Amanda Schermer MacVey’s practice focuses on the representation of owners, design professionals, developers, and contractors throughout the construction process. Her experience includes contract drafting and negotiation, contract administration, and litigation or alternative dispute resolution of claims for delay, impact and acceleration, design or construction defects, and mechanics lien foreclosures.
She spent almost ten years in the field supporting a large utility client on a series of multi-billion dollar complex construction projects, providing legal services including contract negotiation, contract management and administration, project execution, claim avoidance, and dispute resolution through onsite assistance with the client’s daytoday review of contracts, change orders, and other commercial issues. Additionally, her experience includes assisting regulated utilities develop a prudence strategy for rate-making regulatory proceedings.
Mandy has negotiated multi-million dollar construction contracts utilizing various contracting methodologies and project delivery systems to fit the client and project. Her transactional experience includes all aspects of the competitive bid procurement process including assisting clients to develop Request for Proposal documents, planning and executing pre-bid meetings, assisting the project team in responding to bidder questions, analyzing legal and commercial aspects of bid responses, and contract negotiation.
Additionally, she has assisted clients in revising form contract documents and procurementrelated processes and procedures that address the project’s needs, the client’s needs, and industry best practices.
She also has experience providing training to project engineers, contract managers, and procurement personnel regarding procurement-related policies and best practices for project documentation and contract administration.
Mandy advises owners of long-term projects regarding industry best practices and strategies for claim avoidance and resolution of contractor claims and disputes in a timely manner during the project to eliminate or mitigate any disruption to work in the field. She has worked on-site with clients regarding commercial correspondence management, change order analysis and contractor claim resolution, project reporting, contract enforcement, warranty enforcement, and providing legal advice to the project team on a daily basis.
Mandy has experience supporting and advising a regulated utility regarding the recovery of construction costs in a ratemaking proceeding. This includes assistance to the project team and corporate executives regarding appropriate documentation for project costs including budget variances, executed change orders, and contractor claim settlements.
She also advises utility owners regarding witness preparation, attorney-client privilege issues, confidentiality of commercially sensitive project documentation and related regulatory testimony/filings, drafting written testimony for state regulatory proceedings, and drafting and responding to data requests. She has also evaluated the rate making trends in the United States and Canada for pre-approval of project costs.
- University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2005
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 2000
- District of Columbia
- American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
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