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Joseph C. Kovars

100 Light Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Firm: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Years In Practice

Phone Number (410) 862-1143

Mr. Kovars concentrates his practice in construction and public contracts law. He is co-chair of Baker Donelson's Construction Group.

He represents contractors, subcontractors, sureties and owners in contract formation and construction disputes involving many types of construction projects.

Mr. Kovars' experience as first chair litigator in large and complex cases includes appearances before federal and state courts, trial and appellate levels, boards of contract appeals and the comptroller general. He also acts as an arbitrator and mediator in resolving disputes.

He has extensive experience with contract interpretation disputes, delay and impact claims, contract terminations, bid protests, mechanics' liens, bond claims and injunctions. Mr. Kovars has participated in approximately 70 arbitrations as an arbitrator and as an attorney.

Mr. Kovars has been recognized in several publications as one of the leading attorneys in construction law. This recognition was confirmed by Mr. Kovars' election as a Fellow to the American College of Construction Lawyers in 2014 and selection as Best Lawyer's Best Lawyer, Baltimore, Litigation--Construction, 2015-2016. Mr. Kovars is also the editor-in-chief of the Maryland Construction Law Deskbook (2nd Ed., Maryland State Bar Association 2017). In addition, he is the Co-Editor of The 2017 A201 Deskbook (ABA 2017) and Construction Subcontracting (ABA 2014). He is ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

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What legal services does this lawyer offer?
Lawyer of the Year recognition for Joseph C. Kovars
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
Litigation - Construction, Baltimore (2015)
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation (2007 – 2013, 2015 – 2016); Construction and Real Estate (2014)
  • Listed in The Legal 500, Construction (2015)
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers (2013, 2015)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Boston University, BA
Graduated 1975
Contact Details and Office Locations
100 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
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