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SHANNON J. BRIGLIA SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICAN 2016®. PDF Print

(October 28, 2015) - Shannon J. Briglia was again selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 in the fields of Construction Law and Construction Litigation.  Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as one of the definitive guides to legal excellence. Inclusion is based entirely on an exhaustive peer review evaluation, with a methodology designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues. 

 
SHOSHANA E. ROTHMAN HAS BEEN NAMED OF COUNSEL TO BRIGLIAMCLAUGHLIN. PDF Print

(December 31, 2014) - BrigliaMcLaughlin, PLLC, a nationally recognized construction law firm based in Tysons Corner, Virginia, is pleased to announce that Shoshana E. Rothman has been named Of Counsel to the firm.

Ms. Rothman, a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, has been with the firm since November 2010. A transplanted Bostonian, she earned her Bachelor of Arts from Boston University. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Rothman was associated with another national construction law firm, focusing her practice in the areas of construction law, government contracts and surety defense.

To read more about Shoshana E. Rothman, click here.

 
BRIGLIAMCLAUGHLIN OBTAINS AWARD FOR BANKING CLIENT AT TRIAL. PDF Print

(May 22, 2014) - In March 2014, lead counsel Shoshana E. Rothman tried a case on behalf of a national banking client on a defaulted promissory note in the Arlington County Circuit Court. Following trial and post-trial briefing on the enforceability of a negotiable instrument by a holder, the Court issued a letter opinion awarding judgment in favor of BrigliaMcLaughlin’s client for the full amount of the default and interest from the date of the default.

THE RESULTS OF THIS CASE DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS.  CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

 

 
ROBERT J. DIETZ CO-AUTHORS CHAPTER OF “CONSTRUCTION SUBCONTRACTING.” PDF Print

(April 24, 2014) – Robert J. Dietz recently co-authored a chapter of the new ABA Forum on the Construction Industry book titled “Construction Subcontracting: A Comprehensive Practical and Legal Guide.” The book brings together a team of experienced attorneys to examine this subject with both a breadth and depth of coverage. Topics of the book include the subcontract document and performance; insurance, bonding and licensure; disputes and different methods for resolution; special project issues, including public projects, alternative delivery methods, and green/sustainable building; and other contracting arrangements. Mr. Dietz co-authored the chapter titled: “Mechanic’s Liens and Other Remedies.”

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SHANNON J. BRIGLIA CO-AUTHORS SECTION OF ABA TORT TRIAL & INSURANCE PRACTICE LAW JOURNAL. PDF Print

(April 24, 2014) - Shannon J. Briglia co-authored “Recent Developments in Fidelity and Surety Law” in the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Vol. 49, Issue 1 (Fall 2013).

 
BRIGLIAMCLAUGHLIN OBTAINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON BEHALF OF SURETY CLIENT. Print

(October 24, 2013) - In September, BrigliaMcLaughlin obtained summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on behalf of a surety client against corporate and individual indemnitors in connection with claims paid by the surety. Following argument by the firm, the federal court ruled that under the terms of the indemnity agreement, the surety was entitled to judgment for all claimed damages incurred in resolving the bond claims including the amounts paid to bond claimants, the surety's construction consultant, and the surety's attorneys.

THE RESULTS OF THIS CASE DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

 
SHANNON J. BRIGLIA NAMED AMONG THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA. Print

(October 24, 2013) - Shannon J. Briglia has been selected to be included in the Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of Construction Law. Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, and awardees are selected based upon exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

 
ROBERT J. DIETZ WINS DIRECTED VERDICT FOR CONTRACTOR CLIENT. PDF Print

(July 9, 2013) - This June, BrigliaMcLaughlin won a directed verdict for a general contractor client against two sub-subcontractors in a multi-day bench trial in Maryland state court.  Lead counsel Rob Dietz successfully defended the claims brought against a general contractor on Kohl’s Department Store projects in Easton, Maryland and Roanoke, Virginia.  The plaintiffs attempted to assert claims against the contractor arising out of a settlement agreement between the general contractor and a subcontractor.  The court granted the general contractor's motion for a directed verdict, ruling that the terms of the settlement agreement were unambiguous and did not require the general contractor to pay the unsubstantiated claims of the sub-subcontractors. The court further ruled that the plaintiffs had failed to properly substantiate their claims.

THE RESULTS OF THIS CASE DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS.  CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

 

 
BRIGLIAMCLAUGHLIN ATTORNEYS AUTHOR MARYLAND AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CHAPTERS OF THE SURETY UNDERWRITER'S DESKBOOK. PDF Print

Attorneys from BrigliaMcLaughlin authored state-specific chapters of The Surety Underwriter’s Desk Book, which was distributed to attendees of the ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Midwinter Meeting this last January. Underwriters and attorneys from across the country contributed to the book, which should serve as a useful desk reference for the surety industry for many years to come. Lauren P. McLaughlin and Shiva S. Hamidinia co-authored the Maryland chapter and Robert J. Dietz and Shana E. Rothman co-authored the chapter for the District of Columbia.

 
BRIGLIAMCLAUGHLIN OBTAINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR SURETY ON “OVERPAYMENT” CLAIM AGAINST OBLIGEE IN FEDERAL COURT. PDF Print

(October 1, 2012) – BMc’s client, International Fidelity, recently obtained summary judgment against the Western Virginia Water Authority for contract retainage improperly disbursed to its principal during the course of the project. Lauren P. McLaughlin, counsel of record, argued that the surety’s right to the contract retainage was irrefutable under the doctrines of assignment and equitable subrogration.  In International Fid. Ins. Co. v. Western Va. Water Auth., Civil Action No. 7:11-cv-00441 (W.D.Va. Sep. 28, 2012), Chief Judge Conrad agreed and found that the Authority had improperly paid retainage proceeds directly to the contractor, despite its agreement to hold all retainage in an escrow account.  The Court entered judgment in favor of the surety in the amount of those improper disbursements.

To review Judge Conrad’s opinion, click here.

 
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