Attorneys > Jeff Venzie



Bar Admissions:


Court Admissions:

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Federal Court of Claims

United States Tax Court

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania



Member of American Arbitration Association Panel of Construction Arbitrators

Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations

The American Bar Association (ABA); Committee on Fidelity and Surety Law; Forum Committee on the Construction Industry; Litigation and Tort and Insurance Practice Sections

Construction Industry

Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Philadelphia Chapter (Board of Directors – Member 2012-2014; Officer/Secretary 2014-2016)

Associated Builders & Contractors, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter


"Money Matters! Understanding the Risks and Benefits of 'Pay-When-Paid' and 'Pay-If-Paid' Provisions"

• Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Keystone Chapter, May 2014, April 2012;

• ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, April 2013, February 2012, March 2011, October 2010;

• Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Greater Berks – Lehigh Valley Chapter, March 2011;

• Joint Meeting of Subcontractors Association of Delaware Valley and CFMA, Philadelphia Chapter, January 2012;

• The Desmond Hotel, Malvern, PA, January, 2012.

"Pennsylvania Lien Law Update and the Recent Decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Kvaerner Metals v. Commercial Union Ins. Co."

• CFMA, Philadelphia Chapter, January, 2007



  • J.D., Widener University School of Law, 1996;
       Editorial Board Member, Law Review
  • B.A., cum laude, Syracuse University, 1993
  • LL.M. in Taxation, Villanova University School of Law, 2001


Jeff’s construction law and litigation practice involves the representation of owners, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors and sureties. He routinely counsels clients through project management issues and disputes that arise during construction with an eye not only to ensuring that all of the client’s rights and remedies are protected, but also to formulating and implementing a strategy that will place the client in an optimal position to prosecute or defend any litigation that may ensue after project completion.


Jeff has prosecuted and defended all types of construction claims and issues before various federal and state courts, and in arbitration, including claims arising out of delays, acceleration, loss of productivity, default, termination, extra work, construction defects, defective specifications, design errors and omissions, bid protests, differing site conditions and payment and performance bond claims. He has experience with a wide range of federal, state and private projects, including commercial buildings, high-rise buildings and condominiums, courthouses, schools and universities, hospitals, roads, sewers, sludge pit and landfill remediations, wastewater treatment plants, process piping plants, army depots, and pharmaceutical facilities. Jeff also has extensive experience in drafting construction contracts.


In addition to construction litigation, Jeff also has significant experience litigating commercial and business disputes, including cases involving the usurpation of corporate opportunities, partnership disputes and dissolution, breach of contract, fraud/misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary obligations, piercing the corporate veil, and representing creditors in bankruptcy court.


Early in his legal career, Jeff served as a trial attorney for the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel in Philadelphia where he represented the IRS in the United States Tax Court and assisted the U.S. Department of Justice in tax litigation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney representing the IRS before the United States Bankruptcy Court.


Jeff regularly writes and speaks on legal issues pertaining to construction and is a Vice-President of the firm.




September 2016
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"Owners of Corporate Entities Can Have Personal Liability to Contractors/Subcontractors Under The Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act," Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Keystone Chapter Spokesman

October 2012
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"Payment Bond Claims on Federal and State Projects," Merit Shop Spokesman

August 2008
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"States Differ on CGL Policies' Coverage for Faulty Workmanship," The Contractor's Compass: Fourth Quarter 2008

June 2008
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"PA One Call System: Economic Loss Rule Bars Excavator From Suing Utility Company for Negligence in Marking Underground Lines," SCA Newletter

July - August 2007
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"The New Era of E-Discovery,"

March - April 2006
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"The Potential Dangers of a Partial Waiver or Release of Claims & Liens," CFMA BP




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