Michael Evan Jaffe

Michael Evan Jaffe

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Recognized since 2003

Washington, District of Columbia

Practice Areas


Construction Law

Litigation - Construction

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Arbitration
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During his more than 30 years of practice, Mr. Jaffe has focused on dispute resolution internationally in arbitrations under various international arbitral regimes and domestically in court and arbitration proceedings. A significant part of his work has involved representing owners, contractors and other stakeholders in projects ranging from infrastructure and energy facilities to sports stadiums and a wide variety of commercial structures. He has acted as counsel in numerous international and domestic arbitrations, has been counsel in mediations involving both international and domestic matters and has served as an arbitrator involving projects in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Jaffe is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has been lead counsel in a wide array of construction industry and commercial litigation matters. He has been widely recognized as a leading trial lawyer.


  • 1200 Seventeenth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20036


  • Columbia University, LL.B, graduated 1967
  • Rice University, BA, graduated 1964

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Arbitration

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Arbitration, Washington, D.C. (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Arbitration
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction

Special Focus

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Commercial Development
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Disputes
  • Contractors
  • Government Contracts
  • Industrial
  • Insurance Coverage
  • International
  • Surety

"Michael Evan Jaffe has great skills and judgment to match. He is very efficient and insightful."

- R. Steven Holt (Balfour Beatty Construction LLC)

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