Donald G. Gavin
Donald G. Gavin
8100 Boone Boulevard
Suite 630
Vienna, VA 22182
750 Ninth Street, N.W.
Suite 750
Washington, D.C.,  20001

Donald Gavin's practice emphasizes the resolution of disputes on large projects around the world as well as representation of clients with public contract issues. He acts as an arbitrator, mediator and neutral on Disputes Resolution Boards, frequently selected as a chair or panelist by the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution as well as the London Court of International Arbitration and the parties.

In his practice, Don has provided representation to owners, contractors, public entities, design professionals, and sureties with issues involving commercial contracts, construction, public contracts (to include prime and subcontract disputes), suretyship services, environmental matters, and grant (assistance) law. Don's experience includes primary legal team disputes resolution responsibility on major petroleum, gas, chemical, wastewater, power production facilities, and infrastructure in South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, as well as within the United States, both offshore as well as land-based.

Inagural Fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers
United States Court of Federal Claims, Outstanding Service Award
American College of Construction Lawyers, Elected Fellow
American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation and Public Contract Law Section, Fellow
American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, Elected Fellow
Chambers USA 2008-2013, Ranked in Virginia for Construction
The Best Lawyers in America 2003-2014, Listed in Virginia for Arbitration, Construction Law, Litigation-Construction, and Mediation
The Legal 500 2012, Recommended for Construction
Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2014, Listed in Virginia for Construction Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and International
Super Lawyers Magazine 2007-2014, Listed in Washington, D.C. for Construction Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, International
Super Lawyers Magazine 2009, Listed in Washington, D.C. as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in the DC Metro Area"
Virginia Business Magazine, Recognized as one of Virginia's Legal Elite in the specialty of Alternative Dispute Resolution
Listed in "Who's Who in International Construction Lawyers"
Listed in "Who's Who in International Public Procurement Lawyers"
Listed in "Who's Who in the World"
Listed in "Who's Who in America"
Martindale-Hubbell, A-V Rated

ADR; Construction, United States, Co-Author, IBA International Construction Projects Committee 2014
Construction Law International, Author, "Scheduling (Programme) Analysis," Vol. 7-3, October 2012
International Arbitration Seminar, Speaker, "Case Management and Effective Advocacy," February 20, 2012
Construction Law International, Author, "Defects in Construction Projects – Current Issues" Part I, Vol. 5-4, December 2010, Part 2, Vol. 6-2, March 2011
Federal Government Construction Contracts, Author, "Differing Site Conditions," 2nd Ed., American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, 2010
8th Annual Miami International Construction Arbitration Conference, ICDR, AAA and AAAU, Speaker, "ADR Perspectives for International Construction Projects," March 22, 2010
International Bar Association Conference, Vancouver, Speaker, "Defects in Construction Projects," October 4, 2010
American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, and Public Contract Law Section, San Francisco, CA, Speaker, "False Claims and Compliance, Government Construction Contracting," January 28, 2010
International Bar Association Conference, Madrid, Spain, Speaker, "Nuclear Power Projects: Minimizing Project Cost Growth and Delay," October 5, 2009
International Bar Association Conference, Madrid Spain, Speaker, "Time and Acceleration Issues Affecting International Construction Contracts," October 7, 2009
Law Business Research, Author, "Getting the Deal Through - Construction in 31 Jurisdictions Worldwide," 2009
International Bar Association, Buenos Aires, Speaker, "Project Delivery in a Fraught Environment: Fraught = Owner Faces Seller's Market," October 13, 2008
International Bar Association Conference, Buenos Aires, Speaker, "Electronic Documentation in Construction-Project Management and Dispute Resolution: The 'Paperless' Project: The Future, or Far from It?," October 15, 2008
International Bar Association Conference, Singapore, Speaker, "Trends in Public Procurement of Legal Services 2007," October 15, 2007
International Bar Association Conference, Chicago, IL, Speaker, "Legal and Contractual Issues Raised by Disasters and Potential Disasters," September 20, 2006
Construction SuperConference '06, San Francisco, CA, Speaker, "Risk Management and Dispute Resolution: The Latin American Experience," December 8, 2006
Real Estate Transactions, Author, "Construction Matters and Mechanics' Liens," Virginia CLE, 2nd Ed., 2005
Public Works Projects, Author, Chapter 8, "Bond Default Manual," 3rd edition, American Bar Association, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the Tort Insurance Practice Section, San Antonio, TX, May 12-13, 2005
Forbes Magazine and Andrews Pub. Event, San Francisco, CA, Speaker, "Developing, Constructing, Operating and Securing Energy Power Projects," April 17, 2002
Bar Association of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Conference, Washington, DC, Speaker, "Trial Preparation and Organization," February 2002
Disruption Claims, Author, Chapter 3, Proving and Pricing Construction Claims, 3rd edition, Aspen Law and Business, 2001
50 State Construction Lien and Bond Law, Author, Chapter 48, "Virginia," 2nd edition, Aspen Law and Business, 2000
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, San Francisco, CA, Speaker, "Alternative Dispute Resolution," January 27, 2000
American Bar Association, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the Section of Torts and Insurance Practice, Author, "The Surety's Management of the Complex Surety Case," LaJolla, CA, 1998, Philadelphia, PA, 2000
Institute for Government Innovation, Speaker, Initial Rewards and Risks of Construction Contracting with Foreign Governments, November 9, 1999
American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Author, "The Surety's Environmental Risk," 1997
Construction Subcontracting, Author, Chapter 17, "Inspection, Acceptance, and Warranties," Wiley Law, 1991
Construction Bidding Law, Author, "Rights and Remedies of the Disappointed Bidder Under Federal Grant Programs," Wiley Law, 1990
Construction Failures, Author, Chapter 11, "The Project That Doesn't Work: The Functional Failure and Who Is Responsible," Wiley Law, 1989
Construction Defaults, Author, Chapter 8, "Representing the Public Owner," Wiley Law, 1989
Federal Grant Law, Author, "Contracts Under Federal Assistance," American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, 1982

Certified International Mediator
American Arbitration Association, National Construction Dispute Resolutions Committee, American Bar Association Representative
International Bar Association, International Construction Project Committee, Project Execution Subcommitte, Past Co-Chair
American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, Past National Chair
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of London, Member
Bar Association of the United States Court of Federal Claims, Board of Governors, Past Member

Served as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps, principally as a procurement legal advisor to the Army Corps of Engineers
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Bernard Kelley, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA

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Donald G. Gavin


LL.M., National Law Center of George Washington University, 1972; Government Procurement Law
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1967
B.S., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1964

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