For thirty years, Andy has specialized in assisting and representing clients in the construction industry, including property owners, prominent regional general contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, architects and engineers. His practice focuses on construction-related issues, including claim evaluation and presentation and prosecuting and defending a wide-range of design and construction-related disputes. He has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration proceedings. Given the prominence of insurers in the construction industry, Andy has gained expertise in working with defense counsel on claim-related issues. This cumulative experience has earned him the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
More specifically, Andy’s background and experience naturally lends itself to counseling clients in the industry on such critical issues as negotiating contracts, avoiding potential claims, resolving change order disputes, filing mechanic’s liens and pursuing payment bond claims. Andy has experience in reviewing, evaluating and defending claims asserted against design professionals for alleged errors and omissions. Clients turn to him to for advice in negotiating claim settlements before more costly litigation or arbitration proceedings might otherwise develop. He has become a noted contributor to industry publications and often is invited to speak at industry meetings and teach in-house seminars for construction managers as well as teaching legal education seminars on various aspects of construction law.
Andy has had successful trial experiences in state and federal court, including the Virginia Supreme Court and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. In one case, he won a jury verdict in excess of $2,000,000 for his contractor client on deferred payment agreements arising out of a residential construction development in southwest Virginia. He won an arbitration award for a client in excess of $600,000 in change order claims on a cost-plus contract dealing with a residential renovation of a Washington, D.C. townhouse. Andy also prevailed on a technical mechanic’s lien issue in a matter decided by the Virginia Supreme Court.
- Synchronized Construction Services, Inc. v. Prav Lodging, LLC, et al., 288 Va. 356, 764 S.E.2d 61 (Va. 2014).
- DeCarlo, et al. v. Board of Zoning Appeals, et. al., 78 Va. Cir. 88 (2009).
- Djourabchi v. Self, 571 F. Supp. 2d 41 (D.D.C. 2008).
- Madeoy v. American Arbitration Association, et al., 534 F. Supp. 2d 138 (D.D.C. 2008)
- Gelles & Sons Gen’l Contr. Inc. v. Jeffery Stack, Inc., 264 Va. 285 (2002).
- Micro Products, Inc. v. Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc., et. al., 49 Va. Cir. 24 (1999).
News & Publications
Contributing Author, “Construction Disputes, Representing the Contractor,” Aspen Law & Business, Third Edition, 2001.
Contributing Author and Seminar Faculty, “Virginia Construction and Mechanic’s Liens,” Professional Education Systems Institute, LLC, 2004.
Contributing Author and Seminar Faculty, “Avoiding the Pain-Negotiating Those Difficult Contract Clauses” National Electrical Contractors Association, Jacksonville, Florida, May 2005.
Contributing Author and Seminar Faculty, “Change Order and Claims,” National Business Institute, 2005.
Contributing Author and Seminar Faculty, “Understanding Contracts” American Subcontractor Association of Metro Washington formally The DC Metropolitan Subcontractors Association, 2004-5.
Contributing Author and Seminar Faculty, “What to Do When Construction Projects Go Bad in Virginia,” Lorman Educational Services, July 2006.
Seminar Participant and Contributor, America Arbitration Association Construction Roundtable, Washington, D.C. 2008.
Contributing Author and Seminar Faculty, “Fundamental of Real Estate Law,” National Business Institute, 2009.
Contributing Author and Seminar Faculty, “Virginia Construction Law,” HalfMoon, LLC 2010.
Contributing Author and Seminar Faculty, “Construction Law 2011-Practical Advice for Contracting, Preserving Claims and Resolving Disputes,” Katz & Stone, L.L.P., 2011.
Contributing Author and Seminar Faculty, “The Essentials of Project Management,” American Subcontractor Association of Metro Washington formally The DC Metropolitan Subcontractors Association, 2000-2009.
Mechanic’s Liens and Your Condominium Unit (November 2013 Quorum Magazine)
Seminar Moderator: "Change Orders in Virginia"
Member, Rees Broome Executive Committee
National Law Journal. 2017 Top Rated Lawyer, DC Metro Area (2017)
National Law Journal’s Top Rated Lawyer in Construction Law (2016)
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell
American Lawyer “Legal Leaders” (2013 - 2014)
American Lawyer's national "Top-Rated" in Construction Law (2014)
Virginia Bar Association (Construction Section)