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Tracy L. Steedman


Member, Litigation Chair

Phone: 410-986-0822
Fax: 410-986-0823
Email: tsteedman@adelberg.com

In an industry and area of practice predominantly comprised of men, Tracy Steedman stands out and is among the foremost distinguished construction law attorneys in the State of Maryland.

While her practice includes working with owners, general contractors and design professionals, she focuses primarily on the representation for subcontractors, whom she regularly describes as the unsung heroes of the construction industry. Known for her down-to-earth personality and “deal-maker, not a deal-breaker” mentality, Tracy approaches construction law as a way to help companies expand their businesses by educating business owners and crafting productive relationships with the key stakeholders in a project.

Tracy has more than 15 years’ experience in commercial construction litigation, contract drafting and negotiation and green building law in Maryland. She represents her clients in all areas of construction, including contract drafting and negotiation, pre-litigation dispute resolution, and all phases of civil litigation for public and private projects. Her intimate knowledge of construction law allows her to handle the most complex construction concerns. Her experience includes a wide variety of matters, including mechanics’ liens, impact, delay and acceleration claims, terminations for default and convenience, change order and extra work, requests for equitable adjustments, payment and performance bond claims, prompt payment disputes, commercial collection issues. MOSH and OSHA citations and bid protests. She has litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels in both state and Federal courts. She is designated a LEED AP, BD+C™ by the U.S. Green Building Council. She advises clients on local, state and Federal green building and regulatory requirements.

Tracy writes and speaks regularly on the subjects of green building, construction law, and contract review and negotiation. Tracy serves on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law and is active in the Maryland State Bar Association’s Litigation and Construction Law Sections. Additionally, she is a past President of the Baltimore Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of MD. Tracy is also active in several industry organizations, including as the Maryland Construction Network, Urban Land Institute and the AIA.

Practice Areas:

  • Construction Law Group
  • Litigation Group

Bar Admissions:

  • Maryland, 2003

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011


  • J.D., with honor, University of Maryland School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., summa cum laude, International Studies, Minor: Geography, Towson University, 2000


  • Best Lawyers® in America, 2020 in the field of Construction Law
  • Maryland Super Lawyers Top 50 Women 2019 in Construction Litigation
  • 2018-2019 by The Best Lawyers in America® for Construction Law in Maryland
  • Maryland Super Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers 2018-19 in Construction Litigation
  • Maryland Super Lawyers in the Top 50 Women list in 2017 and 2019 in
    Construction Litigation and in the Top 100 Lawyers list in 2019
  • Maryland Super Lawyers Top 50 Women 2017 in Construction Litigation
  • The Daily Record’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women, 2015
  • The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award, 2014
  • Baltimore Sun Magazine 50 Women to Watch, 2014
  • Martindale Hubbell AV- Preeminent® rated lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, recognized as a top attorney in the area of Construction Litigation in 2014-2016
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Construction Litigation, 2010-2013
  • Chair of the Year Award for the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland’s Judicial Selections Committee, 2009
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Recognition Award, 2002

Tracy L. Steedman

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Professional and Civic Involvement:

  • Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland , Board Member
  • American Bar Association (Division Chair, Forum on Construction Law, Subcontractors and Suppliers, 2014- 2016; Membership and Fellowship Committees; Fellow in the Forum on the Construction Industry’s Diversity Program, 2010-2013
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Founding Chair, Construction Law Section; Member, Litigation Section Council)
  • Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, Inc. (Past President, Baltimore City/County and Carroll County Chapter, 2013-2014)
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City (Bench/Bar Committee)
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Member
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc. (Co-Chair, Construction Liability Subcommittee)
  • American Institute of Architects, Allied Member
  • Mechanical Contractors Association, Associate Member
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Member


