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Michael P. Katz

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Attorney Michael P. Katz began practicing law in 1979. He has more than 20 years’ experience as in-house counsel with major design and construction firms.

He served as general counsel and directed corporate legal affairs at Ellerbe Becket, an architectural, engineering, interior design and construction firm:

  • Drafting and negotiating design, design/build and joint venture contracts for global projects worth up to $2 billion in construction value
  • Managing all claim and litigation activity
  • Purchasing and managing Professional Liability and CGL coverages, including oversight of offshore E&O captive
  • Developing and implementing risk management programs

When Ellerbe Becket merged with AECOM in 2009, Mr. Katz was a member of the merger and transition teams.

Prior experience:

  • Of Counsel to a law firm specializing in property tax valuation and litigation
  • Deputy general counsel to a division of the nation’s largest heavy/highway contractor, which constructed lock and dam projects and cable-stay bridges across the United States:
    • Drafting and negotiating construction and material purchase contracts and equipment leases
    • Handling and resolving major claims arising from projects
    • Managing litigation in state and federal courts and before federal contracting boards

Education

  • B.A., University of Minnesota
  • J.D., cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN

Client Comments

Fluency with engineering and construction related practices, Jeff’s background as an engineer and an attorney results in fluency with engineering and constructed related practices. He has a exte… Read More
– Nels Ojard, President, CEO, Krech & Ojard

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