Anthony James Pagano

Anthony Pagano concentrates in construction law and litigation including defect and products liability litigation, claims, commercial litigation and civil trial practice. An aggressive and seasoned litigator, Mr. Pagano has successfully represented his clients in motions hearings, trials, depositions, mediations, arbitrations and negotiations across the country. In addition, Mr. Pagano has extensive experience in counseling, drafting and negotiating contracts for complex multi-million dollar construction projects, having personally handled nearly $2 billion in domestic and international construction transactions.

Mr. Pagano has many years of litigation experience from case onset through discovery and trial. His investigatory skills are finely honed, and he possesses a keen ability to recognize and account for critical issues before they develop, which often results in a strategic advantage for litigation clients and assists contract clients in avoiding or anticipating future pitfalls. He brings with him a practical understanding of technical construction matters and industry practices, and an attention to detail which is an asset to his clients in this often highly technical area of the law.

Representative Clients
Mr. Pagano is widely experienced in all types of construction litigation and transactions. His clients include national hotel developers, national homebuilders, international organizations, a local government, numerous corporate and institutional building owners and contractors in both the public and private sector, and individuals. Mr. Pagano has been responsible for drafting, negotiating and counseling nearly two billion dollars in domestic and international construction agreements for hotel developers, defense contractors, building owners, contractors and others. He regularly counsels his clients on construction issues, including contract liability, insurance, damages, warranties and potential claims.

Significant Matters
Mr. Pagano has personally drafted, counseled and negotiated nearly $2 billion in construction contracts, including ground up construction (commercial, residential, government and infrastructure) and office buildouts and moves both within the United States and internationally. Within the past year alone, Mr. Pagano has handled transactions for construction, design, design-build, project management, FF&E, and related matters for both new construction and buildout/transition projects in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Dubai, Switzerland, and China. Among these were complicated office buildout/transition projects for two prominent international satellite and software platform companies in the DC Metropolitan Area.

Mr. Pagano also regularly represents national homebuilders, hotel developers, owners and contractors in connection with construction transactions and claims in both the public and private sector. He has obtained dismissals of claims asserted against his clients in various commercial litigations while successfully representing his clients’ own claims, including claims against the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the General Services Administration. Mr. Pagano was a principal litigator prosecuting and overseeing the development of a nationwide construction and product defect litigation on behalf of a prominent national hotel chain, with tens of millions of dollars in dispute and involving a myriad of construction defect, products liability, and business tort issues. Following a six-week jury trial in Massachusetts, Mr. Pagano along with Len Goodman and Greg Brown tried and won a significant jury verdict in the critical spearhead case of their client's national construction litigation. The verdict was reported in the October 31, 2005 issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Then, the Venable trial team began the second of these jury trials in Federal Court in Pennsylvania, forcing an extremely favorable resolution of the entire litigation prior to verdict. Mr. Pagano and Carol Elder Bruce again received media attention for obtaining an all-counts "Not Guilty" jury verdict in a major bribery case against the Maryland Attorney General's Office. Most currently, Mr. Pagano is representing a prominent national homebuilder against construction defect claims by condominium associations, an international financial organization in connection with a large delay claim involving a prominent government agency, and an international contractor in the establishment of a contracting platform for its government projects.

Mr. Pagano has been a member of several bar associations and forums, including the American Bar Association's Forum on Construction Law and of several construction industry groups including the Washington Building Congress, the Construction Specifications Institute, the American Society of Testing & Materials International (Committee on Building Performance), and the Boston Society of Architects (Committee on Building Performance). Mr. Pagano also holds a National “D” Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation, is the head coach of the BRYC Dynamo U11 Boys travel soccer team, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Braddock Road Youth Club.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Construction Law, 2) Commercial Litigation, 3) Transactional Disputes and 4) Government Contracts
Law School The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1995)
Admitted Year 1999
Education Syracuse University (B.A.,1992)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association
Most recent firm Venable LLP
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