Michael A. Richard is an Associate in the Federal Contracting Group and focuses his practice on government contracts and construction litigation. He represents clients in all aspects of federal contracting including bid protests, claim drafting, administrative dispute resolution procedures and litigation in the federal courts. Michael helps small businesses navigate the requirements of the SBA such as size determinations and NAICS code appeals. He also assists contractors with their day-to-day business challenges including, drafting and negotiating contracts, and contract administration.
Michael represents clients in all stages of litigation from assessing claims and developing case strategy, to discovery, motion practice and appeals. He helps contractors pursue claims for delay, impacts, disruption, differing site conditions and design defects. He represents contractors in disputes regarding pass-through claims, prompt payment requirements, prevailing wage issues, the assessment of liquidated damages and Miller Act bond claims. Michael negotiates settlements for construction clients in a variety of matters including construction defects, design errors, manufacturing defects and supplier failure.
Prior to law school, Michael managed luxury hotels in New Orleans. Working in the hospitality industry taught Michael the value of good business practices as well as the importance of proactively protecting your business against potential liability. Working in the French Quarter also taught him to keep a cool head under pressure, which continues to serve him well today as a litigator.