David Wise


David Wise is a partner of the firm. He focuses his practice in the areas of construction law and defects in complex construction disputes throughout the Nation. As a litigator and a licensed professional engineer, Mr. Wise uses his engineering background to quickly evaluate and address the complex and technical issues that arise in construction disputes. He has represented homeowners, commercial owners, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers, and sureties in construction disputes. His engineering and legal experience are particularly helpful to prepare and resolve construction claims, including claims for impact and delay, acceleration, defective specifications, differing site conditions, change orders, and extra work. Mr. Wise also assists clients in resolving construction defect claims, including water intrusion, toxic mold, and insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Wise also lectures on construction related topics. Before forming his own firm, Mr. Wise was an Associate at Braude & Margulies, P.C., a nationally recognized boutique construction law firm, and at Spriggs Hollingsworth, both located in Washington, DC. In 1994, Mr. Wise started his own practice, and in 2005, he formed his current firm.

Professional License

Professional Civil Engineer, California, 1989

Professional Activities

District of Columbia Bar
California State Bar
Maryland State Bar
Virginia State Bar (member, Construction Law Section)
American Bar Association (member, Forum Committee on Construction Industry and Litigation Section)
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Nevada State Bar


University of San Diego School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1989
University of Nevada, Reno, B.S. in Civil Engineering, 1985. Member-Tau Beta Pi

Publications & Seminars

“Economic Loss Rule,” Construction Briefings, 2nd Series No. 95-7, Federal Publications
Construction Seminars, 2008

Areas of practice

  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defects
  • Building Code Violations
  • Defective Design
  • Class Actions involving Construction Defects and Defective Building Products
  • Government Contracts
  • Contract Disputes
  • Toxic Mold

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Virginia, 1989
  • California, 1990
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • Maryland, 2003
  • Nevada, 2008
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1990
  • Federal Circuit, 1990
  • District of Columbia Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 2005
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1994


  • The District of Columbia Bar;
    Maryland State and American Bar Associations.

Professional Activities

  • Nevada State Bar

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