Michael S. Dingman, an accomplished litigator with more than three decades of experience advising clients in real estate, construction and energy matters, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in Tysons, Virginia. Dingman has tried more than 40 cases in federal and state court and before arbitration tribunals.
Dingman represents in his national practice owners and developers, contractors and subcontractors in real estate and construction contract negotiations and in litigation. He has negotiated construction and design contracts for commercial, industrial and residential projects such as office buildings, hotels, mixed-use developments, manufacturing and processing facilities, data centers, hospitals, elder care facilities and condominiums. He also handles energy-related disputes and general commercial litigation.
Dingman’s notable work includes successfully representing a hotel owner in a multimillion-dollar defects dispute; representing EPC contractors in multimillion-dollar disputes arising from power plant projects; drafting and negotiating agreements for national developers of projects throughout the U.S.; advising a major automaker in negotiating design and construction agreements for a new manufacturing plant; and representing natural gas companies in securing easement rights for pipeline projects.
Dingman joins McGuireWoods from Reed Smith, where he led the construction practice. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in the respected Chambers USA guide, which stated: “He has fantastic judgment and a good business mind … he is very smart and strong in negotiations.” Dingman has been included on Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite list for construction law for many years and named a construction Super Lawyer since 2014. He also received the Fairfax Bar Association’s James Keith Award for pro bono service.
“Mike is a very experienced and highly respected construction litigator and counselor. We are very pleased to be adding his skill set, judgment and contacts at this critical juncture for companies involved in the construction industry and those companies acquiring construction-related services,” said Dion Hayes, McGuireWoods’ deputy managing partner for litigation.
“The depth and breadth of Mike’s experience in high-stakes commercial disputes enhances our capabilities and provides powerful advantages for our clients, particularly in the real estate, construction and energy sectors,” added Jonathan Blank, chair of the firm’s Business & Securities Litigation Department.
McGuireWoods’ commercial litigation team defends clients’ interests in domestic and cross-border matters in courtrooms and tribunals around the world. The firm earned Tier 1 national rankings for commercial litigation, construction litigation and real estate litigation in the 2021 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”
“Mike has a stellar reputation among industry clients for his skill and insight on real estate and construction matters,” said Gregory Riegle, managing partner of the firm’s Tysons office and co-leader of the real estate capital markets industry team. “He is an outstanding addition to our firm.”
“McGuireWoods is a litigation powerhouse and a leader in bringing together the legal, policy and business experience to help clients across industries achieve their objectives,” Dingman said. “I am excited to put my experience to work for the firm and our clients.”