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.
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/.
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:
Joe McManus has been chosen to be recognized in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice areas of construction law and construction litigation. He has been recognized by BestLawyers since 2003.
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.
Daniel Felsen and Jim Carney of McManus & Felsen LLP will be presenting a webinar on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 titled "Identification and Notification of Construction Claims — Keys to Success." This webinar is included in the 12-part series Construction Claims & Change Order Management, hosted by WPL Publishing Co., Inc., publisher of ConstructionPro Network.
Chambers & Partners 2017 writes:
Joseph McManus manages the practice of McManus & Felsen LLP. He attracts praise from clients for “good business instincts as well as legal skills” and is described as “a strategic thinker.” He has broad experience advising clients on government contracts and is frequently seen acting on national and international litigation and arbitration matters.
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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