Forty years ago this month, six (6) attorneys led by Bob Watt and Jack Tieder formed a boutique law firm specializing in public and private construction and surety law issues.  In the subsequent 40 years, the law firm grew significantly, opening offices in California, Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas and Miami along with its main office in Tysons Corner, Virginia.


In recent years Watt Tieder twice has been named the Leading Construction Law Firm in the United States by Chambers & Partners.  Five Watt Tieder partners have been inducted as Fellows in the American College of Construction Lawyers.  Also, dozens of Watt Tieder attorneys have been honored over the past 40 years by National and State Best Lawyers, Who’s Who, Super Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell and other well known attorney rating publications.


Watt Tieder began at a time of huge infrastructure growth in the U.S.  As a result, the law firm was involved during the 70’s and 80’s in almost every mass transit and clean water project in the country.  In subsequent years, Watt Tieder worked on legal issues related to the “Big Dig” in Boston, power plants throughout the U.S., major U.S. road projects and all other types of public and private construction projects.


In addition to its national practice, Watt Tieder developed a substantial international practice over its 40 years; including work on projects in Greece, Ghana, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Germany, Korea and Mali to name but a few.  In conjunction with its affiliated German law firm, Watt Tieder provides seminars to foreign construction companies and is a founding member of the Global Construction and Infrastructure Legal Alliance (“GcilA”).


On January 28, 2018, Watt Tieder will enter its 5th decade with more than two dozen partners having 20 plus years of experience and outstanding individual reputations in the industry.  That wealth of experience and talent is now managing and training additional generations of young attorneys who will continue the legacy of excellence established by Watt Tieder over its first 40 years.  Our sincere thanks goes out to all of our clients and friends who have been instrumental in our success and who have shown great confidence in retaining our services for the past 40 years.   We look forward to continuing those relationships in our 5th decade and beyond.