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A woman-owned firm with decades of construction and surety expertise serving DC, MD, VA. Celebrating 10 years of business in 2018.

Shannon J. Briglia

Phone: 703.506.1990
Fax: 703.506.1140

Co-founder of the firm and ranked since 2006 by the well-regarded Chambers USA for her outstanding success in representing construction and surety clients, Shannon J. Briglia is also "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell as well as being ranked by her peers as a construction “Superlawyer” in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Her legal work has been praised by opposing counsel and clients describe her as being “always extraordinarily prepared and articulate.” Ms. Briglia has garnered a steadfast and loyal client base because she “is a great advocate.” Ms. Briglia focuses her practice on advising construction industry participants in risk management and disputes, provides neutral services and serves on project dispute resolution boards. She has litigated construction contract disputes and surety cases in federal, state and bankruptcy courts in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Michigan, Florida, Connecticut and Texas, and has presented arbitrations and mediations before panels and solo neutrals in many other states.

Notable cases Ms. Briglia has litigated include:

  • Representation of a general contractor in defense of 29 subcontractor lawsuits and claims on a $28 million rapid distribution facility.
  • Representation of a concrete subcontractor with multi-million dollar claims against the construction manager and development manager arising out of the construction of a research clinic/office building at NIH;
  • Defense of a surety against multi-million dollar claims brought by the owner of a peaking power generation facility and multiple subcontractors;
  • Arbitration of disputes on behalf of the construction manager against the owner arising out of the construction of Colonial Downs Thoroughbred Racetrack; and
  • Arbitration of affirmative claims by a surety against the Embassy of the Slovakian Republic relating to the construction of their new chancery building.

She also assists construction clients with general corporate matters.

Among other professional engagements, Ms. Briglia is an active member of the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law, Tort & Insurance Practice Section’s Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, and the American College of Construction Lawyers. She is a past chair of the Virginia State Bar’s Board of Directors of the Construction and Public Contracts Section. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters and speaks regularly to industry groups on construction and surety topics.

Prior to founding BrigliaMcLaughlin, PLLC, Ms. Briglia was a shareholder and Managing Director of the national construction and government contracts law firm, Wickwire Gavin, P.C. She holds a B.S. degree from Virginia Tech and a juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law. Following law school and prior to entering private practice, she served as the pro se law clerk for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division.

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