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Joe McManus (FCIArb) was invited to attend and present at the XII Dublin Forum on International Dispute Resolution with The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in Dublin, Ireland this June. The Forum will be attended by members actively engaged in international dispute resolution.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Investor State Dispute Resolution and Opinion 01/2017 and the future of EU
  • The revision of the ICSID Rules
  • Update on UNCITRAL Working Group II (Dispute Settlement)
  • The Prague Rules
  • The experience of construction adjudication in established jurisdictions and its extension to new jurisdictions
  • Institutional, regional and country updates

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:

  • Sole arbitrator appointed by Supreme Court in Bahamas on construction of resort hotel
  • Represented U.S. design-build contractor in Afghanistan under a USAID contract in arbitration with Indian Subcontractor on 110 km road building contract.
  • Represented General Contractor in arbitration against a resort owner in Nassau, Bahamas.
  • Represented Joint Venture Contractor in arbitration with the Bahamian Government.

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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The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“CIArb”) will hold its North America Branch annual conference on April 3, 2018, in Washington, DC. The theme is Arbitrating Disputes with Foreign Sovereigns and Sovereign-Owned Entities.

Joe McManus of McManus & Felsen LLP is the Sponsorship Chair and will be presenting at the conference. Australian Ambassador to the United States, The Honourable Joe Hockey, is the key-note speaker.

CIArb, headquartered in London, is the premier professional-membership body for private international dispute resolution.

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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.”

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On February 7, 2018, Dan Toomey, Senior Counsel to the firm, will travel to Dallas, TX to participate in the Fourth ABA Forum on Construction Trial Academy, as a faculty member. The Academy, an intensive “learn by doing” program for younger Construction Lawyers, and featuring seasoned Construction Trial Lawyers as faculty, provides intensive “hands on” training in the basic trial skills of openings, closings, admitting evidence, direct and cross examination of both fact and expert witnesses as well as a non-jury trial at the conclusion.

Dan, who has been teaching trial advocacy, both at his law school alma mater, Georgetown, as well as with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), for over forty years, was a founding member of the Trial Academy Committee establishing this program. Dan was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2000 (limited to 1% of the lawyers in a given jurisdiction.) In 2013, he was awarded the Robert Oliphant Award by NITA for his contributions to NITA and in 2017, the Daniel G. Grove Award by the DC NITA Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, which he directed or co-directed for 12 years, ending in 2016. In 2007, Dan was awarded the Paul R. Dean Award by Georgetown, for his contributions to his Alma Mater.


Senior Counsel Dan Toomey has recently received the following awards and recognition:

  • Invitation to become a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America;
  • Selected, again, as a Super Lawyer in Washington DC in the area of Construction Litigation for 2018; and
  • Who’s Who in Construction for 2018.

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.

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