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Jeffrey M. Hummel

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-5342
Fax: (202) 828-5393
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Mr. Hummel is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he has practiced construction and government contracts law since 1995.  He represents contractors, owners, and design professionals on a wide array of international and domestic projects, including large civil works, hydroelectric projects, power plants, pipelines, professional and collegiate sports stadiums, office buildings, and condominiums.  Mr. Hummel’s expertise includes drafting and negotiating contracts and providing contract administration advice during the course of the design and construction process.  He takes a proactive approach in resolving contested issues promptly so as to minimize impacts to the ongoing work, while maximizing his clients’ positions and rights in the event of subsequent disputes.
     
Mr. Hummel has extensive experience in preparing and defending complex contract claims, involving issues such as delay, disruption, acceleration, changes and variations, and labor inefficiency.  Many of the claims that he has prepared have resulted in multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients, including a recent recovery in excess of $100 million.  His dispute resolution experience includes various Dispute Adjudication Board matters, as well as domestic and international arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association, International Chamber of Commerce, and other tribunals.   He has also successfully litigated numerous cases in various state and federal courts, and boards of contract appeals.   
 
Mr. Hummel is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he has practiced construction and government contracts law since 1995.  He represents contractors, owners, and design professionals on a wide array of international and domestic projects, including large civil works, hydroelectric projects, power plants, pipelines, professional and collegiate sports stadiums, office buildings, and condominiums.  Mr. Hummel’s expertise includes drafting and negotiating contracts and providing contract administration advice during the course of the design and construction process.  He takes a proactive approach in resolving contested issues promptly so as to minimize impacts to the ongoing work, while maximizing his clients’ positions and rights in the event of subsequent disputes.
     
Mr. Hummel has extensive experience in preparing and defending complex contract claims, involving issues such as delay, disruption, acceleration, changes and variations, and labor inefficiency.  Many of the claims that he has prepared have resulted in multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients, including a recent recovery in excess of $100 million.  His dispute resolution experience includes various Dispute Adjudication Board matters, as well as domestic and international arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association, International Chamber of Commerce, and other tribunals.   He has also successfully litigated numerous cases in various state and federal courts, and boards of contract appeals.   
 

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (1995)
  • B.S., James Madison University (1989)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Representative Engagements

  • Representing international construction consortium performing the multi-billion dollar Third Set of Locks Project in connection with the expansion of the Panama Canal. Matter involves numerous Dispute Adjudication Board and ICC proceedings.
  • Represented construction contractor with respect to contract disputes concerning the construction of $180 million condominium project in Virginia.  Obtained summary judgment on behalf of client on contract issues and fraud issues, and complete trial victory on remaining claims.  Also prevailed on related appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Virginia Supreme Court.
  • Represented a national general contractor in preparing a construction claim against the United States Government relating to the design and construction of a $150 million national headquarters of a federal agency.  After extensive negotiations, and ultimately a formal mediation, the case was settled favorably.
  • Represented international construction contractor with respect to claims arising from a hydroelectric project in Uganda, including various Dispute Adjudication Board proceedings.
  • Represented international contractor in connection with various disputes related to hydroelectric projects in Costa Rica and Honduras, which were resolved favorably prior to formal dispute proceedings.
  • Represented a general contractor in preparing and prosecuting claims against the United States Government arising from a $100 million design-build project.  The claim involved complex environmental issues and the Government’s failure to disclose certain environmental conditions at the site.  Resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement for the contractor.
  • Represented an international engineering firm in defending a contractor’s multi-million claim arising from the construction of a water treatment plant.  Arbitration award for the contractor totaled only $1,200. 
  • Represented contractor in pursuing $35 million in claims arising from the design and construction of a power plant in Massachusetts.  Case was settled on favorable terms.  
  • Represented two energy companies in a partnership dispute arising out of the construction of a large gas pipeline project.  The claims involved approximately $20 million in cost overruns, which were settled favorably.  
  • Represented joint venture of two large construction firms in preparing and pursuing claims of approximately $40 million arising from the construction of a power plant in Pennsylvania.  Achieved a favorable settlement.
  • Numerous contract negotiations involving modified versions of various industry documents, including AIA, AGC, DBIA, and FIDIC.

Publications

  • Co-author, “U.S. Embassy Construction: Risks, Requirements and Opportunities,” Construction Executive (November 2011)
  • “Force Majeure Clauses in Construction Contracts,” Construction Briefings (West), February 2004.
  • “Teaming Agreements for Design-Build Contracts,” Construction Briefings (West), September 2001.
  • “The State Department’s Embassy Construction Program,” Construction Briefings (Federal Publications), September 1999.
  • “Contingent Payment Clauses,” Construction Briefings (Federal Publications), March 1996.
  • “Construction Contracting in Vietnam,” Construction Business Review, January/February 1994.