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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

Construction

4 ranked lawyersBand 2VirginiaUSA 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Specialist construction firm that regularly works with clients on dispute resolution and mandates relating to government contracts. Possesses deep expertise and experience in the mediation and arbitration of major international disputes, including claims for increased costs. Also represents clients in connection with contract drafting, bidding and negotiation.

Work highlights

Smith Pachter McWhorter defended WSP USA against allegations of a breach of the standard of care in the design of a large bore tunnel that formed part of a combined sewer overflow project.

Notable practitioners

Brian Vella has more than three decades of experience handling construction disputes as well as advising on contractual interpretation and risk avoidance strategy.

Jennifer Mahar is an experienced construction lawyer with a particular focus on high-value disputes. She regularly acts for clients in trials, as well as in arbitrations.

Richard Smith offers extensive experience in construction disputes and is regularly called upon for his services as a mediator and arbitrator.

Val McWhorter is a highly experienced construction attorney who is regularly sought out for his expertise as a mediator.
"Val McWhorter is the best attorney I have worked with in my career."

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Virginia

Construction


Brian Vella
Band 1
Jennifer Mahar
Band 4

Construction: Mediators


Richard F Smith
Band 1
Val S McWhorter
Band 1