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Dorothy E. Terrell

Of Counsel

Tysons Corner Office
8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 900
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 847-6300
Fax: (703) 847-6312

Representative Experience
Ms. Terrell has experience in mediation, negotiation, arbitration and litigation of numerous construction, bid protest and government contract disputes in state and federal courts, and before agency Boards of Contract Appeals. She also has represented construction contractors, construction managers and subcontractors in drafting and formulation of construction contract documents, contract formation and interpretation issues; construction claims and claims preparation. Managing Partner, 2004-2006, Associate, Lewis, Mitchell & Moore, 1983-1987.


J.D., magna cum laude, Tulane Law School, 1983

  • Order of the Coif, Tulane Moot Court Board, Am Jur Award

B.S., Accounting, University of Virginia, 1977

  • Intermediate Honors, Beta Alpha Psi

Other Professional Experience

Adjunct professor in Business Law, Federal Taxation and Accounting, Northern Virginia Community College (1989-1994)

Certified Public Accountant, Virginia

Bar Admissions

Virginia State Bar
District of Columbia Bar

Professional Memberships

Associated General Contractors of America and Metro DC
Women Construction Owners & Executives (Executive Board, Member 2000 – Present)

American Bar Association: 

  • Section of Dispute Resolution (Construction Committee Co-Chair, Vice Chair, Member, 2000-present);
  • Section of Public Contract Law; Forum Committee in the Construction Industry American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Capital Hospice, Volunteer

Publications and Presentations

Author, “Termination,” Construction Claims, Changes & Dispute Resolution, Third Edition, ASCE Press, 2015.

Presenter, “Delay Damages, What’s Hot, What’s Not,” ABA Construction Forum Mid-Winter Meeting, Naples, FL, January 2013

Author, “The Proactive Approach to Project Management and Risk Retention,” Engineering News Record, September 2012

Presenter, “Past Performance in Federal Contracting,” AGC of America Advanced Federal Contracting Workshop, Washington, DC, April 2012

Presenter, “Risks and Ethical Implications of Subcontractor Relationships,” American Institute of Constructors Annual Forum, Chicago, IL, April 2010

Co-Author, “The Rise of the Performance Evaluation:  New Developments in Contractor Challenges to Adverse Evaluations Under the Contract Disputes Act,” The Procurement Lawyer, Winter 2010.

Presenter, “Ethical Issues Facing Construction Practitioners,” ABA Construction Forum Mid-Winter Meeting, San Francisco, CA, January 2010

Presenter, “Contractor Strategies for Surviving a Recession,” AGC of Washington Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, January 2010

Co-Author: “New Opportunities to Challenge Adverse Performance Evaluations on Federal Contracts,” Washington Contractor, Summer 2009

Panelist:  “Construction As Commercial Item,” Nash & Cibinic Report Roundtable, Washington, D.C., December 2008

Presenter, "Public Private Partnerships and Major Infrastructure   Construction", Construction Superconference 2006, San Francisco,   California, December 2006

Presenter, "Ramifications of U.S. Funding of Middle East   Construction", ABA Section of Public Contract Law, Construction   Division Breakfast, Chicago, August 2005

Presenter, “New Frontiers in Dispute Resolution: Prevention,   Management and ‘Real Time’ Resolution of Disputes”, ABA Section   of Dispute Resolution, Sixth Annual Conference, New York , NY,   April 2004

Presenter, "Techniques for Presenting Complex Issues in the   Limited Time Available in Mediation," ABA Section of Dispute   Resolution Fourth Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, April   2002;

Contributing Author, Mediation Strategies, "Proving and Pricing   Construction Claims, Third Edition," Aspen Publishers, Inc. 2000;

Contributing Editor, Levin, “Construction Contract Claims, Changes   & Dispute Resolution,” 2d Edition, ASCE Press 1998.