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Construction Law

Rees Broome’s Construction Law Group is comprised of experienced attorneys devoted to the practice of all facets of construction law. Our lawyers routinely represent architects, engineers, owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in matters related to commercial, residential and industrial construction projects.

We advise clients from the time a construction project is first contemplated, through construction, post-construction disputes and warranty-related issues. We provide counseling in regard to development and land use issues and regularly assist clients with contract drafting, negotiation and interpretation, risk allocation, construction defect analysis and dispute resolution. Our objective is to assist clients in minimizing risk and maximizing the profitability of a construction project.

We often advise clients regarding the application of mechanic’s lien law and the enforcement of mechanic’s liens in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. We represent our clients in a wide variety of construction claim disputes, including public and private payment bond claims, bid bond and performance bonds issues, change order and payment disputes, termination issues, and claims arising out of project delays and disruptions.

RB attorneys are seasoned litigators in state and federal courts and are experienced in resolving construction disputes through various alternative dispute resolution processes. They are often called upon to serve as expert witnesses and as mediators and arbitrators.


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  Steve Annino

A highly-experienced construction law attorney, Steve Annino has spent his career negotiating and litigating civil disputes, primarily in the construction law field, in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and has handled construction claims before various boards of contract appeals, the American Arbitration Association and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. Mr. Annino also served twice as General Counsel for the Heavy Construction Contractors Association. He has authored, co-authored and contributed to articles in the fields of civil litigation and construction law. He has also lectured and presented seminars for the National Business Institute, Inc., Associated Builders and Contractors and the Heavy Construction Contractors Association. Before joining Rees Broome in January, 2013, Steve was a founder and managing partner of the construction law firm Kasimer & Annino.

  Andrew N. Felice

For twenty-five years, Andy has specialized in assisting and representing clients in the construction industry, including property owners, prominent regional general contractors and subcontractors, and material suppliers. His practice focuses on construction-related contract issues and on prosecuting and defending construction performance and damage claims. He has extensive experience in construction-related mediation and arbitration. Given the prominence of insurers in the construction industry, Andy also possesses broad expertise in working with carrier claims counsel. He has earned the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Andy’s background and experience naturally lends itself to counseling clients in the industry on such critical issues as negotiating contracts, avoiding potential claims, resolving change order disputes, filing mechanic’s liens and pursuing payment bond claims. Clients turn to him to negotiate claim settlements before more costly litigation or arbitration proceedings might otherwise begin. He has become a noted contributor to industry publications and often is invited to speak at industry meetings, hold in-house seminars for construction managers and staff, and teach legal education seminars on construction law.

Andy has successfully tried numerous cases in state and federal courts and argued appeals before the Virginia Supreme Court and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Some of Andy’s accomplishments include:

  • Obtained $2M jury verdict for his contractor client arising out of a residential construction development in southwest Virginia;
  • Won an arbitration award for a client in excess of $600,000 on a cost-plus contract involving the  renovation of a Washington, D.C. townhouse;
  • Successfully defended a client’s mechanic’s lien claims ultimately resulting in a settlement in the client’s favor in excess of $3M;
  • Litigated the validity of mechanic’s liens in numerous Virginia Circuit Courts;
  • Obtained a jury verdict in state court for a contractor client in a case involving alleged defective work;
  • Conducted in-house seminars for clients on construction law issues and contract negotiation;
  • Guest lecturer for the DC Metropolitan Subcontractor Association;
  • Frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars on construction law issues. 

  Mark P. Graham

Mark Graham represents architects, engineers, contractors and owners in construction disputes arising out of commercial and residential projects. His practice involves all aspects of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. He also advises clients on the management and limitation of the risks associated with construction projects, including contract preparation and negotiation, review and analysis of project performance, and counseling regarding business practices. Mark often is asked to speak at risk management seminars for design professionals on behalf of the American Institute of Architects and major professional liability insurance providers. Also, Mark frequently represents condominium associations in the handling of complex, structural defect claims under Virginia's Condominium Warranty Statute.

Mark is an innovative, practical, results oriented problem solver.  He focuses on the specific objectives of his clients and creatively and cooperatively works to achieve equitable, common sense results. Mark has litigated, arbitrated, mediated and otherwise resolved cases throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Resolutions related to construction claims that that Mark has reached in concert with his clients include:

  • Obtained $1.6M in judgments and awards on behalf of a civil engineering firm related to developments in Northern Virginia, and a complex construction project in Qatar that involved numerous, multi-national entities and claims for copyright infringement; breach of contract, and quantum meruit;
  • Obtained a favorable settlement of an approximately $18M  dispute with a municipality regarding design and construction of a $55-60M correctional facility, involving 18 prime contractors;
  • Obtained an approximately $866,000.00 settlement in favor of a regional floor installation company related to the provision of a defective product by an international supplier;
  • Successfully resolved numerous Condominium Warranty Defect claims resulting in substantial monetary payments and/or remedial work by developers by virtue of mediation, arbitration and/or litigation instituted against developers;
  • Negotiated buy-backs by developers/builders of condominiums and homes based upon violations of the Interstate Land Sales Act and/or substantial construction defects;
  • Obtained summary dismissal of a lawsuit against a Virginia based engineering company in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Maryland arising out of the U.S. Navy’s WholeHouse Revitalization Plan in Meridian, Mississippi; and
  • Obtained a dismissal of claims against design professionals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia based upon the assertion of the economic loss doctrine.

 
In addition to these and other resolutions, Mark has been involved in cases resulting in both published and unpublished opinions by state and federal courts, including:

Commercial Roofing and Sheet Metal Co., Inc. v. Gardner Engineering, Inc., et Al., 60 Va. Cir. 384 (2002).

