John ("Jack") Tieder is a member of the New York, Washington, DC, and Virginia bars. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University (AB, 1968) and the American University Washington College of Law (JD, 1971). Since graduation he has been a practising lawyer – first with the United States government; then as an associate; and later, as a partner, with the Washington, DC firm of Lewis Mitchell & Moore. In January 1978, he founded the law firm of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP. Since 1972, his practice has been devoted almost exclusively to the practice of construction law, both domestically in the United States and since the early 1980s in international arbitration. He has litigated cases in many of the United States District Courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims and several state courts. He has handled more than 100 construction related arbitrations as counsel, party-appointed arbitrator or Chair under the auspices of several organisations such as the American Arbitration Association, ICDR, ICC, LCIA and DIAC as well as ad hoc matters.
He has represented public and private parties in several jurisdictions and under several different legal systems including the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Mongolia, Switzerland, Ghana, South Africa, Bulgaria, Poland, Brazil, Panama, Colombia, Uruguay and South Korea. He has also appeared as an expert witness on various aspects of construction law. The majority of his cases concern major construction projects and related commercial arrangements, including power plants, oil and gas, exploration and transmission projects, industrial plants, highways, bridges, and other infrastructure projects, water treatment and transmission projects, sewage treatment plants, and monumental buildings. He has also handled major equipment sales issues, primarily for the components of power and industrial plants such as turbines, generators, and boilers. Finally, he has handled insurance, bond, and letter of credit issues related to construction projects.
Mr Tieder is a member of several professional organisations including the International Academy of Construction Lawyers; the American College of Construction Lawyers; the International Bar Association; the Inter-Pacific Bar Association; the London Court of International Arbitration; the AAA National Construction Panel; the ICDR Panel of Arbitrators; and the AAA National Mega Project Panel. He is also co-chairman of the international committee at the American Bar Association, and former chair of the international public construction committee.
He has received recognition from a variety of organisations including Best Lawyers in America (construction law, 2005-2015); Chambers USA (list of top construction lawyers in Virginia 2004-2015); Who's Who Legal (compendium edition, 2006-2015); Who's Who Legal: Construction (2005-2015); Virginia Super Lawyers (energy and natural resources law, 2015); and Washington, DC Super Lawyers (construction law, 2007-2015).
He regularly speaks on the topic of construction and arbitration law at professional meetings and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the same topics. He is a visiting lecturer at the Antonin Scalia (formerly George Mason) University School of Law where he teaches a course on international commercial arbitration.
WWL says: John Tieder is an expert in construction disputes and frequently counsels clients on international arbitration in the area.
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