Michael P. Subak

Michael P. Subak


Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4503    Fax: 215.981.4750


Highly rated for construction litigation in Chambers USA, Mr. Subak also is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and is noted for his leadership in creating Pepper's innovative hiring program.

Michael P. Subak is a partner and chair of the Construction Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office.  Mr. Subak’s practice focuses on construction litigation where he has represented owners, EPC contractors, construction managers, general contractors and subcontractors in a variety of disputes on projects ranging in size from $1 million to more than $10 billion.  He has tried to “verdict or award” numerous disputes involving substantial capital projects in the energy (coal, nuclear, solar and gas-fired power plants) and infrastructure markets (airports, pipeline and transmission lines), as well as commercial development projects.

Mr. Subak also is active in firm management. He is a member of the Executive Committee and previously served as chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee. During his tenure as chair of the Hiring Committee, numerous national publications recognized the firm for its innovative and novel approach to hiring, and the firm’s summer associate program was ranked best in the nation in American Lawyer magazine’s annual survey. Mr. Subak also was recognized for these accomplishments in the ABA Journal.

Mr. Subak is active on the Forum Committee of the American Bar Association, and he previously chaired the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Subcommittee on Construction Law.

Mr. Subak is a frequent author on construction litigation and related topics as well.

Mr. Subak is the co-author of Construction Contracting in Pennsylvania (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001) and has contributed chapters to ABA: The Design Build Process (Forum on the Construction Industry, 1997 and 2000 (supplement)); Fifty State Public Construction Contracting (Wiley Law, 1996 and 1999 (supplement)); and State Public Construction Law Handbook (CCH Incorporated, 2002, Pennsylvania chapter). Mr. Subak also co-authored a chapter update to Pennsylvania Construction Law: Getting Started, Getting Covered, Getting Paid (Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2013, Second Edition).

Before attending law school, he worked on the legislative staff for U.S. Representative Gus Yatron of Pennsylvania in Washington, D.C.




  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1994
  • B.A., Political Science, cum laude, Middlebury College, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Practice Areas