A trial attorney in Virginia since 1979, Steve Test focuses his practice on construction and business litigation in state and federal courts in jury and non-jury cases as well as administrative hearings, arbitrations, mediations and appeals. He represents individuals, businesses, partnerships and corporations in construction claims and complex commercial disputes, including matters involving fiduciary duty, fraud, interference with business relations and trade secrets.  

 

A trial attorney in Virginia since 1979, Steve Test focuses his practice on construction and business litigation in state and federal courts in jury and non-jury cases as well as administrative hearings, arbitrations, mediations and appeals. He represents individuals, businesses, partnerships and corporations in construction claims and complex commercial disputes, including matters involving fiduciary duty, fraud, interference with business relations and trade secrets.  

Before joining the firm, he was a partner with Clark & Stant, which merged with Williams Mullen in 1999. He served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in the City of Virginia Beach assigned to prosecute career criminals, where he prosecuted and obtained convictions in several high-profile capital murder cases. 

Steve has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© as a top construction law, construction litigation, real estate litigation, bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation attorney (2006-present). He was named the the Best Lawyers® Norfolk Litigation - Construction "Lawyer of the Year" in 2017, the Best Lawyers® Norfolk Construction "Lawyer of the Year" in 2011, 2012 and 2016 and the Best Lawyers® Norfolk Litigation - Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year" in 2013. In addition to being recognized as one of the “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine (2008-2015), he has also been listed as a “Super Lawyer” for Business Litigation by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine (2006-present). Virginia Super Lawyers magazine has also named him a "Top 100 Lawyer in Virginia" each year since 2012.   Martindale-Hubbell has rated Steve an AV attorney, its highest rating available. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. He is a board member of the Construction Litigation Section of the Virginia State Bar, a former chair of the Second District Ethics Committee of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary System, a former member of the Virginia State Bar Committee on Lawyer Discipline and a former elected representative on the Virginia State Bar Council. In 2016, Steve was inducted as a Fellow by the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Steve is a frequent writer and lecturer on a variety of legal topics and is the co-author of the Construction Law Seminar, “What Do You Do When … ?,” the seminar manual, “Virginia Construction Law,” and the seminar manual, “Construction Issues in Virginia.” He has been accepted by the American Arbitration Association as an arbitrator for construction industry disputes in the Washington, D.C. region.

He is active in the community, serving on the boards of the Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia, the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival awarded him the John J. Kruger Award for outstanding service to the Festival and the community. 

Steve received his law degree from George Mason University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, from George Mason University.

 

  • Filed lawsuit on behalf of investor-client for common law fraud and secities act violations against investment company for false claims and false statements.
  • Developer of high rise office building in Norfolk, Virginia defaulted on a construction contract owing the general contractor over $6M when the building was 70% complete. Williams Mullen represented the general contractor to enforce mechanic liens, and defended the general contractor against subcontract claims and judgments in which, for the first time in Virginia, the defense of "pay-if-paid" language in construction contracts was recognized by the Virginia Supreme Court.
  • Defended broker in arbitration against claims for damages brought by an ex-employee broker attempting to retain broker commissions in violation of severance agreement.
  • Defended claim of causing emotional distress and injury due to alleged unauthorized destruction of human tissues following donation.
  • Defended homeowner from neighbor's claims that she violated restrictive covenants and destroyed his right to a view when she relocated her home on her lot. 
  • Defended state department of tranportation against 15 claims totaling $25 million on project to construct highway and several bridges. Circuit Court decision later appealed in Virginia Court of Appeals and, ultimately, to the Supreme Court of Virginia.  
  • Represented a general contractor in two multi-million arbitration claims filed by an electrical and a mechanical subcontractor, respectively, for damages allegedly caused by delay, disruption and inefficiency in connection with a large renovation/new construction project at a high school.
  • Represented a general contractor in a breach of contract action brought against a condominium owners’ association. The trial involved issues of the condominium owners’ selection of an in appropriate and defective paint product for application to the outside of an oceanfront high-rise condominium.
  • Represented a residential real estate developer against a claim brought by a former partner for fraudulent conveyances and misappropriation of company funds.
  • Represented a general contractor on a multi-million dollar fraud arbitration involving construction of a Fortune 500 company’s national headquarters building.