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James D. Hollyday

James D. Hollyday

Of Counsel

Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4456    Fax: 215.981.4750

"Super responsive and proactive." - Legal 500 United States 2016

James D. Hollyday, of counsel in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP, regularly represents clients in construction and surety matters, both in the drafting, negotiation and administration of design and construction contracts, and in the resolution of disputes in litigation, arbitration and mediation.  Mr. Hollyday is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

A substantial part of Mr. Hollyday’s practice involves the representation of private and public owners, with respect to the drafting of contract documents, counseling with respect to the administration of contracts, and the prosecution and defense of claims by and against the public owner. 

In addition, Mr. Hollyday has drafted, negotiated and administered owner-architect, owner-contractor, owner-construction manager and related forms of agreement on numerous private projects, ranging in cost from under $1 million to in excess of $250 million.  Mr. Hollyday has an excellent working knowledge of the various form contracts published by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) and is fully conversant with the insurance and bonding aspects of construction projects, both from the project planning perspective and from the claims prosecution and defense perspective.

Mr. Hollyday has litigated numerous significant construction claims, from both the owner and contractor perspectives. 

Mr. Hollyday lectures on construction law topics for Federal Publications and has spoken on several occasions at the Practising Law Institute in New York City and at the Construction SuperConference, held each December in San Francisco.

Mr. Hollyday is co-author of a chapter titled “Delay Claims” in Pricing and Proving Construction Claims, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. in 1990; contributing author of chapters on “Damages” and “Substantial and Final Completion” in Pennsylvania Construction Law, published by Federal Publications, Inc. in 1991; co-author of a chapter titled “Problems of Arbitration - Litigation” in the revised second edition of Construction Litigation published by the Practising Law Institute in 1993; and co-author of a chapter titled “The Design-Build Agreement” in Design-Build Contracting Formbook, published by Wiley in 1997.

In 14 years of engineering practice with a major electrical utility company before he became a lawyer, Mr. Hollyday was extensively involved for 10 years in the detailed engineering design of complex fossil power plant systems, and was frequently the lead coordinating engineer for all other engineering disciplines involved in a project, including structural, civil, electrical and instrumentation and controls.  He later served for four years as project manager on several high-cost, high-visibility projects.  Mr. Hollyday is fully conversant with CPM scheduling techniques as well as project cost accounting and reporting systems.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Temple University School of Law, 1986
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Lafayette College, 1972

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

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