Sunu M. Pillai

Sunu Pillai focuses his practice on commercial and government contracts in the construction and energy industries.  Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked for 13 years as an engineer, and as a consultant providing project management and construction claims services.  He is an approved mediator with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. 

His engineering and project management experience makes Sunu attuned to the business needs and priorities of his clients.  In his consulting career, he has worked on projects including power plants, offshore oil and gas, shipbuilding, rail construction, industrial plants, road projects and buildings.  On these domestic and international projects, Sunu has worked with a broad cross-section of client personnel from site superintendents to senior executives.  He has analyzed issues including schedule delays, disruption, acceleration and inefficiencies.  Sunu has a broad experience in change management, including quantifying delays and providing advice on dispute avoidance.  He has also worked as a naval architect in the shipbuilding industry, and has experience in both design and field engineering.

Sunu holds multiple industry certifications including Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM), Project Management Professional (PMP), Earned Value Professional (EVP), Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) and Certified Cost Professional (CCP).  In addition to his law degree, he holds a master’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering, and an undergraduate degree in naval architecture.


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