Brian J. Vella

USA: Virginia

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC
8000 Towers Crescent Drive,
Suite 900, Tysons Corner
VA 22182, USA

Tel: (703) 847-6300
Fax: (703) 847-6312

Email: bvella@smithpachter.com
Web: www.smithpachter.com

Mr. Vella’s practice is concentrated on heavy construction and commercial construction matters. For over 25 years, Mr. Vella has represented contractors and owners in construction related disputes, including matters involving defective specifications, differing site conditions, variations in estimated quantities, design changes, constructive changes, mechanics liens, payment and performance bond disputes, contract interpretation issues, payment disputes, insurance and warranty issues; acceleration, delay, and inefficiency claims; and schedule and costs analysis of contractor claims.

In addition to representing contractors and owners in litigation, arbitration and mediation, Mr. Vella counsels clients regarding contract formation and interpretation issues, and in developing strategies for risk analysis and avoidance. In matters involving construction disputes, Mr. Vella has extensive experience in factual analysis; claim organization, preparation and presentation; work with engineering and design consultants, technical experts, scheduling experts, and cost and pricing experts.

Smith Pachter McWhorter’s construction practice encompasses all phases of the contracting process, from contract bidding and negotiation through contract administration and performance to claims and litigation, including terminations.
Smith Pachter McWhorter’s primary focus is in the areas of construction and government contract law.

Smith Pachter McWhorter’s construction practice encompasses all phases of the contracting process, from contract bidding and negotiation through contract administration and performance to claims and litigation, including terminations. Our clients have included a wide variety of public and private owners, general and specialty contractors, EPC contractors, architects and engineers, equipment manufacturers and sureties. They are a mix of Engineering News Record 500 firms, as well as small and medium size organizations, including minority- and women-owned businesses.

Smith Pachter McWhorter’s government contract representation includes large weapon systems, automatic data processing, other equipment and electronic components, engineering services, food service, janitorial service, furniture and many other areas. Our attorneys are skilled in all aspects of Government contracts, including bid protests, proposal evaluation, past performance issues, fraud and compliance, investigations, cost determinations, claims, terminations, and contract administration.

The commitment of Smith Pachter McWhorter is to deliver first-class professional services promptly and efficiently. In close consultation with our clients, we develop strategies to assist the client to maximize profit and prevent or resolve disputes. Our objective is to tailor a solution that achieves the client’s goals, with sensitivity to the time requirements and resources of the client as well as cost-benefit concerns.

“Brian Vella is described as “articulate, with a good presence and level of experience.” He focuses on construction dispute resolution for owners and contractors. He is experienced in heavy and commercial construction projects.”
Chambers & Partners, 2016