Joseph W. Cooch

Joseph W. Cooch
  • Joseph W. Cooch
    Attorney at Law

  • Phone: (434) 220-6110
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Joseph Cooch focuses his practice on all aspects of the construction industry, including representation of owners, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in commercial, government, agricultural, industrial and residential construction.  He has successfully litigated disputes before juries, judges, arbitration panels, and the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.

Joe also draws from his extensive litigation experience to help clients avoid disputes through implementation of effective risk management practices and careful drafting and negotiation of construction, design, and design-build contracts.

Joe’s experience includes litigation and construction law matters in both public service and in the private sector.  Prior to joining Flora Pettit, he served as Assistant General Counsel in the U.S. General Services Administration’s Real Estate Litigation group. Joe also represents land owners and contractors in government disputes with federal, state and local governments.

Joe lives in Ivy with his wife Nisha, a Charlottesville native, and their two children.


Joe’s experience covers a wide range of issues that affect owners, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in the construction industry, including the following:

  • Design & Construction Defects
  • Delay and Change Order Claims
  • Collections
  • Government disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Errors & Omissions
  • Structural collapse
  • Water intrusion / mold claims
  • Insurance defense
  • Insurance coverage

Joe has spoken on risk management and legal issues affecting the construction industry to groups including the Structural Engineers’ Association of Metropolitan Washington, the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and the American Subcontractor's Association.


  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland


Selected to "Legal Elite," Construction, Virginia Business, 2019


Red Light/Green Light: Timing Matters at the Intersection of Excess Exposure, Bath Faith, and the Rules of Professional Conduct (V.O. Schinnerer 2016)

In re Citigroup Inc. Shareholder Derivative Litigation: In the Heat of Crisis, Chancery Court Scrutinizes Executive Compensation, 6 J. Bus. & Tech. L. 169 (2011)

Practice Areas Education

University of Maryland School of Law
Baltimore, Maryland
J.D., cum laude, 2011

Washington & Lee University
Lexington, Virginia
B.A., cum laude, 2006