Construction - Georgia


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What the team is known for Leading construction team handling some of the largest projects in Georgia. Represents clients including contractors, subcontractors and owners, both public and private. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're the best firm we deal with because of their subject matter expertise. They don't overstaff or run up bills unnecessarily and they get results."

"They have a breadth of resources and legal expertise at their disposal which can be applied to virtually any legal matter or dispute that may arise."

"The best construction group I've dealt with. We wouldn't consider using anyone else."

Work highlights Acted for the Massachusetts Transport Department on $150 million constructors' claims relating to the Big Dig project in Boston.

Represented the City of Atlanta in disputes with contractors building their bio-solids waste handling facilities. The city claimed $24 million in damages and faced a $34 million counterclaim.  

Notable practitioners  

Brian Corgan is described by one client as "the best construction attorney that I have encountered." His practice sees him representing owners, contractors and construction managers in matters including contractual disputes, and he has vast experience of acting on both litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Peers consider Randall Hafer to be "a very able litigator." He has vast experience handling construction matters including infrastructure projects, housing and hospitals developments.

One source describes Neal Sweeney as having "a great personality for working with business executives," adding: "He has a nice soft touch, which is beneficial when dealing with complex and challenging issues in a heated construction environment." Clients also call him "very bright, experienced and pragmatic."

Joseph Henner acts on behalf of contractors, owners and public/private partnerships, among others. He recently defended the City of Atlanta from personal injury claims arising from work being carried out at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

William Dorris is regarded as "a first-rate lawyer" by market commentators.  His practice sees him regularly representing designers, construction managers and general contractors.

Significant clients Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Alston Construction, Kajima Construction.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded practice representing clients including insurance companies, developers, engineers and construction managers. Offers significant expertise in dispute resolution matters, including arbitrations, with further experience handling contract negotiations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are effective, efficient and practical." 

Work highlights Acted for Fisher Island Holdings on the construction of the $100 million Palazzo del Sol and Palazzo del Luna resorts.

Represented a national general contractor in its $20 million dispute with a sub-contractor.

Notable practitioners 

Eric Nelson has acted on numerous disputes involving subcontractors, general contractors and owners. Areas of particular focus include government contracts and dispute resolution.

Market commentators describe James Butler as a "very capable" construction lawyer. He has vast experience representing a range of parties, including owners, architects and subcontractors. His practice sees him regularly advise on EPC contracts.

Robert Chambers is the firm's managing partner. He has an extensive background in both public and private sector construction matters, including transportation projects. Market commentators report that he is "a well-regarded litigator."  

Ronald Robey regularly works with clients in the gaming, hospitality and high-rise condominium sectors. He acts on both noncontentious and disputes matters. 

Thomas Abernathy is "one of the traditional leading lights of the construction Bar," peers state. His practice is focused on handling government contracts for clients including owners, contractors and subcontractors.

Philip Beck regularly represents clients including architects, suppliers and developers. He frequently advises on contract drafting and negotiations for builds in the gaming and hospitality sectors.

Thomas Kelleher is regarded as "a very good litigator" by market sources. His practice features a significant focus on government contracts.

George Wenick is a strong litigator who regularly handles contentious matters nationwide and internationally. In particular, he is noted for work in the energy sector and is regularly engaged on EPC matters.

Significant clients Caddell Construction, McCarthy Building, Barton Marlow, Fisher Island Holdings, Georgia-Pacific.

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What the team is known for Leading construction team representing clients including large contractors and engineers. Large projects practice, particularly in the energy and hospitality industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are prompt and respond quickly and clearly so that everyone here understands them."

"They are easy to work with and fight hard for us." 

Notable practitioners  

Construction litigator Jennifer Fletcher is regarded by one client as "my most trusted counsel" and "a great trial lawyer." Other sources comment that "she is very experienced, knowledgeable and really analytical." Her client base includes contractors, owners and developers.

One source notes that Lee Davis is "concerned with making the best decision for our company." Sources say he is "very good at understanding and incorporating political and business parameters into his solutions." He acts on matters including arbitrations and mediations.

One client describes the "exceptional" William Wildman as "the best lawyer I have worked with in a long time." Sources commend his "ability to sift through a complex situation, get down to its roots, interpret the law and give clear guidance." His clients often include architects and owners.

Band 2 | Alston & Bird

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What the team is known for High-profile construction practitioners noted for the representation of construction managers, contractors and developers. Particular focus on energy projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A firm that can work on any project large or small. They have an excellent group of consultants at their disposal." 

"They are up on the issues and they are well connected all over the country. They know what questions to ask and how to stay on point. We would definitely use them again if the need arises."

Work highlights Acted for Skanska USA on contract negotiations with Apple for the construction of its new $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Represented Ziemann International in contract negotiations for the $900 million expansion of the Compañía Cervecera de Coahuila brewery in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico.

Notable practitioners 

Peers regard head of department John Spangler as "extremely bright" and a "very smart lawyer." He handles contract negotiation and drafting as well as disputes for owners and contractors.

William Hughes impresses clients with his "strong analytical skills." One source reports that "he takes the best care of the client's interests line by line and word by word of the contract."

Significant clients MEAG Power, Skanska USA Building, Columbia Property Trust, McDonald's USA, T-Mobile USA.

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What the team is known for Prominent construction practice with particular proficiency in owner-side energy matters. Other clients include contractors and contract managers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a well-rounded, talented outfit, right up there at the top of the law firms I have worked with."

Work highlights Represented State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and KDC Real Estate Development & Investments in a $1 billion development of office space in Dunwoody.

Acted for Trident Seafoods on negotiating and drafting contracts for the $22 million redevelopment of a manufacturing facility.

Notable practitioners  

Frank Riggs is "an absolute expert in translating the law into practical application and looking for non-legal methods to resolve problems," clients say. Another source describes him as a "fantastic speaker with a great command of the subject matter." He has recently acted as lead counsel on a dispute for construction manager James A Cummings Inc.

Clients regard Jeffrey Nix as "an extremely capable attorney" with a "solid grasp on the technical issues that we have to tackle." He has previous experience as an engineer and frequently handles housing, leisure and infrastructure projects matters.

Ira Genberg is "a trial lawyer at heart who has learned by experience, which is what makes him so successful," says one client, adding: "He looks at everything, from what his final argument at trial will be to the composition of the panel." Genberg has a strong track record of tackling litigation matters for energy companies.

Significant clients Foster Wheeler, Georgia Power, Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Mando American, Barco.

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What the team is known for Represents a range of clients, including owners, developers and financial institutions. Handles procurement, design and construction agreements and contractual disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"DLA Piper has offered terrific service and expertise for a reasonable price. They have the depth of experience required for one-stop shopping."

Work highlights Acted for the Atlanta Braves on the construction of their new $672 million stadium in Cobb County.

Represented AvalonBay Communities in $70 million litigation arising from alleged construction defects in a 21-building apartment complex.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Crewdson is noted for his "superb" drafting skills and his "very practical approach" to construction cases. He regularly acts in mediations and arbitrations, and has also handled matters including claims for building defects and contractual disputes.

Clients consider Brian Fielden to be "very aware of client needs and accessible, with a good understanding of the law." His clients include owners and contractors in the hospitality and energy sectors. 

Significant clients AIG Global Real Estate, InterContinental Hotels Group, SITA, Federal Realty Investment Trust, Chick-fil-A.

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What the team is known for Acts on construction defects claims and liability disputes, and drafts and negotiates construction contracts. Key clients include a number of subcontractors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A construction boutique with accomplished lawyers." 

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Phillips is a key contact.

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What the team is known for Primarily acts for owners, developers and contractors, handling matters including dispute resolution, construction financing, design and build defects and personal injury claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The quality of the advice, the follow-up communication and the quality of their legal work is excellent. They do high-quality work and they do it efficiently."

Work highlights Prepared and negotiated contracts for the 92 West Paces project, a 210-unit apartment complex development in Atlanta.

Acted as lead counsel for Gay Construction on a range of non-contentious construction issues including contract negotiations for the redevelopment of Ponce City market, as well as litigation matters.

Notable practitioners 

Chip Ingraham is well regarded for his litigation practice, with clients including owners, contractors and architects. He recently represented Host Hotels & Resorts in a dispute with a general contractor.

Significant clients Skanska USA, King's Hawaiian, Morrison Hershfield, Kaplan Communities, SWS Environmental Services.

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What the team is known for Acts for engineers, contractors and subcontractors on matters including contract negotiation, risk allocation and personal injury cases. Also noted for representing design professionals in claims of alleged professional negligence.

Notable practitioners  

David Dial has vast experience across a range of construction law matters. He is particularly well known for a strong litigation practice.

John Flynn is described by one peer as "a contractor's construction lawyer who is able to navigate around a problem." He represents contractors and subcontractors across the United States, with a specific focus on government contract disputes.

Tony Smith is frequently engaged in dispute resolution matters, with vast experience acting in mediation and arbitration cases. His arbitration experience has seen him retained on cases in Dubai and China.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Linda Klein of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is described by one client as "one of the best I have ever met." Peers regard her as a "precise lawyer" and an "efficient arbitrator." Klein's recent clients include architects, engineers and subcontractors.

Ben Shapiro of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC acts for owners, contractors and suppliers. He has vast experience with construction disputes, and particular proficiency in mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Jack Kowalski of Burr & Forman LLP regularly acts for owners and subcontractors on litigation, construction financing matters and contract negotiations. Recent highlights include representing QuikTrip in a $3 million construction defects claim.

Kent Stair of Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP is noted for representing design professionals, with particularly strong expertise in matters of alleged architectural malpractice. Peers comment that "he deserves the highest possible respect for the way he represents his clients," and that "he is one of the premier professional liability lawyers in town."

Bart Gary of Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP represents clients including architects, subcontractors and developers in matters ranging from build defects to claims involving allegations of professional negligence.

Danielle Cole of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. regularly undertakes contract drafting and negotiation as well as arbitration and mediation. She represents a variety of clients, including subcontractors, construction managers and developers.

Thomas Asselin of Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP is an accomplished practitioner with many years' experience representing clients in the transportation, energy and infrastructure sectors. His practice has recently incorporated a significant mediation component.

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