Reginald “Reggie” Williamson focuses his practice on all issues facing clients in construction, infrastructure and government contracts, from dispute resolution to dispute avoidance through effective front end contract negotiations and real-time claims management. Mr. Williamson has represented U.S. and international clients at every tier in the construction industry, including private and public owners, general contractors, EPC contractors, design-build and turnkey developers, architects and engineers, and subcontractors in a variety of construction trades.
Representative projects have included hospitals, hydroelectric projects, water and wastewater infrastructure developments, manufacturing projects, rail and road infrastructure, and energy projects including oil and gas production and distribution, coal power, and clean energies (wind, solar, and biofuels).
He has represented private and public owners, developers, architects, engineering firms, general contractors, and subcontractors in drafting and negotiating construction contract documents, design, engineering and consulting agreements (including FEED agreements), and construction management agreements.
Mr. Williamson has resolved disputes in a variety of forum, including state and federal litigation, AAA, JAMS and ICC arbitration, and the prosecution of federal government contracting claims before the GAO, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims and the Federal Circuit. Mr. Williamson also has prosecuted or intervened in numerous bid protests for public contracts at the federal, state and local level.
Representative matters include:
- Representing a joint venture of two of the country’s largest general contractors before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, which held the client could stop work on a $1.75 billion hospital project because of the Government’s material breach of the contract. Kiewit-Turner, A Joint Venture v. Dep't of Veterans Affairs CBCA No. 3450, 15-1 B.C.A. ¶ 35820 (Dec. 9, 2014);
- Representing a general contractor on a government contracts claim before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, including successfully arguing the claim on appeal before the Federal Circuit. Reliable Contracting Grp., LLC v. Dep't of Veterans Affairs, 779 F.3d 1329 (Fed. Cir. 2015);
- Representing a railway logistics company in AAA arbitration over the disputed termination of a 12-year maintenance agreement with a major US railroad and defending the arbitration award to the Fifth Circuit. BNSF Ry. Co. v. Alstom Transp., Inc., 777 F.3d 785 (5th Cir. 2015);
- Defending an international consortium in ICC arbitration against a $400 million claim arising out of the design and construction of a large hydropower facility in Panama;
- Representing a general contractor on its claims against performance and payment bonds arising out the default of an electrical subcontractor, including serving as first chair in a jury trial in Georgia state court following remand by the Georgia Court of Appeals in Choate Constr. Co. v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co., 318 Ga. App. 682, 736 S.E.2d 443 (2012), resulting in a substantial jury verdict in favor of the general contractor;
- Representing a general contractor first chair in AAA arbitration against a defaulted concrete subcontractor and its performance and payment bond sureties on two projects, resulting in a substantial award in favor of the general contractor;
- Representing a general contractor on a large electrical upgrade claim before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals;
- Representing the manufacturer of innovative mobile medical units in a procurement protest and trade secret action before the Court of Federal Claims;
- Representing a Design, Build, Operate & Maintain (DBOM) contractor in a dispute arising out of the design and construction of an innovative project to convert liquefied natural gas (LNG) to compressed natural gas (CNG) / renewable natural gas (RNG);
- Representing contractors and engineering firms across the country on state professional licensing and other regulatory compliance matters.
Mr. Williamson contributes to numerous construction law journals, including the annual Construction Law Update (Aspen) and Construction Disputes: Practice Guide with Forms (Aspen).
Mr. Williamson actively supports the Firm’s commitment to pro bono representation. Mr. Williamson first-chaired a AAA arbitration pro bono on behalf of a non-profit organization that fosters at risk families and children against an architect and mechanical engineering firm over mold and humidity issues at a housing facility for the at risk children. The arbitration resulted in a significant settlement for the non-profit client.
He is currently involved, along with a consortium of law firms, in the pro bono representation of Indian welders and pipefitters illegally trafficked from India to the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Rita in the nation’s largest-ever labor trafficking lawsuit, obtaining a historic settlement valued at over $20 million as well as apologies from the perpetrators of the scheme to its victims. The consortium of cases were named by the American Lawyer as the 2015 “Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year Award” and the firms received the American Lawyer’s 2015 Grand Prize “Global Citizenship Award.” He has also undertaken numerous adoptions through the Grandparent Adoption program and litigated a variety of pro bono wage claim cases.
Before entering law school, Mr. Williamson was active in state politics, serving as a legislative aide in the Georgia State House and managing a successful re-election campaign. He remains active in the Atlanta community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Habersham Park Association and having previously served as a founding member of the Young Alumni Council for the Westminster Schools. He has also served as a mentor in the Power Lunch program through Everybody Wins.