Five Howrey Construction Attorneys Join Ober|Kaler

April 5, 2011

Adds greater depth to existing construction practice along with expanded policyholder insurance capabilities

Washington DC, April 5, 2011  Ober|Kaler announced today that five attorneys formerly of Howrey LLP have joined the firm’s Construction, Litigation and Risk Management practice in its Washington DC office. “The addition of these well-known and highly respected attorneys expands our existing Construction practice, with strategic focus on the health care and power industries, and increasing emphasis on representation of policyholders in insurance counseling and recovery matters,” notes John A. Wolf, Chair of Ober|Kaler.

Barbara G. Werther, Principal, has over 30 years of experience in construction and government contracts law, both in the private sector and on public projects. Ms. Werther has represented both contractors and owners in disputes regarding substantial claims for delays, acceleration, inefficiencies, default terminations, construction catastrophes and false claims.

She is recognized as one of the country’s leading construction and government contracts lawyers in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Washington DC’s Best Lawyers. She hosted the first Annual Women in Construction Conference in Washington DC in 2006. Most recently she spoke on “Advanced Negotiations Strategies” for the ABA Construction Forum Midwinter Meeting.

Stephen D. Palley, Principal, specializes in policyholder insurance coverage litigation with a construction industry focus, as well as complex construction defect litigation. Mr. Palley also advises clients on the development and negotiation of insurance and risk transfer programs for large construction projects throughout the United States, including hospitals, airports, power plants and stadiums.

A regular speaker and writer on construction and insurance-related topics, Mr. Palley is the lead editor of the newly-released twelve-chapter book entitled Construction Insurance: A Guide for Attorneys and Other Professionals, published by the ABA Forum on Construction (April 2011).

Akin Alcitepe, Counsel, focuses on complex commercial and construction litigation matters in both state and federal courts as well as commercial and investment arbitrations in domestic and international dispute resolution forums, with an emphasis in Turkey.

Christian F. Henel, Associate, advises clients in resolving complex construction and government contracts disputes through litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods. He is experienced in state and federal courts of multiple jurisdictions, Article I courts, boards of contract appeals and international forums.

William A. Roach, Jr., Associate, practices in the area of complex commercial litigation and arbitration, securities fraud and white collar criminal defense. He represents clients involved in contract disputes, business torts, licensing disputes and royalty claims.

Ms. Werther, Mr. Palley, Mr. Alcitepe and Mr. Henel are members of the team awarded the 2008 and 2010 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Construction [PDF].

About Ober|Kaler
Ober|Kaler is a national law firm providing integrated regulatory, transactional and litigation services to construction, financial, health care and other business organizations. The firm has 130 attorneys, with offices in Baltimore MD, Washington DC and Falls Church VA. For more information, please visit

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