Shai specializes in representing clients in complex dispute-resolution procedures, with a special focus on procedures relating to engineering and infrastructure projects, including insurance related disputes. He also possesses extensive experience advising contractors and entrepreneurs throughout all stages of a project.
Shai’s clients include leading Israeli engineering and infrastructure companies, as well as internationally known entities operating the infrastructure and energy sectors.
Shai is well versed in advising on various infrastructure projects, including those involving roads, rail transport, water, gas, renewable energy, seaports, and airports. Examples of projects Shai has advised are the Tel Aviv Light Rail Red Line Project, the Tunneling Project for the High Speed Rail between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the Ashdod Desalination Plant Project, and the Ben-Gurion Airport Expansion Project.
Shai represents clients in various courts, arbitrations, and alternative dispute resolution procedures.
Shai also serves as a guest lecturer in the Israeli Association of Construction & Infrastructure Engineers arbitrators course and is a member of the Society of Construction Law.
Prior to joining Barnea, Shai served as a partner in the litigation department of S. Horowitz
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LL.B., 2004
Member of the Israel Bar Association since 2005
News and updates - Shai Avnieli:
A Solution for Infrastructure Project Delays Is Also Needed
At the end of June, the Ministry of Construction and Housing announced that due to the coronavirus crisis the time in which a contractor can delay delivering an apartment without being sanctioned will increase to 100 days. Shai Avnieli, a partner in our Infrastructure Department, published an opinion article in Globes on the subject. He commented: "This decision, which stems from a desire to solve this complex issue, is indeed welcome. However, although this decision has a significant impact on the construction market in Israel, it does not fix the issues of the construction market as a whole, particularly not the infrastructure sector."
Israel's Infrastructure Boom
Israel is undertaking a massive transformation to modernize its infrastructure, with a series of projects in transport, energy, and defense. British magazine The Lawyer interviewed Shai Avnieli, an expert in the infrastructure area, on the subject. In his comments, Shai noted that providing legal advice for complex projects is not something just any lawyer can do. "This practice area is not some buzzword that lawyers can quickly adapt to and it is certainly impossible to quickly become adept in this field," he stressed.
Israel's Construction and Infrastructure Sector Recognized as an Essential Field
On March 22, 2020, emergency regulations were published in Israel on limiting market activity for the purposes of managing the spread of the coronavirus. The construction and infrastructure sectors were declared exempt.