Surety Consulting at DBI Projects

April 24, 2024

We are committed to serving sureties globally.

We provide guidance to sureties through every stage of a bonded construction project. We draw on our extensive on-site experience to rescue projects from various stages of incompletion. Our team is uniquely positioned to provide independent, reliable advice and active management.

How we help:

  • Project status evaluation and claim assessment
  • Cost-to-complete analysis
  • Recovery strategy development
  • Reprocurement management
  • Construction oversight
  • Default avoidance negotiations
  • Litigation support


We collaborate with sureties globally, getting projects back on track by solving construction performance problems. Protecting sureties with our decades of experience, we provide thorough pre- and post-claim analysis and use our technical project management skills to provide boots-on-the-ground project oversight.

We think about:

  • Mitigating surety exposures
  • Default avoidance
  • Analyzing risk and completion scenarios
  • Facilitating fair claim resolution
  • Overseeing time-efficient completion
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Our Surety Practice Leaders

John Steele | Surety Practice Lead

John is a seasoned construction professional with over 25 years of experience providing surety consulting services to a variety of developers, contractors, Fortune 500 companies, attorneys and Sureties.

He has an extensive track record in construction and project management, project design and development, cost to complete evaluation and budget tracking, contract claims and dispute resolution, project status evaluation and recovery strategy development. John’s projects have included Infrastructure & Transportation, Retail, Office, Restaurant, Healthcare, Education, Aviation, Hospitality, Multifamily Housing, and Sports Facilities, in both Public and Private sector markets.

Additionally, John has provided expert testimony in several dispute resolution matters related to project management, construction defects, project delay and completion responsibilities. Having worked on projects throughout the country, John and the DBI Surety Consulting team are well equipped to serve clients nationally.


Ofer Ohad | Managing Partner

Read about Ofer’s qualifications here.


Mariela Abreu | Partner, Senior Director

Read about Mariela’s qualifications here.

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