JOSEPH A. HACKENBRACHT is a Partner in the Firm and practices in all phases of Federal government contract and construction law. He is often called upon to advise clients concerning contract interpretation and to assist clients in the preparation of proposals for negotiated procurements. Joseph has extensive experience handling protests, contract claims, appeals to administrative boards of contract appeals, and litigation in various Federal courts. He has prepared and litigated claims involving the many issues which arise concerning construction, including defective design, defective specifications, differing site conditions, changes, suspensions, delays and contract terminations. Joe has worked with clients on projects involving dredging, hazardous waste remediation, and the construction of dams, bridges, port facilities, airfields, office buildings, housing, research facilities, and prisons.
Prior to practicing law, Joe had over twelve years of experience as an engineer in the design and construction of a wide variety of projects, having been a project manager with the Army Corps of Engineers, a Regional Engineer with the U.S. Department of Education, and a private engineering consultant involved in construction management, contract administration, scheduling, claims analysis and dispute resolution. While with the Corps of Engineers, he also served as an environmental specialist in groundwater contamination and resource management. Joe's varied experience allows him to bring to bear a unique perspective on the factual and legal issues confronting those involved in the performance of construction contracts.
Joe has lectured on the topics of construction management and claims analysis to contractors, owners, and designers throughout the United States, and has authored numerous articles on the subjects of government contracts and construction claims. For a number of years, he authored a column on legal issues in the publication Transportation Builder and in the Government Contract Journal and Pennsylvania Construction Journal. In addition, Joe is a frequent contributor to the Firm's Federal Construction Contracting blog. He recently co-authored chapters in two books on Federal Government contracting published by Thompson/Reuters. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.