Mr. Croessmann represents numerous architectural and engineering firms, environmental consultants, insurance companies and contractors in both simple and complex litigation. He is also involved in providing a wide range of services that are tailored to the construction industry. The services include contract negotiation, government contracting, business planning, risk management, ownership transition, and mergers and acquisitions. Further, Mr. Croessmann has been heavily involved in litigating insurance coverage disputes involving Superfund, environmental claims and construction defects.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Croessmann co-founded the Matrix Design Companies where he currently serves as president of Matrix IMA an architectural firm specializing in forensic, litigation support and expert witness services and as a principal/general counsel of the Matrix Design Companies. Previously, Mr. Croessmann also served as a lobbyist and deputy general counsel for the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C. Mr. Croessmann is also active in industry associations. He is a member American Institute of Architects and was on the Board of Directors and the 2004 President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the AIA. He is active in the Associated Builders and Contractors of Virginia and the American Bar Association’s Construction Fourm. He has also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and is actively involved in alternative dispute resolution
· Negotiated a Construction Management at Risk contract with a public agency for construction of a 100 million dollar Water Treatment Plant in Florida.
· 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.
· Drafted and pursued a delay and inefficiency claim against the Maryland State Transportation Authority.
· Defended an architect in a claim involving the observation tower on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Washington D.C.
· Defended a structural engineer in a claim by the Argentine Navy for settlement damage caused by sheeting and shoring system in Washington D.C.
· Successfully defended a Securities Fraud case in U.S. District Court and the subsequent appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeal.
Licensed since 1981
Hourly ($165-330/hour), Contingent (25-33%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)
|VA||Authorized to practice law||1987||03/11/2014|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Distinguished Leadership||American Institute of Architects - Northern Virginia Chapter||2004|
|Recognition of Service to the Chapter||American Institute of Architects - Northern Virginia Chapter||1998|
|Managing Principal||Westberg Croessmann & Warren, PC||2004 - Present|
|Partner||Bastianelli Brown & Kelly, Ltd||2000 - 2004|
|Attorney||Kasimer & Ittig||1996 - 2000|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Institute of Architects||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Associated Builders and Contractors||N/A||N/A|
|American Arbitration Association||N/A||N/A|
|Thompson West||Expert Witnesses, Construction Cases - Working with your Construction Expert||2009|
|AIA / Los Angeles, 2006 and SMPS/PSMA National Conference, 2008||Profit by Design - Mergers and Acquisitions as a Strategy for Growth||2008|
|Lorman Education Services publication||Building Codes in Virgina||2008|
|CMAA National Convention, 2008||Managing the Risks of Design and Construction Defects||2008|
|Lorman Education Services publication||How Design Documents can Prevent or Cause Construction Claims in Virginia||2006|
|National Electrical Contractors Association 95th Convention, 1996||Maximizing Your Insurance Coverage||1996|
|AIA Build Virginia Regional Convention, 1996 and Professional Environmental Marketing Association, 1997||Negotiating The Contract Without Killing The Deal||1996|
|Virginia Environmental Council, 6th Annual Convention, 1995||The Application of Strict Liability for Work Practice Standards||1995|
|AIA SW WA Chapter, 1994 and CEC/MW, NOVA AIA 1998||DPIC Contract Review Workshop||1994|
|Heavy Construction Contractors Association, 1994||Partnering Seminar||1994|
|American Society for Quality Control, AEC Division, 1994||TQM and Design/Build: Controlling Liabilites||1994|
|Wiley Law Publications||"Ownership Transition." Design Professional's Handbook of Business and Law||1993|
|Wiley Law Publications||"Design Build" and "Partnering," Construction Joint Ventures||1993|
|Co-Author, Wiley Law Publications||Construction Litigation Formbook||1991|
|Northwest Design Seminar, 1991||How Much Are We Worth?||1991|
|National Asbestos Council, N.W. Reg. Conference, 1990||Strategies for Managing Asbestos Liability in the 1990s||1990|
|CSI Regional Conference, 1989-1990, and Build Virginia AIA Regional Convention, 1996-1997||Gettting Paid||1989|
|28th Annual Invited Attorneys Meeting sponsored by CNA Insurance Co., AIA and NSPE 1989||Defending Architects & Engineers in Asbestos Litigation||1989|
|ACEC Guidelines to Practice||Recordkeeping Guide for Design Firms||1985|
|Syracuse University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|University of Oregon||Architecture||B.Arch||1979|