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Mike is a partner with Vandeventer Black, located in the Firm’s Norfolk office, and serves on the Firm’s Executive Board. He has also Chaired or Vice-Chaired the law firm's Construction and Public Contracts Department with national practice for over a decade; practice concentrated on complex projects and disputes with particular focus on accounting, scheduling, contract terms, insurance, safety, ethics, environmental and other regulatory issues; experienced in a wide range of project delivery methods including design-build and public-private-partnerships; projects included co-generation and processing plants, wind tunnels, cable stay bridges, highways, stadiums, hotels, courthouses, hospitals, water and wastewater treatment plants, parking garages, high-rise condominiums, environmental site restoration, demolition and large scale residential developments as well as ship construction and repair; represented both national and international general contractors, subcontractors, vendors, manufacturers and design professionals, as well as private and public owners; experienced with the Federal Acquisition Regulations, related agency regulations and statutes applicable to federal government funded contracts and grants; appeared before federal and state courts, boards of contract appeals, agency administrative judges and arbitration panels; assignments have been in various locations throughout the U.S. and its Territories.
Also managed law firm Dispute Resolution Services practice for over a decade; served as arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Virginia Conflict Resolution Center, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly NASD), the Better Business Bureau, the National Arbitration Forum, the Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, the Circuit Courts for the Cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach and by private appointment; certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a Mediator since 1999 and Mentor since 2001; construction matters have ranged from claims of defective workmanship to incomplete work to other performance and payment related problems; non-construction matters have ranged from securities fraud to creditor-debtor disputes to employer-employee disputes; mediated attorney-client fee disputes for the Virginia State Bar; intermediated disputes between clients pursuant to the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct; also served as a Hearing Officer for the Supreme Court of Virginia from 1991 – 2001 presiding over various state and local employee grievances and professional licensing disputes; represented construction clients in numerous alternative dispute resolution proceedings including AAA arbitration, mediation, early neutral evaluation and partnering sessions; founded the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association ADR Committee that prepared a standing order for court sponsored ADR; conducted various presentations on ADR including as a guest lecturer at William & Mary School of Law; co-authored Alternative Dispute Resolution in Virginia Now, VBA News Journal, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, June 2000; voted to the Mediation and Arbitration category of Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite and recipient of the Virginia Conflict Resolution Center Peace Maker Award.
Football Stadium - Counsel for steel fabricator in connection with dispute involving alleged defective design and delay, disruption and cost impact during construction and renovation of college football stadium.
• Cable Stay Bridge Construction - Co-counsel for international construction company in dispute regarding bridge and approach design.
• Multi-story Retirement Complex - Counsel for general contractor in dispute with owner and architect concerning design defects in building envelope, as well as disputes with various subcontractors.
• State Courthouse - Counsel to steel fabricator in defense of claims by erector for delay, disruption and changed work.
• Hotel - Counsel to architect in defense of claim of alleged design error in light gauge metal steel frame leading to building collapse during construction, and pursuit of third party claim against structural engineer.
• International Airport - Counsel to steel fabricator in defense of claims by erector for delay, disruption and changed work.
• Oceanfront Condominiums - Co-counsel for various condominium associations in disputes with developers and builders related to building envelope defects.
• Communications Facility - Counsel for general contractor in dispute with DoD regarding design defects related to standing seam metal roof on structure intended to house top secret communications equipment, and claims against surety arising from default by electrical subcontractor.
• Hospital - Counsel for masonry subcontractor in connection with claim for design defects and insurance coverage related to building envelope failure.
• Child Development Centers – Counsel for general contractor in connection with design, supply and installation of modular child development centers throughout the United States, and related litigation with team member, subcontractors and others.
• Wastewater and Water Treatment Plant Construction - Counsel to locality in conjunction with the financing, planning and construction of new wastewater and water treatment plants.
• Local Government – Counsel to various localities and public authorities in connection with public-private-partnerships, contracts, protests, building code, land use and administrative law issues.
• Historic School Renovation - Counsel for general contractor in dispute with owner concerning claims of delay, disruption and other damages arising from the discovery of extensive lead, asbestos and other contamination and owner responsible design defects.
• Paper Plant - Counsel to international steam turbine manufacturer in dispute related to design and performance of turbine-generator set.
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