David Kiefer - McDermott Will & Emery


David (Dave) Kiefer focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration matters arising out of construction and engineering disputes over large, international energy and infrastructure projects, including megaprojects valued in the billions of dollars.  He is intimately familiar with the technical and commercial aspects of these projects and routinely advises clients as project disputes arise, making him an effective and efficient advocate.

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  • Representing an owner of a multi-billion dollar LNG export facility in an ICC arbitration against an EPC contractor over the design and construction of the facility.
  • Representing the owner of a natural gas pipeline in an ICC arbitration against an EPC contractor over claims of delay.
  • Represented an owner in a $600 million ICC arbitration over the design and construction of floating oil and gas processing plants off the coast of Brazil.*
  • Represented the owner of a Colombian oil refinery in a multibillion-dollar dispute against an EPC contractor before the ICC. *
  • Successful representation of a nuclear reactor designer and equipment supplier in an ICC arbitration, securing $158 million award against an Asian national power company arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant. *

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2013 to 2023
  • Who’s Who Legal, Construction, 2019
  • Legal 500, Real Estate and Construction, 2016


George Washington University, JD, 1998
Lafayette College, BA, 1995

District of Columbia
New Jersey
New York