Lee & McShane, P.C. has decades of experience in commercial litigation, business, transactional and employment matters representing professionals and corporations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia in both State and Federal Court.


We concentrate our practice on the representation of architects and engineers as well as other design professionals in construction disputes. Our extensive experience in the construction industry has benefited our clients in other commercial disputes. With experienced attorneys, we handle both small and large multi-party cases.


Defending architects, engineers, surveyors and other design professionals.


We provide our individual and corporate clients with business advice surrounding a variety of transactions, including the following services.

Contracts creation, negotiation, review and revision, including AIA standard contracts and commercial leases
Corporations formation, registration, registered agent services
Ownership transitions, including shareholder agreements
Mergers and acquisitions
Strategic planning
Risk management and litigation audits


Representation of design professionals, corporations, real estate professionals, title companies and banks.


Lee & McShane, P.C. counsels employers in all aspects of employment law under federal, state and local statutes and regulation. This practice area includes claims (and potential claims) brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and various other statutory claims. We also advise clients on employment claims involving discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, negligent hiring and defamation.

We also provide employment legal advice intended to avoid, or reduce, risk of conflicts. Examples of specific areas of advice provided follow.

Hiring procedures counseling, such as interview parameters, reference checks and offer letters
Employment contracts preparation of terms, including non-compete, and non-solicit provisions
Employment manuals creation, review and revision
Terminations advice re documentation, strategy and negotiations regarding employees, partners and/or shareholders


Lee & McShane, P.C.’s focus is on assisting design professionals in managing both their business and the risks of doing business in the contentious construction arena. We are familiar with and understand owners’ demands and contractor complaints. Alternative dispute resolution is always considered. Our attorneys are skilled at persuading the other side to agree to mediation, arbitration, and mini-trials whenever those methods promise a cost-effective solution.

The firm is an associate member of the ACEC, Consulting Engineers Council of Metropolitan Washington as well as a Professional Affiliate member in local chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Firm attorneys are also in the ABA Forum on Construction, the Construction Law Section of the Virginia State Bar Association and similar bar association activities in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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