Frank Bigelis focuses his practice on construction law and government contracts. Mr. Bigelis has experience representing owners, developers, contractors, architects, and engineers on worldwide projects with varied delivery methods, including design-build, EPC, CM at Risk, and the traditional design-bid-build. He has extensive experience in drafting, risk management and dispute resolution under all standard forms of contract (AIA, DBIA, EJCDC, ACG, and FiDIC) as well as customized contracts.
After contract, he has often worked with the client during the actual construction, providing real-time risk management advice and assistance, all towards an effort of completing a successful project and aiding the client to be in the best possible position should a dispute arise.
Mr. Bigelis has prosecuted and defended disputes in a variety of forums, including domestic and international arbitration, federal and state litigation, the Boards of Contract Appeals, mediation and dispute resolution boards (DRBs).
Mr. Bigelis has also focused on construction claims in government contracts, (and in areas including services, supply, and intellectual property provisions), bid protests and navigating the Federal Acquisition Regulations, the Contract Disputes Act, the False Claims Act and other federal regulations.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Bigelis was a partner at an international law firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He has counseled and represented clients on construction projects in most industries, such as: power plants, hospitals, heavy and light rail, landfills, mixed use developments, vertical construction, casinos, industrial and chemical plants, water and wastewater, tunneling, mining, highway, Native American projects, schools, and other infrastructure mega-projects.
Before law school, Mr. Bigelis worked for a nationally-recognized consultant engineering and construction management firm. During that time, he was responsible for the design and construction of water treatment plants and water supply systems. As both a senior design engineer and project/resident engineer on large construction projects around the country, his responsibilities included coordination of the entire construction process from conceptualization and design, through submittal coordination, construction, and final completion.