Andrew W. Stephenson

Andrew W. Stephenson is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Stephenson practices domestically and internationally in the areas of construction, government contracts, labor law and corporate compliance, representing owners, architect-engineers, general contractors and subcontractors in virtually all phases of both the private and public sectors of the construction industry. Mr. Stephenson is an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law teaching "The Law of the Construction Industry."

Mr. Stephenson's representative projects include:

acting as lead counsel in a 72-day trial of claims on the Blue Plains Waste Water Treatment Plant Dual Sedimentation Basins project. Blue Plains is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. The trial resulted in a $48 million Board of Contract Appeals decision for his client. The primary dispute arose as a result of a differing site condition and dewatering, which was made impossible due to the design elevation of large bore pipes. This three-year project (as planned) took over six years to re-design and construct (as built) and Mr. Stephenson provided legal guidance during the entire project and throughout resolution of all claims following project completion. He has also worked on other water and waste water treatment facilities throughout his career.
lead outside counsel of the National Passenger Railroad Corporation (AMTRAK) on the design/build of the Northeast Corridor Improvement Project
representing a U.S. based manufacturer of large equipment in the drafting and negotiation of contract documents for the design and construction of a mixed-use office and manufacturing complex in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, Peoples Republic of China
representing international cruise line in the design and construction of a wet side/dry side port facility and destination in the Caribbean
drafting and negotiating the EPC contract and related documents on behalf of an owner of three interrelated nominal 1100 MW power plants with a total cost in excess of $1.6 billion. These three commercial teams involved a project price and rush pool approval.
representing two general contractors in the drafting and negotiation of project labor agreements on three large federal projects in accordance with the Obama Administration's Executive Order
representing the owner in the tender process for a deepwater liquid natural gas port, and 50-mile submarine transmission pipeline and landside facility design/build/operate/maintain (DBOM) delivery vehicle
serving as one member of a three-member arbitration panel conducting a four-week hearing on a large power plant project
representing a contractor in prolonged collective bargaining and before the National Labor Relations Board
advising a contractor in negotiating the conversion of a termination for default to one for convenience
representing the contractor in the drafting and negotiation of a convention center hotel project design/build contract
assisting a contractor with bidding work on a nuclear power plant project in the United Arab Emirates
serving as mediator in a 23-day mediation that successfully resolved a $50 million dispute
representing an infrastructure contractor in the internal investigation and self-reporting of a potential overcharge pursuant to the Federal Acquisition Regulations and the False Claims Act
assisting a U.S. intelligence agency in contract administration and dispute resolution activities arising out of a classified headquarters project
representing an international financial institution in the contract drafting, negotiation, contract administration and dispute resolution of its headquarters building
representing the EPC contractor in contract administration and dispute resolution respecting conversion of a natural gas-fired plant to circulating fluidized bed technology

Mr. Stephenson's dispute resolution experience involves representation of regional and international public, quasi-public and private owners, contractors and specialty trade subcontractors in the full spectrum of construction claims. This representation has involved all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, project neutrals, arbitrations and dispute review boards, as well as traditional litigation before juries, state and federal boards of contract appeals, and bench trials in the state and federal courts, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. This trial experience covers hearings lasting from one to 72 days.

Mr. Stephenson is frequently asked to serve as a private arbitrator or mediator in construction disputes, where he is known to the parties and/or their counsel, and his experience and negotiation skills are sought as a way to facilitate the resolution of disputes. He is also a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Stephenson has testified on behalf of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) before joint committees of the U.S. Congress on pending legislative issues, including the amendment of the Miller Act. He is a member of the AGC's Contract Documents and its Labor and Employment Law Council.

Mr. Stephenson has served on the Board of the Foundation for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as the co-chair of the Public Private Partnership, which replaced 11 of the university's residence halls in a four-phase, four-year program housing more than 3,500 students in a "living-learning" suite style environment. It is the largest project of its kind in the United States.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Construction, 2) Government Contracts, 3) Labor Relations for Management, 4) Compliance Services, 5) OSHA, 6) Workplace Safety and Whistleblower Claims, 7) Litigation and Dispute Resolution, 8) Public-Private Partnerships and 9) Construction Transactions
Law School Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)
Admitted Year 1977
Education Indiana University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Pennsylvania State Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association
Most recent firm Holland & Knight LLP
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