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Adrian L Bastianelli III
Office:
2055 L Street, NW, Suite 750
20036
City:
Washington
State:
District of Columbia
Country:
USA
Tel:
+1 202 293 8815
Fax:
+1 202 293 7994

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Construction

Mr Bastianelli is a partner at Peckar & Abramson. He served as chair of the ABA Forum on Construction Law and received its Cornerstone Award. He is a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. He was named Construction Lawyer of the Year for 2015 and 2016 by Who’s Who Legal. He is a past editor of the Journal of the ACCL, and of books on construction ADR and government contracts.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO FOCUS YOUR PRACTICE ON CONSTRUCTION LAW?

Construction law was a natural fit for me. I received a degree in civil engineering and worked as an engineer while attending law school. I then clerked for the US Court of Claims, working almost exclusively on decisions involving construction claims.

WHAT HAVE BEEN THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS YOU HAVE SEEN IN THE CONSTRUCTION MARKET OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS?

The use of technology, including BIM, computer tablets on the jobsite and electronic estimating and record keeping.

TO WHAT EXTENT HAS GLOBALISATION AND THE INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION OF CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES IMPACTED YOUR PRACTICE?

The primary impact has occurred in my neutral practice, where there has been a substantial increase in the number of international cases that I hear as an arbitrator.

WHAT FACTORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTINUING GROWTH OF MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION AS THE PREFERRED METHOD OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN CONSTRUCTION WORK?

All participants in the construction industry are looking for a collaborative means of resolving and avoiding disputes at a reasonable cost. Mediation is the process that best fits that criteria. Arbitration is preferred primarily because the decision maker is a knowledgeable industry professional.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE FIELD DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS?

Construction lawyers must, and therefore will, find an economical method to reduce the cost of electronic discovery. The solution will recognise that the large expenditure on electronic discovery seldom alters the outcome of the case.

WHAT DISTINGUISHES PECKAR & ABRAMSON FROM THE COMPETITION?

Peckar & Abramson’s large cadre of high-quality construction lawyers allows P&A to bring knowledge of the industry and diverse resources to any construction issue. P&A obtains the best results in an economical manner.

DESCRIBE THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR.

Receiving the Cornerstone Award from the ABA Forum on Construction Law.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG LAWYERS LOOKING TO MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES IN CONSTRUCTION LAW?

The beginning is always high-quality work. The next step is to become active in and develop relationships through professional organisations.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Construction: Lawyers

Adrian Bastianelli is the co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson's Washington, DC office. He has devoted his practice to construction claims, litigation, and negotiation. Mr Bastianelli is referred to in Chambers USA 2011 as the "dean of construction in DC, an outstanding lawyer who is undoubtedly a market leader" and has been recognised in Chambers USA 2006 for his "stellar" reputation in dispute resolution and in Chambers USA 2013 as "one of the most highly respected practitioners in the Construction bar, not only in Washington, DC but also nationally." Mr Bastianelli received the 2015 and 2016 Construction Lawyer of the Year Award from Who's Who Legal.

A substantial portion of Mr Bastianelli’s practice involves service as a neutral in construction ADRs. He has served as an arbitrator and mediator on hundreds of disputes, including disputes involving federal, state, and local governments. Mr Bastianelli also has served on 12 dispute resolution boards (DRBs). He frequently lectures and writes on construction, government contracts, and ADR issues.

Mr Bastianelli has held leadership positions in several professional organisations. He is a past chair of the ABA forum on the construction industry, a past member of the board of governors of the American College of Construction Lawyers, a past president of the Washington Building Congress, a former editor of The Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers, a former editor of The Construction Lawyer, a representative to the National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee, a member of the construction advisory council for Thompson/West, a former member of the board of directors of the Professional Women in Construction, DC chapter, and a former regional representative of the DRB Foundation.

Mr Bastianelli received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Purdue University, and his law degree from the University of Louisville. He obtained his professional engineer's licence before becoming a lawyer.

WWL says: Adrian Bastianelli III is described as an “excellent lawyer” and “at the top of everyone’s list”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Construction which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Mediation

Adrian Bastianelli is a partner in Peckar & Abramson's Washington, DC office. His practice focuses on construction claims, litigation, and negotiation and places a strong emphasis on alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Mr Bastianelli has served as a mediator on hundreds of disputes, many of which have involved federal, state, and local governments. He also has served as an arbitrator on hundreds of arbitrations and numerous dispute resolution boards (DRBs).

Mr Bastianelli received the 2015 and 2016 Construction Lawyer of the Year Award from Who's Who Legal, and is referred to in Chambers USA as the "dean of construction in DC" and "an outstanding lawyer who is undoubtedly a market leader." Chambers has also recognised Bastianelli for his "stellar" reputation in dispute resolution, stating that "he always tries to settle issues amicably as opposed to provoking litigation," and refers to him as "one of the most highly respected practitioners in the Construction bar, not only in Washington, DC but also nationally." 

Mr Bastianelli is a past chair of the ABA forum on the construction industry, a former member of the board of governors of the American College of Construction Lawyers, a past president of the Washington Building Congress, and ex-editor of The Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers and The Construction Lawyer.  He is on AAA's Construction Mega Project Panel and Master Mediator Panel.

Mr Bastianelli writes and lectures regularly on ADR topics. He is a co-editor of Construction ADR, a 750-page treatise for the forum on construction law of the American Bar Association.

Mr Bastianelli received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Purdue University, and his law degree from the University of Louisville. He obtained his professional engineer's licence before becoming a lawyer.

WWL says: Adrian Bastianelli III is "one of the country's leading mediators" with a depth of experience in construction cases.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Commercial Mediation which can be purchased from our Shop.

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