Mike Loulakis has more than 30 years of experience in representing parties engaged in all aspects of the construction industry. Before starting Capital Project Strategies, Mike served as chairman and president of the national construction law firm of Wickwire Gavin, P.C., where he represented clients in matters involving procurement, risk management, contract drafting and dispute resolution. He is well-known for his extensive background on design-build and other alternative project delivery systems, and has been one of the industry’s most active writers and speakers on the subjects. Mike has been lead counsel on some of the country’s most complex public sector design-build projects and public-private partnership programs, where he has helped agencies formulate effective project delivery, procurement, and contracting strategies. He has particular expertise on large transportation, water, and tunneling projects. He has also represented contractors, design professionals and others on construction business counseling, teaming, contracting, and conflict resolution, often serving as their outside general counsel for construction matters.
In addition to his public sector work, Mike has extensive experience in the representation of private sector owners on domestic and international capital projects in the power generation (coal-fired, gas-fired, and hydroelectric), petrochemical, and process industries. His role includes strategic assistance on EPC and EPCm procurement, risk allocation, contracting, and conflict resolution, and he has worked on projects in over 10 countries. Given his background, Mike is frequently asked to serve as a neutral in arbitrations, mediations and DRBs, and as a peer reviewer of contracting practices and claims management. He is also involved in several national research projects for design-build and P3 best practices funded by FHWA and the TRB.
Mike holds a civil engineering degree from Tufts University and a law degree from Boston University School of Law. He is widely published and has been ranked since 2004 in Chambers USA as one of the country’s best construction lawyers. In recognition of his contributions to the construction industry, Mike was awarded DBIA’s 2013 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award, and inducted into both the American College of Construction Lawyers and National Academy of Construction.
J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1979
B.S.C.E., magna cum laude, Tufts University, Tau Beta Pi, 1976