"As an engineer, I learned that the best way to get from A to B is not always along a straight line, and that there are often multiple ways in which to analyze and solve a problem. As lawyers, we understand the laws that apply to our clients' business issues and, for over thirty years, I have brought an analytical approach to solving legal problems."
A professional engineer (P.E.) and an experienced lawyer, Webb began practicing at Hirschler Fleischer following four years of work as a consulting engineer. His multidisciplinary practice focuses on general business and corporate law, representing business owners and individual entrepreneurs in a wide range of business and litigation matters; product liability defense; construction and real estate development law, representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers in a variety of construction-related and development issues; and intellectual property law, representing businesses in patent, trademark and copyright matters including IP litigation.
A licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a former certified construction arbitrator of the American Arbitration Association, Webb also is registered to practice as a patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Webb’s wide range of experience includes:
- Representation of owners and developers, contractors, design professionals and sureties in commercial, retail, mixed-use and institutional real estate development projects.
- Defending manufacturers in product liability litigation, including publicly-traded corporations in multi-million dollar claims.
- Representation of business clients in corporate and partnership transactions and disputes, including large, complex litigation.
- Representation of design professionals (architects and engineers) before the Virginia State Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects.
- Appeals of public contract cases before the Federal Board of Contract Appeals;
- Prosecution and defense of large, complex construction claims, including mechanic’s lien claims, with respect to significant public and private construction projects.
- Consultation with clients regarding protection of all forms of intellectual property, including copyright protection of computer software, software licensing, trademark and service mark protection and patent protection.
- Representation of clients before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
- Representation of clients in intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark and copyright infringement litigation.
In addition to his law practice, Webb is a frequent lecturer and author on all aspects of construction, development and intellectual property law. He is a past director of the firm and practice team leader for Hirschler’s construction industry team.
Named a “Recognized Practitioner,” Construction, Southern Virginia, Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017-18
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, Woodward/White, Inc., 2009-2019
Selected for inclusion as a “Super Lawyer,” Construction Litigation, Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2018
Named to “Legal Elite” (Construction), Virginia Business, 2001-2018
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Representation of Watts Water Technologies in multi-defendant litigation involving carbon monoxide poisoning of five plaintiffs. Based on the testimony of engineering and construction experts hired by Watts, plaintiffs abandoned their claims that Watts’s valve was defective and the water heater manufacturer non-suited Watts two days before trial began.
Defended Watts Water Technologies in $1,000,000 damage claim arising from a burst pump manifold in a mechanical equipment room. Matter settled favorably during mediation on confidential terms.
Representation of The Home Depot in construction and real estate development litigation in state and federal courts in Virginia.
Regular representation of an owner of retail, office, institutional, warehouse and general commercial projects in real estate acquisitions and the negotiation of construction and design contracts nationwide.
Representation of a plaintiff in a fraud claim related to the purchase of two apartment towers and undisclosed damage to HVAC mechanical system in both buildings.
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Beyond the Law
Beyond the Law
Webb is passionate about University of Virginia intercollegiate athletics. He also loves his wife Cheryl, his two adult children, his daughter-in-law, Ariel, and future daughter-in-law, Amy. Beyond this, Webb is an old-person lap and open water swimmer with a new titanium left hip, which means that getting through airport and courthouse security is more interesting than it used to be. The left hip replacement was accomplished through the posterior, as opposed to anterior, approach, and Webb will readily talk for hours about the relative risks and benefits of posterior vs. anterior hip replacement surgery, and why Depuy makes the best titanium artificial hips.
Webb’s lifelong passion for tennis diminished as his hip pain increased, and he now prefers pickleball. Against doctor’s orders, he has resumed his Wednesday lunchtime pickup hoops game at the University of Richmond’s Weinstein Center, where he is always the last player picked and guards the oldest and worst player on the other team.
Webb grew up in Salem, Virginia listening to WROV-AM (top 40 pop and rock) and WSLS-AM (Classic Country). He saw the Dead before Garcia died, Feat before Lowell George died, The Band two months before The Last Waltz, Dylan before Dylan should have retired, and Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris, and Johnny Rodriguez at Lakeside Amusement Park in Roanoke, Virginia. He remembers where he was when he learned that Elvis had died, which was playing ping pong against Paul Downing at Stonegate swimming pool in Salem, Virginia.
Construction Law Blog
Construction Law Blog
Webb 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 spectrum from concept to close-out. Never miss a post by subscribing here to receive updates.
University of Richmond School of Law, J.D.
University of Virginia, B.S.M.E.
- United States Patent and Trademark Office Bar
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- United States District Court, Western District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- Licenses and Certifications:
- Licensed Professional Engineer (Virginia)
- Certified Construction Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
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