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Provided by Allison Geewax

USA

Practice Areas

Construction Litigation

Contract Negotiation

Government Contracts

Career

Allison's primary area of practice is construction contract draft and construction litigation. She works extensively on drafting and negotiating AIA and DBIA agreements to suit specific client and project needs. During construction, Allison advises on issues that may arise, such as payment and contract interpretation disputes, to resolve them before the parties engage in formal dispute resolution. Allison has an in-depth understanding of mechanic’s lien statutes, which translates to success for her clients in bringing and defending mechanic’s lien claims. Allison is particularly knowledgeable in construction risk management, including indemnification provisions and state-specific statutes, as well as insurance provisions and requirements that impact contractual risk transfer. With a strong background in public procurement, Allison has experience litigating construction disputes before the D.C. Contract Appeals Board, the Armed Services and Civilian Boards of Contract Appeals, and the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Her clients include Fortune 500 investment banks, international hospitality companies, and specialized regional commercial real estate developers.

https://www.asm-law.com/team/allison-geewax/

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association (Public Contract Law)

Maryland State Bar Association (Construction Law Section; Administrative Law Section)

National Contract Management Association (DC Chapter)

Federal Circuit Bar Association

Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association

DC Bar Association

Publications

Author, Construction Risk Management: Additional Insured Endorsements (May 25, 2023).

Speaker, Working and Thriving in the Pandemic Economy, National Contract Management Association (March 8, 2022).

Speaker, COVID-19: Prepare Your Change and Claims with Confidence, National Contract Management Association (June 9, 2020).

Co-author, “This Too Shall Pass Through,” 4th Annual Federal Government Contracting Seminar 2019, Virginia CLE (September 2019).

Speaker, Government Contracts Trial Practice Tune-up, 4th Annual Federal Government Contracting Seminar 2019, Virginia CLE (September 2019).

Co-Author, Builders Beware: General Contractors on the Hook for Unpaid Wages of Subcontractor (and Sub-Subcontractor) Employees (September 14, 2018).

Contributor, “Equitable Adjustments and Claims, Chapter 15, Federal Government Construction Contracts, Third Ed.," ABA Forum on Construction, Third Eds. (October 2017).

Co-Author, The American Institute of Architects Releases 2017 Updates (August 2, 2017).

Contributor and Editor, 50 State Construction Lien and Bond Law, Third Edition (December 2016).

Co-Author, Six-Year Statute of Limitations and Cost Reasonableness: The 2014 McKenna Long & Aldridge “Gilbert A. Cuneo” Government Contracts Moot Court Competition, The Public Contract Law Journal.

Work Highlights

Among the matters she’s handled, Allison:

• Represented a condominium developer in its default termination of a general contractor, resulting in judgment in the developer’s favor and the successful defense of approximately $1 million in counterclaims.

• Acts as one of two primary outside counsel responsible for negotiation of agreements for construction for a Fortune 500 investment bank and financial services company for projects across the country, with an aggregate yearly construction value of over two billion dollars.

• Represented small and disadvantaged businesses in state and federal certification processes.

• Assisted in the successful representation of both large and small construction companies in asserting delay claims against the Department of Veterans Affairs.

• Negotiated and drafted all construction-related agreements for the development of a $17 million 50-room boutique hotel in downtown Charleston, SC with approximately 40,000 sq ft of space, which opened in 2021 and is now ranked as the top hotel in Charleston.

• Drafts and negotiates energy-related agreements, such as solar leases, solar PPAs, and related construction and installation agreements.

• Acts as primary outside counsel for a non-profit sustainable energy organization that administers large-scale quasi-governmental energy programs.

• Drafted requests for equitable adjustment and certified claims totaling over €3 million on behalf of a Spanish contractor doing business with the U.S. Navy in Rota, Spain.

• Acts as lead outside counsel responsible for negotiation of agreements for construction of new hotels for one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, and assists with ongoing project management and counselling for construction administration issues and purchase and sale agreements.

Education

The Pennsylvania State University

B.A., Economics

2007 - 2010

The Pennsylvania State University

B.A., Spanish

2007 - 2010

The Pennsylvania State University

B.A., International Studies

2007 - 2010

The George Washington University Law School

J.D.

2011 - 2014

Awards

Emerging Women Leader in Law

DCA Live

2023

Up and Coming, Construction in District of Columbia (2022-2023)

Chambers USA

2023

Associate to Watch

Chambers USA

2021

Rising Star, Construction Litigation, Washington, DC (2020-2023)

Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters

2023

Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Government Contracts

National Contract Management Association

2014

Ones to Watch, Construction Law, Washington, DC 2024

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