Lewis J. Baker
Senior Partner | McLean, VA
“Lewis Baker maintains an impressive reputation throughout the sector for his expertise in contractual disputes. He is highly sought after for his litigation capabilities and he draws on formidable experience in areas such as bid protests and architect/engineer claims to provide strategic counsel to a wide-ranging client roster.” – Chambers USA 2014
Senior Partner Larry Baker’s practice involves the preparation, defense and litigation of major construction, surety and architect/engineer claims. He also has an active government contracts practice and has litigated bid protests both in the courts and before state and federal administrative forums. Larry has practiced before State and Federal Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Claims Court (now the Court of Federal Claims) and federal and state courts throughout the country. He has served as an arbitrator on numerous occasions and also been retained as a neutral in mini-trials, as a mediator, and has been appointed as a special master to resolve construction disputes before the courts.
Before joining Watt Tieder in 1987, Larry was a partner at Lewis, Mitchell & Moore. He served as the First Chairman of both the Maryland Department of Transportation Board of Contract Appeals and the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals before entering private practice. In addition, he served as Assistant General Counsel for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority where he litigated many contractor claims before the former Corps of Engineers Board of Contract Appeals and in the federal courts.
- Best Lawyers in America, 2020
- Best Lawyers in America, Washington DC Arbitration Lawyer of the Year – 2014
- Best Lawyers in America, ADR, Arbitration, Construction Law & Litigation, Mediation Categories – 2005-2014
- Washington DC’s Best Lawyers, Construction Law and Litigation Category – 2013
- Virginia’s Best Lawyers, Construction Law and Litigation Category – 2013
- Chambers USA – list of Top Construction Lawyers in Virginia – 2004-2020
- Legal 500 United States – Leading Construction Lawyers in the US – 2012
- Legal 500 United States – 2007-2012
- Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers – 2006 – Present
- International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers – 2005-2013
- International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Construction Law category – 2005-2009
- Virginia Super Lawyers – 2006 – Present
- Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
- American Bar Association – Public Contract Law Section
- Maryland State Chairman, 1984-1987 and 2004-Present.
- Former Chairman, Construction Claims Committee
- Former Vice Chairman, Construction Division of the Public Contract Law Section
- American Bar Association
- Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
- American Bar Association
- Litigation Section
- Maryland State Bar Association
- Special Committee on State and Local Public Contracts, 1977-1981
- Construction Litigation Subcommittee, Litigation Section, 1981 to present
- Administrative Law Committee Section Council, 1985-1994
- Construction Group Advisory Board: Construction Contractor and Federal Publications, Inc.
- Editor: Construction Claims Online
- Author: “Americans With Disabilities Act: Construction Industry Considerations,” Construction Briefings, July 2003.
- Speaker: “Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse! The Absence Of Standing On A Government Claim,” presented to the Boards of Contract Appeals Judges Association, April 9, 2003.
- Author: “Ambiguities In Contract Documents,” Construction Briefings, 2002.
- Author: “Procurement Disputes at the State and Local Level: A Look for Fairness Among the Hodgepodge of Available Remedies,” Public Contract Law Journal, Winter, 1996.
- Author: “Ambiguities In Contract Documents,” Construction Briefings, No. 2002-12, 2000.
- Frequent speaker for such organizations as Federal Publications, Inc., Andrews Conference’s, Construction Super Conference, the American Bar Association, NBI, Lorman, the Maryland Institute for Continuing Education of Lawyers (MICPEL), Georgetown University, the Maryland Highway Contractors Association, and the Boards of Contract Appeals Judges Association. Also served as an instructor in contract law for the University of Maryland’s Civil Engineering School and Construction Management Program.
- United States of America ex. rel. Huxtable-Hammond v. Brinderson Corporation, etal., U.S. District Court for the District of Montana (Judge Paul Hatfield).
Subcontractor (Huxtable-Hammond) sued prime Contractor (Brinderson Corporation) and its payment bond surety alleging breach of contract against Brinderson Corporation and Miller Act rights against surety. I represented Brinderson Corporation and filed a counterclaim against Huxtable-Hammond and its performance bond surety. Jury returned verdict against Huxtable-Hammond and its claims and in favor of Brinderson on its counterclaims. Attorneys fees later were granted to Brinderson as well. Judge later commented on trial in another case (copy attached).
- B&B Sand and Gravel v. MCI Constructors, Inc., Untied States District Court for the District of Maryland (Judge Marvin Garbis).
I represented MCI Constructors in a case brought by B&B Sand & Gravel, a subcontractor. MCI Constructors terminated B&B for default after B&B allowed its workmen’s compensation policy to expire for a two day period. B&B alleged that the policy renewal was timely and sought Termination for Convenience damages. Jury found that B&B properly was terminated.
Areas of Practice
- Government Contracts
- University of Maryland, J.D., 1973
- University of Maryland, B.S., 1969, Civil Engineering
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Various U.S. District Courts and Courts of Appeals