Christopher J. Brasco

Senior Partner | McLean, VA

(703) 749-1000

Chris Brasco’s experience includes all facets of the construction process from contract formation through the disputes process. His legal credentials are complemented by hands-on experience that includes the job site administration of a U.S. Corps of Engineer housing project in Germany, which was rescued from imminent default and successfully managed through final completion and large claim recovery.

More recently, he was involved with the federal government in negotiating the successful reprocurement of mission-critical projects throughout Afghanistan and the Middle East after the program-wide default of a large government contractor.

He has a family history of involvement in the construction industry that provides him with a unique perspective and the ability to handle complex issues both at the job site and in the courtroom. Chris has represented clients before national and international forums including the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration, federal courts, state courts, boards of contract appeals and in arbitrations and mediations. He is actively involved in several trade associations and regularly lectures on issues of importance to the construction industry. 

Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law (Commercial Litigation) and Construction Litigation Categories – 2008-2020

  • Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Past Board of Directors 2006-2007 and Frequent Lecturer
  • Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International – Frequent Lecturer
  • American Road and Transportation Builder’s Association (ARTBA) – Frequent Lecturer – Construction Law and Regulatory Forum
  • Speaker: “10 Risk Management Hacks That Will Change Your Approach to Project Delivery,” ARTBA, June 2018.
  • Speaker: “Hot Tubs and Other ADR Remedies for Disputes That Ail You,” AACE, June 2017.
  • Speaker: “Strategies for Prompt and Effective Resolution of Government Claims Utilizing the Court and Boards of Contract Appeals,” ABA Mid-Winter Meeting, January 2017.
  • Speaker: “The Professional Construction Manager and Safety,” CMAA National Conference, October 2016.
  • Speaker: “Demystifying the Law of Lost Productivity,” ARTBA, June 2016.
  • Speaker: “A Practical Approach to Understanding the Ethical Limits on Attorney Behavior in the Arena of Settlement Negotiations or Drawing the Line Between Posturing and Plundering,” ABA Mid-Winter Meeting, January 2016.
  • Speaker: “Maximizing the Utility of a Surety’s Financing Contributions When Supporting the Completion of Federal Government Contracts,” ABA Mid-Winter Meeting, January 2015.
  • Speaker:  “Understanding Ethical Limitations on Attorney Behavior During Settlement Negotiations,”  ABA Spring Meeting, May 2014.
  • Speaker and Co-Author: “Damages on Federal Construction Projects,” ABA Mid-Winter Meeting, January 2013.
  • Moderator and Speaker: “What’s Fair is Fair: Government Accountability in the Claims Process,” AOD Annual Conference, February 2013.
  • Speaker: “Claims Resolution Strategies on Troubled Projects,” ARTBA, October 2012.
  • Speaker: “The Future of Leadership in the Changing World of Project Delivery,” CMAA National Conference, October 2012.
  • Speaker: “When an Owner’s Hard Line Claim Negotiations Are Also a Breach of Contract,” AACE, July 2012.
  • Speaker: “Looking into the Crystal Ball: Predicting Trends and Innovations in the Construction Industry,” CMAA National Conference, October 2011.
  • Speaker: “Experts in Jeopardy,” AACE, June 2011.
  • Speaker: “Successfully Handling Delay & Impact Claims,” ARTBA, April 2011.
  • Speaker: “Maxims of Practice for Effective Risk Management and Dispute Resolution,” CMAA National Conference, October 2010.
  • Speaker: “Demystifying the Law of Lost Productivity – TCM – Cost Engineering on my Mind,” AACE, June 2010.
  • Speaker: “Effective Claims Handling Through an Understanding of the Real Costs of Delay and Unresolved Claims,” Associated General Contractors’ National Convention, March 2010.
  • Speaker: “Managing the Risks Associated with the Use of Building Information Modeling on Your Projects,” Construction Management Association of America Spring Conference & Trade Show, Spring 2007.
  • Co-Author: “Avoiding the Potential Legal Pitfalls that Await Construction Managers Performing Design-Phase Services,” CMAA, Fall 2006.
  • Speaker: “Successful Projects and Dispute Avoidance Through Proper Risk Assessment and Management,” CMAA, Spring 2006.
  • Speaker: “Successful Handling Default Terminations,” CMAA Spring Conference, Spring 2005. Lecturer in Law, William & Mary School of Law.
  • Panelist: “Who Survives the Perfect Storm – A Reality Show in Which You are the Jury;” The Contractor and Construction Manager Issues SuperConference; San Francisco, California; December 2005.
  • Speaker: “The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts – Understanding the Issues,” December 2004.
  • Speaker: “The Contractor, the Surety and the Federal Government,” a Watt Tieder seminar, multiple locations throughout 2004.
  • Presenter: “Risk Management: How to Optimize Your Construction Project,” seminar with McDonough Bolyard Peck, June 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.
  • Speaker: “Successful Projects Through An Understanding of the Law of Lost Productivity,” with Watt Tieder partner Mark Sgarlata, Construction Management Association of America National Conference & Trade Show, October 2002.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Government Contracts


  • College of William & Mary, J.D., 1990
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1987, magna cum laude, departmental honors

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia