Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino (VLMG)

Michael M. Suga

Partner

Michael Suga has extensive experience representing contractors, subcontractors, developers, and design professionals in litigation concerning public and private construction projects.  Michael has represented clients in various state and federal courts and in ADR mediation and arbitration proceedings.  Additionally, Michael has provided advice and representation to clients during contract negotiations and during project execution in order to protect and preserve client rights, while minimizing or avoiding claims and disputes.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Successfully represented a general contractor and surety engaged in a dispute with the U.S. Corps of Engineers concerning the construction of a lock and dam project located in Arkansas. 
  • Successfully represented ENR Top 10 contractor engaged in a dispute with the project owner concerning the engineering and construction of a 600 MW petroleum coke-fired CFB power plant.
  • Successfully represented ENR Top 10 contractor engaged in a disputes with the project owners of two 1,100 Mw combined cycle power plant in Michigan and in Arizona, which resulted in separate arbitrations, both of which resulted in substantial affirmative awards for the contractor. 
  • Successfully represented a general contractor and surety concerning the construction of a new 18-story courthouse in Las Vegas, NV. The general contractor and surety obtained a Final Award of $52.7 million on their affirmative claims, and defeated nearly all of Owner Clark County's $60 million counterclaim. The award was the culmination of a 10-week arbitration hearing in Las Vegas, NV, during which Michael served as trial counsel. In addition to the recovery on the affirmative claims, the Final Award overturned the County's improper default termination claim.

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Author: "Leave Me Out of It: Practical Considerations for the Use of 'Trade-to-Trade' Dispute Provisions on Multi-Prime Projects," From the Ground Up, Summer 2005, page 6.
  • Co-Author, "Contesting and Defending Liquidated Damages Provisions," Construction Briefings, May 2005.