Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino (VLMG)

Rae D. Mueller


Rae Mueller is an associate in VLMG’s Tysons Corner office. Rae focuses her practice on construction litigation, surety, and government contracts.  Rae concentrates on complex litigation, representing design professionals, general contractors, and subcontractors across a range of public and private power, infrastructure, and commercial projects in the United States and abroad.  Rae has extensive experience with both the discovery and pre-trial motion phases of litigation, from e-discovery and depositions through dispositive motions practice.  Rae has represented clients in domestic and international arbitration, as well as in litigation in federal and state courts across the United States.

Prior to joining VLMG, Rae clerked for the Honorable David S. Schell of the 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia in Fairfax, Virginia.  During law school, Rae served as a law clerk for the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia, and interned for both the United Nations and the Charlottesville Albemarle Office of the Public Defender. 

While earning her law degree at Washington and Lee University School of Law, Rae was selected as a Burks Scholar and taught a course on legal research and writing in that capacity.  Rae also served as Article Editor for the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice.  Rae is a current member of the Washington and Lee Law Young Alumni Council.


  • Currently representing EPC contractor in dispute with subcontractor on coal fired power plant in South America in case pending before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • Defended client in federal court jury action regarding the design and construction of a major port facility in Florida, with damages sought in excess of $120 million against client and ultimately settled for one half of one percent of that amount.
  • Represented EPC contractor in Superior Court of New Jersey in dispute with owner on natural gas fired combined cycle power plant project, resulting in favorable confidential settlement prior to trial.
  • Represented contractor on appeal of $12 million good faith and fair dealing claim against the federal government before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Represented EPC contractor in dispute with mechanical subcontractor on solar power plant project in case before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the global component of the American Arbitration Association.


  • Co-Author: Chapter 3, Design-Build Contracting With the Federal Government, in Wolters Kluwer, 2019 Construction Law Update.
  • Co-Author: Chapter 25, Federal Government Construction Contracts Outside the United States, in Forum on Construction Law, American Bar Association, Federal Government Construction Contracts (3d ed. 2017).
  • Co-Author: "D.C. Circuit Court Reaffirms Protections Afforded to Government Construction Contractor's Internal Investigation," Government Construction, Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2016.
  • Author: “Putting Metcalf to Good Use: Recent Federal Court Applications of the Federal Circuit's Metcalf Decision on the Issue of Good Faith and Fair Dealing,” Government Construction, Volume 1, Issue 4, December 2015.

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