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Vivian Katsantonis

Vivian Katsantonis’s practice focuses on complex construction and commercial litigation matters. She has been recognized for her effectiveness and exceptional accomplishments in litigation and trial work by the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Vivian’s representation includes counsel and advice through every stage of litigation and she has litigated significant matters before federal and state courts, the Board of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the International Chamber of Commerce and in both international and domestic arbitrations.

 

Vivian has represented contractors, developers, owners, suppliers and sureties in a broad range of commercial, construction and government contract matters including for industrial and commercial projects and large infrastructure projects, such as power plants, mass transit systems, highways, waste water treatment facilities, military facilities, hospitals, multi-family housing developments and commercial and retail development. Her representation includes advice and strategies on complex legal issues that arise from commercial development and construction projects, including contract administration and close-out; rights arising from purchase and sale agreements, development agreements and funding agreements; and the preparation, negotiation and litigation of major commercial and construction claims on a national and international level. 

  1. General Information

    Education

    • University of Richmond, J.D.
    • Best Advocate Award
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S.

    Bar Admissions

    • District of Columbia
    • Virginia

    Court Admissions

    • Virginia Supreme Court
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  2. Honors
    • Litigation Counsel of America
    • Chambers USA – list of Top Construction Lawyers in Virginia – 2009-2014
    • Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law (Surety) and Construction Litigation Categories – 2008-2014
    • Washington DC Best Lawyers, Construction Law and Litigation Category – 2013
    • Virginia Best Lawyers, Construction Law and Litigation Category – 2013
    • D.C. Super Lawyers – 2007-2015
    • Virginia Super Lawyers – 2006-2017
    • Virginia Business Legal Elite, Construction – 2009
  3. Memberships & Affiliations
    • American Bar Association
    • District of Columbia Bar Association
    • Virginia Bar Association
  4. Publications and Presentations
    • Speaker: “Properly Appreciating the Defense of Concurrent Delay in a Default Termination,” Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, 2008.
    • Speaker: “Defending Against a Default Termination for Failure to Make Progress,” Chicago Surety Claims Association, 2008.
    • Speaker: “Making Money with Sustainable Design and Alternative Energy,” Construction SuperConference, 2007.
    • Speaker: “Relevance,” Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, 2007.
    • Speaker: “A Surety’s Inherent Right to Perform,” Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, 2007.
    • Speaker: Understanding and Managing Bond Risks, a Watt Tieder seminar, multiple locations, 2006.
    • Author: “Federal,” Performance Bond Manual of the 50 States, 2006.
    • Author: “Federal and State Requirements for Service Upon a Surety,” The Federal & Surety Desk Reference Book, American Bar Association, 2006.
    • Speaker: “Early Claims Evaluation as a Source of Salvage,” Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, 2005.
    • Speaker: “The Contractor, the Surety and the Federal Government,” a Watt Tieder seminar, multiple locations throughout 2004.
    • Speaker: “Construction Scheduling 101: Understanding Construction Scheduling, Critical Path Analysis, Delay, Disruption and the Rights of the Surety,” a Watt Tieder seminar, multiple locations throughout 2003.
    • Author: “The Surety’s Procedures for Preserving and Defending Its Rights Following a Default Termination,” The Construction Lawyer, Winter 2002.
    • Lecturer and Author: “A Surety’s Guide For Evaluating Construction Claims,” Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, 2002.
    • Speaker: “The Contractor’s and Surety’s Winning Strategies to Beat a Default Termination,” Construction SuperConference, 2001.
    • Lecturer and Author: “The Surety Analyst’s Procedure Checklist Following a Default Termination,” Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, 2001.
    • Lecturer and Co-Author: “Combating Corruption in International Business Transactions,” Construction SuperConference, 2000.
    • Lecturer and Author: “So You Want Your Money Back? – A Financing Surety’s Guide to Securing the Recovery of Contract Proceeds and Claims,” Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, 2000.
    • Lecturer and Author: “A Surety’s Winning Strategies to Beat a Default Termination,” and “How to Beat a Default Termination,” Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, 1999.
    • Speaker: “How the Owner Assures Completion of Its International Project,” Millennium Construction SuperConference, 1999.
    • Author: “An Overview of Construction Contracting Under Greek Law,” The International Construction Law Review, Issue 3, 1998.
    • Speaker: “The Global Project: What is it? How is it Done? Why Technology Makes it Possible?” Construction SuperConference 1998.
    • Lecturer: “International Projects,” Construction SuperConference, 1997.