A woman-owned firm with decades of construction and surety expertise serving DC, MD, VA. Celebrating 10 years of business in 2018.
Lauren McLaughlin is a founding partner of BrigliaMcLaughlin, PLLC, a law firm devoted exclusively to construction industry and surety clients. For nearly 20 years, she has represented owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, sureties and design professionals in all aspects of public and private construction projects. With that perspective, she counsels clients on project risk management and litigation avoidance.
The breadth of her practice includes working on diverse projects such as the first foreign-owned power plant in the People’s Republic of China; the third largest facility owned by the United States government; two federal prison complexes; a major hotel and convention center complex; an urban housing and development program; a unique biomedical research facility; and countless central utility plants. In these and other disputes, Lauren has successfully tried dozens of complex cases in state and federal courts throughout Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and the District of Columbia, as well as before arbitral panels, administrative boards and boards of contract appeals.
Having represented all parties in the privity chain, Lauren is intimately familiar with the unique leverage perspectives of the owner, contractor, and subcontractor. She understands the business aspects confronting construction companies from employment and compliance issues to bid day deals, from change order negotiation to electronic project management systems. She has worked extensively with performance bond sureties, mechanical contracting firms, glass and glazing contractors, and in support of excavation contractors. Lauren’s construction clients routinely involve her at all phases of the project, from conception and value engineering through final completion.
As a result of her experience, Lauren has been selected to Super Lawyers for DC and Virginia and is regularly invited to speak to industry and professional organizations, including the Construction Superconference, the Structural Engineers Association of Texas; the Building Envelope Contractors Association; the Forum on the Construction Industry (ABA); the Surety Claims Institute; the Mechanical Contractors Association of America; and the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee (ABA). She chaired the Construction Law and Public Contracts Section of the Virginia Bar Association and is on the Boards of both the American Subcontractors Association of Metro-Washington and the Virginia State Bar Construction section. She also regularly contributes to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) monthly publication, Civil Engineering, where she co-authors “The Law” column.
Lauren served two terms on the Board of Trustees at Trinity University in Washington, DC, her alma mater, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She obtained her juris doctorate with honors from Catholic University Columbus School of Law.