Tracy L. Steedman

Litigation Chair, Member

Ms. Steedman has more than 15 years’ experience in commercial construction litigation, contract drafting and negotiation and green building law in Maryland. She represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals, and municipalities in all areas of construction, including contract drafting and negotiation, pre-litigation dispute resolution, and all phases of civil litigation. She handles complex commercial construction disputes, including bond claims and mechanics’ liens, trust fund and prompt payment issues, impact and delay claim analysis, construction defects, and warranty issues on public and private projects. Her experience includes a wide variety of litigation, including fair housing disputes, condemnation matters, MOSH and OSHA citations, and bid protests. She has litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. Ms. Steedman writes and speaks regularly on the subject of green building and construction law, contract negotiation and public-private partnerships.

Ms. Steedman 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 served as the President of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland’s Baltimore City/County and Carroll County Chapter. Ms. Steedman is also active in several industry organizations such as the Maryland Construction Network and Associated Builders and Contractors.

Ms. Steedman is designated as 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.

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


  • 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

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


  • 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


  • 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