David P. Gorman

David Gorman


David Gorman has been involved in construction matters since law school when he worked as a law clerk in the United States Department of Agriculture Regional General Counsel’s office in Missoula, Montana. Since 1988 he has devoted the majority of his practice to construction-related matters. He has represented businesses in virtually every phase of the construction industry including public and private owners, sureties, insurers, developers, architects, engineers, construction managers, design-builders, general contractors, specialty contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers. Clients have ranged from public utilities through multinational Engineering/Procurement/Construction entities, and regional ENR 400 contractors, to local niche general contractors in both building and highway/heavy construction. The perspective that comes from representing the entire spectrum of construction entities enables Mr. Gorman to advise his clients on how to structure their relationships with the other members of the contracting team to enhance the probability of success on projects, and how to position themselves to reduce their exposure if a project encounters trouble.

Mr. Gorman has an active practice in both state and federal courts, but his primary approach to disputes has become one of finding and reducing the areas of contention at the earliest possible stage, and then engaging in the alternative dispute resolution techniques that are most likely to lead to cost-effective resolution. When alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are not successful, Mr. Gorman can draw on more than thirty years of experience in all phases of litigation in federal and state courts, before agency boards of contract appeals and before arbitration tribunals.

Sheehan & Sheehan has a skilled and professional staff to support its construction litigation, and experience in the latest techniques for document and data management. The firm makes a concerted effort to apply the proper case management techniques to each matter on an individualized basis with a focus on quickly developing the key facts that will lead to resolution of the disputes.

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Phone: 505-247-0411
Fax: 505-842-8890
Email: dpg@sheehansheehan.com

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Construction Law
  • 15% Government Contracts
  • 5% Professional Licensing, Professional Licensing Regulation

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 1978 (inactive)
  • Alaska, 1979 (inactive)
  • New Mexico, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2003


  • University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana
    • J.D. – 1978
    • Law Review: Montana Law Review, 1976 – 1978
  • United States International University, San Diego, CA, USA
    • B.A. – 1972
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Case Notes, U.S. v. Grumman, 12 Construction Litigation Rptr., May, 1991
  • Comment, Rights in Collision, 39 Mont. L. Review, Spring, 1978

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • New Mexico Department of Transportation
  • New Mexico Public Schools Facilities Authority
  • The Jaynes Companies
  • Tsay Construction Services, LLC
  • Village of Cloudcroft

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers®, Construction Litigation, 2013 – Present


  • Construction Contracting for Public Entities, Lorman Business Systems
  • Significant Changes in 1997 AIA Contract Documents, Lorman Education Services
  • New AIA Contract Documents, AGC New Mexico Building Branch
  • Transforming UNM, Seminar #1 General Conditions
  • New Developments in Procurement of Construction in New Mexico, Lorman Education Services

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of New Mexico
  • Associated General Contractors, New Mexico Building Branch
  • United States Court of Federal Claims Bar