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Serving Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The Setliff & Holland surety team, led by Richard Pledger, has achieved notable success representing the issuers of contract, commercial and financial institution surety bonds through all phases of litigation and appeals, and regularly appears in both state and federal courts on behalf of our clients.

Our attorneys have extensive expertise representing contract and subcontract bond sureties in bid, payment and performance bond claims and litigation, and in the protection and enforcement of their indemnity rights. The practice also includes the representation of public and private owners, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in all aspects of the construction process and in mechanic’s lien litigation.We  represent sureties in other business and commercial contexts, including fidelity bond and coverage issues, estate matters, financial transactions and procurement contracts. Some of these cases, as well as the construction cases, cross state, national and international boundaries. Our team also provides assistance to clients with losses in a broad variety of commercial settings, such as business and shareholder disputes, financial and insurance agent and broker issues, and real estate tax assessment matters.

Our attorneys are investigators, negotiators and litigators, and as such, we work with our surety clients to handle even the most difficult of cases in an efficient and cost-effective way, beginning with early negotiations and culminating in effective solutions to the problems facing the principal, obligee and surety.