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Michael C. Loulakis

  • President & CEO
  • Capital Project Strategies, LLC
  • 11710 Plaza America Drive
    Suite 2000
  • Reston, Virginia 20190


  • Undergraduate: BSCE, magna cum laude Tufts University/1976
  • Law School: Boston University School of Law/1979

Career History

Mike Loulakis has represented clients in the construction industry since 1979.  His primary area of focus is on matters involving project delivery, procurement and contracting strategies for projects using alternative project delivery, such as design-build, EPC, and public-private partnerships.  Mike’s public sector work concentrates on representing owners in the transportation and water/wastewater sectors.  Mike’s private sector work concentrates on representing owners on domestic and international power generation, petrochemical, and process projects.  He serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University.

Mike is one of the industry’s most prolific writers and speakers on the subject of design-build.  As one of the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA’s) most active members since its formation in 1993, Mike served on its Board of Directors, co-authored its standard form contracts, and authored its Best Practices publication.  In recognition of his contributions, Mike was awarded DBIA’s 2013 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award.  Mike is also on the Board of Directors of the Water Design-Build Council.

Mike was an attorney with the Washington, D.C. area office of Wickwire Gavin, P.C. from 1979 through 2007, and served as its President and Chairman.  In 2007, he founded a consulting firm, Capital Project Strategies, LLC, where he currently serves as President and CEO.


  • Recognized annually by Chambers USA:  Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of construction law (2004 – 2016)
  • Recipient of DBIA’s Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Designated Design-Build Professional (DBIA)
  • Recipient of the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) Words of Wisdom (WOW) Award

Professional Activities

American Arbitration Association’s Commercial Panel, Panelist

American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry

American College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Design-Build Institute of America

National Academy of Construction

Virginia Bar Association

Water Design-Build Council


Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

Transportation Research

“Liability of Design-Builders for Design, Construction, and Acquisition Claims,” NCHRP 20-06/Topic 20-02 (2016), Transportation Research Board, co-consultant.

“Alliance Contracting – Evolving Alternative Project Delivery,” NCHRP Synthesis 466 (2015), TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program, co-consultant.

“Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contracting Practices,” NCHRP Synthesis 473 (2015), TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program, co-consultant.

“Alternative Technical Concepts for Contract Delivery Methods,” NCHRP Synthesis 455 (2014), Transportation Research Board, co-author.

“Strategies for Implementing Performance Specifications:  Guide for Executives and Project Managers,” SHRP 2 Report S2-R07-RR-2 (2014), Transportation Research Board, co-author.

“Legal Aspects for Performance-Based Specifications for Highway Construction and Maintenance Contracts,” Legal Research Digest 61 (July 2013), TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program, consultant.

“Legal Issues Involving Surety for Public Transportation Projects,” Legal Research Digest 40 (July 2012), Transit Cooperative Research Program, lead investigator.  (Awarded John C. Vance Award, recognizing author(s) of an outstanding paper published by TRB that advances the study, understanding, and implementation of transportation law)

“Competition Requirements of the Design/Build, Construction Manager at Risk, and Public-Private Partnership Contracts – Seven Case Studies,” Legal Research Digest 39 (January 2012), Transit Cooperative Research Program, co-lead investigator.

“Geotechnical Information Practices in Design-Build Projects,” NCHRP Synthesis 429 (2012), co-consultant.

“Expedited Procurement Procedures for Emergency Construction Services,” NCHRP Synthesis 43-11 (2012), co-consultant.

Industry Publications

“The Law,” monthly column in Civil Engineering Magazine, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1981 to present, co-author.

“Geotechnical Risk in Design-Build Projects:  Answering the $64,000 Question,” GEOSTRATA, ASCE Geo-Institute, 2016, co-author.

Design-Build for Water and Wastewater Projects, “Dispute Resolution Processes,” Ch. 24, American Water Works Association, 2012, author.

Design Management Guide, “Contracts,” Ch. 6, Charles Pankow Foundation, 2011, author.

Federal Government Construction Contracts, “Alternate Delivery Systems:  Design-Build, Construction Management, and IDIQ Task Order Contracts,” Ch. 5, American Bar Association, Second Edition, 2010, co-author.

Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook, “Legal Concerns After a Failure,” Ch. 5, McGraw-Hill, 2000 (rev. 2009), author.

Design-Build Lessons Learned, AEC Training Technologies, annually, 1995 to 2004, author.

Construction Business Formbook, Aspen Publishers, Inc., 2003, co-editor.

Design-Build for the Public Sector, Aspen Publishers, Inc., 2003, editor.

Design-Build: Planning Through Development, McGraw-Hill, 2001, co-author.

Design-Build Contracting Handbook, 2nd Edition, Aspen Publishers, Inc., 2001, co-editor.

Construction Management: Law and Practice, Wiley Law Publications, 1995, co-author.

Speaking Engagements

Nationally recognized speaker before various state and federal agencies (transportation, defense, corrections), as well as the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), International Risk Management Institute (IRMI), and other trade and professional associations on a variety of topics affecting the construction industry.  Subjects have included:  risk allocation and management, innovative project delivery, public sector procurement issues, construction contract administration, contract claims and defense of claims, and alternative dispute resolution.

Court Admissions

1979, Virginia

1981, District of Columbia

1990, Maryland

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