Patricia L. Bennett, et al. v. Loudoun Valley Homeowners Association, et al., 73 Va. Cir. 466 (2007).

Federal Hill Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Community Association Underwriters of America, Inc., et al., 384 Fed. Appx. 209, 2010 U.S. App. Lexis 12689 (2010).

Federal Hill Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Community Association Underwriters of America, Inc., et al., 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 115407 (2010).

Professional Credentials

  • Affiliate member, American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia Chapter
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Virginia Graduate School of Architecture
  • Lecturer, American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education program
  • Lecturer, Virginia State Bar Association’s Construction Law Continuing Legal Education seminars
  • Elected to “Virginia’s Superlawyers” in the area of Construction Litigation
  • National Trial Advocacy College (Charlottesville, Virginia)

  Bruce E. Titus

Bruce Titus’ practice focuses on civil litigation in the field of construction law and professional malpractice in the construction industry. He also provides mediation and arbitration services through The McCammon Group, Ltd.

Bruce was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2008 - 2013) in the field of Professional Malpractice Law (Copyright 2006 by Woodward/ White, Inc. of Aiken, S.C.). He has been recognized as one of “Virginia’s Legal Elite” in Virginia Business Magazine. He has also been named one of “Virginia Super Lawyers” and “Washington DC Super Lawyers” as seen in Richmond Magazine and The New York Times distributed in Washington, D.C. and surrounding suburbs, respectively. For more than twenty–five years, Bruce has earned the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

He has co-authored the Virginia Construction Law Deskbook, Virginia CLE Publications, November, 2008 and Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Guide For Virginia Lawyers, Virginia CLE Publications, June, 2000.

Bruce is a former Chair of the Virginia State Bar Construction Law Section. For many years he has served on and is currently Vice Chair of the Fairfax County Engineering Standards Review Committee.

Representative Experience

  • Bruce’s practice focuses on the resolution of a wide array construction issues including design and structural failures, environmental issues, property damage, delay and other delivery issues. He has represented construction sector clients in matters relating to the failure of a major dam, the collapse of a variety of structures including a gymnasium, an aircraft hangar and a public safety facility, roof failures on aircraft hangars and other commercial structures, HVAC and site work issues as well as construction problems in connection with single family dwellings;
  • He also represents and counsels architects and engineers in virtually every phase of their business operations; and

In addition to being a highly experienced litigator, Bruce is recognized and often retained as a mediator and arbitrator in a variety of construction and development related disputes.

  Maureen E. Carr

Maureen Carr litigates a variety of construction disputes for construction industry professionals and companies in state and federal courts. She also works with condominium and homeowners associations dealing with construction defects and construction warranty issues.  Maureen is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Maureen has received an AV® Preeminent Rating in Litigation, Construction Law and Contracts from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available and is based on evaluations from other attorneys and judges.

Representative Experience

  • Litigated case in Superior Court of the District of Columbia resulting in dismissal of claims against engineering and architectural firm related to building collapse;
  • Mediated warranty dispute on behalf of conversion condominium in Arlington, Virginia, resulting in substantial payment by developer;
  • Arbitrated multi-claimant action by condominium unit purchasers against developer for failure to substantially complete condominiums in accordance with Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act and purchase agreements;
  • Litigated and resolved bad faith denial of insurance coverage related to catastrophic loss sustained by condominium in Arlington, Virginia; and
  • Successfully mediated nuisance claim brought in the Circuit Court of Arlington County, Virginia by established restaurant against condominium developer.

  Alison R. Mullins

Alison Mullins’ practice focuses on all aspects of commercial and residential dispute resolution. In particular, she often represents architects, engineers, and others involved in the construction industry. She has written more than a dozen articles in the area of construction law.

Representative Experience

  • Provide risk analysis, evaluation, allocation and management
  • Prepare and negotiate contracts
  • Provide pre-claim counseling to clients
  • Negotiate, mediate, litigate and/or arbitrate contract enforcement issues
  • File Bid Protests
  • Work out payment plans for monetary defaults

MBaker  Matthew D. Baker

Matt focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law. Matt has represented clients across Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland in construction defect, real property, products liability, business tort, and serious personal injury cases. He often represents contractors, general contractors, and homeowners. Matt works with clients to negotiate and litigate claims and strives to deliver representation that is effective and efficient.

  Robert J. Beagan

Mr. Beagan, who joined Rees Broome after three decades with the construction law firm Flinn & Beagan, is now counsel in the Tyson’s Corner office of RB.  He has over thirty-five years of experience in commercial litigation, primarily involving eminent domain, construction and real property disputes. He’s  also engaged as counsel to clients involved in commercial and residential real estate development.

 Robert F. Flinn


A construction lawyer with forty years’ experience, Bob Flinn joined Rees Broome from his prior firm, Flinn & Beagan. As counsel in RB’s Tyson’s Corner office, he continues his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, primarily involving construction contracts, zoning and real estate development.
From 1975 to 1979, Bob served as an Assistant County Attorney for Fairfax County, concentrating on zoning and site plan litigation. Since 1979, he’s been in private practice focused on construction and zoning law.  He has exceptional experience representing owners, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in drafting and negotiating contracts and resolving disputes, through both litigation and arbitration. He also has extensive experience representing parties litigating against local governments due to zoning and site plan disputes. 

  Mathew D. Ravencraft


Matt Ravencraft joined Rees Broome after a successful career as a partner in the firm of Flinn & Beagan. He’s now counsel in the Tyson’s Corner office of Rees Broome, P.C.  Matt has more than twenty-seven years of experience in commercial litigation, primarily involving real property disputes, construction contracts and eminent domain matters.  He has extensive litigation experience, including bench and jury trials in the state and federal courts of Virginia.


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