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and suppliers. Bill has also served in leadership roles in many construction trade associations, including the ABA Forum on Construction Law, The Associated General Contractors of Virginia, Builders and Contractors Exchange of Hampton Roads Virginia, The Associated Builders and Contractors of Virginia, and the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Design Build Institute of America.

Bill is regarded as an expert in mediation, arbitration and conflict management. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National and International Construction Panel for arbitrators and mediators as well as its Mega Project Panel List, from which he has served across the nation as a neutral in all types of construction disputes. Bill is also a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators and has served on over 200 ADR matters both privately and for the AAA. He is also currently a member of several Dispute Resolution Boards across the country.

Bill was recently inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Construction Lawyers, a national organization of lawyers who have demonstrated skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of construction law, and who are dedicated to excellence in the specialized practice of construction law.

The Construction Law Practice:

Our Construction attorneys team with our construction clients to help them achieve business vision and goals, solve problems, and resolve disputes. Our mission doing so is to provide our construction clients with excellent, innovative, and cost effective legal services for our clients. In fulfilling that mission, we bring our Construction Practice Group’s wide array of both legal and practical construction project experiences to our clients.

Vandeventer Black’s Construction Law services include:

· Contract negotiations and preparations, including company formations, teaming agreements, joint ventures, and project financing
· Contract and other disputes resolution, including claims analysis, claims preparation, and claims resolution through mechanic’s liens, payment bonds, mediation, arbitration, litigation or other disputes processes
· Safety, environmental and other regulatory compliance, including assessments, action planning, administrative hearings, and appellate proceedings
· Employment contracts, wages and regulatory compliance, including wage determinations, benefits, right-to-work laws, labor agreements, and non-competes
· Procurement fraud compliance, including false claims acts, qui tam actions, whistleblower matters, crimes against corporations, and white collar criminal actions

Our Construction Law experiences include projects of varied sizes, types, and complexity, including vertical, horizontal, heavy civil, and industrial construction projects, and including many types of projects within those sectors such as commercial buildings, multi-family housing projects, airports, marine terminals, shipyards, bridges, highways, schools, hospitals, electric power generation facilities, and wastewater treatment plants. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, state and local government agencies, architecture and engineering firms, international, regional and local contractors, specialty subcontractors, and suppliers.

While disputes are an unfortunate aspect of construction, we focus on preventive law to help our clients evaluate risks and avoid disputes, but for those that cannot be avoided identify issues early to help develop prompt, effective and cost-efficient solutions. Our training and internal assessments improve our clients’ business processes, and when needed we provide in-the-field assessments and advice to identify issues and formulate solutions for them.

Our Construction Team members include attorneys with field experience, civil and mechanically degreed engineers, a registered professional engineer, and a registered architect with extensive experience in forensic architecture. Our Construction Team attorneys are licensed in a variety of states including Virginia, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Florida, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York, and have handled construction matters nationally and internationally.

Vandeventer Black LLP:

We are a dynamic business and litigation law firm established in 1883. We focus on responsiveness and results while providing internationally recognized services across a wide variety of legal sectors. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, our accomplished attorneys assist clients from offices located in Virginia, North Carolina and Germany.

At our firm, you will know that you are important. Our size and collective experience allow us to offer you the best legal advice available with the personal attention and value you might expect from a much smaller firm.

We take an integrative approach to client services. We are a firm that represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Our AV® rated attorneys include qualified arbitrators and mediators for the American Arbitration Association, architects, and mechanical, chemical and civil engineers. Others hold MBAs or other advanced degrees in their areas of practice and are recognized by their peers as being among the best in the legal profession.

When you sit down with us, we will bring the highest level of legal talent to the table. Our expertise spans many disciplines, including bankruptcy and collections, commercial transactions, creditors’ rights, criminal defense, director and officer liability, eminent domain and land use, environmental, ERISA, intellectual property, labor and employment, maritime and admiralty, professional liability, regulatory compliance, trust and estate planning, and workers’ compensation. Vandeventer Black routinely represents clients in administrative proceedings, alternative dispute resolution, litigation, and appeals.

