Co-Chair of the Construction Practice Group
Michael McKeeman is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw and is co-chair of the Construction Practice Group. Mr. McKeeman specializes in transactional and litigation matters throughout Northern and Southern California involving construction law, real estate, and complex commercial matters. He is a member of the California Association of General Contractor’s Legal Advisory Committee. Mr. McKeeman has significant experience in representing public and private owners, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in construction disputes. He also aids owners, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in contract drafting, contract negotiation, contract interpretation, bid protests, differing site conditions, bid protests, extra work, changes, payment disputes, design defects, construction defects, warranty claims, and delay and other impact claims.
Co-Chair of the Construction Practice Group
Alison Ashford is a partner in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw and is co-chair of the Construction Practice Group. Ms. Ashford’s primary focus is on the structuring of projects together with the drafting and negotiation of a broad range of project and project-related agreements. She has represented stakeholders in infrastructure projects in the United States and abroad, including those delivered via public-private partnership (at the government, sponsor, design-builder, and subcontractor levels). The infrastructure has included airports, rail stations, toll roads, waste water plants, desalination plants, and educational facilities. In parallel, Ms. Ashford represents developers and contractors in the structuring and development of a large range of commercial, industrial, high-rise residential, hospitality and sporting facility projects across the United States and the globe.
Editor of The Construction Seyt Blog
Jason Smith is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. His practice focuses on the representation of owners, design-builders, design professionals, construction managers, and general contractors in all phases of the construction process. Mr. Smith’s pre-construction experience includes drafting and negotiating construction, construction management, and design agreements. During the course of a project, Mr. Smith regularly assists clients with resolving design and construction issues to allow for project completion while preserving their rights. When disputes cannot be amicably resolved, Mr. Smith assists clients with pursing their rights through litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Editor of The Construction Seyt Blog
Anthony LaPlaca is the editor of The Construction Seyt and an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. He handles a broad range of complex litigation matters with emphasis on construction law and government contracts. Mr. LaPlaca represents owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in performance and payment disputes at both the federal and state level. He has experience litigating construction defects cases, delay and inefficiency claims, terminations for default, statutory mechanics liens, and bond claims.
Edward (Teddie) Arnold is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. He focuses his practice on complex construction disputes in state and federal courts across the United States, as well as in the area of government contracts. He represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and sureties in disputes arising out of construction contracts, bonds and indemnity agreements. Mr. Arnold also represents government contractors in a variety of aspects, including bid protests, counseling, compliance, and dispute resolution. He has participated in litigation before the federal courts, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and other administrative tribunals and agencies.
David Blake is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. He holds an undergraduate degree in architecture, and he has been a LEED ® Accredited Professional since 2006. As such, he offers his clients a rare background that is particularly valuable given the technically oriented nature of construction law, and the broad use of LEED ® standards across the country by federal and local agencies, as well as the private sector. Mr. Blake represents owners, developers, general contractors, design-builders, construction managers, subcontractors, and design professionals in all phases of the construction process. His experience during the pre-construction phase includes drafting and negotiating construction, construction management, engineer-procure-construct (EPC), design-build, design, and equipment purchase agreements.
Suzanna Bonham is a parnter in the Houston office of Seyfarth Shaw. Ms. Bonham focuses her practice primarily on commercial litigation—handling litigation in the areas of energy/oil and gas, healthcare, transportation, construction and real estate. In addition to these areas, Ms. Bonham also has significant experience handling matters involving employment issues (including non-compete and trade secret), personal injury (including environmental and asbestos exposure), commercial class actions, and product liability.
