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.

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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.

Publications

  • “Ten Representative Government Contract Issues That Give Rise to Disputes,” Thomson Reuters/Aspatore Government Contracts Compliance, 2016-2017 Edition
  • “New Federal Developments Related to Fracking,” Oil, Gas and Energy Quarterly, Matthew Bender, March 2016
  • “Compliance: A Meaningful New Year’s Resolution,” NACVA QuickRead, News for the Financial Consultant, February 4, 2016
  • “Fracking and Local Governments-What Can Be Regulated, Local Government Law From Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, December 7, 2015
  • “Considerations in Selecting an Expert Witness,” NACVA QuickRead, News for the Financial Consultant, June 3, 2015
  • Contributing Author, “Working with New and Experienced Federal Government Contractors and Subcontractors”; Aspatore “Inside the Minds - Government Contracts Compliance,” 2013
  • “Change in Ohio Law Reduces Statute of Limitations for Contracts in Writing,” Calfee First Alert, September 20, 2012
  • “The Undocumented Side of Hiring,” Workforce.com, November 9, 2011
  • “Communities have to weigh environmental concerns when considering alternative energy adoption,” Alternative Power Construction, July 6, 2011
  • “Responsibility for Safety: Rights and Risks,” World of Concrete, January 20, 2011
  • “Steps to Minimize the Loss of LEED Certification,” Lexology, March, 2010
  • “LEED Certification May Not Last,” Lexology, February, 2010
  • “Finding the Perfect Spot - How Site Selection Affects Wind Farm Construction,” Alternative Power Construction, October 2009
  • “Winds of change for the construction industry,” Power & Energy Solutions - North American Edition, Issue 1, 2009
  • “Infrastructure Projects Coming to Ohio: How to Bid On and Work Within a Government Contract,” Calfee First Alert, April 17, 2009
  • “Energy for Taking Advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,” Energy Law360, April 9, 2009
  • “Other Green Battles: Zoning Challenges,” Inside Counsel, April 2009
  • “The Defense of False Claims Act Suits by Federal Subcontractors,” The Construction Lawyer, Journal of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Volume 29, Number 2, Spring 2009
  • “Offshore Wind Farms: A Sea Change,” Mondaq, January 28, 2009
  • “Wind Energy Projects - Jobsite Selection Takes Center Stage,” Mondaq, January 7, 2009
  • “Contract Audits - The Inevitable Need to Review What You Do,” Cities & Villages Magazine, January/February 2008
  • “Employ Risk Analysis for Healthy Health-Care Facility Construction,” Columbus Business First, August 3, 2007
  • “Ohio Supreme Court: Contractor’s Must Follow Contract’s Language,” Columbus Business First, July 6, 2007
  • “A Mechanic’s Lien? Not So Much,” Builder’s Exchange Magazine, vol. 6, issue 2
  • “Potential Problems with Public Bidding: A Primer,” Builder’s Exchange Magazine, vol. 5, issue 5
  • “Tools for Resolving Claims,” Builder’s Exchange Magazine, vol. 6, issue 5
  • Co-author, "No Contract, No Chance?," Builders Exchange Magazine, July 26, 2006
  • “Estate Planning and Estate Administration Procedures,” Portsmouth Daily Times, Special Issue 2006
  • Co-author, “No Contract, No Chance?,” Insights newsletter of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Summer 2006
  • Co-author, “Mechanic's Liens - Pitfall for the Unwary,” Insights newsletter of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Spring 2006
  • Co-author, “Delay Damages: Not Always a Sure Thing,” Insights newsletter of Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP, Winter 2006
  • “Estate Planning and Administrative Procedures to Minimize the Risk of Probate Disputes,” Insights Magazine of Willamette Management Associates and Willamette Capital, Winter 2005
  • Co-author, “Creative Development Tools Can Boost Business for Municipalities, Savings for Businesses,” Insights newsletter of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Fall 2005
  • Co-author, “Foreign Trademark Zone: A Development Option,” Cities & Villages Magazine of the Ohio Municipal League, March/April 2005
  • "Choosing an Executor,” Cleveland Jewish News, October 15, 2004
  • “Advisor's Counsel: Clearing a Path for Estate Executors,” Ohio Lawyer's Weekly, September 27, 2004
  • “Making the Most of Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Deloitte & Touche, et al., Magazine, Winter 2003
  • “Choosing Your Executor,” Insights newsletter of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Fall 2003
  • “The Decision to Use Party Appointed Arbitrators,” Contract Management Magazine, August 2003
  • “Exporting Your Product to China - Successfully,” Insights newsletter of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Spring 2003
  • “Ready..Set..Mediate,” Dispute Resolution Journal, November 2001-January 2002
  • “Conducting Internal Investigations,” two parts, Contract Management Magazine, February 2001, March 2001
  • “Conducting Internal Investigations,” The Clause, Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association, March 2001
  • “Mediation Offers Means to Control Dispute Uncertainty,” Columbus Business First, December 29, 2000
  • Contributing author, “Criteria for Mediating,” Mediating Sports Disputes, National And International Prospectives


