Adrian L. Bastianelli, III is of counsel at Peckar & Abramson. His practice focuses on construction claims and litigation, with an emphasis on government construction contracts. He represents all sectors of the construction industry, including general contractors, subcontractors, owners, design professionals and sureties. Adrian also has an active alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practice. He has served as an arbitrator, a mediator, and a DRB member on hundreds of construction disputes.
“Many of the relationships we have go back over thirty years and it is testament to the quality service we provide and to our genuine commitment to our clients success.”
Adrian is a past Chair of the ABA Forum on Construction Law (ABA Forum) and received the Cornerstone Award from the ABA Forum. He is a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and has served on its Board of Governors and as the chair of its ADR and Public Contracts Committees. Adrian is also a past President of the Washington Building Congress.
Adrian has written and spoken extensively on construction and ADR topics. He was the co-editor of the ABA Forum’s book entitled Construction ADR. He was also a co-editor of the ABA Forum’s book entitled Federal Government Construction Contracts. He served as editor of The Construction Lawyer. He was also the first editor of The Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers.
Adrian was named the 2015 and the 2016 construction lawyer of the year globally by Who’s Who Legal. Chambers USA referred to him as “the dean of the Washington, DC construction bar” and Who’s Who Legal referred to him as “truly exceptional.”
Adrian received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. He worked as a civil engineer for the Corps of Engineers. He received his law degree from the University of Louisville and served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims before entering private practice.
Adrian is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Fourth Circuits and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
District of Columbia
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
American College of Construction Lawyers
American Bar Association (Forum on the Construction Industry, Disputes Resolution and Public Contracts Committees)
Purdue University, B.S.CE
University of Louisville, J. D.
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2021
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in Construction/Surety; Top 100 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2021
Best Lawyers, “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction Law – Washington, D.C. region, 2010
Best Lawyers, “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation-Construction – Washington, D.C. region, 2021
Best Lawyers, 2003 - 2022
Recipient of the Cornerstone Award from the ABA Forum on Construction Law
Chambers USA, Construction Mediation, Washington, D.C., Band 1, 2020 - 2021
Who’s Who Legal: Construction Lawyer of the Year Globally, 2015 and 2016
Who’s Who Legal: Business Lawyers
Who’s Who Legal: Commercial Mediation
Who’s Who Legal: Construction
“Killer Contract Clauses,” Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Metro Washington presentation, April 2022 (Co-Presenter)
“Federal Government Contracting: Year in Review,” P&A Webinar, January 2022 (Co-Presenter)
“Alternative Alternative Procedures to Resolve Construction Disputes,” Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers, Volume 15, Number 2, Summer 2021 (Co-Author)
“Maximizing the Arbitration Process – Old Habits and New Tools,” American Arbitration Association (AAA)’s Virtual Construction Conference, June 2021 (Panelist)
“Federal Government Contracting: Year in Review,” P&A Webinar, January 2021 (Moderator)
“Construction Disputes: What Can We Do to Make the DRB Work for Us?,” P&A Three-Part Webinar Series, December 2020 (Speaker)
“Is It Live…Or Is It Virtual?,” P&A Client Alert, September 2020 (Co-Author)
"What's New Pussycat in International ADR?," American College of Construction Lawyers 31st Annual Meeting, February 2020
"Consequential Damage Waivers and Limitations of Liability: When Should I Include Them in My Contract and How Do I Overcome Them When They Gouge Me? Proving Bad Faith and Fraud," Presenter, Construction SuperConference, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, December 2019
Construction ADR, co-editor
Federal Government Construction Contracts, co-editor
The Construction Lawyer, past editor
The Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers, past editor
Construction Advisory Council for Thomson/West