Construction Law & Public Contracts Section

Todd R. Metz, chair

As of July 2011, the Construction Law and Public Contracts Section had 768 members.

The budget for fiscal 2010-11 was $12,032.

Annual Meeting CLE Program
On June 17, 2011, the section cosponsored with the Local Government Section a continuing legal education program at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting. The program, titled “Prosecuting and Defending Claims under the Virginia Fraud against Taxpayers Act,” was chaired and moderated by Michael A. Branca of Peckar & Abramson. Speakers were Andrew R. McRoberts of Sands Anderson PC and Guy W. Horsley Jr. of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office.

Annual CLE — Fall Program
The section hosted the Thirty-first Annual Construction and Public Contracts Law CLE at the Boar’s Head Inn on November 6-7, 2010. Attendees were eligible for 12.0 CLE credits, including 2.0 hours in ethics. There were 136 registrants for the program.

Membership Communication
The section issued Spring and Fall editions of its newsletter. A portion of each newsletter was printed and mailed; the full newsletter was posted on the section’s webpage. Michael Branca and Jennifer A. Mahar served as co-editors. The section began exploring social media as a new way to provide information of interest and benefit to its members.

Virginia Lawyer
Through the guidance of R. Webb Moore, the section was able to get member-written articles published in the October 2010 issue of Virginia Lawyer, which was dedicated to construction law.

Officers elected for 2011-12 were Kristen B. Burch, chair; K. Brett Marston, vice chair; Sean M. Howley, secretary, and Michael A. Branca, treasurer. Todd R. Metz is immediate past chair.

New Board Members
Hanna L. Blake, Scott W. Kowalski, and Christopher G. Hill were added to the board.

The section’s publications committee, headed by Shannon J. Briglia, is in the process of updating the handbook to include recent court decisions relating to construction or public contracts. The handbook is available on the section’s website,

Updated: Aug 09, 2011