Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

Construction Department

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What the team is known for Experienced team with a large presence in Northern California. Handles the full gamut of construction law matters, from contract drafting to project management and dispute resolution. Particular focus on public work projects, often acting for state, federal and local governments. Also acts for major energy, transportation and engineering corporations.

Strengths One client says: "This firm consistently delivers great results for great value. They are my go-to firm for construction law-related issues and litigation."

Another adds: "The team’s strengths are their knowledge of construction and surety law, as well as the underlying construction issues, processes and techniques. They also know a lot of players in the industry."

A third client remarks: "They are fantastic. They're the people that we go to first when we have a problem. It's because they understand our business and have good business acumen."

Work highlights Represented Webcor in $60 million in claims arising from its $4.5 billion joint venture transportation terminal project in San Francisco.

Notable practitioners

Bennett Lee maintains a significant construction practice, representing clients in arbitrations, construction contract disputes and projects. He has particular experience advising on transportation infrastructure. One client calls him "fabulously knowledgeable, practical and responsive," while other sources describe him as "very strategic."