Adam Tuckman has a passion for his practice, a strong dedication to his clients, and a drive to succeed. His entire career has been devoted to counseling contractors, subcontractors, sureties and owners in all facets of risk analysis, dispute prevention and dispute resolution arising from construction projects.
Adam has the experience to provide legal counsel at every stage of a construction project. He has successfully and efficiently drafted and negotiated construction and consulting contracts, managed troubled projects, prepared and defended against claims, and resolved disputes in mediation and litigation. His construction practice is diverse and covers all types of specialized projects and delivery methods, varying from small scale commercial buildouts to billion-dollar public-private partnership projects. The subject matter of Adam’s cases are equally wide-ranging and include highways, bridges, tunnels, public transit systems and centers, major utilities, scientific research centers, and high-rise residential buildings. His knowledge base and experience of claims and disputes extend to, and beyond, performance and payment bond claims, extra work and change orders, construction delays, differing site conditions, design defects, acceleration, loss of efficiency, mechanic’s liens, insurance claims, indemnity actions, general breach of contract actions and appellate proceedings.
When litigation is necessary, Adam has obtained outstanding results for his clients, always guided by an interest in the client’s bottom line. For example, Adam was lead counsel for a client that won and recovered every dollar of its claim, with interest, at the summary judgment stage of a federal court case. He also was lead counsel for a contractor and surety that prevailed against a developer in a complex arbitration, winning the entire claim, plus interest, arbitration costs, and attorneys’ fees. He then successfully defended the arbitration award in federal court and on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Adam also was an integral part of trial team that won a high-profile, $16 million judgment in an indemnity action in Virginia federal district court. As part of his government contract practice, Adam successfully assisted a client avoid DCAA action and thereby preserve tens of millions of dollars in compensation received for the construction of several large-scale, international projects.
Adam also regularly lectures for clients and at industry conferences and events on a variety of topics, such as legal ethics, effective construction and bond claims resolution strategies, dispute avoidance, small business set-aside laws and regulations, design-build contracting and proving construction claims. Recently, Adam’s work was published in two widely read treatises on construction and surety law – Construction Disputes: Representing the Contractor (4th Ed.) and Managing and Litigating the Complex Surety Case (3d Ed.).
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