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Todd Metz's practice includes litigation, dispute resolution, and the defense and prosecution of claims and bid protests related to domestic and international construction contracts and government contracts. His experience includes representation of contractors, owners, sureties, and design professionals in the preparation and analysis of complex construction claims; preparation and negotiation of contract documents; and litigation before a broad range of forums, including federal and state courts and boards and arbitration panels. He also advises clients on matters related to mechanic's liens, contract formation, contract administration, energy savings contracting, suspension and debarment, procurement fraud, and regulatory compliance.
Representative projects include power plants, bridges, water treatment facilities, airports, tunnels, industrial process facilities, museums and educational facilities, court houses, embassies, marine facilities, and stadiums and arenas. Prior to joining Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, Todd served as a judicial clerk for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Board of Contract Appeals.
- Chambers USA - Up and Coming - 2009
- Chambers USA - list of Top Construction Lawyers - 2010-2013
- Virginia Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation - 2010-2013
Memberships and Affiliations
- Virginia State Bar
- Past Chair, Construction Law and Public Contracts Section
- American Bar Association
- Public Contract Law Section
Publications and Presentations
- Lecturer and Author: "Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations in Virginia," Richmond, Virginia, June 2011
- Lecturer and Author: "Designing and Building Projects Using the AIA Contracts," Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2009; Richmond, Virginia, October 2006; Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2006.
- Co-Author "Chapter 15: Construction Scheduling, Delays, Damages And Time Extensions," Virginia Construction Law Desk Book (2008)
- Co-Author "As Green Building Moves Forward, Claims and Disputes will Follow," Virginia State Bar Magazine, November 2008
- Panelist: "Dispute review boards (American style); dispute adjudication boards (English style) and dispute adjudication boards (FIDIC style)," International Construction SuperConference, London, England, September 2008.
- Panelist: "Proving and Defending Complex Claims: Cumulative Impacts, Acceleration, Inefficiencies, and the Like," Associated Owners and Developers National Conference East, Atlanta, Georgia, September 2008.
- Panelist: "Romania, Bulgaria, and the Russian Federation: Legal and Institutional Hurdles to a Successful Construction Project," International Construction SuperConference, London, England, May 2007.
- Lecturer: "Proving and Defending Construction Damages," ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Managing and Litigating the Complex Surety Case Seminar, Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 2007.
- Lecturer: "Cumulative Impact Claims," Parsippany, N.J., June 2006.
- Panelist: "Power Plant Construction in the 21st Century: What We Learned from the End of the 20th Century," International Construction SuperConference, London, England, May 2006.
- Lecturer: "The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in Virginia," McLean, Virginia 2006.
- Lecturer and Author: "AIA Contracts," Richmond, Virginia, September 2005.
- Lecturer and Author: "Virginia Public Procurement," Richmond, Virginia, June 2005.
- Panelist: "The Unique Problems of Dealing with Foreign Sovereign Entities" ; The Contractor and Construction Manager Issues International SuperConference, London, England, May 2005.
- Lecturer and Author: "AIA Contracts In Nevada," Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2005.
- Panelist: "How Can the A/E both Comply with the Project Owner's Unreasonable Demands and Avoid Liability to the Project's Construction Contractors," The A/E Issues Construction Superconference, San Francisco, California, December 2004.
- Author: "Do Unto Others: Design Professional Liability to Project Participants Not in Privity," The A/E Issues Construction Superconference, San Francisco, California, December 2004.
- Lecturer and Author: "AIA Contracts In Virginia," McLean, Virginia, November 2004.
- Panelist: "How the EPC Contractor Can Lower Its Risk and Increase Its Reward on Power Plant Projects," Forbes Global Energy Conference, London, England, November 2002.
- Author: "The Stealth Terms of Your Contract - They Can Hurt You if You Don't Watch Out," which appeared in the Summer 2001 edition of From the Ground Up, and was also picked up by the journals of the American Counsel of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) and the Virginia Bar, Construction Law & Public Contracts Section.