Stephanie M. Rochel

Stephanie Rochel provides risk-adjusted advice to clients involved with government contracts, commercial contracts, and construction disputes. She uses her legal experience and business acumen to develop practical solutions that serve both the business and legal needs of clients. Stephanie participates in the Global Construction & Infrastructure Legal Alliance (GCILA), which is a network of firms headquartered in Paris. GCILA provides fully integrated legal services for parties in the global market, including government agencies, public and private financiers of construction projects, developers, industrial companies, engineers, contractors and suppliers.

Stephanie advises developers, contractors, subcontractors, owners, and sureties in all aspects of domestic and international disputes. Her experience includes contract negotiations, claim preparation, and complex multi-party ADR and litigation. She has assisted clients on an array of projects, including laboratories, power plants, schools, tenant improvements, and various other commercial buildings.

Stephanie regularly reviews state False Claims Acts in Watt Tieder’s Fifty State Survey of Key Issues related to Construction & Engineering Contracts.

While earning her law degree at Notre Dame, Stephanie was honored as a Dean’s Circle Fellow (top 10% of the class) and competed with the Barristers Trial Team.

  1. General Information

    Education

    • University of Notre Dame, J.D., 2012, magna cum laude
    • University of Notre Dame, B.A., cum laude

    Bar Admissions

    • Virginia Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • American Bar Association

    Court Admissions

    • United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
    • Supreme Court of Virginia and all Virginia state courts
  2. Representative Projects

    Representative Projects

    • Presented oral argument before 7 Justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia related to a $15 million university student health and fitness center.
    • Presented oral argument for mechanical subcontractor before 3 Judges of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals after obtaining dismissal of entire trial court case of claims totaling $2 million related to elementary school renovations.
    • Assisted successful settlement of multi-million dollar builder’s risk insurance and bad faith disputes related to construction of a new high school.
    • Assisted successful settlement for REIT property owner involved in multi-party litigation with general contractor, subcontractor, and architect for inefficiency claims totaling about $4 million related to complex laboratory space.
    • Provided on-going assistance to ENR 400 engineer and contractor for interpretation and application of the FAR and other procurement law for multiple federal government contracts, including federal projects in Afghanistan.
    • Ongoing representation of general contractor in $4 million dispute involving subcontractors’ breaches of contract and defective work for $12 million school renovation and addition project.
  3. Memberships & Affiliations
    • Membership Committee, Washington Building Congress
    • Firm Champion, AGC of DC’s Young Constructors Forum
  4. Publications
    • Co-Author:  “Differing Site conditions on Federal Design-Build Projects”, ABA Mid-Winter Conference, January 2017.
    • Author:  “False Claim Statutes”, Fifty State Survey of Key Issues Related to Construction & Engineering Contracts.
    • Author:  “Personal Jurisdiction Through the Lens of Chinese Drywall Litigation”, Watt Tieder Newsletter, November 2014.
    • Author:  “Private Activity Bonds:  An Introduction and Look Ahead”, Watt Tieder Newsletter, May, 2013
    • Co-Author:  “Agency’s Lack of Jurisdiction Over Task Order Bid Protest Does Not Derail Later Protest at the GAO”, Virginia State Bar’s Construction Law and Public Contracts Newsletter, May 2013.