Peter W. Hahn

Biography

Peter represents commercial contractors and project owners in all facets of a construction project, from procurement through dispute resolution. His substantial experience and understanding of the industry, as well as his knowledge of general business disputes, allow him to modify his approach for each client, carefully crating a strategy to meet their individual needs and goals. 

His understanding of the construction industry allows him to advise clients-both public and private-through disputes and liability avoidance at every phase of a construction project, from the drafting and negotiation of initial contracts all the way through to post-project issues such as construction defect claims. He also brings a knowledge of construction reform law, allowing him to guide clients through the complex and evolving legislation that continues to impact the industry. In addition to drafting custom-made construction documents and advising clients on appropriate modifications to standard construction contracts, he has also represented clients through a variety of matters, including:

  • State and federal prevailing wage law, 
  • Mechanics’ liens, 
  • Project delivery methods, 
  • Payment and delivery performance bond claims, 
  • Publicly-bid projects, 
  • Change orders and directives, 
  • Differing site conditions, 
  • Delay and acceleration claims, 
  • Project safety concerns, 
  • Problems with coordination of work, and 
  • Construction defect claims.

Peter also remains active in construction-related organizations, allowing him to stay advised of developments that will impact the industry. He is a member of the Builders Exchange (BX) of Central Ohio, and a participant in the BX Rising Leaders Program. Additionally, he also is a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Central Ohio, the Columbus Bar Association’s Construction Law Committee and the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry. Understanding the ever-changing developments, legislation and regulations around the construction industry allows Peter to provide his clients with unique insight and perspective, enabling them to mitigate their risk as they move forward.

Education

  • Washington University School of Law  (J.D., 1998)
    • Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law, Editorial Board
  • The College of Wooster  (B.A., with honors, 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • Kentucky Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Builders Exchange of Central Ohio
  • Associated Builders & Contractors of Central Ohio
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Construction Law
      • Division 1: Litigation and Dispute Resolution
      • Division 2: Contract Documents
      • Division 5: General Contractors
      • Division 13: Government Construction, Steering Committee
      • Publications Committee
      • Mid-Winter Meeting (Los Angeles) co-chair (2019)
    • Section of Litigation, Construction Litigation Committee
    • Section of Public Contract Law
      • Division 2: State and Local Procurement
      • Division 3: Construction
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Construction Law Committee 
    • Legal Ethics & Professional Conduct Committee
  • Columbus Bar Association
    • Construction Law Committee, chair (2012 - 2014)
    • Bar Admission Committee
  • Leadership Columbus, Class of 2001
  • Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees, chair (2013 - 2015)
  • Tri-Village Chamber Partnership, Board member (2016 - present)
  • Upper Arlington Library, Board of Trustees (2016 - present)
  • Kids Voting Central Ohio, Board chairman (2011 - 2014)
  • College of Wooster
    • Scots-in-Service Leader
    • Columbus Leadership Guard

Distinctions

  • Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers® for Construction Law
  • Ohio Rising Star®
  • Top Lawyers by Columbus CEO Magazine (2014)
  • Fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA)