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Jon M. Wickwire

  • 917 Leigh Mill Road
  • Great Falls, Virginia 22006


  • Undergraduate: University of Maryland
  • Law School: Georgetown University Law Center

Professional Activities


  • Principal in Construction Strategies, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in mediation,
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, construction claims review, and risk management.
  • Founding Chair, College of Scheduling, Project Management Institute.
  • Actively involved in the avoidance, evaluation and resolution of performance problemsfor the construction industry, as well as the preparation of major systems claims.
  • Prepares construction policies and procedures for Fortune 50 corporations.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of joint venture of Fortune 50 corporation and Malaysian governmentin claim against design-builder arising from engineering, procurement, andconstruction of chemical processing plant in Malaysia. Claim totaling more than $30million was resolved through mediation.
  • Defended municipal owner against $7 million claim by contractor on a waste-toenergyplant. Claim involved issues of acceleration, delays, and lost efficiency.
  • Representation of general contractor in administrative proceedings against FairfaxCounty, Virginia, for claims in excess of $20 million arising from construction ofwastewater treatment plant. Payment issues relating to pipeline were resolvedthrough mediation.
  • Represented large international contractor in $7 million claim for project delay,design errors, extra work, disruption, differing site conditions, and changes inconstruction of wastewater treatment plant for municipal owner. Claim was settledfor $4 million.
  • Representation of first tier electrical and mechanical subcontractors with claims fortime extensions and additional compensation on construction of the Edwards AirForce Base B2 Bomber Test Facility for the United States Air Force. Claim wasresolved through mediation.
  • Representation of general contractor, electrical contractor and mechanical contractorin acceleration and design errors claim arising out of the construction of a newhospital. Amount of claim was over $30 million.
  • Representation of electrical contractor in matter arising from termination ofsubcontractor on District of Columbia computerized traffic signalization project.
  • Representation of general contractor, mechanical subcontractor, electricalsubcontractor and casework subcontractor in lawsuit against the owner andconstruction lender for a major hospital project.
  • Representation of instrumentation subcontractor in arbitration proceedings arisingfrom retrofitting of coal-fired electrical plant.


  • American Bar Association
    Litigation Section, Public Contract Law Section, & Dispute Resolution SectionForum on the Construction Industry
  • American Arbitration Association, National Panel of Arbitrators
  • American College of Construction Lawyers (Founding Member)
  • Project Management Institute, Legal Affairs Editor of Legal LightsDistrict of Columbia Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • National Contract Documents Committee
  • Federal Building Procedures Committee
  • Project Delivery Systems Committee
  • National AGC Design-Build Task Force, which drafts design-build documents
  • Chairman, Legal Affairs Committee, Virginia AGC
  • The Construction Contractor Advisory Board, Federal Publications Inc.

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Construction Management: Law and Practice, Wiley Law Publications, 1995, coauthor.
  • The Construction Subcontracting Manual: Practice Guide with Forms, Wiley LawPublications, 1995, co-author.
  • Architect-Engineer Liability Under the Laws of the District of Columbia, Marylandand Virginia, The Cambridge Institute, co-author.
  • “Civil Remedies for Fraud,” Construction Briefings, Federal Publications, Inc.,No. 87-3.
  • Construction Scheduling: Preparation, Liability and Claims, Wiley LawPublications, 1991, co-author.
  • “Ethical Considerations in Government Procurement,” Briefing Paper, FederalPublications, Inc., March 1978, co-author.
  • “First Article Approval Requirements in Government Contracts: Terminations andClaims,” Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1978.
  • “Project Scheduling: Principle Applications and Problems,” Briefing Paper, FederalPublications, Inc., October 1975.
  • “Rights & Obligations in Scheduling,” Construction Briefings, Federal Publications,Inc., No. 88-13, co-author.
  • “The Use of Critical Path Method Techniques in Contract Claims,” Public ContractLaw Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, October 1974, co-author.
  • “Use of Critical Path Method Techniques in Contract Claims: Issues andDevelopments, 1974 to 1988,” Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2, March1989, co-author.

Speaking Engagements

Lectures extensively throughout the country on various subjects in the field of publicand private contract law. Participates in seminars on assessing avoidance of litigation,risk analysis and claim management. Representative speaking engagements include:

  • “Critical Path Method (CPM) Scheduling — Intellectual Honesty inProving Delay,” Board of Contract Appeals Judges Association Annual EducationProgram and Mid-Year Meeting (January 13, 2000)
  • “The Dark Side of Construction Projects Exposed” and “Clean Water andWastewater Development in the 21st Century,” The Millennium ConstructionSuperconference (December 9 & 10, 1999)
  • “Construction Scheduling Software — An Industry Crisis,” ProjectManagement Institute 99 — 30th Annual Seminars and Symposium (October 13, 1999)
  • “Current Issues and Developments Related to The Use of CPM onContract Claims,” Annual Construction Litigation Superconference
  • “The Ultimate Test: The Preparation of the CPM Expert for Direct andCross Examination,” Construction Litigation Superconference
  • “Construction Scheduling: Preparation, Liability and Claims,” FederalPublications, Inc. Construction Scheduling Course

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