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Peter J. Comodeca Senior Counsel

Pete’s primary focus is construction, energy and complex contract law.   He serves as chair of the firm’s Construction group and heads up its Construction Litigation practice as well as the import/export practice of the International group.  He is also co-chair of both the Energy Industry Team and the Probate Litigation practice.  In addition, Pete advises and guides clients on matters of federal government contract; oil and gas; customs and agency regulation; international law; and business, corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration.

Pete offers analysis with respect to dispute resolution of matters of domestic and international commercial contracts, distributorship agreements, construction issues and government contracts.  He represented a contractor with regard to renovations of the United States Supreme Court building.
He also counsels international and domestic clients regarding U.S. Customs port-of-entry and compliance programs.  Pete negotiates and facilitates federal lease agreements, commercial and construction contract claims and disputes, and federal agency regulatory issues.  He advises publicly-traded and closely-held corporations on federal quality and ISO requirements as well as federal agency regulations.
Pete is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional and counsels clients in achieving LEED building certification. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Blue Ribbon Panel of Arbitration and frequently serves as an arbitrator or mediator in construction, commercial and international disputes and is also an arbitrator for the International Chamber of Commerce and for the London Court of International Arbitration. Pete frequently serves as sole arbitrator or mediator in multi-million dollar domestic and international disputes between engineering firms and between contractors on construction, infrastructure, and oil and gas projects. He is also the inaugural Chairperson of the Lex Mundi Construction and Infrastructure Practice Group. He served as an inaugural trustee for the Bay Village Foundation and is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section. Pete has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Corporate Counsel’s 2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution.  He is also listed as a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America for Construction Litigation.
He is also a member of the International Bar Association, National Contract Management Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. For several consecutive years, Pete has been listed as one of America’s Leading Lawyers in Chambers USA for Construction law.

He is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University and a frequent lecturer at professional and legal seminars.  He has spoken in such arenas as the American Bar Association Annual Convention, The American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Construction Superconference, International Energy Conference on developing, constructing, operating and securing international energy/power projects, Airport Counsels Institute, Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services, Ohio Mechanical Contractors’ Association, Cleveland State University’s Executive MBA Program, International Bar Association, American Arbitration Association and Price, Waterhouse & Cooper, Inc.

A published author, Pete has been featured in Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, The Construction Lawyer, Builders Exchange, Insights magazine of Willamette Management Associates and Willamette Capital, Contract Management, Dispute Resolution Journal, and NACVA, News for the Financial Consultant.

Pete served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Army, continuing his distinguished military service there as a Department of Defense contract litigation attorney.  He joined Calfee in 1990 and became a partner in 1993.