People: James R. Newland, Jr., Esq., AIA, Partner

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James R. Newland, Jr., Esq., AIA

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-3550
Fax: (202) 641-9229
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James Newland is a construction lawyer and a licensed architect.  He began practice in 1998 and represents owners and general contractors in contentious and non-contentions construction matters.  He drafts and negotiates construction contracts and procurement documents, provides advice during the design and construction phases, and helps clients resolve complex claims involving construction and design issues on domestic and international projects.  The 2016 Chambers USA guide describes him as “very well versed in construction law and construction related issues.”

He has extensive experience achieving client goals in construction matters through litigation, alternative dispute resolution, claims preparation and defense of claims. He regularly counsels clients on troubled projects, closeout strategies for existing projects, and code compliance issues.  His practice also includes all aspects of dispute resolution, including litigation in federal and state courts, domestic and international arbitration and mediation. 

Mr. Newland teaches several construction law courses and is on the faculty for the Masters Institute in Construction Contracting offered by Federal Publications.  Other courses he teaches for Federal Publications include Practical Construction Law; the Concentrated Course in Construction Contracts; Bonds, Liens and Insurance; Negotiation; Government Construction Contracts; Changes and Claims; FIDIC Contract Claims; Prosecution of Government Contract Claims.

Before practicing law, Mr. Newland was an accomplished architect and served as the project manager for commercial and public architecture projects. He maintains his license as an architect in the District of Columbia.  He has worked on a variety of projects including educational facilities, restaurants, commercial buildings, tenant spaces, and ADA retrofitting and renovation applications. This practical experience taught him first hand where problems in the building and design process occur, and how to resolve issues quickly and avoid them in the future. It also prepared him well for a legal career advancing and defending claims raised by owner and contractors such as those involving construction problems and design errors.

Mr. Newland has represented foreign and domestic companies in complex construction law matters related to projects and commercial transactions involving United States, Latin American, Turkish and English companies.

James Newland is a construction lawyer and a licensed architect.  He began practice in 1998 and represents owners and general contractors in contentious and non-contentions construction matters.  He drafts and negotiates construction contracts and procurement documents, provides advice during the design and construction phases, and helps clients resolve complex claims involving construction and design issues on domestic and international projects.  The 2016 Chambers USA guide describes him as “very well versed in construction law and construction related issues.”

He has extensive experience achieving client goals in construction matters through litigation, alternative dispute resolution, claims preparation and defense of claims. He regularly counsels clients on troubled projects, closeout strategies for existing projects, and code compliance issues.  His practice also includes all aspects of dispute resolution, including litigation in federal and state courts, domestic and international arbitration and mediation. 

Mr. Newland teaches several construction law courses and is on the faculty for the Masters Institute in Construction Contracting offered by Federal Publications.  Other courses he teaches for Federal Publications include Practical Construction Law; the Concentrated Course in Construction Contracts; Bonds, Liens and Insurance; Negotiation; Government Construction Contracts; Changes and Claims; FIDIC Contract Claims; Prosecution of Government Contract Claims.

Before practicing law, Mr. Newland was an accomplished architect and served as the project manager for commercial and public architecture projects. He maintains his license as an architect in the District of Columbia.  He has worked on a variety of projects including educational facilities, restaurants, commercial buildings, tenant spaces, and ADA retrofitting and renovation applications. This practical experience taught him first hand where problems in the building and design process occur, and how to resolve issues quickly and avoid them in the future. It also prepared him well for a legal career advancing and defending claims raised by owner and contractors such as those involving construction problems and design errors.

Mr. Newland has represented foreign and domestic companies in complex construction law matters related to projects and commercial transactions involving United States, Latin American, Turkish and English companies.

Education

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1998)
  • B.A., Virginia Tech (1991)

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architects (Professional Member)
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry

Accolades

  • Chambers USA Guides - Individually Ranked Construction Law - District of Columbia (2016–2017)
  • Super Lawyers, District of Columbia  (2012–2015, 2017)