Ericson P. Kimbel




Ericson P. Kimbel is a partner in Burleson LLP’s Pittsburgh office. His practice is focused on construction and litigation capabilities for companies operating in the Appalachian Basin, nationwide and internationally.

Kimbel, who has practiced law for more than 15 years, is well versed in construction law and mechanic’s lien law, energy-related construction litigation, nuclear energy construction litigation, pipeline construction litigation, commercial and contract litigation, transactional and bankruptcy matters, defense of OSHA violations, prosecution of Department of Transportation claims, federal government contracting matters, and procurement claims and disputes.

His background includes litigating multi-million dollar matters related to the construction of a nuclear fuel conversion facility, negotiating and settling multi-million dollar requests for equitable adjustments, including international procurement disputes and subcontractor claims, and navigating mechanics’ lien law claims in unsettled areas of lien law.

Kimbel routinely counsels subcontractors, contractors, design-builders, and construction managers during all phases of construction projects in both the public and the private sectors on commercial, institutional, highway, nuclear energy, and oil and gas projects.

He has represented clients in complex construction cases involving project delays, disruptions, and inefficiencies, and is experienced in prosecuting and defending mechanic’s liens, bond claims, and payment claims. He also negotiates and drafts construction contracts of all types.

Kimbel is actively involved in various professional associations, and he speaks and writes on numerous issues related to the construction industry. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and his Master's degree in public and international affairs, and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
    (J.D., 1999)
  • University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public & International Affairs
    (M.P.I.A. with Certification in Environmental Management & Policy, 1999)
  • University of Pittsburgh Journal of Law and Commerce, Managing Editor
  • St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia
    (International and Comparative Law Program, 1996)
  • Methodist University
    (B.A. English and Writing, 1992)


  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia


  • “Nachfrist Notice and Avoidance under the C.I.S.G.,” University of Pittsburgh Journal of Law and Commerce, spring, 1999
  • “The Ecological and Economic Failures of Florida’s Mangrove Regulatory Scheme,” University of Maine Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, winter, 1999
  • Seminar:  “Impacts of the 2007 Amendments to Pennsylvania Mechanics Lien Law”, presented to multiple trade associations and clients during 2006-07
  • "One Call and Bilt-Rite: Can They Be Reconciled?,” Breaking Ground, March 2008
  • Seminar:  “Workers' Compensation, EEO Complaints, and How to Terminate Employees,” Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania, May, 2008
  • "Significant Changes to Mechanics Lien Law Are Pending,” Breaking Ground, April 2010
  • “OSHA Proposes Heightened Standards for Crystalline Silica Exposure,” Client Alert, January 2014
  • Seminar: “Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in Pennsylvania: Understanding the Issues”, Lorman Educational Group, November 2013
  • Webinar: “Social Media and Liability Issues in Construction”, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, June, 2014
  • “Pennsylvania Overhauls Mechanic’s Lien Law with Creation of State Construction Notices Directory,” Breaking Ground, November 2014


  • Master Builders Association of Western Pennsylvania
  • Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Marcellus Shale Coalition
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Volunteer Soccer Coach, Pittsburgh Dynamo Youth Soccer
  • Volunteer Basketball Coach, St. Bede School

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