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Richard McKim Preston

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-5370
Fax: (202) 828-5393
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Mr. Preston is a partner in the firm’s Construction Practice Group and focuses his practice on U.S. and international construction disputes, as well as government contracts. He is the former Chair of the Construction Group. Mr. Preston is the author of “Alternatives to the Courthouse,” published by the Construction Law Advisor; co-author of the Contractor’s Handbook of Business, Finance, and Law; and author of ASCE’s Manual #73, Quality in the Constructed Project. He has also served as editor of the Public Contract Law Journal. He has represented private and public clients in disputes before U.S. courts and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Mr. Preston is currently recognized by the following publications as one of America’s leading international construction attorneys: The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA (Construction), The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers, PLC Which Lawyer? (Construction), and Washington D.C.'s Super Lawyers. Mr. Preston has served as an arbitrator and DRB member in dozens of dispute resolution proceedings administered by the AAA, ICC, and other organizations.

Mr. Preston is a regular speaker at programs sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineering News Record and the Design Build Institute of America.  He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Washington Building Congress and has served as Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, teaching “Law for Engineers,” a graduate engineering course in legal theory and methods, including basic contract law and government contracts.

Mr. Preston is a partner in the firm’s Construction Practice Group and focuses his practice on U.S. and international construction disputes, as well as government contracts. He is the former Chair of the Construction Group. Mr. Preston is the author of “Alternatives to the Courthouse,” published by the Construction Law Advisor; co-author of the Contractor’s Handbook of Business, Finance, and Law; and author of ASCE’s Manual #73, Quality in the Constructed Project. He has also served as editor of the Public Contract Law Journal. He has represented private and public clients in disputes before U.S. courts and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Mr. Preston is currently recognized by the following publications as one of America’s leading international construction attorneys: The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA (Construction), The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers, PLC Which Lawyer? (Construction), and Washington D.C.'s Super Lawyers. Mr. Preston has served as an arbitrator and DRB member in dozens of dispute resolution proceedings administered by the AAA, ICC, and other organizations.

Mr. Preston is a regular speaker at programs sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineering News Record and the Design Build Institute of America.  He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Washington Building Congress and has served as Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, teaching “Law for Engineers,” a graduate engineering course in legal theory and methods, including basic contract law and government contracts.

Education

  • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law (1976)
    cum laude
    Lead Articles Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review
  • M.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University (1973)
    cum laude
  • B.A., Washington and Lee University (1969)
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association

Presentations

  • “Risk Assessment Considerations in Prosecuting Claims and Settling Disputes,” Construction SuperConference (2010)
  • “Drafting Effective Construction Contracts: How to Determine Your Rights and Obligations,” Engineering News-Record and Federal Publications (1988-present)
  • “Managing Risk in Multi-family Construction,” Construction Financial Management Association (May 9, 2006)
  • “The Challenge of New Project Delivery Systems,” Civil Engineering Research Foundation/Corporate Advisory Board (April 13, 2005).
  • "The Legal Pitfalls of Design-Build," The American Institute of Architects (2005)
  • "Design-Build Realities: Learning From Design-Build Legal Cases," The American Institute of Architects (2002)
  • "Design-Build Realities: Learning From Design-Build Legal Cases," American Council of Engineering Companies (2002)
  • “Managing the Design Build Team, A Practical Guide,” Virginia State Bar Association, Section on Construction Law (2001)

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Inside the Minds:  Construction Dispute Resolution,” Aspatore Books (2010)
  • Co-Author, “Joint Defense Agreements Between Owners and Design Professionals” Construction Lawyer (2009)
  • Co-Author, "Contracting for International Construction Work" Construction Law Handbook Cumulative Supplement, Chapter 48 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)
  • "Preparation, Hard Work, and Credibility: The Keys to Success," Construction Law Settlements and Negotiations: Leading Lawyers on Assessing Monetary Impacts, Negotiating Contracts, and Developing Litigation Strategies (2007)
  • Construction Claims Handbook, HLK Global Communications, Inc. (1994)
  • Co-Author, "Federal Government Construction Contracting," Construction Contractor’s Handbook of Business and Law; Chapter 8, (1992)
  • Co-Author, "Quality In The Constructed Project, A Guide For Owners, Designers, And Constructors," American Society of Civil Engineers (2000)
  • “Alternatives to the Courthouse,” Construction Claims Monthly (1995)