Ms. Sara Beiro Farabow is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s national construction practice. For 28 years, she has been practicing international and U.S. contract law at Seyfarth and is recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer.
Ms. Farabow also is the Leader of Seyfarth’s International Dispute Resolution Group. In addition to her international arbitration practice, Ms. Farabow regularly engages in the negotiation and drafting of contracts for Fortune 500 owners and a variety of contractors. Much of Ms. Farabow’s practice is devoted to counseling clients on domestic and international procurement issues, contract administration, claims, insurance, risk management and dispute avoidance.
She has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating agreements with owners, contractors and designers on a wide variety of projects, including industrial plants, hotel development and renovations, condominium-hotels, resorts, multi-family housing, residential condominiums, high-rise office buildings, educational facilities, airports, light and heavy rail mass transit systems, bridges, military barracks, power plants and wastewater treatment plants.
Ms. Farabow also drafts joint venture agreements, teaming agreements, subcontracts and proposals in connection with procurements administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USAID, and GSA. Projects abroad encompass the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Through her appointment to the Documents Committee of the Construction Owners Association of America, Inc., Ms. Farabow serves on the Contract Content Advisory Board for the new suite of model construction contracts known as ConsensusDOCS.
Ms. Farabow also was a contributor to the ConsensusDOCS’ accompanying Guidebook, which provides commentary and recommendations on use of the documents. She has authored numerous construction law articles and lectured on a myriad of construction and international law topics.
Ms. Farabow has substantial jury and bench trial experience in federal and state courts. In addition, she has successfully mediated and arbitrated disputes involving complex construction projects and commercial contracts. These include domestic alternative dispute resolution proceedings as well as international arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association and other tribunals.
- LL.M., International & Comparative Law, Georgetown University, with distinction
- J.D., The College of William and Mary School of Law
- American Jurisprudence Award for Appellate Advocacy; National Moot Court Team; Order of the Barristers
- B.S., Virginia Tech
- American Society of International Law (Past Co-Chair, Women in International Law Interest Group)
- Associated General Contractors of America (International Procurement Committee)
- International Bar Association (International Construction Projects Committee)
- Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia (Volunteer Track Coach)
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