Stephen M. Seeger


Washington, D.C.

(202) 747-0793

(202) 861-1905

Steve knows construction — he’s spent over 30 years handling construction disputes. He understands that every client and every case is unique — that there is no silver bullet that resolves all problems. He listens first, then strives to achieve what the client wants, not what maximizes billable hours.

Steve’s cases include EPC power plants, liquefied natural gas facilities, locks and dams, subway lines and station construction, hospitals and health care facilities, as well as office buildings, apartments, condominiums, and super luxury residences. He represents owners and contractors including subcontractors for electric, concrete, mechanical/HVAC, earthwork, dewatering, support of excavation, masonry, and building envelope scopes of work.

One industry leader said, “Steve Seeger is one of the most talented construction litigators in the United States,” Chambers & Partners quoted other highly regarded lawyers saying Steve is: “a superior trial lawyer,” “a hard working straight shooter,” “very knowledgeable and great to deal with,” and “accessible and an excellent listener.” 

Steve serves his construction clients best when involved from project conception through final completion. He assists clients in: contract drafting and negotiation; on-site performance and contemporaneous documentation; insurance matters; and change order or claim development and analysis. If projects cannot be closed without disputes, Steve protects and guides his clients through mediation, arbitration — in the United States or across the globe — or court.

Steve understands government contracts — he concentrated his George Washington University law school curriculum in that focus. Since then, Steve has represented contractors with virtually every agency from bid submission to final payment in matters from Annapolis to Afghanistan.  And, again, when necessary, he captains their claims through agency dispute procedures, boards of contract appeals, or the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. 

For more than 10 years, Steve has been rated by his peers as AV Preeminent, the highest ranking for ethics and legal ability. He is ranked in Band 1 for Construction by Chambers USA. His profile can be found in Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who Legal as a Global Leader. He was included in the Washington, D.C. “Legal Elite” by Smart CEO Magazine. In 2019 and 2020, Steve was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Washington, D.C.



More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

Fourteen Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 20, 2020

Super Lawyers has named 14 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Cozen O’Connor Expands its Construction Law Practice in Washington D.C., Adding Stephen M. Seeger and Jesse S. Keene

September 23, 2019

Seeger and Keene have played leading roles in developing some of the largest building projects in Washington, D.C., one of the hottest and fastest-growing commercial and multifamily construction markets in the United States.


UPDATE: Several Midwest States Close Non-Essential Businesses – Potential Construction Impacts

April 10, 2020

Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, and Alex Busch detail the various stay-at-home orders issued by Midwest states and the impact of each on the construction industry.

D.C. Closes Non-Essential Businesses, Restricts Sick Employees of Essential Businesses [Alert]

March 31, 2020

Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, Kelly Trout, and Alex Busch discuss the D.C. mayor's order closing all non-essential businesses and how it impacts the construction industry.

Maryland and Virginia Close “Non-Essential” Business [Alert]

March 30, 2020

Christopher Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, Kelly Trout, and Alex Busch discuss how the Maryland and Virginia executive orders will impact the construction industry.

COVID-19 Construction Update: NJ, NY, DE, and PA Close Businesses

March 27, 2020

Nicholas Berenato, Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, and Alex Busch review the executive orders from the governors of Delaware, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and the impact on the construction industry.

West Coast States Close Businesses Due to COVID-19 [Alert]

March 25, 2020

Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, Jesse Keene, and Alex Busch discuss orders in California, Oregon, and Washington closing businesses due to coronavirus.

COVID-19 Strategies for the Construction Industry

March 20, 2020

Chris Sweeney, Stephen Seeger, and Jesse Keene discuss steps the construction industry can take now to better prepare them for the impact of COVID-19.

Events & Seminars

Past Events


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1990
  • Lehigh University, B.A., 1985

Awards & Honors

Chambers USA for Construction Law

Best Lawyers in America

Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer"

Who's Who Legal Global Leader

Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Lawyer" 2019, 2020

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court -- District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court -- Maryland
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member of Society of Construction Law, North America – Co-chair of Mid-Atlantic Division
  • Member, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • ABA Forum on Construction Law