James Newland is a construction lawyer and a licensed architect. He began practice in 1998 and represents owners and general contractors in contentious and non-contentions construction matters involving government and private construction projects. The 2016 Chambers USA guide describes him as “very well versed in construction law and construction related issues.” Mr. Newland works closely with other practice groups including Seyfarth’s real estate, employment and corporate practices.
About one-third of Mr. Newland’s practice involves drafting and negotiating construction contracts and procurement documents such as RFPs for design, construction, EPC, or design-build services, providing advice during the design phase and during the contractor’s preconstruction services, and providing analysis and advice on the preparation, prosecution and defense of claims during the construction phase.
The remainder of his work focuses on representing clients in mediation, arbitration, or litigation of complex claims involving construction and design issues on private and government construction projects. Mr. Newland’s work includes power (generation and distribution), mixed-use, plant and distribution facilities, buildings, highways, and laboratories.
He regularly counsels clients on troubled projects, closeout strategies for existing projects, and code compliance issues. Mr. Newland teaches several construction law courses and is on the faculty for the Masters Institute in Construction Contracting offered by Federal Publications. He also teaches Federal Publications’ construction law webinar series – Construction Contracts and Risk Management – a series of 14 webinars.
Other courses he has taught for Federal Publications include Practical Construction Law, the Concentrated Course in Construction Contracts, Bonds, Liens and Insurance, Negotiation, Government Construction Contracts, Changes and Claims, FIDIC Contract Claims, and Prosecution of Government Contract Claims.
Before practicing law, Mr. Newland was an accomplished architect and served as the project manager for commercial and public architecture projects. He maintains his license as an architect in the District of Columbia.
- J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1998)
- B.A., Virginia Tech (1991)
- American Institute of Architects (Professional Member)
- American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
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