Christopher Costello, P.E., Esq.

Christopher Costello, P.E., Esq.

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic and State University
  • Juris Doctor, Widener University
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Delaware
  • Member of the Delaware Bar
  • Member, American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)

Chris is a Registered Professional Engineer and Attorney with nearly three decades of experience analyzing and resolving construction claims and disputes. His expertise includes constructability reviews, maintaining project schedules, negotiating change orders, and drafting specifications.

Chris has evaluated documents pertaining to time and cost disputes between owners and contractors. He has verified contractors’ costs, verified that contractors’ requests conform to approved contract schedules, and attended meetings with both contractors and owners to help facilitate paths to resolve construction disputes.

Prior to joining TRAUNER, Chris worked for a State Department of Transportation for 28 years, ultimately as a District Construction Engineer. His skills and experience included the administration of public sector contracts for road and bridge construction. He managed budgets, negotiated contract change orders, resolved disputes, and defended multi-million dollar claims for the District. Chris drafted construction specifications, contract language, and administrative procedures, reviewed CPM schedules, and reviewed contract documents for constructability and feasibility.

Chris administered up to 45 projects concurrently, many of them valued in excess of $100M, and supervised a staff of area managers, construction inspectors, estimating technicians, and consultants. He drafted letters to contractors, elected officials, utility companies, designers, and regulatory agencies. He also assisted in drafting Department-wide manuals and procedures.

Chris is a voting member of AASHTO’s Committee on Construction for which he assisted with an update of AASHTO’s Guide Specifications for Construction Projects.

While working as a Law Clerk, Chris performed legal research for construction and insurance cases; drafted legal memos and letters to clients; and contributed to a published article entitled, Architects and Engineers Professional Liability: Redesigning the Standard of Care, which has been cited in court cases.