Chris focuses his practice on construction law, with a focus on litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Whenever possible, Chris also brings his experience to aid clients in avoiding disputes by providing pre-project advice and contract drafting, counseling and claims preparation during projects, and guidance for close-out or claim negotiations when disputes arise.
Prior to joining the legal profession, Chris studied civil engineering, with a focus on structural engineering and construction project management. After graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Chris worked as a design-build engineer for a structural steel and concrete subcontractor in the Washington, D.C., metro region where he gained experience analyzing plans, specifications, and contracts for substantial construction projects, determining the scope of the subcontract, and preparing cost and time estimates for completion of the subcontracts for sheeting, shoring, and underpinning projects. Leveraging that experience, Chris works closely with his clients to mitigate and avoid potential risks at all stages of a construction project. He has managed claims involving breach of contract, design and latent defect issues, differing site conditions and delay claims, payment and performance bond disputes, mechanic’s liens, and claims for equitable adjustment.
Chris represents clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings related to projects ranging from home renovation and repair to the design and construction of multibillion-dollar structures and facilities. His clients include a major pipe fabrication company; owners and EPC contractors in the design, procurement, and construction of LNG combined-cycle power plants; geotechnical engineering and construction companies; and subcontractors involved in the construction of multifamily residential buildings, hospitals, data centers, transit facilities, and museums. Additionally, Chris has served as project counsel for an EPC contractor responsible for the design, procurement, and construction of multiple nuclear power plants in the United States and abroad, working in the client’s offices and providing daily advice on claim preparation and avoidance, contract requirements, and legal strategy relating to minimizing potential losses. In the pre-project phase, Chris has drafted and negotiated numerous construction and service contracts, subcontracts, purchase orders, submittals, and change orders for general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.
Chris earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering, with distinction, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his law degree from University of Maryland School of Law.