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Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

Construction

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What the team is known for

Boutique construction firm with an impressive international client base. Boasts a deep bench of highly experienced construction law specialists handling a wide variety of contentious and noncontentious mandates. Regularly advises clients on high-value dispute resolution proceedings domestically and internationally. Noted for its expertise in the power and industrial sectors and also involved in the construction of a number of high-end rail, highway and airport developments.

Strengths

An impressed client says: "They are the best construction attorneys I know; they are extremely experienced, practical, they get into the weeds and know every detail of the case and help you use it to your advantage."

Another notes: "The performance of this firm is outstanding and exceptional. The team is efficient, punctual, affable, flexible and cost-efficient."

A source comments: "It is an excellent firm with a good construction law practice."

Work highlights

Represented Skanska in multiple subcontractor disputes relating to the new headquarters for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority.

Notable practitioners

Brian Dugdale advises on a wide array of construction matters, including contract negotiation, joint venture formation and dispute resolution.

Christopher Burke is noted for his expertise in complex construction disputes, advising on litigation as well as arbitration proceedings. He has particular experience in matters relating to the construction of power plants and public infrastructure.
"He is meticulous and has high capability to comprehend complex facts and technical matters with respect to construction and his technique of cross-examination is first class." "He is incredible - he is so smart and has a great way about him."

Joseph Guarino primarily handles dispute resolution in the construction sector, including major claims relating to the development of energy facilities, hotel complexes and commercial buildings.
"He is one of the best construction lawyers I have ever worked with; he is really practical and experienced."

Paul Varela maintains an excellent reputation as a leading construction practitioner with broad experience in both contentious and noncontentious matters relating to large commercial development and infrastructure projects.
"He is outstanding in terms of both his personality and his capability as a legal expert." "He is absolutely at the top of the list for construction matters."

Todd Metz focuses his practice on disputes, with experience in arbitration proceedings as well as litigation relating to major domestic and international construction projects.
"He is an outstanding arbitration strategist; he is knowledgeable and shows excellent ability to comprehend complex technical matters." "He is fantastic, impressive and gives good value."

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Overview

The core of VLMG’s practice is devoted to the construction and engineering industry. All of VLMG’s partners have devoted their careers to construction law, where they counsel clients through dispute resolution on some of the most complex of construction disputes. VLMG advises its clients in federal and state courts, arbitration, and other forums of dispute resolution, including international arbitration (as explained more fully immediately below). VLMG’s team has substantial experience handling major litigations and arbitrations on national and global mega-projects, but also provides sound advice on more local disputes for its wide client base.

Clients

Balfour Beatty

Clark Construction

DPR Construction

Gilbane Building Company

Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Parsons Transportation Group

Industries

Commercial Litigation

Construction

Government Contracts

International Construction Arbitration

Surety

Construction

Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

firm
Location

1600 Tysons Blvd, Suite 900

Tysons Corner

Virginia

USA

VA 22102

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Ranked Lawyers

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 Dugdale
Band 4
Christopher Burke
Band 3
Joseph S Guarino
Band 3
Paul A Varela
Band 1
Todd R Metz
Band 2