Philip R. Croessmann

Philip R. Croessmann

Croessmann & Westberg, PC
  • Environmental Law, Insurance Claims, Real Estate Law ...
  • District of Columbia, New York, Virginia, Washington
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Mr. Croessmann is a senior partner at Croessmann & Westberg, P.C. He has more than 30 years of experience in private practice, representing architects, engineers, contractors and owners in all aspects of their business. He has been involved in every stage of risk management, from drafting and negotiating contracts, setting-up record keeping procedures, project accounting, FAR compliance, scheduling and mapping out overall strategies for claim management. He has also advised many A/E firms and contractors on their business including ownership transition, M&A, and business strategies.

Mr. Croessmann serves as Outside General Counsel for several companies including MWH Constructors, an international company with over $500M in revenues, where he is a member of the C-Suite. He advises business on how to manage their growth from the $100M range to over $500M. His areas of knowledge include corporate governance, risk management and regulatory compliance.

Previously, Mr. Croessmann served as a lobbyist and deputy general counsel for the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC.

Representative Cases:
1. Negotiated a Construction Management at Risk contract with a public agency for construction of a 100 million dollar Water Treatment Plant in Florida.
2. Prepared and assisted in negotiating several claims and change orders under a design build contract on an 87 million dollar modernization of a waste water treatment plant in Tacoma Washington.
3. Drafted and pursued a delay and inefficiency claim against the Maryland State Transportation Authority.
4. Defended an architect in a claim involving the observation tower on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Washington D.C.
5. Defended a structural engineer in a claim by the Argentine Navy for settlement damage caused by sheeting and shoring system in Washington D.C.
6. Successfully defended a Securities Fraud case in U.S. District Court and the subsequent appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeal.

Practice Areas
    Environmental Law
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
Additional Practice Area
  • Insurance Bad Faith
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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New York
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Virginia State Bar
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Senior Partner
Croessmann & Westberg
Syracuse University College of Law
J.D. | Law
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University of Oregon
B. Arch | Architecture
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Distinguished Leadership Award
AIA No. Va. Chapter
Recognition of Service to the Chapter
AIA No. Va. Chapter
Professional Associations
Washington State Bar  # 16896
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Expert Witnesses: Construction Cases, 2009 ed.
Thompson West
"Design Build", Construction Joint Ventures
Wiley Law Publications
"Ownership Transition", Design Professional's Handbook of Business and Law
Wiley Law Publications
"Partnering", Construction Joint Ventures
Wiley Law Publications
Construction Litigation Formbook
Co-Author, Wiley Law Publications
Recordkeeping Guide for Design Firms
ACEC Guidelines to Practice
Congressional Antitrust Decision Imminent
Architectural Technology
Speaking Engagements
How Design Documents can Prevent or Cause Construction Claims in Virginia, Lorman Educational Services
Profit by Design – Mergers and Acquisitions as a Strategy for Growth, Los Angeles
Profit by Design – Mergers and Acquisitions as a Strategy for Growth, National Conference
Building Codes in Virginia, Lorman Educational Services
Managing the Risks of Design and Construction Defects, National Convention
Virginia Class A Contractor’s License
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Contractors
Websites & Blogs
Philip R. Croessmann's Website Profile
Croessmann & Westberg Website
Contact & Map
Croessmann & Westberg
8000 Towers Crescent Dr
Vienna, VA 22182
Telephone: (703) 483-3550