We know that in your business every hour of delay is expensive, and we are responsive in addressing your need for timely legal services.
Construction is a high-risk, high-reward enterprise, and our lawyers partner with our entrepreneur-minded clients to solve problems, manage risks and structure contracts to achieve their strategic goals.
We support contractors and others in the building industry with review of contracts, counsel on risk management, and aggressive defense or pursuit of claims. Our experience allows us to staff matters with fewer but more knowledgeable lawyers who turn deliverables around quickly. Our clients include construction owners, developers, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, trade contractors, suppliers, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, vendors, engineers, architects and design-build professionals involved in every area of construction.
One of the strengths of our construction practice is its partnership with attorneys in our real estate, environmental and employment practices. As a result of our combined experience in construction and real estate, we take projects from inception to final construction, assisting in acquiring real estate, resolving environmental problems, obtaining land use permits, and negotiating bids, contracts and work site-related issues such as labor and employment disputes.
Our lawyers include the former general counsel of a major home building company, engineers, the former chair of the Construction Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and the team has experience in virtually every legal issue that emerges for contractors, developers, land owners and project financiers. We draw on our broad resources in legal areas that affect construction such as employment and corporate law, intellectual property, real estate, tax, environmental and finance—a scope of practices not available at most boutique construction firms. Our collaborative approach anticipates problems and allows for an efficient handoff of matters and delivery of timely and budget-conscious services.
Represented clients to negotiate settlement of disputes with general contractors.
Won summary judgment so convincingly for the defendant in wrongful death action arising from trenching accident that plaintiff did not appeal.
Obtained $1.3 Million judgment on behalf of nationwide restaurant chain against defaulting contractor.
Recovered for material supplier in claim for payment and defended counter-claims asserting defective materials and construction delays.
- Atlanta Electrical Distributors, LLC v. Choate Construction Company, Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, et al
Recovered on payment bond claim for electrical components distributor on the UGA Fraternity Row project.
- Aim Steel Inc. v. Pinnacle Prime Contractors, Inc. and Hartford Fire Insurance Company and Pinnacle Prime Contractors, Inc
Recovered on Payment Bond for steel subcontractor while overcoming counterclaim.
Recovered on mechanics lien by overcoming contract price defense asserted by owner where general contractor defaulted on project.
Obtained Temporary Restraining Order freezing assets of contractor under Georgia RICO.
- Nova Quality Assurance Consulting Services, LLC fka Capri Quality Assurance Consulting Services, LLC v. MGM Resorts International, et al
Recovered for breach of contract and mechanics lien under consulting contract on the beleaguered City Center Project in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Represented architectural firm in case brought by mansion owner contending negligent construction and design of a large elevated patio with numerous planters, involving geotechnical and flashing issues.
- Eucebia Lopez Carbajal and 24 other Plaintiffs v. Williams Erection Company, The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Inc., Atlas Piers of Atlanta, Inc. et al
Successfully resolved 16 lawsuits brought by 25 injured plaintiffs and one descendant's estate who fell when the canopy walk under construction fell at The Atlanta Botanical Gardens. There were 11 defendants in this set of cases.
After a six week jury trial presenting 17 consolidated, yet individually proved plaintiff’s cases, obtained a civil conspiracy to defraud verdict in the total amount of $3.5 million on behalf of each of 17 investors in a commercial building arising from fraud in the financing of the purchase. In the same trial, obtained judgment for an additional $500,000 in punitive damages against the syndicator.
- Policyholder general contractor and engineering firm defective construction claims dispute in North Carolina, claims exceeded $2 million
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholders, a general contractor and an engineering firm, in connection with claims of defective construction at a $70 million distribution warehouse in the State of North Carolina. Dispute involved general liability carrier for general contractor and general liability carrier for numerous subcontractors. The claims exceeded $2 million.
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder in litigation with E&O carrier over coverage for design allegations made in connection with claims of faulty construction at a $70 million distribution warehouse in the State of North Carolina.
- Policyholder dispute involving defective construction claims at a $20 million distribution warehouse in Oregon
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder in connection with claims of defective construction at a $20 million distribution warehouse in the State of Oregon. Dispute involved general liability carrier for general contractor and general liability carrier for numerous subcontractors. The claims at issue exceeded $2 million.
