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Donald G. Gavin
Donald G. Gavin
Partner 
8100 Boone Boulevard
Suite 630
Vienna, VA 22182
 
Tel:
703.790.8750
Fax:
703.448.1801
 
750 Ninth Street, N.W.
Suite 750
Washington, D.C.,  20001
 
Tel:
202.393.6222
Fax:
202.393.5959

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.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Inagural Fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers
 
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United States Court of Federal Claims, Outstanding Service Award
 
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American College of Construction Lawyers, Elected Fellow
 
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American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation and Public Contract Law Section, Fellow
 
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American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, Elected Fellow
 
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The Best Lawyers in America 2003-2015, Listed in Virginia for Arbitration, Construction Law, Litigation-Construction, and Mediation
 
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Chambers USA 2008-2014, Ranked in Virginia for Construction
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2014, Listed in Virginia for Construction Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and International
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2007-2014, Listed in Washington, D.C. for Construction Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, International
 
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The Legal 500 2012, Recommended for Construction
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2009, Listed in Washington, D.C. as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in the DC Metro Area"
 
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Virginia Business Magazine, Recognized as one of Virginia's Legal Elite in the specialty of Alternative Dispute Resolution
 
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Listed in "Who's Who in International Construction Lawyers"
 
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Listed in "Who's Who in International Public Procurement Lawyers"
 
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Listed in "Who's Who in the World"
 
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Listed in "Who's Who in America"
 
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Listed in Who's Who Legal
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, A-V Rated
 
Published Works & Lectures
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ADR; Construction, United States, Co-Author, IBA International Construction Projects Committee 2014
 
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Construction Law International, Author, "Scheduling (Programme) Analysis," Vol. 7-3, October 2012
 
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International Arbitration Seminar, Speaker, "Case Management and Effective Advocacy," February 20, 2012
 
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Construction Law International, Author, "Defects in Construction Projects – Current Issues" Part I, Vol. 5-4, December 2010, Part 2, Vol. 6-2, March 2011
 
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Federal Government Construction Contracts, Author, "Differing Site Conditions," 2nd Ed., American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, 2010
 
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8th Annual Miami International Construction Arbitration Conference, ICDR, AAA and AAAU, Speaker, "ADR Perspectives for International Construction Projects," March 22, 2010
 
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International Bar Association Conference, Vancouver, Speaker, "Defects in Construction Projects," October 4, 2010
 
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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
 
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International Bar Association Conference, Madrid, Spain, Speaker, "Nuclear Power Projects: Minimizing Project Cost Growth and Delay," October 5, 2009
 
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International Bar Association Conference, Madrid Spain, Speaker, "Time and Acceleration Issues Affecting International Construction Contracts," October 7, 2009
 
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Law Business Research, Author, "Getting the Deal Through - Construction in 31 Jurisdictions Worldwide," 2009
 
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International Bar Association, Buenos Aires, Speaker, "Project Delivery in a Fraught Environment: Fraught = Owner Faces Seller's Market," October 13, 2008
 
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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
 
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International Bar Association Conference, Singapore, Speaker, "Trends in Public Procurement of Legal Services 2007," October 15, 2007
 
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International Bar Association Conference, Chicago, IL, Speaker, "Legal and Contractual Issues Raised by Disasters and Potential Disasters," September 20, 2006
 
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Construction SuperConference '06, San Francisco, CA, Speaker, "Risk Management and Dispute Resolution: The Latin American Experience," December 8, 2006
 
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Real Estate Transactions, Author, "Construction Matters and Mechanics' Liens," Virginia CLE, 2nd Ed., 2005
 
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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
 
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Forbes Magazine and Andrews Pub. Event, San Francisco, CA, Speaker, "Developing, Constructing, Operating and Securing Energy Power Projects," April 17, 2002
 
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Bar Association of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Conference, Washington, DC, Speaker, "Trial Preparation and Organization," February 2002
 
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Disruption Claims, Author, Chapter 3, Proving and Pricing Construction Claims, 3rd edition, Aspen Law and Business, 2001
 
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50 State Construction Lien and Bond Law, Author, Chapter 48, "Virginia," 2nd edition, Aspen Law and Business, 2000
 
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American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, San Francisco, CA, Speaker, "Alternative Dispute Resolution," January 27, 2000
 
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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
 
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Institute for Government Innovation, Speaker, Initial Rewards and Risks of Construction Contracting with Foreign Governments, November 9, 1999
 
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American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Author, "The Surety's Environmental Risk," 1997
 
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Construction Subcontracting, Author, Chapter 17, "Inspection, Acceptance, and Warranties," Wiley Law, 1991
 
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Construction Bidding Law, Author, "Rights and Remedies of the Disappointed Bidder Under Federal Grant Programs," Wiley Law, 1990
 
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Construction Failures, Author, Chapter 11, "The Project That Doesn't Work: The Functional Failure and Who Is Responsible," Wiley Law, 1989
 
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Construction Defaults, Author, Chapter 8, "Representing the Public Owner," Wiley Law, 1989
 
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Federal Grant Law, Author, "Contracts Under Federal Assistance," American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, 1982
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Certified International Mediator
 
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American Arbitration Association, National Construction Dispute Resolutions Committee, American Bar Association Representative
 
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International Bar Association, International Construction Project Committee, Project Execution Subcommitte, Past Co-Chair
 
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American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, Past National Chair
 
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Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of London, Member
 
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Bar Association of the United States Court of Federal Claims, Board of Governors, Past Member
 
Related Professional Experience
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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
 
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Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Bernard Kelley, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA
 

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Donald G. Gavin

Practice
Construction
Education
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
Bar Admissions
District of Columbia
Pennsylvania
Virginia
 
 
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