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William D. Wickard

Bill Wickard is a construction lawyer, concentrating his practice on dispute resolution, construction contract negotiation, and public procurement.  

Bill has a very active procurement practice, handling local, state, and federal bid protest proceedings throughout the country and advising clients on a multitude of issues that arise during and after the procurement process. Bill has been involved in bid protests in almost every state, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. He also has familiarity with public records and sunshine acts and routinely assists clients obtain public records or maintain the confidentiality of their own information submitted to public agencies.

His litigation practice includes representing clients in disputes subject to arbitration, before a number of state and federal courts and before government agencies with respect to a wide variety of matters. He has extensive construction litigation experience and has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, engineers, and architects in various disputes involving scheduling, delay, inefficiency claims, defective work, mechanics’ liens, prompt payment claims, bond and insurance claims. Bill has handled all phases of litigation, including jury trials, bench trials, injunction hearings, and TRO proceedings. 

Bill also has a very active construction transaction practice. He drafts, negotiates and advises on all types of construction and design contracts. He has extensive experience with all American Institute of Architects (AIA) contract forms. Bill has drafted and negotiated numerous construction and design contracts for a wide variety of domestic and international projects, including among others, sports arenas, college campuses, power plants, office buildings, hospitals, complex testing facilities, solar power facilities, oil and gas facilities, wind farms, water treatment plants, and steel mills. 

  • “Design-Build Projects: Key Issues,” presented for Strafford Publication (2024)
  • “Payment Provisions in Construction Contracts,” presented for Strafford Publication (2023)
  • “Construction Contracts: Termination for Convenience v. Termination for Cause,“ presented for Strafford Publication (2022 and 2023)
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • Co-Author, “Consequential Damages Waviers, An Important Contracting Tool,” The Expert Report, the Newsletter of the Duggan Rhodes Group, Winter 2012.
  • Co-Author, “Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreement,” SolarTech Project Finance Contract Templates, December 1, 2010.
  • Co-Author, “The False Claims Act in Today’s Construction Industry,” Chapter 4 of 2008 Construction Law Update, published by Aspen Publishers.
  • Co-Author, “Waving Good-Bye to Consequential Damages:  Drafting Effective Waivers in Today's Marketplace,” presented at The Construction Superconference, December 12-14, 2007.
  • Co-author, “Beyond EPLI: Coverage Issues for Employment-Related Claims,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Employer Liability Insurance, January 2003  (Also presented at Mealey's Employment Liability Insurance Conference, June 24-25, 2002).
  • “Experts and Daubert Issues in Mold Litigation,” presented at The Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Dealing with Mold Claims, January 29, 2003 and presented at Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems, May 14, 2002.
  • Co-author, “Recovering Construction Contract Damages Using the Total Cost Method, the Modified Total Cost Method, or the Abandonment of Contract/Cardinal Change Doctrines,” presented at The “Contractor’s” Construction Superconference, December 12-13, 2002.
  • Co-author, “Recent Employment Practices Liability Insurance Coverage Litigation,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Employer Liability Insurance, November 2002.  (Also presented at Mealey's Employment Liability Insurance Conference, June 24-25, 2002).
  • University of Alabama Board of Trustees v. Garrett:  The ADA’s Eleventh Hour of Eleventh Amendment Abrogation,” Construction Law and Business, November/December 2001.
  • “The New Americans without a Disability Act:  The surprisingly successful plight of the non-disabled plaintiff under the ADA,” The University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Summer 2000.
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