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mdingman@reedsmith.com

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Michael is Co-Chair of the firm's Construction & Engineering Team and is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Litigation team. His practice focuses on representation of all entities in the construction and real estate industries including Owner/Developers, General Contractors and Subcontractors. Mike has substantial experience in the preparation and negotiation of construction and design contracts for a variety of commercial and residential projects including office buildings, hotels, manufacturing facilities, condominiums, data centers, hospitals, elder care facilities, mixed use developments and condominiums. Mike has significant experience in litigating construction defects claims, including design errors, on behalf of Owners and Contractors. This litigation experience includes cases involving water intrusion and mold claims. Mike also has significant experience in general commercial civil litigation, in both federal and state courts, and in arbitrations and mediations, with substantial experience in construction-related litigation, real property disputes - including title claims, restrictive covenants, easements, condemnations, and real property tax assessments - and business-related litigation such as breach of contract, fraud and related unfair competition torts. Mike has significant experience representing property owners in Fair Housing Act and ADA cases, including HUD investigations. Mike has significant appellant experience as well with the Virginia Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mike also has experience in landlord/tenant litigation and land-use related litigation such as partition suits.

Credentials

  • George Mason University School of Law, 1989, J.D., with distinction
  • College of William & Mary, 1986, B.A.

  • Virginia

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Virginia
  • State Supreme Court - Virginia

  • Christian Legal Society
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar - Construction Law Section

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected to the Virginia Business Legal Elite list for construction law (2016)
  • Selected to the Virginia Super Lawyers list for construction litigation (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Selected by his peers and the publishers of Legal Elite as one of Virginia's best "Construction" attorneys (2008 and 2016)
  • Named one of Virginia's 2010 Leaders in the Law for work in the construction industry and for community service
  • Selected by his peers and the publishers of Legal Elite as one of Virginia's best "Legal Services/Pro Bono" attorneys for 2009-2010
  • Mike was awarded the 2008 James Keith Award by the Fairfax Bar Association for his pro bono work. This is an award given annually by the Fairfax Bar Association as a “lifetime achievement” award for pro bono work. Mike is currently a regional pro bono coordinator for Reed Smith work in this field.