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Chambers 2013 Ranks Smith Pachter McWhorter and its Members among the top Construction and Government Contract Firms


Chambers 2013 has ranked Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC amongst the Top Tiers Nationwide for Government Contracts and Construction law.   Chambers identifies America’s leading lawyers as the best in their fields by their peers and clients.

Chambers describes Smith Pachter McWhorter ‘s Government Contracts practice as “a regular competitor on the government contracts circuit…with a strong focus on bid protests and litigation matters. The group has strong ties to the construction industry, and also represents clients from the defense, food and information technology sectors, among others.”

Smith Pachter McWhorter’s Construction practice is described as “acclaimed for its high-quality representation of contractors at all stages of the construction process…particularly noted for its strengths in advising clients on significant federal government-funded projects.”

Chambers notes that it conducts intensive, continuous research to identify the world’s leading lawyers and law firms – those who perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients.  The process, which extends over several months, includes written submissions, personal interviews, client feedback and peer assessment.

According to Chambers sources, "Smith Pachter McWhorter is a premier boutique in this area - the group is very capable" and that the "terrific" John Pachter is"very knowledgeable and well respected - you can rely on him." Pachter's bid protest experience has seen him litigate before the Boards of Contract Appeals, the US Federal Claims Court and the GAO.

Chambers also states that the firm's "clients are thrilled with Gregory Smith's skill in costs matters:" "I consider him to be the person for cost accounting issues. This can be a minefield for businesses, and our team holds the cost accounting work he does for us in really high regard." 

Overal six Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC attorneys were identified as leaders in their areas of practice based on an extensive survey of clients and peers.  These attorney's were ranked nationwide and for Virgina as follows: 


  • John Pachter (Band 2)
  • Mr. Pachter is described as"hugely experienced and highly recommended by peers. "His government contracts practice covers all forms of litigation and bid protests.  "He is a terrific lawyer; I have a great deal of respect for him," said one market commentator.


  • Brian Vella (Band 1)
  • Mr. Vella is described as "highly capable" for his focus on "advising contractors and owners on a range of construction-related disputes. He also counsels clients on contractual matters and risk analysis."
  • Mark E Hanson (Band 3)
  • Mr. Hanson is noted for his representation of contractors, owners, subcontractors, sureties and design professionals in litigation and arbitration matters.
  • Richard F Smith (Band S)
  • Mr. Smith is described as a "much sought-after mediator and arbitrator. " According to Chambers, sources single out his "integrity and fair-minded approach."
  • Val S McWhorter (Band 1)
  • Mr. McWhorter is praised as "highly commended by sources for his pragmatic and strategic approach to matters. He has an enviable track record in large-scale litigation."