Shelly Ewald
Shelly L. Ewald

Shelly Ewald has a “phenomenal national practice.”  Chambers 2019

“Partner Shelly Ewald is singled out by clients as ‘an excellent advocate for her construction clients’, and for having ‘a penchant for winning very favorable verdicts and judgments, even when the fact situation may not appear the most favorable at first’.” – Legal 500 US 2009

Shelly Ewald’s practice focuses on international and domestic construction contracting and federal government contracts. She has represented contractors and owners on a range of industrial and commercial projects including power plants, hydrocarbon projects, petrochemical refineries, mass transit systems, historic renovation projects, and commercial office buildings. She has also represented government contractors in the construction, information technology services and telecommunications industry.

Shelly has extensive experience in the power industry and has been involved as advice and litigation/arbitration counsel on more than twenty domestic and international power plant projects, including nuclear, coal, petroleum coke, and gas-fired combined cycle units. She served as a Project Attorney for an international joint venture performing engineering and procurement for two coal-fired power plants in China, participating in performance of the contracts and ultimately representing the joint venture in AAA arbitration. She has also represented clients in international arbitrations, including ICC arbitration and arbitration before the Republic of China Arbitration Association. In the domestic power arena, she has represented EPC contractors and owners on numerous power plant projects in various stages of the dispute resolution process, from informal ADR procedures to mediation, arbitration and litigation.

In addition, Shelly is engaged in a federal government contracts practice which includes pursuing and defending bid protests, advising clients on regulatory compliance issues, preparing claims and prosecuting appeals involving information technology and telecommunication services, transit projects, contracts for construction, and real estate. She has also represented protesters in connection with state and local procurement disputes, including contract awards by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

  1. General Information


    • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1990, with honors
    • University of Nebraska, B.A., 1987

    Bar Admissions

    • Virginia

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  2. Honors
    • Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law (Construction Disputes, Government Contracts) and Construction Litigation Categories – 2008-2014
    • Best Lawyers in Washington, DC, Construction Law Category – 2008-2012
    • Legal 500 United States – 2007, 2009, 2012

  3. Recent Engagements & Published Decisions

    Construction/Power Disputes

    • Lead Counsel successfully representing the EPC Contractor in a federal court jury trial in Los Angeles over the repowering of Unit 3 of the LADWP Scattergood Power Plant, recovering $45 Million of the $48 Million claim and limiting LADWP’s recovery to $1 Million of the $190 Million counterclaims it filed.
    • Lead Counsel representing the EPC contractor on the construction of Vogtle Nuclear Power Plants 3 and 4 in Waynesboro Georgia in litigation regarding regulatory and design changes exceeding $1.5 Billion in claims, Georgia Power Co. v. Westinghouse Electric Company LLC et al. No. 12-167 (S.D. Georgia 2015).
    • Lead Counsel successfully representing a prime contractor against claims of wrongful default and termination of its subcontractor on a project at the Tinker Air Force Base, with the sole arbitrator upholding the default termination and holding that the prime contractor was entitled to its excess procurement costs.
    • Lead Counsel successfully representing the Balance of Plant Architect/ Engineer on the Lungmen Nuclear project in Taiwan, presenting claims to an international tribunal of the Republic of China Arbitration Association (ROCAA). The ROCAA awarded the A/E $27 million, including attorneys’ fees and costs.
    • Lead Counsel successfully representing an EPC Contractor in AAA arbitration of claims relating to the construction of a merchant power plant in Arizona, defeating the Owner’s claims for liquidated damages and receiving an award for $37.3 million.
    • Lead Counsel successfully representing an EPC Contractor in AAA arbitration of claims relating to the construction of a merchant power plant in Michigan, defeating the Owner’s claims for liquidated damages for delay in their entirety and receiving an award for $35.8 Million.
    • Lead Counsel successfully representing an EPC contractor on claims related to the design and construction of a $6 billion Olefins Recovery Facility in Singapore.
    • Lead Counsel successfully representing the Maintenance and Modifications Construction Contract in mediation related to the restart of Unit One at TVA’s Browns Ferry nuclear plant.
    • Lead Counsel successfully representing an EPC Contractor in two arbitrations relating to the construction of a 600 MW petroleum coke-fired CFB Project in Louisiana.

    Government Contracts/Protests and Appeals

    • Lead Counsel successfully defending against claims of mis-charging by a previously acquired entity, resulting in a dismissal of the Government’s $12 Million claim. Leidos Innovations Corp. v GSA, CBCA 6303, 2019 BCA ¶95, 872.
    • Lead Counsel successfully representing telecommunications contractor at trial at the ASBCA, which resulted in a recovery of the client’s entire termination cost claim. 2Connect W.L.L., ASBCA No. 59233, 17-1 BCA ¶ 36,775.
    • Lead Counsel successfully securing a TRO and permanent injunction against an award of an international telecommunications circuit contract at the Court of Federal Claims, with the court holding that the Government’s failure to seek clarifications from or hold discussions with client was arbitrary and capricious, Level 3, LLC v. United States, 129 Fed. Cl. 487 (December 5, 2016).
    • Lead counsel successfully defending a prime contractor against a subcontractor lawsuit in Virginia state court in relation to a multi-billion dollar State Department IT services contract, where the court struck the Plaintiff subcontractor’s expert witness at trial, resulting in a nonsuit by the Plaintiff and a final dismissal of the case.
    • Lead Counsel successfully defending awardee against a bid protest in Maryland, and in the subsequent Petition for Judicial Review in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City regarding MDTA’s contract to clean and paint the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge. The protest included a challenge to the method of enforcement of certain MBE regulations in Maryland.
    • Lead Counsel successfully represented Protester at the GAO on telecommunications circuit award from Germany to Afghanistan.
    • Lead Counsel successfully representing awardee in hearing to adjudicate protest of toll operations award by the Central Florida Expressway.
    • Lead Counsel successfully representing awardee on international telecommunications contract from Bahrain to Qatar in bid protest at the GAO.
    • Lead Counsel successfully representing an information services company protesting the awards of the ITES-2S procurement; a 9-year information services contract with a ceiling of $20 Billion, in which the GAO sustained the Protest and the Government agreed to award a contract to the client.
    • Lead Counsel successfully representing an international communications and information services company at a hearing in the protest of the ten-year, billion-dollar Treasury Communications Enterprise procurement; Northrop Grumman et al., B-295526, 2005 CPD ¶ 45.


  4. Memberships & Affiliations
    • American College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow
      • Member Board of Governors, 2016-2018
      • Membership Committee
    • ICC Commission, Working Group on the Construction Industry
    • American Bar Association
    • International Bar Association
    • Institute for Transnational Arbitration
    • Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association
      • Member, Board of Governors (2008)
  5. Publications and Presentations
    • Panelist, “Is there a ‘Gold Standard’ in Schedule Delay Analysis?  When is Contemporaneous Schedule Analysis Not the Right Method?  Choosing the Right Schedule Analysis Method for Your Case” 2019 Construction Super Conference, Los Angeles, California
    • Panelist, “Know Your Audience:  Customizing Jury Trial Skills for a Mediation” 2019 Construction Super Conference, Los Angeles, California
    • Author:  “Introduction of Construction Scheduling Expert Testimony:  An Overview of the Current Standards in Federal and State Courts and Administrative Boards”, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Fall 2017
    • Speaker, American College of Construction Lawyers, “Post Escobar – Living in a Material World,” Amelia Island, Florida, March 2017
    • Panelist, International Construction Arbitration Trends and Best Practices, “Expert Witness Issues,” iLaw 2017; The ILS Global Forum on International Law, Miami, Florida, February 2017
    • Panelist, Trends in Construction Claims, “FCA Update,” Construction Super Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2016
    • Panelist, Design Build/EPC Contracts:  EPC Claims Clauses and Court Decisions, International Bar Association, International Construction Projects Committee, September 19, 2016, Washington DC
    • Speaker, Plenary 1, Has Arbitration Fulfilled its Promise?, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, ADR Summit, October 8-9, 2015.
    • Presenter, GCILA/FNTP “Global Construction Contracts and PPP in Their Infancy, The North American Situation,” Paris, May 2014.
    • Moderator, Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association, Government Contracts Trial Practice Seminar, 2008-2014.
    • Panelist, “Trends in Construction Claims and Disputes,” Construction Superconference, December 2013.
    • Presenter, International Arbitration Developments: “International Bar Association Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration,” Munich, September 2013.
    • Author: “Contractors’ Past Performance Ratings Process Standardized, Not Revolutionized,” Watt Tieder Newsletter, Fall 2013.
    • Co-Author: “Agency’s Lack of Jurisdiction over Task Order Bid Protest Does not Derail Later Protest at the GAO,” Virginia State Bar, Construction Law and Public Contracts Section Newsletter, May 2013.
    • Author: “Ad Hoc Arbitrations: Selection of Applicable Rules and Guidelines for Interviewing Prospective Arbitrators,” Watt Tieder Newsletter, February 2013.
    • Panelist, “Legal, Expert or Lay Opinion Witness?” Construction Superconference December 2012.
    • Panelist, “Dispute Review Boards as Project Facilitators,” ABA Spring Conference April 2012.
    • Panelist, “ICDR/AAA International Construction ADR Tools & Techniques,” 8 th Annual American Arbitration Association Miami International Arbitration Conference, March 2010.
    • Panelist, “AAA/ICDR and the International Construction Project,” 2009 AAA Construction Conference: Maximizing ADR Advocacy for Today’s Economy, November 2009.
    • Co-Author: “Liquidated Damages and The Freedom To Contract,” Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers, Vol. 1 (Winter 2007).
    • Speaker: “Proving Construction Damages,” Federal Publications Seminars, March and June 2006.
    • Panelist: “Recent Developments in Federal and State Arbitral Law,” The Contractor and Construction Manager Issues SuperConference, December 2005.
    • Co-Author: “Contesting and Defending Liquidated Damages Provisions,” Construction Briefings, May 2005.
    • Speaker: “The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts – Understanding the Issues,” Lorman Education Services, December 2004.
    • Author: “Performance Bond Sureties Released From Bond Obligations Due to Owners’ Failure to Provide Required Notices of Default,” From the Ground Up, Summer 2004.
    • Speaker: “Designing, Developing, Financing, Constructing and Operating International Infrastructure Projects,” May 2003, Second Global Project SuperConference.
    • Speaker: “Public Contract Code and Competitive Public Bidding in the District of Columbia,” Lorman Education Services, December 2002.
    • Speaker: “Proving Construction Damages,” Federal Publications, May 2001.
    • Author: “Bid Protest Options — Where Should I File My Protest?” From the Ground Up, Spring 1998.
  6. Teaching Experience
    • Adjunct Professor: “International Commercial Arbitration,” George Mason University School of Law, 2010-2017.
    • Coach: Vis International Moot Court Competition, George Mason University School of Law Vis Team, 2010-2017 (Coached Top 16 Finalist Team at Vis East in Vienna 2012 and 2013).
    • Visiting Lecturer: “Government Contracts Seminar,” George Washington University School of Law, 2010-2017.
    • Adjunct Professor: George Washington University School of Law, 1995-96.
    • Visiting Lecturer: “Government Contracts Law,” Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary.
    • Visiting Lecturer: “Government Contracts Law,” Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, March 2006.