Michael L. Burnett

Michael L. Burnett focuses his practice primarily on construction litigation and all aspects of construction law, with a concentration on the representation of owners, general contractors, subcontractors and others in the construction industry.

He assists clients through all stages of construction projects, including preparing and negotiating construction contracts, advising owners and contractors during the project so as to avoid and resolve disputes during projects, and litigating disputes subsequent to project completion. Michael has tried lawsuits to verdict in state and federal courts, both in Texas and outside of the state. In addition, he has tried a number of domestic and international arbitrations.

The Construction Law Practice:

Greenberg Traurig’s Construction Law Practice assists clients from the initial conception and delivery planning of a construction project, through procurement and bidding, in the negotiation and drafting of contracts, throughout construction, to project close-out and the resolution of disputes. Our experience is rooted in a diverse client base, which includes developers, public and private owners, designers and consultants, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, insurance companies, and lenders. Our lawyers are recognized locally and nationally as leaders in the area of construction law and the majority of our construction lawyers practice only construction law, either transactional or arbitration and litigation.

We believe that GT’s construction transactional practice makes us better litigators, our construction litigation practice makes us better transactional lawyers, and our combined practices give us unique insights that distinguish us from other firms. Supported by the multidisciplinary resources of one of the country’s largest law firms, GT applies its deep knowledge and experience to effectively address all of the issues that commonly arise on construction projects.

Greenberg Traurig:

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the second largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2016, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100.

Michael K. De Chiara

Known for strategic thinking and successful representation of numerous clients in some of the most high profile construction cases of the last 20 years, Michael K. De Chiara is one of the pre-eminent construction lawyers in the country. Mr. De Chiara regularly represents clients in domestic and international construction disputes where the hard dollar amounts in controversy exceed $100 million.

For example, he defended the engineer in the collapse of a major casino, and the resultant claims of over $300 million. He prevailed on behalf of another (engineer) in a suit brought by a large California hospital where the claim exceeded $150 million. Mr. De Chiara is the only construction attorney in private practice who has represented the Federal General Services Administration, defending it against a claim in excess of $100 million in connection with a major Federal office building. Mr. De Chiara has also represented the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority in several major litigations. Mr. De Chiara is currently involved in the most high profile construction dispute in the United States involving a large condominium in San Francisco. Mr. De Chiara is also highly regarded in the area of construction contract negotiation and drafting. For example, he represented the United Nations in developing their model design build agreement to be used throughout the world. He has drafted owner-contractor agreements for construction budgets up to $850 million on behalf of New York City’s most prominent real estate owners.

Recently, Mr. De Chiara was retained to negotiate the largest private Project Labor Agreement for a single building in the history of the United States. He has been involved in Public Private Partnership ventures and has negotiated and drafted contracts for Integrated Project Delivery projects. Mr. De Chiara was involved in negotiating and drafting the engineering contracts for the rebuild of the World Trade Center buildings in New York, representing clients dealing with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Silverstein Properties. He negotiated the architectural contract for the World Trade Center Memorial, the engineering and architectural contracts for the Hudson Yards Development, the largest private building development in the history of the United States, and architectural and engineering contracts for virtually every other building type in the country. Mr. De Chiara is active in many organizations and serves on the Boards of Directors of The New York Landmarks Conservancy and The New York Building Foundation.

In addition, Mr. De Chiara serves as the General Counsel for the American Institute of Architects, New York State and the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York. On a pro-bono basis, he litigated to protect and preserve the famous Picasso work Le Tricorne, which was located in the Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building in New York City. Mr. De Chiara is a recipient of the AIA New York State President’s Citation for Outstanding Service, and the March of Dimes’ Thomas E. Diana Spirit of Volunteerism Award in recognition of his dedication to the community.