  • General Contractors in Maryland Beware: You May Be Held Liable for Your Subcontractors’ (and their Suppliers’) Failure to Pay Their Employees, Maryland Construction Network Newsletter, June 2018
  • Construction Industry Beware – It’s Time to Revisit and Retool Your Indemnification Obligation, Maryland Construction Network Newsletter, August 2017.
  • Maryland Construction Law Deskbook, Green Construction Chapter, Maryland State Bar Association, Chapter Author, 2nd Edition, March 2017
  • Be Prepared: Green Buildings Are Soon Going To Be Called Buildings – Are You Ready?, Maryland Construction Network Newsletter, February 2017.
  • IgCC 2012 Becomes Mandatory for (Almost) All Buildings in Baltimore City, Maryland Bar Journal, Maryland State Bar Association, Inc. Vol. XLIX, No. 1, Jan/Feb 2016
  • Green Building and the Construction Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Transactional and Litigation Issues, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, co-editor, October 2014
  • Critical Construction Contract Clauses: Owner, Contractor, and Subcontractor Perspectives, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s Magazine, Probate & Property, co-author, to be published in Vol. No. 28, Issue No. 5, September/October 2014.
  • The Greening of Public Private Partnership: Green Building’s New Frontier?, Journal of Land and Development, University of Baltimore School of Law, co-author, Vol. 3, Spring 2014 No. 2
  • Construction Subcontracting: A Practical and Legal Guide, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, co-editor and co-author, April 2014
  • Beyond LEED: Next Generation Green Issues for Design Professionals and Contractors, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Fall Meeting, co-author, September 2013
  • International green Construction Code: Not Just Another Layer, American Bar Association, Division 10 Newsletter 2x4x10, April 2012
  • Successfully Defending or Asserting a Daubert Challenge in Construction Disputes, The Construction Lawyer, co-author, Spring 2012
  • Maryland Construction Law Deskbook, Green Construction Chapter, Maryland State Bar Association, Chapter Author, 1st Edition, January 2012
  • Practice Manual for the Maryland Lawyer, 3rd Ed. with 2008 Update, The Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc. (MICPEL), Contributing Author, Editor and MSBA YLS Coordinator, Oct. 2008
  • ‘No Damage for Delay’ Clauses and Your Right of Recovery, The Contractor’s Compass, American Subcontractors Association, Inc., Dec. 2005; Republished in the Fire Protection Contractor Magazine, Haden Brumbeloe, P.E., February 2006; Republished in Business Credit, National Association of Credit Management, April 2006
  • Indemnification Clauses: Limiting Your Liability, Construction Monthly Review, Adam C. Harrison, P.C., March 2004


  • General Contractors in Maryland Beware: You May Be Held Liable for Your Subcontractors’ (and their Suppliers’) Failure to Pay Their Employees, MBIA, July 2018
  • Construction Contract Crash Course:  Gain Confidence in Contract Negotiation in 1 Hour!, Alliance of Hispanic Construction Contractors, February 2018 
  • Designing Your Contract: Risk Management for Design Professionals,   AIA Chesapeake, June 2017
  • The Winds of Change Are Blowing: Staying Ahead of the Sustainability Trends in Building and Energy Codes and Regulations, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Midwinter Meeting, co-presenter, Feb 2017
  • Construction Law for the Transactional Lawyer: Protecting the Owner in the Construction Contract, Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, CLE, co-presenter, June 2014
  • Green Building: Essential Considerations When Negotiating a Contract, ASA Subcontractors Information Exchange Panel Expert, June, 2014
  • Can Green Building Law Save the Planet?, Symposium for University of Baltimore School of Law’s Journal of Land and Development, co-presenter, March 26, 2014
  • Change Orders in Maryland, Lorman Education Services, co-presenter, March 18, 2014
  • Beyond LEED: Next Generation Green Issues for Design Professionals and Contractors, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Fall Meeting, co-presenter, September 2013
  • Top Ten Construction Contract Clauses: Owner, Contractor & Subcontractor Perspectives, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Webinar, co-presenter, May 2013
  • Daubert Challenges in Construction Claims, Strafford Publications CLE Webinar, May 2013
  • The Construction Law Institute: Building a Foundation, Maryland State Bar Association CLE, Green Construction Chapter, March 2013
  • Legal Issues in Sustainable Design and Construction, HalfMoon Education, Inc., March 2013
  • Contract Killer Clauses and How to Avoid Them; AGC of America, 94th Annual Convention, co-presenter, March 2013
  • Green intentions can “LEED” to increased liability: How to minimize your risk, Baltimore Chapter, Construction Specifications Institute, September 2012
  • What Subcontractors Need to Know about Contracts, Baltimore Metro Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, co-presenter, July 2012
  • The Construction Contracts Program: Understanding the Critical Clauses in the Industry Form Documents, ABA Forum on Construction Industry, Regional Program, co-presenter, Nov. 2011
  • Construction Contract Killer Clauses: Tips for Owners, Constructors, and Specialty Contractors to Survive Contract Negotiations –Owner’s, Contractor’s and Subcontractor’s Perspectives, Joint AGC/ABA Forum on Construction Industry Webinar, co-presenter, September 2011
  • Construction Law: Beyond the Basics, Maryland State Bar Association, co-presenter, June 2011
  • Foundations of Construction Law, Maryland State Bar Association, co-presenter, June 2010
  • Minimize Your Legal Risks on Green Project Contracts, Baltimore Metro Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, March 2010 and June 2011
  • Maryland Case Law and Legislative Summary 2008-09, MSBA Construction Law Committee, January 2010
  • Green intentions can “LEED” to disputes on projects and leases: How to minimize your risk, Firm presentation to clients and potential clients, co-presenter, May 2009
  • 2007 Revisions to AIA Contract Documents, Construction Law Committee of the MSBA’s Real Property Section, co-presenter Feb. 2009
  • Foundations of Construction Law, Baltimore County Bar Association, January 2009, co-presenter
  • Indemnification and Insurance: Don’t Pay For Others’ Mistakes, ASA, May 2007, co-presenter
  • Watching the Clock: A Subcontractor’s Introduction to Impact, Acceleration and Delay, ASA, Oct. 2005

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