Gretchen M. Ostroff

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Gretchen M. Ostroff

Gretchen is Of Counsel in the firm’s Construction and Public Contracts department.  She concentrates her practice in construction law and design professional liability.

A primary focus of Gretchen’s practice is defending design professionals against claims for malpractice. As a civil engineer, Gretchen understands the technical intricacies of construction-related malpractice claims, and appreciates the non-technical concerns of design professionals faced with such claims. She has both prosecuted and defended multi-million dollar claims against architects and engineers for errors, omissions, professional negligence, and personal injury.

Gretchen’s practice also involves construction-related claims and litigation on both publicly- and privately-funded construction projects. She has experience reviewing and negotiating contracts with an eye for minimizing liability for clients, and devises solutions to issues that arise during construction. In the event disputes cannot be avoided, Gretchen can provide assistance preparing claims on both public and private contracts; when necessary, litigating, arbitrating, or mediating those claims; and collecting any resulting judgments.

In addition to her experience with the core issues affecting construction projects, Gretchen is familiar with important secondary concerns faced by construction and design professional clients that include: obtaining and maintaining licensure with the design professional and contractor licensing boards under Virginia's Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and in other jurisdictions; defending against workers’ compensation claims brought before the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission and the United States Department of Labor; complying with the federally-mandated E-Verify program, regarding which Gretchen has authored several articles and given presentations; and applying for business development assistance from the United States Small Business Administration.

Gretchen also has experience filing and responding to bid protests before the federal Boards of Contract Appeals and General Accountability Office.

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