Construction - Georgia
THE FIRM The Kilpatrick Townsend team has long been recognized as one of the market-leading construction groups in the state. Its strong team routinely handles some of the most valuable and high-profile matters in the market. For example, it has continued to advise the City of Atlanta regarding all aspects of its $6 billion airport expansion. It also recently represented Alstom Transportation, successfully defending it in a multimillion-dollar claim. The team serves clients from diverse industries in any matter related to construction, and has expertise in both transactional matters and litigation.
Sources say: "We have found the services and depth at the firm to be outstanding. I have gotten to know many of the other attorneys in the construction department over the years and come away with a strong positive impression of their skill and commitment to their clients."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Brian Corgan is one of the most highly regarded figures in the market. Clients are effusive in their endorsement of his work. One observes: "I have never worked with anybody who commands all aspects of a case like Brian does."
William Dorris has been a key player in the group's work for the City of Atlanta. He is known to be "extremely competent, easygoing and very, very professional." Clients add that he is "extremely well prepared and understands our business completely."
Litigation department chair Randall Hafer is able to bring his considerable courtroom experience to bear on construction-related disputes. He has recently been acting for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in issues surrounding the largest highways project undertaken in the USA.
Neal Sweeney has extensive experience in the real estate market. He is primarily engaged in large-scale public works projects, and also has considerable expertise with public contracts.
Chad Theriot enjoys a growing reputation for his work, which is centered predominantly around construction litigation and claims avoidance. Clients have been particularly impressed by his steadfast attention to detail in preparing their cases.
THE FIRM This team is one of the best-established construction groups in the area, and has a rich history of impressive performance in this sector. It offers comprehensive coverage of all areas of construction law to clients from a wide spread of industries. The group is often involved in some of the most sophisticated matters within the construction sphere. Recent clients include SCANA, Georgia-Pacific, Molson Coors and Caddell Construction. It can draw upon its national network of offices for additional resources when managing large, multistate projects.
Sources say: "They have a wonderful reputation and the longest history of any team, and there are a number of good lawyers there."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Philip Beck is a widely recognized and acclaimed fixture of the Georgia construction market. He splits his practice between dispute resolution and dispute avoidance. As well as representing a large number of contractors, he also serves owners, subcontractors and designers.
The deeply experienced Aubrey Coleman has become renowned as one of the leading authorities on construction matters in the Atlanta market and beyond.
Ronald Robey is particularly noted for his skill at drafting construction contracts. These include contracts in the public and private sector for a diverse range of projects, including hospitals, casinos and airports. He also has vast experience working with numerous government bodies.
James Butler is also a specialist in the negotiation of construction contracts. Alongside this, he maintains an active practice covering design-build projects and EPC.
Robert Chambers has been involved with clients from both the public and private sphere, and is an experienced figure in construction disputes. Clients believe that he is especially "very good in cases involving underground construction."
Eric Nelson "has a very commanding presence and a good way about him. I would give him very high marks," says an impressed client. He is recognized by the market as a growing name in the dispute resolution field.
George Wenick is admired as a highly capable litigator with an international focus to a large part of his work. He has experience in litigation involving Chinese, European and Latin American jurisdictions and clients.
Thomas Abernathy brings a wealth of experience to the team. He frequently represents contractors, subcontractors and owners of complex projects.
Thomas Kelleher is highly respected by market commentators for his deep expertise and experience in handling government contracts.
THE FIRM The Georgia arm of this established national practice regularly handles big-ticket construction engagements on behalf of its clients. For example, the team recently acted for Lend Lease in relation to disputes worth $200 million relating to the deconstruction of the last building to be removed at Ground Zero. Other notable clients include Black & Veatch and Wright Brothers Construction.
KEY INDIVIDUALS When speaking of Jennifer Fletcher, sources are consistently enthusiastic and effusive about her ability and stature in the field. She brings extensive experience in litigation to her construction practice, and is praised as being an excellent force at the heart of the team.
Lee Davis is praised by clients for his charismatic approach to handling matters. He is an accomplished litigator, arbitrator and negotiator whose dispute resolution skills are highly regarded. He recently represented Black & Veatch in a high-profile and complex matter regarding multiple power plants nationwide.
Barry McCabe focuses his practice on the dispute resolution side of construction matters. He recently led the team representing EMCOR Group in high-value claims arising from disruption and labor inefficiency during the construction of a new hospital.
William Wildman has over 25 years of construction litigation and contract negotiation experience. He has recently assisted the DeKalb County School System in the review of all contracts in the $500 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) construction program.
THE FIRM This group is widely recognized as a significant player in the Georgia market and throughout the Southeast. It offers assistance in all areas of construction law, typically to owners and contractors, and is regularly engaged by significant clients including GenOn Energy, Skanska USA Building and AIG Global Real Estate. It has recently been acting on behalf of Superior Rigging in a complicated dispute regarding the Miami Marlins baseball stadium.
