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Carlton Fields Enhances Its Nationally Recognized Construction Services with Launch of Centinel Consulting

Consultancy Provides Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Construction and Real Estate Offerings

Washington, D.C. –Carlton Fields is pleased to announce the launch of Centinel Consulting, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based construction consultancy. Centinel assists public and private sector construction and real estate companies through all phases of construction projects — from contract drafting to contract administration to dispute resolution — in a cost-effective manner.

Centinel’s leadership team comprises three seasoned construction industry professionals: Joseph A. McManus, Jr., president; Wm. Cary Wright, vice president; and George J. Meyer, secretary. 

“Centinel supplies a significant advantage to its clients by improving project performance and avoiding or helping resolve construction disputes,” said McManus, who has decades of experience in government contracting and international construction, and once served as general counsel to a major U.S. construction contractor. “We are able to assemble reputable, readily-available consultants without traditional overhead burdens.”

“A focus on consultant quality clearly distinguishes Centinel Consulting from others in this essential industry,” agrees Wright, who offers savvy counsel to Centinel clients involved in a broad range of projects including bridges, convention centers, stadiums, high-rise condominiums, highways, hospitals, and hotels. “Centinel’s true value is rooted in the caliber of the consultants actually working on the client’s project.”

Centinel provides a full range of consulting services at a lower cost than its competitors. The consultancy advises on many issues that arise in the course of a complex construction project, including planning and estimating, project troubleshooting and crisis management, change order pricing, socioeconomic program compliance, ADA compliance, litigation support, labor regulation and compliance, quality assurance/quality control, schedule analysis, dispute resolution, and claim preparation and defense.

The team’s independent contractors, located throughout the United States and Caribbean basin and abroad, include estimating and cost analysts, schedulers, program and project managers, compliance experts, and claims specialists, all with both technical expertise and practical experience.

“Because of Centinel’s unique approach and talented team of experts, we are able to tap into our practical knowledge and expertise under an innovative and flexible model designed to deliver speedy, high-quality, and cost-effective results,” says Meyer, who has extensive experience working with owners, developers, contractors, and designers.

Centinel is one of three wholly owned Carlton Fields subsidiaries introduced this year. Carlton Fields also launched Core Triangle Consulting, a human resources risk management consultancy led by a team of nationally renowned labor and employment law and policy professionals. Carlton Fields’ value-centric approach across the consultancies prioritizes clients’ overall business goals and drives value directly into clients’ hands.

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About Carlton Fields’ Construction Practice: Carlton Fields’ national Construction Practice Group is consistently recognized for providing clients with a full suite of legal services on all aspects of construction, including construction planning and development, litigation and dispute resolution, and government contracting. Carlton Fields is one of only five law firms in the nation with four or more lawyers who are Fellows of the preeminent American College of Construction Lawyers. In total, seven Carlton Fields lawyers and alumni have been inducted as ACCL Fellows. Most recently, the practice ranked No. 1 in the country in Chambers USA 2020 for the 18th consecutive year. The firm’s construction litigation team also earned national first-tier rankings in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms guide.


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