About Us

Our History

Watt Tieder was founded in 1978 and focuses primarily on the litigation of complex construction disputes and the representation of owners, contractors, engineers and sureties. Over the years, the firm has added practice groups specializing in government contracts, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. With offices in five cities in the United States, the firm is a thriving, mid-size boutique that provides knowledgeable and practical legal representation to the construction, surety and government contracts industries world-wide. 

Watt Tieder attorneys have diverse backgrounds, including experience in both government and the private sector. Several attorneys have degrees in engineering or construction management. To further enhance the breadth and depth of its legal service offerings, the firm is vertically integrated with an in-house staff that offers estimating, engineering and scheduling expertise, a sophisticated graphics and electronic presentations group, and a wide array of document management and litigation support services.

Watt Tieder attorneys regularly publish articles, participate in industry groups and speak at seminars throughout the world. The attorneys also develop customized in-house seminars for clients on topics of special interest.

Our Value


Every member of our team — lawyers, paralegals, and staff — is accessible and experienced in construction law. No matter who you call, they’ll be able to speak to you about your case.


We believe in reaching a settlement whenever possible, but we begin every case planning to take it to court. That means we prepare extensively at the outset. This strategy often enables us to avoid litigation and settle matters with negotiation, mediation, or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.


We’ve been at this for over 40 years, and our area of expertise is a niche one. As a result, we’re familiar with virtually all the key players in construction law. We’ll use our vast network of expert witnesses, consultants, and more to your benefit.


Many of our clients have been with us since the beginning — and many of our team members too. Our client loyalty and employee retention are testaments to our integrity and the service we provide.