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"Construction and design firms today need efficient and comprehensive representation – I make certain they get it."

Nate fully engages in each case and shoulders his clients’ needs. Communication, efficiency and careful judgment define his practice. With every case, he investigates competing claims to thoroughly understand their strengths and weaknesses. 

Nate’s significant experience in complex construction disputes enables him to effectively guide clients to see the best business decisions and results in litigation. His collaboration with numerous clients in the local construction industry adds value to every case. Nate values and works hard to earn the trust and confidence of his clients.

In more than 15 years of practice he has:

  • Obtained successful outcomes for contractors in complex litigation involving owners and subcontractors, assertively negotiated construction agreements to provide protection and limit future disputes.
  • Represented subcontractors of every trade in local and national construction disputes, educated their project managers in contractual claims processes, change orders, lien and bond claims, and mediation and arbitration.
  • Achieved a high level of experience and efficiency with negotiated private and public contracts, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Consensus Docs, and Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) contract vehicles.
  • Protected clients in projects involving bankrupt parties and successfully obtained results for judgment creditors through traditional and innovative debt collection procedures.
  • Represented developers in unique land use, real estate, and commercial litigation matters.
  • Successfully leveraged significant construction litigation experience to provide effective general corporate litigation and counsel.
  • Represented clients as lead trial counsel in obtaining numerous favorable recorded federal and state opinions.


Best Lawyers in America® for Construction Law, 2022 - 2024

Virginia Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation, 2020 - 2024

Virginia Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” Construction Litigation, 2012 - 2019

Named to "Legal Elite" (Construction), Virginia Business, 2019 - 2022

Named to “Legal Elite," (Young Lawyer (Under 40)), Virginia Business, 2013 - 2018

  • Best Law Firms 2022
  • Best Law Firms 2023
  • Super Lawyers 2021
  • Virginia Legal Elite



  • Pursued and defended breach of contract, lien and bond claims and lawsuits for several dozen subcontractors, general contractors, and owners in state and federal court litigation during the past ten years.
  • Representation of national developer in dispute with local economic development authority, resolved through federal litigation.
  • Representation of commercial lenders in innovative multi-million dollar debt collection strategies and litigation.
  • Pursued numerous lawsuits with localities and state agencies for recovery on public contracts.
  • Regular representation of owners of retail, office, institutional, warehouse and general commercial projects in the negotiation of construction and design contracts nationwide.
  • Assisted contractor clients in negotiation with the Board of Contractors, Virginia Employment Commission, Attorney General, and Department of Labor.
  • Representation of contractors in workout scenarios in their roles as debtors and creditors.
  • Represented a distributor of heavy machinery in a dispute with an international supplier.
  • Represented a lender in multi-million dollar litigation with borrowers and secured parties in out-of-state litigation.
  • Represented the owner of an apartment building in contract litigation and arbitration with competing claims of construction and design defects, utilizing multiple experts.
  • Defended a global provider of plumbing equipment in a damage claim arising from a flood in a mechanical equipment room of a commercial building.
  • Representation of a plaintiff in a fraud and breach of contract claim related to the purchase of multi-family buildings.



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Blog Posts



Professional Affiliations

Virginia Bar Association, Construction and Public Contracts Section Council Member

Virginia Bar Association, Construction Law Blog Committee Chair

Richmond Bar Association, Service on CLE, Membership, and Judiciary Committees

Association of General Contractors, Young Leaders and Membership Committees

American Bar Association

Business and Civic Organizations

Robinson Theater Community Arts Center, Board Member

Richmond Christian Leadership Institute

Beyond the Law

Beyond the Law

When he’s not in the courtroom or construction site, Nate can be found on the James River catching striped bass and sunshine on his homemade barge. He lives with his wife and daughter in Westover Hills, values hospitality and involves himself in his community. Nate serves on the board of the Robinson Theater Community Arts Center and committees of the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute.  

Before his career in law, Nate was a public high school English teacher and baseball and wrestling coach. After college, he joined three friends in an around-the-world trip where they worked in various capacities for a month at a time with local nonprofits in South America, Asia, India, North Africa, and Europe.

Construction Law Blog

Construction Law Blog

Nate and his fellow construction-focused colleagues author Hirschler's Construction Law Blog - a resource for design professionals, contractors, and lower-tier contractors and suppliers. Blog readers can expect concise, easy-to-follow posts on pertinent and timely issues covering the construction process from concept to close-out. Never miss a post by subscribing here to receive updates.

Regent University School of Law, J.D.

The College of William & Mary, B.A., English

  • Virginia State Bar
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit 
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Conversational Spanish
  • Koine Greek
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