THE FIRM Kilpatrick maintains its position as a leading construction practice. This large, dedicated group handles a full range of construction matters, recently advising the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority on the Boston Harbor Project and representing the City of Atlanta in the $6 billion airport expansion.
Sources say: "The team's depth and breadth of experience is among the very best."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Brian Corgan chairs the team and mainly represents general contractors and construction managers in construction disputes. Clients say he is "an excellent and tenacious litigator who takes the time to fully immerse himself in the facts of the case." William Dorris is "one of the stalwarts" of the team and brings extensive experience to his litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice. Randall Hafer is well regarded by sources for his representation of public owners. He is currently defending the Massachusetts Department of Transportation against claims arising out of Boston's 'Big Dig'. Neal Sweeney is widely recognized as an industry leader, due to his "ability, experience and market knowledge." He represents clients in public contracts, large public works projects, and alternative dispute resolution.
THE FIRM Smith Currie has an established presence in construction law, with over 45 years of experience in the sector. It boasts a large team of excellent practitioners who handle the full array of transactions and disputes. Clients include Harrah's Entertainment, Ceres Environmental Services and Walton Construction.
Sources say: "The team's assistance has resulted in clear financial benefits for our company."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Philip Beck comes recommended by clients for his calm negotiating style and sensitivity to cost issues. He is representing a luxury property developer in a $35 million dispute stemming from the collapse of the parking garage in a condo project. Aubrey Coleman is an "effective, no-nonsense" senior attorney with decades of experience. His client base includes contractors, construction managers, developers and design professionals, which he represents in government contracts, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Ronald Robey is a top attorney with "a gift for understanding complex construction issues," say clients. His practice centers on large national and international projects and disputes. James Butler is a "talented and experienced" construction litigator and mediator, whose varied practice includes environmental and international work. Robert Chambers is the firm's managing partner and serves as the general counsel to the Georgia Highway Contractors Association and the Georgia Asphalt Pavement Association. Eric Nelson is a well-respected younger partner, who successfully represented a national general contractor in an arbitration for more than $100 million in claims against an owner and lender. George Wenick has enjoyed "a great deal of success" in his career, which has involved work across the USA and in China, Latin America and Europe. He speaks French, Spanish and Italian. Thomas Abernathy is a highly respected senior partner with a strong reputation for government contracts work. Thomas Kelleher is "one of the best government contracts lawyers around," according to sources. He and Tom Abernathy are currently advising MACTEC Engineering & Consulting on a project in Afghanistan.
THE FIRM This top firm has a robust and diverse construction practice. Recent work highlights include representing Bovis Lend Lease in disputes arising out of the deconstruction of 130 Liberty Street, the last building to be removed from Ground Zero.
Sources say: "I call them when something has to be done absolutely right, and can't afford to go wrong."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jennifer Fletcher is a star trial lawyer who "spends more time in the courtroom than any other construction lawyer I know," according to one interviewee. Clients comment on Fletcher's "ability to handle large matters anywhere in the USA." Lee Davis is active in the energy sector, and is representing several power plants in a multimillion-dollar matter concerning the design and engineering of sophisticated equipment. Barry McCabe recently impressed sources with his work on a nine-month arbitration on behalf of a developer. "He's smart and quick on his feet, and does a great job for his clients," say interviewees. William Wildman has excellent trial experience representing design professionals and public owners, such as the DeKalb County school system. Clients value his practical and personable approach.
of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is a respected construction litigator and mediator whose dedication to the sector is greatly admired. She is representing an architectural company in the negotiation of a contract to design a LEED certified project. Robert Crewdson
of DLA Piper LLP (US) has a diverse practice representing owners, developers and contractors. He recently represented a REIT in the development and negotiation of construction contracts for two large mixed-use projects. Kent Stair
of Carlock Copeland Semler & Stair, LLP is a trial lawyer with a strong reputation for insurance defense work for design professionals. Sources praise his practical and common-sense approach. Bart Gary
of Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP is representing building company United Forming in a $5 million suit against Bovis Lend Lease arising out of the St. Regis Hotel project. "He has got such a depth of experience in construction – there is not a lot he doesn't know,"
commends one client. John Hinchey
of King & Spalding LLP works as part of an integrated team that has attorneys in Houston, San Francisco, London, Paris, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He recently served as presiding arbitrator in an arbitration involving an approximately $1 billion claim by the owner of an oil refinery against an insurance carrier. Scott Cahalan
of Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP is recommended for his expertise in drafting contracts. His clients include owners, contractors, subcontractors, engineers and suppliers. His colleague Thomas Asselin
is a senior attorney who focuses on alternative dispute resolution. He is respected by sources for his experience and technical knowledge. Ben Shapiro
and Fielder Martin
have both moved from Shapiro Fussell, which has now disbanded, to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Shapiro is a highly regarded attorney who "knows the ins and outs of construction law like the back of his hand."
He focuses on construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Fielder Martin is a senior practitioner respected for his depth of experience. Like Shapiro, he is particularly well regarded in alternative dispute resolution. Herman Fussell
, also formely of Shapiro Fussell, has now joined Foltz Martin LLC. He is a successful litigator, representing clients in complex construction disputes in federal and state courts, arbitrations and mediations.
Since publication, John Hinchey has moved in-house.