Tysons Corner Office
8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 900
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 847-6300
Fax: (703) 847-6312
Mr. Vella’s practice is concentrated on heavy construction and commercial construction matters. For over 30 years, Mr. Vella has represented contractors, engineers and owners in construction related disputes, including matters involving defective specifications, differing site conditions, variations in estimated quantities, design changes, constructive changes, mechanics liens, payment and performance bond disputes, contract interpretation issues, payment disputes, insurance and warranty issues; acceleration, delay, and inefficiency claims; and schedule and costs analysis of contractor claims.
In addition to representing parties in litigation, arbitration and mediation, Mr. Vella counsels clients regarding contract formation and interpretation issues, and in developing strategies for risk analysis and avoidance. In matters involving construction disputes, Mr. Vella has extensive experience in factual analysis; claim organization, preparation and presentation; work with engineering and design consultants, technical experts, scheduling experts, and cost and pricing experts.
University of Louisville (J.D., 1984; Deans List;
Law Review, Articles Editor; Moot Court Board, President)
University of Mary Washington (B.A., 1980)
Commonwealth of Virginia, 1984
District of Columbia, 2016
Virginia Supreme Court and Virginia Court of Appeals; Law Clerk, 1984-1986
Lewis, Mitchell, & Moore; 1986-1987
Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC; 1987-present
Virginia State Bar (Board of Governors of Construction Law and Public Contracts Section;
American Bar Association (Member, Public Contract Law Section)
Associated General Contractors of America (Member, Corps of Engineers Committee)
Co-Author: Subcontractor Remedies (Briefing Papers, 1988 Revision Note, Federal Publications, Inc., Vol. 7, 1985-1987)
Recent State Court Decisions (Virginia State Bar Association, Construction Law and Public Contracts Newsletter)
American Bar Association Contractors’ Law Survey, District of Columbia Chapter
District of Columbia Chapter (American Bar Association, A State-By-State Guide to Construction and Design Law)
Guest Lecturer: Construction Law; University of Virginia School of Law, 2014-2016
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