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David Kiefer is a partner in our Construction Litigation and International Arbitration practices and specializes in litigation and arbitration. David's practice is focused primarily on disputes over the construction of large energy, commercial and infrastructure projects. David is intimately familiar with the technical aspects of these projects, as well as with the typical commercial terms that govern the relationship between owners, contractors and design professionals, making him an effective and efficient advocate.

With over 20 years of litigation and arbitration experience, David has successfully prosecuted and defended large and complex claims before federal and state courts as well as domestic and international arbitration panels. He has represented clients in arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the American Arbitration Association and in litigations before state and federal courts in a number of jurisdictions. David is currently the co-chair of the New York City Region of the Society of Construction Law, North America.

not admitted to practice in TX

Credentials

J.D., George Washington University Law School, honors

B.A., Lafayette College, honors

District of Columbia

New Jersey

New York

Who's Who Legal Construction: Lawyers


Who's Who Legal, 2019

A Top New York Lawyer in Commercial Litigation


The Best Lawyers in America, 2013–2016

Real Estate and Construction


Legal 500, 2016

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Who's Who Legal Construction: Lawyers


Who's Who Legal, 2019

A Top New York Lawyer in Commercial Litigation


The Best Lawyers in America, 2013–2016

Real Estate and Construction


Legal 500, 2016

Matters

Arbitration

Successful representation of a nuclear reactor designer and equipment supplier in an ICC arbitration, securing $158 million award against an Asian national power company arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant.

Representing the owner of a Colombian oil refinery in a multibillion-dollar dispute against an EPC contractor before the ICC.

Represented an independent power producer in an arbitration involving more than US$500 million in delay, inefficiency and defect claims arising from the design and construction of a super-critical, coal-fired power plant.

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Arbitration

Successful representation of a nuclear reactor designer and equipment supplier in an ICC arbitration, securing $158 million award against an Asian national power company arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant.

Representing the owner of a Colombian oil refinery in a multibillion-dollar dispute against an EPC contractor before the ICC.

Represented an independent power producer in an arbitration involving more than US$500 million in delay, inefficiency and defect claims arising from the design and construction of a super-critical, coal-fired power plant.

Representation of a contractor accused of bribing a public entity in an AAA arbitration over the validity of contracts to construct a hospital valued at more than US$12 million.

Represented one of the world's largest heavy equipment suppliers in an ICC arbitration against a major construction and engineering company concerning a project to interconnect the power grids of six Central American countries.

Represented a major global contractor and power equipment supplier in an ICC hearing over the design and construction of a power plant in the Caribbean.

Represented a specialized contractor in several weeks of an AAA hearing against a university over the design and construction of a sports facility.

Litigation
Prosecution of bad faith and willful misconduct claims against an EPC contractor on behalf of a power generation and development company over the design and construction of a natural-gas-fired, combined cycle power plant.

Represented a public owner of a light rail transit project in months of trial against a design-build consortium involving more than US$300 million in claims for disputed extra work, delays and defects.

Representation of a developer of luxury condominiums in New York City in consolidating and effectively litigating several lawsuits against various trade contractors over claims of design and construction defects.

Representation of numerous general contractor trade associations that acted as amici curiae before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the World Trade Center Disaster Site litigation.

Represented a manufacturer of specialized membrane products in a state court action defending against claims of fraud and design defects related to a water treatment facility.

Matters

Arbitration

Successful representation of a nuclear reactor designer and equipment supplier in an ICC arbitration, securing $158 million award against an Asian national power company arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant.

Representing the owner of a Colombian oil refinery in a multibillion-dollar dispute against an EPC contractor before the ICC.

Represented an independent power producer in an arbitration involving more than US$500 million in delay, inefficiency and defect claims arising from the design and construction of a super-critical, coal-fired power plant.

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Matters

Arbitration

Successful representation of a nuclear reactor designer and equipment supplier in an ICC arbitration, securing $158 million award against an Asian national power company arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant.

Representing the owner of a Colombian oil refinery in a multibillion-dollar dispute against an EPC contractor before the ICC.

Represented an independent power producer in an arbitration involving more than US$500 million in delay, inefficiency and defect claims arising from the design and construction of a super-critical, coal-fired power plant.

Representation of a contractor accused of bribing a public entity in an AAA arbitration over the validity of contracts to construct a hospital valued at more than US$12 million.

Represented one of the world's largest heavy equipment suppliers in an ICC arbitration against a major construction and engineering company concerning a project to interconnect the power grids of six Central American countries.

Represented a major global contractor and power equipment supplier in an ICC hearing over the design and construction of a power plant in the Caribbean.

Represented a specialized contractor in several weeks of an AAA hearing against a university over the design and construction of a sports facility.

Litigation
Prosecution of bad faith and willful misconduct claims against an EPC contractor on behalf of a power generation and development company over the design and construction of a natural-gas-fired, combined cycle power plant.

Represented a public owner of a light rail transit project in months of trial against a design-build consortium involving more than US$300 million in claims for disputed extra work, delays and defects.

Representation of a developer of luxury condominiums in New York City in consolidating and effectively litigating several lawsuits against various trade contractors over claims of design and construction defects.

Representation of numerous general contractor trade associations that acted as amici curiae before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the World Trade Center Disaster Site litigation.

Represented a manufacturer of specialized membrane products in a state court action defending against claims of fraud and design defects related to a water treatment facility.

Credentials

J.D., George Washington University Law School, honors

B.A., Lafayette College, honors

District of Columbia

New Jersey

New York

Who's Who Legal Construction: Lawyers


Who's Who Legal, 2019

A Top New York Lawyer in Commercial Litigation


The Best Lawyers in America, 2013–2016

Real Estate and Construction


Legal 500, 2016

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Recognition

Who's Who Legal Construction: Lawyers


Who's Who Legal, 2019

A Top New York Lawyer in Commercial Litigation


The Best Lawyers in America, 2013–2016

Real Estate and Construction


Legal 500, 2016