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     Over the course of my 25 years of experience, my practice has primarily focused on surety and construction law.  I am rated AV Preeminent 4.9 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbel, I have been selected as a Best Lawyer in Construction Law by The Best Lawyers in America 2013-2016 and I have been named as a Super Lawyer in Maryland for Surety law by Super Lawyers for 2015 & 2016.


     In the surety industry I have represented most of the major surety companies as well as many mid-size and smaller companies.  I have been involved as counsel on large multi-state, multi-project contract performance bond defaults, involving workouts, financing and takeovers as well as large national bankruptcy matters for commercial bond sureties.  I have also represented sureties in pursuing indemnity, salvage and subrogation rights.  Over the years I have been very active in the surety industry writing articles, giving presentations and attending/sponsoring conferences around the country.  I spearheaded the creation of the Philadelphia Surety Claims Association and I am a founding Officer and member of the Board of Directors.  In 2016, I was named a Vice Chair of the ABA/TIPS - Fidelity and Surety Law Committee.  Also, in 2016, I updated Chapter 10, Payment Bond Surety's Right to Contract Proceeds , in the ABA publication titled The Law of Payment Bonds, 2d Ed.  In 2015, I co-authored Chapter 4, Financing the Principal in the ABA publication titled the Bond Default Manual, 4th Ed.     

      In the construction industry I have represented fortune 500 contractors, architects, engineers, subcontractors, suppliers and owners in a wide variety of matters.  From negotiating and drafting contracts, to preparing and filing claims, bid protests, mechanics liens, litigation, collections, mediations and arbitrations.  I regularly present seminars for the construction industry.    




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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    25 years
  2. Construction: 20%
    25 years
  3. Government Contracts: 15%
    25 years
  4. Contracts: 10%
    25 years
  5. Mediation: 5%
    25 years


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  • Adam Cizek

    I endorse this lawyer. Having practiced law with Mike for almost a decade and more recently being opposing counsel in matters, I can safely say that Mike is one of the premier construction and surety lawyers in the Baltimore/Washington area. Mike has extensive knowledge and expertise in the areas of law that regularly impact the construction and surety industries. Although Mike is an excellent trial lawyer, his practical and creative approach to matters regularly results in the successful resolution of transactions and disputes to the direct benefit of his clients.


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  • Jeffrey Rosenfeld

    Mike is an excellent attorney, and I would confidently refer him cases involving construction law or surety law if I'm ever presented with a conflict. I have worked both with and against Mike in several cases, and Mike, without fail, takes a reasonable approach to litigating, arbitrating and mediating construction disputes. He can be either aggressive or low key, and he knows which approach to take in a particular case depending on the circumstances.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP

100 North Charles Street
16th Floor
Baltimore, MD, 21201


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer - Construction LawBest Lawyers in America2016
Super Lawyers - Surety LawSuper Lawyers2016
Best Lawyer - Construction LawBest Lawyers in America2015
Super Lawyer - Surety LawSuper Lawyers2015
Best Lawyer, Construction LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyer Construction LawBest Lawyers in America2013
AV Preeminent 4.9 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Fellow of Maryland Bar FoundationMaryland Bar Foundation2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWright, Constable & Skeen, LLP2009 - Present
Associate/PartnerWhiteford, Taylor & Preston1996 - 2009
Associate/ShareholderEccleston & Wolf1991 - 1996
Law Clerk - Hon. Raymond Thieme, Jr.Circuit Court For Anne Arundel County1990 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Bond Claims AssociationMember2014 - Present
Philadelphia Surety Claims AssociationBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Chicago Surety Claims AssociationMember2006 - Present
Surety Claims InstituteMember2003 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction IndustryMember1996 - Present
ABA, TIPS - Fidelity Surety Law CommitteeVice Chair1996 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember; Former Member Board of Governers2003 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Koehler v. Dodwell, 152 F.3d 304 (4th Cir. 1998)N/A
Choice Hotels International, Inc. v. Palm-Aire Oceanside, Inc., 95 F.3d 41 (4th Cir. 1996)N/A
Capital Source Finance, LLC v. B&B Contractors, Inc., 2005 WL 1025953 (D.Md. 2005)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
ABA/FSLC The Law of Payment BondsUpdate to Chapter 10 - Payment Bond Surety's Right to Contract Proceeds2016
ABA/FSLC Bond Default Manual 4th Ed.Chapter 4 - Financing the Principal2015
Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims ConferenceNew Standards Affecting The Surety’s Use of Section 523 - Non-Dischargeability in Bankruptcy2014
Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds, 2d Ed., Chapter 20The Commercial Surety's Collateral in a Principal's Bankruptcy Case2012
Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims ConferenceContract Funds In Escrow – Watch Out For The Principal’s Judgment Creditors2012
Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims ConferenceCurrent Precedent and Ethical Issues Regarding the 45 Day Provision in the AIA A-312 Payment Bond2010
Surety Claims InstituteDo You Have Trust Issues? The Surety’s Use of Trust Fund Rights in Bankruptcy2009
Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims ConferenceFundamentals of Electronic Discovery and the New Federal Rules2007
Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims ConferenceThe Surety’s Reservation of Rights2006
Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims ConferenceLook Who´s Bringing Home The Bacon - How Recent Decisions Interpreting the Davis-Bacon Act Can Negatively Affect The Surety2003
Maryland State Bar JournalDiscovery of Electronic Information1999
Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims ConferencePerils and Pitfalls in Payment Bond Claims, A Discussion of Unusual Case Law1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor with Honors1991
University of MarylandFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ABA/FSLC Mid-Winter Meeting, New York, New YorkPayment Bond Surety's Right to Contract Proceeds2016
ABA/FSLC Spring Meeting, La Jolla, CAFinancing the Principal2015
ABA/FSLC Mid-Winter Meeting, New YorkEthics - Joint Representation of the Surety and Principal2014
ABA/TIPS - FSLC WebinarServing Two Masters: The Ethics Of Serving Sureties And Their Principals2012
Lorman ConferenceWhat to do when Construction Projects Go Bad in Maryland2011
Lorman ConferenceManaging Construction Projects in Maryland2009
ABA/FSLC Mid-Winter Meeting, New York, New YorkFederal and State Regulatory Structures for Public-Private Partnerships2009
Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims ConferenceHot Topics For The Performance Bond Surety2008
Lorman ConferenceEverything A Construction Player Should Know About Insurance in Maryland2008
Lorman ConferenceThe Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in Maryland2008
Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims ConferenceSalvage Investigation - Resources and Options2005
Lorman ConferenceConstruction Contracts and Purchase Orders in Maryland2005