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Joseph Larry Katz

Construction and development Attorney at Bethesda, MD

5.0   7 reviews

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About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

The majority of my practice is construction and government contract litigation, although I also represent franchisees and businesses in a variety of other matters. Primarily, my objectives are to solve my client's problem quickly, efficiently and economically. To this end, in addition to handling complex litigation from start to finish, whether through settlement or final court disposition, I strive to be my client's general counsel - always available to consult, advise and strategize with them on matters ranging from employer/employee issues, government and regulatory compliance, insurance matters as well as corporate formation, structure, resolution and related needs.

As part of my practice, I also regularly draft, review and negotiate contracts and change orders, with an eye to avoiding litigation through clear contract language. I have found that it is often the small nuances in contract negotiations before the project begins that can save thousands in litigation costs once the project is complete.

I am also experienced in the unique practice of bid protests, whereby a contractor seeks to change a procurement decision awarding a government contract to another bidder. Recently, I achieved both a directive that my client be awarded the contract it was originally passed over for, as well as an order that the United States Government reimburse my client for the attorney's fees it paid me to do so.

Specialties: Review and negotiation of construction contracts and subcontracts; Bid Protests; Mechanic's Liens.

Licensed for 17 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 12/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Joseph Larry Katz
6701 Democracy Boulevard
Suite 300
Bethesda, MD, 20817
Joseph Larry Katz
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway
Suite 300
Columbia, MD, 20144
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Posted by Mike | November 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Construction Law Attorney
Joe easily grasped our somewhat complex (in this layperson's opinion) situation and was able to craft a creative approach to litigation that is anticipated to produce positive results for us.
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
High recommendation from a very satisfied client!
I retained Joe to represent me in construction litigation in Baltimore. Joe developed and argued a summary judgment motion that the judge accepted on all counts. The judge 's ruling in my favor ended my stressful litigation with no liability on my part and no need for trial preparation. Prior to submitting that motion, Joe gave me excellent advice on settlement negotiation strategy. In addition to being very effective, Joe was very pleasant to work with. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Jack | July 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Owner/President
He asked me for all relevant information and then diligently went to work to get me the best outcome I could get. He battles always forme as a client .
Posted by Karin | June 10, 2015
Avvo response review
I would like to thank Mr. Katz for responding to a question I posted on AVVO. First, he took the time to read (wish I could underline "read", because to me that is very important. Not just glanced through, provide a cursory remark or opinion. But actually read.) my post, provided me with several viable options, and while this must sound trifling to someone not going through a stressful situation, ended the response with "good luck" which made my day. Thank you.
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Posted by Jim | October 18, 2013
My favorite lawyer
I have had a number of interactions with Joe all of which have been noteworthy for the outstanding and professional manner in which they were conducted. Joe is a very thoughtful, creative and personable lawyer. Unlike many lawyers with whom I have interacted he keeps a very calm demeanor despite often frustrating and aggravating moments that are inevitably encountered. I recommend him with the highest confidence that he will serve any client with outstanding dedication,motivation and professionalism
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2013
Very pleased
Joe was great. He didn't waste any time helping me get what I needed in order to keep my business running.
Posted by Zack | October 16, 2013
A pleasure working with someone who does what he says and means what he says.
Professional, accountable, open communications. All very refreshing in a day in age where many people aren't so professional or accountable. A pleasure working with someone who does what he says and means what he says.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Huddles, Jones, Sorteberg & Dachille, PC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Quagliano & Seeger
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Kauffman & Forman, PC
  • 2005 - 2007

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD, with honors
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Fast Food Arbitration
  • Favorable Award
  • Mechanic's Lien
  • Successful settlement
  • GAO Protest/Reimbursement of Protest Costs
  • Protest Succesful; Attorney's Fees Reimbursed

Associations

  • Western Dredging Association, Eastern Chapter
  • 2017 - Present
  • Construction Law Section, MSBA
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associated Builders & Contractors, Baltimore Chapter
  • Member, Young Leaders Committee
  • 2010 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Subcontractors Association, Greater Washington Chapter, Professional Council
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star, Construction Litigation
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2019
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2018
  • Rising Star, Construction Litigation
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star, Construction Litigation
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star, Construction Litigation
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2016
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Publications

  • Contractors Compass
  • The Three Stages of Construction Documentation
  • 2018
  • Contractors Compass
  • Change Orders 201: Practical Tips and Tricks
  • 2018
  • Contractor's Compass
  • The Art of the Subcontract
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • Construction Specifications and the Role of Litigation
  • 2019
  • ASA of Metro Washington Annual Business Meeting
  • Maryland's New Change Order Law and Beyond
  • 2018
  • ASA National Webinar Series
  • Change Order Best Practices
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (8)
Endorse Joseph
Construction and development Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Construction and development Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is an excellent, detail-oriented, results driven attorney"
Construction and development Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a very bright, thorough and energetic attorney. He knows the construction field well."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joseph is a skilled legal practitioner whose courtroom acumen and legal knowledge help him represent his clients at a high level. I highly recommend you use him for any legal area on which he focuses."
Construction and development Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe is one of the most collegial and frankly, wise lawyers I have ever encountered. We met when coordinating an effort against a common contractor where I was pursuing a Mechanic's lien. He goes the extra mile for his clients, and he even did it on vacation in my case. Joe is a true gentleman."
Construction and development Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Joseph. His tenacity, creativity, and strong work ethic are the traits successful lawyers arevmade of."
Construction and development Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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