Robert Pratt maintains a diverse practice both as a litigator and as a client counselor. He has experience in government contracts, construction litigation, and insurance recovery. He has appeared in both federal and state courts and has represented clients in actions of all sizes. Mr. Pratt has also performed significant pro bono work, including the successful representation of clients seeking asylum in the United States and the victims of a mortgage modification scam in Virginia.

Robert Pratt is a dedicated client counselor and litigator with more than 10 years of government contracts and construction litigation experience.  He represents contractors in the public procurement process at the federal, state, and local level and property owners and contractors in state and federal court, as well as the Court of Federal Claims, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.

Robert advises clients on procurement issues at all stages of the process, including: solicitation review, proposal preparation, bid protests, project administration, preparation of requests for equitable adjustment and claims, and litigation.  He advises property owners and contractors regarding all aspects of the construction process, including drafting contracts, project administration, critical path analysis, licensing, compliance, claims, and litigation.

Robert has represented:

  • The owner of an apartment complex in an $11 million construction defect case. The owner was the subsequent purchaser of the building and was seeking damages from the original design and construction team.  Robert ultimately successfully negotiated an almost $9 million settlement at mediation prior to a single deposition being taken.
  • A general contractor with $26 million in claims at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.  Robert negotiated a large recovery for all direct cost claims prior to discovery.
  • A federal contractor in the Court of Federal Claims facing a $47 million False Claim Act claim by the Department of Justice. Robert successfully defended against the FCA claim and negotiated a six-figure payment to the contractor as a result of government spoliation of evidence.
  • A general contractor with over $1 million in change order claims against the owner of a commercial building in Washington, D.C.  The project was stalled and subcontractors were threatening lawsuits.  Robert negotiated a resolution of the outstanding claims that avoided litigation and allowed the project to continue.
  • A door and window installer who performs work in jurisdictions throughout the mid-atlantic.  Robert handles litigation, licensing, and compliance matters for the company.

Mr. Pratt graduated from The George Washington University Law School with Highest Honors, where he was a member of the International Law Review and Moot Court Board. While there, he won top awards in oral advocacy and civil procedure. Mr. Pratt is admitted to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland.

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