Joseph P. Dirik

Senior Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

United States
T:+1 214 855 8128
United States
T:+1 214 855 8128
Joseph P. Dirik

Joseph P. Dirik



Joe Dirik is a Senior Counsel in the Dallas office. Joe has 20 years of experience in the construction industry as a construction operations manager and executive. This experience enables him to provide practical, effective and efficient legal services to his clients. 

In particular, Joe helps clients resolve business disputes through alternate dispute resolution forums, contract appeal boards and at trial. He also counsels his contractor clients on contract negotiations and risk management issues. Joe's business experience living and working in over 40 countries helps him effectively communicate with clients from all over the world.

Joe also serves as co-head of the Government Contracts practice, helping construction and other government contractors address advisory and dispute needs in federal and state government contracts matters.

Professional experience

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JD, cum laude, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, 2002
MBA, University of Texas at Dallas, 1989
MA, International Management Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, 1989
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1978

  • Texas State Bar
  • Obtained a favorable resolution for a government contractor facing debarment by the U.S. Army, which permitted the contractor to stay in business 
  • Obtained a dismissal with prejudice by the Court of Federal Claims of a $1.8 million claim by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers against a foreign construction contractor
  • Obtained a negotiated resolution of a bid protest in which the agency paid the client's bid preparation costs and rebid the procurement
  • Successfully negotiated multiple contractor claims against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for various projects in Afghanistan
  • Counseled government contractor client on proposal strategy and risk assessment in connection with multiple Federal procurements
  • Assisted client with request for waiver of Buy American requirements on construction project
  • Obtained a favorable decision for a modular building manufacturer in a lawsuit with its general contractor customer over a dispute involving alleged defects and delays
  • Successfully represented a contractor after the U.S. Government terminated the contract for convenience; offered the contractor a "no-cost" termination; eventually paid the contractor for its termination costs
  • Obtained favorable summary judgment disposition for construction manager on a claim brought in connection with a large pipeline project
  • Represented a Finnish company in its contact negotiations with the United States Navy
  • Counseled government contractor client on permissible conduct in connection with its business dealings with Government employees
  • Represented government contractor client in connection with DCAA audit and related cost accounting standards issues
  • Successfully represented a general contractor in a lawsuit brought by its subcontractor on a hotel project in Dallas in which the subcontractor voluntarily dismissed its suit with prejudice and without any payment by the client
  • Obtained a favorable judgment for dispositive ruling in homebuilder client's favor against subrogation claims brought by a homeowner's insurance company
  • Successfully prevented construction contractor client's financial information from being disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information Act request on a U.S. Army project
  • Bi-monthly column, Texas Construction Magazine, McGraw-Hill (2004-2010)
  • "Tools to Deal With Project Lenders and Prime Contractor Risks," Texas Construction, September 2009
  • "Integrated Project Delivery: A Look in the Future?" Texas Construction, December 2008
  • Co-author, "Specific Performance: Remedy Not A Right," State Bar Litigation Section Report-The Advocate, Fall 2005 
  • Co-author, "What Every Contractor Should Know in the Post-Enron Era," The Constructor, June 2004
  • Co-author, "Buy America is a Tough Sell," Roads and Bridges Magazine, August 2004
  • "Unilateral Bid Mistakes: A Second Chance?", The Construction Law Journal: Official Publication of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (Spring 2013)
  • American Bar Association
    • Construction Industry Forum and Public Contract Law
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Construction Law and Litigation Sections
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Construction Section
  • International Committee for the Associated General Contractors of America
  • The Beavers, a fraternal association of construction industry executives
  • "Texas Rising Stars" (Construction Litigation), Thomson Reuters, published in Texas Monthly (2011 and 2012)
  • Garland Crimestoppers, Inc., Garland, Texas
    • Board of Directors