Mr. Schollaert provides strategic and tactical advice to his clients at every stage of the construction process – from contract drafting and review through project close-out and dispute resolution.
When disputes arise, Mr. Schollaert is also an aggressive advocate, both in the courtroom and through the informal resolution of claims. As a trial lawyer and trusted advisor, he works closely with his clients to achieve the best outcome in a cost-effective and timely manner.
Mr. Schollaert has extensive experience in the prosecution and defense of mechanic's liens in state courts throughout the State of Maryland. He represents general contractors, owners, sureties, subcontractors and suppliers on private and public construction projects, and also provides general litigation, complex commercial litigation, mediation and arbitration representation. His practice focuses on dispute avoidance, contract administration and the preparation and defense of claims involving payment disputes, project delays and disruptions, wrongful termination, construction and design defects, and related matters. Mr. Schollaert has also represented sureties, owners and contractors in bond default matters providing advice and assistance to ensure the completion of the projects and the resolution of claims.
Mr. Schollaert recently served as assistant editor of the Maryland Construction Law Deskbook, published by the Maryland State Bar Association, and he also co-authored the chapter on Mechanic's Liens and Statutory Remedies. Mr. Schollaert has been named a "Rising Star" by Maryland Super Lawyers from 2009 through 2016. He also lectures on various topics of interest to professionals in the construction industry.
Mr. Schollaert also works closely with the Firm's Advocacy and Intellectual Property Groups. He handles and litigates a wide range of commercial and intellectual property disputes.
Active in the community, he serves on the board of Federal Hill Main Street in Baltimore.