On January 28, 2018, Watt Tieder celebrated its 40th anniversary. As we officially enter our fifth decade, we THANK YOU – our clients, colleagues and friends for your trust and support.
Forty years ago, six attorneys led by Bob Watt and Jack Tieder formed a boutique law firm that specialized in public and private construction and surety law issues. In the 40 years that followed, the law firm grew significantly, opening offices in California, Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas and Miami in addition to the law firm’s main office in Tysons Corner, Virginia.
In the 1970s and 1980s, during a time of massive infrastructure growth in the U.S., the law firm had at least some involvement in almost every mass transit and clean water project in the country. In the years that followed, Watt Tieder worked on legal issues related to the “Big Dig” in Boston, the levee failures in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement project, among hundreds of other public and private construction projects across the country.
As a compliment to its thriving coast-to-coast surety and construction practice in the U.S., Watt Tieder developed a substantial international practice that has included work on projects in Greece, Ghana, New Zealand, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Germany, Canada, Korea and the post-conflict reconstruction of Afghanistan – to name just a few. Watt Tieder provides training and educational seminars on a wide array of issues to construction companies abroad, and is a founding member of the Global Construction and Infrastructure Legal Alliance (“GcilA”), which offers dispute resolution, litigation, and advisory services on Public-Private Partnership projects, government contracts and private construction projects around the world.
In recent years, Watt Tieder twice has been named the Leading Construction Law Firm in the United States by Chambers & Partners. Five Watt Tieder partners have been inducted as Fellows in the American College of Construction Lawyers. Also, dozens of Watt Tieder attorneys have been honored over the past 40 years by National and State Best Lawyers, Who’s Who, Super Lawyers and Martindale Hubbell, among others.
We enter our fifth decade with more than two dozen partners with in excess of 20 years of experience and outstanding individual reputations in the industry. That wealth of experience and talent is now managing and training the next generation of young attorneys so that the legacy of excellence established by Watt Tieder over its first 40 years will endure. Look for new faces and, potentially, new office locations in coming months and years.
Once again, our sincerest thanks go out to all of our clients, colleagues and friends who have been instrumental in our success and who have shown great confidence in our services over the past 40 years. We look forward to continuing those relationships into our fifth decade and beyond.