Amanda Schermer MacVey

Partner
MacVey Amanda

Mandy MacVey brings her skilled counsel to the business side of construction projects. Mandy is adept at resolving disputed issues during construction and working with project teams to bring projects to closure while minimizing the risk of litigation. She knows how to manage the life cycle of construction projects, successfully addressing inevitable commercial disputes while fielding unexpected challenges as they arise. Through multi-year and multi-billion-dollar projects, Mandy’s day-to-day support is a practical business decision for her construction industry clients.

Mandy understands that timely business decisions are key to avoiding costly project-related litigation. She manages the drafting of terms and conditions, drives the documentation of construction-related decisions and expenses, and tracks regulatory requirements to keep clients focused on their work.

Mandy’s procurement and contract negotiation experience are vital parts of her comprehensive client service; she utilizes various contracting methodologies and project delivery systems to fit the client and project. In order to eliminate or mitigate any disruption to work in the field, Mandy advises owners of long-term projects on industry best practices and strategies for claim avoidance and the timely resolution of contractor claims and disputes. She also offers regulatory consulting and advises utility owners.

Mandy has meaningful boots-on-the-ground experience in the construction industry, having spent nearly a decade in the field on a series of multi-billion-dollar complex construction projects. She provided frontline legal services that included contract negotiation, contract management and administration, project execution, claim avoidance, and dispute resolution through on­site assistance with the client’s day­-to-­day review of contracts, change orders, and other commercial issues.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Served as counsel to the owner's project management team on the Iatan Project, recognized by Power magazine as 2011 Plant of the Year. The project included the construction of a new 850 MW (net) supercritical, pulverized coal unit that burns Powder River Basin (PRB) coal
  • Developed the regulatory strategy for construction of Iatan Unit 2, significantly minimizing disallowed project costs through ratemaking hearings before Missouri and Kansas utility commissions
  • Obtained an arbitration partial award of over 91 percent of the owner's costs in a multi-million-dollar construction dispute
  • Served as counsel to the owner's project management team on the LaCygne Environmental Retrofit Project, an environmental retrofit of two existing units composed of a coal-fired unit nominally rated 810 MW gross that uses a supercritical, cyclone-fired boiler (Unit 1) and a pulverized coal-fired unit nominally rated at 715 MW gross that uses a subcritical, wall-fired boiler (Unit 2)

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. cum laude University of Illinois College of Law 2005
    • Judicial extern, Honorable Judge Michael J. Reagan, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • B.A. Psychology University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2000

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Adjunct professor, The John Marshall Law School, Construction Law, 2016 - 2019

Recognition
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  • Law Bulletin Media, Emerging Lawyer, Construction Law, 2016
  • Legal 500, Construction, 2016, 2019

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Outside general counsel, Street Law, Inc.