Michael V. Pepe has extensive experience representing real estate and construction industry professionals. Prior to joining SDV, he represented general contractors, subcontractors, architects and homeowners in contract disputes, construction defect and surety bond claims. His prior experience also includes the representation of franchisees in all aspects of their business, providing him with a unique familiarity in related insurance coverage issues. Michael's practice now focuses on complex insurance coverage issues in the real estate and construction industries, with a concentration on Subcontractor Default Insurance, and in professional liability matters. His clients benefit from his experience in all phases of litigation, including through trial and the appeals process. Michael leverages his litigation experience to help his clients avoid coverage disputes by strengthening contractual risk transfer and coverage at the time of contract drafting and negotiation, policy placements and renewal.
Michael has assumed a leadership role in the firm, mentoring younger associates and being actively involved in firmwide technological initiatives. He also serves as a Content Editor for substantive content produced by SDV attorneys. Michael regularly speaks on insurance coverage topics at seminars and webinars, and he was a contributing author and panelist for the Connecticut Bar Association's Construction Law Section's Annual Update from 2009-2013. He now serves as liaison to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Documents Committee.
In his free time, Michael enjoys skiing, golf and woodworking, and conducts admissions interviews for Georgetown University, his alma mater. He currently resides in Guilford, Connecticut with his family.