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Andrew D. Ness (Andy)


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  • Harvard University (J.D. magna cum laude 1977; Articles Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation); Stanford University (B.S. in Electrical Engineering with distinction 1974; Tau Beta Pi)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, California, and Virginia


  • Law Clerk to Chief Judge Robert F. Peckham, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (1977-1978)

Andy Ness assists owners and contractors with troubled projects, solving complex construction and design-related problems without need for formal dispute resolution whenever practicable. In litigated matters, he has served as lead counsel on a wide variety of large construction disputes that were resolved in federal and state courts and via domestic and international arbitrations. Andy also has extensive experience in resolving disputes through the use of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques, and he has drafted and negotiated design, EPC, and construction contracts for a wide range of major projects around the world.

Andy additionally has extensive experience with U.S. government projects and contracting issues. The projects that he has assisted encompass a broad range of energy, industrial and process, government, institutional, commercial, and building projects across the United States and numerous other countries in Europe, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. Prior to joining Jones Day, Andy was co-leader of the team that received the 2008 and 2010 Awards for Excellence in construction by Chambers USA. He has been recognized individually by Chambers USA (Band 1) and Best Lawyers in America since each publication commenced coverage of construction law and has been named by International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers as one of the "Most Highly Regarded Individuals" worldwide each year since 2012.

Andy is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and from 2012 to 2013 was chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, the world's largest organization of construction lawyers.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chambers USA — Band 1, Construction, National and District of Columbia, where clients say he is "outstanding"

    Who's Who Legal: Construction — one of the "Most Highly Regarded Individuals" (2012-2017)

    Best Lawyers — "Top 100 Washington Lawyers" (2012, 2014); "DC Construction Lawyer of the Year" (2012)

    Legal 500 — inaugural "Hall of Fame" (2017)
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