Adam Tuckman has extensive experience counseling contractors, subcontractors, sureties and owners with all facets of dispute prevention and resolution involving construction, suretyship and government contracts law. Adam has worked with clients to efficiently and effectively manage troubled projects, prepare and defend against claims, negotiate and draft agreements, resolve disputes in mediation, and, when necessary, litigate disputes in federal and state courts, boards of contract appeals, and in arbitration. His construction practice is diverse and continues to expand to many types of complex and specialized projects, including highways, bridges, tunnels, public transit systems and centers, major utilities, scientific research centers, and high-rise residential buildings. The types of matters that Adam has successfully handled are extensive, ranging from performance and payment bond claims, changes, construction delays, differing site conditions, design defects, acceleration, loss of efficiency, mechanic’s liens, insurance claims, indemnity actions and general breach of contract actions. Adam also has considerable experience with the law of arbitration, having won the confirmation of a multi-million dollar arbitration award in federal court in the face of a motion to vacate the arbitration panel’s rulings. As part of his government contract practice, Adam successfully assisted a client respond to a DCAA audit and avoid a decision questioning tens of millions of dollars of costs incurred to complete a large-scale, international construction project.
Adam regularly lectures for clients and at industry conferences and events on a variety of topics, such as effective construction and bond claims resolution strategies, dispute avoidance, small business set-aside laws and regulations, design-build contracting and proving construction claims. Adam is also an active member of the AGC of DC Young Constructors Forum, currently serving as a member of the steering committee.
- University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2007, cum laude
- University of Maryland, B.S., 2003
- College Park Scholars
- New York
- New Jersey
- United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Publications and Presentations
- Co-author: “Contracting for Collaboration: Making the Ideal a Reality,” AACE International Annual Meeting, June 2014
- Co-presenter: “Legislative Review of Design Build in New Jersey,” AWWA, New Jersey Section, Annual Conference, March 2014
- Co-author: “A Practical Approach to Understanding the Ethical Limits on Attorney Behavior in the Arena of Settlement Negotiations, ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Spring Meeting, May 2014
- Co-author and Co-presenter: “Adapting ADR to Meet the Demands of Modern Projects,” AACE International Annual Meeting, July 2013
- Co-presenter: “What’s Fair is Fair: Accountability in the Claims Process,” Associated Owners & Developers Conference, February 2013
- Co-author and co-presenter: “Claims Resolution Strategies on Troubled Projects,” ASCE Texas Section/CI and ICSDEC Fall 2012 Conference, November 2012.
- Co-author and co-presenter : “When an Owner’s Hard Line Claims Negotiations are also a Breach of Contract,” AACE International Annual Meeting, July 2012.
- Co-author: New Jersey Construction Law , a treatise co-written with Kevin J. McKeon, to be published by HLK Global Communications, 2012.
- Co-author: “Does the Government Always Enjoy a Home-Field Advantage When Its Contract and Claims Administration Is Called Into Question?” 22nd Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, September 2011.
- Author: “When Is a Small Business Contractor Really ‘Small’? An Overview of Improper Affiliations Under SBA Regulations,” CMAdvisor, July/August 2011.
- Co-author : “Demystifying the Law of Lost Productivity Claims,” AACE International Annual Meeting, June 2010.
- Co-author: “What Sureties Need to Know About Concurrent Delay in a Default Termination Dispute,” 19th Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, September 2008.
- Co-author: “Demonstrating Leadership in the Claims Process,” Construction Management Association of America Spring Conference, Spring 2008.