Mr. Buch has substantial experience in all manner of construction and real estate disputes at the federal, state, and appellate court levels including commercial mortgage and mechanics lien foreclosure litigation; breach of warranty and defective work claims, delay and acceleration claims, title disputes, payment and performance bond liability, insurance coverage issues, and public sector construction contracts and claims. Mr. Buch also has substantial experience in other commercial contract disputes, fraud and fraudulent transfer claims, class action litigation, trade secrets, and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
Gregg Dulik is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw. Mr. Dulik has extensive experience drafting and negotiating construction and design contract documents; handling bid protests and licensing issues; counseling clients during the course of construction in order to help them minimize project risks and maximum the potential for project success; and pursuing and defending claims of all types, including claims for delay and disruption, extra or defective work, incomplete or defective design, differing site conditions, terminations for default and convenience, lien and bond issues, and post-completion warranty issues.
Anne Dunne is an associate in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw. She is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Construction, Securities, Financial and Directors & Officers Litigation, Consumer Financial Services Litigation and Distribution & Franchise Litigation and Counseling practice groups. Ms. Dunne is also a member of the White Collar, Internal Investigations and False Claims Team. Her clients include banking institutions, manufacturers, supermarkets, contractors and various other business ventures.
Jospeh Dyer is senior counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. He focuses his practice on government contracts, export controls, and international law. Mr. Dyer has participated in litigation before the federal courts, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and other administrative tribunals and agencies.
Sara Farabow is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. She has extensive experience in contract drafting and international arbitration on behalf of both project owners and prime contractors involving a wide variety of projects, primarily in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, ranging from upscale hotel developments to military bases. In addition, Ms. Farabow is co-leader of the International Dispute Resolution Group, a national cross-practice team at Seyfarth Shaw.
Donald Featherstun is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation with an emphasis on government contract law. As a result, he has extensive trial and claims preparation experience. He has tried cases in a variety of forums including federal courts, state courts, boards of contract appeals, state administrative bodies, and private arbitrations. The Defense Industry Initiative (DII) recently selected Mr. Featherstun and Seyfarth Shaw at Work (SSAW) as the Coordinator Team for DII. DII is a non-profit organization formed by many of the top defense companies in the U.S. Its mission is the continued promotion and advancement of a culture of ethical conduct in every company that provides products and services to the U.S. Armed Forces. In his position, Mr. Featherstun has been selected to serve as a liaison with the defense industry stakeholders.
Bennett Greenberg is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. His practice includes negotiating and drafting contracts in connection with some of the country’s most complex and visible projects, including some of the largest public-private partnership (P3) projects presently under construction. Mr. Greenberg also has successfully mediated, litigated, and arbitrated large, complex, multi-party construction disputes, involving large infrastructure project stadiums, and a variety of government contract projects.
Jay Houghton is senior counsel in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw. Mr. Houghton specializes in all facets of construction litigation with a sub-specialty in government contracting. His work with owners, developers, contractors, design professionals, sureties and insurers has given him in-depth experience assisting his clients during their pre-project planning, through to contract administration, project execution and close out, as well as resolution of their post-completion disputes.
Jeffrey Hummel is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. He represents contractors, owners, and design professionals on a wide array of international and domestic projects, including large civil works, hydroelectric projects, power plants, pipelines, professional and collegiate sports stadiums, office buildings, and condominiums. Mr. Hummel’s expertise includes drafting and negotiating contracts and providing contract administration advice during the course of the design and construction process. He takes a proactive approach in resolving contested issues promptly so as to minimize impacts to the ongoing work, while maximizing his clients’ positions and rights in the event of subsequent disputes.
Mark Johnson is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw. He is an accomplished construction attorney, having represented owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in a variety of disputes. Mr. Johnson is also an accomplished commercial litigator, with particular experience in real estate litigation, having represented institutional investors, commercial landlords and owners, as well as commercial tenants in a variety of disputes.
Robert Lafayette is counsel in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw. Mr. Lafayette’s practice is largely construction-focused involving the representation of developers, contractors, construction managers, and subcontractors in all facets of their business (administrative best practices, contract drafting and negotiation, delay and extra work claims, mechanic’s lien and bond claims, etc.). Mr. Lafayette also has experience representing sureties in payment and performance bond matters and insurers in construction-related matters. He has also represented community associations and is experienced in governance, drafting and amendment of governing documents, and covenant enforcement matters.
