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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Mr. Newland is a partner and a licensed architect in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  As a member of the Construction Practice Group, he focuses on major complex litigation matters involving construction law and design compliance matters and foreign commercial law issues. He has extensive experience achieving client goals in construction matters through litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and claims preparation and defense. He also has experience counseling clients on troubled projects, closeout strategies for existing projects, and code and ADA compliance issues.  His practice also includes all aspects of dispute resolution, including litigation in federal and state courts, domestic and international arbitration and mediation. 

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Newland was a member of his previous firm's Construction and International Arbitration groups and a member of the construction group that was awarded the 2010 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Construction. 

Before practicing law, Mr. Newland was an accomplished architect and served as the project manager for commercial and public architecture projects. He still maintains his license as an architect in the District of Columbia.  He has worked on a variety of projects including education 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 for a legal career advancing and defending claims raised by various parties to the construction and design process.

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

Mr. Newland is also a frequent lecturer and instructor on construction law topics.  He teaches various in-house and public courses for West/Thomson Reuters, including courses on risk management, changes, construction management and international construction projects.

Mr. Newland is a partner and a licensed architect in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  As a member of the Construction Practice Group, he focuses on major complex litigation matters involving construction law and design compliance matters and foreign commercial law issues. He has extensive experience achieving client goals in construction matters through litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and claims preparation and defense. He also has experience counseling clients on troubled projects, closeout strategies for existing projects, and code and ADA compliance issues.  His practice also includes all aspects of dispute resolution, including litigation in federal and state courts, domestic and international arbitration and mediation. 

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Newland was a member of his previous firm's Construction and International Arbitration groups and a member of the construction group that was awarded the 2010 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Construction. 

Before practicing law, Mr. Newland was an accomplished architect and served as the project manager for commercial and public architecture projects. He still maintains his license as an architect in the District of Columbia.  He has worked on a variety of projects including education 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 for a legal career advancing and defending claims raised by various parties to the construction and design process.

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

Mr. Newland is also a frequent lecturer and instructor on construction law topics.  He teaches various in-house and public courses for West/Thomson Reuters, including courses on risk management, changes, construction management and international construction projects.

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 (Member)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (Member)
  • Washington Building Congress (Member)

Publications

  • "The Limitations of Liability Clause," Construction Specifications, Institute Vol. 50, No. 10 (1997)

Accolades

  • Named to list of 2012 and 2013 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers