Joseph M. Leone is a Partner with DSV where he focuses his legal practice in the areas of Construction Law and Public Contract Law.  Mr. Leone represents all participants in the construction industry, including public and private owners, general contractors, construction managers, design-build contractors, and trade contractors in drafting and negotiating contracts, providing general counsel, and in all types of performance and payment dispute resolution.  Through his practice and his prior experience in the construction industry, he has developed particular expertise in alternative project delivery systems such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), construction management, both agency and at risk, and design-build.

Mr. Leone earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1995. Prior to practicing law, he spent seven years as a project engineer/project manager for a large construction company.  He is a frequent author and speaker at various seminars on a wide variety of  construction law topics both on the national and local levels.  He is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law and Section of Public Contract Law, the Indiana Bar Association where he is a past chair of the Construction and Surety Law Section, and the Associated General Contractors of America where he is a member of the Project Delivery Forum Steering Committee, and various ConsensusDocs contract drafting committees, including the Integrated Project Delivery and the Cost Plus with a GMP contracts through the Contract Documents Forum.

Mr. Leone has received honors and recognitions including, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED, AP), Outstanding Service Award, City of Indianapolis, 1995, Martindale–Hubell® Peer Review Rating, AV, Indiana Super Lawyers® in Practice Area of Construction Litigation, 2013-2019.

Author, “The Contract Challenges of Delivering Projects Using Collaborative Design”, Design Cost Data, 2017

Presenter, “How to Contract for Lean Construction Without IPD,” Construction Superconference, 2014

Moderator, “New Construction Manager as Constructor Law”, Hagerman Institute of Learning, 2014

Author & Lecturer, “Contractual Defenses to the Duty of Safety to Jobsite Workers,” Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, 2014

Author & Presenter, “Avoiding OSHA Citations and Liability in Indiana,” Lorman Educational Series, 2014

Lecturer, “Construction Law” Construction Advancement Foundation, Superintendent Academy, 2013

Author & Lecturer, “Engineering Liability”, American Society of Civil Engineers, Indiana Section Annual Meeting, 2013

Author & Lecturer, Construction Defects”, National Business Institute, 2013

Lecturer, “The Impact of Limitation of Liability Clauses: Point-Counter Point”, Indiana State Bar Association, Construction & Surety Law Section, 2013

Panel Moderator, “University Owners”, Indiana Construction Association, 2013

Panelist, “Indiana State Bar Association Arbitration Forum,” 2012

Author & Lecturer, “Indemnification Seminar/Webinar,” American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), 2012

Moderator, “Integrated Project Delivery Panel Discussion,” National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), 2012

Panelist, “Innovative Arbitration for Advocates & Arbitrators,” Indiana State Bar Association, ADR,  Construction & Surety Law Section, 2012

Lecturer, “Legal Considerations of BIM,” Construction Specification Institute, Indiana Chapter, 2012

Author & Lecturer, “Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure,” HalfMoon Education, 2012

Author & Lecturer, “A Practical Guide to Construction Liens,” National Business Institute, 2012

Author & Lecturer, “Law of Construction Defects and Failures,” HalfMoon Education, 2012

Author & Lecturer, “Contract Risks on Collaborative Design Projects,” Indiana State Bar Association, Construction & Surety Law Section Annual Meeting, 2011

Moderator, “Project Delivery Panel Discussion,” Indiana Construction Association, Annual Membership Meeting, 2011

Author & Lecturer, “Engineer Licensing Law,” Half Moon, LLC Seminars, 2011

Author & Lecturer, “Contractual Risk Allocation for Construction Managers,” Construction Management Association (CMAA), 2010

Lecturer, “Preventing a Green Project From Making you Black and Blue: Understanding Contractual and Legal Risks of Green Building, Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP, 2010

Lecturer, “Construction Contacts- Protections & Pitfalls,” Construction Advancement Foundation, 2010

Lecturer, “A Legal Perspective on Green Building: Contract, Liability, and Legislation,” ILA/AIA Indiana Joint Cooperative Committee, 2010

Author & Lecturer, “Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR),” Design-Build Institute of America Indiana Chapter, 2010

Presenter, “Legal Considerations of BIM,” Construction Specifications Institute, Indiana Chapter, 2012

Author & Lecturer, “A Practical Guide to Construction Liens,” National Business Institute, 2010

Author & Lecturer, “Getting Paid for Construction Work,” National Business Institute, 2008, 2009

Author & Lecturer, “Indiana Mechanic’s Lien Law,” National Business Institute, 2009

Author & Lecturer, “Professional Liability in Design & Construction Contracts,” National Business     Institute, 2008

Lecturer, “The New 2007 AIA Documents,” Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP, 2008

Author & Lecturer, “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Understanding the Legal Risks of Green Building, Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP, 2008

Author & Lecturer, “Indiana False Claims Act,” Indiana Construction Industry Conference, 2008

Author & Lecturer, “Construction Law for Architects, Engineers & Contractors,” HalfMoon, LLC, 2008, 2011

Lecturer, “Supervisor Seminar,” Associated Builders & Contractors Indianapolis Chapter, 2008

Author & Lecturer, “How to Get Paid in Tough Times,” Indiana Construction Association, 2008

Author & Lecturer, “Managing Construction Risk with AIA Forms,” National Business Institute, 2008

Author, “Limiting the Contractor’s Duty to Defend the Owner in Injury Cases,” Indiana Constructor, Summer 2007

Author & Presenter, “Managing Complex Construction Law Issues,” National Business Institute, 2007

Author & Lecturer, “Priority of Mechanic’s Liens v. Other Liens,” ICLEF – Annual Real Estate Institute, 2007

Author & Lecturer, “Using a Mechanic’s Lien to Get Your Money,” National Business Institute, 2006-2010

Author & Lecturer, “Design Law in Indiana,” HalfMoon, LLC, 2007

Author & Lecturer, “Constructive Changes on Construction Projects,” Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP, 2007

Author & Lecturer, “Construction Contracting and Lien Enforcement,” National Business Institute, 2006

Author & Lecturer, “Managing Construction Projects,” Lorman Education Services, 2006, 2007, 2008

Author & Lecturer, “Performance and Payment Bond Claims,” The Associated General Contractors of America, 2006

Author & Lecturer, “Practicing Architecture in Indiana,” HalfMoon Education, 2006

Author & Lecturer, “Delay and Impact Claims on Construction Projects,” The Associated General Contractors of Indiana, 2006

Author & Lecturer, “Mechanics Lien Law,” The Associated General Contractors of Indiana, 2006

Lecturer, “Mechanic’s Lien Priority In Light of Provident Bank v. Tri-County Southside Asphalt,”

Indiana State Bar Association, Construction and Surety Law Section, 2006

Author & Lecturer, “Subcontract Agreements,” Associated General Contractors of Indiana Construction Institute, 2006

Moderator, “The Risks of Contractual Indemnification,” Associated General Contractors of Indiana Construction Institute, 2006

Co-Author, “Rewriting a Builder’s Risk Policy,” Indiana State Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, 2005

Lecturer, “P.L. 74-2005 Design-Build on Indiana Public Works Projects,” Indiana State Bar Association/AIA, Indiana Joint Cooperation Committee, 2005

Lecturer, “Designing and Building Public Projects,” Indiana State Bar Association, Construction and Surety Law Section, 2005

Lecturer, “Construction Claims,” Construction Advancement Foundation, 2005

Author & Lecturer, “Mechanic’s Lien Law,” National Business Institute, 2000-2005, 2010-2011

Lecturer, “Indiana Mechanic’s Lien Law,” Lorman, 1998-2005

Co-Author, “Mechanic’s Lien Law in Indiana,” BKD Institute, Association of General Contractors of Indiana, 2005

Author & Lecturer, “Construction Management/Design Build in Indiana,” Lorman, 1999-2001, 2005

Author & Lecturer, “Creative Strategies for Project Completion and Litigation Avoidance,”
Lorman, 1999-2004

Author & Lecturer, “Residential Construction Law,” ICLEF, 2004

Lecturer, “Indiana Bidding Statutes & Limitations,” Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Municipal

Management, Institute Workshop, 2004

Author & Lecturer, “Managing Risk in Business,” ICLEF, 2004

Author & Lecturer, “Indiana Construction Law: What do you do when…,” Lorman, 2004

Author & Lecturer, “Sewer and Water Construction-Inspector Training,” Indiana Water Pollution Control Association, 2000-2003

Author & Lecturer, “Indiana Construction Law,”  Lorman, 1999-2001

Author & Lecturer, “Construction Issues,” Lorman, 2001

Author & Lecturer, “Construction Litigation,” Lorman, 2001

Author & Lecturer, “Construction Contracting for Public Entities,” Lorman, 2001

Author & Lecturer, “Purchasing and Procurement Law in Indiana,” Lorman, 2000

Co-Author, “Indiana Chapter of State by State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing,” Aspen Law & Business©, 1999

Lecturer, “AIA Document A201 1997 Changes,” ASPE, 1998

Lecturer, “Contractor’s Liability for Jobsite Injuries,” Evansville Contractors Association, 1998