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Richard F. Smith

  • Senior Counsel
  • Smith, Pachter, McWhorter, P.L.C.
  • 8000 Towers Crescent Drive
    Suite 900
  • Vienna, Virginia 22182
  • Email:
  • Phone: (434) 923-4001
  • Cell: (703) 887-6995
  • Company Phone: (703) 847-6300
  • Fax: (703) 847-6312


  • Undergraduate: Wake Forest 1966
  • Graduate: University of Virginia Law School 1969
  • Law School: George Washington University 1973

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers, 1997-Present
  • American Bar Association, 1972-Present; Forum on the Construction Industry, Member, Governing Committee, 1998-2001; Chairman, Division 1, Dispute Avoidance & Resolution, 1996-1998; Public Contract Law and Litigation Sections, Virginia State Bar, 1972-Present, Chairman, Construction Law and Public Contracts Section, 1985; Board of Governors, 1979-1985; 2000-Present; Virginia Bar Association; Construction and Public Contracts Section, Board of Governors (2006-present), Vice Chairman (2007-2008); D.C. Bar Association, 1973-Present
  • Lecturer in Government Procurement, Marshall-Wythe Law School, College of William & Mary, 1977-1998
  • Adjunct Professor, T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, 1980-1991. Taught seminar on Government Procurement Law.
  • Adjunct Faculty, Averett University MBA Program, 2002-2003
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Virginia Law School, 2009-present.
  • Member AAA Commercial Panel of Arbitrators and AAA Panel of Mediators.

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • “Innovations in Arbitration: Improving the Presentation of Evidence in Construction Arbitration, Dispute Resolution Journal, August-October 2003, p. 30.
  • Tips on Effectively Presenting Construction Cases in Arbitration – From An Arbitrator’s View Point, ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, Annual Meeting, March 2003
  • “Overhead Costs,” Federal Government Construction Contracts, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, 2003
  • “Practical Uses of CPM Scheduling,” Construction Briefings No. 2002-2, February 2002
  • “Scheduling for a Construction Project,” Fundamentals of Construction Law, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, 2001
  • “Project Overhead: A Dilemma Faced by Federal Government Contractors,” The Construction Lawyer, Vol. 21, No. 4, 2001
  • Co-author: Obtaining Time Extensions by Richard F. Smith and John Marshall Cook, Chapter 23 in Construction Law Handbook, R. Cushman & J. Myers eds. (Aspen Law & Business, 1999)
  • Co-author: Government Contracts and Construction Disputes by Richard F. Smith and Jonathan Shaffer, Chapters 3 and 14 in Public Assembly Facility Law (Int’l Assoc. of Assembly Managers, 1998)
  • “Dysfunctional ADR: Tips to Avoid the Pain,” The Construction Lawyer, Vol. 16, No. 4, 1996
  • “Discovery in Arbitration Proceeding Under Virginia’s New Uniform Arbitration Act,” Virginia Bar News, February, 1997
  • “Dobson v. Rutgers: A Roll of the Dice for Multi-Prime Contractors,” The Construction Lawyer, 1984
  • “Scheduling and Proof of Claims,” Construction Briefings No. 82-6
  • “The Use of Critical Path Method Techniques in Contract Claims,” 7 Public Contract Law Journal 1, 1974

Speeches, Panel Discussions, and Seminars

  • Speaker at ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2006
  • Speaker at Virginia State Bar Construction Law and Public Contracts Section Annual Seminar, 1982, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2006
  • Speaker at ABA Section on Dispute Resolution Annual Meeting, 2003, 2004
  • Speaker at AAA Neutrals Conference, 2005
  • Speaker at Virginia Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2005, Summer Meeting, 2005
  • Have spoken on numerous occasions on topics relating to construction, alternative dispute resolution and Federal Procurement Law at seminars sponsored by Federal Publications, Inc.; the National Contract Management Association; The Construction Specifications Institute; the American Society of Civil Engineers; the D.C. Bar; the Virginia State Bar; the Maryland State Bar; the Fairfax County Bar Association; Brigham Young University; the Association of Building Contractors; and the Northern Virginia Builders Association.

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Appeals, Virginia (1969)
  • United States Court of Military Appeals (1970)
  • United States Supreme Court (1972)
  • U.S. District Court (DC (1973), ED VA (1973))
  • DC Court of Appeals (1973)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (DC Circuit (1973), 4th Circuit (1974))
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims (1976)

Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, The Columbia Foundation, 1985-2006
  • Trustee, Averett College, 1996-2003
  • Trustee, The John Leland Center for Theological Studies, 1998-2001, 2007-Present
  • Board of Directors, Crosslink International, Ltd., 1996-2002
  • Board of Directors, Vienna Light Opera Company, 1976-1990
  • Past President, Treasurer, Runnymede Property Owners Association
  • President, Baptist General Association of Virginia, 2004-2005, Vice-President, 2003-2004

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