Jeffrey C. Venzie
Jeff represents owners, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and sureties in all aspects of construction law and litigation. He counsels clients through project management issues and disputes that arise during construction with an eye not only toward protecting his client’s rights and remedies, but also to formulate and implement a strategy that puts the client in an optimal position to prosecute or defend any post-completion litigation.
“Construction industry clients – both large and small – need experienced and responsive counsel for their complex, time-sensitive matters. My overriding goal is to provide my clients with the level of service that I want and expect when I engage professionals for my own business. When I represent clients, I always work to craft the best arguments and strategy based on the underlying facts, the law, and the client’s ultimate goals. If there’s a feasible path to achieve a client’s business objectives, I will find it.”
Over his more than 20-year legal career, Jeff has prosecuted and defended a broad range of construction claims and issues before various federal and state courts, and in arbitration and mediation proceedings, including claims involving:
- Schedule Delays
- Inefficiency/Loss of Productivity and Acceleration
- Extra Work/Change Orders
- Non-Conforming Materials & Equipment
- Construction Defects
- Defective Specifications
- Design Errors and Omissions
- Bid Protests
- Differing Site Conditions
- Payment and Performance Bond Claims
- Payment Disputes and Withholding
- Mechanics’ Liens
- CASPA/Prompt Payment Statutes
Jeff has experience advising clients working on many different types of federal, state and private projects, including commercial and retail buildings, high-rises and condominiums, courthouses, schools and universities, hospitals, roads, sewers, sludge pit and landfill remediations, wastewater treatment plants, process piping plants, US Army depots, transportation and pharmaceutical facilities.
For his clients who seek advice at the beginning of projects to avoid or minimize disputes in the future, Jeff also structures, drafts and negotiates construction contracts and other project-related agreements, including owner-contractor agreements, subcontracts, public bid documents, purchase orders, and design professional agreements.
In addition to his work for clients, Jeff writes and speaks on legal issues impacting the construction industry.
In 2016, Jeff was appointed to the American Arbitration Association’s Construction Industry Panel of Arbitrators and serves as an arbitrator in AAA construction cases on a regular basis. He also serves as an arbitrator in civil cases as part of the mandatory arbitration programs in Pennsylvania’s state and federal courts.
Prior to launching Venzie Construction Law in 2019, Jeff spent over 20 years serving as vice-president of Venzie, Phillips & Warshawer, a boutique law firm specializing in construction law and litigation. VPW was founded in 1975 by Jeff’s father, Howard Venzie, and represented construction industry clients in the Philadelphia metro area and throughout the US.
Jeff lives in Downingtown, Pennsylvania with his wife, Kim, and his two sons, Luke and Thomas. Outside the office, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, attending his sons’ lacrosse and hockey games, and training in the martial arts of Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Aikido.
Honors and Recognitions
- Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, recognized as a top attorney in the area of Construction Litigation in 2019 and 2020
- Associate, Venzie, Phillips & Warshawer, 1996-2001
- Trial Attorney, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel, Philadelphia, 2001-2004
- Special Assistant US Attorney, representing IRS before US Bankruptcy Court, 2002-2004
- Vice-President, Venzie, Philips & Warshawer, 2005-2019
- American Arbitration Association Panel of Construction Arbitrators
- Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
- Chester and Delaware County Bar Associations
- Founding Chairperson, Construction Law Section, Chester County Bar Association
- American Bar Association (ABA): Committee on Fidelity and Surety Law; Forum Committee on the Construction Industry; Litigation and Tort and Insurance Practice Sections
- Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Philadelphia Chapter (Board of Directors – Member 2012-2014; Officer/Secretary 2014-2016)
- Associated Builders & Contractors, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter