Senior Partner | McLean, VA
Vivian Katsantonis’s practice focuses on complex construction and commercial litigation matters. She has been recognized for her effectiveness and exceptional accomplishments in litigation and trial work by the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Vivian’s representation includes counsel and advice through every stage of litigation and she has litigated significant matters before federal and state courts, the Board of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the International Chamber of Commerce and in both international and domestic arbitrations.
Vivian has represented clients in a broad range of commercial, construction and government contract matters including for industrial and commercial projects and large infrastructure projects, such as power plants, mass transit systems, highways, waste water treatment facilities, military facilities, hospitals, multi-family housing developments and commercial and retail development. Her representation includes advice and strategies on complex legal issues that arise from commercial development and construction projects, and the preparation, negotiation and litigation of major commercial and construction claims on a national and international level.
- Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow – 2017-2023
- Chambers USA – list of Top Construction Lawyers in Virginia – 2009-2023
- Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law (Surety), Litigation-Construction – 2008-2023
- Washington DC Best Lawyers, Construction Law and Litigation Category – 2023
- Virginia Best Lawyers, Construction Law and Litigation Category – 2023
- D.C. Super Lawyers – 2007-2023
- Virginia Super Lawyers – 2006-2023
- Who’s Who Legal, Global Leader Construction – 2020, 2022
- American Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- Virginia Bar Association
- “Reimagining the Claim Process: From Contract to Courthouse”; American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Construction Forum, 2023 FSLC ABA Mid-Winter Meeting, Construction Program; Co-Chair
- Concurrent Events and Other Breaking News Affecting the Recovery of Delay Damages, Construction SuperConference, 2021
- Damages Without A Cause: Liquidated Damages Are A Penalty When Owners Recover Damages for Their Own Delay, Construction SuperConference December 2019
- Strategies for Prompt and Effective Resolution of Government Claims: Utilizing the Court of Federal Claims and Boards of Contract Appeals, Construction SuperConference, December 2017
- Strategies for Prompt and Effective Resolution of Government Claims: Utilizing the Court of Federal Claims and Boards of Contract Appeals, Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, September 2017
- Understanding Ethical Limitations on Attorney Behavior During Settlement Negotiations, Drawing the Line Between Posturing and Plundering, Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, September 2016
- Offering & Striking Expert Witnesses, Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, September 2015
- Federal Publications Seminar: Construction Review and Outlook 2013; Relationships Between and Among Large and Small Businesses – Prudent Practices for Construction Professionals
- A Surety Primer on P3 Projects, Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, September 2013
- Demystifying Project Delay and Presenting Delay Issues at Mediation, Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, September 2013
- Crossfire on Bonding Federal Projects, NASBP 2013 Annual Meeting & Expo 2013
- Speaker: “Making Money with Sustainable Design and Alternative Energy,” Construction SuperConference, 2007.
- Speaker: Understanding and Managing Bond Risks, a Watt Tieder seminar, multiple locations, 2006.
- Author: “Federal,” Performance Bond Manual of the 50 States, 2006.
- Author: “Federal and State Requirements for Service Upon a Surety,” The Federal & Surety Desk Reference Book, American Bar Association, 2006.
- Speaker: “The Contractor, the Surety and the Federal Government,” a Watt Tieder seminar, multiple locations throughout 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.
- Author: “The Surety’s Procedures for Preserving and Defending Its Rights Following a Default Termination,” The Construction Lawyer, Winter 2002.
- Speaker: “The Contractor’s and Surety’s Winning Strategies to Beat a Default Termination,” Construction SuperConference, 2001.
- Lecturer and Co-Author: “Combating Corruption in International Business Transactions,” Construction SuperConference, 2000.
- Speaker: “How the Owner Assures Completion of Its International Project,” Millennium Construction SuperConference, 1999.
- Author: “An Overview of Construction Contracting Under Greek Law,” The International Construction Law Review, Issue 3, 1998.
- Speaker: “The Global Project: What is it? How is it Done? Why Technology Makes it Possible?” Construction SuperConference 1998.
- Lecturer: “International Projects,” Construction SuperConference, 1997.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation
- University of Richmond, J.D.
- Best Advocate Award
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S.
- District of Columbia
- Virginia Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia