AAC Attorneys

The following distinguished attorneys who serve on the Attorney Advisory Council comprise a valuable NASBP “resource team”:

Barron Avery, Esq.
Baker & Hostetler LLP
1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036

W. Barron A. Avery is counsel at Baker & Hostetler LLP in Washington, DC, where he counsels and represents government contractors and subcontractors in a wide range of matters involving all aspects of federal government contracting. With substantial knowledge of the rules and regulations that drive the government contracts industry, Avery provides knowledgeable day-to-day advice and counseling to clients faced with government contracting matters.

In addition to his counseling practice, Avery has extensive experience litigating matters on behalf of government contractors and subcontractors. Avery regularly brings and defends bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims, representing clients in a wide range of industries, including construction. He also has significant experience litigating contract disputes before the Court of Federal Claims and the boards of contract appeals, particularly the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, as well as resolving disputes between prime contractors and subcontractors in federal district court and through alternative dispute resolution.

Avery received a BA from Hampden-Sydney College and a JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.

Adrian Bastianelli, Esq.
Peckar & Abramson, PC
2055 L Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20036

Adrian L. Bastianelli, III is the co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson's Washington, DC office. He has devoted his practice to construction claims and litigation for forty years. He has an active ADR practice having served as an arbitrator, mediator, and DRB member on over 500 disputes. He has handled numerous large surety bond cases. 

Bastianelli is a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and has served on its Board of Governors and as the co-chair of its ADR Committee. He also is a past Chair of the ABA Forum on the Construction Law and past President of the Washington Building Congress. He received the Cornerstone Award from the ABA Forum on Construction Law. Bastianelli is the co-editor of ABA Forum on Construction Law books on Construction ADR and Federal Government Construction Contracts.  He served as the Editor of both The Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers and The Construction Lawyer. 

Bastianelli received a BSCE from Purdue University and a JD from the University of Louisville.  He clerked for what is now the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Jeff Frank, Esq.
Alber Frank, PC
2301 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 300
Troy, MI 48084

Jeffrey M. Frank is a founding shareholder and the managing partner of Alber Crafton, PSC, practicing primarily in the Troy, Michigan office. Frank is licensed to practice in Michigan and is admitted to the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Frank graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1989 and from the Boston University School of Law in 1992. He concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of fidelity and surety law, specializing in commercial surety, as well as commercial and probate litigation.  He is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Fidelity and Surety Law Committee (FSLC). Frank is the editor of The Law of Probate Bonds, Second Edition, which was released in 2015. He is the author of the Michigan chapters in the FSLC publications regarding motor vehicle dealer bonds and contractor license bonds as well as the FSLC Surety Underwriter’s Desk Book. Frank is also a member of the Fidelity and Surety Steering Committee of the Defense Research Institute as well as a member of the National Bond Claims Association and the Surety Association of Michigan.

Frank regularly serves as a mediator in the Wayne County (MI) Probate Court and frequently lectures on surety issues.

Jay Labe Esq.
Allen & Curry, P.C.
1125 Seventeenth Street, Suite 1275
Denver, CO 80202 

Labe is of counsel to the law firm of Allen & Curry, P.C. in Denver, Colorado. For the past 40 years his practice has focused on the defense of construction contract sureties confronted with payment and performance bond claims on federal and state public works projects and large private projects.  

Labe is a member of numerous national and local surety industry organizations including ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. Labe is a frequent speaker and presenter on a broad range of surety topics including construction, commercial and miscellaneous bonds, commercial bail insurance and individual surety fraud.

Mike Pipkin, Esq.
Sedgwick LLP
1717 Main Street, Suite 5400
Dallas, TX 75201

Mike F. Pipkin is a partner in the Dallas office of Sedgwick LLP, where he provides all aspects of construction counseling and litigation to sureties, private owners and developers, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals, including high-rise office buildings and condominiums, heavy and light commercial, industrial, road and bridge, and residential construction. He counsels in the area of commercial real estate development and construction management, including the preparation of traditional lump-sum and guaranteed maximum price contracts, construction management contracts, and agreements with contractors and architects, in addition to claims investigation, resolution of lien disputes, and the pursuit and defense of construction claims in all forums, including federal and state court trials, as well as arbitration.

Pipkin is the 2014-15 Chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Fidelity and Surety Law Committee. He is also a member of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, the AGC Contract Documents Forum, the Attorney Council of the Texas Association of Builders, and the Order of the Knights of the Pearlman Association. 

Pipkin is a nationally recognized speaker and writer on advanced topics in the surety and construction industries. He is a co-editor of Bond Default Manual, 4th Edition, to be published in May 2015 by the ABA.

Todd Regan, Esq.
Robinson & Cole LLP
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Todd Regan is a partner at the law firm of Robinson & Cole LLP in Hartford, Connecticut. His practice is dedicated to the construction and surety industries. He represents the full range of construction and surety industry stakeholders in claims involving project delays and inefficiencies, defective design and construction, unfair trade practices and bad faith, and mechanic's liens and bond claims. Regan has argued before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Connecticut Supreme Court on significant legal issues concerning the construction and surety industries. He also counsels construction industry members in the negotiation and drafting of project-related agreements.

Regan is member of several national construction and surety industry related organizations, including the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, and the Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute. He also serves as a pro bono attorney with Lawyers for Children America, volunteers with the United Way’s literacy program in the Hartford Public Schools, and is a board member with several nonprofit organizations.

Armen Shahinian, Esq.
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
One Boland Drive
West Orange, NJ 07052
973.530.2002 (NYC phone:  212.973.0572)

Armen Shahinian is a member of Wolff & Samson PC with offices in West Orange, New Jersey, and New York, New York. Shahinian concentrates his practice in the areas of fidelity and surety law, construction and commercial litigation and bankruptcy.  He is licensed in New York and New Jersey and manages, arbitrates, litigates and has lectured and written extensively with respect to surety, bankruptcy and construction claims throughout the United States.

Shahinian is a graduate of Brown University and NYU School of Law and is a former Chair of the American Bar Association TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute, serves as Editor-in-Chief of its Newsletter, is an Advisor Emeritus to the Fidelity Law Association, and is a member of the National Bond Claims Association. Shahinian is an Advisor to the Surety and Fidelity Claims Committees of the Surety & Fidelity Association of America.
Shahinian has been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers since 2005 and Best Lawyers in America since 2007, winning Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 for Litigation (Newark) and in 2011 for Construction Law (Newark).


G. Scott Walters
Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP
2700 Marquis One Tower
245 Peachtree Center Ave., NE
Atlanta, GA  30303


G. Scott Walters works in the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP. He is admitted to the Bars of the State of Georgia and the District of Columbia. Walters’ legal practice focuses on serving clients in the construction and real estate development industries in the areas of general business and corporate matters, procurement, construction claims and disputes, regulatory compliance, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and federal government contracting advice. In his nearly twenty-year legal career, Walters has represented owners, developers, sureties, contractors, and subcontractors in a variety of construction disputes concerning private projects and local, state, and federal construction and public works projects. Walters has prosecuted and defended performance and payment bond claims for both private and public owners and contractors in numerous state and federal tribunals. Walters also has extensive experience in drafting complex construction documents for heavy industrial construction and maintenance, general commercial construction, and environmental remediation projects throughout the country.

Walters currently serves as legal counsel for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia, Inc. He has also taught classes on Practical Construction Project Documentation, Construction Contracting Issues, and Safety Conscious Work Environment Training, and speaks and writes frequently on a wide range of construction industry legal issues.