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Neil S. Lowenstein

Education
  • B.A., Virginia Military Institute
  • J.D., T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond School
Jurisdiction Licensed
  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
Professional & Community Activities
  • Virginia State Bar – Fourth Judicial Circuit Council
  • The Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Virginia Chapter – Board Member (past); Hampton Roads Leadership Committee (current); Central Virginia Management Education (current)
  • Youth Foundation Services, Virginia Beach
  • American Bar Association, Construction Industry Forum
  • Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals – General Counsel
  • Hampton Roads Utility and Heavy Contractors Association – General Counsel
  • Virginia Builds – Legal Counsel
  • Design-Build Institute of America, Hampton Roads Chapter – Board Member
Notable Accomplishments
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™
  • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2004-present)
  • Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” (2006-present)
  • Named one of the “Top Attorneys” in Hampton Roads
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®: Construction Law (2015-present); Litigation – Construction (2017-present)
  • Retired Officer, U.S. Army Reserve (Infantry / Civil Affairs)
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Construction Law (2017-present)

Neil Lowenstein is a member of the firm’s Construction and Government Contracts Law practice group. Neil has been an attorney with Vandeventer Black since 1989, during which he has focused his practice on construction law, government contract laws, suretyship and fidelity law, and alternative dispute resolution. Neil also has experience with various administrative and regulatory matters and is an experienced litigator.

In addition to Virginia, Neil is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and the District of Columbia. Neil is admitted to practice before all courts in those states, as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Fourth Circuits, the United States District Courts in Virginia, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia, as well as the Court of Federal Claims. Neil has also represented clients before various Boards of Contract Appeals, the General Accountability Office, and other administrative tribunals.

Neil is active in numerous construction trade associations, having served in various leadership positions in them. Among those are the Associated Builders and Contractors, Virginia Chapter, the Associated General Contractors of Virginia, the Design-Build Institute of America, Hampton Roads Chapter, the Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals, Virginia Builds, the Hampton Roads Utility and Heavy Contractors Association, and the National Utility Contractors Association.

His experiences with those associations in helping to shape industry standards, practices, training, and collegial relationships, his hands-on construction industry experiences, his regulatory experiences, and his prior military and leadership training all help Neil provide unique advice and insights helping clients recognize and resolve problems and, otherwise, meaningfully address their legal needs.

Neil regularly litigates matters in a variety of courts before judges and juries, while also having extensive arbitration and other alternative disputes resolution experience. Neil has arbitrated complex construction disputes before multi- arbitrator panels and single panelists and helped develop streamlined arbitration procedures to expedite and reduce the costs of hearings. Neil is also an experienced negotiator who has received mediation training, taught negotiation classes, and regularly uses his training and experience to facilitate win-win dispute solutions.

Representative Matters
  • Prepared, negotiated and prosecuted multiple project adjustment claims on behalf of contractors and subcontractors. Example includes +$20M delay and extra work claim for design deficiencies and change directives.
  • Prepared, negotiated and prosecuted multiple contract adjustment claims on behalf of general contractors against other project owners, and have similarly defended multiple defective/deficient/delayed work claims by owners against general contractors. Example includes +$3M claim against developer for delays and extra work directives for subdivision sitework and utilities.
  • Prepared, negotiated and prosecuted multiple subcontract adjustment claims on behalf of subcontractors against general contractors, and have similarly defended multiple defective/deficient/delayed work claims by contractors against subcontractors. Example includes defense of +$1M wrongful termination and associated prosecution of contractor’s excess completion costs against subcontractor.
  • Prosecuted and defended claims against and by project suppliers regarding material furnished by them for various construction projects. Example includes defense of +$1M metal building defect claim.
  • Prepared and pursued multiple federal, state and local bid protests for bidders and offerors. Example includes GAO protest of award to another contractor with respect to improper technical tradeoff decisions made by awarding agency.
  • Evaluation and negotiation of completion, takeover, and other triparty agreements for multi-million, multiple-project defaults by contractor, including negotiations of subcontractor ratification agreements, and then address of financing and indemnity matters for bonding surety.
News
Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black Attorneys Make Major Showing in Best Lawyers in America
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When Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black (WRVB) began operating as a merged firm in July 2022, the combined strength of the two prestigious law firms created a regional powerhouse. When announcing the firms’ intent to merge, Daniel Summerlin, WRVB President said, “[We] look forward to bringing our collective talent and a ...
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Attorneys Selected for the 2022 Virginia Super Lawyers List
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Vandeventer Black attorneys were selected to be included on the 2022 Virginia Super Lawyers list by Thomson Reuters. This rating service considers attorneys from over 70 practice areas nominated based on professional accomplishments and peer recognition. Attorneys from the Norfolk and Richmond offices received the Super Lawyers acknowledgment: Christopher Ambrosio, ...
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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia
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Attorneys from the Norfolk-based business and litigation law firm, Vandeventer Black, have been recognized as Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia for 2022. This distinction is a peer-rated nomination given to those lawyers who exemplify excellence in their specialty. “We feel very proud of our legal team accomplishments for the high ...
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Emergency Action Plans
/ Construction
An Effective, and Necessary, Collaborative Tool for Job Site Safety As Construction Safety Week 2002 wanes, we want to discuss emergency action planning. OSHA requires formalized Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for all employers. For companies with more than 10 employees, the EAP must be written; but companies with fewer than ...
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Heat Protection Awareness: It’s starting to get hot again in many places and in other places heat is a constant issue
/ Construction
As part of Vandeventer Black’s participation in Construction Safety Week 2022, and with heat increasing in many places (or staying hot in others), we wanted to remind those in the industry of the importance of heat-related illness prevention, training, and supervision. It remains important for construction companies to have a ...
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Construction Industry Safety Awareness
/ Construction
According to 2020 OSHA data, there were 976 construction-related fatalities. Of those 88 fatalities included construction supervisors, making it clear that safety awareness is critical for everyone on a project site and not just for tradespersons. In total, OSHA reports that about 20% of all worker fatalities were in the ...
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