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Biography

Eric has practiced construction law almost exclusively his entire career. He is well-versed in all aspects of construction litigation, project management, project counselling (including contract drafting, negotiation, and formation), and resolution of construction disputes for companies operating across the U.S. and internationally.

With an emphasis on federal government contracting, procurement counselling and disputes, and energy-related construction projects in the nuclear, oil and gas (onshore and offshore), renewable energy, and pipeline industries, Eric also has significant experience in industrial, institutional, heavy highway, and commercial construction matters, as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Department of Transportation matters.

His background includes advising on and litigating matters related to the construction of nuclear reactor and nuclear fuel conversion facilities; project counselling and drafting of contract documents for pipelines and related infrastructure, offshore platforms, floating production storage and offloading units (FPSOs), and other exploration and production and mid-stream facilities; litigating claims arising from the construction of utility-scale solar facilities; project counselling on wind energy projects; litigating pipeline construction disputes and their attendant lien and bond disputes; negotiating and resolving requests for equitable adjustments and payment claims, including international procurement disputes; and navigating mechanics’ lien law matters in multiple jurisdictions and in unsettled areas of lien law.

Eric routinely counsels contractors, subcontractors, owners, design-builders, and construction managers through all phases of construction projects in both the public and private sectors, and regularly assists in the negotiation of construction contracts. He also assists in the preparation of bid packages, requests for proposals, and documentation during project execution and closeout.

He has represented and currently represents clients in complex construction cases involving project delays, disruptions, and inefficiencies, and is experienced in prosecuting and defending mechanics’ lien, bond, and payment claims.

Eric is actively involved in various professional associations and speaks and writes on numerous issues related to the construction industry.

Eric's Relevant Experience

Project Counseling

Drafting and negotiation of construction contracts of all types, including pipeline and oil and gas projects (onshore and offshore), U.S. federal agency projects, distribution centers, commercial, and industrial construction projects.

Internal compliance policy assistance and drafting of policies for commercial, industrial and federal construction projects.

Creation of bid and RFP compliance procedures for national and international contractors.

Project management and contract administration training for client contract execution teams on midstream and commercial construction projects.

Construction - Energy and Petrochemical

Project coordination and execution of plastics and polyester production facilities.

Defense and prosecution of claims on nuclear energy construction projects (reactor, fuel, and conversion facilities ).

Defense and prosecution of lien, payment and performance claims arising from construction of interstate transmission lines.

Prosecution of claims and close out of EPC contracts on utility-scale solar facilities.

Assistance in project execution and lien and payment disputes for wind energy projects.

Assistance in US national lab operations and maintenance.

Defense and prosecution of claims related to utility facilities new construction and maintenance construction.

Defense and prosecution of design error and misrepresentation claims on utilities projects.

Prosecution and defense of claims related to power plant new construction and maintenance construction.

Prosecution and defense of claims related to oil refinery new construction and maintenance construction.

Prosecution and defense of claims related to power plant new construction and maintenance construction.

Prosecution and defense of claims related to oil refinery new construction and maintenance construction.

Construction - General

Managing general contractor defaults, terminations and handling close-out and completion of related projects.

Lien and breach of contract matters arising from demolition and implosion projects.

Assistance in union negotiations and disputes and development of union and non-union entities.

Prosecution of extra work, changed conditions and unforeseen conditions claims on highway projects.

Handling of claims and bid protests related to stadium construction and infrastructure projects.

Assistance in development and construction of mixed-use and P3 projects.

Prosecution of claims related to renovation and new construction projects for federal agencies.

Defense of design-builder in industrial explosion matter.

Documentation and prosecution of claims and assistance in project execution on industrial construction projects.

Prosecution of claims arising from construction of medical and scientific research facilities.

Prosecution and defense of design error and omission claims on federal projects.

Defense of multi-citation, including repeat and willful, OSHA matters.

Handling of claims related to construction and renovation of public schools and universities.

Prosecution of claims on state and federal prison construction and renovations.

Prosecution and defense of bid protests for all trades.

Defense and prosecution of fraud claims arising from state and federal construction projects.

Prosecution and defense of disputes related to waste-water and water treatment plants.

Information Technology

Contract and bid package drafting for renovation of state-wide toll road system.

Assistance in preparation of bid responses and contracts for municipal, state and federal IT systems.

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Other Info About Eric

Education

Law School

University of Pittsburgh Law School, J.D., 1999
Journal of Law and Commerce, Managing Editor

Graduate School

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Master of Public and International Affairs, 1999

Undergraduate School

Methodist University, B.A., English and Writing, 1992, cum laude

Bar Membership

Eric is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Pennsylvania, 2000

West Virginia, 2007

Texas, 2017

Courts

Eric is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America©, Costruction Law, 2020

Pittsburgh Business Times, Who’s Who in Energy, 2016-2017

Lexology Client Choice Award, 2016-2018

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Allegheny County Bar Association

American Bar Association, Construction Forum

Master Builders Association of Western Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Texas Bar Association

West Virginia Bar Association