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP:

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP is a leading national construction law firm committed to providing sophisticated and innovative legal and business advisory services related to real estate, design, and construction for a wide spectrum of industries.

Our attorneys include individuals with in-house construction counsel experience, architecture and engineering degrees, and LEED accreditation. The firm provides counsel throughout the planning, design and construction process, from drafting and negotiating contracts to outlining risk management strategies. We have extensive experience representing clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and also advise on business formation, licensing and corporate issues.

Zetlin & De Chiara has extensive experience in both traditional and emerging contracting methodologies for Owners and Developers, Architects, Engineers and other Design Professionals, Construction Managers and Contractors, Insurance Carriers and Financial Institutions.

Kory D. George

Kory George is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee and is co-chair of the Firm’s Construction Law, Commercial Litigation, and Dispute Resolution practice groups. He has practiced law with Woods & Aitken LLP since 2003, with an emphasis in construction law, construction litigation, and commercial litigation. His experience includes advising and representing construction industry participants and commercial entities in all aspects of claim and dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation, arbitration, dispute review boards, and litigation at the state and federal court levels. Kory has experience representing clients on a multitude of projects both regionally and nationally. In addition, he also has extensive experience in contract drafting, contract negotiations, and the legal aspects of project management.

Kory has presented nationally at the ABA Construction Industry Forum, Construction SuperConference, and Concentrated Course in Construction Contracts. He has made numerous national, regional, and local presentations for various construction industry associations, such as the AGC, ABC, ASA, CFMA, DBIA, AIA, NECA, IEC and various other trade and professional organizations. He has authored several articles published in periodicals such as The Construction Lawyer and The Journal of American College of Construction Lawyers. Kory was lead editor on a number of contract drafting working groups for ConsensusDocs. He is an active member in the ABA Forum on Construction Law and several other regional and local industry trade organizations.

Kory is recognized as an AV Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and is repeatedly selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Construction Law. He is a prior recipient of the Attorney Council Member of the Year by American Subcontractors Association of Colorado (ASAC).

The Construction Law Practice:

Woods & Aitken LLP’s national construction law practice group has counseled clients in the construction industry throughout the United States since the Firm’s founding in 1921. This tradition and dedication to the construction industry provides the experience and knowledge from which creative, value-driven, and ethical solutions to the challenges facing our construction clients can be achieved. Our service-oriented philosophy fuels our commitment to long-term client relationships and enables us to provide effective solutions consistent with the goals and business propositions of our clients.

Woods & Aitken counsels companies from all facets of the construction industry. Our clients include general contractors, trade contractors, specialty subcontractors, project owners, architects, engineers, suppliers, and sureties working on a variety of types of construction projects. We have experience in all legal aspects of the construction process from bid to project closeout.

When disputes arise, Woods & Aitken strives to work with our clients to identify the key issues and develop efficient and cost-effective approaches to early resolution. We have obtained favorable settlements for our clients through mediations, dispute review boards and other early resolution processes. However, if resolution cannot be achieved short of trial, our team has extensive experience in construction litigation having achieved success in arbitrations, state and federal courts, and other evidentiary proceedings.

Woods & Aitken LLP:

Since 1921, Woods & Aitken LLP has focused its practice of law on achieving long-term client success on local, regional, and national levels. Our commitment to client service has fueled the expansion from our original Lincoln, Nebraska office to offices in Denver, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; and Washington, D.C. We are at our best when we focus on leveraging our firm’s broad expertise to assist individuals and businesses reach their goals.

Client service is the hallmark of everything we do. Integrity, hard work, an understanding of the law, and an even deeper understanding of our clients’ concerns are the foundation upon which we serve. To excel, we believe our commitment to service must be delivered by attorneys who demonstrate the highest levels of academic achievement, strive to be world-class in their chosen area of practice, and understand their success as legal professionals is first and foremost determined by their ability to provide superior legal solutions to their clients.