For over 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 as well as prosecuting and defending a wide-range of design claims 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 and being named a Fellow with the Construction Lawyers Society of America, an invitation-only construction lawyer honorary society.
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 and prosecuting 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 settlements of claims and disputes before more costly litigation or arbitration proceedings might otherwise develop. As a part of his practice, Andy drafts, review and edits construction contracts and subcontracts for his clients. In addition, Andy is a noted contributor to industry publications and often is invited to speak at industry meetings and in-house seminars for clients as well as lecturing at legal education seminars on various aspects of construction law.
Andy has had successful trial experiences in state and federal court. In addition, Andy has successfully argued cases before 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 multi-story, residential construction development. He successfully represented a client in the recovery of an arbitration award in excess of $600,000 on a cost-plus contract arising out of project in the District of Columbia. Recently, Andy represented a contractor in an arbitration wherein the client obtain a substantial arbitration award in its favor while defeating a multi-million dollar counterclaim arising out of a commercial tenant fit-out project.
* 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"
Past-Member, Rees Broome, PC Executive Committee
Chair of Rees Broome, PC’s Construction Law Group
Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
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)