Presentations/Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Protecting Your Organization in the Maze of Import/Export Compliance Regulations,” Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP Compliance Seminar, May 12, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Real-Life Indemnification Provisions Gone Wrong: Top Attorney Mistakes,” Ironclad Indemnification Provisions in Legal Contracts, National business Institute, September 29, 2015.
  • Presenter, “What You Wish You Knew About Export Compliance,” a Thomson Reuters Webinar, May 26, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Attorney Views on Using Expert Witnesses,” Rimkus Marketing Kickoff Meeting, January 7, 2015
  • Presenter, “The Use of Experts in Consumer Trials,” Legal Aid Society, Consumer Boot Camp Agenda, October 20, 2014
  • Presenter, “Construction Defect Litigation,” Resolving Real Estate-Related Disputes in Ohio, National Business Institute, October 2, 2014
  • Panelist, “How to Get the Most Out of Your Expert Witness,” Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services, June 5, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, “Fraud Examination,” Executive MBA Program, Cleveland State University Monte Ahuja college of business, April 10, 2014
  • Presenter, “Fundamentals of Construction Contracts,” Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Annual December Symposium, December 5, 2012
  • Presenter, “The Construction Process” University of Akron, October 17, 2011
  • Panelist, “Legal Aspects Related to Concrete Construction Industry,” World of Concrete 2011 WOC Education Program, January 17, 2011
  • “Working in Traditional and Alternative Project Delivery Systems,” Ohio Construction Law, Half Moon LLC, December 8, 2010
  • Panelist, “Effective and Economical Approaches to Arbitration,” Preparing Yourself and Your Client for Mediation or Arbitration, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, ADR Section, November 9, 2010
  • “Surviving Turbulent Times with Project Risk Management Strategies,” Construction Owners Association of America Leadership Conference, May 7, 2010
  • “Contracting for the Construction Industry,” Global Knowledge Conferences, Delhi, India, April 29-30, 2010 and Mumbai, India, April 26-27, 2010
  • “Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration,” American Arbitration Association, March 29, 2010
  • “International Arbitration,” University of Akron Law School, February 24, 2010
  • “Legal Aspects Related to Construction Safety,” Voluntary Protection Program Association for Construction Synergy II, World of Concrete National Conference, February 4, 2010
  • “Wind Energy Development: Real-Estate Related Legal Issues Related to Wind Energy,” American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, 2009 Teleconference and Live Webcast, November 18, 2009
  • “The Answer is Blowing in the Wind: Real Estate Related Legal Issues Related to Wind Energy Development,” American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, 2009 Annual Meeting, August 2, 2009
  • “10 Government Contract Issues That Give Rise to Disputes,” Webinar, June 9, 2009
  • “Twisting in the Wind - Wind Energy and the Construction Industry - Owner’s Perspective,” American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, April 16 - 18, 2009
  • “Contracting with the Government under the Stimulus Package,” Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, March 13, 2009
  • “Prevention of Incidents; Safety First, not just words,” Voluntary Protection Program Association For Construction Synergy Conference, February 5-6, 2009
  • “Effective Safety, Health and Risk Management Practices,” Legal Aspects Panel Discussion, Voluntary Protection Program Association For Construction Synergy Conference, February 5-6, 2009
  • “Working in Traditional and Alternative Project Delivery Systems,” Construction and Law For Architects, Engineers and Contractors, Half Moon LLC, December 18, 2008
  • “Reviewing Contracts for Design Services,” Legal Issues for Ohio Architects and Landscape Architects, Half Moon LLC, October 22, 2008
  • Co-speaker, “Ten Government Contract Issues That Give Rise to Disputes” NBI Government Contracts From A to Z Seminar, October 2, 2008
  • Co-speaker, “Designing a Customized Arbitration Process that Works for Your Organization” Calfee, Halter & Griswold Litigation Seminar, July 31, 2008
  • “Project Management Techniques and Administration Processes, or What You Should Know Before You Manage a Project” FirstEnergy Corp., November 26 and 28, 2007 and December 11 and 13, 2007
  • “Owner-Architect Relations,” ABA Construction Industry Forum, April 11-14, 2007
  • “Basic Construction Risk Management Techniques,” First Energy Corp., November 10, 2006
  • “Project Delivery System Implementation,” Airport Counsels Institute, May 24-25, 2006
  • “Custom and Trade Issues as They Relate to China,” Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, March 9, 2006
  • “Update on Disruption and Loss of Productivity,” Construction Superconference, December 8, 2005
  • “Basic Construction Risk Management Techniques,” SES (Sterling Education Services), October 6, 2004
  • “Fiduciary Litigation Issues,” Cleveland Bar Association Section of Estate Planning, June 15, 2004
  • “Resolving Claims in Pharmaceutical Industry Construction,” Hill International, May 21, 2004
  • “What You Wish You Remembered Before You Took the Project,” Ohio Mechanical Contractors' Association, April 20, 2004
  • “Construction Claims: How to Minimize Loss,” VN Services and McManamon & Company LLC Seminar, December 11, 2003
  • “China: Land of Opportunity,” Fifth Third Bank Seminar, November 13, 2003
    “What You Wish You Remembered Before You Took the Project,” Ohio Mechanical Contractors Association Seminar, October 14, 2003
  • “Issues to Consider in Arbitrations Utilizing Party Appointed Arbitrators,” American Arbitration Association Seminar, December 12, 2002
  • “Construction Risk Management Techniques,” Developing, Constructing, Operating, and Securing International Energy/Power Projects Seminar, London, November 6, 2002
  • “Items to Consider in Advance of Mediation,” Lex Mundi Annual and European Regional Conference, Amsterdam Netherlands, September 2000


