Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

Construction Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading construction specialist firm renowned for its breadth of experience and coverage. Regularly provides counsel on large-scale projects, with a notable focus on energy and infrastructure developments. Stands out for its work on contentious matters, offering a fine track record in both litigation and arbitration. Also offers expertise in sureties disputes.

Strengths Clients say it's "an excellent surety and construction firm; they excel in large, complicated construction matters."

Other clients emphasize that "the firm is very strong in the construction sector. You can count on them to have a deep knowledge of esoteric topics that arise in construction litigation."

Work highlights Represented Kiewit Power Constructors in a dispute with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power regarding costs incurred following delays in the delivery of equipment.

Notable practitioners

Carter Reid handles work across a broad spectrum of construction and surety law matters, acting on behalf of contracts, owners, architects and sureties companies. He is frequently engaged in contract disputes.

Lewis Baker is the managing partner of the firm and remains a well-regarded practitioner for his experience handling a range of construction arbitration and litigation claims. His litigation experience extends into surety and architect claims, as well as covering government contract bid protests in both state and federal court.

Robert Fitzgerald is highly regarded by clients for his ability to "provide invaluable counsel; he is a true adviser." He works with clients in the private construction industry as well as federal, state and local government entities in public constitution matters. He has extensive experience working on contentious and noncontentious matters concerning both private and publicly tendered contracts.

Shelly Ewald has a “phenomenal national practice," according to sources. An experienced practitioner, she covers construction and procurement disputes both domestically and internationally. She possesses notable experience in energy project developments.

"Skilled practitioner" Vivian Katsantonis has a reputable practice in construction contracting and disputes matters. Her noncontentious work spans all manner of construction contract agreements as well as joint venture, consortium and indemnity agreements, among others. She is also an experienced litigator of commercial and construction claims.