Amy Garber focuses her practice on construction and government contracts, with significant experience in litigating and arbitrating construction disputes at every level of complexity and value. Amy’s litigation practice takes her to state and federal courts in the District of Columbia, Virginia (in federal practice, mostly the “rocket docket” United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia), and Maryland, as well as before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and American Arbitration Association. Amy routinely handles matters involving mechanic’s liens, federal Miller Act payment bond claims, and state and federal procurements. In the federal government contracts realm, Amy has guided clients through the preparation of complex delay and labor inefficiency claims, some involving multiple subcontractor pass-through claims. She has considerable experience mediating construction disputes and tailoring settlement terms to best serve client needs.
In addition to active litigation, Amy routinely drafts and revises contract terms for general contracts involving commercial and large multi-family residential projects. She has negotiated on behalf of clients entering these contracts, advised them on how to negotiate the terms, and provided guidance throughout the process. Amy also provides extensive guidance to clients on crafting construction contract terms to minimize risk and to preserve through negotiation the most beneficial allocation of risk.
Amy has extensive experience in professional responsibility and legal ethics. In 2010, she served as the Senior Staff Attorney for the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility, an arm of the D.C. Court of Appeals, and now serves as a Hearing Committee Chair for attorney discipline cases in Washington, D.C.
Amy started her career as a litigator at a large D.C.-based law firm after graduating from Cornell Law School in 2008.