- Policyholder general liability carrier for general contractor and general liability carrier for numerous subcontractors dispute, alleging defective construction at a warehouse distribution facility in Texas
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder in connection with litigation arising from alleged defective construction at a warehouse distribution facility in the State of Texas. Dispute involved general liability carrier for general contractor and general liability carrier for numerous subcontractors. The claims at issue exceeded $4 million.
- Policyholder dispute with claims of defective construction at a manufacturing plant in Alabama, in excess of $1 million
Lead counsel on behalf of policyholder, a general contractor, in connection with claims of defective construction at a manufacturing plant in the State of Alabama. Dispute involved claims in excess of $1 million that resulted in litigation with subcontractors and their general liability insurers as well as dispute with general contractor's general liability insurer.
Served as counsel to an Atlanta-based construction company with operations in more than 40 states in the establishment of an ESOP and sale of its stock to the related Employee Stock Ownership Trust, drafting and negotiating all legal documents, working with the investment banker, and negotiating terms of sale with counsel for the Trustee and the senior lender. The matter involved a AAA strip-out, a stock purchase by the ESOP, bank loan, an exchange of all stock not ...
Arbitration ruling in favor of plaintiff for construction company. Obtained plaintiff’s verdict of $640,000.
Successfully represented Georgia DOT in its claims against contractor and in defense of counterclaims in trial courts and on appeal. Litigation over faulty construction of highways; involved complex analysis of chemical testing and accounting data.
Represented plaintiff in suit arising out of cost overruns on $100 million boiler project due to faulty construction drawings. Interviewed witnesses, reviewed documents, drafted motions and briefs, successfully argued against motion for partial summary judgment, assisted at trial, co-wrote post-trial and appellate briefs. Verdict for client in the amount of more than $4.6 million. United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed judgment and ...
Represented a large federal government contractor in a dispute against the surety of a defaulted grading subcontractor. The grading subcontractor had already been paid nearly 90 percent of the contract amount when the contractor had to terminate the grading subcontractor. The work was so defective that the contractor incurred costs exceeding the original contract in completing the work. After a two year arbitration, achieved an award against the surety for ...
Represented a grading contractor in a dispute involving the construction of a cemetery on behalf of the Veterans Administration in Puerto Rico.
Represented a privately-held specialty contracting company in connection with its acquisition by a private equity firm for a total purchase price of more than $50 million.
Lead counsel for Lender in a $14.5 million loan for the acquisition of a remediated brownfield site and the construction of a 63,000 sq. foot Class A office building in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.
Representation of a full service steel center in connection with a steel business plant acquisition and approximately $3 million working line of credit.
Representation of a master distributor of weld fittings, flanges and forged steel in a $23 million ABL credit facility.
Served as counsel to an Atlanta-based construction company in a second stage ESOP transaction for the sale of additional shares to an Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
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- July 8, 2016
- "NLRB Green-Lights Union Expansion with Broadened 'Joint Employer' Rule," Construction Financial Management AssociationOctober 8, 2015
- January 30, 2017
- December 15, 2016
- December 13, 2016
- November 1, 2016
- August 15, 2016
- December 1, 2015
- November 2, 2015
- August 17, 2015
- "Construction Executives: Talk Less and Listen More for an Effective Deposition," Construction Executive Risk ManagementOctober 11, 2016
- CMA Building Profits, July 26, 2016
- "New Twists: As General Contractor, Are You Protected as an 'Additional Insured?'" American Bar Association’s Construction Law ForumMarch 9, 2016
- March 9, 2016
- February 2, 2016
- January 28, 2016
- "Top 5 Take-Aways from the Construction Industry Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference in Austin," LinkedIn PulseOctober 22, 2015
- September 23, 2015
- July 14, 2015
- November 14, 2014
- "Bond Claims and the Prompt Pay Act," Construction Law for the General Practitioner, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia SeminarAtlanta, Ga., April 14, 2016
- "Employment Issues Faced Regularly by Construction Industry," Construction Law for the General Practitioner, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia SeminarAtlanta, Ga., April 14, 2016
- "Insurance for the Project: When it Helps and When it's Worthless," Construction Law for the General Practitioner, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia SeminarAtlanta, Ga., April 14, 2016
- "Arbitration: Moving to Compel and Moving to Stay," Construction Law for the General Practitioner, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia SeminarAtlanta, Ga., April 14, 2016
- "Georgia's Right to Repair Act and What it Means for Your Clients," Construction Law for the General Practitioner, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia SeminarAtlanta, Ga., April 14, 2016
- April 25, 2014
- Atlanta, Ga., January 25, 2013