Andrew W. Stephenson - Holland & Knight, LLP

Andrew W. Stephenson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Andrew W. 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 acted 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.

Mr. Stephenson's other representative projects include:

  • 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.

Mr. Stephenson has been an author/lecturer on construction and labor law in the construction industry for:

  • Federal Publications, Inc.
  • George Washington University Government Contracts Program on Construction Contracting
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies, Allan L. Berman Real Estate Institute
  • Engineering News Record
  • Construction Education Management Corporation
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of America
  • Metropolitan Subcontractors Association
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • The Graduate School of Engineering of George Washington University
  • The Construction Superconference
  • the Design-Build Institute of America
  • the Mortgage Bankers Association of America
  • the National Leased Housing Association
  • the Associated General Contractors of America National Convention
  • The University of Maryland Graduate School of Engineering and Graduate School of Architecture
  • U.S. Department of State

Mr. Stephenson has also lectured and given in-house seminars on Corporate Compliance Programs and Training for a number of clients; and for the Associated General Contractors of America-National, the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the National Contract Management Association.

Mr. Stephenson served in the United States Army Reserve from 1972 to 1978 and as an officer with the 11th Special Forces Group from 1975 to 1978. Mr. Stephenson has held a TS-SCI security clearance.

Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D. Indiana University of PennsylvaniaBA
National Building Museum Industry for the Built Environment Associated General Contractors of AmericaWashington Building Congress

Case History

Other Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court

Office Location

800 Seventeenth Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Practice Areas

Construction Law (Commercial Litigation)
Litigation - Construction