Brian Shannon Wood

Brian Shannon Wood: Attorney with Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP
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BRIAN S. WOOD is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP. Prior to coming to Smith Currie, Brian was General Counsel for Keller Foundations, LLC and its U.S. subsidiaries. Prior to his time at Keller, he was a construction lawyer in private practice. Mr. Wood is highly experienced in matters involving both public (federal, state, and municipal) and private construction. In his legal career, he has represented owners, contractors, design-builders, subcontractors, and engineers. Mr. Wood has handled a broad spectrum of construction matters, ranging from contract drafting and negotiation, to claim preparation, negotiation, and prosecution, to dispute resolution in arbitration, state and Federal courts, and boards of contract appeals. In the latter regard, he has successfully litigated and arbitrated many claims both nationally and internationally. Brian holds a degree in civil engineering and has worked as an engineer, construction manager, estimator, and scheduling consultant on transportation, flood control, environmental restoration, and vertical construction projects.

Articles & Publications

•“For Information Only” - The Effect of Disclaimers and Other Exculpatory Clauses, Deep Foundations, November/December 2018
•Co-Author, OSHA Moves to Eliminate Capacity Requirement for Third-Party Crane Operator Certification, Deep Foundations, September/October 2018
•Slander of Title: When Your Mechanic’s Lien Bites Back, Deep Foundations, July/August 2018
•Substantial Performance: When Is Close Good Enough?, Deep Foundations, May/June 2018
•Contractors Do Not Assume All Risks for Satisfying Performance Specifications, Deep Foundations, March/April 2018
•Serving as an Expert: Courts Apply Standards to Weed Unsupported Opinion Testimony Deep Foundations, January/February 2018
•Construction Dispute Resolution Comes Out of the Stone Age, Deep Foundations, November/December 2017
•Project Record-Keeping and Proving Claim Damages, Deep Foundations, September/October 2017
•Getting Paid on a Public Project, Deep Foundations, July/August 2017
•Variations in Estimated Quantities - When Add and Deduct Prices Are Not Adequate, Deep Foundations, May/June 2017
•New OSHA Standards on Respirable Silica to Take Effect, Deep Foundations, March/April 2017
•Recovering Attorney Fees for Changes on Government Contracts . Deep Foundations, January/February 2017
•Differing Site Conditions Claims on Design-Build Contracts . Deep Foundations, November/December 2016
•Buy America[n] . Deep Foundations, September/October 2016
•Sick and Safe . Deep Foundations, July/August 2016
•Risks and Perils of Working Without a License. Deep Foundations, May/June 2016
•Type 2 Differing Site Conditions: Establishing “unknown” and “unusual” subsurface conditions is difficult, but possible . Deep Foundations, March/April 2016
•The Economic Loss Rule . Deep Foundations, January/February 2016


•Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) Business Fundamentals Academy “Fundamentals of Project Management” and “Developing and Managing the Project Schedule”
Ann Arbor, MI, July 18-19, 2016
•ABA Construction Forum “Sticks and Bricks - Foundations” course - 2015
•Hayward Baker New Project Managers Contract Review, Liens and Claims course - 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
•Frederick County Community College - Adjunct Professor - Course in Construction Management Fall 2004
•ASA-Smith Currie Corporate Wellness Seminar - June 1, 2018 - National Harbor, MD
•Smith Currie’s 48th Annual Update Seminar - March 22-23, 2018 - Atlanta, GA
•Smith Currie’s 47th Annual Update Seminar - March 2-3, 2017 - Atlanta, GA
•Sick Leave Laws and Regulations - February 8, 2017 - Washington, D.C.
•Construction and Federal Contracting: Update and Best Practices Workshop - November 10, 2016 - Washington, DC
•AGC Webinar - Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Series Part Two: What Types of Labor Law Violations Put You at Risk of Disqualification? - October 17, 2016
•Paid Sick Leave and Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces - October 7, 2016 - Boston, MA
•New Workplace Sick Leave Rules - October 7, 2016 - Boston, MA
•AGC Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces (Blacklisting) Executive Order Webinar - September 7, 2016
•Federal Contracting - What You Need to Know - May 9, 2016 - Washington, DC
•Smith Currie's 46th Annual Update Seminar - May 5, 2016 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Construction Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.735.2451  Phone
202.775.8217  Fax
University Attended:
Florida State University, B.S., Civil Engineering, cum laude
Law School Attended:
Tau Beta Pi; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors; Order of the Coif
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court for the District of Maryland; Maryland; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; Court of Appeals of Maryland

Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association
•Maryland State Bar Association
•American Society of Civil Engineers
•Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Drafting and prosecution of claims related to cement deep soil mix (CDSM) shear walls on dam rehabilitation projects.; Drafting and prosecution of claims related to a levee construction and river deepening and widening.; Litigation at the Court of Federal Claims of a dispute over differing site conditions related to pile-driving as part of a NAVFAC pier reconstruction project.; ASBCA appeal of $10M+ dispute with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding performance specification verification testing on dike rehabilitation project in Florida.; Arbitration award for drilled shaft contractor in dispute over defective specifications as part of environmental containment project on chemical manufacturing site in Ohio.; Prosecution and recovery of differing site condition and superior knowledge claims on container terminal construction project in Colon, Panama.; Prosecution, litigation and settlement of $2.8M+ of mechanics' liens, bond claims and other contract claims for scope changes on project involving the construction of high-voltage transmission lines for wind-generated electricity in central Texas.; Preparation, prosecution and resolution of $4.5M+ in pass-through delay and impact claims by caisson contractor against FDOT on rail bridge project in South Florida.

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