Arbitration Experience and Training

Pete 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. He is on the international arbitrator roster for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He served as faculty for the American Arbitration Association’s Presentation of Evidence in Arbitration seminar.

  • AAA Advanced Mediator Training, 2009
  • ICDR, International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation, 2007
  • ABA Construction Industry Forum, Construction Administration: A Panel Discussion of the Differing Views and Expectations of Owners and Design Professionals, 2007
  • AAA/ICDR International Arbitration Symposium, 2006, 2003
  • Faculty, AAA Practical Tips for Dealing with Delay Tactics of Parties and Advocates (ACE004), 2005
  • Faculty, AAA, Presentation of Evidence in Arbitration Seminar, 2004
  • AAA Construction Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2002
  • AAA Mediator Conference, 2001
  • AAA International Arbitrator Training, 2000
  • AAA Mediator Skills Training, 1996
  • AAA Complex Case Management for the Construction Neutral, 1996
  • AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training, 1997
    AAA Large Complex Case Panel Arbitrator Training, 1995


Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section
  • International Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • National Contract Management Association
  • Lex Mundi (Construction and Infrastructure Practice Group, Inaugural Chairperson)
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Practice Areas

Education

  • Judge Advocate Generals' School, LL.M., 1988
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1984
  • United States Military Academy, B.S., 1977

Admissions

  • State of Ohio and Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Claims Court

Contact Pete

  • pcomodeca@calfee.com
  • 216.622.8830
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Practice Areas

  • Construction
  • Construction Litigation
  • Probate Litigation
  • International
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Federal Government Contract and Agency Regulation
  • Business, Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Energy Industry Team
  • Appellate Proceedings Litigation

Education

  • Judge Advocate Generals' School, LL.M., 1988
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1984
  • United States Military Academy, B.S., 1977

Admissions

  • State of Ohio and Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Claims Court