Joseph Colagiovanni

Section Chair - Real Estate & Construction (Firmwide) Partner

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P: +1.713.229.1751 F: +1.713.229.1522


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Joseph Colagiovanni is firmwide Co-Section Chair of the Real Estate & Construction Practice. He has more than 30 years of experience as a transactional and litigation lawyer focusing on construction, design and development matters, both in the U.S. and internationally. He has been involved in a wide variety of complex projects, including utility systems, bridges, railroads and roadways, water treatment and distribution facilities, environmental management and cleanup, large-scale commercial projects, multi-family and other and residential complexes, automobile assembly plants, industrial and manufacturing facilities, hospitals, sports arenas and convention centers, hotel and resort developments, power plants, renovation and rehabilitation of historic structures, research facilities, casinos, museums, and entertainment complexes.

During his career, he has represented clients in hundreds of development, design, engineering and construction projects (providing advice with respect to development, design, construction, consulting and related contacts, trade labor and project labor matters, insurance, intellectual property protection, land use and zoning, environmental and building code regulations, professional licensing issues and accessibility laws among other issues). He has negotiated and documented agreements for nearly $20 billion worth of design and construction. He has advised clients on matters throughout the United States and has been involved in projects located in more than 30 other countries, including China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Australia, Japan, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. He also has extensive experience in connection with insurance and risk management for project delivery approaches using partnering and has developed a proprietary and provisionally patented method for the risk management of integrated project delivery agreements.

He has represented clients in connection with numerous contested disputes, involving the prosecution and defense of claims with respect to design, development and construction issues. The cases he has handled include payment and cost overrun disputes, delay claims, construction and design defect litigation, liens, surety bond claims, condemnation and land use disputes, labor disagreements, safety citations, environmental hazards, intellectual property protection and infringement matters, regulatory compliance issues, and insurance coverage disputes. He has represented clients in all types of forums, both within and outside the U.S., including courts, arbitrations, mediations, and other alternate dispute resolution proceedings.

Joe has been a featured speaker at the national conventions of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Construction Specifications Institute and a host of other business and trade organizations. He is active in various construction and engineering business groups and trade associations. He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator.

Joe has a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Brown University and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

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