McManus & Felsen LLP is a boutique law firm focusing on construction and government contracting. We work with clients at all project stages, from contract drafting, to project performance and delivery, to dispute resolution and litigation. Our clients are domestic and foreign and include owners, developers, contractors, suppliers, service providers, subcontractors, governments, architects, and engineers. McManus & Felsen’s experience spans a wide range of project classes and types, including commercial, residential, federal, environmental, airports, roads, hotels and resorts, prisons, hospitals, research facilities, and power and utility projects.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is a leading London-based organization of alternative dispute practitioners dedicated to the teaching and advancement of international arbitration. Joe McManus, Partner of McManus & Felsen LLP, is a long-standing member of CIArb. In April 2019, he became a Fellow (FCIArb). From CIArb’s website, “CIArb Fellowship is recognised as a symbol of peak professionalism. Achieving Fellowship tells clients, colleagues, and regulators that you have already demonstrated an outstanding commitment to achieving the highest levels of knowledge, skills, and behaviour.”
Joe has been arbitrating international cases for over 40 years and is intimate with international arbitration rules and practices.
Joe’s recent international arbitration cases include:
Senior Counsel Dan Toomey will be speaking at the 39th Annual VSB Construction Law & Public Contracts Seminar, on Friday, November 2, 2018, in Charlottesville, VA, on the topic, “Trying a Loss of Productivity Damages Case to a Jury.” Dan and partner Jim Carney, along with Peter S. Vosbikan, a consultant with FTI Consulting (another presenter), also authored a paper on the same topic, which will be included in the program’s materials. This is the third time that Dan has spoken at this annual conference.
Senior Counsel Dan Toomey will be participating as a faculty member between November 6-9, 2018 in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s “Advanced Trial Advocacy; Next Level Trial Advocacy Techniques” program held at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Dan was the Director or Co-Director of the “Advanced Program” from 2005 until 2016. In 2017, he received the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Daniel G. Grove Award for his long service to the Program.
The ABA Committee on Debarment and Suspension recently published the fourth edition to its authoritative text on suspension and debarment law: “The Practitioner's Guide to Suspension and Debarment.” Tom Carr of our firm wrote one of the chapters in the book and was a member of the subcommittee that edited the book. Tom has been a member of the ABA debarment committee since its founding and was a principal author and editor of the previous editions of the ABA debarment book. Tom is a recognized authority on the practice of suspension and debarment law and his article "Catch-all Clauses: The Black Hole of Debarment” (The Procurement Lawyer, Winter 2017) is cited in the ABA debarment book.
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McManus & Felsen LLP is pleased to have been ranked as a Tier 1 construction-law firm in Washington, D.C., in addition to being ranked nationally, in the 2018 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”
As described on its website, the “U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ‘Best Law Firms’ rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.” And the press release announcing the 2018 rankings explained that “[r]eceiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism, and its integrity.”
For more information on U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” please visit https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/.
Senior Counsel Dan Toomey has recently received the following awards and recognition:
On November 9, 2017, Dan Toomey, Senior Counsel to McManus & Felsen LLP, became the 2017 Recipient of the Daniel G. Grove Award. This Award was made to Dan “in grateful recognition of his exceptional work as a teacher” in the NITA Advanced Trial Advocacy: Next-Level Trial Techniques Program. Mr. Toomey had been a Director and Co-Director of this Program for twelve years, stepping down as Co-Director last year. The Grove Award is named after Daniel G. Grove, who died in 2014. He, along with Dan Toomey, was one of the founders of the Georgetown/NITA Basic Trials Skills Program in 1978, in which both he and Dan Toomey were Team Leaders for 25 years. Dan Toomey was also a recipient of NITA’s Robert Oliphant Award in 2013, for his “outstanding service” to NITA.
We are pleased to announce that Jim Carney has become a Partner of McManus & Felsen LLP.
Engineering News-Record, the national publication of record for engineering and construction news, recently published a feature article on our firm's “teaming agreement” victory in federal court in Atlanta. On June 1, 2017, United States District Judge Mark Cohen ruled that “teaming agreements” are enforceable contracts in Georgia, denying a motion to dismiss a teaming agreement complaint we filed on behalf of clients Crystal Steel Fabricators, Inc. and Memco. Inc. Judge Cohen ruled that our clients could proceed with their claim that AMEC Foster Wheeler Programs, Inc., had breached its teaming agreement with them in connection with a steel fabrication and erection contract for a missile site in Poland. Our clients claim $2.5 million in damages.
Link to ENR article: http://www.enr.com/articles/42240-when-is-a-teaming-agreement-binding?v=preview
Under the Bahamas Arbitration Act, the Supreme Court of the Bahamas has ordered a resort developer and its contractor to proceed to arbitration and further ordered that Joe McManus be the sole arbitrator in the matter. The resort is in Freeport which will be the locale of the arbitration. Joe is a member of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators (London) and is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association (Large Complex Construction Case and Commercial Panels).
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