The Importance of Contract Management


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Contract Management

Having spent time as Legal Counsel and Director of Contracts for Alstom Power Inc. in Richmond, Virginia, Bradford Jacob presently serves as the president of EPC Consulting. Through EPC, Bradford Jacob provides commercial projects in the fields of energy and construction with services including contract management support.

Contract management in the construction industry is an important and multifaceted job. Effective contracts can prevent litigation, ensure compliance, and make sure that contractors are paid on time for their work. Managing these contracts is a vital aspect of many projects and trade situations, especially in international contexts.

Contract managers act as point people for multiple parties, including project managers and other employees involved in the job. Their work includes risk management and financial considerations that have become increasingly complex in recent years. Factors like the 2008 financial crisis, increased outsourcing, and automation have complicated construction projects, and outcomes become more predictable with an experienced contract manager who ensures a solid foundation for the job.


The Experienced Team at EPC Consulting


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EPC Consulting, LLC

A US Army veteran and a member of the Virginia State Bar, Bradford Jacob serves as president of EPC Consulting, a construction and energy consultancy founded in Virginia and now located in Houston. In leading EPC Consulting, Bradford Jacob relies on the support of fellow firm members Bruce W. Ballai and George R. Gonzalez.

Bruce W. Ballai holds an economics degree from Tulane University, a law degree from the College of William & Mary, and a master’s degree in business administration from Rutgers University. Sharing with Mr. Jacob status as a US Army veteran, Mr. Ballai drew on his skills as an attorney on behalf of the military and the federal government before transitioning into the private sector. There, he oversaw the overwhelming majority of legal activity related to the Kiewit Corporation’s engineering, procurement, and consulting (EPC) services for a period of 17 years. During this time, he built international experience in Venezuela, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

The recipient of an undergraduate and a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, George R. Gonzalez has spent much of his career as a counsel for EPC projects throughout Latin America. His background includes representing a prominent gas-turbine manufacturer and holding a partnership in a major Washington, DC, firm, where he led the Latin America Practices Group. A fluent Spanish speaker, Mr. Gonzalez also has experience in renewable energy, having served as a counsel for operators of solar, wind, and geothermal facilities in the United States and Latin America.

E. Claiborne Robins and the University of Richmond

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E. Claiborne Robins

The recipient of a JD from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, Bradford Jacob negotiates and manages commercial construction and energy contracts in his capacity as president of EPC Consulting. Before pursuing his law degree from the Virginia institution, Bradford Jacob completed undergraduate studies in business administration at the university’s E. Claiborne Robins School of Business.

Pharmaceutical executive and philanthropist E. Claiborne Robins played a vital role during his lifetime in helping the University of Richmond transform from an insufficiently financed local college into a prominent national university. Born in the Virginia capital in 1910, E. Claiborne Robins began his relationship with the university upon studying there as an undergraduate. He graduated in 1931 and, after earning a pharmacy degree from another school, proceeded to grow his family’s small business into an international manufacturer of Chap Stick, Robitussin, and other commonly used products.

In 1969, Mr. Robins gave back to his undergraduate alma mater with a $50 million gift, which at the time stood as the largest ever in all of US education. The business school was named for him in 1979, and at the time of his death in 1995, he had made additional donations of more than $50 million to the university. Mr. Robins’ estate continues to support the University of Richmond today, with total donations exceeding $200 million.

Virginia State Bar’s 2017 TECHSHOW




A graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law in Virginia, Bradford Jacob serves as president of EPC Consulting. Bradford Jacob belongs to the Virginia State Bar (VSB), which recently held its VSB TECHSHOW.

On Monday, April 24, 2017, members of the VSB came together at the Greater Richmond Convention Center for the VSB TECHSHOW. The 2017 event featured Cleo E. Powell, a Virginia Supreme Court justice, and several speakers from the American Bar Association TECHSHOW.

Attendees heard sessions on a variety of topics, including Ethics: Practical Budget-Friendly Cybersecurity at Warp Speed, which was delivered by Sharon Nelson and John Simek, president and vice president of Sensei Enterprises, respectively. Continuing along the lines of ethics, the event also included a session titled Avoiding Ethical Missteps in the Digital Era, by Reid Trautz of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, DC.

Other sessions included Time/Billing/Accounting Software: Everything Lawyers Need to Know, by Britt Lorish of Affinity Consulting Group, and Macs in Law: The Year Behind and the Year Ahead, by Tom Mighell. Attendees were eligible for up to seven CLE credits and three Ethics credits.