Managing Partner: Lewis J Baker
Number of partners: 36
Number of lawyers: 55
Languages: English, Spanish, Greek, Mandarin Chinese
Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP (Watt Tieder) was founded in 1978 and focuses primarily on the litigation of complex construction disputes and the representation of owners, contractors, engineers and sureties. Over the years, the firm has added practice groups specializing in government contracts, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. With offices in six cities in the United States, the firm is a thriving, mid-size boutique that provides knowledgeable and practical legal representation to the construction, surety and government contracts industries world-wide.
Watt Tieder also is a founding member of the Global Construction and Infrastructure Legal Alliance (GcilA), whose members include top-ranked French construction law firms Frilet Société d’Advocats and Karila Société d’Advocats, the renowned consulting firm PS Consulting, and its newest member, the distinguished German construction law firm Breyer Rechtsanwälte. With GcilA’s headquarters in Paris, Watt Tieder has an expanded presence to better serve clients around the world.
Watt Tieder attorneys have diverse backgrounds, including experience in both government and the private sector. A number of attorneys have degrees in engineering or construction management. To further enhance the breadth and depth of its legal service offerings, the firm is vertically integrated with an in-house staff that offers estimating, engineering and scheduling expertise, a sophisticated graphics and electronic presentations group, and a wide array of document management and litigation support services.
Watt Tieder attorneys regularly publish articles, participate in industry groups and speak at seminars throughout the world. The attorneys also develop customized in-house seminars for clients on topics of special interest.
Main Areas of Practice:
Watt Tieder attorneys handle complex design, engineering and construction issues and disputes that involve international and domestic construction, government contracts, suretyship, commercial transactions, and insolvency throughout the United States and around the world. The law firm has been responsible for litigating or resolving disputes on a wide array of major construction projects, including the construction of tunnels, bridges, sports venues, highways, airports, rail and subway systems, military bases, industrial and chemical facilities, wastewater facilities, power plants and commercial and public buildings.
The law firm also assists clients in the full spectrum of transactions related to the negotiation of design-build contracts, public private partnerships, and commercial developments. Watt Tieder clients include many of the world’s leading corporations, developers and contractors on both domestic and international projects. The law firm has represented 60 percent of the Engineering News Record Top 30 Contractors and seven of the United States’ top 10 sureties.