William E. Franczek

William E. Franczek: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP
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  • 500 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
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Bill Franczek is a partner with Vandeventer Black and is in the Firm’s Norfolk office. Bill was formerly a civil engineer working in construction, and his practice focuses on construction law, public contract law, and alternative dispute resolution . His extensive background in the construction field includes commercial building projects, highway projects, power plants, pulp and paper mills, rail projects, petrochemical facilities, airports, and marine terminals.

Regionally, nationally and internationally, Bill handles claim preparation, negotiation, and litigation/arbitration on behalf of construction industry clients. His experience includes privately-owned projects; federal, state and local public projects; and hybrid developments such as public-private partnership projects. His clients span across the construction industry and include owners and developers of large projects, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and suppliers. Bill has also served in leadership roles in many construction trade associations, including the ABA Forum on Construction Law, The Associated General Contractors of Virginia, Builders and Contractors Exchange of Hampton Roads Virginia, The Associated Builders and Contractors of Virginia, and the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Design Build Institute of America.

Bill is regarded as an expert in mediation, arbitration and conflict management. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National and International Construction Panel for arbitrators and mediators as well as its Mega Project Panel List, from which he has served across the nation as a neutral in all types of construction disputes. Bill is also a fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators and has served on over 200 ADR matters both privately and for the AAA. He is also currently a member of several Dispute Resolution Boards across the country.

Bill was recently inducted as a fellow into the American College of Construction Lawyers, a national organization of lawyers who have demonstrated skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of construction law, and who are dedicated to excellence in the specialized practice of construction law.


Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2000-17)

Chambers USA, “Senior Statesman and Eminent Practitioner” and Ranked Virginia Construction Lawyer (2015-18)

Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Arbitration (2006-present); Construction Law (2006-present); Litigation - Construction (2011-present); Mediation (2011-present)

Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year”: Litigation - Construction, Norfolk (2012, 2016, 2019); Construction Law, Norfolk (2015)

Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” - Arbitration and Mediation (2017-present)

Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” - Construction Litigation (2006-present)


•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as 2019 “Lawyers of the Year”
•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2019
•Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers
•William E. Franczek Elected to the American College of Construction Lawyers
•27 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2018
•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA Guide
•Franczek to Serve as President of Builders and Contractors Exchange
•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Virginia Super Lawyers
•Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys 2016 Legal Elite Finalists
•CoVaBiz Magazine Awards Top Honors To 20 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Energy
  • Government Contracts
  • Surety & Fidelity Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
757.446.8617  Phone
757.446.8670  Fax
University Attended:
Syracuse University, B.S. Civil Engineering; State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY - ESF and Syracuse University
Law School Attended:
Syracuse University, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of Coif
Year of First Admission:
1983, New York; Virginia


American College of Construction Lawyers, fellow (2017 - present)

American Bar Association - Forum on Construction Law, Division 13 Government Construction, Chair (2014-16); Governing Committee (2016-19)

American Arbitration Association - Construction Mega Project Panel (2015-Present); International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), International Arbitrator; National Construction Panel for Arbitration & Mediation

fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators (2016 - present)

Member, London Court of International Arbitration (2016- present)

Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

Member, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation

Virginia Bar Association - Board of Governors, Past-Representative

Builders & Contractors Exchange of Virginia, President (2017)

Associated General Contractors of VA., General Counsel and Board Member

Hampton Roads Design-Build Institute of America

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Successful representation of general contractor in $10 million claim against the Army Corps of Engineers for design defects in power plant steam turbine generator system.; Successfully represented general contractor in highway construction claim and litigation against NC Department of Transportation involving rock excavation, differing site conditions, and delay claims in excess of $20 million.; Successfully represented general contractor in $5.5 million deficient design claim against Army Corps of Engineers.; Successfully represented contractor in termination for convenience claim before Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.; Successfully overturned board decision at the Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit on piping construction claim involving defective specifications.; Arbitrator in over 150 cases ranging in size from $10K to over $60M.; Mediator in over 60 cases; principally construction related.
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