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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 2017

Mr Bastianelli is a partner at Peckar & Abramson. He served as chair of the ABA forum on construction law and president of the Washington Building Congress, and is a fellow of the ACCL. 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 The Construction Lawyer, and an editor of Construction ADR and Federal Government Construction Contracts.

What is the most rewarding aspect of practising in construction law?

The people and the relationships.

What is the defining feature of your firm’s construction practice?

Peckar & Abramson has the largest group of construction lawyers in the world. While our lawyers represent all aspects of the construction industry, our practice is focused on representing prime contractors.

Has the construction industry become more or less litigious since the recession of 2008, and what is the best way to solve construction disputes?

While the industry has had some successes in reducing litigiousness, there has not been a dramatic shift, either up or down, since 2008. The resolution of disputes is best achieved when both parties focus on a business solution and not on victory at all cost, which is best achieved through mediation.

What challenges face the construction industry in developed markets – is space at a premium?

Changes in technology will have an extraordinary impact on the construction industry.

What have been the big changes in construction law since you started practising?

When I started, construction law was in its infancy. There were a few basic concepts, and the development of new law was the norm. Today, construction law is well developed and is more about applying existing law than making new law.

If you were to make one prediction about how construction law might develop in the future, what would it be?

There will be a continued focus on ways to reduce litigation through innovative forms of contracting.

Is the government a force for good in fostering construction growth?

The government has long been a positive force in fostering construction growth, which will continue, although more projects will be performed through the private sector using P3s.

What is the most interesting case you have ever worked on?

A case involving the economic waste doctrine in the public sector. The court found that the government could not require removal of US$7,500 of non-complying material from a completed structure at a cost of millions of dollars, if the non-complying material served its intended purpose.

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 recognized 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 is a "world-class mediator" renowned for his "unparalleled expertise in construction law".

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

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