Stephan (“Hobie”) F. Andrews

Hobie is a partner with Vandeventer Black and concentrates his practice in the fields of construction law, professional liability, regulatory services and intellectual property. He represents accountants, architects, engineers, project owners, contractors, and liability carriers in a variety of construction, professional liability, insurance coverage, employment and contract disputes, as well as in other matters. Hobie’s practice is national in scope and includes mediation, arbitration, and litigation in state and federal courts.

Hobie practiced engineering for four years after earning his Civil Engineering degree. He served on the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar Construction Law Section and is a frequent lecturer on liability and risk management issues unique to architects, engineers, contractors, and accountants. Hobie has been recognized in Chambers USA as a “strong player” and “especially knowledgeable in construction claims involving engineers, architects and other design professionals,” and as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” among construction lawyers and among litigators by Virginia Business magazine,.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers In America in the fields of Construction Law and Litigation – Construction, and has been identified as a “Virginia Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics magazine. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Center for Architecture Foundation and, in recognition of significant and exemplary contributions to the profession of architecture, was awarded honorary memberships in AIA Virginia and AIA Richmond. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Hobie helps teach the Construction Law class at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Hobie’s notable engagements include judgments for the defense in a $60 million action against an accounting firm alleging fraud, conspiracy and interference with business expectancy, and a $51 million action against another accounting firm alleging statutory and common law conspiracy and aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty; a wrongful death action against an engineering firm arising from construction administration duties; an action against an architect for tortious interference with a construction contract; an action against an engineer involving a sick building syndrome claim; a failure to warn action against an international manufacturer based on the Medical Device Amendments and federal preemption; serving as counsel for the design team on Washington, DC’s then-largest public construction project.


Representative Matters

  • Judgment for defense in a $60 million claim against an accounting firm alleging fraud, conspiracy and interference with business expectancy.
  • Judgment for defense in action against an engineer on an indoor air quality/sick building syndrome claim.
  • Judgment for defense in action against an architect for tortious interference with a construction contract.
  • Judgment for defense in action against engineer alleging deficient design for failed mining impoundment.
  • Judgment for defense in a failure to warn action against a medical device manufacturer based on federal preemption.