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Hanna Blake focuses her practice on construction litigation and suretyship, representing contractors, owners, subcontractors and sureties in all aspects of public and private construction projects. She has worked on diverse projects including a professional baseball stadium, water treatment plant, urban housing development, major hotel and convention center complex, and a large university library, among others. Hanna also handles landlord-tenant disputes on behalf of the firm's commercial real estate clients.
Hanna holds a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP) designation. The LEED rating system is the nationally recognized benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance buildings. As a LEED AP, Hanna is part of a select group of attorneys nationwide who recognize the significance of "green" building trends.
Hanna joined Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald as a first-year associate after having clerked at the firm as a summer associate. She also clerked for a Washington, D.C.-based immigration law firm where she managed all labor certification cases, including the preparation of case packets for filing with the Department of Labor.
Memberships and Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- Fairfax Bar Association
- National Association of Women In Construction
- Co-Chair, NAWIC Membership Committee - Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter
- Director, NAWIC Board - Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter
- Virginia State Bar
- Board of Governors, Construction and Public Contracts Section
- Virginia Women Attorneys Association
Publications and Presentations
- Author: "In Federal Small Business Contracting, Size DOES Matter," WTHF Newsletter, Summer 2012.
- Author: "An Instruction 'Not to Worry' About Contractual Change Order Procedures Should be a Red Flag," WTHF Newsletter, Winter 2011-2012.
- Speaker: "Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations in Virginia," Lorman Education Services, September 2007, 2008.
- Author: "Does your Expert Engineer Need to Be Licensed to Testify on Your Own Behalf?" Estimating Today, Summer 2007.
- Author: "Does your Expert Engineer Need to Be Licensed to Testify on Your Own Behalf?" WTHF Newsletter, Spring 2007.
- Author: "Attachment Order Not Valid on Breach of Contract Suit," Construction Claims Advisor, Vol. 5, Issue 8, February 2007.
- Author: "What is Subrogation And Should I Care?" WTHF Newsletter, Fall 2006.
- Author: "Faulty Cooling System Heats Up Indemnity Dispute," Construction Claims Advisor, Vol. 4, Issue 35, September 2006.
- Author: "Insurer & Insured Both Required to Exercise Good Faith," Construction Claims Advisor, Vol. 4, Issue 27, July 2006.
- Author: "Manufacturer Sues Competitor for Infringing on its Turf," Construction Claims Advisor, Vol. 4, Issue 4, January 2006.