KEY INDIVIDUALS John Spangler is seen as a "top-notch lawyer" by impressed clients. He was lead partner in representing DACA in a $3.5 million case against the general contractor in the construction of Mayport Naval Air Station.
William Hughes offers full coverage of any construction-related issue. He has significant experience in the Chinese and South American markets, but is also active domestically. He recently represented ReEnergy Holdings in its project to convert a coal-fired power station to use sustainable fuel.
THE FIRM This firm is active in all forms of dispute resolution relating to the construction sector. The team is also heavily involved in drafting construction contracts, and has recently undertaken such work for Southern Company Services, drafting seven contract templates. Other key clients include Georgia-Pacific, Foster Wheeler AG and Watts Water Technologies.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients believe that group leader Ira Genberg consistently offers excellent service. He can draw upon deep experience and an esteemed reputation in the field, something appreciated by clients.
Frank Riggs has over 30 years of dedicated construction law experience. The highly esteemed Riggs was the lead partner in drafting contracts for Southern Company Services.
THE FIRM This team specializes in construction litigation and disputes, areas in which it is well received by clients. It recently represented Wood Group in a $9 million subrogation claim brought against it by Factory Mutual. It also defended Sheffer Engineering in a $2 million suit concerning damages and project delays following the collapse of a temporary cofferdam. Other notable clients include Veolia Water, Siemens Energy and the American Bridge Company.
Sources say: "Outstanding construction lawyers who have a national reputation of achieving great results for their clients."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head David Dial has a broad base of experience, having represented clients across the country and abroad. Clients are delighted with his courtroom presence, and say that "his cross-examinations, in very clear terms, were devastating."
John Flynn "is a real pleasure to work with. He is very professional and knowledgeable," according to sources. His practice has a particular focus on government contract disputes, and he has noteworthy experience in overseas work.
Tony Smith has garnered the respect of the wider market in his many years of experience. Interviewees observe that "he has an excellent reputation and he is a very good, very knowledgeable lawyer." He has expertise in contract negotiation, arbitration and litigation.
Ross Ginsberg is especially adept at defending clients who approach projects from the design perspective. While holding a prominent local reputation, he is also present in a number of national matters.
THE FIRM This construction law boutique offers its services in all potential issues relating to projects. Its ten-lawyer team has carved out a competitive niche for itself in the market, and is regularly engaged by a range of clients, though it is particularly known for its work in representing subcontractors.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Deeply experienced senior partner David Hendrick is "an excellent lawyer," according to sources. His practice is centered around contracting and claim matters, as well as dispute resolution.
THE FIRM Seyfarth Shaw is a regular choice for contractors, and offers a wide range of services from its dedicated team, though it is particularly adroit in dispute resolution and litigation. It is part of the firm's excellent and wide-reaching national construction offering. It has recently represented The Winter Construction Company in claims of over $50 million against the owner of a mixed-use project.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Walker Ingraham is chair of the Atlanta office's litigation department and has a strong focus on construction disputes. He was co-lead partner on the Winter Construction Company case, and has recently assisted Gay Construction in a variety of matters.
Linda Klein is department head at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC's Atlanta office. She is particularly involved in disputes related to construction projects.
Ben Shapiro of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is among the best-known names in the market. His immense experience has contributed to him being acclaimed as a recognized expert for all manner of construction-related disputes.
Jack Kowalski is chair of Burr & Forman LLP's construction law practice. An "aggressive and honest" attorney, he chiefly represents contractors, though he also has experience in engagements for clients in the automotive industry.
Kent Stair of Carlock Copeland & Stair, LLP has deep experience in this sphere. He specifically represents design individuals in all possible issues arising during a construction project, and draws admiration from the wider market.
Robert Crewdson of DLA Piper LLP (US) earns the praise of clients who observe that "he is very professional with great efficiency, and is also great at watching our budget." He handles both dispute resolution and contract drafting.
Herman Fussell of Foltz Martin LLC is a veteran litigator who also undertakes alternative dispute resolution. He is an active and highly regarded figure in the Atlanta market.
Bart Gary is a founding partner of Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP and head of both the litigation and construction law departments. He earns praise from the market for his work in representing subcontractors.
Danielle Cole of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. has a fast-growing reputation in this field. She has handled projects in all phases, from conception to completion, and provides assistance on all construction issues.
Thomas Asselin of Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP is principally known for his abilities as an arbitrator, and has been involved in numerous large and complex projects.
Scott Cahalan of Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP is predominantly engaged in drafting construction contracts, though he is also active in litigation and dispute resolution. He represents a broad spread of clients, including contractors, owners, designers and subcontractors.