Charles Asmar counsels clients in all aspects of the development (including acquisitions, dispositions and government leases), government contracts, and design and construction processes for both public and private projects. He represents owners (private and public), developers, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, sureties, and suppliers. He has been involved in a wide variety of large, complex projects, including commercial and governmental office buildings, embassies, private and public schools, hospitals, airports, large-scale residential, condominiums, water treatment facilities, utility work and roads and highways.
Mr. Asmar advises project owners and developers in bid solicitation, award, pre-construction services and prepares fully integrated project delivery documentation for the design and construction processes. He advises on the advantages and risks of various project delivery methods, including general contracting, design build, multiple prime, and construction management. His practice includes oversight and advice relating to all contract administration issues, claims development and defenses (including design defects and delay and labor impacts), mechanic’s lien and bond claims and defenses, and government contract issues.
Mr. Asmar’s alternative dispute resolution and litigation practice includes construction, government contracts, suretyship, real estate transactions and insurance. Mr. Asmar has been lead counsel in multiple complex design, construction, insurance, and surety-related disputes in federal and state courts, state and Federal Boards of Contract Appeals, and in arbitrations and mediations.
Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Asmar, a native Washingtonian, was a mechanical contractor in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He graduated from the University of Vermont and received his law degree from the Columbus School of Law, the Catholic University of America. Mr. Asmar is a member of the state bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland, and he is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Federal Claims, the Federal Boards of Contract Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal and Fourth Circuits.
Mr. Asmar is a Co-Chair of DCBIA’s Construction Committee and former Chairman of the Washington Building Congress (2011). He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry, the DC Preservation League and the MD State Bar Association. Mr. Asmar has held a Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV rating of (5.0) for over 10 years, he has been listed in Chambers and Partners Leading Lawyers as one of the top construction lawyers in the District of Columbia (2008-2014), and has been selected as a Washington, DC Super Lawyer in the fields of construction litigation, government contracts and government/ cities municipalities (2008-2014). He is also ranked by his peers to be among the top 5% of construction lawyers in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He has prepared numerous articles on construction law and lectured for Federal Publications, Inc. and various design and construction related associations.