Patty Lee is counsel in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw. Her practice focuses on representing owners and contractors mitigate risks and resolve disputes on construction projects. Ms. Lee has significant experience drafting and negotiating agreements with owners, contractors and designers on a wide variety of public and private projects, such as high-rise office buildings, shopping complexes, hotels, wineries, condominiums, parking structures, schools, stadiums, parks, and infrastructure projects. She also assists owners and contractors resolve disputes through claims preparation and presentation, mediation, litigation, and arbitration.
James Newland is a licensed architect and partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. He represents owners and general contractors in contentious and non-contentions construction matters involving government and private construction projects. Mr. Newland’s practice involves drafting and negotiating construction contracts and procurement documents such as RFPs for design, construction, EPC, or design-build services, providing advice during the design phase and during the contractor’s preconstruction services, and providing analysis and advice on the preparation, prosecution and defense of claims during the construction phase. The remainder of his work focuses on representing clients in mediation, arbitration, or litigation of complex claims involving construction and design issues on private and government construction projects.
Richard McKim Preston is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. He focuses his practice on U.S. and international construction disputes, as well as government contracts. He has represented private and public clients in disputes before U.S. courts and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Mr. Preston has served as an arbitrator and DRB member in dozens of dispute resolution proceedings administered by the AAA, ICC, and other organizations.
Leah Rochwarg is a partner in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw. She possesses an understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources, and processes which assists her in counseling public and private clients who either voluntarily or by virtue of local, state, or federal requirements seek to design, construct, or renovate utilizing green or sustainable building practices. Ms. Rochwarg’s practice focuses on the representation of construction, energy, and real estate industry clients, with an emphasis on construction and commercial litigation and construction law.
Michael Wagner is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. Mr. Wagner’s practice includes the representation of owners, developers, design professionals, general contractors, and subcontractors in complex construction, design, and surety-related disputes on both public and private projects. Mr. Wagner counsels clients on mechanic’s liens, payment and performance bond matters, delay and impact claims, design errors and omissions, subcontractor disputes, and construction defects. Mr. Wagner also assists clients in preparing and prosecuting requests for equitable adjustment and claims against government agencies (local, state and federal), and advises clients on contract drafting and negotiation, and issues that arise during project delivery.
Charles (Chuck) Wall is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. Mr. Wall is a trusted advisor on complex public-private partnerships (P3s or PPPs) and infrastructure development. Building on the common ground between business and government, he helps clients craft successful partnering arrangements for large-scale transportation and social infrastructure projects. His experience is extensive and involves some of the largest, most unique and most complicated P3 projects in the U.S., several of which involve capital expenditures in the billions.
Wendy Wendrowski is senior counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. Ms. Wendrowski represents her construction clients (public and private owners, general contractors, and subcontractors) in transactional work and litigation matters. Her litigation experience includes prosecuting and defending against construction defect and delay claims, breach of contract claims, change order and extra work disputes, requests for equitable adjustment, and claims of violation of federal and state False Claims Acts. Ms. Wendrowski prepares and negotiates construction contracts, other related agreements and documents, and construction claims, and counsels her clients on a wide variety of issues arising on construction projects, including contract interpretation, claim documentation, and dispute avoidance and resolution. Ms. Wendrowski has experience working with disadvantaged business enterprises (“DBEs”) and companies participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program.
Rebecca Woods is a partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw. Ms. Woods has a broad and winning first-chair complex civil litigation practice handling matters up to $100 million for Fortune 100 companies. She litigates and counsels clients on myriad complex contractual and business tort issues rooted in real estate, joint venture, insurance, construction, trade secrets and intellectual property infringement, privacy, and employment. Her practice encompasses a broad range of industries including financial services, insurance, real estate, construction, manufacturing, retail, transportation, energy, and government contractors. Her practice is national in scope and she has tried jury and bench trials in state and federal courts.