The Ideal Counsel for Sureties

When three of the nation's top five sureties find themselves with incomplete projects on their hands, they turn to Watt Tieder for counsel. Representing companies such as Travelers, Liberty Mutual, and Zurich, among many other sureties of varying size and reach, Watt Tieder has built a solid reputation for delivering unparalleled expertise, litigation experience, cost-effectiveness and results.  

What We Do

  • Default terminations 
  • Affirmative construction claims
  • Surety "abuse of discretion" cases
  • Federal, state and local government contract disputes
  • Surety bad faith claims
  • All forms of contract bond defaults
  • Bankruptcy planning and litigation  

Commitment to Excellence

Known by our reputation. Watt Tieder is known for leading the charge on behalf of clients and getting results. Consequently, we are able to get the opposition to the table faster to negotiate agreements-saving clients time and money.

Expertise at our fingertips. All Watt Tieder's surety partners have first chair, heavy trial experience-which means answers are usually only a phone call away. We save time by being prepared and anticipating what's ahead.  

Coast to coast. Finding an experienced claims litigator is far more important to achieving the client's goals than finding a lawyer with limited experience who happens to practice near the project site, and that is why Watt Tieder attorneys have represented clients all across the country. Clients frequently seek out Watt Tieder partners to travel to venues throughout the United States and bring their expertise to local courtrooms with the assistance of local counsel.  Because most cases against the federal government are litigated in the Washington, DC area, Watt Tieder's experience litigating federal government claims for sureties is second to none. 

[For sureties] it is undoubtedly the go-to firm.
2008 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers

Often in surety law, the tendency is to sit back and wait for things to happen. Not here. Our attorneys have built their reputations on being aggressive and getting results. We do what needs to be done to ensure projects are completed and our clients are paid. 
Rob Niesley, Senior Partner