Construction - Georgia


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What the team is known for At the forefront of the construction market, acting on some of the largest projects and disputes in the region and nationally. Particular experience on public contracts. Noted by peers for its work on transportation matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're highly skilled, knowledgeable and responsive, and they provide a first-rate work product."

"They're extremely experienced and knowledgeable regarding construction law and disputes, and have very sound judgment. I was particularly impressed with their focus on achieving settlement as opposed to winning at all costs - they were an extremely practical set of lawyers."

Work highlights Represented the City of Atlanta in a dispute with a contractor over a $140 million DBO contract to build biosolids handling facilities.

Represented a general contractor in arbitration proceedings brought by its former joint venture partner in a claim for wrongful termination of the joint venture.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Corgan garners a wealth of praise from clients and peers alike. One client describes him as "the best attorney I know; a very strong litigator. A big claims, bet-the-company type of litigator. He'll outwork anyone I know. He has such presence that I've seen him win unwinnable cases." Of a recent arbitration matter, another source says: "It was phenomenal to watch him; it was a masterpiece. He is unbelievably smart, and he lawyered circles around the opposition. I would unequivocally say he's the best I've ever seen."

William Dorris continues to be noted by his peers, particularly for his work on government contracts. He acts on ADR proceedings including arbitrations and mediations.

Randall Hafer is described as "a very impressive lawyer" by one client, who adds: "From the minute I met him, I could see he was someone who could carry weight with mediators and opposing counsel. He carries himself with the confidence of somebody who has been doing what they do for a long time and is very good at it, in a way that commands respect." He represents clients in contract negotiations and disputes.

Neal Sweeney's practice focuses on public works projects. Clients praise him as "a top-notch attorney. He has vast experience in construction law, and is one of the most knowledgeable across the board on construction law that I know. He has a great grasp of damages and schedule of construction projects. He's excellent to use and at managing outside experts and consultants."

Joseph Henner negotiates and drafts contracts for clients including the City of Atlanta, and is also involved in litigation matters. Clients say: "Joe is a very strong attorney. He's really a pleasure to work with – one of the most easygoing, likable attorneys I know; really down-to-earth. He's especially strong in contract review and negotiation and drafting."

Up-and-comer Chad Theriot continues to establish himself, with one client saying: "I think Chad is going to be a superstar. He has an immediate grasp of the situation, he knows how to work with the clients and work with the other side, and he's very sharp in construction law. He's definitely moving on and handling larger cases himself. He's one to watch." Theriot acts on construction disputes.

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What the team is known for A boutique construction firm with a strong bench of senior-level attorneys. The practice focuses on representing general contractors in project negotiations and disputes. Also represents owners in projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Smith, Currie & Hancock has great depth of expertise in construction. Their advice is thoughtful and practical. Their representation at mediations and arbitrations is authoritative and purposeful."

Work highlights Represented Looks Great Services in a dispute relating to the emergency cleanup after Hurricaine Sandy.

Advised the National Utility Contractors Association on its representations to the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee during the redrafting process of its standard form documents.

Notable practitioners  

Peers say James Butler "has a great reputation within the construction Bar." He continues to assist clients in the negotiation of construction contracts for major infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on EPC and design/build contracts.

Robert Chambers heads the department. He focuses on construction disputes with complex environmental issues and also acts on major infrastructure projects as well as private projects for contractors and owners.

The highly regarded Eric Nelson acts on a range of contentious construction matters. His practice focuses on energy sector disputes and government contracts. He also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings including arbitrations and mediations.

Described as a "good bulldog litigator" and a "fantastic lawyer" by peers, George Wenick represents contractor clients in litigation matters and has significant international experience. He also acts on bid protests for clients operating in the government contracts sector.

Philip Beck is noted by peers for his work with general contractors. He tries disputes including litigation matters, mediations and arbitrations, as well as assisting clients with contract drafting.

Ronald Robey negotiates and drafts agreements for contractor clients, and also acts on disputes. Clients describe him as a "great lawyer - he really knows what he's doing and gets us good results."

Thomas Abernathy continues to act on construction projects for general contractors, subcontractors and owners, and is particularly noted for his work concerning government contracts matters.

Thomas Kelleher maintains a strong reputation in the Georgia Bar and acts on a range of government contracts construction projects.

The firm recently mourned the passing of the eminent and widely respected Aubrey Coleman.

Significant clients Caddell Construction, AECOM Technical Services, Georgia-Pacific, McCarthy Building, Beijing Construction Engineering Group.

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What the team is known for Primarily focused on the resolution of high-value disputes for general contractors and large trade contractors. Noted by peers for its representation of owners, and recommended for its representation of design professionals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have an excellent team - they're very good at working together and good at managing budgets."

"They are an outstanding construction team – one of the strongest I've seen anywhere."

Notable practitioners  

Jennifer Fletcher focuses on construction disputes and maintains an excellent reputation in the market. Clients say she is "very intelligent, and very quick to get to the issues and the decision points at hand. She is also very quick to analyze the cost benefit and is able to articulate the pros and cons in a very practical and intelligent way - those discussions are always coupled with very sound advice."

Lee Davis acts on construction disputes. Clients say: "He's extremely practical - he understands the construction business. He's done an excellent job evaluating what we have and what they have."

Sources single out William Wildman for being "extremely responsive and proactive in following up on things. He's responsive in keeping up with timelines." He has particular expertise in representing design professionals.

Band 2 | Alston & Bird

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What the team is known for Focuses particularly focuses on infrastructure projects and disputes in the energy sector. Also acts for major real estate developers and REITs.

Work highlights Represented McDonald's in lawsuits against contractors arising out of its $1 billion restaurant renovation program.

Notable practitioners

"Terrific lawyer" John Spangler recently represented Skanska in a $7 million dispute relating to the renovation of a government office.

Peers praise William Hughes's "analytical ability and verbal style." He recently advised EDF Renewables on EPC contracts for three renewable energy projects.

Significant clients GenOn Energy, Carbo Ceramic, Columbia Property Trust, InterContinental Hotels Group, T-Mobile USA.

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What the team is known for Particularly noted for representing owner clients in the energy sector. Also acts for owners and developers on high-profile projects both nationally and internationally. Offers expertise in arbitration and mediation matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are just outstanding - extremely hard-working, and very knowledgeable of construction-related issues across a variety of industries. They are most knowledgeable in utilities, power, oil and gas."

What's new? New clients include Columbia Properties Trust, Georgia College & State University Foundation and Turnberry Associates.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say Ira Genberg's "knowledge of the industry is outstanding. He's a great litigator, hands-on with the details, and able to get hold of issues and simplify them for the tribunal of fact. I really enjoy working with him." He also has extensive experience of international arbitration matters.

Frank Riggs's clients praise his skill at "managing the various facets of cases - he's extremely skilled at bringing the pieces together and forming a cohesive constructive strategy." He acts for energy sector clients on a range of issues.

Significant clients Georgia Power, Southern Nuclear, Foster Wheeler, Kerzner International, Holder.

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What the team is known for Focuses on construction litigation and arbitration, with particular expertise in international arbitration matters. Also offers contract drafting and negotiation advice on a range of projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very good at representing the client's needs and their insurance company's needs."

Notable practitioners 

"Very good lawyer" David Dial acts on litigation and arbitration matters across the USA and internationally. He represents a fine choice of counsel for architects, contractors, engineers and sureties, among others.

John Flynn focuses on construction disputes, representing contractors and design professionals. He wins much praise for his "extensive experience of government contract matters."

Tony Smith is "always recognized as somebody with good international experience," say peers. He represents clients in litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on infrastructure projects in the energy sector.

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What the team is known for Boutique construction law firm offering advice to owners, general contractors and subcontractors. Noted by peers for its particular focus on representation of trade contractors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"There's an awful lot of experience within that firm and they provide sound advice to their clients." 

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Phillips is a key contact.

The firm and the Atlanta construction community mourns the recent passing of senior partner David R. Hendrick.

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What the team is known for Primarily acts on dispute resolution matters, mainly representing contractors and construction managers in litigation and arbitration. Also offers transactional advice to contractors, owners and developers, and very active representing lenders in construction projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I was very impressed - they were very diligent."

Work highlights Acted on the contract negotiation and drafting of the $30 million 92 West Paces luxury residential development in Buckhead, Atlanta.

Advised Gay Construction on contract negotiation and drafting, and on dispute resolution.

Notable practitioners  

Chip Ingraham is noted by peers as a tenacious construction litigator. Clients particularly value "his approach to solving issues: he approaches them from a business perspective, and is very pragmatic trying to resolve issues. But if that can't happen he's not afraid to pull the gloves off and go after it. He can do the job there too."

Significant clients SWS Environmental Services, Host Hotels & Resorts, Kaplan Communities, Skanska USA Building, Morrison Hershfield.

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Linda Klein of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC primarily acts for design professionals, and also represents general contractors and subcontractors. "She is an excellent attorney, with a grasp of an incredibly wide range of the law and issues we might get into. She's always been very quickly available to us if there's a crisis. I appreciate her responsiveness and ability to quickly evaluate where we are and what we need to get movement on it. She's very committed to us and helping us get things done," reports one impressed source.

The highly regarded Ben Shapiro of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC focuses on dispute resolution, representing owners, contractors and architects in litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Jack Kowalski of Burr & Forman LLP recently represented Hyundai Power Transformers USA in a dispute with a subcontractor on a manufacturing facility project in Alabama. Clients say: "He's terrific. The reason I use him for general contract negotiation is his blend of practicality and depth of knowledge."

Kent Stair of Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP is regarded as one of the go-to architect lawyers in Atlanta by peers. He is particularly noted for his expertise in contract negotiations and disputes.

Robert Crewdson of DLA Piper LLP (US) represents owners and general contractors in development projects. Clients say: "Robert is very good at putting together the contract and making sure everything fits. I find his litigation background very helpful in assessing potential risks and deciding whether it's a risk we want to take."

Brian Fielden of DLA Piper LLP (US) acts for clients including the Federal Realty Investment Trust, for which he recently drafted contract documents for projects in Maryland and Massachusetts. Clients say: "On transactional construction matters he's outstanding, super-responsive, and he's able to deal with business clients directly and very responsibly."

Bart Gary of Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP is singled out for his strong litigation capabilities and represents a fine choice for counsel trade contractor work.

Danielle Cole of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. continues to establish herself at the Atlanta construction Bar, with one commentator saying: "I like Danielle as a younger, newer star - she's a hard-working, knowledgeable, practical lawyer."

Thomas Asselin of Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP continues to elicit much praise for his technical skills and vast experience in litigation and dispute resolution.

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