Mark A. Sgarlata Senior Partner
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"Mark Sgarlata was recognized for his wide construction experience in relation to heavy industry, tunnels, transport facilities and dams." - 2007 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers

Mark Sgarlata's experience includes contract drafting and negotiations, claim advice, dispute resolution and litigation on a wide range of heavy industrial and commercial construction projects, including mass transit systems, tunnels, dams, power plants, cable-stayed and segmental bridges, highways, and air and water quality projects, as well as defense and technology supply contracts.

He counsels and advises construction and supply contractors, owners, and sureties with respect to bid protests, contract administration, claim preparation, dispute resolution and litigation on federal, state, municipal and private contracts. In addition, he has represented potentially responsible parties, including sureties, on a broad spectrum of environmental issues involving CERCLA and state/federal legislation and regulations on hazardous materials/waste, underground storage tanks, and water and air quality.

Mark has prosecuted and defended against construction and supply contract claims before several Federal District Courts, the United States Claims Court and the American Arbitration Association.


  • Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law and Construction Litigation Categories - 2010-2011, 2014
  • Washington DC Best Lawyers, Construction Law and Litigation Category - 2013
  • Virginia Best Lawyers, Construction Law and Litigation Category - 2013
  • Chambers USA - list of Top Construction Lawyers in Virginia - 2006-2013
  • Legal 500 United States - 2007

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association

Publications and Presentations

  • Panelist: "A New Project Risk Assessment Tool For Owners, Contractors, A/E's and Their Lawyers," The A/E Issues Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, California, December 2004.
  • Speaker: "Risk Management: How to Optimize Your Construction Project," seminar with McDonough Bolyard Peck, June 2004.
  • Speaker: "Pricing & Proving Cumulative Impact Claims," The Contractor's Construction SuperConference, December 2002.
  • Speaker: "Successful Projects Through an Understanding of the Law of Lost Productivity," Construction Management Association of America National Conference and Trade Show, October 2002.
  • Co-Author: "Allocation of Risk for Delay and Disruption," Construction Management Association of America, September 2003.
  • Co-Author: "Successful Projects Through an Understanding of The Law of Lost Productivity," Construction Management Association of America, October 2002.
  • Speaker: "Proving Construction Contract Damages," Federal Publications, October 1996-2002.
  • Author: "Offers of Settlement in Wisconsin Diversity Actions: Opening the Doors to Plaintiffs," Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 69, No. 10, October 1996.
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  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1986, with high honors
  • Order of the Coif
  • Colgate University, B.A., 1983, magna cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia