Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino (VLMG)

Best Law Firms Ranks VLMG in 2019

» Posted November 1, 2018News

Tysons Corner, VA, United States, November 1, 2018 -- U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, for the ninth consecutive year, announce the "Best Law Firms" rankings.

Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino, LLP received the following rankings in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms":

  • National Tier 1
    • Litigation - Construction
  • Regional Tier 1
    • Washington, D.C.
      • Litigation - Construction
  • Regional Tier 2
    • San Francisco
      • Construction Law

Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino, LLP has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list nationally in 2 practice areas and regionally in 3 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2019 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2019 Edition of "Best Law Firms" includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.


About Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino, LLP

Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino, LLP (VLMG) proudly serves the specialized needs of clients in the construction and engineering industry. The construction law firm features offices in Tysons Corner, VA and San Francisco, CA with 20 seasoned construction lawyers, each of whom has deep experience serving clients in this unique legal field.

VLMG’s lawyers have represented clients on an impressive array of civil, industrial, commercial, and government projects across the United States and around the world. The firm’s attorneys offer a particularly in-depth understanding of heavy civil, energy and infrastructure projects, including power plants, petrochemical facilities, pipelines, highways and bridges, tunnels, mass transit systems, water/wastewater plants, airports, ports, and sports stadiums.  Handling matters across this spectrum of project types has enabled the attorneys at VLMG to develop substantial expertise regarding federal, state, and local government contracts and procurement.

VLMG also maintains a significant and expanding international practice, with experience handling matters across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. VLMG’s clients represent a diverse cross-section of the major players in the worldwide construction industry, and include EPC contractors, owners, developers, sureties, design professionals, and public agencies.

A significant portion of the firm’s practice focuses on front-end risk management such as contract drafting/review, subcontract preparation, compliance, insurance and project-specific training. Further, after the project commences, the firm’s attorneys also regularly provide guidance to clients during ongoing projects as issues arise.

VLMG’s attorneys are recognized as being especially capable in litigation and dispute resolution before federal and state courts and boards of contract appeals.  In the arbitration arena, VLMG is actively arbitrating over $1 billion in disputes across four continents throughout the world. 

The four name partners in VLMG – Paul Varela, Bennett Lee, Todd Metz, and Joseph Guarino – boast a total of more than 80 years in practice devoted entirely to the construction and engineering industry and have been honored for their work in respected publications such as Chambers USA, Legal 500, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers. They are joined by eight additional partners – Christopher Burke, Garrett Dillon, Brian Dugdale, Nicholas Merrell, Kirk Niemi, Michael Suga, Andrew Van Ornum, and David Wonderlick −  all of whom have 9 to 18 years of construction law experience.

VLMG was created in 2014 to meet the changing needs of high-end clients in today’s construction market.  We promote the use of cutting edge information management technology coupled with partner-level attorneys who are prepared to meet your needs from inception to conclusion.  Each attorney is expected to demonstrate deep knowledge, practical thinking, agility, value, and responsiveness. Clients in the construction industry value close working relationships with lawyers who understand their business. We will continue to nurture those relationships in a marketplace that has evolved to place increasing emphasis on a law firm’s sophistication and creativity.

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