The firm was founded in 1995 by William Huddles and Roger Jones. Their vision was to build a practice dedicated exclusively to serving clients in the construction industry. As part of their vision, Mr. Huddles and Mr. Jones were determined that the firm would hire attorneys who had also developed expertise in the construction field. Over 20 years later, the vision remains and the legacy of the firm is well established.
The construction lawyers at Huddles Jones Sorteberg & Dachille, PC are admitted to practice in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia; the United States District Court for the District of Maryland; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; the United States Court of Federal Claims; the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States. They have also been specially admitted to handle matters in many other jurisdictions in the United States, and regularly litigate before construction arbitrators and various Federal, State and Local administrative tribunals and appeal boards.
What our clients typically desire more than anything else is to have their legal issues resolved as successfully and cost effectively as possible so they can get back to business as usual. However, construction is often quite complex, both technically and in its business relationships. In addition, the law is multifaceted - involving many different general bodies of law applied to industry-specific problems, and there are many different particular laws that specifically govern or apply to the construction process. It is this understanding that not only defines our practice but is also the foundation of our mission: To enable high quality representation, we choose to limit our practice to construction law and apply the expertise developed through decades of a specifically focused practice to guide clients through their construction-related legal matters successfully, efficiently and cost effectively.
With that commitment, the firm handles a myriad of matters each year for and against general contractors, construction managers, design builders, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers, owners, lenders, sureties, and insurance carriers. In doing so, the firm provides all types of services to its construction clients, including: providing advice and counsel on construction-related legal issues; drafting, negotiating and reviewing the contracts governing the various business relationships that arise as a part the construction process; analysis, preparation, prosecution and/or defense of claims that can arise in construction; the negotiation and resolution of such claims and other related disputes; mediations; arbitrations; litigation in both federal and state courts as well as the trial and appellate levels; and bid protests resulting from federal, state and local government procurements.
IN 2005, THE FIRM BECAME KNOWN AS HUDDLES JONES SORTEBERG & DACHILLE, PC.
Ken Sorteberg, both a construction attorney and a civil engineer, has been with the firm since its inception in 1995. Mr. Sorteberg became a principal with the firm in 1996, and he is now a senior principal. Mr. Sorteberg concentrates his practice in the areas of construction and government contract law and litigation and frequently serves as Mediator and as Arbitrator of construction disputes. He serves on the roster of neutrals for the American Arbitration Association and by appointment as Mediator for several Circuit Courts of Maryland.
Mark Dachille joined the firm in 2000, bringing with him an extensive construction law background. Since 1986, Mark has focused his practice exclusively on construction law, government contract law, and the resolution of disputes for clients involved in the construction industry. He has successfully handled a myriad of legal matters for, against and involving general contractors, construction managers, design builders, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers, owners, lenders, sureties, and insurance carriers. Mr. Dachille is involved in all aspects of the firm’s practice. He is a senior principal and a Vice President.
BY 2005, THE PRACTICE HAD ALSO ADDED THREE ADDITIONAL ATTORNEYS: NICOLE CAMPBELL, AND LUCAS WEBSTER.
Nicole Campbell came to the firm as a seasoned commercial litigator, having practiced for six years with Piper Rudnick LLP in Baltimore. With a family history in construction and extensive litigation experience, Ms. Campbell quickly adapted those skills to her new found interest – a practice dedicated exclusively to construction law and government contract law. Ms. Campbell has been with the firm since 2005, where she has focused her practice upon the resolution of construction disputes for general contractors and subcontractors, suppliers, and owners, both locally and around the country, on private and government construction projects. In 2010 she became a principal and an officer in the firm.
Lucas Webster joined the firm in 2005 with six years of previous experience representing construction clients in a variety of matters including construction defect litigation and other civil litigation actions. Since joining the firm, Mr. Webster has represented a variety of entities at all levels of the commercial construction industry, ranging from equipment suppliers and vendors, specialty trade subcontractors, heavy construction subcontractors, general contractors and owners. In 2010 he became a principal and an officer in the firm.
Joseph Katz joined the firm in 2007. Kevin Mattingly joined the firm in 2016. Both came to the firm with prior experience practicing construction law and government contract law. Mr. Katz and Mr. Mattingly continue to expand their practice, handling many types of construction and government contract matters for a variety of clients.
Our Attorneys Are Construction Lawyers With Over A Century Of Industry Experience
Construction Law involves the unique application of many different general bodies of law to the industry specific issues and problems that arise in connection with the construction process and its varied business relationships; the many different particular laws that specifically govern the construction process; and the laws and legal principles that apply to and in connection with the various types of businesses and professions that are part of and serve the construction industry.
A substantial portion of the construction work in the Mid-Atlantic Region is undertaken by the Federal, State and Local Governments. “Public sector” construction projects involve and are governed by unique and particular laws, legal principles, and legal procedures. As a full service construction law firm, our construction law practice includes, and our construction attorneys have extensive experience with, Government Contract Law.
Given the complexities and vagaries of both the construction process and the business relationships that are involved in construction projects, it is inevitable that problems will occur and disputes will arise out of some of those problems. Our mission is to solve client problems and, when necessary, to guide our clients through their disputes as successfully, productively and cost effectively as possible. Therefore, our attorneys are trained and experienced in all types of dispute resolution.