Stephen M. Seeger is a litigation partner specializing in construction and government contracts law. He has successfully tried dozens of complex cases in the state and federal courts of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, as well as arbitral panels, administrative boards and boards of contract appeals. With that perspective, he counsels clients on litigation avoidance and opportunity optimization.
Steve is intimately familiar with the standard form commercial construction contracts and the government mandatory terms and conditions. He understands the nuances and pitfalls most often found in plans, specifications, regulations, and jobsite realities. Steve's cases include power plants EPC work, lock and dam construction, subway line and station construction, and the design and building of hospital and medical research facilities, condominiums, and office buildings. He has worked extensively with earthwork and support of excavation contractors. Steve serves his construction clients best when involved from project conception through final completion. He routinely assists in contract drafting and negotiation; bid responsiveness; on-site performance and contemporaneous documentation; change order and claim development and analysis; mechanic’s liens; bonding and bond claims; indemnity claims; and, insurance matters.
Steve understands that every client and every case is unique – that there is no silver bullet that resolves all problems. He listens and then strives to achieve what the client wants, not what maximizes billable hours. When the situation is suitable, but not as a knee-jerk reaction, he leads his clients through creative and alternative dispute resolution processes. And he appreciates when resort to the courts is the best strategic decision and most advantageous recourse.
Stephen M. Seeger is rated by his peers as AV Preeminent, the highest ranking for ethics and legal ability. He has been named as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer and Best Lawyers in America. He was included in the Washington, D.C. “Legal Elite” by Smart CEO Magazine. Chambers & Partners identified Steve as a leader in the District of Columbia Construction Bar and noted that: “Talented litigator Stephen Seeger is highly regarded as a ‘hard working straight shooter.’ He impresses sources with his intelligent performance in substantial litigation and arbitrations.”