People: Sara Beiro Farabow, Partner

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Sara Beiro Farabow

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-3591
Fax: (202) 828-5393
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Ms. Farabow is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s national construction practice.  For 26 years, she has been practicing international and U.S. contract law at Seyfarth and is recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer.

Ms. Farabow also is the Leader of Seyfarth's International Dispute Resolution Group.  In addition to her international arbitration practice, Ms. Farabow regularly engages in the negotiation and drafting of contracts for Fortune 500 owners and a variety of contractors.  Much of Ms. Farabow’s practice is devoted to counseling clients on domestic and international procurement issues, contract administration, claims, insurance, risk management and dispute avoidance.  She has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating agreements with owners, contractors and designers on a wide variety of projects, including industrial plants, hotel development and renovations, condominium-hotels, resorts, multi-family housing, residential condominiums, high-rise office buildings, educational facilities, airports, light and heavy rail mass transit systems, bridges, military barracks, power plants and wastewater treatment plants.  Ms. Farabow also drafts joint venture agreements, teaming agreements, subcontracts and proposals in connection with procurements administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USAID, and GSA.  Projects abroad encompass the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Through her appointment to the Documents Committee of the Construction Owners Association of America, Inc., Ms. Farabow serves on the Contract Content Advisory Board for the new suite of model construction contracts known as ConsensusDOCS.  Ms. Farabow also was a contributor to the ConsensusDOCS’ accompanying Guidebook, which provides commentary and recommendations on use of the documents.  She has authored numerous construction law articles and lectured on a myriad of construction and international law topics.

Ms. Farabow has substantial jury and bench trial experience in federal and state courts.  In addition, she has successfully mediated and arbitrated disputes involving complex construction projects and commercial contracts.  These include domestic alternative dispute resolution proceedings as well as international arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association and other tribunals. 

Ms. Farabow is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s national construction practice.  For 26 years, she has been practicing international and U.S. contract law at Seyfarth and is recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer.

Ms. Farabow also is the Leader of Seyfarth's International Dispute Resolution Group.  In addition to her international arbitration practice, Ms. Farabow regularly engages in the negotiation and drafting of contracts for Fortune 500 owners and a variety of contractors.  Much of Ms. Farabow’s practice is devoted to counseling clients on domestic and international procurement issues, contract administration, claims, insurance, risk management and dispute avoidance.  She has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating agreements with owners, contractors and designers on a wide variety of projects, including industrial plants, hotel development and renovations, condominium-hotels, resorts, multi-family housing, residential condominiums, high-rise office buildings, educational facilities, airports, light and heavy rail mass transit systems, bridges, military barracks, power plants and wastewater treatment plants.  Ms. Farabow also drafts joint venture agreements, teaming agreements, subcontracts and proposals in connection with procurements administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USAID, and GSA.  Projects abroad encompass the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Through her appointment to the Documents Committee of the Construction Owners Association of America, Inc., Ms. Farabow serves on the Contract Content Advisory Board for the new suite of model construction contracts known as ConsensusDOCS.  Ms. Farabow also was a contributor to the ConsensusDOCS’ accompanying Guidebook, which provides commentary and recommendations on use of the documents.  She has authored numerous construction law articles and lectured on a myriad of construction and international law topics.

Ms. Farabow has substantial jury and bench trial experience in federal and state courts.  In addition, she has successfully mediated and arbitrated disputes involving complex construction projects and commercial contracts.  These include domestic alternative dispute resolution proceedings as well as international arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association and other tribunals. 

Education

  • LL.M., International & Comparative Law, Georgetown University, with distinction

  • J.D., The College of William and Mary School of Law
    American Jurisprudence Award for Appellate Advocacy; National Moot Court Team; Order of the Barristers
  • B.S., Virginia Tech

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (International Procurement Committee)
  • American Society of International Law (Past Co-Chair, Women in International Law Interest Group)
  • ArbitralWomen
  • Associated General Contractors of America (International Procurement Committee)
  • Atlanta International Arbitration Society
  • Construction Owners Association of America, Inc. (Documents Committee)
  • International Bar Association (International Construction Projects Committee)
  • United States Council for International Business
  • Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia (Volunteer Track Coach)

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Building Energy Projects: How to Negotiate the Successful Construction Agreement in the Energy Industry,” International Bar Association’s Biennial Conference (New York City, NY; April 17-20, 2016)
  • Speaker, “International Construction Projects: Contract Management,” Federal Publications Inc., Arlington, VA (Oct. 2012)
  • Speaker, “ConsensusDOCS: Shifting Paradigms Through Collaborative Contracting,” COAA Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Spring Workshop, Baltimore, MD, (April 4, 2008)
  • Speaker, “More Tools for the Toolbox: Choices Abound in the Year of the Contract Document—ConsensusDOCS Presentation,” Construction Owners Association of America, Inc.’s Fall Leadership Conference (Las Vegas, NV, Nov. 14-17, 2007)
  • Speaker, “Legal Issues Workshop,” Construction Owners Association of America, Inc.’s Spring Leadership Conference (New Orleans, May 11, 2007)
  • Guest Lecturer, “Structuring and Financing Foreign Investments,” Georgetown University Law Center, Graduate Law Program (Summer 1999 and 2000)
  • "Analyzing Contracts and Legal Issues,” Construction Owners Association of America, Inc.’s Spring Leadership Conference, New Orleans, LA (May 11, 2007)
  • Guest Lecturer, “Structuring and Financing Foreign Investments,” Georgetown University Law Center, Graduate Law Program (Summer 1999 and 2000)
  • Lecturer, “Analyzing Construction Contracts,” Presentation to World Bank Chinese Delegation, Washington, D.C. (April 1999)
  • Guest Lecturer, “International Construction Contracting,” University of Baltimore School of Law (Spring 1997 and 1999)
  • Speaker, “Practical International Construction Contracting,” Federal Publications Inc., Washington, D.C. and San Diego, CA (October 1997 and 1998)
  • “Drafting Effective Construction Contracts,” Federal Publications Inc., Washington, D.C. (November 1997)

Publications

  • Contributing Author, "Contracting for International Construction Work," Construction Law Handbook Cumulative Supplement, Chapter 41 (2015)
  • Contributing Author, “Emerging Trends in International Arbitration,” Strategies for International Arbitration: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Arbitrations in a Global Climate, published by Thomson Reuters Westlaw (2012)
  • Interviewed, “Legal Selection - Why, When and Who?,” Owners Perspective Magazine, Construction Owners Association of America (September 2010)
  • Contributing Author, “ConsensusDOCS Guidebook,” ConsensusDOCS (April 2008)
  • Profiled, Owners Perspective Magazine, Construction Owners Association of America (2008)
  • “Subcentral Governments: An Expanding U.S.-EU Market Under the 1994 GATT Agreement on Government Procurement,” excerpted in the Construction Business Review (March/April 1995)
  • “Accord and Satisfaction: Beware of Checks Containing Restrictive Language,” Brick & Block (Winter 1993)
  • “Virginia Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies Liquidated Damages Clause,” Corridor Real Estate Journal (September 3, 1993)
  • “Maryland MBE Program: Grand Jury Report on Minority ‘Front’ Companies Signals State’s Intent to Prosecute Abusers,” Corridor Real Estate Journal (September 4, 1992)
  • “U.S. Contractors in Eastern Europe: A Case History,” Construction Business Review (March/April 1992)