Kathleen Barnes

Kathleen Barnes – the ideal counsel for dispute resolution

Kathy Barnes focuses primarily on counseling and dispute resolution on behalf of contractors, owners, sureties and design engineers in the planning, design and construction of projects in the United States and overseas, including power plants, commercial developments, airports, bridges, highways and tunnels. Kathy has significant experience litigating all manner of construction claims in federal and state courts, and in arbitration. She also has litigated numerous contractor claims for equitable adjustment and defended government claims for defective design and construction before the Boards of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims.

Kathleen Barnes also has an active government contracts practice and advises contractors and sureties on a variety of issues involved in government contract administration and compliance. She has litigated bid protests and government contract claims involving hazardous waste cleanup, research and development, information technology and procurement for military and other applications.


Contact Information
   +1 (703) 749 1000


  • 1989 – University of Texas at Austin – Juris Doctor
  • 1986 – Georgetown University – Bachelor of Arts

Publications & conferences

  • Speaker: “Managing the Risks Associated with the Use of Building Information Modeling on Your Projects,” Construction Management Association of America Spring Conference & Trade Show, Spring 2007
  • Panelist: “Successful ADR and Impact Analysis Tools – Settling $500 Million Claims Without Litigation,” The Contractor and Construction Manager Issues SuperConference; San Francisco, California; December 2006
  • Panelist: “Who Survives the Perfect Storm – A Reality Show in Which You are the Jury,” The Contractor and Construction Manager Issues SuperConference; San Francisco, California; December 2005
  • Panelist: “How Can the A/E both Comply with the Project Owner’s Unreasonable Demands and Avoid Liability to the Project’s Construction Contractors,” The A/E Issues Construction SuperConference; San Francisco, California; December 2004
  • Author: “Recent ASBCA Decision Allows A Takeover Surety To Recover On Its Defaulted Principal’s Pre-Takeover Claims,” From The Ground Up, Fall 2003
  • Co-Author: “Surety Liability for Contractor Deficiencies,” Construction Briefings, March 2002

Qualifications & memberships

  • Member of the Global Construction & Infrastructure Legal Alliance (GcilA)
  • American College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Public Contract Law and Tort & Insurance Practice Sections
  • District of Columbie Bar
    • Government Contracts Section
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Leadership Fairfax, Class of 2000
  • Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
  • Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association
  • National Association of Women In Construction
  • Serves on Board of Directors of Alternative House, a shelter and outreach program for abused and homeless youth
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