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Sheila Sears

General Counsel
Risk Management

Sheila joined HITT in 2013 as its General Counsel. She handles all legal matters for the company, including executive oversight of HITT’s Risk Management and Safety departments. Sheila sits on HITT's corporate steering committee, the company's governing body, and serves as a strategic adviser for the future business direction of the organization. Prior to joining HITT, Sheila practiced law for eight years in the Washington, DC region with a focus on construction law and government contracts. 

Sheila has extensive experience with contract drafting and negotiations, claim advice, strategies for contract administration, and dispute resolution and litigation on a wide spectrum of government and private commercial construction projects. Her Bar and Court Admissions include Virginia, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


J.D., American University, Washington College of Law

B.S., Business Administration, University of Colorado at Boulder

Career Highlights
  • 2015 Bisnow DC's Top 40 Corporate Counsel List 
  • Co-Author: “Agency’s Lack of Jurisdiction over Task Order Bid Protest Does not Derail Later Protest at the GAO”, Virginia State Bar, Construction Law and Public Contracts Section Newsletter, May 2013

  • Co-Author: Chapter 47: Virginia Construction Lien and Bond Law, Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law, Third Edition.

  • Author, Contractor Licensing Requirements Form a Cautionary Tale, Engineering News Record (ENR), March 23, 2013

  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry

  • Virginia State Bar, Construction Law & Public Contracts

  • Speaker, “M&A 101:  Blueprint of a Deal in the Construction Industry,” Virginia State Bar:  Construction Law and Public Contracts Section, Annual Meeting (November 2017)