Joe Dirik is a senior counsel in the Energy and Infrastructure practice of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Dallas office. He concentrates his practice on construction and government contracts law matters, representing general contractors and owners with particular emphasis on claims avoidance, claim preparation and analysis, alternative dispute resolution and litigation. Joe helps his clients resolve or litigate disputes, negotiate contracts and address compliance and risk management issues in the energy, heavy construction and commercial construction markets. After earning his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, Joe worked for 20 years as a construction project engineer, project manager and executive on over $1 billion worth of international and U.S. projects while also earning his MBA and Master of Arts in International Management Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. After his construction career, Joe earned his JD from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and now uses his past construction industry experience to provide focused and practical counsel to his construction clients. Joe is a regular author and contributor on topics concerning the construction industry and authored a regular column on legal topics in Texas Construction Magazine, a McGraw-Hill publication, from 2003 until 2010.